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Paul Kalanithi
Writers for Readers Andrea Camilleri
Paul Kalanithi, M.D., was a neurosurgeon and writer. Paul Kalanithi grew up in Kingman, Arizona, before attending Stanford University, from which he graduated in 2000 with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Human Biology. He earned an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge before attending medical school. In 2007, Paul graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine, winning the Lewis H. Nahum Prize for
Andrea Camilleri comes from Sicily – he was born in Porto Empedocle in 1925 – but he mainly lives and works in an apartment on a high floor of a mansion block in a wealthy section of Rome, close to the headquarters of RAI, the Italian broadcaster for whom he long worked and which now produces a top-rating Montalbano T V series – screened by BBC4 in Britain. This series has extended the renown of the character and his creator; the increasing impact of the books outside Italy was
also recognised when Camilleri received the International Dagger, the highest foreign honour of the British Crime Writers Association.
Until he was almost 70, Camilleri was a minor historical novelist who was better known as a director of Pirandello. He was an author in search of a character, and that character turned out to be Montalbano.
Camilleri's detective novels are notable for dealing, in a deceptively jokey and congenial tone, with dark concerns. Beneath the jokes, one of the recurrent concerns of the books is what it means to be a good Italian policeman.
On elements of a good policeman in Italy today: First, to be deaf to political pressures. Second, sometimes refusing to obey an order is a virtue, not a sin. Third: loyalty to your vocation.
Inspector Salvo Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic, engaging take on Sicilian small- town life and his genius for deciphering the most enigmatic of crimes. Love Reading
Andrea Camilleri writes crime stories that shift effortlessly from the comic to the grotesque. The Guardian
outstanding research and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He returned to Stanford for residency training in Neurological Surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience.
He was diagnosed with cancer 36 months away from finishing his surgical training and his postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. From his wheelchair he wrote a memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. He died in March 2015 and 10 months later his book was published in the US, where it went straight to No 1 in the New York Times bestseller list. He is survived by his wife Lucy and their daughter Cady.
Lucy Kalanithi on her husband’s book: It is fantastic to watch him developing a legacy through the positive reaction. It is very meaningful to me.
Kalanithi writes very well, in a plain and matter-of-fact way, without a trace of self-pity, and you are immediately gripped and carried along The Guardian
He wrote his own book with great determination but also great difficulty The New York Times
What we’re reading . . .
In Echoes In Death by J.D. Robb A young woman stumbles out onto a busy street – right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing: her attacker wore a devil's mask. As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples.
Simon Brett’s Blotto, Twinks And The Riddle Of The Sphinx reveals yet another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers! This time the Dowager Duchess decides to sell off family possessions long consigned to the attic. Drawn to an Egyptian sarcophagus decorated with hieroglyphs. A curse of the Pharaoh is now upon Corky, and it's up to Blotto and Twinks to travel to Egypt to banish it!
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