Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) lived an incredibly difficult life, yet her poetry is still read and studied some 230 years later. She was enslaved to a Boston family who, unusually for the time, educated her—she could read Greek and Latin classics at the age of 12—and picked up on her talent for writing. Her collection, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was the first book published by an African-American woman writer, and a bestseller in both the colonies and England.
Not many politicians are wonderful writers. Barak Obama is. Jim Webb is. Churchill. And Boris. We can’t recommend his Johnson’s Life of London highly enough. It’s witty, passionate and always perceptive about the city he loves. Johnson has published six other books and one volume of poetry. He was also an influential journalist and editor of The Spectator. The unruly-haired, bicycle-riding mayor of London was elected in 2008. Many will be interested in his future political career; we look forward to more books. We are delighted to offer this new sticker. Proceeds will be donated to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.