Gutierrez started rescuing books from the trash almost 20 years ago, when he was driving a garbage truck at night through the capital’s wealthier neighborhoods. The discarded reading material slowly piled up, and now the ground floor of his small house is a makeshift community library stacked from floor to ceiling with some 20,000 books, ranging from chemistry textbooks to children’s classics.
He says books are luxuries for boys and girls in low-income neighborhoods such as his, with new reading material at bookstores too expensive. There are 19 public libraries in Bogota, a city of 8.5 million, but tend to be located far away from poorer areas.
I think we’ve found our hero of the month.
Pattinson is set to play the astronaut lead role in the as-yet-untitled film, which Screen first reported on in June. Plot details are being kept under wraps but it is known to take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’.
Denis is writing the script with acclaimed novelist Smith (White Teeth) and Smith’s writer husband Nick Laird.
This Zadie Smith movie thing keeps getting curiouser.
A Japanese manga series considered an anti-war classic has caused a stir in Japan after a school board in the country’s south-western city of Matsue removed it from all its school libraries. The 10-volume manga series, Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen), is based on author Keiji Nakazawa’s own experience, at the age of six, of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in which both his father and brother were killed.
I asked recently for stories about book-banning from around the world, and readers are coming through with some fascinating examples.