RIP Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

It was with sadness that I learnt the writer and poet Maya Angelou passed away a few days ago. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, this incredible woman had an extraordinary life. It didn’t start well though… At the age of 7, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. When she told her family, the man was convicted of the crime, and promptly murdered, most likely by Maya’s uncles. The trauma of this tragedy caused her to be mute for the next 5 years. As a result, she spent most of her time at the library, and discovered a love for literature. She started writing poetry when she was nine. A single mother at 17, she worked as a prostitute, a dancer, a singer and an actress. The author was also well-traveled as she lived in Egypt and Ghana for years. In fact, she spoke 6 languages. She was friends with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, and became active in the civil rights movement. In addition, she met Oprah Winfrey early in the TV personality’s career, and became her mentor. Maya Angelou wrote more than 30 bestsellers from poetry to fiction and memoir. She also received more than 50 honorary degrees, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. She will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace Maya Angelou…

Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).