January #109 : Story Lady - by Walter Armstrong

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The English Patients

A Bitter Pill

2004 Fight for Our Lives

Strange Days Indeed

The Justice League

In Memoriam

Coming Up for Air

California, Here I Cum


Pos & Neg

Story Lady

New Year's Revelations

New Year's Resolutions 2005!


Flesh It Out

Warning Sign

Ensure Thing

Lipo-Smacking Activism

A Shot in the Dark: The Flu-Vax Scandal and Tips


Founder's Letter


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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January 2005

Story Lady

by Walter Armstrong

On World AIDS Day, Telling Tales (Picador, $14)—a collection of short stories by 21 of the world’s greatest writers—hit U.S. bookstores. All sales of the book, which will be translated into 11 languages, go to South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Project mastermind Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel laureate, told POZ the tale behind Telling Tales.

None of the stories is about AIDS. Was that intentional?
Absolutely. The world is filled with writing about AIDS. What’s glaringly missing is a response by the literary establishment—especially in raising money. I thought readers would more likely buy a book that was not story after story about struggling with HIV—but a brilliant display of story-telling by 21 of the world’s great writers who would otherwise not be in one collection.

Why did you choose to give all the proceeds to TAC?
The work TAC does is so vital. They fill in the gaps of government programs, helping people learn not only how to live with HIV but also how to organize, access treatment and change policy. And, of course, they are themselves people living with HIV.

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