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Friday, April 23, 2010

Hardin jail saga figures in novel

The failed effort to have prisoners from Guantanamo Bay transferred to the empty Hardin jail has provided inspiration for Christopher Leibig’s new thriller, “Montanamo.”

The book, which goes on sale Saturday, blends actual events with Leibig’s own experiences as a criminal defense lawyer.

The author creates a novel spiked with corruption and abuse of power spun through a main character, Ahmed, who turned to terrorism after corrupt police in Pakistan killed his father.

“Montanamo” looks at Ahmed’s personal story and the politics behind his transformation.

Leibig suggests that Ahmed would not have turned into a terrorist if his homeland “had due process of law and a right to counsel,” according to a release about the forthcoming book.

The author also wrote 2008’s “Saving Saddam.”

Music books roll from rock to country

Marc Spitz’s “Bowie” (Crown) is an unabashed fan’s fair-minded exploration of the Thin White Duke.

Like Bowie, Tom Waits is a self-conscious changeling, and he proves to be a tough nut to crack in “Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits” (Broadway), British journalist Barney Hoskyns’ dogged tome.

Journalist Eddie Dean is also the force behind “Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives, 1961-1971,” a standout music picture book.

It gathers shots by Baltimore’s ardent country fan Kagarise.

His photos were taken at New River Ranch in Maryland and Sunset Park in West Grove, Pa., and he captures Johnny Cash, George Jones, the Louvin Brothers and sisters Roni and Patsy Stoneman, whom, it seems, he was especially sweet on.

— By Dan DeLuca

Philadelphia Inquirer


Parmly Billings Library’s Infomobile will make stops at the following sites this week:

• Monday: 11 a.m.-noon, 925 N. 18th St. 1-2:30 p.m., Independent School, 2907 Roundup Road. 2:45-3:45 p.m., Brush Meadow Apartments, 1203 Lake Elmo. 4-5 p.m. Babcock-Nutter.

• Tuesday: 2-3 p.m., Morin School. 3:45-5 p.m., Big Sky Elementary on Granger Avenue East. 6-7:30 p.m., Robbie-45th St. W.

• Wednesday: 12:45-2:15 p.m., Canyon Creek School, 3139 Duck Creek Road. 2:45-3:45 p.m., Banff-3700 Crater Lake. 4-5 p.m., 30th St. W.-Howard.

• Thursday and Friday: No stops.


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