On Feb. 21, PBS premiered ‘And Still I Rise,’ a documentary on the life of Maya Angelou. Using mostly archival footage and interviews with the author herself, it is an opportunity to learn about the author’s life largely in her own words, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, through her years in New York and Ghana, up to her death in 2014.
Like many important authors, Alvarez is no stranger to controversy. Her two most famous books, ‘How the García Girls Lost Their Accents’ and ‘In the Time of Butterflies,’ have both faced multiple challenges. The former is most often challenged for sexuality, while the latter was once apparently challenged ‘because it was a considered a ‘security risk’ because one of the characters drew a diagram of a bomb.’