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Writers’ Reel: Remembering Charles Bowden

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, nonfiction author, journalist, and essayist Charles Bowden passed away at the age of 69. Known for his investigative pieces on the Mexican border city of Juarez, Charles’s books include Murder CityDown by the River, and Blues for Cannibals. In 2011, PEN Center USA awarded the writer with the PEN Center USA First Amendment Award Award. Watch Charles speak frankly on his creative process in this video.

“If you can write, it’s a gift. If you can compose music, it’s a gift. You can study, get better, but it’s still a gift. If you betray a gift, just use it to make money, it goes away. It’s a sin to do that.”