I typically do these book blog memes over at my personal author blog but I’m here and a book blog meme is not out of place at Wadadli Pen. So here goes.
This one is It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? And it gives you/me an opportunity to put a bookmark in it and reflect on our love of the literary arts through our current engagement with the literary arts.
I’ll post mine here, be sure to leave yours in the comments.
Read last week (well, readings in progress last week…give or take):
The biggest development is probably that I started Marlon James’ latest Black Leopard, Red Wolf after attending his ‘An Evening with…’ event here in Antigua. I’m enjoying it so far – it’s funnier than I expected given its dark fantasy leanings (murder and mayhem alongside macabre humor) but I’m enjoying it so far. I love that it’s using African mythology as its underpinning and is not overexplaining itself but rather trusting the story to take you there. My problem is, as it ever is, time and juggling different reading projects. But I like this one so far – and feel challenged by it in interesting ways as I did his Book of Night Women and Man Booker winning A Brief History of Seven Killings.
My overlapping readings (in progress) from previous weeks are all unpublished (I believe) so I’m not sure how I’ll be able to write about them, though I kind of want to. But one is a play about West Indians in World War ll, another is about social transitions in Antigua in the late 19th and early 20th century, and one is much-needed academic research in to and documentation of the Antiguan and Barbudan literary canon.
Today, so far, I am continuing my reading of my contributor copy of New Daughters of Africa which is epic in length (700 plus pages) but which I am very much enjoying for the depth of its contributors – organized by decade of birth of said contributors, it begins pre-20th century in Africa, in to slavery, and coming forward with contributors, living and dead, gathered from all over the world. I like some stories (all kept mercifully short) more than others, but I haven’t been bored by a single entry yet and I’m 97 pages in.
ETA: New Daughters, originally published in the UK, now has a US edition published by Harper Collins.
I’m also getting more in to The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and Beneath the Lion’s Wings by Marie Ohanesian as I read on. Lightness is a used copy so I’m assuming I picked it up at some sale somewhere or maybe it was passed on to me by a friend – I don’t remember (unfortunately) and Wings is a copy sent me by the author.
I read for pleasure at this stage and am a mood reader so what I’m reading on any given day is really up to what I feel like reading on that day, hence the mix.
Recent posts of interest:
I really haven’t had much time lately for traversing the blogosphere or blogging (between a current book editing project, content creation work, upcoming workshop, writing and editing as I continue my Commonwealth sponsored mentorship, submitting things (the ups and downs of that), prepping applications and project proposals (creative and freelance-related), all the non-sexy life and freelance stuff, all the fun and fulfilling stuff that comes with life and the writing life etc. etc. etc. But I will try to check out new posts in the It’s Monday What Are You Reading book blog meme and encourage you to do so as well (and share!), also there is one share at my Jhohadli blog that I found interesting – a review of a local artist’s new collection but also a critique of the spaces available in the region (well, in Jamaica but I expanded it in my head to in the region) for artists to show their work. It really all remains a work in progress, with artists doing the bulk of the work.
As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (founder and coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Oh Gad!, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All rights reserved. Subscribe to this site to keep up with future updates.