Currently reading – Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Edith Grossman. This slim book was the Nobel Prize winner’s last completed novel and published in 2004. I remember reading about it when it came out but it’s taken me this long to get to it.
Currently reading – Reading: A Very Short Introduction, by Belinda Jack.
Currently reading – Winter in the Blood, by James Welch. Born in 1940, Welch was a member of the Blackfeet tribe, and considered a founder of the Native American Renaissance in literature. He died in 2003.
Currently reading – Tropic of Violence, by Natacha Appanah, translated by Geoffrey Strachan. Born in 1973, Appanah is a Mauritian-French journalist, novelist and poet.
Currently reading – Turing & Burroughs, by Rudy Rucker. Born in 1946, Rucker is an American mathematician and one of the lesser known cyberpunk writers of the 80s and 90s. These days he writes stuff that’s totally bonkers, like this book that imagines a hypothetical love affair between British codebreaker Alan Turing and Beat writer William S. Burroughs.
Currently reading – Wade in the Water, by Tracy K. Smith. Born in 1972, Smith is an American poet and educator. She was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2017-2019, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011.
Currently reading – Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages, by Umberto Eco. Born in 1932, Eco was an Italian philosopher, critic, and novelist. He died in 2016.
Currently reading – Between the Acts, by Virginia Woolf. Woolf’s last novel.
Currently reading – Romance in Marseille, by Claude McKay. Born in 1889, McKay was a Jamaican writer and poet, and a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. This novel, recently reissued, was one of the first overtly queer works in the African-American tradition. McKay died in 1948.
Currently reading – Shahr-E-Jaanaan: City of the Beloved, by Adeeba Shahid Talukder. Talukder is a young Pakistani-American poet, and in this book she uses Persian and Urdu mythology to examine her own grief.