Currently reading – Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi. Born in 1973, Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet, and documentary filmmaker. This surreal novel is about a scavenger in Baghdad who constructs a monster out of the body parts left from bombings.
Currently reading – A Ghost in the Throat, by Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Born in 1981, Ní Ghríofa is an Irish poet and writer. This book is made up of poetry (in English, but side by side with Irish versions), essays, and personal observations.
Currently reading – A Lucky Man: Stories by Jamel Brinkley. Brinkley is a young American writer.
Currently reading – Vintage Munro, by Alice Munro. This book is a compilation of stories from the Nobel Prize winner’s career, not a collection. Includes her Nobel speech.
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.