Currently reading – Cities of the Plain, by Cormac McCarthy. Born in 1933, McCarthy is considered one of America’s greatest living writers, and the author of All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men. I read the first two parts of this trilogy 20 years ago. Better late than never.
Currently reading – The Tent, by Miral al-Tahawy. Al-Tahawy is an Egyptian novelist and short story writer from a conservative Bedouin background. This novel depicts life for women in Bedouin society. she currently lives and teaches in the Untied States.
Currently reading – Jonny Appleseed, by Joshua Whitehead. Whitehead is a Canadian First Nations poet and novelist, of Oji-Cree descent. This is his first novel.
Currently reading – Bluets, by Maggie Nelson. Born in 1973, Nelson is a poet, memoirist, and art theorist. She is one of my favorite contemporary writers. This is a book-length poem.
Currently reading – The Burn, by James Kelman. Born in 1946, Kelman is a Scottish author, playwright, and essayist. He won the Booker prize in 1994. I had to order this book of short stories used from the U.K. Don’t remember where I heard about it.
Currently reading – The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw. Philyaw is an American author and essayist. This book of short stories was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award.
Currently reading – Fireflies, by Luis Sagasti. Born in 1963, Sagasti is an Argentine writer and art critic. This book is a lyrical exploration of the connections between great artists, philosophers, and scientists through history.
Currently reading – Girls Against God, by Jenny Hval, translated by Marjam Idriss. Born in 1980, Hval is a Norwegian musician and novelist. This book is apparently a combination of feminist thought and experimental horror.
Currently reading – Ramifications, by Daniel Saldaña París, translated by Christiana MacSweeney. Born in 1984, París is a Mexican poet, essayist, and novelist.
Currently reading – Tales of the New World, by Sabina Murray. Born in 1968, Murray is a Filipina-American author and screenwriter. This is a book of short stories.