Happy 2016! I’ve never been a consistent reviewer and, true to form, it’s been some time since I last posted. But while I’ve been taking the last couple months off I haven’t been entirely relaxing. Completely the opposite, in fact. I’ve been working on submissions outside of this blog – something I want to do more of in the future and which will (by necessity) change the … Continue reading Starting 2016 A Little Late This Year
I’m currently enjoying The Brotherhood of Book Hunters by Raphaël Jerusalmy – a swashbuckling Alexander Dumas kind of tale translated from the French by Howard Curtis. It’s completely charming! The two main characters remind me quite a bit of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser. Jerusalmy has taken what’s best about sword & sorcery fiction and moved it into a historical setting – 15th century … Continue reading Random Updates: What I’m Reading, WIT Month Cometh, Summer Holiday Reading & Two Translation Awards Get Together
The blogger Biblibio posted a call to arms in this December 9th post Where In the World Are Women Writers? and the follow-up Women in translation – responses. After informally crunching the numbers he/she came to the conclusion that less than 30% of the literature translated into English is written by women. After reviewing my reading history I came up with results that were startlingly similar. … Continue reading A New Ol’ Girls Club
If you follow me on Twitter then you may know that I’ve started a little experiment. Over the Summer, weather permitting, I’m taking my reading to my front steps. I live in a pretty, old residential neighborhood. Sidewalks, tree-lined streets, well kept front yards – in the Summer it’s not quite Norman Rockwell, but it’s pretty darn close. With one exception. Washington Street is a … Continue reading #stoopbks
Stu at Winstonsdad’s Blog has designated July 2012 “Spanish Language Lit Month”. He’s created a schedule of activities that includes at least two read-a-longs and a foreign film watch-a-long/discussion – and for some reason I have this image in my mind of an outdoor street fair with food trucks and games and music blaring… which, O.K., isn’t exactly the case. But it still feels like … Continue reading July 2012 is Spanish Language Lit Month!