August 2017, In My Bookbag

2017-08-11T13:57:35+00:00

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany and Callum Roberts' The Ocean of Life) remain at home. Juliane Okot Bitek was inspired to engage with the Rwanda Genocide in response to Kenyan-American artist

August 2017, In My Bookbag 2017-08-11T13:57:35+00:00

June 2017, In My Bookbag

2017-07-24T15:24:22+00:00

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like Margaret Millar's omnibus of mysteries, like Elizabeth von Arnim's Christopher and Columbus) remain at home. Tiphanie Yanique's Wife appeared from Peepal Press in 2015, after a collection of stories and a novel:

June 2017, In My Bookbag 2017-07-24T15:24:22+00:00

In My Bookbag, Winter 2017

2017-07-24T15:24:45+00:00

My reading year began with Marina Endicott's New Year's Eve (2011), written with literacy front-of-mind; its vocabulary, structure and tone are meant to ease the passage for readers with varying degrees of ease reading in English. It begins simply: "The snow started before we left home." Despite its brevity ,

In My Bookbag, Winter 2017 2017-07-24T15:24:45+00:00

July 2016, In My Bookbag

2016-07-26T19:03:42+00:00

In which I discuss some of the skinny volumes, which have nestled into my bookbag. (Meanwhile longer works, like Timothy Findley's The Piano Man's Daughter and Greg Iles' Natchez Burning, were left at home.) Stephen Thomas' The Jokes is not funny-haha, but funny-hmmm. It's not meant to be funny-haha either, although many

July 2016, In My Bookbag 2016-07-26T19:03:42+00:00

April 2016, In My Bookbag (Yoga)

2016-04-22T08:25:07+00:00

What are you carting to-and-fro these days? Are you slipping something skinny into your bag? Or has something big and bulky so claimed your reader's affections that you are content to lug it around? I tell myself that I would have a yoga practice already, if only I lived next

April 2016, In My Bookbag (Yoga) 2016-04-22T08:25:07+00:00