First thing Saturday morning, a rep from the Wadadli Pen team was on local radio chatting up our new #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda initiative to select a readers choice Antiguan and Barbudan book of the year (well, technically, the last two years). As I’ve blogged, this initiative is meant to boost new and new-ish Antiguan and Barbudan lit, and fill the gap brought about by the absence of the Wadadli Pen Challenge, which has been a staple of the project since it launched in 2004. Life is heavy sometimes and I needed to put something down; Wadadli Pen was something. But because it’s something that brings me an immense sense of purpose, I couldn’t let it go altogether. This project is less time intensive but will hopefully pay off for Antigua and Barbuda lit arts. And hopefully when I feel less like I’m flaying and taking in water (yes, in spite of all the recent good news because, happy and thankful as I am about those developments, none of that is the full story; it never is), I can put the full weight of Wadadli Pen on my back again. But enough about me (just keeping it real for a minute). Check out the books (you don’t have to be Antiguan and Barbudan), read the books (which range from children’s books to romance to deep thoughts), read even one of the books (step outside your usual zone), if you like it, go to the Wadadli Pen #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda post linked in the article on this blog, and say why. By so doing, you’ll be registering your vote and giving it a boost which is always a gift to a writer.
It brings me great pain that I’m such a snail reader these days but periodically I do finish a book. This week’s finish was book three in Mary Robinette Kowal’s historical fantasy Glamourist series which, as I said in the beginning of my review, I have really come to fall in love with. Excerpt from the book and review:
“She looked at the barely contained chaos and turned to Vincent. He was staring at her with the strangest expression on his face. He blushed and looked away, wetting his lips. Still looking across the yard, he leaned down to whisper, ‘I was thinking about what my father would say if he knew that I found you attractive in trousers.’
Her coat seemed too warm, suddenly. She whispered back, ‘I do not care what he would say, if you like them.’
The corner of his eye wrinkled into his small private smile.”
Read the full review of Without a Summer. Now on to book four, Valour and Vanity.
Remember to scroll to the bottom of the Blogger on Books page for recent reviews including most-most recent Lisa Allen-Agostini’s Home Home.
More book talk. Of the I wish I could variety. Like I wish I could catch up on sleep and then disappear to my own private island and read to my heart’s content. These are some of the books I’d pack.
Some of the good news I mentioned above: I am happy to announce the release of ¡perdida! Una Aventura En El Mar Caribe, a Spanish language edition of my most recent book, the children’s picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure which came out last November. I will be presenting both editions November 17th 4 p.m. at the Miami Book Fair. In advance of that, I wanted to share the first page as I do for all my books (click on the book titles). Please let me know if you, or anyone you know, would like to review the Spanish language edition as I try get the word out.
While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the latest in the CREATIVE SPACE series – one on the service of British West Indians in WW1, one on our Independence art exhibition, and an update about Eileen Hall – who is Eileen Hall? Well, read to find out.
Haven’t checked out any of my books yet? Children’s picture books to teen/young adult fics to adult novels; read more. If you’ve read my books, please consider posting a review to Amazon or Goodreads if you haven’t already done so. It makes a big difference. Thanks! For information on my writing and editing services, here’s where you go. – blogger, author, mango lover, Joanne C. Hillhouse.