I’ve spent a fair amount of the past week trying to get things lined up to launch the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize challenge before the end of January. I didn’t hit that goal but I did launch the #readAntiguaBarbuda readers choice initiative (if you’re a book lover and, of course you are, check it out) and record a new CREATIVE SPACE interview (check back Wednesday for that new installment). And I got in my hand a copy of my latest book The Jungle Outside. This post is linked up with the Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post book blog meme, Stacking the Shelves, the Sunday Salon, Mailbox Monday, and Book Date. So, let’s see how my reading’s been going.
What I’ve been Reading
My most active reads of the past several weeks have been (in order of number of pages in, so far, least to most) –
The Art of White Roses by by Viviana Prado-Núñez – This is a Burt Award book; just started
Skin Deep – This is a literary magazine which I have three poems in; it took almost a year to get to me
In the Dark Soft Earth by Frank Watson – It’s a poetry collection sent to me by the publisher some time ago
The Festival of San Joaquin by Zee Edgell (recently departed Belizean writer) – This is the one I wish could drop everything and just read
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy – The Irish writer is one of my comfort reads and so far this is fun
Take us to a Better Place – This anthology of speculative and yet all too real fic is one of my faves among my active reads
Callaloo – this is an old issue of the lit journal; I’ve been reading it for awhile and in a bid to finish I’ve started jumping over what I don’t want to read…progress
What I’ve finished Reading
With review excerpts –
“…a standard reverse engineering of a crime to find the killer type book…”
Cold Case by Faye Kellerman
“Things I like, are, even before I read the book, the cover and the #Blackgirlmagic ness of it all.”
Turtle Beach by Barbara A. Arrindell and Zavian Archibald
What I’ve added to my Wish List
Just days after reading and sharing on my social media this article with excerpts from Cicely Tyson’s first ever autobiography Just as I am, news of the legendary Black actress’ death hit my feed.
Cicely Tyson, 96 at the hour of her death, is iconic in the Black community (from playing Kunta Kinte’s mother in Roots to most recently Gently’s “auntie” in Ava Duvernay’s Cherish the Day, before, after and in-between wracking up Oscar and Emmy nominations, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom). Just as I am was already destined for my wish list but with this it became a need. Does it feel to you as it does to me that January 2021 has been a highly morbid month? Around my birthday, in early January, there was news of the passing of one of my Cushion Club children (the boy in blue with his hand up in the linked post), just 20 years old, in a violent car accident, and of beloved bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, a fAntiguan I met at our literary festival years ago and sat on a panel with and without whom I would not have had the literary agent that I have. His books include Friends and Lovers, reviewed on this site. Still shocking in both cases. A little less jarring perhaps given their ages, though hardly expected, have been the deaths in the past week or so of several media icons I grew up with – Larry King, Cloris Leachman, and now Cicely Tyson. For Caribbean people and calypso lovers everywhere, there is also the recent passing of Singing Sandra who had us all singing along to her signature tune at a posh pre-pandemic event that I wrote about in CREATIVE SPACE.
Am I forgetting anyone? It feels like I’m forgetting someone. It’s been that much.
Anyway, live; life is not promised (message to me, you, and whoever needs the reminder).