This is a thing’s literary update which I’ll link up with Bookshelf Fantasies’ Shelf Control which requires me to share a book on my shelf that I haven’t read yet but want to…and I will. But first.
Bookish things (and other things of broader interest) from my mailbox
The Bocas Lit Fest is coming up. The Trinidad based book festival is a 2021 Wadadli Pen patron (Wadadli Pen being the not for profit programme I run to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda). My former mentor (during my time at the University of the West Indies), Mervyn Morris, former poet laureate of Jamaica, will be presented (jointly with Edward Baugh) with the 2021 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters at this year’s festival. … which begins on April 23rd (World Book Day), the same day I’m planning my Live with illustrator/writer Danielle Boodoo-Fortune.
Georgia Clark’s recent newsletter included a breakdown of the process of choosing the cover for her latest It had to be You (which is now on my everlong wish list) which I added to the latest Reading Room and Gallery over at my other blog, Wadadli Pen, a one stop spot for interviews, essays, poetry, and more curated by me.
A part Antiguan-Barbudan activist sent an announcement re the launch of the Black Feminist Fund. I’ve bookmarked to review for more details and I’m also passing it on so you can do the same.
The Freelance Creative spoke about mental health for freelancers. It’s been a rocky week. I need to read this. Bookmarked. Sharing, because maybe someone else – freelance or not – needs to read it. Hmmm must be the season for it, there’s also this from the Globe and Mail.
Speaking of Freelance, here’s a link to The Practicing Writer who shares publishing (creatively) and paying (non-creatively) opportunities. And, of course, you can always check out the Opportunities, Opportunities Too, and Resources pages on Wadadli Pen.
Have you read anything by Arnold Bennett? I haven’t but I did learn via LitHub that he died of typhoid in London, shortly after a visit to Paris, where he drank local water in attempt to prove it was safe. … so many questions. This issue of LitHub also asks Are climate change novels a form of activism? (bookmarked) Well, I just started reading Diana McCaulay’s Daylight Come about a possible dystopian future if our behaviour re the environment continues unchecked and hot as the sun is (it is Caribbean set and the sun is deadly), it is chilling and makes me want to do even more to prevent this probable future. So, I would say, yes.
Other books I’m dipping in and out of include Joan Underwood’s Manager’s First Aid Kit (a former coaching client).
Will I ever get to all my bookmarked articles and videos (like the PEN Out Loud series, the Brooklyn Book Festival’s conversation of Love and Resistance with and about LatinX authors and Of Mystic Men, Women, Witches, and Tomboys)? Look I have an active reading pile, a TBR shelf, an ever long wish list, and books keep coming out…plus books of my own to write, workshop prep, editing deadlines, Wadadli Pen judging, a YouTube Live to figure out (anybody have a link to a youtube live stream for dummies?), other appearances to prep for etc..plus life (including one of those unexpected turn of events that disrupts everything over the Easter weekend). But a girl can dream.
Oh and Lil Nas X’s Montero is catchy.
+Prayers up for DMX.
Now what is a book on my shelf I can’t wait to read? Lawrence Scott’s Dangerous Freedom. I requested and received a review copy from the publisher, UK’s Papillote. It is about Dido Belle, the Black daughter of a Lord in plantation times and is based on a real person. Captured in an iconic painting and also in the film Belle. Scott, per his recent virtual launch, is looking to paint a fuller (albeit fictional) portrait of the woman, who has been something of an avatar to this point. Can’t wait.
Why do I want to read this? Because it’s a mystery (she’s a legit historical mystery) and because of Belle’s connection with Lord Mansfield who I read about in history class due to his precedent setting legislation on slavery.