Greetings! This will be a short and sweet little entry, but hopefully better than a long silence. : ) I wanted to provide a bit of an update before too much time got away from me.
The first half of my entry today is part-friend-bragging, part-book-recommending. A very good friend (and fellow Red Roomer) recently published her third novel! Her name is Tayari Jones and her novel, Silver Sparrow, is terrific! How do I know?
(A) Because she's a very good friend, as I mentioned.
(C) Because the first sentence reads: "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist."
(D) Because the morning after I bought it, I sat down to read one chapter, and a few hours later, I'd finished the whole book.
(E) All of the above.
If you guessed (E), All of the above, you are right! Whether or not you are going to the beach, you know you need a book (or several books!) to read this summer. This one has characters who jump off the page in 3-D, dialogue so pitch-perfect you'll forget you're reading rather than overhearing, and emotional situations that you will be unable to keep at a distance. Highly recommended. If I can't convince you, listen to her NPR interview and be persuaded. : ) Then catch her when her book tour comes to your town!
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The second half of this brief blog is just to give a heads-up to anyone reading who lives in Boulder, Colorodo, or the surrounding area. I will be spending next week at the Naropa Summer Writing Program, teaching a workshop and participating in many other activities with a whole group of great folks -- and among the activities is a poetry reading on June 21st, which is free and open to the public. If you're in close driving distance of Boulder, I'd love for you to come out and listen in. (See my events sidebar for details.) I'm really looking forward to this week of thinking, listening, writing, and discussing ideas literary and otherwise with such folks as C.S. Giscombe, Renee Gladman, Anselm Berrigan, Rikki Ducornet, Ronaldo Wilson, Karen Tei Yamashita, and, of course, Anne Waldman. Getting giddy at 5000 feet above sea level!
I'll check in again once I'm down from that high . . .