Yesterday I wrote a post about novels by people of color I read in 2014, most of which I haven’t seen in any end of the year list circulating on my Facebook feed. It was lovely to end the year with that post, which was appreciated by my small, but growing community of readers, and brought these books to the attention of many who don’t really read this blog of scattered thoughts. So, I thought I’d start 2015 with a list of first lines from 9 short story collections written by people of color I read last year. I started this list with a collection of Octavia Butler’s stories because. That’s the end of that sentence.
I love book lists: 1000 novels to read before you die, 60 books to read in your 20s, 17 books to encase in underwater housing while scuba diving off the coast of Sri Lanka. Okay, that last one hasn't been written (yet), but I would read that list and … [READ MORE]
In the summer of 2013, our daughter left her diapers for more colorful and musical alternatives. She's four and a half now and has moved on, viewing these artifacts as a stage in her life she knew must have happened because of the photographic … [READ MORE]
But first, let's talk about Jacqueline Woodson, one of the authors who received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. A few years ago, I met Jacqueline Woodson at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where I was taking a … [READ MORE]
Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Susan Guevara Rating: Five Stars! Age Range: 3-7 Sona is at home with Shaiyar, our six month old. I'm at the library by myself to work on my fiction and have just sat down at … [READ MORE]