Sunday, February 19, 2017

BW8: Book Festivals and birthdays


Time for a round of book festival news and bookish birthdays as I'm still traipsing around South America and hiking with Mark Adam's in Turn Right at Machu Picchu,  There are quite a few historical books about the Incas that sound intriguing including Kim McQuarries The Last Days of the Incas, and  Hugh Thomson's The White Rock,  If you haven't checked out Historicalnovels.com, they have a great selection set in precolumbian era and the Spanish conquest, 17th-20th century as well as mysteries. Fiction wise, check out goodreads list of Aztec, Maya and and Inca reads.

We may have missed the Hay Festival Cartagena 2017 in January, but there are plenty of links to all the authors involved and will most likely will be next year as well. However, start preparing yourself for the Paraty International Literary Festival which will take place late July in Brazil.

The Literary Women Festival is coming up the first weekend in March as well as the Festival Leue Literature in New York highlighting German language books. To check out festivals coming up in your area, go to the Book and Literary Festivals calendar on Everfest.




Authors celebrating birthdays this week are:


February 19:  Colombian poet and novelist José Eustasio Rivera and American writer Amy Tan

February 20:  South African novelist Alex La Guma and French novelist Georges Bernanos as well as Japanese novelist Shiga Naoya

February 21:  Humorist Erma Bombeck and novelist Anaïs Nin as well as poet W.H. Auden

February 22:  Author Edward Gorey and Australian poet John Shaw Neilson as well as Nobel prize winner and Greek novelist Giorgos Seferis

February 23:  English diarist Samuel Pepys and poet Haki R. Madhubuti 

February 24:  German author Wilhelm Carl Grimm and Polish novelist Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski

February 25:  English author Anthony Burgess and Journalist George Schuyler

Have fun following rabbit trails! 


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BW7: Happy Valentine's Week

Unicorn Kiss by Josephine Wall


Happy Valentine's Week! Cheers to candy hearts and chocolate wishes, champagne and diamond dishes, and lots of mushy kisses for the mister and the missus.  Whether you are  into the grey, hunting for  light, caught in the dark, or perhaps searching for the unknown, may you find the book you seek for this lovely week.



Laughing Song

by

William Blake


When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

When the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing “Ha, Ha, He!”

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread,
Come live & be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of “Ha, Ha, He!”


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

BW6: Pick a book by the cover



Time for a mini challenge!  A few years ago I joined a challenge in which one of the tasks was to pick a book by its cover. The hard part - don't read the blurb and find out what it is about beforehand.    Easier said than done. The temptation is just too much.  Especially in person - however it is a bit easy to do when on line.  Since then I have chosen books a few times using this method and usually end up with something excellent.  Also, I couldn't pick books by authors I've already read. In the past I've utilized Amazon and wandered through the new releases.   This time, I  googled book covers 2016 and viewed images. I selected books with both covers and titles that caught my eye and intrigued me the most. 
















What do you think?  Which one should I read?  I dare you to try picking out a book based on its cover alone and see what you end up with.   Of course, you have to share. 


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