It was a rough start to the online book club. I was essentially alone in the room, but with a good book, so content all the same. Hopefully, things will begin to pick up. Despite flying solo, I learned a lot from reading Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing and had the opportunity to attend a lecture by her earlier this month – a pretty good month for reading and writing.
I’m hoping that we can hear from some poets this month, so they can share their insights about Mai Der Vang’s Afterland. The discussion forum will open on June 15th. If you’re a bit of a poetry novice like me, this discussion guide might be helpful.
One of the latest things I’ve been doing as a writer is listening to the podcast First Draft with Mitzi Rapkin on Aspen Public Radio. I love hearing about the writers’ processes and feelings about their work. It may or may not be useful in actually writing, but it keeps me in the writing frame of mind.
Selection: There are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry
Discussion Forum: July 15-31, 2018
Discussion Guide: How to analyze a short story
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Kevin Barry received widespread critical acclaim and the Rooney prize for Irish Literature following the publication of this first book of stories in 2007. His stories have since appeared in The New Yorker and in the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. His debut novel, City Of Bohane, was published by Jonathan Cape in April 2011. Could easily have been titled These Are Little Masterpieces’. Barry gathers all the bewildered exasperation that Irish playwrights from Tom Murphy to Marina Carr and Enda Walsh have identified, and brings it, most brilliantly, to his dark, blackly hilarious and horrifically realistic narratives.’-Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times”