A good novel (…) deposits you in the souls and psyches of people youd never otherwise meet

A good novel (…) deposits you in the souls and psyches of people youd never otherwise meet

  A couple of times a year I come across a book that completely sweeps me away with its originality, subject and stunning prose. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra is one such book. Among the many things I loved about this incredible story is the fact that despite its brutal setting of the Chechen war and so much loss, it is still a novel about hope and faith in humanity. Marra has created characters that live in a reality that most of us will never experience and yet I felt deeply connected to many of them; I cared about …

Our Favorite Books on Books & Bookstores

Our Favorite Books on Books & Bookstores

If you love books, chances are that you also love bookstores, those magical places where you still feel as though you’re venturing down a rabbit hole, feeling your way through exciting, new areas of darkness in search of light. Even though a lot of these tangible bookstores have recently disappeared, the best ones are likely to endure any kind of eRevolution because nothing compares to getting lost between the shelves of a well-stocked  bookstore or chatting with the original book matchmaker herself (a real, live bookseller) to find your next read. For those who love this experience but no longer have a …

Books on Books in Bookstores

Books on Books in Bookstores

If you love books, chances are that you also love bookstores–those magical places where you still feel as though you’re venturing down a rabbit hole, feeling your way through exciting, new areas of darkness. Though a lot of these bookstores have recently disappeared, the best ones are likely to endure any kind of eRevolution because nothing compares to getting lost between the shelves of a well-stocked bookstore or chatting with the original book matchmaker (a real bookseller) to find your next read. For those who love this experience but no longer have a bookstore within their reach, we put together …

Our exclusive and personal interview with Paullina Simons

Our exclusive and personal interview with Paullina Simons

  Paullina Simons is one of the most generous and endearing writers of our time. At this interview she was wearing a beautiful deep green emerald dress with a delicate Swarovski pendant and earrings that matched her warmth and generosity as she held out her hands to greet us… What is your earliest memory of reading or of books? My earliest memory of reading was when I was six or seven and all the other kids were playing in the playground in a little village in Russia, near the Gulf of Finland. I was sitting on my little bed with …

Best African Writing 2012 Caine Litearary Prize shortlist unveiled

Best African Writing 2012 Caine Litearary Prize shortlist unveiled

Many of us are well aware of major literary awards such as The Booker, The Pulitzer, The Orange Prize, etc. Some of these awards are only open to residents of a particular country. Others are a broader, accepting works published in English no matter where they   come from. It probably fair to say that the winning books are more likely to be written by a  Westerner or where English is the author’s first language.   Our readers and the books they have on their bookshelves are the best testament to the popularity of the subject of Africa. But I wonder …