Saturday, 19 April 2014

Interview: Teju Cole’s “Every Day Is for the Thief”

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Sovereignty of Quiet by Kevin Quashie

The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2012) was written by Kevin Quashie. It is about moving away from what we think about Black stereotypes - the necessity of going beyond our notion of black’s natural “loud” expressiveness to recognise their capacity for introspection, reflection, determination, and thought.

The Sovereignty of Quiet: Kevin Quashie: Books

ISBN: 0813553105
ISBN-13: 9780813553108

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Free Audiobook: What Happens When Women Say “Yes” to God – Lysa TerKeurst

“Total obedience to Christ can transform an ordinary life into a remarkable journey. This is the hope found in the liberating message of Lysa TerKeurst--president of Proverbs 31 Ministries.

In What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, Lysa shares inspiring stories from her own life along with compelling biblical insights as she describes what it means to partner with God in all decisions and actions. Readers will learn to:

discern the voice of God and truly say yes to His call
see what wholehearted obedience looks like on a daily basis give themselves to God and let Him affect lives around them.

This book reveals how honoring God produces a life of deep joy and great purpose. It is an invitation to seek God and boldly ask for and expect more from the Christian life.”

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Tolkien’s “Beowulf” Bought by Harper Collins



In a world rights deal, the Tolkien Estate has signed with HarperCollins to publish for the first time Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is truly exciting news! Not only do we get Tolkien's translation of Beowulf and commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien but it will also include "Sellic Spell", an unpublished short story by J.R.R. Tolkien, re-creating the (lost) folk-tale underlying the Norse Hrólfs saga kraka and Tolkien's prose work that was to serve as the background for Beowulf. The original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Library and will now be published for the very first time.
This is the first book by J.R.R. Tolkien since the internationally bestselling The Fall of Arthur. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be published by HarperCollins on 22nd May 2014 and in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.



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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Helen Oyeyemi - Favourite Books

Helen Oyeyemi

‘I can say which books have had a significant impact on the way I read (I’d love for them to have an effect on what I write too, but that only seems to happen very slowly, if at all). From the early days, “Little Women” and “Alice in Wonderland.” As a teenager, Poe’s short stories; Sheridan Le Fanu’s “In a Glass Darkly” (which contains “Green Tea” and “The Familiar,” two stories full of some of the most troubling stuff concerning categories of sensory perception I’ve ever read); Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf”; Zbigniew Herbert’s droll and quietly devastating book of poems “Mr. Cogito”; and Gustav Meyrink’s “The Golem.” I was very struck — still am — by the angle “The Golem” takes on monstrosity. More recently, Dezso Kosztolanyi’s “Anna Edes”; Kelly Link’s “Stranger Things Happen”; Barbara Comyns’s “The Vet’s Daughter”; Aimee Bender’s “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”; and Jesse Ball’s “Samedi the Deafness.”’

Helen Oyeyemi on which novels have impacted her most as a writer.


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