Women in Translation Month is around the corner! Last year, I compiled a list of translated books by women that I enjoyed and created a Women in Translation Bingo game. I also wrote about novellas by Marguerite Duras and Eileen Chang and poetry collections from Rocío Cerón and Angélica Freitas.
This summer has been a bit more hectic as I’ve been teaching more, taking my second novel through an eighth draft, and researching my third novel. However! I’m excited for Women In Translation Month and wanted to share with you four books on my to-read pile.
What have you been reading?
Today I kick off a series of 16 blog posts issuing writing prompts for the Ploughshares blog. The posts will discuss using art, architecture, dance, eavesdropping, and all sorts of other sources of inspiration to keep your writing going. I’m excited to be embarking on this new project. The first post uses portraits on Google Art Projects to write monologues, and a game on Twitter, and the posts will appear every two or three weeks. Check it out, write, share, tweet! Wee!
Last night I read “Go East” at the Library Lounge, a lovely performance space at Telephone Bar. It’s an intimate room for about 30-40 people, lined with antique mirrors and candles, and there’s a fireplace on the stage with more candles. My legs were trembling pretty hard (no one claimed to notice), and luckily, I didn’t shake my way into the fireplace and die a firey death. I’d agonized all week over where to add he-said’s and she-said’s to make the dialogue more comprehensible to the ear (thanks to a seminar I’m taking on teaching listening!). In all, the reading was a fun time.
My next reading is coming up pretty soon! Very much looking forward to that too.
Just in case there are people reading this that aren’t also reading my brother Victor’s blog, here is a link to his great, fun, inventive take on traditional video games. He had an exhibit at the Salone del Mobile, in Milano, which has just closed shop. Which shows how up to date I am…
(Just as expected, the more work I should be doing, the more posts end up here. This does not bode well for productivity.)