Online Book Club Author Response and Winner!

Our first online book club reading went well! I’m really happy with the questions you submitted for July’s author, Futhi Ntshingila. I put the names of all who submitted questions into a bag, and the winner of a signed copy of Do Not Go Gentle is Melanie Hooks, of Los Angeles, California, USA. Congratulations, Melanie! … More Online Book Club Author Response and Winner!

Occupy Humanity: Read an African Writer

Please join me in a new online feature here at Traveling Marla. I’m calling it “Occupy Humanity: Read an African Writer.” Okay, the title’s a bit long, and maybe a little cloying, but these books are compelling, and I want to read them together, with YOU.  I’m far from home. I miss seeing you at … More Occupy Humanity: Read an African Writer

The Craft of Reading and the Stalking of Dinty W. Moore

As I’m sitting at the cafe this morning, writing my latest Expat Focus column, I keep telling myself “I’m working. I’m working.” I used to tell myself (and others) “I’m writing. I’m writing. I’m writing.” The simple shift in words seems to have finalized a shift in attitude I’ve been trying to maintain, and I … More The Craft of Reading and the Stalking of Dinty W. Moore

Beth Gilstrap is Bringin’ it!

Welcome to another segment of Writer Wednesday, dear readers. I’m excited to share a post about writer Beth Gilstrap. I was fortunate to room with Beth Ms. Gilstrap for a bit when we were getting our MFA degrees at Chatham. Although she majored in Fiction, Gilstrap has been published in Nonfiction as well. Her debut … More Beth Gilstrap is Bringin’ it!