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!
The new Book Club page on my website is now up and running. You will find it in the Menu Bar of the website. I’m excited to have so many readers joining the online book club. Welcome, and enjoy! So many people have asked me what African literature I recommend, and what books I’m reading … More Welcome to the New Book Club!
Ever finish a book and think “Geez! Why did the author have to kill that character?” or “Why did he end it this way, when I was sure character X was going to…” Well, read with me, and then let’s ask the author together! Every author in my reading series has agreed to answer your … More Do Not Go Gentle…Shameless!
Juan Felipe Herrera Named US Poet Laureate : Harriet Staff : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation. Congratulations, Mr. Herrera. Well earned! A happy Writer Wednesday indeed! Love, Marla
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
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
I came across this huge, artificial Baobab tree in Lynnwood Bridge last night, and I knew you would want to see it. How beautiful is this tree? Here in South Africa, the baobab tree is often used during the festive season in lieu of pine trees. You might remember I wrote a tiny bit about … More The Lighting of the…Baobab?
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!