My latest book review at PopMatters is of a bibliomemoir by Katharine Smyth: ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED. It features one of my all-time favorite novels, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, by Virginia Woolf. Smyth explores how the writing of this novel helped Woolf finally come to terms with the loss of her mother and how the reading of it helped Smyth through her own grief over losing her father.
This year's Jaipur Literary Festival was as large as ever. Meaning: it was the largest-ever gathering of people from all around the world to discuss books, current affairs, and politics (because Indian literary festivals are never free of that.). And, while I haven't written a summary of my favorite panels like last year (read JLF 2018) I was invited to participate in two events. One was on literary translation and the other was on literary criticism. A few details follow.
This month's five stories feature animals who are integral to the story. These are of the straight realism genre so there will be a follow-up with stories featuring more surrealism. Here are Sarah Orne Jewett, P G Wodehouse, R L Maizes, Parashar Kulkarni, and R O Kwon with stories about cats, dogs, herons, and cows.