This week I plan to attend the writer’s conference: Festival of Faith and Writing held in Grand Rapids. For blog readers here is a peek at the some of the books I’m reading in preparation for the events of the conference.
As usual, wish I had done more prep reading …… but…..
Part of the fun of the conference is discovering and exploring new authors and their works. I confess among the authors included in this post, only Rahman is new to me. Earlier this year I read Salley Vickers novel “The Cleaner of Chartres” which I enjoyed. At the time I expected her to be at the conference. Now I do not see her listed on the schedule. I’m disappointed. That novel was my introduction to her writing. There will be new writers to discover, but as my mind runs over the schedule, I know I am also drawn to authors I have read or met before.
“More: Poems” by Barbara Crooker.
I met Barbara at the first conference I attended and somewhere along the way I purchased her poems. It’s likely I will have the opportunity to hear her again.
“Poets on the Psalms” Edited by Lynn Domina. Essays
Lynn Domina will appear in a session alongside Barbara. Attending their session may keep me in Grand Rapids an extra day.
“My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer” by Christian Wiman.
I’ll find a quiet place in the empty chapel or the library to read his work with concentration. I love the chapel at Calvin. It’s a beautiful room. I need both quiet time and concentration to process his writing.
“In the Light of What We Know: a novel by Zia Haider Rahman
I’m completely taken with this novel. It’s not an easy read, but I turn to it at every opportunity. So far (I’m not quite halfway through the story.) I see its interest as built on different views of the people with experiences in far-flung areas on our globe who participate in events that influence the lives of many people. It seems to address immigration to Europe and America from South Asia, the world financial markets, and class differences among its varied themes. Hearing this man speak is at the top of my agenda for the conference.
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray. Memoir
This book is one of the best memoirs I’ve read. Her tales of growing up in South Georgia are filled with tenderness and humor. She also writes of the long leaf pine forests, capturing the beauty and the heart of those tall trees. In short, I love reading this book. Her writing is not new to me. I’m a fan. But I had never read this one. Feeling blessed that I soon hope to hear her speak.