New Crayons is a meme started by Susan of Color Online to list new books acquired over the past week. Here’s my literary loot:
TOK: Writing the New Toronto (Book 5): Received from Diaspora Dialogues, a Toronto-based organization that supports diasporic writing. TOK is a collection of short stories and poems by writers established and emerging; contributors include M.G. Vassanji, Emma Donoghue, Nalo Hopkinson and Shyam Selvadurai as well as debuting poets and writers. The two stories I’ve read thus far are excellent, and go a long way in compensating for the depressing cover, which evokes nothing as much as council houses in England.
Secret Son by Laila Lalami: Received from the author. This book, set in Morocco, details the story of a young man who discovers that his dead father is not just alive, but rich and powerful to boot. The premise sounds interesting–I’m always intrigued by how ordinary people react to extraordinary events. And Morocco in fiction has been a winner for me thus far, from Lalami’s earlier work Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits to my recent MG read, The Lionboy Trilogy by Zizou Corder.
Family Fortune by Mignon G. Eberhart: From the library. I learnt about this crime writer from A Work in Progress, part of the detective fiction challenge I participated in recently. Eberhart was apparently known as America’s Agatha Christie, and she’s almost as prolific as the latter, with over sixty novels to her name. My library has three titles, all in large print, so I suspect Eberhart is supposed to appeal to the elderly. But such generalizations are mostly bunkum anyway.