Last month, Nicole and I announced BOOK CLUB. We will be discussing our first book, “A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear” by Atiq Rahimi from Other Press on January 25th on Nicole’s blog. It is on sale tomorrow, so feel free to join us if you get your hands on a copy between then and now.
Nicole and I have decided to release our entire schedule for the first half of 2011 so you can see what is coming, in case you have the chance to get your hands on any of these books somewhere else.
February: “The Last Brother” by Nathacha Appanah from Graywolf Press – being given away today, and discussed here on Devourer of Books on February 22nd.
March: “Picking Bones from Ash” by Marie Mockett from Graywolf Press – being given away the week of February 7th, and discussed March 22nd on Nicole’s Blog, Linus’s Blanket.
April: “Galore” by Michael Crummey from Other Press – being given away the week of March 7th and discussed April 26th here on Devourer of Books.
May: “The Convert” by Deborah Baker from Graywolf Press – being given away the week of April 12th, then discussed here at Devourer of Books on May 16th (note: we are discussing this early due to BEA).
August: “Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens – being discussed August 23rd. We are not giving away copies of this, but half of you probably have it on your shelves somewhere anyway, and if you have ereaders you can get it free or very cheap. If you want to participate in our readalong in installments, which started this week, check out the schedule over at What’s Old is New.
Our schedule for the second half of the year is still to be determined.
Today Nicole and I are both giving away five copies of “The Last Brother” by Nathacha Appahan, courtesy of Graywolf Press for people who would like to participate in our discussion on my blog on February 22nd.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
As 1944 comes to a close, nine-year-old Raj is unaware of the war devastating the rest of the world. He lives in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, where survival is a daily struggle for his family. When a brutal beating lands Raj in the hospital of the prison camp where his father is a guard, he meets a mysterious boy his own age. David is a refugee, one of a group of Jewish exiles whose harrowing journey took them from Nazioccupied Europe to Palestine, where they were refused entry and sent on to indefinite detainment in Mauritius.
A massive storm on the island leads to a breach of security at the camp, and David escapes, with Raj’s help. After a few days spent hiding from Raj’s cruel father, the two young boys flee into the forest. Danger, hunger, and malaria turn what at first seems like an adventure to Raj into an increasingly desperate mission.
This unforgettable and deeply moving novel sheds light on a fascinating and unexplored corner of World War II history, and establishes Nathacha Appanah as a significant international voice.
If you would like to be considered as a participant for February, please fill out the form below by 11:59pm Central time today, Tuesday, January 11. Your mailing address will be discarded if you aren’t selected to participate or passed onto the publisher if you are. I do not share or retain any personal information.