A very happy new year to all our readers!
In 2020, we are going to be continuing this trend with an issue every month on themes we feel most strongly about. We have quite a list in works with book reviews, interviews, features, news and a lot more, so stay connected!
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Every January is a reason to celebrate, not just New Year’s Day but also new visions and goals, new convictions and resolutions. There is something about beginnings that lures us to start out with a blank slate. And so, this month, to celebrate a start, we are going to be looking at a year, random to most, but not to our editor, and journey through it with literature.
That random year is 1986 – the year our editor was born. It was the year in which Halley’s Comet reached the closest to Earth. It was the year in which the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch. It was the year of the worst nuclear incident in history – the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion. It was the year in which noted Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma was born and the year in which one of the most vocal feminists Simone de Beauvoir died.
This January we plan to be looking at all these and more – we will take a look at some of our favorite books published in 1986, review books recommended by our friends and celebrate authors born in January (well, virtually on our website of course).
In This Issue
Published this month, The Magical Language of Others is a memoir by E J Koh that spans multiple generations and explores the complexities of transgressions that mothers and daughters commit, hard-won selfhood and the deeply painful but loving bonds one has to family, places, and memories
Inspired by his own true adventures, Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, published in 1986, is a spellbinding story of survival and transformation for young adults
Published this month, Lady Clementine is a first-person fictional account of Clementine, wife of Winston Churchill, who played an extremely influential role in her husband’s life and in the politics of her time
Chernobyl nuclear explosion was one of the world’s worst nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986
In this novel published in 1986, an aging Japanese painter reminisces and takes stock of his past in the aftermath of World War II to understand if he truly is culpable for the decisions he made before and during the war
A look at books releasing in January 2020