Travels in Germany. Another day, another contest. Forum van Rossum.
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Britta Marakatt-Labja, Historja

This week's news from:
 Shanghai Lady

I'm back! Happy to sleep in my own bed and play with Sam the cat. But also grateful for the wonderful and moving experiences we had during our trip through Germany.

For example, this photo is but a small piece of a 23.5 meter long work of embroidery entitled Historja by Britta Marakatt-Labba. This thread art is currently on display at documenta 14 in Kassel. It's about mythology and nature, journeys and coming home.

Home is where I garden and cook. Home is wherever my husband and children might be, even if we may not all be at the same place at the same time. It's where I write.

This week's blog post is about the intersection between my love of travel and my need to write. Or perhaps I should say, my need to travel and my love of writing? You'll understand once you read: Wanderlust.

While I was away, voting started on the Not the Booker Prize long list. Thanks to all of you who voted for The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. I think I made it into the top 20. Woo hoo! There's another contest coming up this fall. I'll give you better notice this time so keep your trigger fingers ready to vote for me again.

In the meantime, I leave you with two little goodies:

  1. A book review of the fabulous Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan, which I oh-so-imaginatively have titled: One Fish, Two Fish.
  2. An invitation for those of you in the Netherlands to attend Forum van Rossum on 31 August at 8pm. This bi-monthly book club held at Boekhandel van Rossum will be featuring my novel with yours truly as the discussion leader. You can register in advance here.

See you there!

Not the Booker Prize
Lost in Translation
Kitten Heels
Customs House

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