Kim Barnes on her 5 Favorite Books of All Time

Books that took the top of my head off (and still do): Sula by Toni Morrison: It still amazes me with its perfect balance of myth, love, loss, poetry, and politics. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean: Every time I get to the end, it breaks my heart all over again. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: A hostage crisis staged as a drawing room drama, written with a kind of artistic intelligence that blows my mind, sentence by sentence. Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark Spragg: Lyrical, tough, fearless–one of the best memoirs ever. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: You know that moment when, as…

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Jessica Fièvre: An Interview with the Novelist

Check out my interview on Kreyolicious! (2012) Here’s an excerpt: With her perky smile and well-carved face, Michèle Jessica Fièvre might easily be taken for a model on the streets of Miami, but no, she writes novels. Fièvre, who was born in the 1980s in Haiti, carved a little niche for herself in the mystery and horror novel genre. She became one of the youngest people ever to be published in Haiti, next to the 20th Century poet Carl Brouard, and the youngest to have published a novel. Her last name Fièvre means ‘fever’ in English, and she—through her writings—seems bent on giving her readers one, albeit a…

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Nick Vagnoni on his 5 Favorite Books of All Time

Five favorite books of all time, in no particular order. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: I think I first read this when I was 16, and it was one of those moments where you find yourself reading something that is exactly what you want, but you didn’t know that it actually existed. I’d never read anything so lush and dreamlike. It filled a need that I didn’t really know could be filled, and I think it actually changed how I saw the world around me. It put a voice in my head to name things and write about things in a way where everything seemed…

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Turns out I might be a stand-up comedian when I grow up

So Boukan Returns (see flyer below). And yup, I’m gonna give comedy a try on Wednesday… in addition to talking about my books, that is. Let see how it all turns out. Yes… I tend to do many things on a whim. I became a writer on a whim. Just picked up a pen one rainy day, and thought, “Oh, that’s cool.” I created two very decent online magazines on a whim. This blog is quite whimsical, wouldn’t you say? People will actually laugh on Wednesday, and who knows what else can happen then? I might launch the Jessica-haha column on this blog. Let the cyberworld be warned:…

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