Today my set of Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin Family Chronicles arrived in the mail. My husband, who opposes buying books, wanted to know if they were new. “No,” I said deadpan, and it’s true, because they were published long ago.
A gorgeous set, isn’t it? It consists of Meet the Austins, the Moon by Night, The Young Unicorns, A Ring of Endless Night, and Troubling a Star.
L’Engle is in back in my pantheon since rereading The Young Unicorns and reading for the first time her adult novel A Live Coal in the Sea (loved it!), which I wrote about here.
And so I am having a Madeleine L’Engle-thon, what with the Austins and all her adult books.
Here is a link to the Madeleine L’Engle website if you want to find out more about her books. It is the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Wrinkle in Time.
And now, links to five engrossing articles, essays, and blogs.
1. Julian Barnes on “My Life As a Bibliophile” at The Guardian.
“I have lived in books, for books, and by and with books…”
2. Vintage Books on John Mullan’s What Matters in Jane Austen – Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved.
3. The Fiction Desk on “How Travel Can Damage Your Prose.” (Very funny!)
4. Pages Turned on “Methods of Discovery”: how she came to find out about the books she read in June.
5. “The Search for Decolonial Love, Part I: An Interview with Junot Díaz” in
The Boston Review focuses on “Díaz’s concern with race, his debt to the writings of women of color, and his fictional explorations of psychic and emotional decolonization.” I usually slate such articles for my intellectual next lifetime, but The Boston Review is readable and a little offbeat, and Diaz’s take on women writers is fascinating. How often do men talk about women writers?