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Book Digest: Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, Armindo António

We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, and Armindo António.

A Trace of Sun Book by Pam Williams

Publisher:  Legend Press
Date:  March 1, 2024
Genre:  Fiction
Language:  English
Where to find it:  Legend Press,

Pam Williams

Pam Williams
Pam Williams

Pam Williams studied fashion at London’s prestigious St Martin’s School of Art with a focus on journalism, PR and styling, and soon after pursued a career in fashion. She then entered the world of magazine publishing as Fashion Coordinator for She magazine, going on to work for PS magazine and freelancing for publications such as Fashion Editor at Shape, She and Now magazines. In 2010, Pam made a career change and became a foster carer before moving into education three years later as a supply teaching assistant. What began as a memoir of her mother’s life, which she had started 30 years prior, transformed into a fictionalised story inspired by some of her family’s experiences as part of the so-called Windrush generation and is now A Trace of Sun. Pam lives with her husband in London, together they have one son.

A Trace of Sun Book

A Trace of Sun Book by Pam Williams
A Trace of Sun Book by Pam Williams

‘Don’t go Mammy please.’ Stuttered words filled her ears, sent frissons of guilt through her as she bent over him; held him to her thumping chest. Tears sliding from her face to his.

Raef is left behind in Grenada when his mother, Cilla, follows her husband to England in search of a better life. When they are finally reunited seven years later, they are strangers – and the emotional impact of the separation leads to events that rip their family apart. As they try to move forward with their lives, his mother’s secret will make Raef question all he’s ever known of who he is.

A Trace of Sun is, in part, inspired by the author’s own family experiences.

Twelve Words for Moss by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Publisher:  Penguin
Date:  May 16, 2024
Genre:  Poetry
Language:  English
Where to find it:  Penguin

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet and academic and is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University in Birmingham, Associate Professor at Northumbria University, and a Leverhulme Research Fellow for 2021-22. She has described herself as an ‘ecopoet’ who curates ‘ecopoetic’ exhibitions.

Twelve Words for Moss

Twelve Words for Moss by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Twelve Words for Moss by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Where nothing grows, moss is the spark that triggers new life. Embarking on a journey though landscape, memory and recovery, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett explores this mysterious, ancient marvel of the plant world, meditating on and renaming her favourite mosses – from Glowflake to Little Loss – and drawing inspiration from place, people and language itself.

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead (Paperback)

Publisher: Doubleday
Date:  June 4, 2024
Genre:  Fiction
Language:  English
Where to find it:  Penguin Random House

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. He lives in New York City.

Crook Manifesto

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead
Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

It’s 1971. Trash piles up on the streets, crime is at an all-time high, the city is careening towards bankruptcy, and a shooting war has broken out between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Army. Amidst this collective nervous breakdown furniture store owner and ex-fence Ray Carney tries to keep his head down and his business thriving. His days moving stolen goods around the city are over. It’s strictly the straight-and-narrow for him — until he needs Jackson 5 tickets for his daughter May and he decides to hit up his old police contact Munson, fixer extraordinaire. But Munson has his own favors to ask of Carney and staying out of the game gets a lot more complicated – and deadly.

1973. The counter-culture has created a new generation, the old ways are being overthrown, but there is one constant, Pepper, Carney’s endearingly violent partner in crime. It’s getting harder to put together a reliable crew for hijackings, heists, and assorted felonies, so Pepper takes on a side gig doing security on a Blaxploitation shoot in Harlem. He finds himself in a freaky world of Hollywood stars, up-and-coming comedians, and celebrity drug dealers, in addition to the usual cast of hustlers, mobsters, and hit men. These adversaries underestimate the seasoned crook – to their regret.

1976. Harlem is burning, block by block, while the whole country is gearing up for Bicentennial celebrations. Carney is trying to come up with a July 4th ad he can live with. (“Two Hundred Years of Getting Away with It!”), while his wife Elizabeth is campaigning for her childhood friend, the former assistant D.A and rising politician Alexander Oakes. When a fire severely injures one of Carney’s tenants, he enlists Pepper to look into who may be behind it. Our crooked duo have to battle their way through a crumbling metropolis run by the shady, the violent, and the utterly corrupted.

Crook Manifesto is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family. Colson Whitehead’s kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem is sure to stand as one of the all-time great evocations of a place and a time.

Amores e outras cores by Armindo António

Publisher:  Catalogus
Date:  June 14, 2024
Genre:  Fiction
Language:  Portuguese
Where to find it:  Catalogus

Armindo António

Armindo António
Armindo António

Armindo António is a Mozambican writer.

Amores e outras cores (English: Loves and Other Colors)

Amores e outras cores by Armindo António
Amores e outras cores by Armindo António

“Amores e “Outras Cores”, the second book by author Armindo António, takes us to discover the love story starring Alves, a white man, and Melinha, a black woman. United by love, they overcome the limitations imposed by colonial society and break all racial barriers.

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