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May 22, 2011

Hello and welcome to all new readers who have found my site this week while I am away at Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention.

To all my regular readers, this is a sticky post which will stay up all week, please scroll down for new content.

My name is Amy McKie and I’ve been blogging since January 2009 here at Amy Reads. Blogging and reviewing is my hobby, in my more official life I travel around North America as a software consultant (giving me lots of time to read in airports and hotels). I tend to read a mix of everything but mostly (non narrative) non-fiction, GLBTQ literature, and international / translated literature. In terms of the non-fiction I read I tend to enjoy reading books especially about women’s and gender studies, race studies, current affairs, international health care issues, international politics and development.

I would like to share with you the three projects I am involved in this year which are special to me and which occupy a lot of my time and reading energy.

A Year of Feminist Classics

This is a project that is being hosted by Ana, Iris, Emily and myself in which we are reading a feminist classic and discussing it as a group on the dedicated site each month. We tried to pick a list of titles that wasn’t too western centric and that covered a variety of topics and interests. In the end narrowing it down to just twelve months worth of reads was incredibly difficult and we just might have to keep it up next year!

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion and we are proud to say that we have discussion members of all ages and from all over the world (the hosts ourselves are all from different countries as well). This has made for really interesting discussion – I do hope that you will join us!

Independent Literary Awards, GLBTQ category

For the second year in a row I am serving as a voting member for the Independent Literary Awards GLBTQ category under the fantastic directorship of Cass who blogs at Bonjour, Cass!. The Indie Lit Awards are a place for all of us to nominate our favorite books published during the year for our own reading prize. Other categories include Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography/Memoir, Mystery, Poetry, and Speculative Fiction. As a voting member for the category I will be reading as many eligible and nominated books as I can fit in to my schedule and as I can get my hands on, which I am really excited to do. Last year I found some real gems this way.

Do please check out the site and remember to nominate your favorite reads. You can also sign up under your favorite categories for publishers to contact you with review requests for books that would qualify for the award. A great way to get targeted review copies!

Semi related to this is the GLBTQ read-a-long list that I am reading with Cass. We aren’t staying really on track and the list keeps changing, but it is still getting me to read more of the classics that I’ve not read to date which I feel gives me a better grounding for judging the new releases in the genre.

Nigerian Literature Fridays

I also have a personal project ongoing through the year to read and review a work of Nigerian literature each Friday. This includes fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry and I’ve created a page which both explains my passion for Nigerian lit and lists the titles that I’ve reviewed to date. I’ve been working my way through a number of fantastic authors and trying my best to find titles by Nigerians who are still in Nigeria which can be difficult – those we hear about more often in Canada are those who have moved away and are publishing from, for example, London or the United States. If you know of any I would love more recommendations!

My thought at the moment is to choose a new geographic location to read extensively from in 2012 but am still considering where I would like my literary travels to take me next. Once I decide I will be asking for recommendations from that area as well in order to prepare for next year.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2011 6:33 pm

    I think I’d go nuts focusing on reading books from a particular region, since I thrive on variety. I can’t wait to see where you end up, next! Hope you’re having a terrific time at BEA!

    • May 31, 2011 9:37 pm

      It’s still only a quarter or less of my reading so it’s not bad Nancy. I really like it :) And thanks!

  2. May 28, 2011 9:10 pm

    Very smart of you to post this “If you saw me at BEA” post. I passed out the word on Facebook about the awards and wrote to my publisher. They may have already known all about it, not sure. I’m looking forward to following you here.




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