BAND October 2011: Nonfiction Anthologies
B.A.N.D., Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees, launched in July and is being run by a small group of bloggers as a way to promote the love of nonfiction amount bloggers. Each month a discussion question will be put forward giving everyone and anyone the chance to respond. If you are interested in hosting a month do check out the tumblr site and let us know!
Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness hosted the first discussion, asking What’s your favorite type of nonfiction? in July. In August I led the discussion, asking How did you get into nonfiction? In September Cass wanted to know about nonfiction audiobooks, asking if we had listened and enjoyed. This month Ash wants to know (her post here):
What are your favorite nonfiction anthologies?
I haven’t read any of the anthologies that Ash highlights, and don’t actually read many anthologies period. After reading Ash’s post I’m starting to think that I would enjoy them and should read them more. I like how she points out that they are a great way to find new writers. I’ve only recently started to read more short story collections and am enjoying them, and finding great new authors to follow, so I imagine nonfiction anthologies would do the same.
One set of anthologies which I have read is called Dropped Threads and is edited by Canadian authors Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson. There are three books in the collection: Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told, Dropped Threads 2: More of What We Aren’t Told, and Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle. These are three collections of essays by women of all walks of life that talk about things they wish they had been told, things they don’t think are discussed enough, and just generally full of wisdom and experience. These books weren’t anthologies that made me go purchase more by the authors, but I suppose you could say, really, that these were some of the first feminist or women’s studies works I ever read.
What about you – Have you read any nonfiction anthologies before?