Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Your Stocking with Donna Miscolta

Book Your Stocking: December 11

Welcome back to Book Your Stocking, a new series this holiday season, in which readers of all stripes share their Reading Wish-Lists and/or Give-Lists. (All titles are linked to their publishers or to Indiebound/your nearest bookstore.)

Please welcome today's reader, Donna Miscolta, author of Hola and Goodbye.


Gift-Giving List

Novel: The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel, who brings the reader directly against the beating hearts of her characters.

Story collection: In the Country by Mia Alvar, whose powerful and moving stories about the diaspora of Filipino migrants and asylum-seekers I’m constantly recommending.

Poetry: Killing MarΓ­as: A Poem for Multiple Voices by Claudia Castro Luna, whose commitment to social justice and art are beautifully rendered in this book.

Non-Fiction: Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War by M. Evelina Galang, who provides
a grim, but fearless and necessary look at women’s lives that must not be forgotten.

Also, these novels: 
A book I’m enjoying now is Pretend We Are Lovely by Noley Reid about family, its fragility and tenacity, and about the bonds of sisterhood.

A book I look forward to reading is Daughters of the Air by Anca Szilagyi, whose writing I admire.


Donna Miscolta, photo by Meryl Schenker
(used with permission)
About today's reader: Donna Miscolta’s short story collection Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman and publication by Carolina Wren Press in 2016.  It won the Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award silver medal for Best Latino Focused Fiction in English. She is also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, most recently in Moss and Blood Orange Review. She lives in Seattle with her husband, their daughters having left to make their way in the world, one in Los Angeles and the other off to Ecuador soon.


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