I am not reading much these days. Which is a pity. I would imagine that most writers are writers because they so love to read. But sometimes, the writing gets in the way. I’m reading plenty of research. I’m reading blogs and, it must be said, Twitter. I am reading far too much of my own writing, while I edit. None of that reading is really for pleasure.
So, it was a pleasure to find today, on Twitter, that November is German Literature Month, a terrific initiative by @BeautyandtheCat via today’s blog, 14 German Women Writers You Shouldn’t Miss. I’ll say. This post is a whistle-stop tour through the history of German women writers and a terrific introduction to many new names – at least for me. If I were reading, I would be adding Anna Seghers, Irmgard Keun, and Judith Hermann straightaway. I am a devoted fan of Hans Fallada, Heinrich Boll and Jenny Erpenbeck, but I know that I don’t read enough German writers – especially women. Three cheers to German Literature Month’s initiative to get us all reading. Maybe, even me.
Click here to visit more German Literature Month participants and to get involved in some of their group reads.