For some reason it has always been easier for me to support local cinema than local authors. It probably has something to do with the amount of time it takes to watch a movie versus reading a book. While I was at university I read authors like J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, but after that it was like I didn’t give South African authors the time of day. That’s going to change now. Over the past year I’ve managed to read a handful of titles, but going forward I’ll definitely be making more of a concerted effort to support local authors.
This is the pile of books that is currently next to my bed, waiting to be read. Some of these have been on the shelf for ages, like The Spiral House which I’ve tried to get into a few times now. Then there are others, like The Sea of Wise Insects, Year of the Gherkin and Devil’s Peak that have just lived on the shelf without me having any real plans to read them. This, of course has since changed.
S.L. Grey is the collaborative pen name of Sarah Lotz (The Three) and Louis Greenberg (Dark Windows). They’ve written a few books together already, but I’ll start with these two that were lent to me recently.
If you’re interested in finding local books to suit your taste, you’re in luck that is post coincides with the annual Exclusive Books Homebru promotion. This year there are 48 titles on the list, so you’re bound to find something you’ll like!