Footnotes, February 2021: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.

  • The Capote Tapes, a documentary, is out, and centres on the writer’s unfinished novel, Answered Prayers – along with the scandals it ignited. Info here, and actual documentary here.
  • Nomavenda Mathiane‘s novel Eyes in the Night has been out for a while, but is finally getting some airtime. It tells the story of the Battle of Isandlwana from the perspective of the Zulus. Watch this BBC interview with the author.
  • Some fellow who plays gridiron called Tom Brady won some match called the Super Bowl. This was notable because it was the seventh time he’d done such a thing – quite the feat, apparently. Anyhoo, here’s what he reads for inspo.

  • The first big fantasy book of the year has landed – in America, that is. It was in New Zealand a year ago already.
  • Well, that was an interesting mix-up about something James Baldwin never said.
  • A writer called Stephen Langtry has been composing fascinating threads about “Coloured” South Africans, including the artist and author Peter Clarke. He calls these threads #AColouredTapestry. They’re fascinating – read them.
  • Ever heard of Bette Howland? Why haven’t we? We should have.
  • ‘147 pages of emptiness, 19.50 lost euros,’ wrote a crusty French book critic of an influencer’s self-help guide, Toujours Plus. To which the only riposte is: je lui dois de l’argent ou quoi??
  • Ja, eat the rich.

Categories Fiction International Non-fiction

Tags Answered Prayers Bette Howland Elizabeth Knox Eyes in the Night Footnotes Lena Situations Nomavenda Mathiane Peter Clarke Robert Jones Jnr Son of Baldwin Stephen Langtry The Absolute Book The Capote Tapes The Four Agreements Tom Brady Toujours Plus

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