The 2013 Booker Conversations is a series of in-depth, spoiler-free discussions between BookerMarks bloggers about this year’s nominated titles. Kicking things off, Aaron Westerman from Typographical Era and Michelle Williams from A Reader and a Rider discuss Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.
Aaron Westerman is Opinionless. Except of course when it comes to books or movies. He’s the co-founder of Typographical Era where he blogs on a regular basis about the latest in translated literature, foreign cinema, and more.
Michelle Williams is an avid “reader” of books and a “rider” of bicycles. When she is not cycling you can catch her reading and when she is not reading, well, she is probably pedaling about somewhere. Her blog, A Reader and A Rider journals her reviews of literary fiction.
Set in the 1860’s during the height of the New Zealand gold rush, Eleanor Catton’s astrologically-inspired novel The Luminaries, is a wonderfully vivid piece of historical fiction that centers around death of drunkard, the disappearance of wealthy young man, the addictions of a prostitute, and a fortune in stolen gold that may or may not bind them all together.
Today, we interrupt our Man Booker coverage for just a moment to let you more about each of the bloggers that are taking part in this year’s shadowing project.
For three months every year, these brave individuals risk carpal tunnel syndrome, paper cuts, and pinky blisters in order to bring you the best in Booker coverage. That doesn’t mean that they’re lazy the rest of the year though (ahem, Mike). If your enjoying the content that’s being published on BookerMarks, then perhaps you’ll want to check out each of their official sites for the massive amount of book related reviews, news, and interviews that happen on a steady, year round basis. Like them on La Twitter! Follow them on The Facebook! All the kids are doing it these days.
This will be our one and only moment of self-promotion this year. Well, unless you consider the “About” page self-promotion. Then this is technically our second and not only moment of self-promotion. “Second and not only” is now our new favorite phrase. We’ll try to work that in wherever possible in the future. It just rolls right off the keyboard…