‘ISLAND’ VOICES: Packing 256 pages, So Many Islands is a buzzworthy new collection of nearly 20 stories – “bold new writing from the distant shores of countries in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific Oceans.” Published by Telegram Books, the collection was edited by Nicholas McLaughlin, with a foreword penned by Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James. Familiar names among the contributors include Melanie Schwapp whose story is titled “Granny Dead,” Emma Lewis (“Tread Lightly”), Jacob Ross (“Roses for Mister Thorne”) and Kendel Hippolyte (“Avocado”). “Giving voice to their challenges,” the publishers note, “these writers create a vibrant portrait of what it’s like to live and love on the small islands they call home.”
IN HER OWN WORDS: Numerous books have been published about former US First Lady Michelle Obama, but none has been more eagerly anticipated than Becoming, her memoir being published by Crown in November. As she reflects on her journey, Mrs. Obama invites readers into her world, dishing up the experiences (triumphs and disappointments, the White House years, motherhood) that have shaped her. It goes without saying that Becoming is essential reading. “Warm, wise and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance, who has steadily defied expectations, inspiring us to do the same,” the publishers note.