From the monthly archives: June 2017

Hello!  I had previously posted with bold intentions that I was going to offer a list of some of my favorite books of last year, but we are now well into June with no such list! My apologies for that, but there is good reason for the silence: I have been working non-stop on the final edits and copy-edits to CIRCE.  I still have a few last checks to do, but by and large the manuscript is finished, and my editor is sending out early bound copies, which is always exciting.

I can now also officially announce my publication dates: April 10th in the US, and May 3rd in the UK.  I will be doing some book tour stops for both, which I’m very much looking forward to.  When I have that schedule, I will post it both here and in my events.

I will have lots more updates coming down the line, including covers (!) for the two editions, and maybe even excerpts as we draw closer.  And I actually am working on a list of some recent books I’ve read/am reading, since there is such a bonanza of Classical offerings out now, including Natalie Haynes’ The Children of Jocasta, David Vann’s Bright Air Black and Colm Toibin’s House of Names.  But in the meantime, I will leave you with my favorite Homeric description of Circe:

“Fair-tressed Circe, the dread goddess who speaks like a mortal.”– Homer, Odyssey, X.136

(By the way, that word “fair-tressed” is one of those lovely ancient Greek adjectives that makes me so glad I’m not a translator and so appreciative of their art.  More literally it’s: “having beautifully dressed hair” but that doesn’t exactly roll trippingly off the tongue…)

Happy well-dressed hair and summer to all!

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