On the Books, with YA Author Tanita S. Davis
October 27, 2008
A big welcome goes out to Tanita S. Davis, the author of A la Carte (Knopf, 2008), a young-adult novel—with recipes. Powell's even classifies the book as "gastronomic literature." I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Lainey, a teenaged vegetarian chef who must decide to what lengths she will go for an increasingly troubled friend. You can read an excerpt over at the publisher's place. Another novel, Mare's War, is scheduled for June 2009.
A blogging friend from way back, Tanita and I often like to chat about chickens, but this morning I have a bookish question for her: What are you reading these days? Let's hear from Tanita.
I'm reading Canadian author K.V. Johansen's THE STORYTELLER, which is a collection of short fiction for older teens and adults where nothing is exactly as it seems. There are gods and demons, enchanted swords, bravery and tragedy on an epic scale for such a short book. Also, in honor of his general awesomeness and his continuing battle with Alzheimer's Disease, I'm re-reading all 36 of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, and I’m GOING POSTAL this month, which is GREAT. Next up on my bedside table is THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU, by Heather Duffy Stone.
Tanita and her colleague Sarah Stevenson blog at Finding Wonderland and Readers' Rants.
Previously in Chicken Spaghetti's "On the Books" series:
Marc Tyler Nobleman
Susan Taylor Brown
LD Podcast's Whitney Hoffman
Yay! What a great feature (and thanks for the plug!).
Posted by: a. fortis / Sarah | October 27, 2008 at 10:23 PM
Any time, A. Fortis! Thanks for the nice words.
Posted by: Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) | October 27, 2008 at 10:26 PM
I really enjoy these features; thanks for asking me!
Posted by: TadMack | October 28, 2008 at 06:16 AM
I'm so glad that you could stop by, Tanita! Thank YOU.
Posted by: Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) | October 28, 2008 at 08:12 AM
Thanks for the post, Susan, and I also like Finding Wonderland, which I found through you!
Posted by: Gottawrite Girl | October 28, 2008 at 04:36 PM
There's lots of good reading at Finding Wonderland, isn't there!
Posted by: Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) | October 28, 2008 at 05:52 PM
WOO HOO, TadMack!
I keep wanting to read those Discworld books, but I am afraid that when I start they will keep me from doing anything else for a month. That's how it usually goes with me and series.
Posted by: adrienne | October 29, 2008 at 04:25 PM
I had no idea Pratchett had Alzheimers. How sad.
I can't flippin' wait to read TadMack's book. I started it, barely read any, had to put it down, 'cause I was too swamped to focus. Ergh. I need to take another blog break.
Posted by: Jules | October 30, 2008 at 09:21 AM
I've never read any Discworld either, but I'm sure I will be in a few years when my boys are a bit older, and they bring them home...
But what does Tanita mean by GOING POSTAL???? Does it mean mailing a new book of her own off??? If so, congratulations!
Posted by: Charlotte | October 30, 2008 at 10:22 AM
Adrienne, TadMack rocks. Agreed.
Jules, isn't that so sad about Terry Pratchett? I LOVED A la Carte.
Charlotte, Going Postal is the title of one of Pratchett's books. Can't wait to read TadMack's next novel!
Posted by: Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) | October 30, 2008 at 02:08 PM