My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: August 14, 2009

August 14, 2009

J.M. Coetzee reads an excerpt from his forthcoming Summertime. Alternatively, you can read it yourself here thanks to the New York Review of Books.

For some fun, you can check out a related excerpt. This excerpt is the Dutch translation of Summertime re-translated to English via Google Translate.

Having read and enjoyed Ghostwritten (please check my review), the Bat Segundo show caught my eye. The fictional character preceded this podcast, if you have not read Mitchell’s first novel. Plus, if you like author interviews and are willing to listen rather than read, this is a great place to go. I am only sorry I did not find it sooner. David Mitchell was, appropriately, Bat Segundo’s first interviewee. Bat gets better.

[Edited] In the future, My Favorite Lit-Blog Things will be posted on Wednesdays, but I did not want to wait to share the above. Hope there’s something you like.