A Literacy Movement: Celebrating “Read Tuesday”
Speaking of the globe, I awoke yesterday morning to find that Humayoon Babur, an Afghan journalist in Kabul who received my book from a friend in Michigan, shared Flashes of War with his close contacts. This photo was taken in the home of an Assistant Professor at Baglhan University:
It’s difficult to describe how seeing this photo made me feel. In some regards, it brings to life the stories I imagined in a way I never considered before. Each book an author writes has the capacity to return something to the writer in its own unique way. This is one of those things that only a book about these wars could have done. But in other ways, it makes me feel further away. There’s a little part of me in Afghanistan now, and it’s very likely I’ll ever go there to unite with it. What would I say, if I visited for a day? What could I offer or do? I can only envision myself as a fly on the wall, taking in as much as possible, humbled and overwhelmed by the chance to finally experience–on the level of the five senses–a world I have tried to bring to life for myself for the last three years.
In other book news, I was interviewed by a war literature blogger in New York City. It was so refreshing to speak with someone 6 whole months after the book launch. I have a different perspective on my own work now, and interviewer Rebecca Forbes had incredibly precise, insightful questions. If you’d like to read about the military-civilian divide, the specters of guilt and silence, and my writing process, please visit Profound Flashes: Q&A with Author Katey Schultz.
Finally, tonight you can tune in live through online streaming to hear an excerpt from Flashes of War and an on-air interview as I speak with the hosts of KFAI Minneapolis public radio from 7-8pm (Central Standard Time) for their “Write On!” show. I think I’ll be reading from the opening pages of “Getting Perspective,” a story set in Western North Carolina.
On Thursday, I’ll post a list of books I’m recommending as gifts this year–poetry, fiction, and memoir. I’m very excited to share some of my favorite authors with you, so stay tuned!