Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Summer Reading with Tania Hershman, author of "The White Road and Other Stories"

Last week we started our My Summer Reading Series, where we present our partners' choices and recommendations on great books for this summer.

Last week we had one publisher and one author and today we have two authors, both whom are publishing with
UK's renowned Salt Publishing.

Our first guest is Tania Hershman, author of the great book "The White Road and Other Stories". A tree is planted with Eco-Libris for every sold copy of the book.

Tania is a former science journalist and her award-winning short stories combine her two loves: fiction and science. Many of Tania’s stories, which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in print and online, are inspired by articles from popular science magazines. In November 2007, she founded The Short Review, a unique website dedicated to reviewing short story collections. Tania, who was born in London, is living in Jerusalem, Israel. "The White Road and Other Stories" is her first book. For more on Tania's current projects,please visit

Hi Tania, what are you reading now?
I am reading Home by Marilynne Robinson, it's stunning, utterly compelling, beautifully written. And Life in the Universe, a new short story collection by Michael J Farrell. I've read two stories, am loving it.

Any recommendation on a good summer reading?
Short stories are perfect, in my opinion. A few I recommend are: Ali Smith's The First Person and Other Stories, Tamar Yellin's Kafka in Bronteland, Carys Davis' Some New Ambush and Paddy O'Reilly's The End of the World

What you are planning to read this summer?
More short stories! I read a collection a month for review for The Short Review, the online journal I edit. I also read literary magazines, whatever I can get my hands on. And I have the Collected Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.

What is your favorite place to read in the summer?
Inside, in air conditioned bliss! And right now I am at a writing retreat in Ireland, Anam cara, and sitting in the outdoor jacuzzi with a view of the sea is a pretty perfect place to read.

Thanks Tania!

"The White Road and Other Stories" is available for sale in several bookstores - full information can be found at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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