Summer Reading Lists - Robin MacArthur

This is the third in our series of 2017 Vermont Book Award finalists' summer reading lists.

Today's Summer Reading List is from Robin MacArthur, the author of the short story collection, Half Wild (Ecco, 2016). Howard Frank Mosher said that Half Wild "will make you weep over, laugh at, and finally cheer for, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, lovers and losers, and the human race in general." Thank you for sharing your list, Robin!

Robin MacArthur's Summer Reading List

I've just completed a novel that I've been working on for two years (Heart Spring Mountain, coming into the world in January 2018), so my "work" for the summer is to read books (ah). 


I'm two-thirds of the way through Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness which is both beautiful and brilliant. Roy's ability to blend the lyrical, the personal and the political in ways that are fluid, raw, experimental and non-didactic is wildly inspiring. 


Next on my to-read pile is The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. I've wanted to read this for a year now, and have been saving it (in order to savor it) for a summer when I have a clear mind and a little space to carve out--perhaps in a hammock or on a beach. The first two pages took my breath away.


Lastly, I'm dipping in and out of the new anthology, Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry. Published by Vermont's own Green Writers Press, this anthology contains the work of my favorite Vermont poets, and is also introducing me to some astonishing new gems. Every time I crack the spine I'm grateful for the richness and abundance of Vermont's literature, and these many blossoming celebrations of it (Literary North included).