Monday, December 03, 2007

What is Nichelle Tramble reading?

The latest featured contributor to Writers Read: Nichelle D. Tramble, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Dying Ground and its sequel The Last King, and a writer on ABC's Women's Murder Club.

Part of her entry:
I've looked forward to One Drop by Bliss Broyard for a long time. Years ago, I read the New Yorker article about her father, Anatole, and how he passed as white for the majority of his adult life. Philip Roth's interpretation of the events of Broyard's life were depicted in The Human Stain (a favorite) but I was eager to hear from the Broyard family. So far the book is a an emotional journey through a troubled family history.

On the other end of the spectrum is I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon. Zevon led a colorful life, often ugly, always full throttle. I'm taking my time with this one. His last album, The Wind, and the song "Keep Me In Your Heart" led me to this book. [read on]
Read an excerpt from The Dying Ground and an excerpt from The Last King.

Learn more about the author and her work at Nichelle Tramble's website and her journal.

From her bio at The Finish Party:
Nichelle grew up in the small island community of Alameda in Northern California. She drew on the rich history of the island, and the San Francisco Bay Area, to write The Dying Ground and the sequel, The Last King. Tramble was shortlisted for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation's Legacy Award, and garnered unanimous praise from such places as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Dying Ground was also named a Best Book of 2001 by the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle, and a Top Ten Reviewers Pick by the Boston Phoenix. Tramble is the recipient of Writer-in-Residence Fellowships from both the Edward J. Albee Foundation in Montauk, New York and the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming. Currently, Nichelle is a staff writer for the new ABC series Women's Murder Club starring Angie Harmon.
Writers Read: Nichelle D. Tramble.

--Marshal Zeringue