Sunday, November 07, 2010

What is Roberta Gately reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Roberta Gately, author of the debut novel Lipstick in Afghanistan.

Her entry begins:
I am currently reading Tea Time For The Traditionally Built, the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This series is a guaranteed pleasure read. The main character, Precious Ramotswe is a large – she prefers the phrase “traditionally built” – woman in Botswana who runs the only detective agency in the city of Gaborone and I’ve happily followed her adventures since she was introduced by McCall in the book titled, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

The series takes the reader on a joyful plunge into life in Botswana. Though I’ve been to Africa several times, I’ve never been to Botswana and yet McCall has the gift of making me feel as though I know the area intimately. I can see...[read on]
Among the early praise for Lipstick in Afghanistan:
"...a supremely gifted writer and eloquent ambassador for the people who have been banished from civilized society..."
—Mark Fritz, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Lost on Earth: Nomads of the New World

“Absorbing debut… In this utterly engrossing read, Gately vividly evokes
the beauty and tragedy of Afghanistan.”

“Engaging characters…an informative glimpse into the lives of women in challenging times.”
Library Journal
A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in third-world war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as a series of articles for the BBC Worlds News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world's refugees and displaced.

Visit Roberta Gately's website and blog.

Writers Read: Roberta Gately.

--Marshal Zeringue