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We’re reading Big Machine, by Victor LaValle for #blacklitchat on Twitter this month.

This is the first book by LaValle that I’m reading – he has two others: Slapboxing for Jesus (a story collection) and The Ecstatic.

Here are a few reasons we chose Big Machine for this month’s book – and reasons you should start reading it so you can join us.

— LaValle is a funny and sharp writer – I am already laughing out loud with this book.
— The images in the book go beyond the obvious. There’s an “easy way out” way to describe something and then there are writers who find just the right and surprising way to show you what characters see. LaValle doesn’t take the easy way out.
— Big Machine is a big award winner. Among other accolades, Publishers Weekly named it one of the 10 best books of 2009 and it was seleced for the 2010 Ernest J. Gaines award for literary excellence.
— It’s our first science fiction book for #blacklitchat.

And if you’re just finding out that Big Machine is our book for April – you can still join us. Come listen or ask a question about writing. We have people who join because they’re interested in a book, even if they haven’t read it yet. And you can start reading it now with this excerpt.

We’ve moved the chat to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 so that I can still participate (it will be 7 a.m. Monday in Hong Kong where I am). You can join the chat here by logging in with your Twitter account.

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