Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Full of its own traditions and stories,
I first learned of Día de los Muertos in school. A Mexican tradition
celebrating one’s deceased family members, the Day of the Dead has been
practiced as a holiday for more than 3,000 years. Special foods and
altars are prepared to commemorate lost loved ones, and the day is often
accompanied by colorful festivals and parades. Having seen this holiday
depicted on TV and in movies, I set out to find examples of its
celebration in literature, and although this collection of books may not
include the holiday specifically, they are full of the rich history and
customs of Mexico and its people.