Time of the Locust is the debut fiction novel for Dara Morowa Yejide Madzimoyo. She is an accomplished writer whose short stories have appeared in the Istanbul Review, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Underground Voices, the Adirondack Review, and others. Her story “Tokyo Chocolate” was nominated in 2009 for the Pushcart Prize, anthologized in the Best of the Willesden Herald Stories, and reviewed in the Japan Times. She is also the recipient of the Norris Church Mailer Scholarship from Wilkes University.
Locust is a deeply imaginative journey into the heart and mind of an extraordinary autistic boy, and it explores the themes of a mother’s devotion, a father’s punishment, and the power of love. The novel was a finalist for the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction.
Yejidé is a research faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland. She read an excerpt from her novel at the National Black Writer’s Conference in March, and she will give a reading and book signing on June 22 at 5 PM at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. (5015 Connecticut Ave NW, 202.364.1919).
Comeau wrote this series of poems over the course of several months based on A Course in Miracles, a self-study curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. He blends the Haiku with photographs from the collection Theo O’Connor and Leda Robertson. Each photograph enhances the meaning of a Haiku, and each Haiku brings out the essence of the photograph. This book offers a gentle, simple introduction to A Course in Miracles.
“It would not take much to spark an inspiring burst of thought,” writes Comeau, “usually a phrase, or a sentence, from a lesson in the Course, or a passage in the Text, and occasionally from a newspaper article, or a book, or a magazine or a conversation, or just looking out the window at the scenery, the birds, the rain and snow, the sunshine.” He describes the writing experience with a phrase—”wild exactitude”—attributed to Harold Ross describing writers with whom he’d worked at the New Yorker magazine. Writes Comeau: “I experienced the wildness in the excitement of receiving these creative sparks, and the exactness in the rendering of the inspiration into 17 syllables, 5-7-5.”