Kristina’s Interview

For my interview progress, I’ve had the opportunity to attend the reading of The Beautiful Things Heaven Bears which was held by the author himself, Dinaw Mengestu; it was a great chance for me to grab because the book is the very focus of my research paper. The reading included a question&answer session so I decided to ask one question that is the primary focus for my paper, “you write exquisite details about Georgetown, Logan Circle, and the neighborhood of Sepha, the main character. Do you think if you didn’t describe the setting in such a detailed manner, the story would have been different?” I was told that it was a good question that allowed the author to ponder. The ultimate results are this: it’s half-half. The author’s goal is to show, not tell. He also wants the reader to truly enjoy the book so he allows the details to be exposed for the reader to be absorbed in and make a world of his or her own regarding the story. There you have it!



Kristina- Annotated Resources

Looking for reviews on books you’ve been wanting to read? Nothing better than reading the ones by our finest reviewing source, The New York Times!

A bunch of gatherings with other bookworms scooping up the latest on the DC scene? You have it!
If you haven’t heard or went to Busboys and Poets (a small, trendy bookstore that serves as an artistic hub for literature lovers) you are CRAZY. Check it out!

Kristina’s Progress

On prepping for my research paper, I’ve been on one interesting journey. My research is linked to examining on whether many works of literature set in or written about DC are good ways to examine personal lives of DC residents, some through ways of setting, dialogue, character development, and whatnot. In order to make my paper verified with valid resources, I need to ensure that some of them are through the internet’s peer-reviewed, scholarly database and some can be of my own. For the latter, I went to the Arlington Public Library’s reading on the very book I am focusing on as the main example for my thesis which was read by the book’s author. It was a great experience and I’ve gotten the chance to get my prime question for the paper answered by the author himself. My next plan is to make notes out of the interview to organize into a legible paragraph for my paper and we shall see where we will go from there.