Authors’ Picks: Reading lists from World Voices Festival authors

This book list is dedicated to the wild and good. The books here have an energy that is both primal and deeply mythic. Here, there are humans desirous of animal life and gods who grow in grace. Then, there is a falling into nature: a climbing up the trees, a bathing in the mud, a human head that blends in among the calabash fruit. There are bird boys and wolf girls, kings who destroy forest giants, and twin gods who jump into an oven. Each work sinks its claws into your heart, seeking to discover what it means to be human(e). Transcending genre, these books glow with a profound spirit that allow us to hear the human howl. Now is the time to listen. Dear readers, I invite you to look into the sun.
—Ananda Naima González