Author Archive: Nick DiMartino

Nick DiMartino is a university bookseller in Seattle, WA. He was a Booklist contributor from 2007 to 2009 and is the author of Seattle Ghost Story (1998) as well as numerous plays.

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When the Plot Becomes Subtext

When the Plot Becomes Subtext

  When was the last time you read a Basque novel? The charmingly-titled Plants Don’t Drink Coffee by Unai Elorriaga drew me in by its name alone, and the narration on the opening page was just goofy and endearing enough to make me turn the page and continue. The narrator is apparently a child talking […]

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Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga

Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga

I don’t want it to end. I’ve got to stay away from it, to make it last through the weekend, but I keep going back for more. I’ve got less than two hundred pages to go in the new book by the author of The White Tiger, and that doesn’t seem nearly enough. Those pages […]

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New One by the Author of White Tiger

New One by the Author of White Tiger

  I’ve known it was coming. I’ve been waiting for it. Suddenly I’ve got an advance, and in a matter of hours it’s jumped to the top of my reading pile. It’s called Between the Assassinations, and it’s a collection of linked short stories unfolding in the town of Kittur on the southwest coast of […]

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Can Non-Fiction Really Be Discussed?

Can Non-Fiction Really Be Discussed?

It came up again Wednesday night. Right in the middle of our book club meeting, someone suggested using Randy Shilts’ The Mayor of Castro Street as a future book club selection. Not that it isn’t a superb biography, there’s no question about that. “But you’re discussing history, not the book,” said someone else. “You could […]

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The Best of the New Gay Books

The Best of the New Gay Books

I’ve got two book reviews due in the next four days, and I’ll be lucky to finish one of them. Besides which, I’ve got one month left to put together the list of the six books we’ll be reading for the second half of 2009 in the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. There’s a […]

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Hero Attacks Girlfriend, Ruins Novel (spoiler alert!)

Hero Attacks Girlfriend, Ruins Novel (spoiler alert!)

Lest anyone read Red April because of my enthusiastic blog yesterday, let me warn you what I stumbled into, totally unprepared, late last night. Maybe this is a cultural difference. Am I being too sensitive, too feminist here? But it’s the most unlikeable thing a central character has done in a novel for a long […]

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Prizewinner from Peru is Compulsive Reading

Prizewinner from Peru is Compulsive Reading

I lucked out! It’s what every reading addict hopes and prays will happen – the book you bring home for the weekend turns out to be the perfect choice as it takes over your life. I’ve only got 60 pages left, and I’m just making myself stop long enough to jot down this blog before […]

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Joining the Other Book Club in Town

Joining the Other Book Club in Town

I’ve just come home from being a member of another book club. I’d been waiting for the third Saturday of the month to make my two-bus pilgrimage up to Capitol Hill to attend a meeting of the “other” gay book club in Seattle, Q-Squared Book Group. The #49 bus dropped me off on Broadway a […]

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Book Club Saboteur

Book Club Saboteur

Spying? Me? Well, sure, for the right cause, I’m up for a little covert operation. When rivals spring up, investigation is called for. I’m up for crossing the border into enemy territory to see what I can see. Back during the planning stages for the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club, we sincerely thought we […]

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Should Your Book Group Take the Andean Express? (spoiler alert!)

Should Your Book Group Take the Andean Express? (spoiler alert!)

Would the Bolivian novel, Andean Express, by Juan de Recacoechea, be a good choice for a book group discussion? It certainly didn’t turn out to be what I expected. Thirty pages from the end, I almost stopped reading. I wasn’t sure it was worth my time to finish it. None of what I’d expected had […]

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