In issue one of The Literati, the goal was to demo a concept that we were excited about. We wanted to create this literary journal and were hoping to get others involved. Now, welcome to 2018 and our first issue with contributors. We have been surprised with the support we received and please to be slowly getting submissions. However, we hoped for more than we received. This has been a little of a learning curve for us but we are still very much excited for all the support and submissions. Regardless, in this issue we have several inspiring contributors who have poured their souls in writing some of their best work.
We have big dreams and we realise that we need to take a step back and appreciate what we have. We will grow, and we will gain more submissions. A special thank you needs to go to Miriam Frei (Between Lines and Life), Silje Helgerud and Monse Zarzosa who supported us on Patreon even before issue one was first released. Miriam has even submitted some criticism for this issue and helped us with our list post highlighting some essential German literature. We hope to see Silje and Monse contributing soon, but no pressure…or maybe a little. We would also like to thank Johnny O’Brien, Luis Del Angel, Brandon Gonzalez, and Dalton Gentry for submitting their work for this issue.
We will love to do more and eventually move to a monthly release. We are eager to fill the site with ever-increasing quality content. We do not know what the future will hold but we plan to release our content and encourage everyone reading to submit something as well. We want to showcase different points of view and allow writers to show off their own pieces. We all have our own tastes in literature and plenty to offer each other.
We are very excited to see what 2018 will bring, it will be a great year for The Literati and literature in general. 2018 will see new books from many amazing authors including The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart, The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, and The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem. To list all the books we anticipate would take too long, and then there are the ones we don’t know about. Not to mention the books finally being translated into English, like Soviet Milk by Latvian author Nora Ikstena and the Hogarth Shakespeare book series continues with Jo Nesbø take on Macbeth, one book that has been anticipated ever since this project was announced.
Here at The Literati, you might notice that there is a stronger focus on reading the backlist and this will continue in 2018. From books released at the end of 2017 like Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak and The White Book by Han Kang to those classics we have yet to read. Hanaa plans to dip into some of the Russian classics and philosophy, while Rachel will probably just reread Bret Easton Ellis, Andrew Smith or J.D. Salinger. Michael has no reading goals but there will be plenty of translated lit in his near future and you can expect some philosophical novels being read by all members of The Literati.
We hope that everyone has a great 2018 and please let us know what you anticipate this year.