Author Archives: vanva

About vanva

I am an educator, writer and mother.

Nonfiction

A lot of times people are surprised by the amount of nonfiction I enjoy, because I mostly discuss my love of fiction. The truth is I usually have one work of fiction, one work related piece, and one piece of … Continue reading

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Author Study: Jorge Luis Borges

Borges is often referred to as the father of magical realism; while the genre owes an enormous debt to the author, magical realism can be found in the writings of Kafka and Tolstoy – from the 1800’s and a whole … Continue reading

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My favorites: Fiction

I initially conceived this as a top-ten list, but as I took an inventory of books that I read and loved that clearly became impossible. What follows are books that have either influenced me greatly, or ones that I return … Continue reading

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Revisiting Old Books with New Understanding

One interesting facet about reading books to me is that a book can be a completely different experience when you reread it years later. I remember I first realized this with the book Great Expectations. I distinctly remember reading it … Continue reading

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My 2017 Reads

I am a bit late to the game (it’s early March) but I have been a little busy. I decided to start a Ph.D program, work, and take care of three kids. No problem, right? Just to make things interesting, … Continue reading

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Author Study

As some of you know, one of my favorite jobs is teaching a magical realism and writing class.  One of my professional goals is to delve more deeply into the genre itself, as well as some renowned authors of magical … Continue reading

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Beach Reads

I’m getting ready to do a little traveling, and to have some necessary beach time. I love to read on the beach, but hate to drag hard covers and library books out onto the sand. At this point, I usually … Continue reading

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