Lit Hits: What We're Reading in April

Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.


Alison, Director of Programs and Marketing, is currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and is excited to start Angela Flournoy's Turner House.


Development Assistant Grant is reading Digest, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poetry by Gregory Pardlo with fascinating, incisive views into American masculinity and identity.


Eson, Grub's Youth Programs Fellow, is going old-school with Lois Lowry's young adult novel Messenger


Programs and Advocacy Manager Jonathan is reading Ani Gjika's poetry collection, Bread on Running Waters, a phenomenal example of how to evoke emotion through the use of concrete images.


Head Instructor Chip just finished the best book he's read so far this year: Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. An Italian physicist, Rovielli is an originator of the loop quantum gravity theory whose mind-blowing essays on the current state of physics are so concisely and beautifully written that anyone can read them.


Sarah, Grub's Marketing and Community Engagement Manager, is on a writing binge for the month of April, so she is narcissistically reading nothing but her own novel.


For the first time ever, Office Manager Lauren is listening to an audiobook — The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. The multi-tasking part of her loves the experience (think listening while walking, doing the dishes, laundry, etc.), but she's not sure if having actors reading the voices is helpful or annoying. As for real book-reading, she's working her way through Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann in anticipation of the Muse and the Marketplace, where McCann will be presenting the keynote speech


Also in the spirit of Muse season, Artistic Director Chris is just about to start Colum McCann's Thirteen Ways of Looking

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