Books do not fall from the sky. Which is why as part of Portland's Everybody Reads
program, I'm teaching a seminar on HeidiDurrow's The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
, looking at the 'literary lineage' of the novel.
We've covered everyone from William Blake to Hans Christian Andersen to Nella Larsen to Langston Hughes to Audre Lorde -- in just three sessions. And tonight, we'll be hearing from Heidi herself, when she speaks at "The Schnitz" here in Portland (for out of towners, the Schnitz is a lovely performance venue, not a sausage stand).
It's made me wonder what people will see as the literary precursors to my novel. I've got my own list, but readers may see some connections I don't.