Blair Books in Action by Angela Harwood: When the Dogwoods are Blooming, the Crappie are Biting—A Pictorial History

January 2011: Brought home copy of Fishing North Carolina.

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My husband is immediately taken with the book, and I begin to feel like I’m being stalked by Mike Marsh.

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Mid-January 2011: Jeff purchases an inexpensive john boat with bad rivets.

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Late January 2011: It is above 50 degrees, so we try out the new boat at Lake Brandt. We’ve known each other since we were in the 7th grade, and I’ve rarely seen Jeff so happy.

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This is Jeff’s happy face.

February 2011: Jeff purchases expensive “marine wood” to make new seats for the inexpensive boat. He refuses to paint my seat pink.

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March 2011: Based on information I’ve gleaned from reading Fishing North Carolina and a few of Mike Marsh’s fishing articles in North Carolina Sportsman magazine, I decide to upgrade my fishing lures. Jeff tells me I will never catch anything with my new lures.

I call this lure my red guy.

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I catch this crappie with my red guy.

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And this crappie . . .

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Jeff snags this brehm.

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August 2011: I admit that I don’t catch fish with any of these guys.

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January 2012: Jeff purchases a brand-new boat with good rivets.

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We both agree that the new boat feels much more like home.

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April 2012:  I am now quoting Bill Dance in regular, every day conversations.

“When the dogwoods are blooming, the crappie are biting.”


“When the dogwoods are blooming, the crappie are biting.”

Well, the dogwoods are blooming, and this is my crappie.

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I let Jeff hold my crappie.

June 2012: Thanks to Fishing North Carolina, we find out that Lake Higgins is open until 11 p.m. on Friday nights all summer long.

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So we go night fishing.

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I catch this catfish after dark. (Jeff’s catfish puts up a big fight and is probably bigger than mine, but it gets away while we are trying to get it into the boat.)

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April 2013: A new season of fishing awaits! It’s not too late to purchase your own copy of Fishing North Carolina, available wherever books are sold and at blairpub.com.

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Display Your Daddies for Cash Bookseller Display Contest

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9780895875938-cov2.inddMarch 5, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of Patsy Cline’s death by plane crash. It is also the publication date of the debut novel, Long Gone Daddies, by David Wesley Williams. What do these two events have in common besides the date? Look for David Williams’s contribution to the Huffington Post on March 5 to find out. If you can’t wait until then, download the first chapter at Blairpub.com or read it on your e-reader at Goodreads.

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March also kicks off the “Display Your Daddies for Cash” bookseller display contest. The contest is open to individual bookstores within the United States that create an in-store display for Long Gone Daddies for at least one week between March 1 and March 31, 2013. To enter the contest, submit up to five photographs of the display to John F. Blair, Publisher at blairpublishing@yahoo.com or by mailing to:

Display Your Daddies for Cash Contest
John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Entries will be judged by the staff at John F. Blair on the basis of originality, customer appeal, and presentation. The winner will be announced by April 15, 2013. The winning bookstore will receive $500 from John F. Blair, Publisher, and a signed, first-edition copy of Long Gone Daddies by David Wesley Williams. For the official rules, other contest details, and display resources, visit Blairpub.com/DisplayYourDaddiesContest.php.

Anxious to get things started, we created our own display here at Blair. We had a lot of fun making paper planes (and burning them) and creating “note quotes” featuring advance praise for Long Gone Daddies. We can’t wait to see what booksellers do with their own displays!

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The Book That Smacked Me Upside the Head | A Blog Post by Angela Harwood, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Blair

Angela Harwood, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Angela Harwood, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

The summer before I started kindergarten, my father (a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy at that time who would soon be gone for six months on his own adventure) began reading a chapter of The Hobbit to me each night before putting me to bed. Yes, for a few glorious weeks of childhood, The Hobbit was my bedtime story. My father created a distinctive voice for each character, made up tunes for all the lyrics, and joyfully sang all the songs in his deep bass. He was (and still is) a self-taught Tolkien scholar, and throughout the narrative, he provided interesting facts gleaned from the appendix of The Lord of the Rings or other Tolkien books like The Silmarillion. He spoke in Elvish at times during the day or at dinner (and still does), and the story of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, the 13 dwarves (not dwarfs—read your Tolkien), and the dragon Smaug became real to me, like an actual part of history.

Angela Harwood at five years old

Angela Harwood at five years old

This early introduction into all things fantasy encouraged me to develop quite an imagination. I no longer spent my time riding around on my Big Wheel or bicycle or roller-skating up and down the driveway. Instead, I set out alone or with friends and headed into any woods I could find. I fashioned a nice, long branch to be my walking stick/magical staff, and I called what I was doing exploring. I often got very lost. I had no sense of direction and paid little attention to my surroundings, and I certainly didn’t care where I was as long as I was home in time for dinner. I was armed with a slingshot and black walnuts (my father told me not to shoot people; my mother told me not to shoot animals), and I kept an eye out for snakes, fire-ant hills, and quicksand. I created my own imaginary scenarios: I would be the first to discover what lay at the bottom of that ditch (yellow jackets—36 stings); I would follow the secret trail across the river, which eventually led to a lumberyard guarded by a mean dog on a chain—Warg! “Fly, you fools!”

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From The Hobbit, I learned the importance of being clever, and I worked logic puzzles and brain teasers to strengthen my wit. (I must be prepared to solve riddles at the drop of a hat!) I kept an eye out for secret passages and hidden doors. My father told me that if the measurements of the outside of the house came out to be larger than the inside measurements, then there was likely a secret passage to be discovered inside. I was disappointed when all those tiny doors and panels in the backs of closets or under the stairs led only to plumbing, hot water heaters, or electrical wiring. My father was disappointed when he could never find his tape measure.

Angela with her dad (before she was book-smacked by The Hobbit

Angela with her dad (before she was book-smacked by The Hobbit)

As an adult, I am aware that nothing I do in life will ever live up to the more important and dramatic things I can imagine. I likely won’t save the world from an evil necromancer, or even save a small village from a dragon. I probably won’t find a secret passageway. (I may make one of my own someday when I’m not worried about the resale value of my home.) Instead, I have embraced the next best occupation within my capabilities: publishing. Perhaps a ghost-story collection or a history book about the real-life explorer and adventurer Daniel Boone will alter or influence someone else’s path in life. After all, as Tolkien says, “All have their worth, and each contributes to the worth of others” (The Silmarillion).

Pre-Publication Goodreads Giveaway: Long Gone Daddies by David Wesley Williams

Long Gone Daddies, the debut novel by David Wesley Williams, has been called “a story that sings” by singer/songwriter John Gorka; “a soulful musical tour de force” by Bland Simpson of The Red Clay Ramblers and author of Into the Sound Country; and the November 20 review in Publishers Weekly called Long Gone Daddies a “lyrical multigenerational musician’s tale” and an “impressive first novel.”

Now, thanks to this pre-publication Goodreads giveaway, you can see what all the fuss is about and contribute a review yourself. Enter to win between now and January 31 – and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads bookshelf!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Long Gone Daddies by David Wesley Williams

Long Gone Daddies

by David Wesley Williams

Giveaway ends January 31, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Boast-Worthy Authors, Literary Dogs, Craft Beer, and Music at the 24th Annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville

Last weekend John F. Blair staffers headed to Nashville for the 24th annual Southern Festival of Books. As vice-president of sales & marketing at John F. Blair, Publisher, I always look forward to this book festival, which is as much fun as it is work. Each year, I know the festival will host plenty of Boast-worthy Authors, many of whom I will see in person, that I’ll see some of my favorite repeat customers and friends from the area, and that I’ll have a heck of a time enjoying all the city of Nashville has to offer—after hours, of course.

This year, quite a few Blair authors were part of the festival’s program, as well as some of our distributed publishers’ authors. Our booth’s location at the festival was fabulous—we had a corner booth next to the Chapter 16 stage and at the top of the stairs leading down from the plaza. A wonderful woman selling Izzi sorbet was set up nearby.

Corner spot!

The lovely independent bookstore Parnassus Books handled book sales for the festival. Margaret Couch, Trisina Dickerson, and I manned the Blair booth, where we sold $2 and half-price books. Friday started out rainy and cool and evolved into a lovely but chilly day that didn’t stop loyal festival fans from turning out in droves. Many festival attendees were in fabulous moods. (The previous evening, the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a major upset. We ran into several angry Steelers fans while we were checking into our hotel that morning.)

Legislative Plaza on Friday afternoon – don’t slip!

On the schedule for Friday were Tasia Malakasis, cheese-maker and owner of Belle Chevre and author of Tasia’s Table (NewSouth Books; $29.95 hardcover); Frye Gaillard, author of The Books That Mattered (NewSouth Books; $27.95 hardcover) and winner of the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction in 2012; and Judy Goldman, author of the acclaimed memoir Losing My Sister (John F. Blair, $21.95 hardcover), which has received fabulous reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and the Charlotte Observer. We enjoyed catching up with Judy Goldman at our booth, where she entertained us with her story of a recent nightmarish hotel stay. A brutal fist-fight broke out in the hall outside her door at 2 a.m. in a hotel outside of D.C. Eek!

Judy Goldman speaks to the audience at her panel about the art of writing memoirs on Friday afternoon at Southern Festival.

Fun fact #1: Did you know Judy Goldman’s daughter designed her book jacket?

Ron Rash (Boast-worthy Author #1), author of Serena (soon to be a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence), The Cove, and the poetry collection published by Hub City Press, Waking, stopped by the Blair booth to say hello—and to take a look at Literary Dogs and Their South Carolina Writers (Hub City Press, $19.95). Ron Rash is a contributor to Literary Dogs and believes his dog is the ugliest in the book—maybe the second ugliest if you overlook the dog’s cataracts. He graciously offered to sign the copies of Waking we had on hand. (If you would like to order a signed copy of Waking, visit our website, and receive free shipping on individual orders of $30 or more. Be sure to specify in the comments area that you would like a signed copy. We only have ten signed copies left!)

Ron Rash, Boast-worthy Author #1

We have 10 signed copies of Waking – order now!

Friday started out chilly and damp, but that didn’t stop loyal festival fans from showing up to shop and see their favorite authors.

Friday night, Margaret and I took Trisina, our sales & marketing intern who recently moved to Winston-Salem from Tampa, on a short tour of downtown Nashville. We walked up and down Broadway and showed her around Second Avenue and Printer’s Alley. We dined at Big River Grille & Brewing Works on Broadway next to the Cumberland River and tried a couple of their house brews, their Oktoberfest and IPA, in particular. We were chatted up by a couple of older men while we sat at the bar, waiting for our table, and Trisina and I were carded! After dinner, we went to Diana’s Sweet Shop, a candy store, where to our amazement, Trisina showed us that you can ask for your candy apple to be sliced upon order! Who knew?

I must now take a moment to wistfully recall the many candy apples I’ve declined to eat throughout my life because I thought it would be too messy…sigh.

Saturday was a perfect day—warm and mostly sunny with slowly passing clouds. We sold a ton of books—almost literally—and met several festival authors. We have a system where we record each author that visits our booth by highlighting the author’s bio in the festival program. I’d like to tell you how many authors we saw, and which ones, but I lost the program (just like I do every year).

Blake Fontenay, author of The Politics of Barbecue, stopped by to visit with us before his panel with Ann Shayne at noon on Saturday. His event was standing-room only, and we sold quite a few books to people who were inspired to purchase a copy after hearing Blake speak about Mayor Pigg and his aspirations to build the Barbecue Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tennessee (where it rightfully belongs). Look for a fabulous review of The Politics of Barbecue in the upcoming holiday issue of Mystery Scene Magazine. I can’t reveal too much of the content of the review until the magazine hits shelves in mid-November, but I will say that the reviewer compares The Politics of Barbecue to William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree

We met Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, when Betsy Teter of Hub City Press and coeditor of Literary Dogs, came by our booth. I caught up with Michel Stone, Betsy Teter, and Judy Goldman again, later that day, at Gillian Flynn’s discussion of Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn is Boast-worthy Author #2).

Fun fact #2: Did you know Marshall Chapman’s sister is an artist and painted the image used on the jacket of The Iguana Tree?

Blair staffers Trisina Dickerson (left) and Margaret Couch (center) pose with Judy Goldman, author of the memoir Losing My Sister.

I’ve been a fan of Gillian Flynn since I read her first novel, Sharp Objects. If you haven’t read her books, stop what you’re doing right now and get to it. (Warning: You may call in sick for work the next day if you start reading one of her books on a weekday.) Gillian is adorable and funny, and I’m super jealous that she got to hang out with Johnny Knoxville and the rest of his crew of misfits on the set of Jackass 3—not to mention that whole awesome-suspense-writer thing she has going on. After Gillian’s event that afternoon, I persuaded Judy Goldman and Blake Fontenay to pose for a picture in front of our booth.

Blake Fontenay and Judy Goldman in front of the Blair booth at Southern Festival

Upon browsing our fine selection of half-price books at our booth on Saturday, one customer picked up a copy of Literary Dogs and remarked, “Hey, my dog is in here!” The customer was Mark Powell, the author of four novels and yet another contributor to Literary Dogs! He and his wife, Denise, were thrilled to see the book for the first time, and showed us the picture of their dog, Buddy. Mark says in Literary Dogs that he “wrote every word of four novels with Buddy snoozing at my feet, as much guardian as muse.”

Trisina attended Junot Diaz’s panel Saturday afternoon and got him to sign her copy of This Is How You Lose Her – hey, maybe she’ll end up with a signed copy of this year’s National Book Award Winner. (Junot Diaz is Boast-worthy Author #3.)

Trisina (left) and Margaret sell $2 and half-price books at the Blair booth at Southern Festival in Nashville.

Saturday evening, we headed to the reception for authors and exhibitors, hosted by Southern Festival at The Arts Company on Fifth Street. There, we mingled with Betsy Teter and Michel Stone and ate a “light” dinner of Goo-Goo Clusters, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, and watermelon salad. And we drank more craft beer, Yazoo Brewing Company’s Dos Perros, a beer which deceivingly looks like a dark beer but tastes like a lager—a cool trick which results in more beer for me. (Many people won’t try it because they think it’s a dark beer—not that there’s anything wrong with dark beer.) We met Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country (Boast-worthy Author #4). Robert Hicks wrote the foreword to a photography book we are publishing this spring, Porch Dogs by Nell Dickerson—look for it in April 2013. His dog will be featured in the book! We also saw Padgett Powell, author of Edisto and another contributor to Literary Dogs (Boast-worthy Author #5).

After filling up on beer and candy (again), we headed to the Bluebird Café, where Sales Rep of the Month Jan Fairchild of Southern Territory Associates and her wonderful friend, Sheila Kennedy, reserved a pew for us in advance. (For information on how you can be considered for Sales Rep of the Month, refer to “Reserving seats for Blair staffers at the Bluebird Cafe,” and you must also be a sales rep for John F. Blair, Publisher.) Marshall Chapman, Silas House, George Singleton (Boast-worthy Authors #6, 7, and 8), and three-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Matraca Berg entertained the audience all evening in-the-round style, with songs, readings, and more songs. Matraca’s neice was celebrating her seventeenth birthday, and she and Matraca sang “Strawberry Wine” together—it was awesome. Matraca’s new album, Love’s Truck Stop, hits stores in the UK next month and in the U.S. next spring. Silas House read some of his fiction and sang a ballad; a friend of his accompanied Silas on a harpsichord. Marshall Chapman sang a song about a Buddha baby in the grocery store and his transcendental kiss. I laughed, teared up a little, and, thanks to George Singleton, choked on my beer a few times. (At the Bluebird Café, I tried Yazoo’s Pale Ale and Margaret had another Dos Perros. Trisina had water. She is the newest Blair staff member so we made her drive. Hey, it sucks, but one must pay one’s dues.) Oh, and George Singleton is another contributor to Literary Dogs. Have I mentioned that Literary Dogs is now available? (Tip: If you add Literary Dogs and a signed copy of Waking to your shopping cart at blairpub.com, you will receive free shipping.)

Literary Dogs is now available.

On Sunday, our good luck took a turn for the worse. We were expecting scattered thunderstorms but were met with 30 mph winds and collapsed tents when we arrived at Legislative Plaza that morning. One side of our booth was open where the plastic blew away overnight. Thankfully, our books were protected and safe. It quickly became apparent that we would not be able to open our booth for the day’s events. With much reluctance, wavering, and hem-hawing (mostly from Margaret – who almost blew away walking to the car), we packed up our booth and headed home early.  Unfortunately, we missed catching up with Stuart Dill, author of Murder on Music Row, who was scheduled for a panel on Sunday. We sold several copies of Murder on Music Row on Friday and Saturday. Despite the crazy weather, we still had one of our best years in sales.

Margaret, Trisina, and I stayed in Knoxville Sunday night on our way back to Winston-Salem. With all the extra time on our hands, we decided to go see Pitch Perfect, which turned out to be “occalarious” and a fitting end to our weekend. We got back to the hotel in time for me to catch the replay of the season premiere of The Walking Dead, while Margaret continued catching up on Friday Night Lights on Netflix, and Trisina watched a recent episode of Doctor Who. We didn’t have to fight over the remote!

This year at Southern Festival I saw eight Boast-worthy Authors, tried four new (well, new to me) craft beers, caught up with old friends and met a lot of new people, and I finally saw Gillian Flynn. (I wanted to see her at BOOKMARKS in Winston-Salem, but the festival date overlapped with the SIBA Trade Show this year.) And I created Blair’s Sales Rep of the Month Award. Not a bad weekend, I’d say, not a bad weekend at all.

Blog-reading bonus: The first person to respond with the correct number of times I mention Literary Dogs in this blog post will win a free copy of the book.

North Carolina Beer, Chocolate Pie, and Lampposts Falling on Cars (Oh, My!)

Last Tuesday, April 12, marked the official launch of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries by Erik Lars Myers. We started things off with a fun and fabulous launch party at Erik’s brewery, Mystery Brewing, in Hillsborough. More than 60 guests attended the launch, including such notables as Sebastian Wolfrum of Natty Greene’s in Greensboro; David Gonzalez, the pub brewer at Foothill’s in Winston-Salem; Tom Stevens, the mayor of Hillsborough; Vanessa C. Shortley of News of Orange County; and Daniel Bradford of All About Beer magazine and founder of the World Beer Festival.

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We John F. Blair folk were excited to catch up with Elizabeth Woodman of Eno Publishers (check out 27 Views of Asheville, the latest addition to Eno’s 27 Views series), and we enjoyed chatting with the Mystery employees and volunteers who made Erik’s launch such a fabulous success.

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The event was catered by Up in $moke, which served the best barbecue I’ve had since I moved here from Memphis, and the most outstanding pulled chicken and Alabama sauce known to man. Cup-a-Joe’s provided outstanding (and dangerous) chocolate pies, featuring a pretzel crust and made with Mystery Brewing’s chocolate breakfast stout, Six Impossible Things.

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Mystery Brewing released a new beer, brewed specifically for the launch of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries and based on a historic recipe that Erik discovered while researching North Carolina’s brewing history for the book. Named Caswell, this dry beer contains molasses, ginger, wheat, rice, and North Carolina grown barley (and it smells like heaven). Five other Mystery brews were on tap at the party: Mosqueton, a Belgian-style Tripel; Gentlemen’s Preference Blond Ale; Queen Anne’s Revenge, a Carolinian dark that is reminiscent of a black IPA; Six Impossible Things, a chocolate breakfast stout (and, obviously, great with the chocolate pie); and my personal favorite, St. Stephen’s Green Dry Irish Stout. Mystery Brewing is a seasonal-only brewer, so visit the website for a peek into the future of what to expect next from one of the newest breweries in the state.

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It’s been (and will continue to be) busy times for Erik Lars Myers, who followed the launch party with the brewery’s debut appearance at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh on Saturday, April 14. Blair sold books at a booth next to Mystery at the festival, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the brewers and staff at some of my favorite Triangle breweries, including Lonerider (I love Lonerider’s Shotgun Betty and Sweet Josie Brown) and Triangle Brewing, who brews a terrific hefeweizen. (Speaking of fantastic hefeweizens, I was excited to discover that Mother Earth is canning their Sunny Haze!) My favorite newly discovered beer of the evening was Fullsteam’s Beasley Honey White, brewed exclusively for Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh.

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Erik started this week off at Fullsteam in Durham on Tuesday, April 17, where the Regulator Bookshop handled book sales, and Fullsteam had Mystery beer on guest tap. Things went well until a lamppost fell on Erik’s car (frown). That definitely makes our top-ten list for what not to expect at an author event. (Sorry, Erik!)

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Wednesday evening found Erik at Bottle Revolution in Raleigh, where Erik reports they sold out of books! No worries; he had extra copies on hand. Ted at Bottle Revolution said they had a record night for draft beer sales; the Caswell keg kicked at 6:45 and Six Impossible Things kicked at 8:45. Wow!

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Erik’s author tour is now moving beyond the Triangle. He was at the Olde Hickory Taproom last night, and Mystery Brewing is pouring at Hickory Hops beer festival this Saturday. Erik has plenty more upcoming events scheduled at bottle shops, brewpubs, and bookstores across the state. Still to come are Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. Check out our events page to find an upcoming event near you!

Summer reading picks from an indie publisher: Part 3

In the sweltering heat of the summer months, I like to read books that take me to another time or place, or at the very least, distract me enough to forget how hot it is outside. I just finished Doc from my summer reading list (below), and it is in direct competition with Ann Patchett’s fabulous new book, State of Wonder, for being named the Best Book I’ve Read All Year. I can’t wait to read the rest!

Angela's Summer Reading List

Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Initially intrigued by the starred review in Booklist, that describes British writer Rosamund Lupton’s novel as a remarkable debut that “. . . is a masterful, superlative-inspiring success that will hook readers (and keep them guessing) from page one,” I was further enamored when I heard Lupton on the Diane Rehm show. (You can listen to this broadcast and read a free excerpt from Sister here). The novel unfolds in the form of a long letter from Beatrice to her adored, and recently murdered, younger sister—juicy mystery meets sisterly love and loyalty. 

Doc by Mary Doria Russell
I’ve read everything published by Mary Doria Russell—my favorites include The Sparrow and A Thread of Grace—and I am always amazed by the broad range of subjects and genres Russell covers in her books. Russell surprises us again with her newest novel, Doc, “. . . this terrific bio-epic set in a revisionist version of the Old West . . .” (Kirkus, starred review), where she retells the story of the O.K. Corral and Doc Holliday. The Washington Post is “. . . in awe of how confidently Russell rides through this familiar territory and remakes all its rich heroism and tragedy.” Read an excerpt from Doc at Mary Doria Russell’s website.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Translated from the Swedish, The Snowman follows Detective Inspector Harry Hole as he tries to capture a serial killer who is leaving snowmen in his victim’s front lawns. Jo Nesbø is repeatedly described by reviewers as the next Stieg Larsson. I’m anxious to find out if the shoe fits— although the awards the novel has won helps convince me. The Snowman was awarded the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize 2007 for Best Novel of the Year and received the Norwegian Book Club Prize (Den norske leserprisen) 2007 for Best Novel of the Year.

Zeroville by Steve Erikson
The kind man at the Europa booth at BEA this year gave me a copy of Zeroville by Steve Erickson, after we discussed some of my favorite past Europa reads. He promised I wouldn’t be disappointed. The cover copy describes Zeroville best: “On the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie ‘family’ led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above Los Angeles, a young ex-communicated seminarian arrives with the images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift — ‘the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies’—tattooed on his head. At once childlike and violent, Vikar is not a cinéaste but ‘cineautistic,’ sleeping at night in the Roosevelt Hotel where he’s haunted by the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a culture in upheaval: strange drugs that frighten him, a strange sexuality that consumes him, a strange music he doesn’t understand. Over the course of the Seventies and into the Eighties, he pursues his obsession with film from one screening to the next and through a series of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks and veteran film editors, only to discover a secret whose clues lie in every film ever made, and only to find that we don’t dream the Movies but rather they dream us.”