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Daniel Handler back with a Snicket   

One of the great pseudonyms in children's literature is Lemony Snicket, the "author" of the ground-breaking A Series of Unfortunate Events series. The branchild of Snicket is Daniel Handler, who has been generating lots of publicity for the next four books related to Snicket.  The first, Who Could That Be at This Hour?, was released recently by Little, Brown. USA Today offers an interesting profile of Handler, quoting no less than Dave Eggers, a good friend. "Daniel is a species of writer I just didn't know until I met him, an actual larger-than-life personality, a real raconteur. He is just as funny and quick and erudite in person as he is on the page... Daniel's the real deal. He reads everything, he has read everything." He hangs out with a lot of writers, and apparently is trying to revive the cocktail party. 


National Book Awards finalists ...  

The National Book Awards finalists for 2012 have been announced. We'll have to wait until November 14 for the winners to be announced at a big gala event in New York. I was fortunate enough to attend one year, and was happy to snag some of the nominated books that were given as gifts.   

In fiction, the finalists are:

Despite the star power of 
Díaz, Eggers and Erdich, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Ben Fountain will take home the hardware, based on nothing but intuition. 

In non-fiction, the finalists are:

Based on the number of gushing reviews, it's tempting to make Boo the favorite. Scholarly authors might favor Applebaum. Biographers will likely give Caro the nod. I'm going to go with Shadid, one of the greatest ever foreign correspondents. 


JK Rowling starts a row in home town  

J.K. Rowling has made headlines around the world for the fast commerical success of her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, which sits atop several best-seller lists. The juiciest story in all this is the response the book has received back in her home town, Tutshill, located in Gloucestershire, overlooking both the Rivers Wye and Severn. She spent her early years in this village and has not been shy about the fact that she has drawn on her experiences here to produce her latest novel. The portryal of the town folks in her fictional village of Pagford was anything but flattering in her dark tale of local folks vying for power in the wake of councilman's death. Some people are starting to gripe. "The general consensus in these parts is that Ms. Rowling has traded Hogwarts for hogwash," notes The Daily Mail, as she "has painted the residents of make-believe Pagford as a bunch of heartless racists with zero compassion for the downtrodden no-hopers on that local housing estate."

One local, a friend of the author's father no less, was quoted: "It sounds like nonsense. I suppose she’s got a bit of a chip on her shoulder. This has always been a happy area."

It will be interesting to see how locals react when they see her. And see her they might, as she has apparently purchased a house in the area recently. I'd love to read more about this. 

And by way of recommendation, for a terrifically moving look at what happens when a writer trashes his hometown and then is forced to return home to face the consequences, check out The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper.


Let's celebrate Banned Books Week   

28 Sept.  
I didn't know much about Banned Books Week until just recently. I am pleased to note that it is taking place Sept. 30–Oct. 6. This year's version just happens to be the 30th anniversary. That's quite a milestone. Back in 19892, Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 by a group of sponsors that now include the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a host of others in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to its Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011. Many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2011 were:

  • ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  • The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  • The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  • My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  • Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  • What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  • Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism


Michael Chabon's latest novel  

Is there anyway to top a novel like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which ranks as one my all-time favorites? Michael Chabon has certainly given it a shot with The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Gentlmen of the Road. Both novels were critically acclaimed, though both perhaps fell short of the lofty heights of his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. His latest novel is Telegraph Avenue, which USA Today describes as "a moving, sprawling, modern-day tale that uses the improvisational shifts and rhythms of jazz and soul to tell the story of two couples, one black, one white, and the distressed, interracial community they call home." Though the novel is set in Oakland, one reviewer sees a lot of Dublin.

You have to give Chabon a lot of credit for delving into the tricky terrain of race relations. Trying to give voice to characters of different races is inherently fraught with pitfalls. It would be all too easy to lapse into inauthenticity, with unintended comical results.

Perhaps it takes a writer of his stature to pull it off.    


Michael Ennis' long road to third novel   

The premise sounds like an obvious winner, one that editors would be willing to pay handsomely for — Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci, the brightest stars of the Renaissance, work together to solve a string of murders. While researching the novel, "Ennis discovered that Machiavelli and Leonardo crossed paths in the same small Italian city at the same time these events were taking place. That's when Ennis remembered that Leonardo had famously dissected corpses. 'I went: Oh! He could be a Renaissance forensic pathologist!' With Leonardo's forensics expertise and Machiavelli's talents as a profiler, Ennis now had a crime-fighting team with a contemporary edge — a kind of Renaissance CSI," notes NPR

For all his novel's appeal, Ennis had trouble selling it. His agent sent it out in two distinct rounds with no luck, even after he cut the number of pages by half. So what to do? He ended up self-publishing, and sending copies directly to booksellers, many of whom were quite enthusiastic about it. He ended up with a deal for more than six figures with Doubleday.         


J.K. Rowling writes a novel for adults  

Plenty of adults ended up reading the Harry Potter novels. Many read them initially to make sure the series was okay for their kids--and ended up getting hooked. They yearned for each successive novel and mourned when it all ended. Their long wait is now over!

The author is back, with a novel aimed at grown ups.

More than 2 million copies of her hardback Casual Vacancy will land at bookstores in the United States in late September, just as the digital version hits the Internet. The novel is a far cry from Hogwarts. Rowling's  first adult novel is decidely this-worldy, an exploration of an election held after a member of a parish council  dies. The publisher, Little, Brown, calls it Dickensian for "the humanity, the humor, the social concerns, the intensely real characters."

Some things never change, however. The author has always prized secrecy, and this launch was no different. There were no advanced reader copies, no review copies, nothing, which at this point probably makes sense from a marketing perspective. Interest will likely be exceedingly high. But there are no market guarantees, not even for Rowling. Now, had she written something in the realm of magical fantasy for adults, perhaps the pundits would have written that success was inevitably. But that's not what's happening, and it will be interesting to see the book fares. I would love to read the book, as my perspective would be almost unique, given that I have yet to read a Potter novel, unlike my daughters.  


Molly Ringwald, now a novelist  

For people of a certain age, the mention of Molly Ringwald conjures up fond memories of movies that once meant so much so long ago. The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, really all her movies have long lapsed into cultural artifacts, markers of the early 1980s. But who can forget them. They certainly made it hard for Ringwald to move to the next phase of her life, as people always saw her as the quintessential teen-angst princess. But she has definitely moved on. She has just published a novel, When It Happens to You, all about Phillip and Greta, locked in a doomed marriage. In a Q and A with Arts Beat, she says, "I have always been drawn to writing fiction and have done it for as long as I can remember, dating back to grade school, but I probably started writing in earnest in my late teens. Both writing and acting require an ability to understand character — and then recreate it. I also tend to 'act' the characters I’m writing to see if they resonate with me, if the dialogue sounds real."       


Gillian Flynn's novel at No. 1  

There have been many times when I have finished a novel and wondered why it wasn't on the best seller lists. I get that we all have our literary tastes and genre preferences. And yet some novels are so obviously good (in my humble opinion), you do wish that more people had discovered them. Inevitably, I'm left to wonder if there were any marketing issues. And then there are novels that are so good that you are gratified when they make the lists, as if to confirm your opinion. I mention all this in light of the ascension of Gone Girl to No. 1 on the New York Times hardback list. I admit I have not read it. But when I read Sharp Objects I did think it had commercial success written all over it. And when I get around to reading Gone Girl, I am sure I will feel that she richly deserves her recent success.    


Robert Goolrick's second novel soars  

Robert Goolrick has lived quite life. For much of his adult years, the native of Lexington, VA, toiled in New York in the advertising industry, until he was fired when he was 53, ending a string of  nearly 30 years. His fall was rather epic, as he ended up on welfare and in Alcoholics Anonymous--a "tortured life," he calls it in a very interesting profile in USA Today. He ended up moving back to his hometown to start over, eventually writing his way back to his sense. His first novel A Reliable Wife (2009) became a book club favorite and made several best seller lists. His second novel, Heading Out to Wonderful, has just been released. So far, the reviews have been strong for the tale of doomed love "based on a true story he was told long ago while visiting a Greek isle, a tale that stayed with him for 25 years. It involves a small-town love affair gone terribly wrong." Goolrick "transported the Greek characters to rural Virginia and made the youngest, a boy named Sam, the narrator. Sixty years later, Sam tells the story of an enigmatic stranger, Charlie Beale, who arrives in town and falls in obsessive love with another man's teenage bride, Sylvan Glass." 


Gillian Flynn returns with a bang  

Gillian Flynn's Sharp Object was hailed as a significant debut back in 2007, one that heralded an amazing talent in commercial-literary fiction. The book was indeed mesmerizing,  as thrilling as it was profound. Flynn, the former critic for Entertainment Weekly, proved that she was no flash in the pan with her second novel, Dark Places, published in 2010. Her finest work, judging by the plentiful reviews, just might be her third novel, Gone Girl, published recently by Crown. It's already a darling of the critics, who are way over the moon for it. A flavor: "But the brilliance of Gone Girl is the way in which it both embraces and upends the familiar “disappearing spouse” trope while at the same time allowing both partners in this marriage to wax philosophical about issues of identity and intimacy as well as the ways in which pop culture informs our behavior and emotional responses. It’s simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny and at times moving. The minute I finished it I wanted to start it all over again," from a review in the Washington Post. Here's some thoughts by Flynn herself in an interesting interview.          


Apple is not going quietly into the night 

Back in the heyday of the dot.com era, a common cliché held that "the Internet changes everything." At the time, the words rang true, as companies were just starting to confront the radical new medium. Books publishers were in some ways terrified. They watched in horror as the music industry suffered the loss of billions of dollars due to peer-to-peer networks. In other ways, however, they were confident, perhaps overconfident. Many executives believed that the buying public would never hold an e-book with the same respect as they held a "real" book. In this view, the e-book movement wouldn't amount to much. For many years, this view seemed right on. But then along came Amazon with a game-changing e-reader that proved to be the difference.

Soon enough, the generic fear of the Internet was replaced by a quite specific fear of one company, which adroitly built a monopoly in online book sales--to the detriment of the traditional industry, which argued that Amazon was literally devaluing their product. When it comes to anti-trust, the Internet no doubt changed much. Amazon was hardly a conventional monopolist, as it sought to keep prices of books at rock-bottom, and consumers generally applauded as authors sneered. Apple wanted to lose money on books--to the horror of the industry--so it could make money on Kindles.

Jeff Bezos was shrewd no doubt. But so was Steve Jobs, who presented himself as an avenging angel to the book industry. Thanks to Apple, Amazon was cowed. Jeff Bezos was humbled--and forced to accept another sales platform on equal terms, not to mention another sales model. The agency model, in which publishes set their end prices and give a cut to the distributor, now reigns. The Amazon monopoly—and its detested wholesale model--was smashed. 

But at what cost?

The Justice Department waded into the war--people have long suggested that Amazon helped pave the way--and filed an anti-trust suit against Apple and the big publishers. It charged that the anti-Amazon crowd, led by Apple, colluded to raise prices. News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster and Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group settled, but Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck's Macmillan and Pearson's Penguin Group have decided to fight. The big news today was that Apple will join them. The technology giant filed a scathing rebuttal to the charges in federal court in Manhattan. "At the time Apple entered the market, Amazon sold nearly nine out of every ten eBooks, and its power over price and product selection was nearly absolute," Apple wrote, as noted by ars technica. "Apple’s entry spurred tremendous growth in eBook titles, range and variety of offerings, sales, and improved quality of the eBook reading experience." Another quote: “Without Apple’s entry, eBook distribution would essentially be ceded to a single distributor (Amazon), who would then possess virtually unlimited power in the eBook business… . Apple provided all publishers, large or small, similar opportunities to utilize Apple as an agent to sell eBooks directly to consumers through the iBookstore on non-discriminatory terms."       

I hope this case makes it to court. The arguments will be fascinating. At this point, the government seems to be buying into pre-Internet notions of monopoly. Apple will mount that argument with passion. In the end, the question boils down to whether the public would have been better off with a monopoly that sells books at cut-rate prices or a duopoly that sells books at higher prices.


Bruce DeSilva's back 

Bruce DeSilva spent 40 years as a print journalist--and it shows. His debut novel, the well-received Rogue Island, introduced journalist Liam Mulligan, a whizened metro reporter for the fictional Providence Dispatch. DeSilva was once a reporter for The Providence Journal, though he now resides in New Jersey, and he well remembers the terrain. DeSiliva knows his beat so to speak, making Rhode Island a fascinating setting for a crime novel.

Rogue Island an Edgar Award and a Macavity Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony and Barry Awards. All of which has paved the way for his second novel, Cliff Walk, recently published by  Forge Books. The early reviews are strong. "Look for this one to garner more award nominations," says Publishers Weekly.

I look forward to reading it. 


RIP, Maurice Sendak

He touched a lot of lives. And will do so for many years to come. Few writers put their stamp on American culture the way Maurice Sendak did. In the publishing industry, he'll be remembered as a children's book author extraordinaire. Perhaps no other man has ever won a Caldecott Medal, a National Book Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Awards and a National Medal of Arts in addition to the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. I'll leave it up to you to Google for more on his passing at the age of 83, ever so quietly at his home in Connecticut. I'll leave you with just two tributes. One allows you to hear the man's engaging voice, a born storyteller to be sure. The other presents Where the Wild Things are in a very modern format. Quite interesting. I'm sure I'd love the movie as well if I were to ever get around to watching. But the true classic is the book.         


The best ever opening lines in fiction 

Do you have a favorite opening line? If you're like me, you've got a fascination with the first few sentences of novels. Most writers do. Indeed, when this site was young, we offered a feature that highlighted the first lines from hot novels. If I recall, the first to be featured was Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine.

I'm happy to note that The Observer has come up with an interactive feature entitled, "The 10 best first lines in fiction." You'll probably quibble with the list a bit, but it's fun to click through.

The anointed best first line ever comes from Ulysses: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed." I personally would have given the top spot to Pride and Prejudice, which came in second for its classic: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Most of the "winners" are classics or at least non-contemporaneous except for one: Donna Tartt's The Secret History, which opens with a line that I remember well: "The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation." Which makes me want to read the novel for a third time.

It occurs to me that someone ought to do a list of the 10 best closing lines in fiction. I immediately thought of The Dead: "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead."  


Jonathan Tropper coming to little screen

Jonathan Tropper ranks as one of the foremost commercial fiction writers never to have made it to the big screen. Which is too bad. His novels are wonderfully cinematic, created it seems with the screen in mind. After reading one of his novels--The Book of Joe remains my favorite--you'll be tempted to play the who-should-play-whom-in-the-movie game.

I've been reading for years that this-or-that novel of his had been optioned or was soon to be in production. So far, nothing has panned out. The dry spell may soon end, however. Rock of Ages director  Adam Shankman is apparently negotiating with Warner Bros. to bring This Is Where I Leave You, which was released in 2009 to much ado, to the big screen. 

Tropper will also be debuting on the little screen soon. Cinemax has started  production in Charlotte, N.C., on "Banshee", an action series written by Tropper and fellow writer David Schickler. Tropper also co-executive produced. Scheduled for 10 episodes, the show is expected to appear next year. The series  features Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con who assumes the identity of a sheriff to continue his life of crime. This doesn't sound like vintage Tropper, but you can bet that it will be well written.            


A Book Offer You Can't Refuse

Mario Gianluigi Puzo, the perfect name for his literary endeavors, just wanted to make some money when he published The Godfather in 1969. He had no intention of penning a novel destined to become the Ur novel of the mob genre, the mother of all those cliches. By the time the classic film was released in 1972, Puzo was already rich.

Interestingly, he never published sequels to The Godfather. But he wrote the screenplays for both The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, collaborating with Francis  Ford Coppola. He did continue to write about the Mob, however. He spent the last 3 years of his life writing Omerta, which was released soon after his death of heart failure in 1999. Roughly two years later, his last novel, The Family, was published; it was completed by his long-time companion Carol Gino.     

Fortunately, the franchise never died. The Puzo family authorized two sequels to The Godfather. The Godfather Returns (2004) and The Godfather's Revenge (2006) were both authored to much fanfare by Mark Winegardner, director of the creative writing program at Florida State University. The next novel will be a prequel, The Family Corleone, which was written by Ed Falco, who runs the creative writing program at Virginia Tech. He's the uncle of Edie Falco, of The Sopranos fame.

The book is due May 8. One early review calls it "a worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families, if not quite an offer you can’t refuse."

Grand Central is
doing what it can to generate some pre-release buzz. Toward that end, we offer a "trailer" (via Entertainment Weekly) that spoofs the genre. Very funny!          


Harlan Coben's streak continues

Must be nice: Harlan Coben's latest novel debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. That marks the fifth straight time that has happened, "but it never gets old," he tells an interviewer. Say what you will about him, he's got his method, and his method works. While I have yet to read Stay Close, I know from past reading that it will deliver some very ornate twists and turns and some reliably interesting, if not necessarily deep, characters, set in the real America known as the New Jersey suburbs. I was hardly surprised to read the reviews, which have been as strong as usual. Coben surely ranks as one of America's most reliable thriller writers, and one of the hardest working. Who can forget that memorable profile in The Atlantic, which concluded that his "work ethic, gift for plot twists, obsession with sales numbers, and careful brand management have made him a blockbuster novelist who earns millions of dollars per book. What it takes to succeed as a thriller writer—even when the literary establishment doesn’t acknowledge your existence." We are certainly grateful for his gifts. And we would welcome the opportunity to provide a more formal review soon.       


The Revelations of Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels has inspired some great, best-selling novelists. The list includes no less than Jodi Picoult (Change of Heart) and Dan Brown (The Da Vinco Code). No doubt there are many others, including many who did not ever grace the best-seller lists. I am thinking in particular of Tucker Malarkey, whose Resurrection is all about the historic discovery of the gnostic gospels of Nag Hammadi. It garnered some rave reviews, though it never made a big splash commercially. I bring all this up to note that Pagels has published a new book, Revelations, which is about the New Testament book of Revelation. It's been widely reviewed. The New York Times says it "details how Revelation and other apocalyptic writings have frequently urged fear and hatred of ruling powers, if not so often armed revolt." Perhaps it will inspire another round of commercial fiction.     


The Hunger Games vs. Harry Potter

AM I THE ONLY ONE who hasn't read The Hunger Games? It sure seems that way. In my household, everyone old enough has devoured the entire Suzanne Collins trilogy. They can barely wait for the movie; they've been planning the logistics for days.  At work, I am amazed by how many of my colleagues have read them. The series has blessedly transcended the YA label in a way matched only by the Harry Potter series.

The movie is shaping up to be quite an event. The estimates for the opening weekend box office take have risen to the $100 million to $120 million, which puts it in rare company. The all-time record of course is held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which racked up nearly $170 million last July. The Hunger Games has a realistic shot at cracking the top eight, the position held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, which hauled in $125 million in November 2010. We'll keep you posted.

Whether the movie exceeds the final Harry Potter installments really doesn't matter. This is an unabashed phenomena. Book sales are going to the moon. The stars have definitely aligned.

Which means I perhaps ought to read it.


In praise of William Landay ... 

A FEW YEARS AGO, I purchased a used paperback novel by a complete unknown, a former state prosecutor in the Boston area. I can't recall exactly what made me buy Mission Flats. It was cheap, and I'm pretty sure I read the back cover and thought it was worth the investment. In any case, I was floored by the sheer quality of the writing and the storytelling skill. The characters riveted me right off the bay, and while I was a tad nonplussed by the big twist near the end, I recall thinking that this was an author who deserved an audience.

I'm pleased to note that William Landay has indeed found an audience, a growing one. His third novel, Defending Jacob, graces the best seller lists. As of this writing, it holds the No. 9 spot on the New York Times hardcover list. It has certainly generated a buzz among reviewers and in the blogosphere. I have not yet read the novel, but the consensus seems to be that he has outdone himself, putting in the top echelon of literary suspense novelists.

According to a Seattle PI interview, "When I finished my first decent manuscript, Mission Flats, I was about to give the whole thing up. It was time to admit defeat and move on. My wife and I were about to have our first child. It was time to get a 'real' job. In fact, when the first offer for Mission Flats came in, my wife and I were at the obstetrician's office to hear the unborn baby's heartbeat. We took the call on my cell phone while we sat in the doctor's waiting room, my agent telling me we'd received a generous offer for the book. I wound up with a two-book deal, which, happily, required me to keep writing. And that is when I became a writer, finally - without ever actually deciding to be one." Interesting. The truly good writers somehow ending up being writers, in spite of themselves in some cases.



Shocker! Publishers may face anti-trust charges, $9.99 e-books to return? 


THE NEWS that the Justice Department's anti-trust division has been investigting the top publishing companies was something of a shock. But when you think about it, it was a no-brainer sort of case for investigators. It was no secret that the publishers were at the end of their rope with Amazon, which was stubborn in its application of the wholesale pricing model that left it free to sell e-books at prices well below what it paid for them. That was a huge win for the book-buying public, but a scary intimation of the future of publishing for industry executives. Apple came along at just the right time, and signed up all the big players with its publisher friendly agency model. That forced Amazon to change it ways. 

The big question now is whether the solution formulated by Apple and the publishers violated  anti-trust laws. Another big question of course is what role Amazon played in the investigation. No one would be surprised if Amazon played hardball in the wake of its bitter setback at the hands of Steve Jobs. 

All this seems to be coming to a head. The leak to the Wall Street Journal could easiily be construed as pressure tactic. Someone wanted to send a message. I fully expect a settlement, as the litigation would be costly and distracting; civil litigation is also underway. And frankly the investigators just might have a strong case. Some think Steve Jobs left something of a smoking gun. If the two parties settle, it will be interesting to see what the remedies are. I doubt we'll see a return to the days of $9.99 Amazon e-books. But what becomes of the agency model is an open question right now. 

Here's an article from the New York Times.   


Welcome to our relaunched publication


AT LONG LAST, we have relaunched this site. As our work and family schedules grew crowded, we unfortunately let the site go dormant for several years. But in the back of our minds, we always knew we would bring it back for our readers, who enjoy books as much as we do. Our intention is to maintain a site for book lovers to check daily for great tips about what to read and who to read and other tidbits of information about the fascinating world of books. We'll even be devling into the wacky publishing industry as the news warrants. For the next year or so, we'll be focusing on fiction, with more attention paid to commercial fiction. But in the end, our tastes are pretty eclectic and we're hoping to once again connect with a broad audience, which made the site so much fun to operate the first time around. 

Over the next few weeks, we'll be loading content. So see you soon!