is this Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 in the Roosevelt Room. We’ll be talking about the books we love (or find frustrating or were never able to finish or read a half dozen times) – books, books, books. Hope you can join us.
(we found last year that once the weather got nice Saturdays were just too busy for a leisurely chat about books – and the weather is going to get nice sometime isn’t it?)
One of the authors at the 3d Annual Maynard Book Festival is Ann Hood. I had read her earlier books and really liked them and somehow she just slipped off my radar. Delighted that having her at the Festival gives me a chance to catch up with some of her later books. Her books that I read and enjoyed are Somewhere off the Coast of Maine and The Knitting Circle. Have The Obituary Writer as a friend loan on my couch so that will be my next read of hers. Hope you are planning to join us on April 12 when she will be on a panel with Jennifer Haigh (another favorite of mine) and CB Anderson (a new author to explore).
A few posts ago we talked about memorable opening lines – found one that got my attention right away from Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux
“Whatever this is, it started when Nicky Slopen came back from the dead.”
Found an interesting article on Cognoscenti today on the question of whether reviewers should only write positive reviews (the assumption being I assume that they will simply not review bad books). The author comes down on the side of positive benefits of bad reviews for the consumer. Check out the article and let us know where you stand.
Since we don’t have a theme for our final meeting in this series, we just get to talk about books in general. I had lots of reading on the veranda time this week. The best book of the week for me was The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Fiction based on fact, it is the story of one woman who was part of the trains of orphans taken out of NY city in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s and given to people who were mostly looking for free labor. I had an opportunity to hear the author speak at the Concord Book Shop a couple weeks ago and she said that while her characters are fictional, nothing happens in the book that didn’t happen to an actual child on the trains.