The last couple of weeks have been the snowiest here since the 1890s — which is a pretty long time. The kids have had an extra week of break, I’ve not been able to make it into work 3 days in the last 2 weeks (and I’m doing better than some). Which has played havoc with posting/reading schedules for ye olde blog, too. One of those things that I’m the only one who notices, probably.
Still, it’s Saturday, so time for some links and whatnot. Here are the odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Employee-Free Bookstore offers a place to rest, and leisurely read — A little bit neat idea, a little bit horror.
- Publisher’s Weekly reports that: Print Book Sales Rose Again in 2016 and http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/72452-independent-booksellers-end-year-on-high-note.html — both good signs
- How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity
- Better Late Than Never: On Blooming as a Reader — Sonya Chung pens a nice little essay on The Millions.
- Thank You, Ned Vizzini — Nicole Lewis pens a nice tribute to the late writer (who is absolutely worth reading).
- Future House Publishing: A Young Press Off to a Bright Start — I’ve read a few of Future House’s books — hope to read more.
- In many ways, Fahrenheit Press couldn’t be more different from Future House. But they’re more alike where it counts — putting out good books that otherwise wouldn’t find a home. Here’s a nice piece from Writing Magazine about them: Global Crime Market – Keep the temperature rising.
- Carrie Vaughn on Martians Abroad and Crossing a New Frontier — I’m part of a book tour for this coming up soon, but this should whet your appetite. I’m looking forward to what Vaughn’s up to post-Kitty Norville.
- Hey, Matthew Norman, Why’d You Do That in Your Novel Domestic Violets? — a nice interview with Norman.
- The Night Before “Night School” — Andy Martin (author of Jack Reacher said nothing writes about the creation of Night School — and brings up a point I meant to mention in my post about the book earlier in the week (my point would’ve been speculative, his is authoritative and more clearly written than mine would’ve been), which makes me feel good knowing I was on to something.
- How to Deal When a Book Falls Short
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Big Law by Ron Liebman — where big business and law intersect, you find all sorts of nasty machinations. This looks promising.
- The Silver Skull by Anne Renwick — book two of The Elemental Web Chronicles, the first book of which was a lot of fun.