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:
- Bookstore Sales Increased 7.2% in October — doesn’t sound like much, but up is up, right?
- Guess what’s anchoring many small downtowns?: Even in the age of online shopping, the answer is: bookstores
- The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected — this Wired piece is worth the read
- How Indie Presses Are Elevating the Publishing World: Three independent publishers discuss their mission — 7.13 Books is featured in this nice offering from Electric Lit (nothing against the other groups featured, I just don’t know them)
- Some Thoughts on my Forthcoming Novel ‘Not Famous’ — I’m a little annoyed because I’m about half done with my post about this book and Hanover covers everything I talked about here. Now I’m going to sound like I’m taking talking points from him 🙂
- Thinking of Rex Stout & Nero Wolfe — you know me, I never pass up a chance to proselytize about Stout and Wolfe.
- Crime Fiction Superlatives: The Best and Most of 2018: Yearbook Superlatives For the Crime and Mystery World — I should’ve done something like this, but I’m not that clever.
- A few more Best Ofs:
- Best Nonfiction of 2018 — according to Paul’s Picks
- 19 authors pick the best crime novels of 2018 — from Dead Good
- The Best Crime and Mystery Debuts of 2018: 15 New Voices To Watch — from Crime Reads, I’ve read one of these and wanted to get to a few others
- Crime Reads also named The Best Noir Fiction of 2018: Celebrating the Year in PIs, Procedurals, Noir and Hard-Boiled
- The Fantasy Inn’s Best of 2018 — I agree with a lot of these, and added a couple of other things to my TBR
- Tom Gauld on the author’s ultimate goal is the cartoon we wrap things up with.
- Book-ish Related Podcast Episodes you might want to give a listen to, both from Hank Garner’s Author Stories:
- Episode 527 | Craig Johnson Returns To Talk Depth Of Winter And Writing A Long Running SeriesI meant to post this last week, but, better late than never. Good chat in general — but the bits we got about the 2019 novel absolutely make it worth it.
- Episode 531 with Luke Daniels, Rhett Bruno, and Jaime Castle
I like Bruno, Castle seems like someone I can appreciate — but Luke bleepin’ Daniels? Loved listening to him.
- This Week’s only had One New Release that Caught my eye:
- The Disasters by M. K. England — “The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy” ’nuff said.
Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Russell Deasley for following the blog this week.