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Alex Kava on reading, incoming e-books, Gift Guide for The Philanthropist, and more
In this newsletter MS Senior Editor Teri Duerr
, our favorite Christmas Elf, has come up with a list of worthy charities that promote literacy. A donation to one of these groups will give a gift that lasts a lifetime.
Brian and I have big plans for heavy reading over the holiday. Should your "To Be Read" pile look a bit scanty, you can always visit the MS Book Review Database
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In the works for January 2011 is a MS Website special feature on e-books and digital publishing. Lawrence Block
will talk about his one-man backlist blitz and we'll offer a look at what the plugged-in mystery fan can look forward to in the future.
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Flights of Fiction Fancy
Alex Kava on books as travel companions
I've always thought it sad to hear authors confess they have no time to read for pleasure, only for research. Sad because for most of us our love of reading is what inspired us to be writers. It's a bit like a chef saying he or she no longer has time to eat or a pianist not able to listen to music. I should probably confess, I used to be one of those authors. I'd feel guilty reading when I should be writing. Then I'd go on book tour.
I hate flying so having 15 to 20 flights in the span of two to three weeks is a challenge in itself. Reading helps take my mind off being 30,000 feet above control. I started asking bookstore owners and managers for recommendations, picking up a book for my next psychotherapy in the sky. Who better to ask. Over the last ten years I've accumulated a list of treasures I might not have stumbled upon on my own.
One of the first recommendations was Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield. I devoured the entire series, not in order but picking up one then another from city to city and bookstore to bookstore. Here's a sampling of recommendations that kept me sane: Jan Burke's Bones, Keith Ablow's Psychopath, P.J. Tracy's Monkeewrench, Julia Spencer Fleming's Clare Fergusson mysteries, Jay MacLarty's The Courier, Lisa Black's Takeover, C.J. Box's Joe Pickett novels, George Shuman's 18 Seconds and Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon thrillers.
Although I still hate to fly, I look forward to my next indulgence of bookstore recommendations and my annual reboot of inspiration.
Alex Kava's latest is Damaged (Knopf 2010).
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