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Alex Kava on reading, incoming e-books, Gift Guide for The Philanthropist, and more

Hi everyone,

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.

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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.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and terrific 2011 from all of us here at Mystery Scene!

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Flights of Fiction Fancy
Alex Kava on books as travel companions

"18 Seconds" by George ShumanI'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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Overheard

Rex Stout's League of Frightened Men, 1935 first edition

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What good is
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to popularize literature?"

  
- Nero Wolfe in
The League of Frightened Men,
by Rex Stout, 1935

MS Gift Guide: The Philanthropist
Gift ideas for those who want give more this holiday


Reading is FundamentalReading is Fundamental
Founded by a former teacher, RIF delivers free books and literacy resources to the most financially needy communities throughout the US, with special focus on children from birth to age eight.

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UNICEF Story Book giftUNICEF Story Book
Inspire the mind of children in far-off primary schools by sending the gift of story books for as little as $30 for 8 local-language books.

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Books For LifeBooks for Life
Help a community build a library or support the literacy project of your choosing from the US to India to Kenya to Nicaragua and beyond.

BooksforLife.org


American Library Association
American Library Association
Help ALA advocate on behalf of libraries and library users, promote literacy and community outreach programs, encourage reading and continuing education in communities across America, and provide scholarships to students preparing to enter the library profession.

ALA.org


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