Jan 22

This week we bring you audiobook narrator Grover Gardner and author Ann Packer, “live” from Booktopia Santa Cruz. These were the talks they gave at the Celebration of Authors held at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Reminder! Don’t forget to tell us about your “Two Books I Can’t Wait For You to Read!” Click here to submit your recommendations to be published in our book in April.

Ann and I will be back next week with a regular episode.

  • Ihian Mackenzie

    Pulleeez! Place your microphones so we can hear the speaker instead of an earful of the audience.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry Ihian. The microphone was 6 inches from the authors and about 5 feet from the closest audience member. I think we just had a boisterous audience this time around…. Also, please remember that we aren’t audio professionals, and unfortunately neither is our equipment.

      I hope you were still able to enjoy the episode!

      • I also seem to remember one of the authors knocking the microphone out of position in an enthusiastic hand gesture, so perhaps it was during this series of talks.

  • Sheryl

    I’m not sure if this is the best place for this comment, but I wanted to let you two know that I have read many great books at your recommendation – more than I can list here – and some books I would not otherwise have read. I read my first graphic novel: Stitches by David Small, I read about half of War and Peace (It was better than i thought it would be but I just stopped reading it and never picked it up again. I’m sure that there were some deep messages in it, but I never got them – plus I think it should have been called “War and Parties”.)

    I really liked your resolution suggestion of reading all the books by one author so that is what I plan to do this year. One of my favorite authors is Barbara Kingsolver so this year I plan to read all of her books. Which brings me to the point of this message. To start with I am re-reading one of my favorite books of all time – The Poisonwood Bible and it is more amazing this time around. I read it many years ago and loved it, but I am just in awe of her writing and it has everything I love in a novel. It is funny, heartbreaking and it makes me think. I love a book that makes me go and look up places or events in history. Ann, you have to read this book. You will not regret taking the time to read it (I know you’ve talked about reading it and I haven’t heard that you’ve read it yet). It is outstanding.

    • Sheryl, thank you so much for your kind words. I have read it! My (former) book club read the book maybe 2 years ago. I liked it very much. I’ve also read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, her memoir of living off her farm. Listened to that one on audio, which she read, and it was wonderful.

      • Sheryl

        I’m sorry – I thought I had heard you say you hadn’t read it yet. I have Animal, Vegetable, Miracle too and since I’ll be reading her books this year, I’m glad to know you liked it.

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