Mar 14, 2012
What's an imprint? What female authors aren't as popular as they should be? And trust us, you should read The Expats by Chris Pavone and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
Northshire Bookstore has set up a special page for Books on the Nightstand listeners. On it you can order the most recent book from each of the Booktopia Vermont authors. If you're attending Booktopia, order your books ahead of time and have them held for you, or shipped to you ahead of time. If you aren't able to attend the weekend, you can still order a book, have it signed by the authors, then shipped to you after the event. Plus, Northshire is offering 10% off these eight titles, and free shipping on your entire order!
Within larger publishing companies, books are often published under imprints. For instance, Vintage is the paperback imprint of Knopf and Tor Books is the science fiction imprint for Macmillan. Hogarth Books is just about to launch in the UK and the US. Named in honor of the Hogarth Press, Hogarth books will publish "contemporary, voice-driven, character-rich" works of fiction. To celebrate, Hogarth Books has given us five limited edition sets of advanced reader's copies of their inaugural list. To be entered into the random drawing to win, just tell us, in the comments below, what you would name your own imprint and what kinds of books you would publish. To get a glimpse of the set of books and descriptions of all 4 titles, visit this page on the Read It Forward blog (a blog you should be reading anyway!).
David called our voicemail line with a request. Given the recent article on Vidaweb.org on the disparity of reviews/coverage of female authors vs. male, David has decided that, on an upcoming road trip, he'd like to listen to audio books written by female authors who have yet to get the notoriety they deserve. A few that came to mind for us were Edith Pearlman recent winner of the NBCC Fiction Award for Binocular Vision, Joy Williams author of the amazing novel Breaking and Entering, Mary Doria Russell (The Sparrow and Doc among others) and Donna Woolfolk Cross, specifically for her novel Pope Joan. We'd love to know who you would recommend. Call our voicemail line (209.867.7323) and we'll collect your responses into a show in mid-April.
The Expats by Chris Pavone is a book that I can't tell you much about, for fear of giving something away. Here's what I can tell you: Kate Moore and her husband Dexter have just moved to Luxembourg for Dexter's new job. What he doesn't know is that Kate's old job was as a CIA spy, and it may not be completely behind her, whether she wants it to be or not.(Click here to see where Chris' book tour will take him)
Ann found Wild by Chreyl Strayed to be a wonderful book about the author's loss of her mother and her own recreation hiking solo along the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. This may sound like "just" a memoir, but Ann feels it is so much more than that. Cheryl Strayed will be Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA on March 28th. Ann's attending and she hopes to see some of you there!