May 16, 2012
The Concord Free Press and their wonderful publishing program; Re-reading, do you do it? Do you have time to do it?; Michael sheepishly admits that he still hasn't read Waiting for Sunrise, the new novel from William Boyd, and Ann recommends Trapeze by Simon Mawer
Concord Free Press is a wonderful publisher that has just published its seventh book, Round Mountain by Castle Freeman, Jr. Here's the catch, (don't worry, it's a good catch) the book is free. As in zero dollars. Concord Free Press publishes 3,000 copies of a book, then gives them all away, via their web site and independent bookstores. All they ask in return is that the reader makes a charitable donation of some sort (size and recipient is left up to the giver). The reader should also log their donation on the Press' site, and then pass the book on so more people can read it and donate on its behalf. It's a wonderful idea that is working very well. To date, their 7 titles have raised nearly $300,000 worldwide. So, check the list of stores that carry their books and see if one is near you. If not request a copy of Round Mountain here.
Our Goodreads Group's "What do you want us to talk/write about?" thread comes to the rescue again. Tawny started a discussion there about re-reading, which books she has re-read and which she wants to. Surprisingly, it's a topic we spoke about in the very first episode of BOTNS, but, frankly, both Ann and I are too afraid to listen to it to hear what we said. Suffice to say, with our reading schedules, we rarely have time to re-read, though Ann has recently read two books a second time: The Sense of an Ending and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. If we were to re-read more than we do, we'd love to re-experience To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chocolate War, The Great Gatsby and Nineteen Eighty-Four. So, what are your thoughts on re-reading? Do you have the time? Do you make the time?
No, I still haven't read William Boyd's new book Waiting for Sunrise. I will get to it soon, but I didn't want to wait any longer to tell you about this book which is the story a British actor in Vienna in 1913. He's looking for psychological help but ends up in an affair that nearly ruins his life. Ann raves about Trapeze by Simon Mawer. It's the story of nineteen-year-old Marian Sutro who is trained to operate covertly in occupied Europe during World War II.