The time has come for yet another edition of Monday Musings. (Can you handle it? Can you?)
As I write this, I’m feeling a bit of pressure to keep turning those pages. As you may (or may not) know, I’m on a mission to surpass the number of books I read last year (114). I’m currently immersed in book forty of 2015—Alretha Thomas’ forthcoming Missing Melissa—and my virtual bookshelf (at www.50BookPledge.ca) tells me that I’m on pace for 122—but I won’t allow myself to get too comfortable. That’s when life sneaks up on you and demands your attention elsewhere …
Here’s some good news for Connecticut’s crime fiction lovers …
The Mark Twain House and Museum announced last week that James Patterson, who has been the world’s bestselling author since 2001, will appear in Hartford on Wednesday, June 17th, to benefit the museum. Tickets go sale this Friday, May 1st (Wednesday, April 29th, for Mark Twain House & Museum members); the cost is $60 ($50 for members). A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $150 that will include a pre-event reception at the Town & Country Club (22 Woodland St., Hartford), a meet-and-greet with the author, premium seating at the event, and a pre-signed Patterson book. To purchase tickets, call 860-280-3130. Event location: Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford.
Further, America’s “Queen of Suspense,” Mary Higgins Clark, will appear at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield this Sunday, May 3rd, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss her career and new collection of short stories, Death Wears a Beauty Mask, and Other Stories (out 4/28). Admission for this event is $10 and can be paid online; student admission is $5 at the door with a valid student ID. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Location: University Commons, 5151 Park Ave.
I also wanted to share with you a web site that I’ve happily stumbled upon: Bound & Dedicated. Founded by Tim Huggins (Newtonville Books) and Katie Eelman, the page features images of personally inscribed books and the short stories that correspond with their acquisition. It’s a collector’s dream. For further reading, there’s a great article in the Washington Post.
On a similar note, a recurring feature of HBE’s Facebook page is #SignatureSundays, in which I share pictures from my own collection of signed books. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider giving us a “like”—it’s the easiest way to keep up with bookish news, reviews, and author interviews.
And for those of you that enjoy horror, BloodyDisgusting.com recently published an editorial that might be of interest: 17 Horror Movies You Had No Idea Were Based On Books! From novels that far surpass their film adaptations (Tom Savage’s Valentine) to those that don’t quite pass muster in comparison (Peter Benchley’s Jaws), and even the mostly faithful retellings (Robert Bloch’s Psycho), it’s a list that should hold at least a surprise or two for even the most well-read among us.
Finally, I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ll be moderating debut novelist Lili Anolik at R.J. Julia Booksellers this Thursday evening, April 30th, at 7 p.m. Ms. Anolik is the author of Dark Rooms, which Michael Connelly effusively endorsed: “Great story, great twists, great insights—a brilliant start to a novelist’s career.” Also a journalist, Anolik’s feature on actress Sofia Vergara is this month’s cover story for Vanity Fair magazine. Our event is free and open to the public; registration can be completed online or by calling the store at 203-245-3959.
Now, you tell me: what’s been keeping you turning pages? Sound off in the comments section below.