My Birthday Gift To You: Dismantle the Sun (Kindle Version) is Free Through the 14th

Your friend and humble blogger is turning 44 tomorrow, and he thought he’d reverse the usual birthday dynamic and offer his readers a gift. Those with Kindle devices, or tablets that can be Kindle devices, can download novel #1, Dismantle the Sun, gratis through the 14th of October. It’s perfect for those whose idea of a… Continue reading My Birthday Gift To You: Dismantle the Sun (Kindle Version) is Free Through the 14th

Introversion, the Literary Community, and Me

Meghan Tift wrote a piece in The Atlantic called “The Agony of Community” that got me thinking about my own relationship, or lack of it, with the Seattle literary community. Whether we’re behind the podium or awaiting our turn, numbing our bottoms on the chill of metal foldout chairs or trying to work some life into our… Continue reading Introversion, the Literary Community, and Me

Summer of Long Knives Blog Tour Wrapup

So the last review is in, this one coming from Musings of a Bookish Kitty: Overall, I quite enjoyed Jim Snowden’s The Summer of Long Knives. There is nothing light about this mystery thriller.  It is very dark, and well it should be given the time period and place in our history. I was swept up in Rolf’s… Continue reading Summer of Long Knives Blog Tour Wrapup

To Pan Books or Not to Pan Books

It’s been a few months since the bookish among us pondered the question of the value of negative book reviews, so Francine Prose and Zoe Heller are reheating the issue in the New York Times: The publishing industry, we hear, is in trouble. So why would a sensible writer tell people not to buy a book?… Continue reading To Pan Books or Not to Pan Books

Do You Have To Read A Friend’s Book?

From Slate: No. One cannot just go around reading the books of friends and acquaintances. The exceptions to this rule are few and obvious—looking at a draft to give constructive criticism, searching for thinly veiled gossip, so on. The sound reasons for obeying the rule are many and various. Like, what if the book turns out to… Continue reading Do You Have To Read A Friend’s Book?

Psst…I’ve Got this Great Article On Word of Mouth For You. Pass it On

Book publicists, and authors who enjoy talking like book publicists in casual conversation, always aver that word of mouth is the best means of selling a book. But what is word of mouth? Well, I’ll employ a little bit by pointing you to Catherine McKenzie’s “What is Word of Mouth, Anyway” article over at Beyond… Continue reading Psst…I’ve Got this Great Article On Word of Mouth For You. Pass it On

So Over It Contest #15: Street Corner Edition

No winner for last week’s contest (sigh). The correct answer was the University Bridge connecting the University District to Eastlake in Seattle. It was dedicated on April 7th, 1933 by Franklin Roosevelt. This week’s contest concerns a street corner somewhere in the United States. This street corner was much in the news a couple of… Continue reading So Over It Contest #15: Street Corner Edition