Sunday, August 30, 2015

Scandal. Defiance. The Marriage of Opposites.

Forbidden love.
The strength of one woman who did not 'follow the rules, but knew what she wanted."
Ah, yes, that in itself is enough. 
And yes again, Hoffman remains ever, 'magical.'
In the, Marriage of Opposites,
Rachel's fate is not in her own hands: in order to secure the future of her father's business, 
she is married off. 
When her husband dies suddenly and nephew Frédéric arrives from France
 to settle the estate, Rachel seizes control of her life, 
beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal affecting her entire family,
 including her favourite son, Camille Pissarro.
The Marriage of Opposites
The story of one of history's 'invisible' women:
the mother of impressionist painter
Camille Pissaro.
The Marriage of Opposites.
Another Hoffman 
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things
in humble places where other people see nothing."
Camille Pissarro.
Of people and places,
look to find the beautiful.

Our Souls in the Night.

At seventy years old,
she shows up at his door.
"Will you sleep with me," she says.
"I mean in my bed, through the night."
At seventy years old, she
knows what she needs and wants,
and reaches forth with guts and gumption,
and says,
"Why not?"
Why not, indeed.
The man would have sat in his kitchen
for years and wondered and hoped,
but for the woman who
walked right up
with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Do women have more guts then men when it 
comes to love, wants, needs?
Probably so.
"Our Souls at Night,"
most definitely so.
Our Souls at Night
To be.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Man Booker.

Want a taste?
C'mom, I know you do.
Get over to Amazon and download a sample, a little taste-tester
of our Man Booker long list.
All with different and unique flavour,
test out your favourites.
Here are a few of mine.
A Little LifeA Spool of Blue ThreadLila (Gilead, #3)
The ChimesThe Illuminations
Nice to see New Zealand represented and the hint of a "Koru" 
on the cover. 
Stories of love and memory, love letters
to the world, remembering always the beauty,
and the beauty in our words.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

One (won) Rain Reign.

Want to feel your heart?
Come closer. Let me whisper in your ear.
I did not put it down. It broke my heart, but I still couldn't stop.
Rain Reign
Rose (rows), a girl on the autism spectrum, is obsessed with homonyms, 
hence the title of this book.
I'm not (knot) into MG as a rule, but this story wanted me to (two/too) read it
and I did so (sew) in one (won) gulp.
My heart was ripped and torn and put back together by the time (thyme) my reading was done.
I can't recommend this highly enough.
A wonderfully touching story with 
 in-the-pocket narration.
Letting go hurts.
Rose did it with grace and love.
I wanted to hug her,
but hugged this book instead.
Hearts as one (won).
My heart to yours. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Murakami In that instant.

How we begin, and what we choose to begin, is quite fascinating. 
It might only be a spark of an idea, a gift from the ether,
something well described by Murakami below, or a seed of thought that 
has germinated for a very long time.
Either way, one must always begin.
Move thought to action. 

"I can still recall the exact sensation. It felt as if something had come fluttering down from the sky, and I had caught it cleanly in my hands. I had no idea why it had chanced to fall into my grasp. I didn’t know then, and I don’t know now. Whatever the reason, it had taken place. It was like a revelation. Or maybe epiphany is the closest word. All I can say is that my life was drastically and permanently altered in that instant."

Friday, August 7, 2015

Who is Elena Ferrante?

Elena Ferrante.
Who is she?
Read a page. Even one, and you will know something, but not everything.
You will not find photographic portraits.
You will not find her at literary conventions or discussion panels.
She is a secret.
A writer that choses to remain a secret.
No, she will not discuss with you her novels out on the street.
She will not tell you what she is now writing, nor will she tell
you that she is one of Italy's most compelling contemporary literary voices.
Ah, to be a secret.
The joy and reward of the pseudonym.
“To those who consider you an absent writer, I would say: anything but. 
Despite your elusiveness, I detect a door that is 
more open than closed."
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Smart PR, or not, Elena has kept her identity 
since her very first publication.
She is an enigma.
but for the one thing that matters.
Her words.
“Some will object that in literature the game of pseudonyms is fair play.
 Yes, but it is rare they last for more than 20 years. 
And anyway … it’s far less interesting than a life, a face, a real experience.”
Paolo do Paolo.
Is it?
The Story of a New Name
The Days of AbandonmentMy Brilliant Friend
"The rules say that to tell a story you need first of all
a measuring stick, a calendar, you have to calculate how
much time has passed between you and the facts,
the emotions to be narrated."


Saturday, August 8th.
National Bookstore Day!
Get out there!
If you've got a local bookshop, visit it!
No, don't just visit it. Pick up a book.
Buy it.
Support your local bookstore.
Support your favourite bookstore.
We want to keep them.
Today, do your bit!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

YA Readership.

Interesting fact.
55% of YA sales go well into the adult sector.
28% being in 30-44 year old sphere.
That says a lot about YA.
Solid writing, a good story, emotive and exiting,
and there are no lines in the sand.
Well maybe there are, but those lines
keep moving around.
It's a good thing.
A very good thing.
Watch it move.


Drive your characters wild.

What do your characters drive?
It might be the black or grey Ranger style that follow,
zoom, back, forth, round and down, keeping an all important eye
on the tick tock of the clock.
Could be.
So, who's inside the car?
The hired guy? 
The one that wears shades and looks straight ahead not side to side?
Or the yellow vested one that just put in a hard day?
Characters and their cars have to go together, but like all and everything,
they don't have to go together in the predictable kind of way.
Spice it up. Mix it up.
Get them behind the wheel of many a different car.
Don't necessarily match up with stereotypes,
cause we see right through them. 
Unless of course the windows are black.
Be unpredictable.
We love unpredictable.
Take them on a different spin.

Go on, it's a long drive.
How do you want to drive it?

Pick it A&R.

This is my pick!
The Book of Speculation
A young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmother's name. What is the book's connection to his family?
Salt Creek
Another one that sounds great!
Some things collapse slow, and cannot always be rebuilt, and even if a thing can be remade it will never be as it was. 
Broken Promise
This one sounds a little more than creepy.
With the police convinced they have an open and shut case, it's up to David to find out what really happened, but he soon discovers that the truth could be even more disturbing...

A Little Life
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance.