Welcome to a third edition of Monday musings—or, as I’ve come to think of it, confessions of an unrepentant bibliophile.
On Saturday evening, I had the pleasure of attending Mystery & Suspense at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook—a Big Book Club event featuring authors Tess Gerritsen, Alafair Burke, David Handler, Lisa Unger, and John Searles in conversation with the incomparable Hank Phillippi Ryan. It was beautifully (and literally) staged, and allowed these mavens and masters of mystery to expound upon their craft, their inspiration, and the deep-seeded drive within to follow their creative passions, even when that meant changing careers.
This event also provided a showcase for the organization’s charity partner of the year: REACH OUT AND READ CT. Reach Out and Read prepares the country’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to provide free books to children, encouraging families to read together. Executive Director Christine Garber was on hand to bring attention to this very worthy cause—and to share some alarming statistics re. childhood literacy in Connecticut with attendees. It was a poignant reminder that reading is both a pleasure and a privilege—and that it’s within our power to share that gift with those less fortunate.
Speaking of sharing things, I want to extend an invitation for you to join me at the Bentley Memorial Library in Bolton this Thursday evening (October 2nd) at 7:00 p.m. as I lead a discussion of Marcia Clark’s crime fiction debut, Guilt by Association. This is the first in a six-part series, and a future session will include a Skype interview with the author (and former Los Angeles prosecutor). There is no cost to attend, and the library has copies of the book available. Reservations are required; please call 860-646-7349 to register. Oh, and did I mention there’ll be refreshments? Because there will be refreshments. The library is located at 206 Bolton Center Road.
Finally, it’s with pride that I tell you that I discovered the new paperback edition of Jon Land’s Strong Rail Falling includes HBE’s blurb—“Caitlin Strong is brash, bold, and badass. If you’re looking for straight-shooting, freewheeling justice, she’s your gal. And Strong Rain Falling is the perfect page-turner of a thriller to showcase her unique charm.” She’s quickly become one of my favorite characters in contemporary fiction, and I do hope you’ll consider checking her out. (Like at the library. Ha!) Land’s next, Strong Darkness, comes out tomorrow.
With a new season upon us, here’s hoping you Fall into a good book. (Nope, I couldn’t resist.) And, if so, please feel free to share in the comments section below …
Until next time,