Thursday, May 11, 2006

In the name of Persuasion

. . . I urge you all to go on over to Skylight Books tonight and see George Saunders read from his new collection of short stories, In Persuasion Nation. Mr. Saunder's work is some of the greatest stuff out there and we as readers have the pleasure of hearing him read tonight. If anyone goes, please let me know how it is. I have to get my car out of the shop after work, so that's going to be fun. And while you're at it you should read what's happening over at the LBC. Gina Frangello's essay (author of the book, My Sister's Continent ) about (polite Sex and the City) is being discussed and I'll be speaking with Gina very soon about her book in an interview that will appear over at Sue Henderson's blog this June. Keep your eyes open! In the meantime, enjoy the Mother's Day weekend and be nice to your mom!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A.M. Homes wants to Save Your Life

A.M. Homes will be at Skylight Books this Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm. If you missed her at the LA Times Festival of Books, you really should try to stop by. Bookslut will have a feature on her as well by the lovely Michael Schaub and yours truly will also have a review of her latest work, This Book Will Save Your Life. This latest novel is definitely a true divergence from Homes's usual tone in her stories. Not that that's ever been a bad thing. In fact, one of the reasons I love Homes's writing is for her style and mood is very much a part of that. Kids, this one's an uplifter in some ways. And dare I say, a positive look at life and what it has to offer. I know I'm already walking on pillows on clouds on air.

George Saunders -- Busy Persuading

Boldtype has a very interesting interview with George Saunders wherein he speaks about his newest work, Persuasion Nation. A collection of short-stories by George, well now, that's practically like having your cake and eating it too. I love it, love it, love it! You really should buy this book and read this interview. And any interview that has the words "dystopian" and "fantasy" in it is my kind of interview.