We are down to our Final Four! These books are all so fantastic, and we are so excited to get to our Final Two. Make sure to vote below.
When I was 20, I had the
opportunity to edit a book my grandfather wrote.
Both of my grandfathers were writers. They were men who believed in writing things down, in recording memories and spiritual truths and humorous anecdotes, in passing stories down through the generations.
My grandfathers took their writing seriously. Sure, some of it remained on yellow legal pads or in family vacation newsletters, but as they became older, they decided to do something with this passion they possessed. They self-published their books, and they sit on my shelves, just as important as the Tolstoy and the Lamott, the Sedaris and the Alcott.
A few weeks ago, I pulled down my grandfather's memoir, a book he'd titled Back Roads to a Better Life: Believe It or Not. That "believe it or not" portion of the title is important. During the months I spent reading and editing my grandfather's book, I'd come across passages that just didn't make sense. My five feet, six inch tall grandfather, a star on his high school basketball team? Capable of dunking the ball into a basket at a moment's notice? Unless height averages have changed -- and hey, maybe they have -- that just didn't ring true. When I brought that particular passage to my grandfather's attention, he winked at me: "That's why it's called 'believe it or not.' I want the reader to decide what's real or what's not."
Jordan and I have taken to watching The Wonder Years each night before bed. I take a little bit of pride in the fact that I introduced Jordan to little Kevin Arnold and the truths he learns in 20 minutes of memory recall each episode. In an episode we watched recently, Kevin remembers trying out -- accidentally, really -- for the junior high baseball team. Aside from one "lucky hit," Kevin's really not very good. But at the close of the episode, in his final moment at bat, he hits another one out of the park, and the crowd goes wild.
He's hoisted on the shoulders of his friends and teammates, and you can hear adult Kevin narrating over the hooplah: "Maybe that's not exactly the way it happened, but that's the way it should've happened, and that's the way I like to remember it. If dreams and memories sometimes get confused, well, that's as it should be."
Even though it didn't make much sense to me at the time, didn't make much sense as I slaved away over commas and misspellings and technical glitches, I'm glad my grandpa was creative with his memories, glad he hid a few dreams throughout his life's narratives.
Enter our annual authors' fair, Reader Meet Writer. Each year, we partner with the Thomas County Public Library to put on a fair for local, independently-published writers. Reader Meet Writer gives these authors the chance to tell about their books; authors can mingle with audience members, and they get designated time to chat about what makes their book unique.
Reader Meet Writer is this Saturday at the library from 10 a.m. until noon; this year, we're featuring 12 authors from Thomasville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Ocilla, and more. Every author will get three minutes to present their book, and they'll have their own tables with information about their works. Our emcee is local favorite Julie Bettinger, whose own independtly-published book, Encounters with Rikki, is a Bookshelf customer favorite.
It's not fair that sometimes self-published writers get lost in the shuffle. Reader Meet Writer aims to correct that, and I'd like to think my granddad would be proud.
READER MEET WRITER
Local author fair at the Thomas County Public Library
Saturday, March 25
10 a.m. to noon
Free and open to the public
Remember last week when I waxed philosophical about the art of the well-written paragraph? Join us TOMORROW NIGHT for our first-ever Parapalooza event, featuring some of our region's best writers: Diane Roberts, Chip Bragg, Bob Shacochis, Michelle Moore, and Ravi Howard. Each author will be presenting just one paragraph of their latest work, followed by a brief Q&A. (And rumor has it we may or may not be serving sangria from Farmer's Daughter Vineyards, so... there are many reasons to come see us tomorrow.)
I hope you'll join us for this grand experiment! We're planning to kick things off at
6 p.m., giving you time to check out Thomasville dinner spots after the readings.
Come celebrate Friday -- and our region's most talented authors -- with us.
It's officially Spring! We decided to start the season off some fantastic books that have orange covers. We know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but these picks are gorgeous and great reads!
a Separation by katie kitamura
A young woman decides with her consistently faithless husband that they should separate. However, they are unable to reveal their separation to their friends and family. This is complicated when he goes missing in Greece and she needs to fly across the world to find him. Through her search, she finds she knows less about the man she used to love than she thought possible. This novel is gripping and will leave you reading until the last page.
lucky boy by Shanthi sekaram
The story of one boy, Ignacio, who is spilt between two loving mothers. His biological mother, eighteen-year-old Solimar, is bright and optimistic as she embarks on a dangerous mission across the United State-Mexico border. When she is placed in an immigration detention facility, her son is put under the care of Kavya. Kavya is a beautiful woman from Berkley who is successful in her work and marriage. Unfortunately, she had been struggling with starting a family. So, when she has Ignacio under her loving care, she becomes the mother she always wanted to be. This is a beautiful story of two women and one boy who is everything to them.
this is how it always is by Laurie Frankel
Claude is five years old and he is the youngest of five brothers. He loves to eat peanut butter sandwiches and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, he wants to be a girl. His parents, Rosie and Penn, support Claude and want him to be whoever he wants to be. However, they keep this secret amongst the family, until one day it is revealed to the world. This is a novel about family, love, acceptance, dreams. transformations, fairy tales, and the difficulty of change. This is a beautiful novel you should put on your to-be-read.
perfect little world by Kevin Wilson
Izzy met Dr. Preston Grind after she graduated from high school. Izzy was pregnant with her art teacher's child. She knows she will be a good mother but is struggling with money and family support. Dr. Grind is a child psychologist and has been formulating a new study that he thinks Izzy will be interested in. He wants to create the 'perfect little world.' His experiment would require parents to raise their children collectively without revealing who their biological parents are. Throughout the experiment, Izzy begins to form feelings for Dr. Grind, which makes her question her participation in the study. A unique novel about love and family.
autumn by Ali Smith
Autumn is a rich and beautiful novel about the meaning of worth in our lives. This is her first installment in her Seasonal quartet. In these four novels, Smith will be exploring themes of identity, connection, change. A story of aging. time, love throughout the years.
infinite home by Kathleen Alcott
Edith, a widow, rents her Brooklyn apartment to people in need of shelter. Her tenants are struggling to navigate their lives, struggling spiritually, physically, and mentally. The apartment building is a sanctuary for Edith and her residents, but as she gets older, her son threatens to evict her from the building. A story of the strong relationships between strangers and the unlikely bond built between them.
Have a wonderful day and happy reading!
One of our customers checks
in about once a month to see what we have in stock that he might enjoy. His tastes are eclectic, and he's incredibly well-read, so I walk him through the store, trying to showcase some of my personal new favorites or books we've stocked specifically for him. (This is why you shop at indie stores, am I right?)
He'll sit down at our table with a small stack and work his way through, just reading a sentence or two from each book. Sometimes he'll ask me to turn to my favorite page or passage so he can get a sense of what makes the book so spectacular.
It's amazing, isn't it? How one passage or paragraph can stick with us? I still remember my favorite lines from To Kill a Mockingbird and the moment Amy drops the limes in Little Women. I can pinpoint exactly where Gilead made me cry and the chapter that turned Station Eleven into a modern classic.
Paragraphs, you see, matter. Well-written, well-constructed paragraphs? They can turn a story around.
Next Friday, we're celebrating the unsung hero of stories: the paragraph. We've invited some of our favorite local authors (Chip Bragg, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Diane Roberts, Bob Shacochis, Ravi Howard) to come share just one paragraph of their most recent published work. One paragraph! That's all they get.
We're calling it Parapalooza -- stolen, of course, as all the best ideas are -- from an event I attended at the booksellers' conference in Savannah last fall. Jordan and I sat in the audience, completely mesmerized by the precious few sentences authors chose to share from their work.
Why'd they choose that sentence? And that one? What paragraphs of my favorite books would I share, given the chance?
These are the questions Parapalooza inevitably asks, and we can't wait to hear how these particular authors answer. And don't worry: Next Friday, you'll have a chance to meet each author, to take their work home if their one particular paragraph shook you.
Parapalooza is something new for The Bookshelf, and as with all new events, I'm a little nervous it will come together as I've envisioned. Why don't you come see for yourself? Meet these talented authors from our neck of the woods, and hear what paragraphs they choose to share.
Come learn why one paragraph matters.
Free and open to the public
Friday, March 24
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
++ MARK YOUR CALENDARS ++
Tonight is our second meeting of Stitches and Stories, a new audiobook club in partnership with our friends down at Fuzzy Goat. We'll kick things off at 6:00, chatting briefly about last month's listen, The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Then, we'll tackle our knitting projects as we listen to Jodi Picoult's latest, Small Great Things. The group is low-key and lots of fun! Come down to Fuzzy Goat tomorrow and join us as we knit and listen!
After Parapalooza next Friday night, stop by the library on Saturday morning to meet local, independently-published authors at our annual Reader Meet Writer event. Each year, we partner with the library to bring you regional writers you may not have hear of yet! They've got just a few minutes to wow you with their work, and then it's kind of like a science fair: Each author has a table set up so you can meet them and chat in person. We always have so much fun, and this year is no exception. (Our MC is Julie Bettinger, one of our favorite local writers, so it's sure to be a good time!)
It's already March! In honor of Women's History Month, we want to recommend some fantastic stories that highlight strong female voices. "Women hold up half the sky," and we believe that to be true. Make sure to think about all of the courageous and groundbreaking women who paved the way for us!
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrations: Shadra Strickland
This gorgeous book by acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell captures the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Mildred and Richard fell in love as teenagers, but their relationship fought to survive amidst segregation and prejudice in Caroline County, Virginia in 1955. This story follows their experience fighting for love and recognition at the center of the Supreme Court case that finally legalized marriage between races. Their love fought the cruel and prejudice system and won proving that love persists and prevails.
The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Ghouri
Fawzia Koofi was left by her mother after birth to die. She was the nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan. Against all odds, she survived. She rose above the oppressive Russian and Taliban regimes and the abuse of her family. She persisted and became the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. In a collection of letters, she wrote to her two daughters before she went on trips for her career, she describes the reasons for why she is fighting. The freedom and the future she wants for them and the women of Afghanistan.
Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton
Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936), was a fearless pioneer woman. In this first-person account, Hamilton recounts her experiences of taming the American South. She persisted and fought against the formidable forces of nature. She is fearless and fiercely dedicated to her work and husband Frank. Sure to delight lovers of both nonfiction and fiction with her beautiful prose and tumultuous life.
Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder
During the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the coach of the collegiate basketball team, The Cardinals, was in search of strong young women to recruit for the team. The Cardinals soon became a formidable team and the women grew an unimaginable bond. They began to win every game and soon found themselves in a competition with the national champions. A story of sacrifice, loyalty, and perseverance; this historical account will not disappoint.
Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been influential for children and adults alike teaching them of the prairie life and experience. However, little associate the stories told within the series with the woman who wrote them. In this book, Woodside collects the story behind the books. She employs fantastic literary detective work and creates a book that explores the life of Ingalls and her daughter, Rose. A definite for any book lover!
Here We Are Feminism for the Real World With Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more
The perfect collection for young women! This scrapbook-style collection is a great guide for teenage girls. There are essays, illustrations, poems, lists, and much more. This collection contains discussions on feminism, social media, and society. The perfect way to introduce feminism to the young women in your life!
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
This memoir is a collection of stories from Maxine Hong Kingston's childhood in California. Kingston weaves together autobiography and Chinese folklore in a seamless way to create a moving story that brings elements of culture and personal narrative that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
An important and eye-opening look into the Washingtons. This historical account follows the story of Ona Judge, one of George Washington's slaves, who fled the nation's capital to reach her freedom. George Washington, living in the temporary capital, Pennsylvania, could not comply with the law requiring slave owners to set their slaves free. Ona Judge, after she experienced the free North, knew she needed to escape to New England. Dunbar creates a powerful tale of how one woman risked everything for freedom.
Our Auntie Rosa: Remembering the Life and Lessons of the Real Rosa Parks bySheila McCauley Keys & Eddie B. Allen Jr.
Rosa Parks was a warrior in the fight for freedom and equality. In this book, Rosa Park's family collects personal remembrances from her life. There are reflections, photos, and letters that pay tribute to everything that Rosa Park's did in her battle for social justice. This is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to gain more insight into one of our country's most famous historical figures.
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard Observatory began to hire women. Sobel creates an inspirational collection of letters, memoirs, and diaries to uncover the women who pushed society's expectations of women. Their hidden stories are now uncovered through Sobel's work and tell the accounts of these scientific pioneers that reached for the stars and discerned what they were made of.
Nevertheless, they persisted.
Say hello to our March Customer of the Month!
Check out our interview with Boo Ivey and learn about her shelf picks and reading habits!
1. What books are on your shelf?
BI: Books on my shelf at home include the list of 25 or so books included
for Bookshelf shelf display. In addition to those, are several
versions of the Bible (King James, NIV, Living Application Study Bible,
etc..to name a few), several Alexandra Stoddard books ( Living Beautifully
Together, Things I Want My Daughters to Know among others), Living La
Dolce Vita by Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner, all 8 of Diana Gabaldon
Outlander series, all 3 of Steig Larson's Girl with Dragon Tatoo series,
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil W. White, Shel Silverstein's A Light
in the Attic, Because ofWinn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, The Screwtape
Letters, C.S. Lewis, Saints and Sinners (a history of First Presbyterian
Church, Thomasville), Rosemaryby Kate Clifford Larson. So many others
too...my shelves runneth over.
2. Where is your favorite place to read?
BI: I love reading everywhere...keep a book with me at all times, waiting at
doctor's office,etc...but my favorite place to read is sitting in a beach
chair on the edge of the water as the waves come in at the end of the day
as the sun is getting ready to set (after a full day of reading sitting on
3. Were you always a reader? How have your reading preferences changed?
BI: Always have loved books. Listening to my 5th grade teacher, Eula McGraw
read Island of the Blue Dolphins aloud to our class hooked me! After that,
read all of the Black Stallion series and anything horse or animal related
I could find. Being a teacher (and a parent) brought a true love of
children's literature. Over the years I do think my preferences have
broadened more than changed. Being in a book club opened me up to reading
a variety of genres...love biographies, enjoy time travel and some science
fiction, historical fiction. I tend to enjoy long, descriptive paragraphs
over a lot of dialogue.
4. What is more important to you, the characters or the plot?
BI: I believe characters are more important to me than plot. As layers of a
character are slowly revealed, it's like opening a gift slowly,
especially when you are pleasantly surprised. For example, Ove, in A Man
Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
5. What are you currently reading?
BI: I am currently reading a book my son handed me, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.
Vance, and really enjoying it, fascinating actually.
Make sure to check out Boo's shelf in-store!
Starting March 1st, Libro.fm will be offering audiobook memberships! If you sign up for a membership, you will receive your first audiobook for $0.99, which includes bestselling books such as George Saunder's Lincoln in the Bardo. The membership is $14.99 and you receive one audiobook a month, which is redeemable at any time.
So, what is Libro.fm? Libro.fm is an independent audiobook company that allows local bookstores, such as The Bookshelf, to offer their customers audiobooks. With Libro.fm The Bookshelf can offer customers audiobooks that you can listen to on your iPhone, Andriod device, or PC. You can listen to your audiobook on multiple devices, which is a unique feature for Libro.fm members. Enjoy over 70,000 titles, which includes over 90% of all of the NYT Bestsellers. All sales will benefit our store!
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We are excited to announce we have children's novelist, Faith Harkey, coming to The Bookshelf for a middle-reader event. Faith Harkey uses fiction to ennoble, enlighten and entertain! There will be copies of her book, Genuine Sweet, available for purchase at the store. Make sure to come there will be a sweet surprise! At the event, she will read an excerpt from her book, and we will have an ice cream bar and jewelry making with Emily from You're Maker. See you this Saturday (3/4) from 2-4pm.
1. Genuine Sweet is a lovely name, how did you come up with it?
FH: Genuine is one of those amazing characters who arrived fully formed. I showed up at the page to write, and there she was - name and all!
2. Would you rather have your wish granted, or grant everyone else's wish?
FH: Most days, I think I'd choose the power to grant everyone else's wishes, even if it meant I couldn't grant my own. But, like Genuine, I have days when I'm feeling a little selfish. Every once in a while, I might be tempted to sneak in a wish for myself...
3. Middle-grade books are so important, especially because they are usually the first chapter books that children read. What is your favorite part about being a middle-grade writer?
FH: It's given me a way to turn magical realism into a lifestyle! I love working with the magic of story and imagination, nestling them into the framework of our (apparently) mundane world.
4. What was your favorite book as a kid? Did it spark your interest in writing?
FH: As a very young reader, I loved The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. (Perhaps as a result of its influence, I became a huge fan of meta-fiction!)
I didn't know I wanted to be a writer, however, until the fourth grade. My class had read a poem about a dragon and I was so inspired, I wrote my own poem on the spot. My teacher encouraged me to start carrying a notebook and write any time I felt inspired. I've been writing ever since.
5. What does your writing space look like?
FH: I have lots of books, of course, and inspiring things tacked up on the walls. But my favorite part - the writing desk - is fairly new. I'm most comfortable sitting on the floor, so my husband designed a floor desk for me. It's low to the ground with lots of room for my notes, thesaurus, teacup, etc. I use a meditation cushion as my chair.
6. Do you like sweets? What is your favorite?
FH: I do, but I have a sugar allergy, which cuts down on my choices. My absolute favorite sugar-free sweet comes from the Cider Press Cafe in St. Petersburg, Florida. They call it a chocolate ganache tart. I call it nirvana.
7. What are you currently reading?
FH: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. He's one of my literary superheroes.
8. What drew you to write about a magical, small town in Georgia? Are you from Georgia?
FH: I've lived in several small towns, including tiny Tiger, Georgia, where I fell in love with the lyrical Southern accents and Appalachian culture. You'll certainly see that influence in the book. But beyond that, I love the hints of timelessness and magic that permeate small town life: the deep interconnectedness of the people, the respect for the cycles of life, the slower pace that leaves room for matters of the heart.
You can follow Faith on Twitter: @FaithHarkey
See you soon and happy reading!
When: Saturday, March 25 from 10 am-12pm
Where: Thomasville Library
We have exciting news! This month we will be having our Reader Meet Writer. If you've published something within the last two years, you are eligible to participate in this year's Reader Meet Writer! You'll have the opportunity to read an excerpt of your work to an audience, sell your book and meet with other writers and attendees. See you soon!
Email Ashley at email@example.com or fill out the submission form below if you're interested in more details, and tell your friends!
Writer Submission Form
This Saturday, 2/25, from 2-4pm local author C. L. Bragg will be signing copies of his book, Martyr of the American Revolution. His book is a nonfiction account of the efforts of South Carolina militiamen playing an integral role in helping the Continental army keep hold of their state. We have copies of his book available at the store for purchase, so make sure to grab a copy and talk to C. L. Bragg!
1. I love history! I am also particularly interested in the American Revolution. What sparked your interest in learning and writing about history?
CB: I’ve always, even as a young boy, been fascinated with our nation’s past. When one considers what a great country we live in (even with all of the current political turmoil, we are still the best country in the world) it has always amazed me that the concept of our government was somehow thought up “on the fly” by our Founding Fathers who were willing to risk their lives to make it happen. The American people have greatly benefited from their genius and a lot of good fortune. And since then we’ve had major upheavals (the Civil War and two world wars), but we’ve come through ok.
2. As a practicing anesthesiologist, how do you set aside time to write? What is your writing schedule like?
CB: When my boys were little (they are grown now) I could write after their bed time, which was early, and on weekends. It got harder as they got older because their bedtimes became later and later. So finally it got to the point that I was using every spare moment. This is ok because now when I get a story in my head I become somewhat restless until I get it down “on paper,” or rather, on computer.
3. What draws you toward the history of the American South?
CB: What draws me to the history of the American south is that so much of our southern story hasn’t been told. When the South lost the Civil War, the North took control of our country’s historical narrative and we were for the most part left out, at least until about the 1980s.
4. What is the hardest part about researching for your books? What is the most rewarding?
CB: The hardest part is working with primary sources (original documents, for our readers), and the most rewarding is also working with primary sources.
What I mean is, the hardest part is ferreting out original documents that are not in repositories such as libraries or archives but are in private hands. But then some of the best stuff I’ve found literally came out-of-the woodwork and took me completely by surprise.
5. What I love the most is discovering interesting and nuanced facts and stories that are usually overlooked or unknown. Such as, I was fascinated to learn that Thomas Paine built bridges! Are there any stories or facts that you've learned that you think are really cool?
CB: That's a really good question. I found a marriage proposal from an old soldier to his daughter’s best friend that said, “Please take pity on my loneliness and say yes!” BTW, they were all adults, and the marriage between the old soldier and the younger woman lasted for decades. Another example: I came across a Revolutionary War letter in which the officer describes to his wife the warm welcome he received from his slaves when he returned home after the war. They were so happy to see him that he was actually moved to tears and wrote “I assure you I had to retire to the chamber several times to dry my eyes.”
6. What are you currently reading?
CB: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Neil Hellegers.
The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston by Maurie D. McInnis.
I just finished The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee.
This Thursday, (2/23), we will be having poet Ruth Baumann at the shop for a Shelf Talk and signing! She will be reading from her poetry chapbook, Retribution Binary. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Florida State University. She has been published in Colorado Review and Sycamore Review. Make sure to come out for our event and get a copy of Retribution Binary, which will be available for purchase.
1. What is your favorite line of poetry you've written? What is your favorite thing you've ever created? (It does not have to be a piece of writing!)
RB: Oh, I don't know what exactly my favorite line is that I've ever written. I do feel very connected to my most recent chapbook- the poems in there lay bare so much of the psychology (/psychopathology) I've always been interested in, engaged with. For right now, perhaps the first line is what resonates most today: "A body must reach an equilibrium regardless of its passions towards splintering." This chapbook is probably the best thing I've created!
2. What is the hardest piece that you've written?
RB: Well, I went through a time a little over a year ago where I started processing a lot of old trauma, and looking pretty intensely at my childhood/ family, and the language which came out of that was extremely raw. Much of it is in my full-length manuscript that is still looking for a home.
3. Do you have any writing practices or routines that you like to stick to? What does your writing space look like?
RB: I am terrible at routines. My writing space is my couch, and the coffee table in front of it, always covered in books & papers & pens & cat toys, etc. I have tried writing through several routines and I find that none of them are as beneficial for me as is just making sure I write at least a few poems a week (regardless of their quality). I do know that reading poetry before bed helps it to seep into my consciousness more, and I'm producing more linguistically interesting work when I'm in that habit.
4. Do you believe in the saying, "write what you know?"
RB: I have thus far proven unable to write what I don't know, so there's that. I think the heart of what I write- the truths in it, the emotional understandings- can only come from what I know. The settings, characters, details and circumstances can be altered, but the actual substance of the poem has to come from what I know. I just started to get into a long, complicated, rambling answer about the limitations of this phrase as applied to poetry versus prose, and the ideas of privilege and assumption versus empathy, so maybe I'll stop here.
5. Are there any poems/poets you recommend to readers who want to begin reading poetry but don't know where to start?
RB: Yes! I teach comp so I'm familiar with that dynamic. I think Jack Gilbert is always a good starting point, as is Sharon Olds. Claudia Rankine's Citizen would be a great book for people who are easing into poetry. C.D. Wright, Marcus Wicker. (These are all amazing poets, of course, for reasons far, far beyond their Ruth-perceived-accessibility.)
6. What are you currently reading?
RB: I just finished The Tree that Bears Your Name by Matthew Mahaney and Bestiary by Donika Kelly, and both are really amazing, luminous books of poetry. I also recently completed Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama-- not to glorify him, but almost a sort of comparison point for the way race is now dealt with in America versus what Obama imagined many years ago. I have many thoughts on that that probably go beyond the scope of this question! Currently, I am reading a backlog of New Yorkers, Shakespeare's Henry V, and excerpts from Charles Reznikoff's Holocaust (blame my PhD for 2/3 of those choices, although they're fascinating materials even if required reading, of course).
It's time to clear out for spring!
Downtown Thomasville is hosting its annual sidewalk sale this weekend, and we'll be selling some pretty fantastic wares, rain or shine! We're busy making room for pretty new product and books for spring, which means we're ready to mark down a few things!
Want to make sure the sale will be worth your while? Here's what we'll be selling on the sidewalk for 50-75% off:
+ Stationery, including calendars, cards, and notecards
+ Herschel bags and backpacks
+ Lamy rollerball and clickable pens (we won't be carrying these again, so get them while you can!)
+ Variety of fiction and nonfiction hardback -- and paperback! -- books
+ Out of Print t-shirts
+ Assorted coloring books
+ Our last remaining holiday items!
Whew! It should be a wonderfully busy day, so come by and do some shopping this weekend. We'd love to see you!
Calling all creatives and readers alike: Stitches and Stories meets TONIGHT
at 6 p.m.! We'll be listening to The Swans of Fifth Avenue while we knit away!
COMING UP NEXT:
This Saturday while you're shopping the bargains downtown, bring the kiddos by for a special story time with author Rosalind Bunn. Rosalind has been in the shop before, and she's always hit. This week, she's introducing her newest children's book,Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou. See you Saturday at 11 a.m.!
We love story time at The Bookshelf. One of the greatest joys in life is sharing the wonders of literature to children. The Bookshelf is excited to welcome author Rosalind Bunn to our story time on February 18th from 11:00-1:00. She will be reading her story, Thunder and a Lightning Bug Named Lou, about a little lightning bug with a big problem, his light is too bright. Join us for our story time and signing to find out what happens to Lou!
1.What does your writing space look like?
RB: I really don't have a specific "spot." What I love is sitting outside on the deck and jotting down ideas/notes.
2. What was your favorite book as a child? What is your favorite children's book as an adult?
RB: As I child, I loved the Clovis Crawfish series by Mary Alice Fontenot. Mary Alice was from a small town in Louisiana close to where I grew up. The books were about animals that lived in the swamp and featured a mix of English and Cajun French. As a an adult, I love any picture book by Nancy Tilman. The books are beautiful and have wonderful messages.
3. You have written many children's books, what is your favorite part about being a children's book author?
RB: I love meeting the kids and adults at events. It is always fun to read the stories and see reactions.
4. I have so many memories of chasing lightning bugs as a kid. What inspired you to write about a lightning bug?
RB: I loved lightning bugs as a kid too. I have fond memories of my own children chasing them on summer evenings. A bug that lights up is just really neat. One of my daughters was a lightning bug for Halloween one year.
5. What advice would you give to a child who wants to become a writer?
RB: If writing is something you want to do as a career, work hard in school and READ. Writing style and creativity are not taught, but fostered in school. Keeping a daily journal is a good way to "write about what you know and think about." You may come up with the next great idea.
6. What are you reading right now?
RB: I just finished My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella, an author here in Atlanta. Great story set in the 1950s in South Georgia.
We will see you this Saturday! Happy reading!
A lot of readers also love
to knit, so when my friend Cadence opened Fuzzy Goat, I was sure we would be able to find plenty of ways to partner together. I took a knitting class -- and subsequently knitted everyone I knew a scarf. Cadence bought books. We frequented each other's shops, but no amount of brainstorming could help us figure out just how to bring our two, very similar customer bases together. (After all, both knitting and reading require hands and concentration!)
Fast forward to last month, when a Penguin sales rep introduced me to the idea of listening to audiobooks while you knit. I'm not a huge audiobook listener, so for whatever reason, this had never occurred to me. Listen while you knit? Sounds easy enough, but it's still not really an event, not really a business partnership.
But a knitting/audiobook book club? That sounds like something that might work.
So at our Book Club Fair last week, we introduced Stitches and Stories, a knitting book club that will meet once a month at Fuzzy Goat or The Bookshelf (we're going to alternate, giving customers the chance to get to know both of our cozy spaces). Our first meeting is here, at the shop, on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. We'll be listening to The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin, and Cadence will have knitting project ready, or you can bring your own knitting to work on.
We'll listen together from 6 to 7, and if you like what you hear, you'll have the chance to buy the paperback version of the book, or I'll be teaching folks how to download audiobooks using Libro.fm, an audiobook distributor specifically for indie bookstores.
If you're knitter or a reader or both, I hope we'll see you at next week's inaugural meeting. Cadence and I are so excited to finally have a project to work on together, and we hope you're excited, too.
STITCHES AND STORIES
Next Thursday, February 16
6:00 p.m. at The Bookshelf
Bring your own knitting or crafting project
Leslie Knope once said that Galentine's Day is the best day of the year. We have to agree. It is a day filled with chocolate and appreciating your gal pals. Here at The Bookshelf, we think it is important to set aside time for Galentine's Day festivities. If you've watched Parks and Rec, you know that Galentine's Day is on February 13th and it is all about treating yourself and hanging out with your besties. In order to get ready, we have created a list of book recommendations that Leslie Knope would definitely approve of. Make sure to make it out to our Galentine's Day this Friday (2/10) from 6-8pm. We will see you there, you beautiful tropical fish!
The ultimate Galentine's List
Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
Leslie Knope supports strong women paving their way and making waves in the American government. That's why this book is given our Galentine's seal of approval. This book follows the relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. This dual biography will definitely inspire women of all ages.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Camron & Shana Knizhnik
It's time for more of the notorious RBG, that's Ruth Bader Ginsburg! This book earns the Galentine's seal of approval for representing a strong female leader and for its fun, quirky nature. This book follows the life of RBG and her trailblazing accomplishments as a Supreme Court Justice. She is a strong, fierce woman who always stands up for what she believes in; Leslie would approve.
funny girl by Nick hornby
This novel, set in London in the 1960s, follows the story of the fearless Sophie Straw and her adventures transitioning into television stardom. A hilarious novel with a charming cast of characters that are sure to delight you. Leslie Knope loves to surround herself with funny, genuine friends and you can too!
All the single ladies by Rebecca Traister
Leslie Knope is all about recognizing the accomplishments of trailblazing women, and that is why this nonfiction book is on our list. Rebecca Traister investigates late-married and unmarried American women who have changed our nation economically, socially, and politically. Covering events from abolition to secondary education, this book is sure to motivate and captivate audiences. Girl power!
boss life: Surviving my own small business by Paul Downs
Leslie Knope is all about being independent and following your dreams. In this book, Paul Downs discusses the ups and downs of owning your own small business. Incredibly insightful, this book is sure to spark your interest and hold your attention. Downs discusses all aspects of owning his own business and emphasizes the focus of his business, the people. Perfect for individuals who own their own business or are considering opening one!
Daring Greatly: How the courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Leslie Knope would agree that vulnerability is not a weakness, but a strength. Being vulnerable can help us create meaningful relationships and push us out of our comfort zone. Through her twelve years of research on vulnerability, Dr. Brené Brown has helped readers transform their relationships and leadership skills.
The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream by Carrie Rollwagen
The story of one buy-local blogger who transformed into a woman entrepreneur and avid shop-local advocate. Leslie Knope is all about making the American dream a reality by taking charge. As we know, Leslie loves her city of Pawnee, and Carrie Rollwagen showed her love for her town by shopping locally for an entire year. She saved money and connected with her community on a level she didn't know was possible. She even opened her own shop, Church Street Coffee & Books. For all you lady bosses out there, this book is a must-read!
Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day by John Currence
If there is one thing that Leslie loves more than Pawnee, it is waffles. Ron Swanson once said, "there is no sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food." John Currence is one of the most beloved chefs in the South. This book is something to get your hands on if you want to do breakfast right. From Banana-Pecan Coffee Cake to Spicy Boudin and Poached Eggs, this recipe book will not disappoint.
Happy CitY: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
Charles Montgomery looks into the relationship between happiness and urban living. This book connects, research involving psychology, neuroscience, and Montgomery's own urban experiments. This is perfect for your gal pal who wants to learn more about the impact of urban settings on happiness. Truly an interesting read that will change the way you look at urban planning and public transportation.
Galentine's DaY: 20 Hand-Drawn Cards to Tear, Color and Share with Your Favorite LadieS by Eva Marie Taylor
Do you want to give your gal pals a cute card this Galentine's day? This is the perfect book for you. Show your lady friends how much you appreciate them on the best day of the year!
Fictional characters make
some of the best heroes, and Leslie Knope (of television's Parks and Recreation fame) happens to be one of mine. She's spunky and smart, loyal and kind, a devoted public servant, and a generous friend. When she instituted the first-ever Galentine's Day, traditionally celebrated on February 13, I was ecstatic. Finally, a day for "ladies celebrating ladies."
Ever since watching Leslie honor her girlfriends on that long-ago Parks and Rec episode, I've been celebrating my own girlfriends every February. I mail faraway friends gift packages, host brunch with the women I love, and now that I own a bookstore, I've found a way to celebrate here, too.
The Bookshelf happily hosts Galentine's Day as a way to honor the women in our lives: the hard-working women who make our community lovely, who inspire us and encourage us and help us move forward. This year, instead of just celebrating with the women of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, we're opening Galentine's Day up to our customers and friends, too. We're staying open late next Friday, February 10, and we want you to bring your girlfriends and treat yourself to a night in downtown Thomasville.
We're partnering with our neighbors at Smith Collective, Mode, and Tallokas Road (now located inside Mode!) for a Shop Hop from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be discounts, sweet treats, and giveaways at every stop, plus our friend Emily from You're Maker will be hosting a jewelry making party in our space!
This year's Galentine's Day event promises to be better than ever, and we're so happy to play host. I can't imagine anything more fun than saying open late and hanging out with you. I hope you'll join us!
GALENTINE'S DAY SHOP HOP + CELEBRATION
In partnership with Smith Collective, Mode, Tallokas Road, + You're Maker
Free and open to the public -- bring your girlfriends, or come solo!
Friday, February 10
6 to 8 p.m.
More information on Facebook
Should you go into the book knowing a general idea of the plot or go into the book without knowing anything but the title and maybe the genre?
There have been conversations between book lovers about how much you should know going into a book. There are readers who like to go into their books unknowing; avoiding reviews and the back cover. Then there are readers who need to know what they are getting into. I love going into a book not knowing what to expect. All I need to know is the genre and what the book is similar to, and I am hooked. Having a conversation with fellow staff member, Ashely, we both agreed that going into the book not really knowing anything is best.
Now, there is always the fear of not liking a book. Some readers like to read the synopsis to decide whether they want to commit or not. Although, going into a book blindly can lead to an adventure you never thought you would take. Also, we shouldn't feel guilty about not finishing a book, but that is a conversation for another time.
On the other hand, reading a quick review or synopsis can increase your excitement and anticipation for the journey that is just one page away. Maybe there will never be a consensus on whether it is better to go into a book blindly or with a general idea of the plot. There is one thing most readers can agree on, spoilers are the WORST.
If you're looking to take a chance and go into a book blindly, then we have the perfect event for you. During the month of February, we will be having "Blind Date with a Book." We have wrapped up books in brown paper and have written a mysterious message on the cover. You can look through the mystery books and decide which one you would like to take a chance on. It is a great way to pick up a book you might not have otherwise thought of.
In honor of our third-annual book club fair, Tuesday, 1/31, 5-7 p.m., we have created a list of the books your book club should read this year. Please come and mingle with fellow book lovers and check out some awesome book clubs! We will also be debuting a new partnership with our friends over at Fuzzy Goat. Make sure to come out and enjoy the fun.
Popular in 2016
Commonwealth by Ann Patchet
This novel begins with an unexpected guest at a christening party and the consequences after a kiss between two married individuals. A story of the dissolution of their marriages and the merging of two families. What follows is a story that spans five decades, and explores themes of family, love, chance, and responsibility.
For fans of: THE MOTHERS and MOONGLOW
Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
Jonathan Rabb recently gave a shelf talk and book signing for his newest novel Among the Living. This novel is set in the American Post-War South in 1947 follows the experience of Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, navigating his way in Savannah, Georgia. This novel explores identity and a sense of "home" and belonging. A great historical fiction novel for book clubs, especially if you live in the South.
For fans of: THE NIGHTINGALE and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing takes place in eighteenth-century Ghana and follows two separated half-sisters, Effia and Esi. One sister is married to an Englishman who is a slaveholder, and the other is a slave imprisoned in the dungeons of her unknowing sister's palace. Another story that spans the lives of the characters. This novel covers events such as the American Civil War, the Great Migration and goes into the present day. Gyasi explores family, history, and change. This book will lead to a lot of conversation.
For fans of: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and WE NEED NEW NAMES
Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen
A light, fun read about a little black dress that everyone is looking to wear. The novel follows the story of various women at different stages of their lives finding love and opportunity in New York City. From a Hollywood diva trying to make her Broadway debut to a Bloomingdale's salesgirl. A wonderful and charming book perfect for book club.
For fans of: THE HOPEFULS and SIRACUSA
Upcoming in 2017
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
Even though this particular novel doesn’t release until March, Bookshelf staffer Chris is ready to sing its praises. The Wanderers opens with three astronauts trying to prove they’re fit to be the first humans on Mars, but first, they have to survive 17 months in the most realistic simulation ever created. More about human relationships than space, this one is guaranteed to spark conversation.
For fans of: THE MARTIAN and STATION ELEVEN
Himself by Jess Kidd
The premise behind this debut novel is immediately intriguing: Loveable rogue Mahoney was left at an orphanage as an infant, and he’s always assumed he was abandoned, unwanted. He receives a note suggesting his mother may have been the victim of foul play. This discovery brings Mahoney back to Dublin to discover the truth for himself. A book that will keep you reading for more, the perfect mystery book,
For fans of: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS and LITTLE BEE.
The book that matters most by Ann Hood
Readers love books about books, and Ann Hood’s latest novel, which will be out in paperback this summer, certainly fits the bill. Protagonist Ava joins a book club whose purpose is simple: throughout the year, each member presents the book that matters most to them. The perfect book to start off your book club for 2017.
For fans of: THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB
The second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
This book has been getting rave reviews from fellow indie booksellers this season. This new historical novel released earlier in January is destined to be a book club selection. When Major Hockaday is called to the frontlines of the Civil War, he leaves behind a young wife and infant son. Two years later, back from war, Hockaday finds his wife headed for jail, accused of having a child in his absence and murdering it. If that isn't intriguing enough, the novel is inspired by a real-life event.
For fans of: LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY and ATONEMENT.
American Fire by Monica Hesse
True crime might not be your club’s typical fare but American Fire is so well-written, you might decide to make an exception. Journalist Monica Hesse investigates the five-month arson spree that left families in a rural Virginia community reeling. Hesse not only delves into the trial of the arsonist, Charlie Smith; she writes about small town life in ways that will have your book club hooked from page one.
For fans of: HILLBILLY ELEGY and IN COLD BLOOD.
The hue and cry at our house by Benjamin Taylor
Memoirs often are the perfect conversation starters for book groups, and Benjamin Taylor’s -- all about his boyhood in Fort Worth, Texas -- centers around a handshake with JFK and the assassination that quickly followed.
For fans of: BARBARIAN DAYS and BAREFOOT TO AVALON.
Way back last September,
I went to Savannah for a Southern booksellers conference. My husband Jordan went with me, and together, we tag-teamed the conference. I'd attend some events, and he'd attend others.
One afternoon, I left a panel discussion on middle reader books to find Jordan waiting for me, absolutely ecstatic. "I just heard the best author. You've got to get him for the store!"
Jordan had just heard Savannah author Jonathan Rabb discussing his new novel, Among the Living. The book chronicles the story of 31-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a Holocaust survivor who moves to Savannah. Among the Living has already received rave reviews from book critics, readers, and authors, and I assure you: My husband doesn't just throw around praise.
Jonathan Rabb has a reputation of being a stellar speaker, and I'm thrilled to remind you that he'll be in Thomasville, at The Bookshelf, tonight.
I know in Thomasville it's tough to make it to everything; there are concerts and fundraisers and all sorts of things going on all of the time. But I do think this particular author event will be worth an hour or so on your Thursday evening. Among the Living is a book I think so many of you will love; it's about history and religion and faith and the South, and we have such interesting conversations about those topics when you come visit the store.
If you've got some time on your hands tonight, I hope you'll join us. Jonathan will be here at 7 p.m.; he'll give a talk and sign copies of his book after. Let's show him a warm, Thomasville welcome.
SHELF TALK AND SIGNING WITH JONATHAN RABB
Tonight, Thursday, January 19
7 to 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public
This Thursday we have a shelf talk and signing with author Jonathan Rabb. He will be discussing his newest novel, Among the Living, a post-war novel about identity, belonging, faith, and the South. He has also written award-winning historical thrillers, such as Rosa and Shadow and Light. There will be copies of Among the Living available for purchase.
1. Among the Living, a novel set in the American Post-War South in 1947 follows the experience of Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, navigating his way in Savannah, Georgia. This novel explores identity and a sense of "home" and belonging. This is unique setting and perspective for a Post-War novel. What led you to this story and these characters?
JR: I’ve always situated my historical fiction in Europe between the wars, but when we moved to Savannah about 8 years ago, I found many of the same qualities here that I had always looked for in, say, Berlin or Barcelona – a decorum with a quiet despair just beneath the surface, a sense of uncertainty. It was wonderful. And even though we were embraced by many of the various communities here, I knew I would always be seen as an outsider of sorts. So, if I were to write about Savannah, I needed a character who was also an outsider. Add to that the startling discovery (given my own northeastern parochialism) that there were actually Jews below the Mason/Dixon Line. It made perfect sense to bring a Czech Jew (my background) to Savannah: as he would come to understand the world, so, too, would I.
Years earlier I’d spent a good deal of time with a cousin of mine, Edi Goldah, (a few years older than my father) who, at the age of 9, had been sent to a concentration camp along with his mother. His father had been sent to a different camp and, miraculously, all three survived and were reunited after the war. When I moved to New York after college, I found myself living across the street from my cousin. We would meet for breakfast from time to time and, while he was leading a very normal life – he was an accountant – it was clear that something remained shattered inside of him. How could it not be? I wanted to create a character who could find hope after that experience, but I knew placing that story in NY would be too obvious. So I put the idea in the back of my mind. When we moved to Savannah, it all came together.
2. Your previous novels were historical thrillers and mysteries, was your experience writing Among the Living any different?
JR: Very different. I’ve always loved the books of Graham Greene, both his entertainments and, what he called, his more serious novels. The thrillers, set in Germany and Spain (much like Greene’s Third Man or This Gun for Hire), allowed me to play with some rich moments in history, while still having the fun of a thriller and mystery.
Among the Living was my move to a different kind of book – something more intimate, something where the backdrop of history simply situates the characters in a time and place; history doesn’t dictate the central narrative shifts in the book. Plus, there really isn’t a mystery at the heart of this one. It’s just a man, trying to navigate his way through a world that doesn’t make much sense to him, and not simply because of his recent experiences. The issues seem smaller – maybe even more manageable – but, of course, they’re not.
3. Among the Living, explores a lot of issues, in particular, identity, what is your notion of identity? What is attached to one's identity?
JR: You’re asking very tough questions. I’m not sure a writer goes into a book thinking, “Gosh, I’d like to write about identity and alienation and….” Those ideas are just too big. You move from one situation to the next, from moment to moment – sometimes even beat to beat – and, if the bigger ideas come through, then you’ve managed something.
When it comes to Goldah, I think I answer part of that question right out of the gate: Within the first five pages of the book, his new family decides that the name Yitzhak will make it tough for him to fit in. They just want to make things easier for him (but, of course, it’s for themselves that it will be easier). So, he goes from Yitzhak to Ike – “good and strong, like the General.” Ten minutes into his time in Savannah, and he’s no longer who he was. But that, in some sense, is the immigrant experience – and I wanted to hit that right from the start. How it makes him rethink who he is beyond the name (and how a number of characters also have to rethink who they are because of his arrival) becomes a driving force in the book.
I suppose, having given you a very long answer to your very short question, identity is fluid, and it’s up to us to define it, so that we can live with the new – and constantly shifting – iterations. Are there certain fundamental things that make us who we are? Sure. But, sometimes, it’s hard to define them.
4. The dialogue in this book is wonderful. How do you capture such genuine interactions and relationships through your dialogue?
JR: What a very nice thing to say. Thanks. Dialogue to me is all about what’s not being said. I have a tendency to leave a lot off the page (both in prose and in dialogue – Hemingway’s nod to the iceberg comes to mind). I also think that dialogue needs to be jagged – people don’t always respond to the moment when someone else has stopped talking. They backtrack or jump ahead. Plus, if they know each other well, they can speak in a kind of shorthand. The better they begin to know each other – Ike and Eva, for instance – the easier that shorthand becomes. And the reader is aware of that, even if only subconsciously. That also saves dialogue from becoming an excuse for an info dump, which is….not good.
And, of course, it’s always about knowing what each character wants. In any given scene, that’s usually one thing – maybe two, if you juggle well. And they never want the same thing. It might seem that they do….but they don’t.
5. Have you read any books that have completely changed the way you viewed fiction?
JR: I hope so. I hope I continue to read them. The first one was probably Greene’s The Power and the Glory, or maybe his The Heart of the Matter. I think I was 14. I’d never read anything that made me feel so deeply for a character on the page. And, before then, I’d never stopped to read a line again and again, just to hear it in my head. Plus, Greene has this uncanny way of giving a character a choice that you, as the reader, think nothing of at the time. So you let it go. Then, 50 or 100 pages later, that simple choice comes back to change everything, and you can’t quite believe it. Ivo Andric’s The Bridge on the Drina changed the way I looked at characters. The book starts in 1588 and ends in 1914, and the main character throughout is….the bridge. I’d have to include all of Kafka, and…..The list goes on.
6. As a writing professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, what is a piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring writers?
JR: Writing is hard and solitary, and forces you to spend a lot of time inside your own head, which can be a dangerous place to be. And when you finish something, it goes out into the world, and everyone stakes a claim to what was yours for such a long time.
So while you’re writing, make sure you find the absolute joy in the process. It won’t be joyous all the time. Sometimes, it won’t be joyous at all. But if you don’t experience – from time to time – those exquisite moments, then the rest will become too overwhelming.
Oh, and write every day. There’s an old story about a journalist who went to a writer to do an interview. He asked the writer, “Do you write by inspiration or do you just slog your way through?”
The writer said, “Oh, I write purely by inspiration.”
“Really,” said the interviewer. “Then, why is it that you go out to that little shack behind your house every day, and sit at that desk from10 AM to 4 PM?”
The writer thought a moment, and said, “Oh, I write purely by inspiration. I’m just not willing to wait for it.”
And that’s how you write a novel.
Come visit Jonathan Rabb this Thursday (1/19) at 7pm for a shelf talk and book signing.