Karen Heller’s article, “We’re drowning in old books but getting rid of them is heartbreaking,” speaks to a key truth many book lovers face. She went for it right in the article title. Included in the piece are several quotes from Fran Lebowitz, the fabulous humorist and social critic who graced us with this gem early in the article. “Constitutionally, I am unable to throw a book away. To me, it’s like seeing a baby thrown in a trash can.” She continues, “I am a glutton for print. I love books in every way. I love them more than most human beings.” Lebowitz then explains how important her 12,000-book collection is to her and the hurdles she must Read More
Have you ever dreamed of leaving your current life behind, moving to a new city, and opening up a bookstore? I had the good fortune of meeting someone who did just that. In a chance encounter while attending the Malice Domestic Agatha Tea and Closing Ceremonies, I had the good fortune of sitting next to Sam Droke-Dickinson(she/her), owner (with husband Todd Dickinson) of Aaron’s Books. The store is named for their son, Aaron, who was two and a half years old when they opened their business. The bookstore’s tagline is Family Owned. Fiercely Independent. Community Minded. We had a wonderful conversation about her journey from working in Washington D.C. to moving to Lititz, Pennsylvania. I was so intrigued Read More
You know those friends you haven’t seen in so long? The ones you really miss? And that feeling you get when you finally get to share company again? That’s what I’m feeling right now. We’ve been through some things together, seen some stuff, pulled through some tough times. I should clarify that I’m talking about my imaginary friends. Private investigator Jamie Rush, and her partner, Cookie Hinojosa, are back in Port Alene with a new case, and I’m thrilled to be back in their world. Deuce the wonder bulldog is still charming people wherever he goes (usually at the pub, pier, or beach), and Marty is keeping the drinks flowing at Hemingway’s. Erin’s booking business keeps her hopping, Read More
Making Meike Stuedemann Alana’s List of Top Ten Mysteries of 2018 was a a wonderful way to start this new year! To be in the company of such talented authors is a real thrill. So grateful for Meike and BookPeople for all they do to support crime fiction authors and readers.
When I received the call that DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN was named an Agatha Best First Novel nominee, I screamed like an idiot, so excited to hear the news. I think I scared the dog. To be included with so many talented authors is a remarkable thing. I’m enormously grateful.