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Friday Field Notes 080213


Welcome to August, my friends! Seven months of the year have flown right past. How are you doing on your reading list for the year? I’ll admit, I gave up. When it comes to books I’m easily swayed by whatever lies before me, which, at the moment, happens to be Linwood Barclay’s Fear the Worst. I had planned to read this a couple weeks ago, mind you, but another book snuck in. See what I mean? It’s a sad state of affairs.

So, bookish news of the week . . .

Finally, a Walmart I’d love to visit.

The New York Times discusses Stephen King’s Family Business  

Remember, the list of author’s that made the Booker Long list? Well, one of them received forty-seven rejections, over a three-year time span. Moral of the story: If you’re a writer, don’t give up!

Speaking of authors, last year, Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, auctioned over 300,000 antiquarian books. StudioSeven7 Films is making it the subject of their documentary, Books–you can help:

By recounting Mr. McMurtry’s self-proclaimed love affair with books, beginning over forty years ago when he opened the first Booked Up storefront in Washington, D.C., we tell the compelling story of the American antiquarian book trade: its past, present and future.

Sure, all authors are influenced by other authors, certain works, but what do you think about fan fiction? Looks like Amazon is upping the ante with Vonnegut Fan-Fic.

And last, but certainly not least, the winner of our BIG paperback book giveaway.  First of all, thank you to everyone who participated–all seven of you. Seven’s the perfect number, you know. Even better, the random number generator turned out the number 3 . . .


Sure, our numbers may be small, but they are completely awesome!

This bodes well, my friends.

So, without further ado, the winner of our first paperback book giveaway {drumroll, please} . . .

Amy Henning

{thunderous applause}

To Amy, I’ll be in touch; to the rest of you, best of luck in the next go-around; and a good weekend, to us all.

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