Local girl makes good

Sat 9 Sep 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Thunderstorms. Lightning. The captain put the Small Beer HQ into dive mode and made it under the Connecticut River before we were hit. Phew.

Our local paper, The Daily Hampshire Gazette (which just became a morning paper after being an afternoon paper for about 450 years) did a feature on a certain (now-)local writer. Fantastic. Someone stopped Kelly at the grocery store and said, “I just read about you in the paper!” The editor also gave Kelly a chance to recommend some recent books, so, inveterate bookseller that she still wishes she were, she quickly rattled off half-a-dozen favorites:

  • Half Life by Shelley Jackson
    Recommended to anyone who loved Geek Love’‘ or ever suffered from a bad case of sibling rivalry.Feed by M. T. Anderson
    A young adult novel set in the near future which ought to appeal to adult readers of George Saunders.”Archer’s Goon” by Diana Wynne Jones
    Another young adult novel by a writer I wish everyone would read. Funnier than J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but just as magical. And shorter!

    20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
    A fantastic collection of short stories put out by a small British press. Hard to find, but well worth tracking down. (I usually start with www.bookfinder.com.)

    Liquor by Poppy Brite
    The first book in an addictive mystery series about two chefs who start their own restaurant. Recommended to fans of Anthony Bourdain and Jeffrey Steingarten.

    James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
    A page-turner of a biography about a writer whose life was much, much stranger than most works of fiction could ever be.

    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    A coming-of-age novel about a young writer growing up in a falling-down castle. Recommended to anyone who has ever wanted to write.

There’s also a sidebar on Small Beer Press just in case you don’t know why we are here. We don’t. We get lost wondering about what’s on the other side of infinity and what happens when you go left through a red turn light, and how they make those see-through internet tubes they use for the wireless signal.

In other news, Hem have a new CD out. Get pianodelic.

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