mentioned before that my friend Nicole met Harper Lee. That's right. I said met Harper Lee. Lee is fascinating to me, both because of her having written To Kill a Mockingbird and because I find her friendship with Truman Capote highly interesting. I also find her solitary lifestyle fascinating. It takes an unusual human being to shy away from the spotlight of fame rather than run towards it.
Harper Lee hasn't granted anyone an interview since 1964, except to tell the New York Times that she would always say "no" to interviews in 2006. According to the Guardian, a new memoir that purports to have "inside access" to Lee and her family has been discounted by Lee herself. The memoir, written by journalist Marja Mills, reportedly had the backing of Lee until Lee's stroke in 2007.
Sex and the City long before feature films were made or the show traveled to syndication-land via TBS. I haven't always loved author Candace Bushnell's books, though. I usually stand by the old adage that books are always better than film adaptations, but in this one case I would have to disagree. However, I have recently become a YA reader, and Bushnell has recently become a YA writer with the publishing of The Carrie Diaries. I didn't read it, but now that she's written a sequel, Summer and the City, I may just have to try her YA books. Summer and the City shows readers Carrie and friends in 1980s NYC, and sounds simply fabulous -- especially for all the summer reading I plan on doing this year!
West End in Nashville). I have to say I was wholly unimpressed by the sale. I mean, I know they want to make some money, but they had some books that were only marked 30% off. My local Books-a-Million store regularly marks new hardbacks down by 30%. All I bought was a book I would have purchased anyway -- the new Jefferson Bass novel The Bone Yard. Then I felt guilty about not supporting a closing bookstore. But then again -- it is closing. I'm not sure what paying almost-retail really did for them.
Author Shiloh Walker has launched a fundraiser on her website to raise money for victims of the storms. Visit there to find out more.
LA Times book page or their book blog Jacket Copy this week. All of their news is full of talk about the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and it makes me too sad that I'm not going. Seriously, it sounds like the best book festival around, and someday I will be there.
The Bake-Off, Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation, and listening to Kathy Reichs' YA novel Virals via Audible on my iPod. Happy reading & enjoy your weekend!