Last week I attended BookExpo America in Chicago – and had a wonderful time. It was like being in a candy shop with free product and no calories. All the pretty books! And, as my sore back can attest, I carted home many of the most savory.
My greatest acquisition was A Gentleman In Moscow. If you have not read The Rules of Civility – leave off this post immediately and go grab it. It’s a beautifully written debut novel by Amor Towles and I’ve anxiously awaited his next… And on 9/9/16 it launches out into the world.
I also signed ARCs of my next novel, which will release 11/1/16, A Portrait of Emily Price.
While signing copies and answering questions, one question came up repeatedly, “What are your books about?” As is my way, I rambled on. But a few asks, I found a succinct side note… “My books are love letters to books.” And that leads me here…
We visit this blog to read about Austen Authors and all that Austen means to us. I also think we come here because we love books – we savor books and want to return to our favorite characters and stories because they are alive
and real to us. That is the true power of fiction – writers invite us into an alternate reality and we make it our own. We enter into the vulnerability; pain and fears of others and, in doing so often understand experiences in our own lives. And we experience hope and love – and hang on to the enduring belief that they are real and exist because if not, great writers would have stopped penning about them long ago.
Austen did that beautifully. She never diminished the pain, prejudices and limitations of her characters and their circumstances — but she reached beyond that and handed them, and us, love and hope. And two-hundred years later, we still thank her.
I also thank you — for stopping by here and joining in a love for books. I’d love to hear some favorites you are reading presently, new ones you have found or, if you are a writer, what are some ideas and stories that are capturing you… Join in the discussion!