Snowbound with Lady Dedlock

By Mary Downing Hahn Snow…days and days of snow falling thick and heavy, blotting out the neighbors’ houses, blurring the horizon so I can’t tell where the earth ends and the sky begins. Snow so deep I can’t go to the mailbox, drifts of snow piling up against the fence, blocking roads, closing schools and […]

>We have liftoff

> and I’ll be signing at BEA if you’re in the neighborhood.

>Two questions about mystery writing

>I’m reading (listening to) Lisa Scottoline’s latest Bennie Rosato mystery, Think Twice. It’s too preposterous for its own good (Bennie’s evil identical twin Alice buries alive and then impersonates our heroine), but like many a mediocre book it makes me think about how good books get written. My first question is about suspense, and I’m […]

>Presents

>We’re working on a feature for the May issue, “What Makes a Good Graduation Gift Book?” and it’s causing me to think about how complicated gift-giving can be. As Betty Carter says in the article, any gift of a book comes with an agenda: here’s what I like or think is important and/or here’s what […]

>Infer this.

>Magazine reviewer Jonathan Hunt offers his picks for the five best YA works of fiction this year over at NPR. I will nitpick that one of the choices is not fiction and another not YA but all five are good books. Three of them appear on our Fanfare list, which will be whizzing its way […]

>We skipped the maple candy, too

> Back from Vermont–we did get to visit the Patersons (that Katherine bakes a mean scone and gave us plenty to take back to our Killington chalet, no snow but there was a hot tub) but not JRL as poor Buster was by then too exhausted and disoriented to either move or leave behind. (He […]

>I hope it isn’t ALL Ben & Jerry’s

>Going to Vermont for a few days; hoping to see Katherine Paterson and HB reviewer Joanna Rudge Long (who lives not near but ON the Appalachian Trail) but otherwise just r&r, Roger and Richard, and Buster, who at twenty is too old for any trailwalking but we hope will enjoy the fireplace. Lots of reading […]

>If you liked The Lost Symbol . . .

>It occurs to me that now that Robert Langdon has raced around Rome, Paris, and D.C. he ought to go to New York; precisely to Madeleine L’Engle’s current residence, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His readers would love her; hers, I’m not so sure about.

>Get Your Factoids Straight

>I’ve got the new Dan Brown (audiobook edition) for our flight this weekend to meet the grandchild. Can’t wait for either! Child_lit has been discussing how books perceived as page turners (like The Hunger Games) don’t get the respect they should, but I figure there’s page-turners and then there’s page-browsers–James Patterson, I’m looking at you. […]

>From Cape Cod to Christmas

>My mini-break at the Cape was lovely for all kinds of reasons, most notably the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time, at Four Seas in Centerville. I tried the chocolate, peppermint, peach and butter crunch–all sublime. Closes September 13th for the winter so hurry on down. Richard and I stayed just a […]