One Dog Year

By tom on March 30, 2009 | Add a Comment


Thank You! We just turned Seven Years Old!

Thank you, thank you!  There is no RiverRun without you.  We should be experienced enough by now to feel like old hands, but the publishing world keeps shifting under our feet.  No matter how well we do our job, there are parts of this industry over which we have no control.  For some reason, they wont listen to me when I tell them how to run their businesses.

Kindle, Borders, and Beyond

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I probably look silly for making this post, but on Tuesday night I was in a really foul mood, due partly to the horrible cold I have that will not go away, due partly to this seemingly unending winter.  I needed a new book to read, but I wanted something that I knew would whisk me away.  So I climbed into bed with Harry Potter VII, and it was the perfect choice.  Snape was leering, Malfoy was snivelling, Hedwig was smoldering, and Bill and Fleur were getting married.  In moments I was gone.

When I was younger I used to read my favorite novels several times, but these days I have about 150 books in my to-read pile, so it seems counterproductive to re-read.  I had forgotten what a great feeling it is to come back to a favorite book and discover that it's still great.

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The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead

I love New York City. Ever since I went there to see my first musical when I was a kid (Carousel in Lincoln Center), I've fallen in love with the bustling city, filled with the most fascinating people, plenty of pigeons, street vendors selling sausages and pretzels, the famous and the very not-so-famous walking the same streets, giant billboards, and so much more to fill a book, or lots of books.  Colson Whitehead wrote a well-known love-letter to his city, called The Colossus of New York.  It's one of the best books I've ever seen that honestly captures all the euphoria and craziness of the Big Apple.  The miracle of it all is the book is slim.  He's economical in his ode to the city, and yet he says more with a few words than many authors do with paragraphs and pages of description.  

I'll be thinking of Whitehead as I visit New York tomorrow and Friday to meet with publicists about summer and fall author tours. 

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The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser
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I'm looking forward to Ulrich Boser's appearance at the store this Wednesday, the 25th, at 7pm.  I love books about art, and art theft is always fascinating.  It seems strange that galleries have millions of dollars worth of paintings on display, but generally poor security systems and underpaid and under trained gaurds. 

Twenty years later, there is still no solid lead on where the paintings are.  Although Boser has made some headway in determining who might have committed the crime, those people certainly no longer have the paintings. 

So somewhere out there is a Vermeer, a Manet, two Rembrandts, and several other paintings worth an estimated 600 million dollars.  The largest unsolved art crime of all time.

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Captain Freedom by G. Xavier Robillard
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I can't contain my excitement over our brand spankin' new literary series that we're launching this week. Martini bars and writers go together very well, and that's why we've partnered up with  The Red Door in downtown Portsmouth.  We'll be hosting a bunch of innovative, talented contemporary authors at The Red Door on an ongoing basis, and we're kicking it off on Tuesday, February 24th at 7pm with comic novelist G. Xavier Robillard.  He'll be reading from Captain Freedom, a novel that is praised by RiverRun staff favorite Christopher Moore as ""a truly funny and energetic romp of a social satire, a terrific send up of not only of superheroes, but the cult of personality in general."

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