Just a year ago publishers were intensely focused on budgets and cash flow, tightening credit and cutting back on marketing costs, one aspect of which is the author tour. Many thought we were seeing the beginning of the end of author appearances. It is not clear whether business now is better or these promotional costs were reviewed and deemed critical, but in any event things have changed, and we are now seeing one of the strongest lineups of writers coming to Square Books that we have ever seen, a sampling of which is below:
In July -- Howard Norman, author of a number of novels including The Bird Artist, has written his best book in What Is Left The Daughter, a remarkable novel that is going to bring a legion of new readers to this great and underappreciated writer. Lit is issued in paperback, and Mary Karr will come to town to talk about this brilliant memoir, a follow-up to The Liars' Club and Cherry, and, if you do not know, then just take our word for it, you do not want to miss Mary Karr on stage at Off Square. This year's Grisham writer in residence, John Brandon, author of Arkansas, will reveal what he's done lately with Citrus County.
These are some of the very finest books of the year, and we urge you to read them and come to Off Square Books to meet their authors. For a schedule of these and many other author events, go to our events calendar, where you can also sign up for Speed Reader, our weekly email bulletin.