In with the New, and In with the Old

Last week the author Gail Gauthier wrote a great post on the task of the lit blogger. We need not limit ourselves to writing about new releases, she points out. I wholeheartedly agree. Otherwise, we are covering the same exact ground as newspapers, magazines, and television.

Gail Gauthier writes,

Bloggers can expand the window of opportunity for book promotion from a few months to...forever. We can bring older books to new readers. We can remind readers of books they were interested in but missed in all the pandemonium of new releases. We can expose them to books they would have never considered reading without us.

You can read the whole essay at Gail's blog, Original Content. Scroll down when you get there to the January 19th entry,  "A Mission for Litbloggers."

Recently I went into the Super Duper Bookstore and asked for Barbara Knutson's picture book Love and Roast Chicken, which a smaller publisher  issued last spring.  When the salesperson looked up the book on the computer, she said, "Oh. We never even ordered that one at all." I don't know if she meant the entire chain or just the one store. I do know that it's a wonderful book, and after reading Original Content, I plan to write a longer review of it here!

In the Meme Time

QB at Quiet Bubble tagged me with this meme.  I enjoy his take on Jackson, Miss., and all things literary. Here goes.

1. What are three of the stupidest things you’ve done in your life?
a. During my second week at college, I said, “Yes,” when a young man from the Southwest asked me if I knew how to shoot tequila.
b. I turned down an invitation to membership in my high school’s math honorary club.
c. I shot the bird at a rednecky car passing me on I-40 East.

2. At the current moment, who has the most influence in your life? My family.

3. If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?
a. My great aunt Mary Frank:
Because I miss her so much and because she would make everyone feel at home. Plus, she would probably bring something delicious that she cooked. I could listen to her stories about College Grove all night.
b. Anne Moody: To say that her book, Coming of Age in Mississippi, opened my eyes is an understatement. I still have my tattered copy that I bought at the Jackson Mall.
c. Harper Lee: I’m not sure how well literary recluses do at dinner parties, but I think my aunt would get her to talking.
d. J.D. Salinger: What the heck.
e. Alvin Ailey: He founded my favorite dance company ever. Plus, I'd have to sneak in James Marshall, the wonderful children's book author. Like Alvin Ailey, he grew up in the Lone Star State, so they could talk Texas.

4. If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?
To play bass in a funk band. To spend  summers in Madrid with my family. To be able to draw really well.

5. Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live at the moment. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.
a. I regret that my town doesn’t have more affordable restaurants that actually serve good food. More ethnic eateries would be especially appreciated. I also wish it had more sidewalks so that you could get all over town just by walking.
b. Avoid I-95. Ugh. Also, avoid thinking that everyone here is like the Type A commuter on the 6:35 a.m. train.

6. Name one event that has changed your life. I wrote to a magazine I always wanted to work for, and someone from there called me and asked me to come interview.

7. Tag five other people. Bartography, Book MootOriginal Content, Big A little a, and Poppins Classical Academy.