Clea Simon's Blog – September 2007 Archive (7)

Blatant Self Promotion

I promise, I'm not going to flood anyone's lists with this or bring it up too often in conversation. I'm just posting this here and at my home blog ("cats & crime & rock & roll") because, damn it, you write a book alone, you sit around for months wondering about it, and it's just nice to get something like this.

From the Oct. 1 Booklist:

Freelance journalist Theda Krakow is back… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on September 26, 2007 at 4:46am — No Comments

cats on wheels!

Okay, so once again this doesn't immediately relate to crime fiction. But there is a tie-in with my books, both with a book giveaway and a character naming. And besides, I write mysteries with cats in them, so here you go:

One of our great local shelters here in Boston, Animal Rescue League, has launched a mobile pet… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on September 21, 2007 at 2:35am — No Comments

Not exactly crime fiction...

although there are several murders in this collection of short stories. (In case you can't tell from this Boston Globe review, I preferred Faber's novel, "The Crimson Petal and the White." But as I read more of his work, I have begun to think this fat, fun novel was an anomaly.

Added by Clea Simon on September 11, 2007 at 6:57am — No Comments

Madeleine L'Engle

While not a crime writer per se, Madeleine L'Engle did write about the search for justice, for balance, for some kind of peace. First and foremost, she believed that even young readers could think, could reason, and wanted to explore. She'll be missed, and I know not just by me!

From the New York Times:…


Added by Clea Simon on September 8, 2007 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

World Literary Day!

Thanks to Oline Cogdill, who used her great books blog to alert us to World Literary Day – Today! Oline is the crime fiction critic for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and she shares the blog with fellow critic Chauncey Mabe, chatting on a variety of topics about books, the literary life, publishing and more.

So how to celebrate? Read a book, today! (Though if you're here, you probably read at least a… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on September 8, 2007 at 1:30am — No Comments

Tying up the end of summer in the south of Laos?

When I was asked to review "Anarchy and Old Dogs," the latest Dr. Siri Investigates mystery from Colin Cotterill, I was thrilled. That glow faded a bit once I read the book; it doesn't seem quite as much fun as its three predecessors. That said, it's still better than much out there. And I hope my… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on September 6, 2007 at 4:39am — 1 Comment

Criminal acts (by publishers?)

Thoughtful blog by Carmel, Indiana bookstore owner (The Mystery Company) and small publisher Jim Huang in which he discusses the current state of mystery publishing (and bookselling), the ridiculous pressure from NY publishers to break out big from the start with a new novel, and why I have a "Booksense" link on my home page.

Buy your books from an… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on September 1, 2007 at 3:25am — No Comments

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