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I’m Erik Pedersen, and I’m editing the cover of the Southern California News Group books that we’re going to start sending to our free books newsletter regularly in 2022, but I didn’t want to wait to start bringing our reading community together with a holiday book, author Q&A, and links to some great stories.
Like you, as the holidays draw near, I am visit our local independent bookstores to sort out the novels or non-fiction that I will give as gifts to others and those that I will give to myself. (I’m currently getting more books than I’m giving away, so I probably need to step up a bit.) Some books I’ve donated or recommended recently include “Underland” by Robert Mcfarlane Maggie Smith’s collection of poetry “Goldenrod” and for that very special reader – again, me – I ordered “The Private Life of William Shakespeare” by scholar Lena Cowen Orlin after reading James Shapiro’s opinion. I love good books on Shakespeare, like “Will in the World” by Stephen Greenblatt or “Shakespeare in a Divided America” ââby Shapiro, and I owe much of my enthusiasm to Cal Poly Pomona’s teacher, Edward Rocklin. , who learned Shakespeare’s plays absolutely overwhelming experience when I was an undergraduate student.
Today we’ll start with a question-and-answer session with writer Jennifer J. Chow, author of the cozy mystery series Sassy Cat and the upcoming âDeath by Bubble Teaâ. She recently wrote an article on how Southern California inspires his books, and we asked her about some of her reading experiences. She was kind enough to share them with us:
Q: What is the first book that stood out for you? A: âCharlotte’s Webâ had a huge impact on me. He featured strong female characters in Fern and Charlotte. The book inspired my imagination by describing an elaborate fantasy world filled with talking animals. It also taught me empathy as I rooted for Wilbur.
Q: Is there someone – a teacher, parent, librarian, or anyone else – who has had an impact on your reading life?
A: My elementary school teacher, Ms. Okada, encouraged me in all forms of writing. She also gave me my first A + on a mysterious short story.
Q: Do you remember a memorable book experience that you are ready to share?
A: I was browsing the library one May and found a shelf of books in honor of African American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. When I read Dale Furutani’s Samurai series, I realized that the mysteries could actually have Asian protagonists.
Q: What are some of your favorite book covers? A: Blatant promo: I love the cover of the first book of my next mystery series: Death By Bubble Tea, and I really like these artistic covers: âFifty Words for Rainâ by Asha Lemmie, âMiracle Creekâ by Angie Kim , “The mountains sing” by Nguyá» n Phan Quáº¿ Mai
A virtual book festival
Join us for a virtual BOOKISH event with host Sandra Tsing Loh and guests Susan Orlean, Natashia Deon, B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD and W. Bruce Cameron Date: 12/17/2021 Time: 5 p.m.
How to register: Click here for the event link.
Choice of bookseller
We asked booksellers in Southern California for their gift and reading recommendations. READ MORE
Billion dollar idea
‘Dava Shastri’s Last Day’ author Kirthana Ramisetti talks about her first novel. READ MORE
A Mel from a book
Comedian Mel Brooks talks about his story-filled memoir “All About Me!” READ MORE
A childhood favorite returns
Rachel Shukert, who created the Netflix series âThe Baby-Sitters Club,â picks her favorite books from the series. READ MORE
Animals + books = happiness.
And the last word? Well, let’s give this to this sweet dog who loved a good book. Please feel free to share your book loving pets, questions and comments with me by sending a note to [email protected]