The time has come! Hartford Books Examiner humbly offers a thirteenth volume of Monday Musings. (See? Thirteen isn’t always an unlucky number.)
Yesterday (August 9th) was Book Lovers Day. Which begs the question: shouldn’t every day be Book Lovers Day? But, given the fact that Sunday does tend to be a day of rest, what better way to recharge the proverbial body batteries than hunkering down with a good story? For those of you looking for another occasion to wear your bibliophilia loud and proud, August 31st is Buy A Friend A Book Day. The intent is to share the authors or books that you love with others—and you can make it a more communal effort by visiting blogger Lisa A. Kelley’s Facebook event page and sharing your experience.
Also this weekend, author Liz Mugavero (the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries) and Kim Fleck (Social Media Specialist, Brand Fearless) visited the Wu Healing Center in West Hartford to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “How to manifest the things you want in your life” ~ “Who I am is not what I do” (moderated by Dacia Jackson)—and were joined by one of their rescue canines, Shaggy. Mugavero will next appear at Paws Pet Resort and Spa in Cheshire on Saturday, August 15th, at 5:00 p.m. to sign copies of Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes—sales of which will benefit the Friends of Feral Cheshire Cats. (The author’s next mystery, Murder Most Finicky, is due out on December 29th; you can read HBE’s review of the last entry, The Icing on the Corpse, here.)
On Tuesday, Detective Kristen Conner will make her triumphant return in Mark (“M.K.”) Gilroy’s much anticipated new novel, Cold As Ice (Sydney Lane Press)—the third book in his popular series following Cuts Like A Knife and Every Breath You Take. HBE was invited to submit a blurb for consideration after reading the manuscript, and is honored to report that said blurb—“Kristen Conner is no stranger to bad guys, big crime, and heart-pounding danger. In Cold As Ice she packs some serious heat!”—is prominently featured on the book’s cover. (To pass the wait between now and tomorrow, you can read an earlier interview with M.K. Gilroy—or check out HBE’s guest post re. book reviewing on the author’s blog.)
For your consideration: First time novelist Jessica Knoll will visit R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison this coming Thursday evening, August 13th, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss her New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense title, Luckiest Girl Alive. Named a Book of the Week by People magazine and optioned for film by Lionsgate, it’s also earned comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and a shout-out from actress Reese Witherspoon. Knoll, who was a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at SELF, counts Kate White and John Searles among her mentors and is currently at work on the screenplay adaptation. Check out HBE’s review of Luckiest Girl Alive here—and be sure to check back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with the author.
And finally, some great news for local mystery lovers. Following a killer debut last year, CrimeCONN: All Day Mystery Conference will return to the Westport Library on Sunday, September 27th. Co-sponsored with the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, the event will feature entertaining and informative panels with authors, forensic experts and publishing professionals. The fee is $25 and includes a light breakfast, coffee/tea, and luncheon; tickets can be purchased online. Be sure to “like” CrimeCONN’s Facebook page to keep up with developing details.
Finally, inquiring minds want to know: what’s keeping you turning the pages? Sound off in the comments section below …