Saturday, September 22, 2012

Spark, and Interview with Courtney Elizabeth Mauk







It was my great pleasure to read Spark, a mesmerizing debut novel from Courtney Elizabeth Mauk and the ever-excellent Engine Books. The author very kindly answered my questions about the inspiration for her story, her writing process, her favorite things about Brooklyn, and much more. You can read my review and interview over at LitStack.

In other very essential news...thanks to a very generous gift certificate (from a very generous gift-giver!), I indulged in a bookish shopping spree at Powell's - newly arrived in my mailbox: recently released NW by Zadie Smith and Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, as well as a few older ones I've been meaning to get to for a while -  Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie, and Patrick Somerville's The Cradle. Can't wait to get started!




What books are you most looking forward to this fall? Share in the comments, and happy reading!




10 comments :

  1. I'd forgotten all about the posts on Bad Marie, I suppose it shows how fast the blogging world moves when so much reading is done. Enjoy your books! I'm looking forward to Vanity Fair, having spent several months deciding whether or not to read it now and concluding that I must.

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    1. Thanks, Charlie :D Did you read Bad Marie? I'm starting that next- came highly recommended. Vanity Fair should be fun, look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

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    2. (should add I read Beautiful Ruins already- terrific novel... makes you want to hop on a little boat to a fishing village in Italy)

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  2. You've got some great book finds. Enjoyed reading the interview at Litstack too.

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    1. Thanks for checking it out, Lena! She gave such thoughtful answers, it's always so interesting to hear author's reflections on their process.

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  3. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on The Cradle. I have Fobbit waiting for me at the library...I will let you know how I find it.

    Is there anything better than a mailbox full of books? That image made me smile.

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    1. Agreed - & perfect for the setting of the book!

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  5. Excellent choices -- I keep forgetting to add Bad Marie to my TBR!

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    1. Thanks Audra. It's a completely outrageous story and I really enjoyed it! Love to know what you think when you get to it.

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