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Go Set a Watchman and Reading as a Writer

There is so much noise surrounding today’s publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman that I’m sure you don’t need my contribution, but here’s my initial take anyway: whether this book is worthy or not, it’s presence accomplishes a particular transfer of experience–readers of the new book are reading as writers read. They are analyzing every element of the new work through the filter of authorial and editorial decision.

This certainly happens in other media, especially series work with canonically built arcs, but I think this is a different moment, say, than the Star Wars prequels. Mockingbird has been delivered to us as a conventional book release, but also over the past 55 years via school reading lists, nostalgia, and other cheap vehicles–to say the least its readership is a broad, demographic-smashing one, and everyone is an expert.

I’m half sad, half grateful for the phenomenon. On the one hand, reading like a writer means that absorptive experiences are harder to access–suspension of disbelief is a fragile condition for a writer. On the other hand, we have a rare opportunity to share ideas about construction and constructed-ness as we test the resilience of the original book and our memories.

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Dames At Dusk: May 3rd, 7pm Kramerbooks DC

I’m really looking forward to emceeing the Dames At Dusk reading rescheduled from March (because of the ice storms). Eight crime-writing women and one jazz singer at the historic Kramerbooks in Washington DC. This is the hilarious floating head promo designed by noirist Ed Aymar–he thought this thing up in the first place. (btw, Ed’s new book will be out June 13)

floating head

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Dames At Dusk Reading Cancelled for tonight due to weather

We got that wintry mix going on. The Dames at Dusk reading will be rescheduled. Stay tuned.





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Tomorrow! I’ll be reading at Kramerbooks with a lot of other Dames

So this is happening tomorrow night, and there’s a real possibility of poor weather (ice and snow). There’s also the possibility that I’ll be the substitute emcee. I don’t think I’ve ever hosted on this scale before, so I’m pretty excited/freaked out. As you can see, there is real marquee talent on the bill, so I’m thrilled to participate along with my good pals, Tara Laskowski and Amber Sparks.

I’ll be reading from my forthcoming novel, The Juliet, due out from Pandamoon Publishing sometime this year (fingers crossed). Since the novel covers a timeline of about 100 years or so, I’ll read two snippets: one set in the winter of 1907 in New York and another set in 2005 Death Valley, during the great wildflower bloom.

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