I haven’t been posting as much lately because the holiday rush left me a bit tired and led me to eating a lot of Lindt truffles and trying to sneak in a few Zzz’s whenever I could. I’ve been enjoying some down time after holiday fun with the boyfriend and family. (Note to self: Never visit Mohegan Sun again. That place leads to overstimulation and empty pockets. I’m still mad about the $25 I lost on the slot machines!)
The Portsmouth Herald has a preview article today on the upcoming Big Read for January and February of 2009. Portsmouth, NH readers are encouraged to read and discuss Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s The Story of a Bad Boy. The preview article talks about some of the most overlooked/underappreciated writers, and I’m quoted:
Michele Filgate, events coordinator at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth and a collaborator in Strawbery Banke’s The Big Read project — an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture — has a number of people she thinks are overlooked. “Brian Morton, who wrote ‘Starting Out in the Evening’ (one of my favorite novels of all time) is one. His original prose is packed with gorgeous sentences and meditations on the writing life,” she says. “Beautiful writing and colorful characters are much more my cup of tea than a plot-driven story.”
“A lot of times writers who aren’t on the NY Times Bestsellers list or who are major award winners get overlooked,” says Filgate. “Christensen …; should be right up there with Dorothy Parker.”
Filgate feels Kevin Brockmeier has not received his due. “(His) ‘The Brief History of the Dead’ is a chilling post-apocalyptic novel that explores the last woman on Earth, and a city of the dead,” she says. —¦His writing style is literary with fantastical elements, and because of that I don’t think he gets the wide audience he deserves.”
You can see more here.