Sunday, October 15, 2006
Calamity book readings
A bad live reading by a novelist can kind of sour me on a new book. At the NYTimes' Great Read in the Park (Bryant, that is) this afternoon, we heard Marisha Pessl read from her first book, the amazingly titled Special Topics In Calamity Physics. Problem is, her excerpt was way too long, wasn't funny, and didn't draw us into the story the way two other authors who read before her did. Granted, these were more seasoned authors with many years of writing and promoting under their belts, but still. If you're going to go to the trouble to create such a unique website and cover for the book, would it hurt to coach her a little on how best to do these readings, which are after all smaller scale advertisements for her product? I'm not saying I won't eventually seek out Special Topics, but I certainly didn't return to the sales tent today and fork over the $25. Anyone already read it and can offer a quickie review in the comments?