Book’d in Burbank’s New Year Reads
Book’d in Burbank is one of our fave Los Angles literary events. It is such a fun night of author readings, mingling, and even some literary comedy. In honor of the upcoming Book’d, taking place on January 28th, the participating authors share the books, new and old, they can’t wait to read in 2016.
I have not one, but two books I can’t wait to read in the new year. I love Deborah Crombie’s Ducan Kincaid/Gemma James series, so I’m excited about the 2016 addition to the series, The Garden of Lamentations. And having read every Maisie Dobbs novel, I also eagerly await Jacqueline Winspear’s 2016 addition to the series, Journey to Munich. Winspear really tore apart poor Maisie’s life in A Dangerous Place, so I’m hoping she puts a bit of pleasure back in her protagonist’s life. Although being that Maisie will be courting danger in Germany just before World War II, that may be tough to do!
Being given a sneak peak of the first chapter of Mike Binder’s debut novel, Keep Calm was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it was so incredibly dynamic and thrilling. Binder jumps right into the action and hooks you in. Which is why it was also a curse. I now have to wait until February to find out what happens! Anyone who has seen Mike Binder’s movies, (Black or White with Kevin Costner, Reign Over Me with Don Cheadle and so on) knows the man can tell a story. But based on the first few pages and the early reviews it looks like Keep Calm (already in development as a major motion picture) is going to have the vividness of a movie and the prose of a first rate thriller. Can. Not. Wait!!!
I recently published my first detective novel and I am currently developing the second book in the series (both novels are set in contemporary Los Angeles). To inspire my writing throughout the year, I’m looking forward to reading the works of masterful L.A. mystery writers, including Raymond Chandler, Walter Mosley and Michael Connelly. The first book on my list for 2016 is The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. My wife read it many years ago and brought her paperback copy to the marriage. It’s been sitting on our living room bookshelf ever since, beckoning me. When I think about L.A. crime fiction, Ellroy always comes to mind, and based on the long list of laudatory reviews for The Black Dahlia, I’m sure the experience of reading it will inspire me and help me in my ongoing quest to further hone my craft.
The book I’m most looking forward to in 2016 is The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter. It’s about a very complicated relationship between a mother and her 18-year-old daughter who has been in a mental institution for the last two years against her will after her mother signed her in. I’m a sucker for psychological drama and family drama and this one has been on my radar for a while now. EW online just released the first two chapters and the writing is absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely cannot wait!
Nicole Maggi, Author, The Forgetting
Asking me to name only one book I’m most looking forward to reading this year is like asking me to give up chocolate! But I’ll narrow it down to two. The first is My Kind of Crazy by my fellow Sourcebooks Fire author, Robin Reul. I remember when Robin first told me about the book, before she sold it, and I thought, “I want that now!” It’s the story of an unusual friendship between 17-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby, and Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac. The book releases on April 5th.
My second, most-looked-forward-to book this year is I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by the ever-brilliant Gretchen McNeil. I’m such a huge fan of Gretchen’s, especially her Don’t Get Mad series. I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl (I just like typing that out) is about a bullied high school senior who reinvents herself as a quintessential “manic pixie dream girl” – with unexpected consequences. This book releases September 13th from Balzer & Bray.
I think I’m going to be a very happy reader in 2016!
Dear readers, what books are you most looking forward to in 2016? We hope to see you at Book’d!
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