Winners and a Reading

Thanks to all of you who entered the book club giveaway for The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.  With the help of Random.org, Anne Berger won a book for each of her club’s 8 members.

Congrats to her and her members, and we hope that you enjoy it.  Hachette Group will mail the books out to you and your book club soon.



Also Congrats to Margaret who won a copy of Irish Lady by Jeanette Baker from Sourcebooks.


I also wanted to update you on the reading I attended at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md., which turned out to be a mostly empty room and me as the only woman in the room — other than Wiggles.  The illustrious authors were Eric Goodman, author of Tracks — which I’m sure by now you’ve heard me rave about — and Eric Dezenhall, author of my newly acquired book, The Devil Himself.  Each author took to the reading in a different way, with Eric Goodman reading abridged short stories from his novel in stories, Tracks, and Eric Dezenhall deciding to tell the true story behind his historical fiction novel set during WWII.

Goodman read the Prologue, which is told from the point of view of the conductor, and Prewitt’s story from the beginning of the book.  Both stories are funny in their own quirky ways, and provides the initial set up for the rest of the book.  He also read the story about the poet and his climb on the mountain of sand, which is as true to the life of a poet as any story could be.

Dezenhall began by shying away from reading from the book and told us of how he verified the historical facts in his novel.  Operation Underground began when Naval Intelligence realized that German spies could have been responsible for the sinking of the Normandie near Manhattan following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  In order to police the docks and discover the spies, the government made a devil’s pact with the Jewish and Italian mobs that controlled them at the time.  Meyer Lansky, a real life mobster, agreed to help the government in exchange for benefits for Lucky Luciano and other mobsters.  There is a convoluted spy game afoot here, but I’ll not recount it because you must read the book.

Want to learn more about the book, visit Dezenhall’s Website.

There was no formal question-and-answer following the reading, but there was a more informal reception for the readers and the guests, which turned out to be less than a dozen due to the cold weather.  I did not partake of the cheese and beverages, but did have a nice conversation with Goodman about Social Media and the firewall it provides those of us who are more shy in public.  I also got my copy of Tracks signed, and my new book signed by Dezenhall, who seemed to take a shine to Wiggles — I think it was the cheeks.

Here’s a couple of pictures and a really short video since my memory card ran out of space:

Have you been to any great readings in your area?


  1. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books says

    Congratulations to Anne and your other winners!

    I’m so glad to know that Wiggles is a willing companion at author events 🙂 Last winter we had several events which had low attendance due to cold/weather; such a shame!

    • She came, but Daddy had to take her out for a bit because she was rambunctious. But she came back for the reception with the drinks and cheese!

  2. Congrats to the winners! I can’t wait for you to read that WWII book so I can borrow it. 😉

  3. I can’t believe in such a metro area that only 12 people turned out!! Especially when the authors are ones that you feel are really good!

    • I couldn’t believe it either. Normally the ones that attend The Writer’s Center are an older crowd….perhaps it was too cold. No idea. I’m glad that I went though. I found another WWII book to read.

  4. I always feel bad when the crowd is thin for author events. I’m glad you went.

    Congratulations to the winners!

    • I couldn’t believe it was thin and they were both very interesting. Some of the readings I’ve been too there have been bland, but these two were a great pairing. I was sad they didn’t have a bigger crowd.