Thursday, January 24, 2013
UPDATE 1/30: The two winners, based on a random.org drawing are James Schneider and Megan Biggins. An email is on its way with your spoils of victory.
I can't tell you how many times I've had the following conversation with readers:
Friend/Acquaintance: "I've noticed you're rather a big David Foster Wallace fan."
Me: "Yes, yes I am."
F/A: "I've never read him."
Me (quietly removing F/A from my contacts): "You don't say."
F/A: "What would you suggest I read first?"
Me (quietly undeleting contact): "Well, let me tell you..."
Any reader who has a favorite author(s) has no doubt had a similar exchange — it's one of the most fun bookish conversations because it's an opportunity to share your expertise. And so, with that in mind, Book Riot put together its first published book, titled START HERE: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors. The book — with contributions from amazing novelists like Joe Hill and Erin Morgenstern, as well as several Book Riot contributors (including this guy**) — gives short, easily digestible "reading pathways" to get started with authors you may want to read, but haven't.
Book Riot is making available two ebook copies of START HERE for a giveaway for New Dork Review readers. All you have to do is post a comment below with your name, email, and preferred format (epub, pdf, Kindle, etc). Deadline to enter is next Tuesday, Jan. 29th at midnight, EST.
Even if you don't have an ereader — START HERE would still be a useful tool to keep on your computer for reference. I've read the book cover to cover, and added many, many books to my reading list — Alice Munro, Italo Calvino, Bernard Malamud, etc.
(And if you don't win, or can't wait to find out if you've won, you can always buy the ebook for only $2.99 at B&N or Amazon or other places.)
**My chapters are on David Foster Wallace (natch!), Richard Russo, and Zadie Smith.
Posted by Greg Zimmerman at 9:57 AM