Monday, May 23, 2011

Bill Loehfelm - Crime Readers Caught Reading Crime... an indie bookstore.

I get to welcome a new face to Jen's Book Thoughts with today's crime reader/writer. Bill Loehfelm, author of THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS, was caught hanging out at the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans. When we cornered Bill, this is what he had to say for himself:

Jason Goodwin's Inspector Yashim series, set in Ottoman era Istanbul, is a favorite of my wife and I. We're excited about the recently released, AN EVIL EYE, the fourth in the series. We love Goodwin's work for its portrait of the inelegant, mystical, and sensual Turkish city as much as for Yashim's adventures. We buy Jason's books, and all the rest of our books, at the Garden District Book Shop, only a short walk from our home in the neighborhood. Britton, Ted, Amy, and the crew couldn't be more knowledgeable and are extremely supportive of local writers, large or small. 

My many thanks to Bill for being a great sport and hanging out with us. He's introduced me to a book, an author and a bookstore I was unaware of. I think he should come around more often! I don't know if you can see Bill's shirt very well in this picture here, but it's fantastic. It's the bookstore's shirt, with signatures all over it and the tag line to the store is "New Orleans Signature Bookstore." I totally want one!

I'm in NYC this week for BEA, so feel free to talk amongst yourselves. I'll be tweeting when I can and I plan to bring back a lot of fun pictures and stories. Happy Reading!


kathy d. May 23, 2011 at 9:14 AM  

On another topic, I just finished "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter," by Tom Franklin, and was very impressed by this beautifully written piece of literary crime fiction.

This book is not only a mystery; it's about friendships, relationships that break down due to bigotry, racism, and the misunderstandings and social isolation and alientation that can develop. It is a book which I couldn't stop reading. I laughed. I cried.

It deserves awards, Franklin deserves recognition.

I read your review and concur, only I doubly stress how good is this book. It is one of those books that should be required fiction in high school or college.
I hope it wins some awards.

Kay May 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM  

Ah, lovely. Another new author, another new bookstore, well, two new authors as Jason is also an author. Sigh. Where will I find the time to read all these books Jen?

Hope you are having a fabulous time!!

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