I'll be in Chicago this weekend for the Printers Row event. It will be my last major trip until Bouchercon; I'm hoping to do a lot of catching up here after this weekend. But while I'm away, here are some fun things to check out around the web.
I've been squeeling about this wonderful news from Marcus Sakey this week. Then I found out yesterday about this wonderful news from Michael Koryta. Great things happening for great people.
I mentioned Alafair Burke's Duffer Awards earlier this week. Have you been voting? A new match-up everyday. Be sure to check them out.
I don't think I mentioned yet about Chris Grabenstein's summer reading contest for young readers. If you have kids home on summer break and need a motivator for them to read, this is a great opportunity!
Next week I'll be able to see Craig Johnson (Tuesday) and Michael Koryta (Wednesday) at events close enough to my home. Have you taken a look at your favorite authors' tour schedules? Are they going to be close to you? They love the support of having readers come out and see them, so maybe you could pick someone to see this summer!
Don't forget June is Audiobook Month. I'll be participating in Devourer of Books' Audiobook Week next week. I hope you'll stop by to check out all the fun.
All the summer "beach read" lists are coming out now. I don't really discern between a "beach read" and any other kind of read. I read what I want, when I want. It doesn't matter to me if I take Dickens or Doyle to the beach. So, I thought I'd quickly run down books I've read - and highly recommend - that are coming out this summer:
- Alafair Burke's LONG GONE
- Marcus Sakey's THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES
- Craig Johnson's HELL IS EMPTY
- Michael Koryta's THE RIDGE
- Gregg Hurwitz's YOU'RE NEXT
- Ace Atkins' THE RANGER
And these are books coming out this summer that I'M still looking forward to reading:
- Lisa Unger's DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND
- John Verdon's SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT
- James Barney's THE GENESIS KEY
- Joe Finder's BURIED SECRETS
- Andrew Gross' EYES WIDE OPEN
- Val McDermid's TRICK OF THE DARK
- Jo Nesbø's SNOWMAN
- R.J. Ellory's A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE
- Duane Swierczynski's FUN AND GAMES
- Thomas Young's SILENT ENEMY
Uh oh, I think I may need some more summer! This is not even close to all the great books that are coming out this summer, so let me know in the comments what books you're looking forward to reading.
I'll wrap this up with a video of Gregg Hurwitz talking about his upcoming YOU'RE NEXT. Have a great weekend!