Happy Friday everyone! Hope your week has been a successful one. I'm thrilled to have a new face here at Jen's Book Thoughts today. More on that in a sec!
This week I discovered that April 29th to May 5th is National Screen-Free Week! I think this is wonderful and I encourage you to unplug from electrical entertainment forms for a week and try out some other forms of entertainment: go for a walk, make a craft, bake, write a letter, work in the yard, play a board game....or hey! read a book! I think it's especially important to do this with our kids so they are reminded of all the wonderful, healthy, imagination-stimulating activities we can enjoy that don't involve screens!
Last week I made mention of the Murder and Mayhem in Muskego event. They have a new website, so you can bookmark them now. The site is still in progress, so you'll have to check back for details on this year's conference. I really can't emphasize enough, though, how great this event always is. I hope you'll check it out.
Contest updates. Over at Criminal Element there are two contests going right now. In one you could win a copy of Silence of the Lambs and the other is for a copy of a debut called Untold Damage.
At Goodreads, there's an opportunity to win a copy of Julia Pomeroy's new book called No Safe Ground. I haven't read that one, but Craig Johnson was walking around LCC with Julia's bookmarks for No Safe Ground tucked in his badge holder. You may want to take a gander at that one.
Lesa Holstine has a pair of thrillers featuring "tough women" in her giveaway this week. If you're interested in that one remember that the entry deadline is tonight, so make haste!
And finally, FridayReads has Ian Rankin's Standing in Another Man's Grave! If you haven't read it yet...what? You didn't pick it up the minute I raved about it in January? Just kidding! They also have
Sarah Pekkanen's The Best of Us and Philip Kerr's A Man Without Breath. So you could walk away with a bundle there.
Now, on to the fun part of our Friday! I'm tickled and delighted to be featuring one of the kindest, funniest, most creative people I've had the pleasure to meet and know. Never mind that she's stunning, talented, and worldly but makes you feel like you fit right in with her.
Harley Jane Kozak has performed on stage, on the big screen, on the small screen. She's written novels and stories. But I'm kinda betting she'd say her favorite role is that of mom...as long as we ask her on a good day, right? :-)
Anyway, Harley won gads of awards with her Wollie Shelley series (of which I bought Dating Dead Men at LCC--I'm hoping it has some good tips) and she just recently veered a little from her comfortable norm and wrote a book called Keeper of the Moon. It features ELVES! And no, these ones don't make shoes or work for Santa.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the one and only, Harley Jane Kozak!
Harley with her ride for the Oscars when her screenplay is nominated!
If I could only listen to one music artist/band for the rest of time, I would choose The London Symphony Orchestra, which does everything from classical music to film scores so I could go a long time before thinking, “oh, not this song again.”
My five favorite movies of all time are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Chinatown. The Godfather part One. Charade. Two for the Road. Out of Africa. (I know, that’s six.)
The one food I absolutely will not eat is meat! I’m a vegetarian.
My favorite time of day is twilight. Magic hour. The border between day and night. Because I love the transformation of light to darkness and how it changes everything.
The #1 item on my bucket list right now is to see a screenplay of mine up on the Big Screen.
O.k. I'm all for that bucket list item! And I'd even review it here on the blog. Maybe I could talk Harley into a movie night. We could watch her screenplay and Out of Africa back to back. I'll bring the popcorn! And isn't that photo just fabulous? I love it!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. If you happen to be in the Ann Arbor area on Sunday, I'm planning to go heckle...er, I mean attend Brad Parks' event at Aunt Agatha's bookstore. If you can't make it, I'll do my best to Tweet from the event. It always depends on my cell service, but I promise to try.