Friday, March 14, 2014

Five on Friday - Louis Bayard

Happy Friday and Happy Pi Day everyone! I'm working on prep for Left Coast Crime next week and getting very excited to see a lot of my book-loving friends soon. Are any of you planning to attend?

I will be moderating a panel called "Social Media: Getting the Word out in Today's Digital Age."  It's Friday at 4 if you will be there and are so inclined to attend. We're going to try to touch on some current issues in the major social media platforms. There's another panel opposite us with Craig Johnson and Cara Black that I'd probably choose over ours, so if you're not there, I won't be offended, really! ;-)

If you haven't seen this yet, I'm sure all you Harry Bosch fans will be happy.

For my audiobook-loving friends, you definitely want to check out this contest over at Criminal Element. I'm listening to The Cairo Affair right now and can tell you it's excellent! I'm sure the other three are great as well!

Friday Reads has some dark international crime to give away this week. And me, I have Louis Bayard! Well, I have Louis' Five on Friday interview.

I did some brainstorming and came up with a new final question so we can have some great authors revisit us for Five on Friday. Don't worry, I'm still recruiting new faces, but this will enable you to get to know some of our favorite faces even better. And since Lou is definitely one of my most favorites, it's fitting that we welcome him back first. If you missed my review of his new book Roosevelt's Beast, be sure to check that out as well. I'm sure you'll see that on my end of the year favorites list.

And without any further ado, let me turn this show over to the star!

  1. As hard as I’ve tried, I’ve never been able to master: skating. Roller or ice. I held out hope that my two boys would succeed where I had failed, but they turned out to be just as oafish as me. We’re a family that respects solid ground. (But I’m crazy in awe of Olympic skaters.) 

  2. My favorite smell is: the smell of an old paperback. Which is cheating, I know, because each paperback has its own smell. The one I remember best was the old, dog-eared copy of “Gone with the Wind” I read as a kid. A sweet rich piney smell I could never get enough of.

  3. If I had to perform in a talent show, I would do: my Ethel Merman impersonation. A long time ago, a friend and I put together a show called “Ethel Merman Sings the Music of Boy George.” Today, I would probably have to confine myself to Late Ethel, sliding crazily between notes.

  4. I have nearly been driven to road rage when I’ve witnessed a driver doing: I’m big on etiquette, so if I let a driver cut in front of me, I fully expect a thank-you wave. And if I don’t get it, I begin to plot a vast array of diabolical paybacks, all of which climax with the driver sputtering out his last breaths on a hot pavement: “Why? Why?” “’Cause you didn’t thank me, punk.” Cue Sergio Leone music.

  5. If you had been born with a warning label, what would it read? “Don’t leave unattended. On second thought, do. Feed with chocolate.” 

When you stop laughing I encourage you to go check out Lou's Facebook page, his Twitter account and his website. And if you haven't read his books yet, put everything else away and go find one!! I've read them in print and listened to audios and I've loved every last word. And if you're in the DC area, I want to encourage you to go see Lou and tell him hi for me at One More Page Books on March 27th. I was going to make a trip to DC, but since I'll just be getting back from Monterey, it's not going to work out. Jenn Lawrence, I'm looking at you, girl! One of these days, I'm determined to meet this man in person!

It is such an honor to not only have this amazing writer here on the blog, but for him to return. What a treasure! My thanks to Louis Bayard. And to all of you for tolerating my fan girl behavior this Friday. Hope your weekend is great.

Happy Reading!


Les Blatt March 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM  

Hi, Jen. Looking forward to seeing you at LCC. I'm your room volunteer for Friday's panel. See you then if not before.

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