Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Birthday to Remember

I picked up the other issue of Black Mask magazine I purchased at Pulp Fest today, and lo and behold, there's another Julius Long story ("Crime is Bustin' Out All Over") and, to my delight, another Rex Sackler story by D. L. Champion ("Two-Death Parlay"). Looks to be a good one. In the meantime, here's the cover for the curious, another great one by Rafael De Soto.
This was a great birthday with regards to books. For one, I received in the mail from a very special friend a spectacular edition of 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I've received lots of books in the past as gifts but this one was extra special, and the edition, of Virago Press in the UK, is one I've never seen before. If you appreciate the story of Helene and her correspondence with Frank Doel of Marks & Co, a bookseller in London, then you would love this high quality edition. One should never read a paperback version of this story.

Then with some gift cards I went hog wild at Amazon, buying Pioneer Women by Joanna Stratton, Roughing It by Mark Twain, Love Untamed: Romances of the Old West by JoAnn Chartier, Hearts West: true Stories of Mail Order Brides on the Frontier by Chris Enss, Sons of Texas by Elmer Kelton, and Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West by Michael Rutter. Lots of interesting history and yes, there's a theme: women's lives in the 19th century American West. I'll be reviewing these on the blog as I finish them.

And on Tuesday I'll be on a panel at the local meeting for the California Writers Club. This month we're talking about how writers can take advantage of all of the social networking web sites like Facebook and Twitter, and also how blogs can be a marketing tool.

So lots to do and books to read and blogs to keep up, along with the regular mayhem like a job and a house and life in general. And now there's this thing called a pennant race in the baseball season and my friends are turning up the heat as far as going to more and more Dodger games. Now it's already turning to the postseason and, dare I say it, a World Series? Nah. I don't want to jinx it, so I'm not going to mention it again.

8 comments:

avagdro said...

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Charles Gramlich said...

Books and birthdays go together!

Chris said...

Happy Birthday, Laurie. Those books look right up your alley. (:

Well, my "prophecy" pretty much came true...Giants sweep the Rockies and are now in a tie for the Wild Card! Unbelievable. Gonna be a close one. Looks like the Bums, er, I mean, Dodgers (LOL) should hold onto first place.

The Giants just signed Brad Penny! What do you think of that? I like the signing...he's not as good as he used to be but he's filling in our 5th spot in the rotation. Not a bad guy to have in that spot.

Laurie Powers said...

Thank you Chris! Yes, I can't wait to get the books.

Acquiring Brad Penny may be good for the Giants, Chris. He's been looking for a home for a while so it might be a fit. They announced at the game tonight that the Dodgers acquired Jim Thome and Jon Garland today.

Walker Martin said...

This trade for Thome and Garland is a major lift for the Dodgers. This has to be a very big help for them in the Playoffs.

ARCHAVIST said...

What about the Angels???

Laurie Powers said...

Whatever the Angels do at this point is irrelevant, Archavist. No matter that they are leading their league - they always have a meltdown in the playoffs. Now watch - this year they'll go all the way. Grrr.....

Laurie Powers said...

Yes, Walker - that's what we were thinking last night at the game when they announced it. Having Thome and Manny Ramirez on the same team will hopefully help - some of the younger guys haven't come through this year when it comes to hitting. Others like Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are in the stratosphere right now, but that's only two guys.