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Monday, June 7, 2010

Busboys & Poets

On Friday last, Graham and I trekked to Busboys and Poets, a restaurant/bookstore in Washington, DC, where we met with five smart, witty young women. We drank, ate dinner and discussed my first book, Rules of the Lake.

Going around the table from the left are Stephanie, Amy, Chelsea, Graham, Lauren and Shannon. Chelsea, my stepdaughter, arranged the event, and Busboys and Poets accommodated nicely.

Rules of the Lake is a collection of linked short stories which, when read together, form an impressionistic novel. The central mystery concerns the mother’s death, which happens “off stage.” We discussed the effectiveness of this ambiguity, and how the other characters in the book seemed to cope with a seeming suicide. We also talked about process, and the blurred line between fact and fiction.

Shannon made a comment that particularly intrigued me. She said she chooses a book based on its cover. The system seems to have worked well, as among the books she chose in this way was Water For Elephants, which was a literary best seller.

I suspect Shannon is far from alone in her method of choosing a book. And, of course, marketers aren’t blind to this, either.

So, how much does the cover figure into your book choices? Leave a comment if you care to share.

Thanks again to Chelsea and her Salisbury U alumni buddies for reading Rules of the Lake, and meeting me at Busboys and Poets. It was an honor meeting you.

8 comments:

  1. I THINK A VERY TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD HAVE CREATED YOUR COVER. I HAPPEN TO KNOW ONE; HER NAME IS PATTE CAMPBELL.

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  2. We had a fabulous time! Good conversations and company! Thanks so much for coming up.

    As for book covers, I lean towards ones that the colors fit my mood at the time of choosing. Nothing wrong with a good texture, too.
    xox~C.A.F.

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  3. I choose books that complement my parlor decor.

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