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Armchair BEA: New books for writers in 2012

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Armchair BEA 2012

Armchair BEA - The virtual conventionToday I’ve chosen twelve books from the truckload being offered this year that might be of interest to writers.  While a case can probably made for just about any book being of interest to writers, these twelve run the gamut from books on language and words to an anthology of travel writing written by fiction writers–the stories are all true. It is the Dickens bicentennial so you shouldn’t be surprised to find a book about Dickens on the list.

Thanks to ARMCHAIR BEA for today’s suggested topic. Some of the books are already available and a few will be released later this year. Love to hear what you think and please share any new titles that you have on your list. It’s impossible to keep up with everything.

  1. Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere – Couldn’t find much written about this book yet but it’s bound to be interesting for book bloggers and readers everywhere.
  2. Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story – 21 contemporary writers including Dave Eggars, Lorrie Moore and Jonathon Lethem share their thoughts on what makes a great short story.
  3. The Brooklyn Reader: Thirty Writers Celebrate America’s Favorite Borough – Thirty writers and their experience of Brooklyn are offered.
  4. God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author – An examination of Charles Dickens work in the light of the Christian faith.
  5. The End of Your Life Book Club – What happens when a dying mother and her son form a book club of two?
  6. Elsewhere: A memoir – Pulitzer prize winning fiction writer Richard Russo shares the struggles and memories of his early life.
  7. Loaded Words – Few words are thin. Most are loaded with layers and baggage that enlarge their meaning.
  8. Kurt Vonnegut: Letters – This collection of personal correspondence by Vonnnegut covers 60 years and will be of interest to any fan.
  9. Selected Letters of William Styron – Literary star William Styron was not shy in his correspondence nor is it narrow in scope.
  10. One for Sorrow: A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore – Want to know the history of an old saying?
  11. Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World (Vintage) – There is much more than the books that make up the great Dickens. Performance and showmanship directed much of his life. 
  12. Lonely Planet Better Than Fiction (Travel Literature) – Joyce Caroll Oates, Isabel Allende and others share true travel tales.

Ready to read the classics? My 5 year 50+ booklist is here: The Classics Club project.
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  • Alyce Reese

    I see a couple there that I want to add to my wish list: the book about old-fashioned lore, and the real travel stories. Nice recommendations!

  • Annette

    I’m not a writer, and just don’t think I have a novel in me, but it’s been great to visit your blog. Have a great week!

  • Megan

    Lonely Planet Better than Fiction sounds like fun for those times when I can only afford vicarious vacations!

  • Meg @ ABookishAffair

    These books are all new to me. I’m definitely intrigued by Better than Fiction!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Yep, that Better than Fiction caught my eye, too. I’m definitely curious and I enjoy reading travel books. 

  • Vikk Simmons

    No kidding, and it’s really nice when an anthology comes out with writers of such caliber. It’s on my list. 

  • Vikk Simmons

    Annette, thank you for coming by, reading, and saying hello. I definitely appreciate it. 

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks, Alyce. That one on lore sounds like a real keeper and I know writers will be interested in it. And I’m with you on the travel stories. Thanks for coming by. 

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for blogging on the Armchair BEA as I never would have realized all this was going on. 

  • Teresasreadingocrner

    I have to say that these are all new to me as well. This event has definitely been goord/bad for my TBR list depending on how you look at it!

  • Jillian

    That’s funny. You’re welcome. :)

  • Vikk Simmons

    I’m with you on the leaning and ever-growing TBR stack. 

  • Melissa

    I’ll take one of each, thanks. :)   Didn’t know about many of these. Off to add these to the Goodreads list now.