Some days I am a librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Some days I am an author who visits schools and attempts to pen a few words around midnight when the house is quiet. As a mother, wife, author, librarian, wannabe knitter, pathetic scrapbooker, amateur photographer (the attached photos don't count...they were from my cell phone, for crying out loud), I am always tired. BUT, on rare days like today, my two hats blend.
Today I was at MLA's (Massachusetts Library Association's) Conference, and I was able to meet six fabulous authors from our fine state. We "Speed-Dated," i.e. we had four minutes to talk with each author in rotating fashion.
I want you to meet them as well, because their books are Must-Reads selected by the Massachusetts Center for the Book (www.massbook.org).
This is the intriguing Leonard Rosen who lives in Brookline, MA. His debut thriller is All Cry Chaos and, as he told us, it's as much a theological exploration as suspense novel.
D.M. Gordon is a poet I met several years ago at the Frost Place. Her book Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible is her second collection of poetry. I can't wait to dive into my autographed copy tonight.
I must add my fellow Fine Line Poet (www.finelinepoets.com), J. Lorraine Brown, also has a poetry collection entitled Skating on Bones that was on the Must-Read list as well. Her book was published by Finishing Line Press.
Jef Czekaj is a force to be reckoned with. He is a cartoonist, children's author/illustrator, and musician. Check out his Must-Read entitled New Alphabet. It is so fun! He also wrote Hip and Hop, Don't Stop!, Cat Secrets, and the Circulatory Story.
L.M. Vincent (Larry) waited a long time for his Motif No. 1: The History of a Fish Shack to be published, but it was well-worth the wait. You may recognize the historic red shack that sits on the pier in Rockport, but Vincent reveals its historic road to becoming an American icon.
And then there's the lovely Kimberly Marcus whose novel, Exposed, explores the subject of sexual assault through the lens of a 16 year old girl, Liz. She must grapple with her best friend's accusation against her own brother. Her novel is in free verse, one of my favorite styles to read.
If that's not enough for fabulous choices, our last author was Laura Harrington whose award-winning plays, musicals, and operas have been widely produced in the U.S., Canada and abroad. Her first novel is Alica Bliss, and it crosses over from adult to young adult. It is a coming-of-age story about a young girl whose father is deployed to Iraq.
Yes, it seems a day when I can blend all my hats is the best day of all!