An interlude, in which I treat of (book-related) matters close to home

May 25, 2009 at 11:18 pm (books, Local interest (Baltimore-Washington), Mystery fiction)

Source is the Howard County Library’s quarterly publication. In it, you will find information concerning all manner of upcoming events. The issue covering the summer months has just come out, and I’d like to bring to your attention two upcoming book discussions, both of which involve Yours Truly.

AmericanGothicThis year’s Adult Summer Reading Game is entitled “Master the Art of Reading;” as you can see, it’s featured on the cover of Source.On page 4, you’ll find information about book clubs and discussions for adults. At the bottom of the page, there’s an announcement of a panel discussion called “Good Summer Reads” which will take place on Tuesday evening, June 2, at 7 PM at the Central Library. My erstwhile colleagues at the library graciously invited me to take part in this panel. Five of us will be touting favorite recent reads. Here are just a few of the titles whose praises I’ll be singing:

heist The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser

face About Face by Donna Leon

clemency The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

Book Review Mrs Astor Regrets Mrs. Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon

black Black Seconds by Karin Fossum

blue-heaven Blue Heaven by C.J. Box. (This mystery recently won this year’s prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel.)

Other panelists will have lots more to recommend. You’ll be positively blizzarded with book lists! There will be door prizes and refreshments! Call 410-313-7860 to register. You can still come whether you call or not, but if the organizers have an idea how many people plan to come, then they can be sure that there is sufficient free food (a worthy goal, yes?). I hope to see you there.


At the top of page 4 of the Source, you’ll see the announcement concerning “The Art of the Mystery,” a discussion I’ll be leading at the Glenwood Branch Library on Thursday July 9 at 7 PM. I plan to emphasize crime fiction that works well for book discussion groups, but I’ll also be talking generally about my favorite genre. Again, book lists will be available; also, websites will be recommended. So: I not only want you to come – I need you to come! The enthusiasm of knowledgeable readers is key to making evenings like this enjoyable  for everyone.

Meanwhile, here are some of the books and authors I’ll be touching on, if time permits – and that’s a very big if:










You can obtain a copy of the Source at any branch of the Howard County Library.


  1. Nan said,

    I sure wish I were closer!!

    • Roberta Rood said,

      It’s sweet of you to say so, Nan. We’re never sure we’re going to attain critical mass when we do these little programs.

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