I was fortunate to obtain an early reader's edition of The Children's Crusade many months ago. My review and take on the book might be obvious. I chose it, and its author Ann Packer, to be featured at our May CapRadio Reads event.
I don't pick these things lightly. If I don't enjoy a book, I usually don’t pick it. Even when I DO like a book, even REALLY like it, I still have some thinking to do. Is the book something that would appeal to our very discerning readers at Cap Radio Reads? Is the author someone who, when interviewed by Donna Apidone, is going to be interesting? Something I have learned over the years: Someone who spends their entire working life alone in a room with a typewriter or a computer, or even a pencil, writing an incredible book, is not necessarily a master of conversation.
So, after I read and loved The Children's Crusade, I still had some work to do. I read interviews, I asked around. I even went to the Bay Area and attended an event to hear Ann Packer. Guess what? She is not only a brilliant writer, but she's a great interview! If we put her in a room with Donna Apidone and 100 CapRadio Readers, we would have a pretty terrific event. If we add to that some delicious appetizers and a lovely glass of wine, we would have an amazing evening.
And do you know what the best part is? You are invited. Get your ticket now, so you can be in the room when this all happens, Tuesday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. Be there. You won't regret it.