Famed book website Book Riot is hosting their second Book Riot this weekend in New York. Like the website the panels are diverse and talk about books, authors and genres that are often overlooked in the mainstream media.
The first panel I attended was Nobody Asked Us with Amanda Nelson, Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky. Basically it was them talking about everything about how the website is run. The stories they write and the how they go about bringing different voices to their site.
The second panel was a live recording of their podcast Get Booked wth Nelson, Jenn Worthington and author Jade Chang. If you are not familiar with the podcast is personalized book recommendations. Readers write in to ask for ideas for their next books. It’s was super fun and very informative. For one I didn’t realize Meg Abbott had a new book about gymnasts. Yes please! The podcast goes live next week.
The last panel was with Schinsky interviewed author Walter Mosley. I confess I haven’t read any of his book and the only I could name was A Devil in a Blue Dress and mostly because Denzel is in the movie. Mr. Mosley is one funny funny man. He made many good points about the relationship between literary and genre authors. We praise literary authors as great novelist and score genre but let’s be honest. We all read more genre then anything else. I’ll be adding his books to my to-read list.
Walter Mosley did a book signing event at my store a couple of weeks ago and he happened to stroll into the Music / DVD department where I was working. I helped him find a movie and he purchased it. I reminded myself that I must get around to reading some of his work.
They had tables set up so people could color and I was talking to an old friend from high school and we both looked up and there was Walter Mosley, coloring a page from an YA coloring book. It was a magical moment.
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