No Traveller Returns, Louis and Beau L'Amour.
It's been a huge couple of weeks for big name authors. Lee Child, Barbara Kingsolver, Janet Evanovich have all had books out in the last few weeks. Today is no different. Louis L'Amour has a new book out today. And not just any novel. No Traveller Returns is actually his long-lost first novel. His son, Beau, completed it, cleaned it up a bit, and is now having it published. Let's all let out a collective "Awwwwww" for how sweet that is.
When I think of Louis L'Amour, westerns immediately come to mind. As it does for most people, I'm sure. He's basically THE guy when it comes to westerns. This book, however, takes place at sea. So, it is decidedly not a western. Since this is the first book he wrote, it makes me wonder if he had a different path in mind when he started his writing career and what exactly led him down the western road. And now I want a biography of Louis L'Amour.
Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.
Okay, so this book doesn't actually come out this week, but you can pre-order and have it on the release date. Or, better yet, put in a request at your local indie book store and see if they can get it for you.
Now, if you read this blog on the regular, you know I have mixed feelings about Neil Gaiman. The books everyone loses their minds over, I'm not that in to. And vice versa. But, I adore him as a person, so I will always, always promote him. Art Matters is a collection of four pieces by Neil Gaiman, and illustrated by Chris Riddell, about the importance of art and using your creativity. As someone who has recently thrown caution to the wind and written a book with one of my friends, I can attest to that. Something happens to you when you decide to just go for it and that something is good. I can't adequately explain it so, my advice to you (and also Neil's advice) is to do the thing. Want to paint a painting? Do it. Get it out of your head and onto paper, canvas, whatever your medium is. And, if it happens to be a book, hit me up. We offer editing, proofing, and publishing services.
What's James Patterson Up To?:
JP has a new Alex Cross book coming out...in May. He also has a tasty mystery called The Chef coming out in February. He's been slacking lately, but it appears he plans to make up for it in 2019. In other Jimmy Pat news, he loved the Mission Impossible movie. It "might be the best one of all." He didn't care for Eighth Grade much mostly because of the father who, JP says is "a nice guy - but like so many people out there who have no idea how to be parents", which comes across slightly judgmental to me, JP. And only Judy can judge me.
Pick of the Week:
The comprehensive bio of Louis L'Amour I mentioned above. It doesn't exist, but it should.
Alright, friends, that's it for new releases this week. If you have one nearby, hit up your local indie bookshop this holiday season. Small Business Saturday is right around the corner. Do yourself, and your community, a solid this year and shop small.