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Trailer Thursday (2)

Before I post a trailer, I'd like to begin with a little quote about the Death of the Bookstore, which I've written about in this blog before. This quote comes directly from Shelf Awareness. I didn't write this quote, but I sure am pondering it.

"Jeff Pearlman offered a writer's perspective at CNN on the closing of the Borders store in Scarsdale, N.Y., where his third book, Boys Will Be Boys, was written.

In the not-so-distant old days, [Pearlman says] "Borders was cozy; safe; easy....Now, the shop is next up on death row.... At the risk of sounding like my great aunt, I love books. I love holding books. I love thumbing through books. I love marking up pages, I love perusing bookshelves, I love feeling the paper between my fingers.... Come day's end, I'm tired of staring at a screen. I do it all day, I do it through much of the night. I want a book. But do books want me?"

There's a quote out there, I believe attributed to Neil Gaiman that goes "Any town that calls itself a town that doesn't boast a bookstore is just kidding itself." I've said before that I live in a very very small town, the kind where everybody knows everybody, and, woefully, lacks a bookstore or indeed any kind of entertainment besides one lonely movie theater (with one screen) and a scattering of casinos. Point is, no bookstore. And even if there was one, (I believe there was somewhere back in the long ago and far away) I suspect it wouldn't have a terribly long life expectancy. Bookstores are slowly dying across the country, and I never thought I'd live to see the day this would happen. But it isn't just the digital revolution. Maybe it is just the town I live in but there is an outright hostility towards books, reading, and literacy. At the risk, also of sounding like someone's old Aunt Biddy, what's happening to books? Digital revolution plus hostility to literacy equals the death of imagination. It's the hostility part that bothers me the most. I just wish I knew how to combat it. 

That being said, here's this week's trailer, an interview with Jeaniene Frost about her Night Huntress series, which I'm beginning to delve into.


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