A Toast to the Holidays
notes that there's now an award for the best Hispanic-American Wine Literature. This year's winner was a chronicle of Pisco Punch, a cocktail invented in San Francisco. I had this legendary cocktail once and vaguely recall it as tasting weird. Not the good weird either. Who knew about this award? I could have submitted my novel.
You still have time to get a book shipped overnight to you for a Christmas gift. Bookreporter
has selections by categories. However, since they recommend potato-headed Bill O'Reilly's Culture Warrior
as a current events book, I wonder how much eggnog they drank before writing this list. For the teen book, they recommend Kathy's Book
, written by two men who got paid to put product placement in the book. Because teenagers who read might be missing out on valuable advertising. Agh.
Last night, I wrapped all my gifts. Many of them were books. I bought the husband The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean.
Yeah, I know. Andy Ross, the former owner of Cody's Books
, recommended it. He was staffing the info table when I dropped by, and he took the time to give me terrific gift suggestions. The bookseller in the teen section helped me find two books for a young friend of mine. Both are gothics. I started reading one and didn't want to stop. Can't remember the name right now and it's wrapped up. You know the bookseller recommendations are good when you want to keep the books for yourself.
Now if you want a really good list of books to buy as gifts, I'd check out Cody's Recommends
. I'm happy to see Debra Ginsberg's Blind Submission
here. Debra's an acclaimed memoirist who also works as a freelance editor. She helped me with my original manuscript. Her darkly humorous novel that takes place in a literary agent's office has gotten lots of raves. A fun read, especially for the aspiring author who wants the inside dish on literary agencies.
Of course, if you need a vampire gift, you can buy one from Boutique Du Vampyre's Christmas Collection
Have yourself a merry little Christmas!