Tuesday, August 04, 2015

For Moviegoers Everywhere

Forgotten Movies:

One of the things we did at the Traverse City Film Festival was to attend a panel on Robert Altman. The festival showed two of his movies: NASHVILLE and M*A*S*H. The panel was composed of the curator of the Altman collection at University of Michigan, Geraldine Chaplin, a technical guy, Michael Murphy, Mrs. Altman and the documentarian who was presenting his film on Altman at the festival. It was fun listening to reminiscences of Altman. I had never realized how much TV he did before MASH came along.

I guess my favorite Altman film is MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER or THE PLAYER because it is so much about how movies got made. But a case can be made for so many of his films. What a great run he had at least twice.

What is your favorite Altman film? MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER is right up there, right?CALIFORNIA SPLIT, THE LONG GOODBYE, SHORT CUTS. The list goes on.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Karen Olson's Book Shelf

On my nightstand:  
Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan and After the Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

My favorite novelist: 

Stewart O'Nan

Book you might be surprised to find on my bookshelf:

One Red Paperclip by Kyle McDonald. I bought it for the cover but it turned out to be quirky and fun.

My favorite fictional character:

Anne Shirley

What book do I return to:

Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman

 Karen E. Olson is the award-winner author of the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop mysteries and the new suspense novel HIDDEN. She lives in Connecticut.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday's Forgotten Books, July 31, 2015

The links will appear on Evan Lewis's blog, right here. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jason Isbell

Karen Dionne's Book Shelf

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I'm currently reading MUDBOUND by Hilary Jordan. Recent reads include THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng, GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, THE 19TH WIFE by David Ebershoff, A RELIABLE WIFE by Robert Goolrick, and THE TIGER'S WIFE by Tea Obreht. If you're sensing a theme, it's because the novel I'm currently writing is literary suspense rather than a straight-up thriller like my previous books, and I'm trying to up my game. Not that there's anything wrong with thrillers!

Who is your all-time favorite novelist?

It's a tie between Michael Crichton and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I love many, many authors, but these authors' books are the ones that inspired me to become a writer, so they'll always hold a special place in my heart.

What book might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Two volumes of the collected fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm that I've had since I was a child. These are my all-time favorite books. It's no wonder my agent says I have a dark soul . . . .

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Strong, independent characters like Scout Finch and Huck Finn are the ones that stick with me.

What book do you return to?

I never read a book a second time. So many books, so little time . . .

Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of Freezing Point, a science thriller nominated by RT Book Reviews as Best First Mystery of 2008. A second environmental thriller, Boiling Point, about an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a radical scheme to end global warming published from Berkley in January 2011. Her newest novel, an original story based on the popular Fox television series “The Killing” starring Joel Kinnaman and Mirelle Enos published from Titan Books June 24, 2014.

Karen is co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as co-founder of Backspace.