The Miami Book Fair happened this past week and I was happy to have gone. I had taken a look at the lineup a couple of months ago, long before things were more firmed up and was disappointed, so had mostly put it out of mind. Then after being reminded about the fair on a radio segment on WLRN I decided to check out the website to see who would be appearing this weekend. To my delight, Victor Lavalle, author of the recently released The Devil in Silver was on a panel with two other great authors.
The title was, “Striking Fear: New Novels: Justin Cronin on The Twelve, Glen Duncan on Talulla Rising and Victor LaValle on The Devil in Silver.” Each author gave a great reading but I was enthralled by Glen Duncan.While I’ve had his books on my list of to-reads for a while, I quickly went out after the panel and bought a copy of The Last Werewolf (here reviewed by Justin Cronin). I think that I could listen to him read the instructions for churning butter and find it utterly captivating. You can tell that he has had a lot of practice reading aloud, his pacing and tone are nearly perfect. And he’s got an English accent to boot. I was disappointed in the way that the Miami Book Fair had set up the Q&A period afterwards though. Only one person asked a question, and I think it was because they had set a mic up in the middle row of the auditorium. Rather than running around and handing the mic to people at their seats, it felt like an imposition to stand in front of the crowd that way and ask questions. At least for me, who has terrible stage fright, it was too much.