Saturday, April 24, 2021

Pandemic drives people away from bookstores, hurting new authors; but there are exceptions (like "Where the Crawdads Sing", in production now as a mystery film)


Wilmington NC, Feb 2019

Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth Harris discuss the effect of the pandemic on independent bookstores and on smaller chains  and on the ability of newer authors to find an audience, April 18, 2001.  The article discusses particularly the salvation of Chronicle Books.

People tend to shop online more, as I do (even though I like physical copy books) and algorithms tend to present best sellers automatically.   

Yet a few new books have stood out, Snoop Dog’s cookbook “From Crook to Cook” and a inward-looking first novel.

Alexandra Altra discusses the best selling debut novel “Where the Crawdads Sing” (Putnam, 400 pages) in a barely prepandemic review Dec. 2019 , by wildlife biologist Delia Owens, about a woman who has been growing up by herself in the deep South, coastal North Carolina (rather around Cape Fear, maybe). Imdb reports a film is in production: a woman raised in the coastal marsh becomes a suspect in a murder of a man she had once been with, a little bit like Dateline.

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