Please note that this coversation will take place over Skype. The author will not be here in person, but you will be able to ask him questions via Skype.
Join literary veteran, James Mustich, for an evening in books. Over Skype Jim will share how he came to write 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List. His career as a bookseller and founder of the acclaimed A Common Reader catalog informed it, and the process of organizing the book—and why it took him 14 years to complete! He’ll also share his personal favorites, and talk to the audience about theirs, offering insight and recommendations along the way.
About 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: Readers will never again have to wonder “what to read next.” This masterful literary guide provides over 900 pages of notable books, including classic novels, beloved mysteries, children’s books, poetry, memoirs, acclaimed contemporary fiction, seminal works of cultural criticism, and much more. The authors of the included books are diverse and span ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation; they run the gamut from Javier Marías to Haruki Murakami to Colson Whitehead to Claudia Rankine to Jhumpa Lahiri. The list is not, as Mustich insists in his introduction, a canon or a prescriptive list. Rather, it's an invitation to explore. It’s like walking into a dream bookstore where every title is intriguing and rewarding. Organized A–Z by author, the selection takes the reader on a rollercoaster of entries: For example, Flora Thompson’s Lark Rise to Candleford is followed by Hunters S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and then by the children’s favorite, Eloise. The result is an unexpectedly revealing juxtaposition of literature.