inicio mail me! sindicaci;ón

BIBLIOGRIND

Adventures in Writing, Reading & Book Culture

What Books Did You Add to Your Shelf in 2016 ???

As a writer, I’m also a reader. 2016 was a busy year. Here’s my list, and recommendations for all readers and writers and artists:

The tail of the spines …

Because They Wanted To (Mary Gaitskill)
The Keep (F. Paul Wilson)
In a Free State (V.S. Naipaul)
MaddAddam (Margaret Atwood)
Crime and Punishment (F. Dostoevsky)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel)
The Wapshot Scandal (John Cheever)
The Savage Detectives (Roberto Bolano)
Cat’s Eye (Margaret Atwood)
Star: The Life & Times of Warren Beatty (Biskind)
London Belongs to Me (Norman Collins)
Millroy the Magician (Paul Theroux)
The Secondary Colors (Alexander Theroux)
Dan Leno & The Limehouse Golem (Peter Ackroyd)
Daniel Martin (John Fowles)
Waiting for Sunrise (William Boyd)
The Facts: a novelist’s autobiography (Philip Roth)
Humboldt’s Gift (Saul Bellow)
The Wasteland & other poems, (T.S. Eliot)
The Heart Goes Last (Margaret Atwood)
Life Before Man (Margaret Atwood)
Germany: memories of a nation (Neil MacGregor)
April in Paris (i fired this one)
The Cowards (Josef Skvorecky)
The Western Coast (Paula Fox)
Immortality (Milan Kundera)
Daily Rituals (Mason Currey)
Tests of Time (William H. Gass)
Patrimony (Philip Roth)
Shop Talk (Philip Roth)
Laughable Loves (Milan Kundera)
The Enigma of Arrival (V.S. Naipaul)

33 books
12,591 pages
5,162,310 words

Readers will want to look into “Germany” and “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” … Writers will want to reader deeply with “Crime and Punishment” and “Daniel Martin” and “The Savage Detectives” and “Millroy the Magician” … Artists will find lots to feel with “The Secondary Colors” and “Humboldt’s Gift” and “Tests of Time”

What have been your favorites from 2016??

Thank You for Supporting Your Local (er… GLOBAL) Author

MaxCOVERToday is the launch of my new novel, MAX, THE BLIND GUY, I want to take some post-space to deliver a heart-felt “Thank you” to those who have supported this two-point-five-year project. From the first month or so after I came up with the vision for this book (while standing on a street corner in Prague, watching an elderly couple walk arm in arm together, he blind, smoking and nodding to her continuous description of the open-air market nearby Prague’s Wenceslaus Square.

I wrote the scene over the next few days that would eventually become the (near) beginning of the book. A few days later, I read this to a group of friends, who encouraged me to continue, and to find the story. Today all of that work has been realized.

Please enjoy this novel, as it’s a story we can understand, if only not to ever wish to live ourselves.

###

“Max, the blind guy” is the story of Max and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan. This new novel is published by Siren & Muse Publishing and available at Amazon.com. Come by MarkBeyer : Author and read an excerpt that you won’t find at on-line bookshops.

What Beauty was published in 2012. It’s a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

A Novel in Serialization: MAX, THE BLIND GUY available in monthly installments beginning June 12th

The digital-formatted novel-serialization of MAX, THE BLIND GUY becomes available June 12, 2015. Some of its installment chapter titles include:

1. Straddlelog

2. In Prague

3. The River Lethe … The Valley of Death

4. Castle & River

5. Lunch aboard the “Franz Schubert”

 

A portion from page “The Valley of Death” …

When the sex-laced breakfast lay congealed on our plates, yellow and white, brown crusts of bread to throw to the birds on the fire escape landing, I beat it out of there. Down on the street, I looked back over my shoulder, up at her window. She appeared behind the glass, waving at me. I waved and walked on. After ten steps I looked again. She had remained in the window. We reached our hands up at the same time to wave a second time. She opened the window and leaned out. We didn’t say anything—we could only have yelled, but we didn’t. She had that girlish twinkle in her eye I could recognize by now from any distance, the pudge of youth yet on her cheeks, the big hair and turn-style headmoves her set sometimes liked to use with men. Which belied, otherwise, her
flair for the confident gesture, the wise-crack, and her vamp’s glare. Behind all of these lurked this young woman in the window frame, come forward from behind the glass; a vulnerable woman with emotions that burned from beneath white ash, red mouth and morning-blue eyes, and every salty pore. She wrapped her arms around herself and snuggled. I tipped my head and half saluted, like a navvy off to work. We did this all again, the turn the laugh the wave. Way-way down the block, where I found my car, I looked once more. She had disappeared from the window. Okay, I thought, down to business.

The print edition of MAX, THE BLIND GUY (in full) publishes on June 5th. Please return for more updates.

###

What Beauty was published in 2012. It’s a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

My newest novel is “Max, the blind guy” — the story of Max and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan. This new novel will be published on June 5, 2015 from Siren & Muse Publishing.

Max, the blind guy … #coverreveal

Max, the blind guy comes out June 5th in a 564-page, 6×9 edition, for those who want a book-in-the-hands.

MaxCOVER

 

Here’s a sneak look at page 69:

“Look!” Max meant to follow my finger, but he looked at my bare arm first, holding its shaking tautness in focus. I could see him forming a smile, and he pressed it down and followed along my arm, up to the wrist, and past the arrow-sharp fingertip. All so casually, even a touch of arrogance. I thought to put a scare into him that would make him turn white if he had any brains. “If
Mrs Much comes up here, you can say ‘bye-bye’ to hanging your paintings in Camps House. She’s strict.”
“Oh, that I’ve seen,” he agreed, still with a casualness I didn’t like. He pinched the ash end of the cigarette, slowly crushing the ember until it was cold to his touch. He showed it to me. Very cool, he was, for someone about to be thrown out on his ass.
“Don’t be an idiot,” I said. “Rules are rules.”
“I didn’t know the rules. Tell me the rules.” He gave me a pleading look. All I could do was fume at him. He tried again. “Please?”
“I just caught two kids necking upstairs, which is bad enough,” I explained. “If Mrs Much were to catch me up here with you–”
“But we aren’t necking,” he replied in a fast, city-boy way. Then he shot me a wink. “Or have I missed something? I must have inhaled too heavily and I have memory loss.” A fake frown pulled at his eyebrows. “Where did this happen, if I may ask, just in case Mrs Much interro–”
“Will you shut up!” I breathed at him like an angry bull, then walked to the door to peek into the hallway.

The story of Max and Greta Ruth is an American story, set in foreign lands: Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice. Desire never ends, but for whom the desire is aimed makes all the difference. This story grew from a recognition on a Prague street-corner.

###

What Beauty was published in 2012. It’s a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

My newest novel is “Max, the blind guy” — the story of Max and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan. This new novel will be published on June 5, 2015 from Siren & Muse Publishing.

Serialized Novel: MAX, THE BLIND GUY

News … MAX, THE BLIND GUY will be released in digital format as a serialized novel, beginning one week after the launch of the in-full print edition (June 5, 2015).

I made this decision a few weeks ago, after reading Hillary Kelly’s opinion essay in the Washington Post’s April 24th issue. I had toyed with this idea years ago (the year 2007 seeps into my mind), and went so far as to contact several magazines with the idea; I received just two responses (Harper’s and The Atlantic) who disagreed with my assessment, and prediction.

However, I agree with Ms Kelly: reading must become more accessible to readers, who, often enough, find themselves too busy to sit down with a long book (i.e., THE NOVEL). What’s more, there is a certain intimidation, these days, that novels put upon readers whose time is otherwise separated between family, friends, work, travel, and entertainment itself.

Bearing this in mind, I believe today’s readers and the market have opened a ripe opportunity to bring back story serialization. Dickens proved its viability from the 1840s, and thereafter Thackery, Wilkie Collins, even Conan Doyle, serialized their works, which we still read today. Magazines thrived with serialization; people had the chance to read extended stories (with many characters) in short installments. They came to anticipate the next “chapter.” The business & pleasure of offering stories to the wider public enjoyed a wonderful relationship!

Does this sound familiar? Of course! On television today, we watch “the long form” with such delight as is found in “House of Cards” and “Better Call Saul” and “Bates Motel” to name a few. And this is where novel serialization can step in, for the readers and the TV viewers. The printed word is yet strong, and short(er) chapters that pull you in and keep you “tuned” to the story is all that we ask for in our entertainment.

On June 12, 2015, the first installment of “Max, the blind guy” is going to be available for the Kindle, Kobe, and other formats. Twelve monthly installments, at a cost not to exceed the price of the full print edition (on sale June 5th).

“Stay tuned” for more news. Oh, for that original WashPost OpEd, read it here.

###

My newest novel is “Max, the blind guy” — the story of Max and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan. This new novel will be published on June 5, 2015 from Siren & Muse Publishing.

What Beauty was published in 2012. It’s a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.