Saturday, January 3, 2015

December Author in the Spotlight Wrap-Up + Giveaway

December Author in the Spotlight Wrap-Up + Giveaway

December is over and the New Year has arrived and it's my last two days of winter break.  I'm starting to experience teacher stress at the thought of going back to work.  My son is at Robotics and I'm sitting at Caribou coffee making goals for the New Year and working on my writing.  

It is time to say goodbye to Heather Slomski and her beautiful book of short stories, The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons.  I met Heather Slomski when I went to a reading to hear Emily St. John Mandel read from her book, Station Eleven, at the Magers and Quinn bookstore in Minneapolis. Heather was there to do a reading from her short story collection and to my surprise, I learned she was from Minnesota.  After she read her story, I knew I wanted to feature her and her new book on BookSnob.

Today is the last day to enter to win a copy of The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons.

Enter here:  The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons Giveaway

Please check out my book review of The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons.  Heather is a wonderful writer and she mesmerizes the reader with her beautiful imagery and prose.  Each story is unique and unpredictable and they leave the reader hungry for life and love and for more stories.  Many of the stories are grounded in reality and characters must face loss, grief or regret but some of the stories take you into a sphere you may not recognize, hidden somewhere in a different mental state or space where heartbreak lives.  Each story is addictive like food and wine.

Next, check out the Author Interview with Heather Slomski. I asked her some important questions about her book, the Iowa short fiction prize, her favorite short story and a book she thinks everyone should read.  

Please read Heather's Guest Post on Weather.  In Minnesota, weather plays an important part of our everyday lives.  Heather has written a guest post on how the weather influences her writing and is portrayed in her stories.  As I look out the window,  it is cold and getting colder. Next week we will have below zero temps for the high.  Weather definitely affects my mood and influences authors and stories. 

Do you read short stories?  I love short stories and try to read one short story every Saturday.   

I've really enjoyed working with Heather this month and look forward to reading her future writing. Please check out her book The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons and read more short stories this year.  You can visit Heather at her website:

Happy Reading Everyone!