Happy May Day!!
May is going to be awesome for the simple reason that I am traveling to Berlin in exactly 20 days. Checkpoint Charlie here I come. If you have any book suggestions let me know. I always like to read a book that takes place in the city or country I am visiting.
Also exciting this month is the Teen Lit conference on May 9th. I am presenting (wait, did you catch that, I AM PRESENTING) new teen titles that you don't want to miss. This year will be great with E. Lockhart, Gayle Forman, Matt De La Pena and Gene Luan Yang and many great Minnesota writers too.
Speaking of great Minnesota writers, do I have a great author in store for you. Benjamin Percy is the Minnesota Author in the Spotlight here on BookSnob for the month of May and I cannot wait to read his latest book, The Dead Lands. He has written several books, he teaches at Hamline University and is also a screenwriter. This is one busy author.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads of Benjamin Percy's last two books:
The Dead Lands
In Benjamin Percy's new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders.
Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon.
Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
Award -winning author Benjamin Percy presents an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West. They live among us.
They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.
This month you can expect a book review, an author interview, a giveaway and hopefully a guest post. You can find Benjamin Percy at his website: http://benjaminpercy.com/
I hope you have a fabulous month of May. Enjoy the sunshine and read lots of good books.