I’ve been told by every writing instructor that I’ve taken class from that if I want to write I need to read. It’s a good thing that I like to read – started reading when I was young. I’m in good company,  “Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” William Faulkner

If you would like to get a jump start on what to read come to Changing Hands Bookstore tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm.  Dr. Pamela Goodfellow will be presenting the second part of her lecture: “American Best Sellers – 1600’s – Present Day.” In the first portion on March 16th, Pamela covered up until the beginning of the 20th Century. It was very interesting to realize the influence this historical literature had on today’s society.  I am excited for tomorrow evening’s conclusion on March 30th. For those who have missed one or the other of the nights there will be a video recording to help fill in the gaps.

Dr. Goodfellow says: ” In order to be successful in publishing, a writer must understand how books have shaped, changed and fit into our society. With all the changes happening in the current publishing environment, it is important to understand what part each writer needs to play in order to succeed both financially and emotionally.”

The books that will be covered in this part of the presentation include: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Grapes of Wrath by Joh Steinbeck, Native Son by Richard Wright, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, Catcher in the Rye, by Jerome D.Salinger, To Kill A mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, John Adams by David McCullough, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult, and The Appeal, by John Grisham.

Come listen to an expert and find out why she picked these from the thousands of “best sellers” on the market.  See you there.

You may call Changing Hands Bookstore at 480-730-0205 to pre-register for the “American Best Sellers – 1600’s to Present Day” Workshop by Dr. Pamela R. Goodfellow – or pay at the door. The Fee is $50.00 and covers both nights.  Changing Hands is located on the South West Corner of McClintock & Guadelupe at 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe, Arizona. The staff at Changing Hands are very helpful and friendly and have the books on the list readily available for purchase if you choose to buy them.