Sunday, June 29, 2008

LIVE authors at ALA

The LIVE Reading Stage is a highlight of the ALA Conference each year. This year, I am pleased to find John Clinch, just named recipient of the Notable Book Award.

Like many young readers of Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Clinch was found it a "surreal" and gripping story. His first novel, Finn, takes clues from Twain's texts to spin an equally gripping, but bleaker story of Huck's father, Pap Finn--notably the discovery of a naked, dead man in a floating house--discovered and explored by Huck and Tom.

Finn begins with the discovery of another dead body floating along the Mississippi River. Read Finn and give us your opinion. How well has Clinch, a native of upstate New York, captured the feel of life on the Mississippi?

Find Finn in the CLC Library Catalog.

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