The Rainbow Book Fair in New York this past Saturday (March 26) was a great experience for me. I had the opportunity to be part of a lively panel of novelists and historians, and to talk to several fair-goers who stopped by my exhibitor’s table to check out Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For. I hope new readers will feel welcome to drop a line to share their thoughts.
Archive for March, 2011
I was back in Nashville this past week for a reading from Dakota at Vanderbilt University (and more importantly, to catch up with some of my old Tennessee buddies). It was terrific to hang out with these friends and to enjoy some warm spring days surrounded by magnolias and cherry trees and pear trees and so much more in blossom. One afternoon I took my tourist self downtown and was treated to a personal concert at the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center by jazz guitar great Al Di Meola. (Okay, he didn’t know I was there, but the door was open and he was rehearsing for a concert that evening, and I did have the best seat in the house.)
It can be a little worrisome when a review begins with a sentence about what your novel is not, but when the review goes on to say that the novel is a “worthy supplement” to a classic, in this case to O. E. Rolvaag’s Giants in the Earth, “that greatest of immigrants-on-the-prairie stories,” well, then the author breathes a sigh of relief. That relief turns to pure pleasure with the final line of the review of Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For: “Marshall writes…with grace and sensitivity.” Here’s the whole review: Star Tribune review