Who’s Reading What This Summer? Episode 5 — Nick DiChario

Episode 5 already? It seems like only yes­ter­day that it was episode 4. Two days ago, tops.

This episode’s star con­trib­u­tor: acclaimed sci­ence-fic­tion nov­el­ist Nick DiChario. Nick is the author of two of my favourite sci-fi nov­els — scratch that, two of my favourite nov­els, all gen­res — over the last few years, A Small and Remark­able Life and Val­ley of Day-Glo.

From Nick’s bio:

I began writ­ing when I was just a kid. I would write and draw my own com­ic books, make up all the char­ac­ters and sto­ries, sketch out the pan­els and col­or them with crayons. I always want­ed to be a writer.
When I grad­u­at­ed col­lege, I began sub­mit­ting sto­ries to sci­ence fic­tion mag­a­zines. One of my first short sto­ries, “The Win­ter­ber­ry,” was nom­i­nat­ed for a
Hugo Award and a World Fan­ta­sy Award. Since then, I’ve been pub­lished in sci­ence fic­tion, fan­ta­sy, mys­tery, and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions in the Unit­ed States and abroad, and I’ve been very for­tu­nate to see some of these sto­ries reprint­ed in The Year’s Best Sci­ence Fic­tion, The Year’s Best Fan­ta­sy and Hor­ror, and The Best Alter­nate His­to­ry Sto­ries of the 20th Cen­tu­ry, among oth­ers.
Since 1992 I’ve taught cre­ative writ­ing work­shops for peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds at Writ­ers & Books, one of the largest non-prof­it lit­er­ary cen­ters in the Unit­ed States. I have also been a writ­ing pro­fes­sor at St. John Fish­er Col­lege and the Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy (RIT), and I’ve appeared as a guest lec­tur­er, pan­elist, speak­er, and read­er at many schools, sem­i­nars, and con­ven­tions, includ­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lim­er­ick in Ire­land, and numer­ous World Sci­ence Fic­tion Con­ven­tions around the world.

And what does this tal­ent­ed writer have in store for him­self over the lazy hazy crazy days of sum­mer?

Iden­ti­ty Theft, by Robert J. Sawyer: A short sto­ry col­lec­tion from one of sci­ence fiction’s best authors. Sawyer has won the Hugo and Neb­u­la awards and sev­er­al Aurora’s, among many oth­er hon­ors. He says he’s not going to be writ­ing many more short sto­ries as he con­cen­trates on longer works. This is a hefty col­lec­tion of 17 very acces­si­ble sto­ries that is sure to delight, even if you are not a sci­ence fic­tion read­er.

The Sil­ver Swan, by Ben­jamin Black: If you’re a fan of noir, like me, with angst-rid­den pro­tag­o­nists and messy crimes, try Black. This is his sec­ond book in the series. You might also want to pick up the first, Chris­tine Falls. The writ­ing is a true plea­sure. (Black is the pen name of John Banville, Book­er Prize win­ner in 2005 for the high­ly-acclaimed nov­el The Sea.)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris: Humorist, satirist, all-around hys­ter­i­cal­ly fun­ny essay­ist — no one can bet­ter pick apart the human con­di­tion with such razor-sharp insight and make you laugh hard­er with black humor. This is a new col­lec­tion, but if you’ve nev­er had the plea­sure of read­ing Sedaris, pick up every­thing you can get your hands on!

Shelf Mon­key, by Corey Redekop: This is NOT shame­less pro­mo­tion! How can a book-lover resist a book about books? I had a chance to meet Corey at the Cana­di­an Book Expo in Toron­to ear­li­er this year, and I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing his award-win­ning nov­el (Gold Medal for Best Pop­u­lar Fic­tion Nov­el at the 2008 Inde­pen­dent Pub­lish­er Book Awards).

Thanks, Nick, and your cheque is in the mail!