Who’s reading what this summer? Episode one — Andrew Pyper

I am please to announce the first in what I hope to be an ongo­ing series of blog entries regard­ing the 2008 sum­mer read­ing habits of authors, blog­gers, and crit­ics I have across on my trav­els. In oth­er words, I’m get­ting not much done on the writ­ing front, so this might make me feel like I’m get­ting some­thing done. I kid. I hope that the series will remind you (and myself) of some of the fan­tas­tic lit­er­a­ture that’s avail­able, as well as draw atten­tion to some works you might not have con­sid­ered before.
Our first par­tic­i­pant is the award-win­ning Cana­di­an author Andrew Pyper. Andrew is on the cusp of releas­ing his fourth nov­el The Killing Cir­cle, which I am cur­rent­ly read­ing and cur­rent­ly lov­ing. It is a fan­tas­tic thriller, and a bit­ing look at lit­er­ary types to boot. Don’t miss this one, I’m seri­ous.
From Andrew’s web­site:

Andrew Pyper was born in Strat­ford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture from McGill Uni­ver­si­ty in Mon­tre­al, as well as a law degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. Although called to the bar in 1996, he has nev­er prac­ticed.
His first nov­el,
Lost Girls, was a nation­al best­seller in Cana­da and a Globe and Mail Notable Book selec­tion in 1999 as well as a Notable Book selec­tion in the New York Times Book Review (2000) and the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard (2000). The nov­el won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Nov­el and is an Otto Pen­zler pick on Amazon.com. Andrew is attached as screen­writer for a fea­ture film adap­ta­tion of Lost Girls, work­ing with pro­duc­er Steven Hoban (Gin­ger Snaps, Oscar-win­ner Ryan, Splice).
Andrew’s sec­ond nov­el,
The Trade Mis­sion, was select­ed by The Toron­to Star as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year. His third nov­el, The Wild­fire Sea­son, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and has been pub­lished to acclaim in the U.K., Cana­da, U.S. and Hol­land. The Wild­fire Sea­son is cur­rent­ly in devel­op­ment for fea­ture film with L.A.-based pro­duc­er Chris Moore (Good Will Hunt­ing, Amer­i­can Pie).
He lives in Toron­to.

And here’s what Andrew has to say about his upcom­ing sum­mer choic­es:

Here’s what hav­ing a 21-month-old daugh­ter (and the short­ened hours that has come with her arrival) has done to my read­ing strate­gies: (almost) no more mag­a­zines (and def­i­nite­ly no tex­ty ones, ie. The New York­er, Harpers, etc.), an even greater lib­er­ty to quit books that don’t get off the ground in the first 50 to 100 pages, a new­found appre­ci­a­tion of mass mar­ket paper­backs (they can fit in the pock­ets of my shorts), a fiercer-then-ever aver­sion to the “duty read.” The result has been a more focused — but more plea­sur­able — read­ing life. We’re going away to a cab­in in Que­bec for a cou­ple weeks, and though our daugh­ter will be with us, I am hop­ing for stolen nap­ti­mes for books. The pile, at the moment, includes:

Thanks, Andrew! I’ve been mean­ing to pick up the Chabon, I think I’ll put that on my TBR Sum­mer list.