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Farewell 2011

As the annual proliferation of best-of  lists and year-in-review stories would indicate, it’s impossible to resist the desire to cast back over the past year. And by any reckoning, 2011 has been a momentous one. From the revolutions in the Arab world in January to the withdrawal of the final American troops from Iraq just weeks ago, from the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant to the near collapse of the Euro, the world stage has been crowded with dramatic events, both awe-inspiring and harrowing.  Perhaps 2012 will bring the books that can help sort them out, provide us with the stories both real and imagined that transform distant and massive happenings into material more immediate and emotionally comprehensible. Indeed, one very selfish wish for the new year is that a few such projects will land in my inbox. So keep the submissions coming. I’m actively looking for both novels and nonfiction, books that explain and interpret the business of being human. Many thanks to all of you who query me and share your materials.  I know yours is a tough path, and I–and all my colleagues here at DGLM–respect the often superhuman degree of effort, persistence, and emotional investment inherent in writing.   May 2012 bring joy, peace and inspiration.

2 Responses to Farewell 2011

  1. James Aach says:

    Here’s hoping your wish for more enlightening books comes true.

    Fyi– Fukushima Fun: There is a book out there that provides an inside description of the people, politics and techology of nuclear power in the US, and features a plant very much like Fukushima, experiencing a similar event. It certainly fits the idea of transforming distant and massive happenings into material more immediate and emotionally comprehensible. The author (me) has worked in the atomic industry over two decades. This thriller novel, “Rad Decision,” has been made available free online (just Google the title) and many readers have found it enlightening. Reviews are at the website (or Amazon). Unfortunately, my media presence consists of this little-known book and website, so I’m not an acknowledged “expert”. I just do the nuclear stuff for a living. My search for a literary agent lead only to a large pile of form letters, so I went online. A book can’t make things more comprehensible if no one has access to it.

    Best wishes for the New Year. It is nice of you to have a blog.

  2. is_the_third_time_a_charm says:

    Happy Holidays Jessica – I have enjoyed reading your posts this year.

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