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On The Books: Melissa Etheridge surprises fan at an indie bookstore

Melissa Etheridge was in Harrisburg, PA for a concert last night and popped into the local indie bookstore, the Midtown Scholar. She and her partner Linda Wallem “sipped tea and browsed the book selection,” while one of the employees watched completely starstruck. “I looked at her, and it looked like her and I was like ‘It can’t be her.’ I was like shocked,” said David Kern, the bookstore’s events coordinator. Etheridge asked if he and his husband were going to the show, but he told her they couldn’t afford to buy tickets after their wedding last month. So Etheridge surprised him with a pair of tickets as a wedding gift! “She was just so amazingly sweet,” said Kern. Good things happen in indie bookstores!! [PennLive]

The author and journalist Elena Poniatowska is this year’s winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish language. Poniatowska has written more than three dozen books, including “La Noche de Tlatelolco,” a groundbreaking oral history of the 1968 army massacre of student protesters in Mexico City. Apparently she told El Pais that Diego Rivera used to call her the “little Polish girl who asks too many questions.” [Los Angeles Times]

Is it O.K. to mine real relationships for literary material? That’s the question that the New York Times asked two writers in their Book Ends forum this week and what great question it is! It can be a difficult call to make, how much is too much when it comes to writing about your family, friends and lovers. What do you guys think? [New York Times]

Kevin Clouther breaks down a sentence from Denis Johnson’s short story collection Jesus’ Son, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1992. Clouther really dives deep into the grammatical and vocabulary choices that Johnson made, unpacking this superficially unexciting line to reveal the crux of the whole story. Johnson’s newest novel, The Laughing Monsters, comes out in November 2014. [Tin House]

And if you read nothing else today, read the recipe for Tartine’s rustic country bread. San Francisco’s Tartine is the Mecca of bakeries. New York’s cronut craze is laughable when you think about the flaky, buttery, salty, sweet deliciousness of a croissant from Tartine. Their new cookbook shares all their secrets, but this NYT article will give you the key to one of their bestsellers, the rustic country loaf. Mmm delectable. [New York Times]

 

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