I’d like to open this with a big Thank You, to you, our readers, for all your support and participation in the Book Salons. They are a reflection of our FDL community and activism.
This is your time to tell me about the Book Salons you liked, and didn’t like so much. What are your favorite books, subjects? How do you read them – hardback or eBook? What are your recommendations for the coming year?
Your participation is what make these salons so special – without your comments and questions, it would be just another question and answer session you could read anywhere. The salons at FDL ask the deep questions, not the safe “softball” questions, or sound bites. The authors and hosts have commented to me about how much they enjoy the discussions, even after a long book tour (and some interviewers that have not read the book). A two hour block of time devoted to a live discussion of a book/subject, in depth, is rare and you are the reason we can do this.
Looking back at the archive for the past year – we have had on whistleblowers, economists, environmentalists, and activists. Authors who wrote about society, LGBT issues, media, the FBI, military, diplomacy, media, marijuana, torture, Bradley Manning, campaigns, and a lot of subjects in between.
We had these Nobel & Pulitzer Prize Winners: Ellen E. Schultz (Pulitzer Prize, Loeb Award, Polk Award), Tim Weiner (Pulitzer Prize), Paul Krugman (Nobel Prize), Ted Rall (Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Steve Coll (Pulitzer Prize), Doug Saunders (National Newspaper Award, Canada’s Pulitzer Prize), Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize), Michael E. Mann (Nobel Peace Prize), David Cay Johnston (Pulitzer Prize, President of IRE), and Thomas E. Ricks (Pulitzer Prize) – and many, many other great authors and Award winners too.
You can stop by FDLBookSalon.com and look at the past salons to refresh your memory of what salons we have had.
I’d like to thank all the authors and hosts who have been here, too. Thank you for your books and for all the extra time and effort you put in to make the salons interesting and a must-read experience.
Also, a big thanks to the unseen team at FDL that make the salons happen, it would not happen without you. Thank You.
I look forward to your comments and recommendations. I receive a lot of books and recommendations from authors, and from authors who want to return to the Book Salon, from publicists with new books – but I’d like to know what you are looking for. And yes – that is a picture of my desk this week.