Best Read in 2014: A Top 20 Year-End List


As we round the corner of Typographical Era’s second anniversary, we’ve decided to continue our Best Read in the year tradition, and what a year it has been!  Between translations, short stories, novels, memoirs, and essays, readers of all genres will surely find Typographical Era’s Best Read in 2014 list to be a perfect place to start for reading endeavors in 2015.  At least we hope so.  Here’s to a great year in reading and to another great year for Typographical Era.  Cheers!

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Beyond the Pale Motel by Francesca Lia Block


There is a skeleton of pain beneath your flesh and I can see it.

Francesca Lia Block has been a sensation in the YA scene for over 15 years.  Since her 1989 debut of Weetzie Bat, Block has been casting spells over readers with tales of magical realism in the glittering world of Los Angeles.  With a fearless exploration of love, sex, abuse, heartbreak, and redemption, her novels are powerful yet whimsical portrayals of growth, discovery, and perseverance.

With this novel, Block steps out of her YA comfort zone and into the Adult Mystery genre with a tale of lust, deceit, addiction, and murder in L.A.  Beyond the Pale Motel introduces readers to Catt, a fierce yet deeply heartbroken and damaged woman.  After more than ten years of sobriety, Catt and her best friend Bree are finally settling into positive routines, happiness, and health.

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2013 Decatur Book Festival Report

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  The Decatur Book Festival is an amazing literary event, and if you’ve never been, I can promise that it’s definitely worth the trip to Atlanta.  The authors/events lineup has something for everyone.  Whether you like children’s bookzilla-headerliterature, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or independent authors, the DBF is the largest and most versatile independent book festival in the United States.

But the DBF is not just about books and authors.  The festival also features dance and theatre performances, art showings, discussion panels, and networking opportunities for both local and international businesses.  Oh and did I mention the food yet?  We all know that southern cuisine is superior to any other type of nourishment, and Atlanta is the place to be if you want a belly full of yum.  From street vendors to fine dining, the DBF also attracts foodies of all kinds.  But back to the books…

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The 2013 Decatur Book Festival

bookzilla-headerI know everyone is gearing up for the upcoming Labor Day holiday.  For some people, it signifies the first days of fall, for others, it’s just a break from work or school, but for southern book lovers, it means it’s time for another round of the Decatur Book Festival.

Held in Decatur, GA (a suburb right outside of Atlanta), the DBF brings an incredibly diverse range of authors every single year for readings, signings, Q&A sessions, book launches, and more.  In the past we’ve seen the likes of Clyde Edgerton, Sheila Turnage, Karen Russell, Julie Otsuka, Colin Meloy, Dav Pilkey, Tom Perrotta, Meg Cabot, Lauren Groff, and so many more.  I really didn’t even scratch the surface with that list.  The festival usually brings several hundred authors every year ranging from New York Times bestselling authors to Indie writers and illustrators.  You never know what you’re going to get at the DBF…

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