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– Post by Megan Shaffer
The Everyone’s Reading program is well under way for Metro Detroit public libraries. In case you missed NLR’s post the first time around, The Lincoln Lawyer by best-selling author Michael Connelly is the title for this year’s selection. Whether you’ve already burned through the book or not, grab a big bucket of popcorn because The Lincoln Lawyer is about to hit the big screen.
The Everyone’s Reading Reader’s Guide states that best-selling author Michael Connelly “has set the standard for writing well-paced, well plotted, and well-crafted crime fiction” and has published “an impressive 22 novels, multiple short stories, and one non-fiction collection of crime stories.” Adding to the excitement surrounding this year’s author is the fact that The Lincoln Lawyer will come to life in theaters this weekend.
In this live interview*, former journalist Michael Connelly says of his transition from covering crime to writing about it, “I had the opposite track. I wanted to write the novels first and then I thought, well, how do I get to the position where I know anything about this world?” After 15 years of covering the crime beat for both the Los Angeles Times and the Sun-Sentinel, Connelly was ready to write.
“I was always looking for things no one knew about,” says Connelly of his days covering the crime beat. One such unknown has become the premise for Connelly’s character Mickey Haller. Haller appears in Connelly’s 16th novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, and is loosely based on a true to life Los Angeles defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. The Lincoln Lawyer was released in 2005 and is Connelly’s first-ever legal thriller.
In the film adaption of The Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller will be played by none other than Matthew McConaughey. The fast-paced thriller will also include other well-known stars such as Ryan Phillippe and Marisa Tomei. Michael Connelly says that he is “comfortable with the changes” to his work in the film’s version, and that “they were able to capture the spirit of the book.”
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*all quotes in post taken from live interview with New Day
-Post by Megan Shaffer
Chances are, if you meet author Heather Sellers she won’t recognize you later – even five minutes later. This is not an act of snobbishness on behalf of the Hope College professor however, but rather the bizarre consequence of a disorder called “face blindness.”
Medically termed prosopagnosia, face blindness is a disorder that causes impairment in the recognition of faces. Prosopagnosia isn’t a vision problem, but one of memory that widely ranges in degree. Face blindness at its most severe can cause the lack of recognition of close friends, family, spouses or even one’s own children.
Until Sellers was in her 30’s, she had no idea what was wrong with her. While reading one day Sellers stumbled upon the term “face recognition.” The phrase immediately resonated with the author, and upon further research Sellers was finally able to tag a diagnosis to the blindness that had dogged her for so many years.
Sellers book, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face-Blindness, and Forgiveness, is a memoir of her experience with face blindness. While so many years of frustration might lead one to bitterness and anger, Sellers has found a certain peace and claims the disorder “has renewed my faith in humankind on a daily basis”.
If you live in or around Birmingham, Michigan, you’ll have a chance to hear Heather Sellers tell her story in person. The author and Hope College professor will be appearing at the Baldwin Public Library as part of their Writers Live! program.
According to the program site, Sellers will read excerpts from “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know” and “talk about the process of writing a memoir and how telling our own story can help us to see others more clearly.” The Writers Live! appearance will take place at the BPL on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm. As always, please call first to confirm date and time.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer