I like short story collections. It is a great way to be introduced to a number of authors all at once. Plus, no handshaking involved! You just have to turn a page. Two new collections that are great page-turners and are as unique as they powerful are Letter Q by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne and the collection edited by Jon Scieszka, Who Done It?
Moon and Lecesne collected over 60 author’s advice to their younger selves in Letter Q. Each letter gives his or her adolescent self the counsel they wish they had when they were coming of age. A time when it is difficult for anyone, but even more so for young men and women coming to terms with how “different” they think they are. Open and honest, each letter (written or illustrated) gives the reader (be they questioning their own sexuality or trying to understand friends or family dealing with the same situations) a look at people who have “gone before.” Written with humor, love and understanding this book is a refreshing look at the GLBT community. References in the back (and some even in the letters) are provided to help find more information.
A slightly less serious, but equally strong story is Who Done It? Eighty authors and illustrators give you their alibis to why they didn't kill the most despised editor, Herman Q. Mildew. The problem is that every single one of them has a reason to kill him! The familiar and new writers and artists create funny, punny and interesting reasons why they could not be the killer. You and the narrator must decide Who Done It? What makes this different from the other murder mystery novels? Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit 826nyc (a non-profit program to help kids to write). Information on this program is provided for the person who is curious who this organization is. For ages 13 up.
Both collections include authors that we might have already been introduced to, but for some this might be the first time you have had the pleasure of saying “Howdy” to. Either way, new or old friend, each is a great way to surround yourself with many fun companions. And the best part is you don’t have to go hunting to find them! Just go to the Northshire Bookstore and put a copy of these or other novels on the check-out counter and tell the staff member, “Ring me up, please! I have to get going and meet some friends!”