“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” Annie Dillard
I am, indeed, the “publisher, poet, evangelist” as advertised on my business card. But I have been a professor too, and a restaurateur, a long-term care-giver, an arts administrator, (briefly) a professional singer, and more. I am also, and always will be, a road-tripper, a tree-hugger, a gardener, a table-setter, a wife, a mom and, for the last 6 years, a grandma.
But the most encompassing identity I have (and have always had) is my identity as a reader: whether I’m reading faces or gestures, situations or circumstances, poetry or essays, fiction or plays, children’s books or recipes—reading is one of the most me places I can possibly be.
So, it would be weird for me to include a blog on this website and fail to write about reading, about books. I cannot imagine being a good publisher or editor, much less a good writer, without also being an avid and regular reader. Yet people try to do it; I know they do. I can’t tell you how many budding (and not-so-budding) poets and writers, when asked what they read, are a little dumbstruck. And, sadly, their work usually shows it.
I hear reading books is on the upswing. I hope so. Now more than ever we need a literate, articulate, empathetic citizenry. So read on people, please! Read widely and often.
It’s a big part of the mission of Danielle Dufy Literary to support independent booksellers, so I hope you will buy your books and audio books from Independent Bookstores, their online stores, or from indiebound.org. We need thriving local economies to get us through these times. They can nurture us, sustain us and empower us while the larger world, with its principalities and powers, its calamities and climates, spins ever more out of control.
These are the first three books I’ve read in 2019. Each delightful and edifying in its own way.
In the next post, I’ll say a few words about each one (and issue a reading challenge for the year ahead). For now, I wish you the Happiest New Year ever, filled to overflowing with good reading!