This is an odd combination for a blog, but I have something else planned for Sunday, so this won't go under Sunday Tidbits. But, I did want to acknowledge some memorials in honor of Jim, and also some awards I received. Since Jim would be equally pleased with both, I'm combining them in this blog.
You don't know how humbled I've been by the number of comments, notes and memorials, from around the world in honor of Jim. There are books being given to libraries from Anchorage, Alaska to Great Britain, and, possibly, Ireland. One of his online friends, who I didn't know, ran an eBay auction to raise money for the Library for the Blind in the U.K. Libraries in a number of small towns in Ohio have received donations, money for books, or books on the U.S. Presidency. One friend in Lee County gave in his memory to the Reading Festival. One of my friends gave to the Velma Teague Library, where I work, and to the library where she lives as well. Thank you to all of my friends in the Glendale Library System, and the Lee County Library System in Florida. And, I've read beautiful comments from Jim's friends on RootZoo and FanIQ, as well as his friends from Ohio, Florida and Arizona. Thank you to every one of you for your kindness.
Since a number of donations were given to the Velma Teague Library, I wanted to mention some of the books I'm purchasing, keeping Jim's interests in mind. A friend gave The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. One friend gave money specifically for thrillers and mysteries. I hope she'll be pleased to know I've ordered books by some of Jim's favorite authors, such as Lee Child, John Grisham, and Erica Spindler, among others. It was a pleasure to order Lee Child's 61 Hours and Cornelia Read's Invisible Boy, since we were at the Poisoned Pen when Lee introduced a new author, Cornelia.
I've ordered books on the Kennedys, one of Jim's passions. And, of course, I ordered a number of baseball books. He loved baseball history, the Tigers, the Dodgers, and I'm getting books on all of those subjects. But, I can't wait to read the book that seems the most appropriate, The Baseball Fan's Bucket List by Robert Santelli. Jim would like that one, particularly since we started our married life by honeymooning in Cooperstown and visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame. Do you think a honeymoon in Cooperstown is on that bucket list?
I still have a number of books to order, but I have to share one more title with you. If you knew Jim well, you know he thought he was the original hippie. So, I'm getting an appropriate book, Orange Sunshine by Nicholas Schour. Jim, who referred
to himself as Hippie Dippie Jim when he dressed the part, would appreciate the book. Probably his biggest regret was that he missed Woodstock, but he never missed a chance to watch or read about it.
I spent the afternoon working on a book list. It gave me a chance to remember Jim, and his interests, with pleasure. Thank you to everyone who has shared his life, his memories, and his passions.
I was off-track for most of February, so I haven't had a chance to acknowledge some honors and awards. I was so pleased to receive a notification from Judy Starbuck from the Desert Sleuths, the Arizona Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Judy said, "The Desert Sleuths chapter has selected you to be our very first Guest of Honor for Write Now V! The conference...will be held on August 14 at the Stonecreek Country Club. We have a fabulous group of speakers and each year the conference seems to get bigger and more exciting. We would like to acknowledge your contributions to the book community, both local and national. Your website allow us to attend author talks through your thorough descriptions on Lesa's Book Critiques. You also introduce new books and authors on DorothyL and support the community with signings at Velma Teague." I'm looking forward to the conference. Thank you to all of those wonderful members of Desert Sleuths!
Just a couple days ago, Lesa's Book Critiques was named by the Court Reporter blog as one of the 50 Best Blogs for Crime & Mystery Book Lovers. Thank you!
And, a final honor. Love this one! GalleyCat Reviews named me one of the Best Book Reviewers on Twitter! They said, "Twitter has become a new home for book reviewers, as they share recommendations, spread links, and review books in 140-character bursts. To celebrate this new kind of criticism, GalleyCat Reviews is building a directory of the best book review content on Twitter.
We've collected these writers in a handy Twitter list, but after the jump, you can explore our growing collection of reviewers--they are listed alphabetically with links to each feed."
Jim and I shared a passion for books and authors. He pushed me to continue to do better with my blog, and with Twitter. Thank you to everyone who has acknowledged that shared love of books, with your gifts, your awards, and your honors. I'm very grateful.