In other words...welcome.
Welcome to the Daily Reader!
This blog is the brainchild of Macmillan. When they reached out to me about serving as the Daily Reader’s lead blogger, the premise they suggested was simple and compelling: relating books to current events.
I have a soft spot in my heart for books. I love the written word in all forms, but there’s a particular commitment level that books represent; for every book, there’s an author who cared enough about a particular story to dedicate months, nay, years of her life to telling that story. I hope the Daily Reader will honor authors by helping more people discover their work, and that the site will honor readers, as well, by offering book recommendations connected to issues and stories of interest. We assume that if you’re reading this blog, you’re interested in the world around you, and we hope to help you explore that world more fully, through books.
The dedication (obsession?) of a book author reminds me in many ways of that of a documentary filmmaker — the one who spends a decade on a single project, fueled by an all-consuming passion for getting the story right. I’ve met a lot of filmmakers like this during my career in public media, and radio producers too. In the world of public media, storytelling is religion, and after 10+ years in the business (first as editorial director of PBS.org, and now as a freelance writer and consultant), I’m a true believer. I’m also a storyteller in my own right, as both a writer and performer.
Here’s what I’m not: an expert. Accordingly, I won’t be piloting this ship alone. The staff at Macmillan will help me flesh out story ideas and research books related to the topics of the day (we’ll feature books from a range of publishers, not just theirs). I’ll also be inviting guest bloggers and authors to contribute their picks. The more perspectives, the better.
I hope you’ll be part of the mix, too. Ostensibly, if you’re reading the Daily Reader, you’re someone with an interest and maybe even expert knowledge in books and news. We want to hear from you! I hope you’ll see this blog as a conversation, and share your favorite books, feedback, questions, musings… you name it.
Away we go!
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