New Voices: A Series About First Time AuthorsBy Trillia Newbell | October 28th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
By Trillia Newbell
Books shape our understanding of the world around us. They influence our thinking, teach us new things, and challenge us where needed. Books are special. We know this because we remember the books that we read even as adolescents. They are memorable and they shape our lives.
My friend, Karen Swallow Prior, esteemed professor and writer, has experienced the effect of books in her own life and wrote about it. She has recently released her first book, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me. Booked is a memoir featuring the most memorable books that have shaped her life.
The book is described as humorous, thoughtful and straight-up and “pure pleasure for book-lovers, teachers, and anyone who has struggled to find a way to articulate the inexpressible through a love story.”
At the beginning of her book, Prior wastes no time to describe her books as her old friends:
“My fingers slid across smooth book spines, skimming the familiar titles lined up on the shelf, firmly and tightly, like little soldiers standing at attention. Soon I spotted the name of an old friend: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.” (p 1)
Books are like old friends and behind these books are authors. Authors like Prior who have cried, lost sleep, prayed, laughed and thought of us, their potential audience. Inspired by Prior’s work (which I will feature properly soon) I’d like to announce a new series.
Over the next few months I will feature new authors. These authors have never been published but are working on a manuscript or have titles coming out within the next few years. There will also be a few who have only published one book and therefore would still be considered new. You will get to know some of these authors before their books even go to print!
I hope you will join me as I learn about these new authors and what God has put on their hearts to pour out with their pens.
Until then, check out Booked to get a taste of how literature penetrates the soul.