Sometimes books are in the blood. The influence of books upon a family reveals itself in different ways. In the case of William Conescu, it manifests itself as writing. In the case of his mother, Lisa, it presents as an intense interest in books, libraries, and attendance at last year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, where we met.
Lisa and I have maintained a correspondence since we were at the Colorado Seminar together in August 2007, and today I received a pleasant surprise in the mail from her — an inscribed copy of her son William’s first novel, Being Written. Thank you, Lisa! And for those of us readers who love books about books, it’s got an innovative literary twist. From the back cover:
Daniel Fisher has a secret. He knows he’s a character in a book that’s being written. He’s the only one who knows, the only one who’s aware of the author’s presence — but what good does it do Daniel? He’s just a minor character. The author seems much more interested in other people’s lives. Now Daniel is determined to win a bigger part, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the author’s attention and make this story his own.
William Conescu was born in New York and raised in New Orleans. He now resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, and other publications.
With its literary (and innovative) theme, I am so looking forward to reading this one. From one mother to another — Lisa, you must be very proud of your son. Good luck, William, and thanks for writing a book about writing a book from a character’s perspective. As a book-obsessed reader, it sounds like the perfect subject for me.
Click here to get your own copy. (Yes, it is also available in a Kindle edition.)
See you in the stacks!