…and like those heroes of a post-apocalyptic world, fighting for their lives in the face of an unstoppable viral horde bent on the destruction of humankind, only the bravest dared face the, let’s be honest here, overly chilly and damp weather and questionable road conditions to bear witness to the Thurber House Special Event with Justin Cronin. And special it was, for the author was insightful and funny, and the audience did murmur and titter, and freshly pressed paperbacks were purchased and signed, and Yelp! did provide cross-promotional synergy. And lo! they did behold…
-excerpt, An Overly Silly First Draft of This Blog
A Thurber House Special Event featuring Justin Cronin
This was a really cool event, and Cronin’s book, The Passage, is a really great example of how a great idea can come from anywhere, even, and perhaps especially, when you don’t expect it. After reading the audience a teaser chapter from the second part in his trilogy-to-be, Cronin told a couple stories about the making of the first book. It starts with his daughter basically telling him she is worried his previous novels may be boring. Upon asking her what she would have him write about she responded by telling him to write a book about a little girl who saves the world. For a while after that, the two of them made a game out of thinking up ideas for this story and it was only after a while of doing this that he realized there might be something worth publishing. An inauspicious start to be sure but Cronin really created a fully realized, well-planned, and epically scaled story from that simple start. The Passage is a genre book for sure, mixing elements of thrillers, horrors, dystopian stories, sci-fi, and so on, but it is also just a really well written story about people, and I highly recommend it.
This event also wrapped up the Winter/Spring season for Thurber House. Not to worry, though, the Literary Picnics start June 8! The Thurber Treat is up first, so all the writers out there need to check out the rules for the writing contest and enter their stories!