Friday, October 27, 2017

Two smart authors, one of them Sharp

Zoe Sharp and John Lawton in New
York. Photos by Peter Rozovsky
Bouchercon is a great opportunity to hang out with people who believe that a good piece of writing should be at least 141 characters long and that those characters should form an elegantly written whole that, nonetheless, deserves a second look before it leaves the writer's desk and goes public.

A week after returning from Bouchercon in Toronto, I visited the Mysterious Bookshop in New York to hear fellow attendees Zoe Sharp and John Lawton read from their new novels. (Sharp's is Fox Hunter. Lawton's is Friends and Traitors.)  Lawton said spies (if I remember correctly) are made in the nursery. The man talked Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and what made those celebrated British defectors what they were, and he never mentioned geopolitics.

John Lawton,
Bouchercon 2017,
Toronto
Sharp bemoaned the idea of the strong female character in crime fiction. A male character kicks ass, he’s just a character. A female character does the same, and she’s singled out. Worth thinking about, I’d say.
Zoe Sharp at Noir at the Bar, Bouchercon, Toronto
Alluding to recent news headlines, Sharp said she hopes the new word “Harveyed” enters the language, to which a woman in the audience replied “and leaves the workplace,” to nods of assent and quiet cheers.

Read Lawton, read Sharp, and go hear both authors if you can. They’re worth reading and also listening to.

© Peter Rozovsky 2017

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3 Comments:

Blogger Zoë Sharp said...

Honoured to be mentioned here, Peter, thank you so much. I should also explain that Lawton and I had a Speaker's Tie between us, that first he wore to talk and then passed on to me. And yes, by the looks of it, I've driven him to drink ...

October 27, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My pleasure. I was remiss in not mentioning the tie. As Jeeves told Bertie Wooster, there is no time when ties do not matter.

And I’ll tell anyone who reads this that you knot a far neater tie than John does.

October 28, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My headline to the contrary, then, though you and John spoke equally well and with equal insight and intelligence, you were smarter

October 28, 2017  

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