Editor’s Picks — ‘The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official guide to Seasons Three & Four’ by Tara Bennett

At our staff meeting today, some of us were lamenting the fact that we don’t have time to curl up with a good book as much as we would like to — and after spending the day at a computer reading emails, writing and editing copy, sometimes we’d rather just give the peepers a rest or maybe zone out with a favorite show on television. Then I received a copy of The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official guide to Seasons Three & Four by Tara Bennett and decided to make some time.

As fans of the Starz television show can attest, the time between one season to the next can feel like forever. #Droughtlander, anyone? But Bennett’s new book will help viewers bridge that gap and provides some deeper insight into the making of this epic series.

This most recent The Making of Outlander: The Series takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of seasons three and four with a recap of each episode and interviews with the writers, directors, actors and other creatives in the production team (hair, make-up, costuming, lighting, locations etc.). Mixed in with the commentary are beautiful photos of scenes from the show as well as outtake photos with the actors. The book also spends time exploring each of the main characters with standalone chapters.

As an original fan of the books that inspired the television show (Arizona author Diana Gabaldon‘s  Outlander series), I’ve enjoyed watching characters that I’ve known longer than my children come to life on the screen (and — SPOILER ALERT — sometimes continue living well beyond their book life…looking at you Murtagh.)

The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official guide to Seasons Three & Four is an excellent companion to the show and a perfect way to pass the time waiting for season five, which premiers on Starz Feb. 16 and is based on the fifth book in Gabaldon’s Outlander series, The Fiery Cross. The book is available at local booksellers, including The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale and Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix and Tempe.

— Kathryn M. Miller, editor-in-chief, CITYSunTimes


Book Signing Event At Poisoned Pen

infarleighfield_bookcoverBestselling author Rhys Bowen will be at The Poisoned Pen Wednesday, March 1, for a book signing and Q&A to launch her new novel, In Farleigh Field (on-sale March 1; Lake Union Publishing).

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 novels and three award-winning historical mystery series. Her works have garnered multiple Agatha, Anthony, and MacAvity awards.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child raves that In Farleigh Field is “instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic and stylish,” while award-winning mystery writer Louise Penny says, “Rhys Bowen is one of the very best fiction writers of the day…This is magnificently written and a must-read.”

The Rhys Bowen book launch event with discussion, Q&A and signing will take place at 7pm at The Poisoned Pen, located at 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, #101, in Scottsdale.

Keep Your eReader And Your Local Bookstore

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By Melanie Tighe –

Sadly, another couple of bookstores closed in the Valley last month. When we opened Dog-Eared Pages in 2008, there were more than 55 bookstores in the Phoenix area. We’re down to about 16 now. You would think those of us left would be busy, but we’re not. Sales are down over last year according to every bookseller I know.

Readers love their eBooks, we get that, but we also know many of you love print books, too. You probably like having them on your shelves in your home, enjoy collecting them and giving them as gifts. If you’d like to have both real books and eBooks as options in five or 10 years from now, please think about where you buy your print books today.

If you’re buying them anyplace but a bookstore, you’re doing a disservice to yourself, your children and your community. Stop into your local bookstore, It’s worth the trip. I guarantee you’ll get better conversations than picking up that paperback at Walmart.

There are still a few great indie bookstores left in the Valley: The Poisoned Pen, The Book Vault, Changing Hands, Bookmans, Book Krazy, The BookTrader, The Book Gallery, Thrifty Joes, Chapter 2, and so far, we’re still here.

Melanie Tighe with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.)

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