An Open Letter to Masterpiece

Masterpiece-pbsDear Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer of Masterpiece:

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are the editorial staff at Bas Bleu—bookseller-by-post, the friendly neighborhood bookstore in your mailbox—who’ve made books our business for more than twenty years. We’re lucky enough to read for a living and to have the chance to share some of our favorite stories with our fellow readers. But if there’s one thing we bluestockings have in common besides our love of a good book, it’s our deep affection for Masterpiece. Continue reading

Author Q&A: Mary Miley

PHOTO CREDIT: Michaele White

Since we cracked the first chapter of Mary Miley’s debut novel, The Impersonator, we’ve been smitten with whip-smart vaudeville star Leah Randall. A pragmatic daredevil who doesn’t suffer fools easily, Leah’s crime-fighting adventures in 1920s America make for awfully fun reading. Recently, Bas Bleu chatted with novelist Mary Miley about her fascination with impersonators and mistaken identities, her research process, and the books that inspire her.  Continue reading

The Books That Shape Us: Nancy Drew

Secret of the Old ClockFrom time to time, Bas Bleu’s editors will share with you some of the books that have had a profound impact on our lives. They won’t necessarily be grand literary classics or hard-hitting political tomes. They will be books that have stayed with us over the years and shaped who we are. If you’d like to share a significant title from your own life, feel free to do so in the comments section below.

I don’t remember precisely who introduced me to Nancy Drew. Chances are good it was my grandmother Frances, if only because I remember her keeping copies of the original Nancy Drew hardcovers in the room my sister and I shared when we visited her, books she read aloud to me at bedtime. Gran was not an avid reader (unless you count the local newspaper), but she loved that I was. When her sister-in-law, my great-aunt, asked what books she should send me for Christmas, Gran told her, “Nancy Drew.” Continue reading

July 2015 Book a Month: Bobcat and Other Stories

BobcatAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Short-story collections offer a unique reading experience: short-form writings created to stand alone yet presented as a single cohesive work. This month’s Book a Month selection, Bobcat: And Other Stories, made a deep impression on our editors and readers around the country. In these seven stories, “fascinating intellectual men and women navigate the dazzlingly complicated muddle of life, finding both beauty and heartbreak.” This week, Bobcat author Rebecca Lee took time out of her busy writing and teaching schedule to chat with us about her work, her writing process, and the books that have influenced her. Continue reading