Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Some Shocking Information From Author Leighton Gage

Leighton was recently at our store to sign his first book Blood of the Wicked.
Here is a startling article from him:
"How many fiction titles did you go through last year? For most people reading a book a year seems to be too much:
• 80% of American families didn’t buy or read a single book last year. The remaining 20% are classified as “regular readers”.
• Of all readers, only a little more than half read fiction.So, if you haven’t already done so, give yourself a pat on the back. As a “regular reader of fiction”, you’re a member of an elite group that doesn’t exceed 10% of the U.S. population. And to be “a regular reader of fiction”, you only have to read a single book a year. It gets worse. If you’re reading a book a month, you’re reading at what one scholar called a “hugely disproportionate” level. Sounds like an exaggeration, doesn’t it? Statistically, though, he’s right..."

Wow, I guess I am a book geek, and have always been one, I'm glad to say. The fact that my children also read makes me even gladder still since it seems the general population has not discovered the power of fiction. I mean, who doesn't want to be that gardener who digs up the body or the cook who trips over the corpse? On Sunday the store was packed with sci-fi fans who came from all across the state to meet their hero, Jim Butcher. Sigh, it makes me sad to think the majority has not discovered the magic of fiction...

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