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Lori Rader-Day

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LORI RADER-DAY, author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, The Black Hour, and Little Pretty Things, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she is the co-chair of the mystery reader conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. Visit her at LoriRaderDay.com.

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I swear I forgot. It’s not like it’s not great news. I’m just too busy batting away Facebook notifications to remember to do my part in telling you that The Day I Died is a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original!


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This is the award that is given by Bouchercon, the world mystery conference, this year held in September in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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“Did he not know that there was a lower point, yet, when you had accepted your own fate but found yourself too weak to go through with it? The point at which you understood you had made not a single ripple in the pond, and neither would your loss.”
Lori Rader-Day, Little Pretty Things

“I was still thinking about what he’d said about belief. We are more than the magic we believe in. We are more. It had never occurred to me to be more. My life had been chiseled down to the smallest portion. My own doing. I had only ever made plans to be less, to be nothing more than alive.”
Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died

“I was afraid that I could have changed everything, and hadn’t. I was afraid that everything could yet change, or not, and I was the one who had to decide. I was afraid of choices I had let go, of decisions I might never make. I was afraid I had turned down every opportunity to be someone other than who I was now. I was afraid I would never get back to someplace real, someplace on the map that would feel like a place to start. I was afraid of the future. I didn’t think I’d ever thought about the future before, beyond fantasies. Fantasies didn’t require anything from me, but real life, the real future, did. I held the lifejackets against the slight swell of my belly. I had never had a future before.”
Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died

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BeckyTalbot Thanks! Not a textbook, just personal exploration. I LOVE Bird by Bird. Lamott is fantastic. What course are you teaching at RU??


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Lori Rader-Day Lori wrote: "IMO, the best instructional book on writing is John Dufresne's The Lie that Tells a Truth. The best inspirational one might be Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird. Looking for a textbook? I think I'll be u..."


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Lori Rader-Day IMO, the best instructional book on writing is John Dufresne's The Lie that Tells a Truth. The best inspirational one might be Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird. Looking for a textbook? I think I'll be using the Dufresne book for the class I'm teaching this fall. At RU!


BeckyTalbot What is the best book on fiction writing you have read?


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