Not only does everyone here at FRED love to read, but we also love to hear works read by their authors.
Periodically, FRED will be inviting an author in to The Reading Room to share their work via a live online reading, immediately followed by a discussion and Q&A during which questions will be taken from the audience. Think of it as a virtual in-store appearance, without all of the worry about whether or not the author is coming to a town near you.
Be sure to bookmark asitecalledfred.com/readingroom to access the events.
Podcasts from these live events will be made available for download a week later.
We hope you’ll support the authors by following the links provided to pick your very own copy of their work.
KEN PLUME - “There He Went”
6/23: JUSTIN POLLARD
Justin Pollard read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. He is a historical writer/consultant in film and TV. His credits include Elizabeth and its sequel, The Golden Age, as well as over twenty-five documentary series such as Time Team for Channel Four. He is a researcher for QI and the author of the Seven Ages of Britain, The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, Alfred the Great, The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed, Charge: The Interesting Bits Of Military History, and Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits Of Our History.
BUY THE BOOK: “Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits Of Our History“
PODCAST DOWNLOAD “The Reading Room: Justin Pollard - SECRET BRITAIN“:
6/16: JOHN ROBINSON
John A. Robinson is the author of one novel, Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and one collection of short stories, Magnificent Desolation. He is co-author with Ken Plume of There’s a Zombie in My Treehouse!, a children’s book with art by Len Peralta. When he’s not writing as himself, he writes and serves as director of Needcoffee.com under the guise of Widgett Walls. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.
BUY THE BOOK: “Magnificent Desolation“
PODCAST DOWNLOAD “The Reading Room: John Robinson - MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION“:
6/9: PHIL PLAIT
Philip Plait, PhD., is a renowned astronomer with more than two decades of professional research and education experience. He has written articles for such magazines as Astronomy and Sky & Telescope, as well as national and international newspapers. He has appeared on national television news and in documentaries many times, including the Sci-Fi Channel’s Countdown to Doomsday and National Geographic’s Is It Real? His website, Bad Astronomy, has won numerous awards, such as Best Science Blog of 2007, and is read by millions of people every year. His blog can also be found on the Discovery Magazine website at DiscoverMagazine.com.
His first book, Bad Astronomy, sought to set straight misconceptions and misuses of astronomy, from astrology to the moon landing “hoax”. In his latest book, Death From The Skies, he presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining-a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.
BUY THE BOOK: “Death From The Skies“
PODCAST DOWNLOAD “The Reading Room: Phil Plait - DEATH FROM THE SKIES!“:
6/2: MATT DEBENHAM
Matt Debenham’s stories are for people who think they don’t like short stories. These stories don’t leave off in mid-breath; instead, they feature characters who seem to live on even after their closing pages. The humor in The Book of Right and Wrong makes the jarring moments that much more jarring, and the tender moments that much more tender.
At once heartbreaking and hilarious, the eleven stories in The Book of Right and Wrong capture their characters at the defining moments of their lives. A mother finds herself defending her son’s biggest bully from a tormentor of his own; a young man watches as his cape-wearing former high-school classmate proves himself more adept at making friends; a social worker gambles everything on expediting an adoption - and causes unforeseen consequences for every person in her life; a boy standing in for Jimmy Carter in his elementary school’s mock-election inadvertently starts a bloody playground war; an ex-con single father finds himself on the inside of his town’s social circle, with no clue as to how the game is played.
With lively storytelling and empathy to spare, The Book of Right and Wrong defies the notion that full, memorable characters live only in novels.
BUY THE BOOK: “The Book of Right and Wrong“
PODCAST DOWNLOAD “The Reading Room: Matt Debenham - THE BOOK OF RIGHT AND WRONG“: