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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Adrian McKinty on Why You Should Read Widely and Freely

Check out Irish author Adrian McKinty's lively and interesting essay, "Class, Race and the Case for Genre Fiction in the Canon." McKinty addresses the topic of books that people are supposed to read, such as winners of the Booker Prize, as opposed to "books that people actually want to read" such as genre fiction - science fiction, romance, and so on. McKinty also offers an explanation as to why "high falutin' American literary fiction" is often dull, reminds us of the joy in reading books we connect with, and emphasizes why we must read widely. It's a very good piece, which is no surprise as McKinty is an exciting author.

In fact, if you enjoy good writing and good fiction, try McKinty's series featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy, which is set in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s. It's a terrific series.

The first book in the DI Sean Duffy series.

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