In early 2016 on wet January night, the Readers Unbound gang celebrated its third year anniversary with a potluck at Deb Miller’s house in Decatur. balloons

According to that source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, the appropriate gift for the third anniversary is leather. We substituted delicious food, wine, and conversation.

Present were Deb, Chris, Eve, Ann, Janet, Susan, and Crystal (who traveled all the way from Daniel Island, SC). MIA were locals Jes  and Brenda  (both out of town). Unfortunately, the blog’s private jet was unavailable to ferry the rest of its far-flung staff, our “outlanders”: Chrinda (at home in Dallas,  probably listening to a new CD by her son’s band),  Kate (possibly enjoying another victory by the NE Patriots), Stephanie (getting ready for Mardi Gras in NO), and Sue (whose hometown–Las Vegas–must be a constant source of fun).

Soon, I will be an outlander, too, when I leave Atlanta, where I have always lived, to move to Chattanooga. But, thanks to the wonders of the internet superhighway, we are all just a mouse click away.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about our identity. I didn’t exactly know who we were in 2012, when I first wrote the About page.  Here’s what I’ve discovered:

We’re the girls who sat on the front row of our high school English classes raising our hands and not worrying about letting the boys know we were smart. You might have found us in the library during lunch, noses in a 400 page book not assigned for a class. Some of us edited the school paper, while others were on the literary magazine or the yearbook. A few of us dreamed of writing the Great American Novel. Were we cheerleaders, majorettes, soccer players? Why not? Lovers of the written word are everywhere.

We realize we’re not your typical blog.  You probably shouldn’t read us during your lunch hour. Some of our articles run longer than a quick bite.  We don’t have a single “brand.” Just what our logo says, From and to people who love the written word. Each of us has her own style and interests, so from one week to the next, you can expect something new and different. Having that flexibility keeps us fresh and, I hope, keeps you coming back for more.

So…send us your comments. We love comments. Click the Follow box and receive your posts by email. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. If you have a blog and are looking for guest posts, we might be interested in writing them or in hosting something by you.

As we say here in the South, Y’all come back soon, you hear!


4 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m writing from New Vessel Press to let you know we have some great books that I hope you’ll write about.

    They include the wicked novel Cocaine newvesselpress.com/books/cocaine/ It’s about Paris high life in the 1920s and has been hailed by both Jay McInerney and Umberto Ecco. We also have a great lineup of titles for the fall:

    I Called Him Necktie newvesselpress.com/books/called-necktie/ has won praise from Ruth Ozeki and tells the story of a hikikomori – a shut-in who never leaves his room and has no human interaction – who begins to emerge from his parents’ home in Tokyo and befriends an unemployed salaryman in a park. “A spare, elegiac gem of a book,” is what Ozeki calls it.

    Who is Martha? newvesselpress.com/books/martha/ is a rollicking novel about a 96-year-old ornithologist who foregoes treatment for lung cancer and moves from Ukraine to Vienna to make a grand exit in a luxury suite at the Hotel Imperial. It’s surprisingly funny, with great historical depth. John Rockwell, former arts critic for the New York Times and founding director of the Lincoln Center, hails it as “a sweet, sad, sunny meditation on birds and music and the gentle approach of death.”

    Our books have won accolades in the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly, and merit attention on your blog.

    Please let me know if I can send you any advance copies.


    Michael Z. Wise
    New Vessel Press

    • Thank you, Michael. It certainly sounds as if you have a stellar line-up. I’ll pass along your note to the rest of the staff to see if anyone has a spot in her pile of books.

      Sincerely, Christina Kaylor

    • Hello, again, Michael.

      I’ve studied your catalog for the upcoming year and decided that I’d like to read Killing Auntie. I will only review it for Readers Unbound if I like it. (Not that I don’t believe in negative reviews, but I don’t want to take up my time to write them.)

      If Killing Auntie is available, you may send it to me at the following address:
      Christina Kaylor/ 209 Hale St. NE/ Atlanta, GA 30307

      Chris Kaylor

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