“Breathing, stopping, lingering on a certain phrase, giving a certain sentence enough breath. If you can do it properly the audience will listen to you. Read the work properly and introduce it properly, and I suppose the result of that is that someone might read your book.” Colm Toibin, as quoted in the New York Observer.

I came across two articles today that roundly criticised book readings– publicity events at bookstores, libraries…anywhere, really, in which authors read excerpts from their work to a rapt audience. Theoretically, this presses all the right buttons. People young and old enjoy being told a good story, and most readers I've met (myself included!) jump at the chance to meet an author they love in real life. So what's the problem? The problem, according to this article in the New York Observer and how to win a guy