This week Book Drum reaches an important milestone on the road to becoming a fully interactive community.
Love your work...
You can now quickly and directly tell published Contributors what you think of their profiles. On the Profile Index page, click "Add a Comment" in the bottom right corner of the screen. If you particularly admire a profile, or you love the book but don't feel they've done it justice, let them know! You can add comments to your own profiles as well – tell us what it was like to create, or respond to comments by others.
If you've previously posted a comment on Facebook, please consider copying that comment across to the profile itself. For one thing the Contributor may not have seen the Facebook wall, and for another our group comments will soon be lost (see below).
For the moment, while we test the system, we're limiting the comment facility to published Contributors, but we will soon open it up to all registered Users.
Our Facebook group now exceeds 500 members, so it's time to move to a more grown-up forum. We've created a new Facebook Page, and we hope you'll join (or "like" the Page, as Facebook would have it). You'll find it here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Book-Drum/114216958622964
You can post comments and responses the same as before, and start discussion topics. New postings will now appear automatically in your newsfeed and on Twitter.
As we make this move, please encourage your Facebook friends to come with you.
What the authors think
Many congratulations to Tara O'Sullivan, who created the profile of Interview with the Vampire. Author Anne Rice wrote to tell us that she was honoured by the treatment, and on her Facebook page she said, "Here's an innovative "review" of Interview with the Vampire on Book Drum. I admire the site for combining elements in their review, and making it appealing to an internet audience. And so the internet continues to change the world, and books continue to survive the changes."
Congratulations also to Susan de Villiers, who impressed Khaled Hosseini so much with her profile of The Kite Runner that he sent her an inscribed book. A very kind and much appreciated gesture!
Kind words too from Anna Funder (Stasiland) and Salley Vickers (Miss Garnet's Angel) for Susannah Worth and Christine Cox respectively.
Latest Profiles Published
If you particularly like one of these profiles, please give the Contributor a cheer by adding a comment to the Profile Index page, or posting it on our Facebook wall. You can let friends know about new profiles by forwarding this email or encouraging them to register at www.bookdrum.com
Profile #61: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Profile by Tara O'Sullivan.
The story of one man's journey from rich plantation owner to immortal, supernatural being: a vampire struggling to understand his condition and relieve his stricken conscience falls in love with a cold killer trapped in the body of a five-year-old girl.
Profile #62: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Profile by Jackie Bailey.
Four people from very different backgrounds are brought together during the Emergency of 1970s India. The widow, the student and the two tailors face loss, cruelty and unimaginable tragedy as they come slowly to understand and care for each other.
Profile #63: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Profile by Mary Lee Costa.
One of the most enduring classics of English literature, David Copperfield traces the journey of a boy from a wretched childhood at the hands of his brutal stepfather through to a successful adulthood as a famous author.
Profile #64: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. Profile by David Loftus.
Ostensibly a love story about a philandering physician and his simple, faithful country wife, Kundera’s classic is also a historical account of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and a philosophical meditation on art, life, love, freedom, fate and free will.
Profile #65: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Profile by Alan Ashton Smith.
In their protected English boarding school, Kathy, Ruth and Tommy seem to enjoy privileged and happy childhoods. But none of the students have families, and their education and care feature disturbing anomalies. It isn't long before they must confront – and dutifully accept – the horrible truth of their existence and the fate that has been preordained for every one of them.
Profile #66: The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys. Profile by Christie McDonald.
Gwen Davis is more comfortable seeking a cure for parsnip canker than dealing with people. In 1941 she swaps Blitz-ravaged London for the Devon countryside, to help restore an estate garden and so contribute to the war effort.