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My family usually gathers around the computer to discuss the news of the day or, when all this is too much, to share funny videos of dogs and cats.

But in recent months we have also been meeting on the laptop for another reason, Wordle.

Five green squares represent a correct answer in the Wordle game. (SCNG staff)

Don’t worry, I’m not going to proselytize, complain, or offer strategy advice; I just wanted to share something I learned while playing the word game, which was recently purchased by the New York Times.

Wordle, in many ways, is the right game for these pandemic times of separation. You can play alone, share your best scores on social media, and finish in minutes if you’re busy. It takes less time than a board game and also makes you feel smart for a few minutes.

So at the end of last year, I had just finished work and was going to take a little mental break to play. When one of my children asked what he was doing, I invited him to join. The next day he suggested we do it again and made a loop for his brother. Very soon, it became a familiar thing we do together. And I love it.

It’s not that each of us can’t do it on our own, but we find that we like to come together to do it. The game gives us all a moment to see each other and listen to each other and work together on a project with an incredibly low stakes. You discover fascinating things, like that one child knows more about medieval armor than you would ever imagine or that the other has a deliciously flourishing love for puns.

It’s a small thing, but a comfort, and today anything that provides joy and peace seems like something I want to share right now.

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In the world of books, we report the greatest prize for poets e the return of a beloved LitFestbut the news also revealed that 88-year-old Cormac McCarthy will publish two new books this fall“The Passenger” and “Stella Maris.”

This reminded me of reading McCarthy’s dystopian “The Road” in 2006 when it came out. I would let our son take a nap and sit by a window to read the post-apocalyptic tale of a father and son. However, every few distressing pages, I felt restless and needed to go see our child, who fortunately slept peacefully and was completely unaware of the terrifying events in the book.

I finally gave in and lay there on the floor next to his bed, nervous but unable to stop reading, while he was alert to any of McCarthy’s terrors that appeared in our neighborhood. (Spoiler alert: did not).

So … I guess I’m looking forward to new man books? Anyway, tell me what you are reading these days and we will be able to share your choices in the newsletter.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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“Secret Identity” is Alex Segura’s new detective novel set in the comic book world of the 1970’s. (Photo by Robert Kidd / Courtesy of Flatiron Books)

Alex Segura describes a novelist who had a “seismic influence” on his writing

Author Alex Segura has written comics and mysteries and brings all that experience together for his new novel, “Secret Identity,” which will be released on March 15th. If you haven’t already read his interview with Diya Chackoplease do so, and here’s some additional information about what you’re reading, its biggest influence, and more.

Q: What are you reading now?

I just finished Sara Gran’s “The Book of the Most Precious Substance,” a thriller that changes the genre of one of my favorite writers. Sara’s prose is fascinating and is a treasure. Everything she writes, I will read. He would also be negligent if he didn’t connect “Like a Sister” by Kellye Garrett, a stellar suspense novel. Kellye’s book is sharp, poignant, and full of twists.

Q: Can you remember a book you read and thought: Was that written just for me?

Michael Chabon’s early novels, “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” “The Wonder Children,” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” seemed created for me to consume, because they explored worlds that really interested me and were not. singular in the genus. “Kavalier and Clay,” in particular, was a seismic influence on my own work.

Q: Is there anyone who has an impact on your reading life: a teacher, a parent, a librarian, or someone else?

My high school yearbook teacher (Miami) (and now friend), Ángel Menéndez. He taught me that hard work and tenacity were the kind of skills that could help you no matter what. That even if you are not the most gifted or talented innate, you could be successful and be good at something. It was a first lesson that writing is both a craft and an art, and at best it is both.

-What do you find most appealing about a book: the plot, the language, the cover, a recommendation? Do you have any examples?

I worry about character. That’s where I started as a writer and that leads me to great fiction. I also think the best non-fiction / true triumph crime when it focuses on people: their quirks, their demons, their conflicts. If it’s just a short-lived argument about serving people, I lose interest.

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Authors scheduled to appear at LitFest Pasadena 2022 include Michael Connelly, Gregg Hurwitz, Naomi Hirahara, Maggie Rowe, Joe Ide, Antoine Wilson, Natashia Deon, and U.S. Representative Adam Schiff. The festival returns to face-to-face programming this year with panels and talks scheduled for April 30, May 4, May 7, May 11 and May 14 in Pasadena and Altadena. (Images provided by the publisher)

Litfest is coming

Learn about Pasadena LitFest, which will feature some big names for several days. READ MORE

Poet Divya Victor, on the left, is the recipient of the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Award, officials at Claremont Graduate University have announced. Poet Torrin A. Greathouse, right, receives the Kate Tufts Discovery Award 2022. (Photos courtesy of Claremont Graduate University)

The biggest poetry prize

Find out more about Claremont 2022 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Award winners. READ MORE

Poet and novelist Sarah Blake is the author of “Clean Air.” (Photo by Maximiliano Schell / Courtesy of Algonquin)

Road to Dystopia

Sarah Blake talks about wanting to bring joy even in a dark book about a serial killer. READ MORE

Lucy Foley’s “The Paris Apartment” is the best-selling fiction in independent bookstores in Southern California. (Courtesy of William Morrow)

Best sellers of the week

Bestsellers at your local independent bookstores. READ MORE

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Next in “Bookish”

Bookish’s next free event will be on March 18 at 5pm and will feature writers John Cho, Wajahat Ali and Kristina Wong.

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