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Literary agent Paula Munier mentions some favorite novels and other books...

READERSVOICE.COM: You do a lot of appearances at events like Thrillerfest in New York, fiction writing boot camps and the Writer’s Digest Retreat by the Sea at Scituate, MS. Is it fairly typical of agents to do all these sorts of events as well?

PAULA MUNIER: Not all, but certainly the newer agents who are looking to build their client list.
That said, I like teaching and talking to writers about storytelling. I also like writing about writing. Writers Digest Books is publishing my book on structure, Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene, which debuts in November 2014: http://www.amazon.com/Plot-Perfect-Build-Unforgettable-Stories/dp/1599638142/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407277626&sr=8-1&keywords=plot+perfect
I’m also in the process of writing another book on advanced fiction techniques now.

RV: What are any other novels that really struck you in other genres you’re interested in, like YA fiction or anything else?

PM: YA: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; the Katie Nash novels [e.g. Durable Goods] by Elizabeth Berg.

Nonfiction: Think like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Book Club Fiction: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon; Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

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