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  • How and Where to Talk About Your Book!

    Where Writers Win
    Shari Stauch
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every day can present new opportunities to talk up your book! Thanks to WWW team member, media trainer Bren McClain for this post. Bren works with authors by preparing them for public speaking at conferences, book events, and media appearances, allowing each to prepare their perfect author message! With the advent of texting and Twitter and Facebook and blogging, guess what?  Each one of us is a reporter now. And publisher, too. So I have a question for you: Are you integrating your book message in each of these avenues? And how –and where– are you talking about your book, and yourself…
  • Sara Says...Check Out This Kindle Single

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    Sara Nelson
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Secrets of Carriage H by Andrew Rosenheim You know how, sometimes, when there’s a big public event – usually a disaster, but not always – say, an accident, some happening around a celebrity or maybe a royal wedding – you’re riveted to the news wherever you can find it? There’s something just irresistible about wanting to know the who, what, where and when that turns many of us into investigative reporters; perhaps it’s just curiosity. Maybe it’s more like schadenfreude, that  safe, smug I’m-thankful-it-wasn’t-me feeling that gets us through…
  • Macbeth, the Graphic Novel

    The Fine Books Blog
    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week marks 451 years since William Shakespeare's birth. While festivities in 2015 may not equal those of the Bard's quadricentennial, there's always a steady outpouring of fresh material offering the latest theories about the man, his life, and his work. And, since 2007, Shakespeare's words have been immortalized in comic book form. Macbeth was recently adapted into a graphic novel by acclaimed artist Gareth Hinds, whose previous works include adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and King Lear. In graphic-novel format, Macbeth is surprisingly easy to follow.
  • How Animals Think

    The Millions
    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Recommended reading: “Can Fiction Show Us How Animals Think?” Or is the realist novel the wrong form for exploring “the profoundly foreign interior lives of animals?”
  • I Feel Like NPR Doesn’t Like My New Radio Show Idea by Dan Kennedy

    McSweeney’s
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Hi, hi there. Little nervous. I love your offices here. Okay, so…It seems these days everyone has a podcast or public radio show. But nobody’s doing a public radio show where the host sits in chain restaurants in the middle of America, listening to Hall and Oates, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult, wondering what went wrong. Yet. Can you even point to one example; because I feel like you can’t look me in the eye and tell me you’ve already got a show with a middle-aged man listening to music in a steak house across the parking lot from an Old Navy asking strangers questions like “Can…
 
 
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  • How to Spot a Rights Grab

    Joel Friedlander
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Writers see the warnings all the time. Watch out for rights grabs, those contracts that transfer all rights to the writer’s work to some less-than-reputable publisher or self-publishing company. Without realizing it, the writer has given away the right to publish his or her book in print, ebook, audio, app, and all future formats, in all languages, worldwide, for the life of the copyright. Heartbreaking. Bloggers like Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware and Mick Rooney of The Independent Publishing Magazine are invaluable watchdogs, calling out these rights-grabbers. Sadly,…
  • The 3+ Hats Every Indie Author Must Wear

    Joel Friedlander
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Nina Amir “Writing is hard. Self-publishing is easy.” I hear these statements all the time, but I think someone—or many people—got these ideas backward. For writers, writing is easy. Self-publishing can be hard. You see, writers write. That’s what they do—or you do. Yes, sometimes you get stuck or don’t feel inspired or good enough to write, but, in general, you can write. Admit it. When it comes to self-publishing your book, though, that’s another story entirely. This task might make you anxious. You may worry that you just can’t do it. It may feel like too big a…
  • Book Design: Formatting Poetry Gets A Lot Easier

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    For the last two years, since the launch of BookDesignTemplates, we’ve been getting requests for specialty book templates. And I can see why. We originally launched with only 6 pre-designed book templates for Microsoft Word. They were best suited to novels, short fiction, literary essays, memoirs, and other texts with few formatting needs. Eventually our selection grew to include more complex templates for authors with nonfiction books, where the formatting needs can be much heavier. In nonfiction we commonly deal with formats like Levels of subheads Lists of various kinds…
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  • March 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Stephen Carpenter, Killer I love the main storyline of this book. Jack Rhodes is the author of a bestselling series of crime novels that focus on the murders of a mysterious serial killer. The killer has a gruesome M.O. that involves the beheading of his victims' corpses and the amputation of their hands. Jack's story starts when a corpse is found with eery similarities to the victim in his first book. It might have been a copycat killing if it weren't that the real-life murder pre-dated the book's publication. So, trouble ensues, and it's a good story. The real-life killer's story…
  • February 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant The stakes are unusually high in the latest Monk novel, because someone wants Captain Stottlemeyer dead. Monk and Natalie  have to figure out who's targeting him while dealing with a handful of distractions--a mysterious woman who hires Natalie for her divorce case, the hippie printers next door to their office, and an oafish new lieutenant who can't hold a candle to Amy Devlin, let alone Randy Disher. Eventually, inevitably, the case is solved, and you'll be surprised at the who and why behind the attempts on Stottlemeyer. The bigger news, though,…
  • January 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Lee Goldberg, My Gun Has Bullets This early book by Lee Goldberg has elements that will be familiar to his readers: television references that betray the author's love for the medium, and a certain light, readability to his prose. It's not as good as Goldberg's more recent stuff, however. The characters are cartoony (the guy with hair implants, for example), or some of them, the plot a bit too farfetched (the pair of stunt men), and the story sometimes veers into excessive detail when it comes to discussions of the television schedules of the various networks. The lead character was…
  • December 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie's book is the sort of thing you hear about all your life but never bother to pick up, because, I don't know, because it's just there. But I ran across it while hanging around Amazon the other day. It's got an enormous number of reviews (favorable reviews), so somebody's reading it, and looking at some of them my curiosity got the better of me. So what's the book like? Basically, Carnegie offers a lot of very good, common-sense advice, practices which, if followed, probably would do a lot to help you win friends and influence…
  • October 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Alexander McCall Smith, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café I haven't yet read the last couple of books in this series: while I was off doing other things Mma Makutsi changed her title and had a baby--pretty big doings. Still, time moves slowly in McCall Smith's Botswana, and one is able to jump into his books out of order without missing too much. This time out, Mma Ramotswe is asked to discover the identity of a woman with amnesia. She also concerns herself with the future of Charlie, her husband's girl-chasing apprentice mechanic. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is wading more fully into…
 
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  • Pet Poems for Poetry Month

    Albee Dalbotten
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    April is National Poetry Month! The American Academy of Poets has a slew of  ways to ways to celebrate: check out their site to request a poster, learn more about their Dear Poet project, and get the details on Poem in Your Pocket Day. As the publisher of several tomes of pet-penned poetry, it seemed only natural that we share a few of our favorites this month. Read on for three poems from Francesco Marciuliano, and stay tuned for news about his next book, You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats, coming this September. I Lick Your Nose I lick your nose I lick your nose I lick your nose…
  • Origami Playhouse

    Ariel Richardson
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When origami talent Huy Voun Lee and her agent pitched Origami Playhouse I knew from my first look that this was the perfect fit for us here at Chronicle Books. Original origami furniture designs! Crafting meets imaginary play—and for ALL ages! In that first email I received, I got several adorable teaser photos, this one included: How could we resist? Once it passed acquisition and we’d assembled our creative team, we got to work creating a mood board to help flesh out our vision and inspire the design direction: From there we established a limited palette to guide the pattern design.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Bob Barner

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    There’s nothing I find as relaxing or inspiring as the large bodies of water. The sound of waves on the shore will always soothe me, and the myriad of creatures that dwell within will always amaze me. And so this year, as I think about Earth Day, I find myself thinking about oceans and lakes, rivers and seas. I think about being a kid, and chasing waves, and the way silt felt between my toes. I think of crouching over tide pools, and crowding against aquarium glass. And what a marvelous thing that was, to be so small and to relate to something so big. Here at Chronicle, we have many…
  • How to Tell if Your Book is Made Sustainably

    Kathryn Jaller
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    This is a selection of recent Chronicle books. What do you think they have in common? Not sure, let’s try another perspective. Now look closer… Ah-hah! They all bear the mark of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)®, that little tree logo which may look familiar. As a book publisher, we think about paper a lot. We make sure it looks right and feels right in your hands. We study how it will hold up with the wear and tear that befalls the best-loved books. And most importantly, we think about the environmental impact of these choices. The Forest Stewardship Council helps us…
  • See San Francisco with SFGirlbyBay

    Kathryn Jaller
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:16 pm
    When you live in a lovely city, it’s easy to become numb to its charms. A likely bet for bonding with a San Franciscan is to talk about inconsistent public transportation, rent, or the lines at the local coffee shop. We’ve found a remedy for our urban malaise in See San Francisco, a photographic love letter from Victoria Smith (also known as sfgirlbybay) to the city she has called home for 20 years. Through her self-described “rose-colored glasses,” the city becomes a brightly-hued wonderland with visual treasures around every corner. Before she moves to LA, we wanted…
 
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  • The Greatest Literary Pubs

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Recommended… drinking?: A tour of the world’s greatest literary pubs.
  • What’s So Great?

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    “Diversity matters. Not only in what we look like, or what religion we practice, or in whom we love, but also in how we live our lives, including the order in which we go about things, the seasons in which we are able to create art.” Robin Black wonders “What’s So Great About Young Writers?” in a piece for the New York Times. Pair with our own series celebrating writers who got their start after 40.
  • Russian Slapstick

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    “Russian humor is to ordinary humor what backwoods fundamentalist poisonous snake handling is to a petting zoo. Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.” Ian Frazier writes about the strange humor of Daniil Kharms for the New York Review of Books.
  • How Animals Think

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Recommended reading: “Can Fiction Show Us How Animals Think?” Or is the realist novel the wrong form for exploring “the profoundly foreign interior lives of animals?”
  • The Book Report: Episode 18: ‘Friends’

    The Book Report
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Mike and Janet, who are taking the next month off to plan some very special episodes of the show, admit that they’ve been spending their free time watching Friends reruns. What? Come at us. Discussed in this episode: coffee, Friends, obnoxious people, nostalgia, the 1990s, Chandler Bing, Ross Geller, baristas who hate you, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, cell phones, James Hynes, Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback, Matt Le Blanc, Gandhi, sitcoms. Alternate titles for this episode: The One Where They Talk…
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  • Chelsea’s José Mourinho has nothing left to prove except his staying power

    Daniel Taylor
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    José Mourinho has won it all as a club manager but if he can add the patience needed for long-term success then his rivals should be fearfulOn the strip of the Côte d’Azur where Roman Abramovich spends parts of his year, where the yachts are super-sized, the neighbours include Bill Gates and Baron Saatchi and, to quote one of the local estate agents, calling it upmarket is a bit like saying New York has some “fairly high buildings”, they tell a story about Chelsea’s owner that goes to show even the wealthiest of men sometimes cannot get things just as they want them.It goes…
  • West Indies v England: second Test, day five - as it happened | Dan Lucas

    Dan Lucas
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    England beat West Indies by nine wicketsAnderson, Ballance star as England cruise to 1-0 series lead 9.39pm BST At long last, the wait is over. Not just the wait for England to finally knock off that small target, but too the wait for a first overseas win in more than two years. No one will get carried away and think it’s an achievement on par with that, but it is at least a monkey off the backs of Cook and Moores. In truth, the match was won this morning. Root’s outstanding first-innings hundred set the platform for the win and Garry Ballance was outstanding during the chase, but Jimmy…
  • How Watford went from the ridiculous to the sublime … to the top flight | Simon Burnton

    Simon Burnton
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Four managers before November didn’t bode well for a successful season, but the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League is testament to their consistency since• Watford secure top-flight football after Deeney and Vydra sink BrightonIn many ways there could have been no more fitting opponents than Brighton to usher Watford towards promotion. Their previous meeting, at Vicarage Road in October, represents a watershed in a season that, at that stage, seemed as likely to end in ridicule as in rejoicing. Results had been reasonable enough – the 1-1 draw lifted the Hornets to second in the…
  • Manchester City v Aston Villa: Premier League – as it happened

    Nick Ames
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Fernandinho scored a last-gasp winner to defeat Aston Villa, who had battled back from two goals down at the Etihad after an error from Brad Guzan had given them an awful start 7.26pm BST Don’t ask me how, but that game had five goals. After the early slapstick of Guzan’s early blunder – and you’ll be seeing plenty more of that, whoever and wherever you are – it didn’t really deserve a thing more until things burst into life in the last 25 minutes. Kolarov’s free-kick (what was the wall doing?) seemed to win it for City, before two similarly conceived but well-taken goals from…
  • Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab: IPL 2015 – as it happened

    Simon Burnton
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Chennai Super Kings thrash Kings XI Punjab in a one-sided contest, with Ashwin and Jadeja doing the damage with the ball after a good batting displayCatch up with all the latest news and reports from the IPL 6.57pm BST That’s as one-sided a game of cricket as you’ll ever see. Chennai batted well, though we’ll never know what might have happened had Mitchell Johnson caught McCullum or Dhoni when he had the chance. Kings XI would probably have lost by a little less, I suppose. Anyway, it’s been a thrill. Thanks for being here. Love you lots. Bye! 6.56pm BST 20th over: Kings XI 95-9…
 
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  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Author David Lodge stars as his thinly disguised protagonist, Old Man Bates, who is entering retirement, uselessness, and, worst of all, permanent deafness, in this tragi-comi-tragic tale of David Lodge, starring as his protagonist. Largely good. Picture by clogsilk   >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that…
  • Breaking Bard

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    In the early 80s, Britain’s pubs and clubs were full of angry, funny, working class poets inspired by punk, reggae and protest. This brave new wave of radical wordsmiths made folk heroes of Seething Wells, Garry Johnson, Ginger John, Attila The Stockbroker, Porky the Poet and one of Garry’s guests today Tim Wells – all of whom will be celebrated next month at the British Library’s Taking Liberties event, ‘Ranting poets, 'zines & Angry Kids of the ’80s’.  Tim is also the founding editor of poetry zine Rising and a mean Ska DJ. Who were these funny, chippy backstreet…
  • France A La Mod - or, A Beer in Provence

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    It's Easter, everybody! Time for daffodils... daylight savings... and life-sized chocolate statues of Benedict Cumberbatch. So how about we put aside Ebola, Somalian jihad, narcotraficantes, the heart-wrenching demise of a literary titan-- not to mention the greatest extinction event in the history of planet earth. Let's leave those topics for past and future shows, shall we? (We've got a rip-roarin' summer planned for Litopia After Dark!) Instead let's chat with dyed-in-the-mohair mod Ian Moore, one of the UK's leading stand-up comics.
  • Iguanas On The Roof...

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
      New Class Action Suit Filed Against Penguin Random House Author Solutions’ Deceptive Practices Florida gone wild: Columnist Daniel Tilson gets harassed by police for using Beatles lyric In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change' Marvin Gaye's heirs win $7.4 million for 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism “Blurred Lines”: Society’s Mixed Signals on Copying and Intellectual Property Rights 'Blurred Lines' verdict could alter music industry Oprah Winfrey Wins Tough Trademark Fight Over “Own Your Power” New App Will Filter Obscenities Out Of Your Books -- And It's A Big Freaking…
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    One of the world’s great authors goes back in time and space – from the Jerusalem of the 1940s to the Eastern Europe of the 19th Century, from a boy's heart to a mother’s face to a father’s brain – and brings back everything, but not enough. Cuts close and hurts so good. Wizardly? Masterful. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft…
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  • 2015 James Beard Book Award Winners

    Seira Wilson
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling Last night the winners of the 2015 James Beard book awards were announced at a gala celebration in Chicago. Prizes were awarded in 12 book categories plus the Cookbook of the Year and we were thrilled to see some of our favorites take home prizes. Congratulations all the winning books, to Barbara Kafka for her induction into the Cookbook Hall of Fame, and to Ina Garten for winning 2015 Outstanding Food Personality/Host.  You can see all the past and present winners and finalists of the James Beard book…
  • Family Secrets: The Story Behind "Orhan's Inheritance"

    Seira Wilson
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian Our debut spotlight pick for April, Orhan's Inheritance is a beautiful and moving account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice. I'm sorry to say that before I read this book I knew next to nothing about the Armenian genocide but thanks to Ohanesian's storytelling I feel like I have a greater understanding of what happened in Turkey a century ago.  Far from being heavy and depressing, Orhan's Inheritance is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the lens…
  • Sara Says...Check Out This Kindle Single

    Sara Nelson
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Secrets of Carriage H by Andrew Rosenheim You know how, sometimes, when there’s a big public event – usually a disaster, but not always – say, an accident, some happening around a celebrity or maybe a royal wedding – you’re riveted to the news wherever you can find it? There’s something just irresistible about wanting to know the who, what, where and when that turns many of us into investigative reporters; perhaps it’s just curiosity. Maybe it’s more like schadenfreude, that  safe, smug I’m-thankful-it-wasn’t-me feeling that gets us through…
  • From IndieReader: "Growing Up the Son of a 'Mad Man'" by Chris Pfaff

    Editor
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Mad Men: the Illustrated World by Dyna Moe This article was originally published by IndieReader. Every Thursday we will publish an article from IndieReader that we think might be of interest to our readers. Growing Up the Son of a “Mad Man” : Recalling Advertising’s Golden Era Through My Father’s Work By Chris Pfaff There are many memories of the so-called “golden era” of advertising that are conjured up expertly by Matthew Weiner’s TV show ‘Mad Men’ on AMC Networks, which wraps up it’s astounding run later this year. Largely, it is the…
  • Eisner Awards Nominate the Best in Comics and Graphic Novels

    Adrian Liang
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Saga by Brian Vaughan Dig into the very best of comics and graphic novels with the nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which highlight the finest works for a wide range of readers. Best New Series The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips (Image)Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)Rocket Raccoon, by Skottie Young (Marvel)The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image) Best Continuing Series Astro…
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  • Chapter Reveal: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen + Giveaway (International)

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen Release Date: March 26, 2015 Before we get to the chapter, here's a note from Laura:   Hi, YABC! I’m fired up about sharing my first chapter with you today. The Ark is about a young convict trapped in prison on the last day of earth. If she wants to survive the meteor strike and reconcile with her upstanding family, she’ll have to break out of prison and stow away on the last spaceship leaving earth. If you like daring escapades and gritty space adventures, this is the book for you!   ~ Laura Liddell Nolen (THE ARK, HarperCollins/HarperVoyager)…
  • Author Top 5 with Django Wexler

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
      Today we welcome Django Wexler to YABC! Wexler's newly released sequel to The Forbidden Library, The Mad Apprentice: The Forbidden Library: Volume 2, is a fantasy adventure sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Coroline, and Inkheart! Django has given us a list of the top five magical powers he'd most like to have. And since we love magic here at YABC, we'd love to hear which magical powers you'd most like to possess in the commets below!   But first, meet Django.   He is a self-proclaimed computer/fantasy/sci fi geek. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon…
  • April 2015 Book Haul!

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hey YABCers!  Our office was innundated with fabulous kidlit, middle grade, and YA books this month! (Including an audio book and a graphic novel.) Check out our book haul below and tell us which books look the most interesting to you!    Read More
  • Giveaway: Twintuition - Double Vision by Tia & Tamera Mowry (US Only)

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    TWINTUITION: DOUBLE VISION by Tia & Tamera Mowry Release Date: April 21, 2015   About the Book Cassie and Caitlyn Waters may be identical twins, but everything else about them is completely different. The only thing they can agree on is that neither of them is happy that they have to move to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas. Caitlyn tries to put a positive spin on getting a fresh start, but Cassie's busy plotting how to convince their mom they should move back to the big city as quickly as possible.   But being the new kids isn't their only challenge. As the girls' birthday nears,…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Complete Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling + Giveaway (International)

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE COMPLETE BLOOMING GODDESS TRILOGY by Tellulah Darling, releasing April 30, 2015 from Te Da Media. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Tellulah:   Hey YABC! I’ve basically been in squee mode since I saw the cover for the box set of my Blooming Goddess Trilogy. But I’m possibly more thrilled that my lovely and talented cover designer Siobhan Devlin hasn’t (yet) committed grievous bodily harm on my person.    Sample design conversation: Siobhan: So ideally what you’re going for…
 
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  • Week in Review, April 20th-24th

    Katie Bircher
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This week on hbook.com… From the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation” by Betsy Bird (aka Fuse #8) Children’s Books Boston is now on Facebook — come say hi! Over at YouTube, Roger talks about attending the ALSC/CBC Day of Diversity Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell; illus. by Charles Santoso Fiction: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Nonfiction: How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys by Todd Spector; illus. by Arree Chung App: WWF Together Read Roger: “Selfie Sweepstakes…
  • Please pass the beignets

    Katie Bircher
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In our upcoming May/June issue, we review two nonfiction books starring jazz greats from the Big Easy: How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz and Trombone Shorty. Now I’m nostalgic for NOLA, particularly its incredible live music scene! I can’t wait to get back to Frenchmen St. The annual — and beloved — New Orleans Jazz Festival starts today. If (like me) you can’t make it, put on some jazz and check out How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz, Trombone Shorty, or one of these other toe-tapping picture books recommended by The Horn Book Magazine:   Fiction The imaginary…
  • WWF Together app review

    Katie Bircher
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    With Earth Day‘s 45th anniversary celebration yesterday, it seems a good time to review the World Wildlife Fund’s lovely awareness-raising app WWF Together (2013). The app introduces sixteen endangered species from around the world, each characterized with a quality emphasizing its uniqueness: e.g., panda (“charisma”), elephant (“intelligence”), marine turtle (“longevity”), tiger (“solitude”). Each animal receives its own interactive “story,” comprised of stats (population numbers in the wild; habitat; weight and length;…
  • Review of Touch the Brightest Star

    Susan Dove Lempke
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson; 
illus. by the author Preschool   Greenwillow   40 pp. 5/15   978-0-06-227447-2   $15.99   g The little bluebird from Tap the Magic Tree (rev. 1/14) flies across the first double-page spread as sunset falls: “Magic happens every night. / First wave good-bye to the sun’s bright light.” In the spacious collage illustrations, swaths of pink and purple streak across the bottom of the page, shading to darker blue at the top, and a birch tree stands off to the far left. Turn the page and the reader is instructed to “gently press the…
  • Review of Trombone Shorty

    Betty Carter
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary   Abrams   40 pp. 4/15   978-1-4197-1465-8   $17.95 In New Orleans parlance, “Where y’at?” means “hello.” As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable 
autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on his younger years: growing up in Tremé, a neighborhood of New Orleans known for its close-knit community and commitment to music; making his own instruments before acquiring and…
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  • Macbeth, the Graphic Novel

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week marks 451 years since William Shakespeare's birth. While festivities in 2015 may not equal those of the Bard's quadricentennial, there's always a steady outpouring of fresh material offering the latest theories about the man, his life, and his work. And, since 2007, Shakespeare's words have been immortalized in comic book form. Macbeth was recently adapted into a graphic novel by acclaimed artist Gareth Hinds, whose previous works include adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and King Lear. In graphic-novel format, Macbeth is surprisingly easy to follow.
  • ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs Across the Globe Today

    Nate Pedersen
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    If you happen to be wandering through the Australian bush today, keep an eye open for an antiquarian bookshop operating out of a wool shed.Antiquarian booksellers across the world are participating in ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) pop up book fairs. From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape Town, then on to Moscow and the major capitals of Europe, and finally to New York, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest, these pop up book fairs will celebrate UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day by showcasing rare books in ephemera in unexpected places around the globe.The pop up book fairs will…
  • Medieval Poet John Gower is Back on the Case

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Medieval poet John Gower reprises his unlikely yet likable role as narrator and detective in Bruce Holsinger's new novel, The Invention of Fire (William Morrow, $26.99). A follow up to last year's A Burnable Book, this tale begins when sixteen corpses are found clogging a London privy channel. Gross! Holsinger, a medieval scholar at the University of Virginia, revels in this kind of pungent, atmospheric detail. We quickly learn how these poor souls met their gruesome end: "Handgonnes. A word new to me in that moment, though one that would shape and fill the weeks to come. I looked out over…
  • Bright Young Collectors: Leif Norman

    Nate Pedersen
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Our Bright Young Collectors series continues today with Leif Norman of Winnipeg, who collects chemistry and photographic books, as well as books about the history of Winnipeg:Where are you from / where do you live?I grew up in St James and moved to downtown Winnipeg as soon as I was 19.What did you study at University? What do you do now for an occupation?I initially wanted to be a High School Music Teacher, then a Chemistry Teacher, and so I got a 4 year Chemistry degree from the U of W. When I discovered that teaching was akin to babysitting I chose not to get the Education Degree, and…
  • You're Invited: George III's Coronation

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Coming to auction this week at Freeman's in Philadelphia is this neat piece of royal (or Revolutionary War) ephemera: a ticket to King George III's coronation, held "At Mr. Carruther's in New Palace Yard, Westminster" in 1761. The text is printed with some filled-in bits in manuscript; the red wax seal is present and lovely. The auction house estimate is $600-900, on par with what it made when last seen at auction eleven years ago, when Bonhams London sold it for £549 ($825) at the sale of the Enys Collection of autograph manuscripts. 
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Mariana by Susanna Kearsley: a One Day Deal Today, and More!

    SB Sarah
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today on Amazon, the Kindle Daily Deal features a number of books on sale, many of which are being price matched elsewhere. Most are the first book in a series, and include mystery, fantasy, and more. Any you recommend?   Mariana Mariana by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99 today only as a Kindle Daily Deal that’s being price matched – woo hoo! Kearsley’s books fit almost every genre – contemporary, historical, fantasy, time travel, paranormal. They’re also usually $9 or more. Mariana was originally published in 1995, and has a 4+ star average on GoodReads. Some…
  • How to Find New Releases

    Amanda
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My mom was the sort of reader who would make spreadsheets of upcoming releases. She’d denote the genre, if they were part of a series, whether the book was hardcover or paperback, and list all the titles by publication date. So I’m sure my organization when it comes to new releases was inherited from her. Frequently, I’m asked how the hell I discover all these books I keep talking about, and how I keep track of them. I do work in publishing, so I think that’s part of the nature of the beast when it comes to book discovery. Nothing beats word of mouth, but I do have a few tricks up my…
  • Outlander Episode 11: The Devil’s Mark

    Redheadedgirl
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recap: everything happens so much. Over the episode title is a flock of birds, swirling, swooping, diving: Claire and Geillis are dumped into the thieves hole- a cave where the only entrance is covered by a gate.  It’s locked, and the women asses the situation- there are rats, but no other prisoners.  Geillis tells Claire she only has herself to blame, and Claire takes that badly- she tried to warnGeillis.  “Maybe you sent the wardens to me!” No, it was Laoghaire, but everyone in town fucking KNEW that Geillis was dancing in the moonlight and generally acting pretty damn witchy.
  • 2015 RITA Reader Challenge Reminder

    Amanda
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    There’s a little less than a week left before the RITA Reader Challenge kicks off and we’re doing a last call to snag your reviewing spots before they’re all filled up! Below are the remaining titles needing some awesome reviewers: Romance Novella (Due 5/1) “A Love Letter to the Editor” by Robin Lee Hatcher in Four Weddings & a Kiss Short Contemporary (Due 5/11) A Texas Rescue Christmas by Caro Carson Mid-length Contemporary (Due 5/21) Reforming the Playboy by Inara Scott Starting with June by Emilie Rose YA Romance (Due 5/31) Run to You by Clara Kensie A special…
  • 138. An Interview with Beverly Jenkins

    SB Sarah
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sarah interviews multi-genre powerhouse Beverly Jenkins about writing black American history into historicals, creating sexual tension without sex, writing painful history and giving characters happy endings, her appearance in the Love Between the Covers documentary, and her community of readers on her very active Facebook. Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: During the podcast we also mentioned: Beverly Jenkins’ appearance in the Love Between the Covers Documentary Beverly Jenkins’ Facebook page, which is called…
 
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  • Letters

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 8 (23 April 2015)
  • Richard Seymour: Bye Bye Labour

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ed Miliband sacks his shadow attorney general, Emily Thornberry, for conveying a ‘sense of disrespect’ towards the owner of a white van. Ed Balls, having given up his brief attempt at an attack on the coalition’s austerity policy, courts respectability by pledging to honour all the coalition government’s spending cuts. Rachel Reeves gratuitously alienates the unemployed and welfare recipients – groups she treats as identical, although the majority of people who receive benefits are in work – by insisting that Labour ‘is not the party to represent those who are out of work’.
  • Kathleen Jamie: In Fife

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Katherine Rundell: Night Climbing

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In the last few years, I have fallen in love with brick. I carry in my head a taxonomy of drainpipes and cement and scaffolding; I’ve become, in the last decade, a night climber. A while ago I climbed up the side of Battersea Power Station, up the great smoke stacks, to look at the world as it lay below. It’s the largest brick building in Europe, and I wanted to see it before it disappeared. It’s easier than you would think to get onto the walls of Battersea. You shin up a lamppost and drop down over a wall and there’s the power station, huge and already part dismantled, lying like an…
  • James Meek: Who owns Grimsby?

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I’d come to Grimsby to see why, after seventy years of voting Labour, the town was flirting with the United Kingdom Independence Party. After a while I began wondering what had happened to make Grimsby a wild and lonely enough place for the sandpiper to feel at home. It turns out the reason is the same. Someone, or something, abdicated power in Grimsby, leaving swathes of it to rot. But who, or what? And what will the succession be? People tell you in Grimsby there was only one power: that fish was king, and that it didn’t abdicate, it was overthrown by foreigners.
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  • I Feel Like NPR Doesn’t Like My New Radio Show Idea by Dan Kennedy

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Hi, hi there. Little nervous. I love your offices here. Okay, so…It seems these days everyone has a podcast or public radio show. But nobody’s doing a public radio show where the host sits in chain restaurants in the middle of America, listening to Hall and Oates, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult, wondering what went wrong. Yet. Can you even point to one example; because I feel like you can’t look me in the eye and tell me you’ve already got a show with a middle-aged man listening to music in a steak house across the parking lot from an Old Navy asking strangers questions like “Can…
  • Open Letters: An Open Letter to the Former Owner of My Queen-Size Bed by Catherine Tung

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Dear Kat –I scooped up your ex-boyfriend so quickly that I could never bring myself to meet you. You were fresh in his mind, you lived down the street, and you were his mythical first love: your battle with leukemia made you tragic, your remission made you heroic, your nursing occupation made you righteous. Even though the things he said about you—that you were controlling and shrill, that you hated giving blow jobs, that you insisted he abstain from habits reminiscent of your father (drinking)—made you look breathtakingly selfish. In my mind, you were both: angelic and utterly…
  • How to Find Love: Lessons from an Old Maid: Letter to Adults Who Are Also Having Zero Sex by Connie Sun

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
  • Take Your Child’s Meds and Go to Work Day by Janelle Blasdel

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Every year, trillions of mothers, fathers, grandparents, and guardians around the world participate in Take Your Child’s Meds and Go To Work Day. Here are just a few details that can help participants and businesses have a smooth and rewarding experience.Why is Take Your Child’s Meds and Go to Work Day important?Take Your Child’s Meds and Go to Work Day is a special day for parents to feel even more connected to their children. You’ll see the world through your children’s medicated eyes and try to perform your everyday tasks in their medicated shoes. It’s a great opportunity…
  • A McSweeney’s Books Preview of That Thing You Do With Your Mouth: The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as told to David Shields by David Shields and Samantha Matthews

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    - - -In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, actress and voiceover artist Samantha Matthews offers—in the form of an extended monologue, prompted and arranged by New York Times best-selling author (and Matthews’s cousin once removed) David Shields—a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present-day life in Barcelona, where she briefly moonlighted as a dubber of Italian pornography into English, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny, deeply contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Planet Secrets by Trisha M. Wilson

    Evo
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    It’s the start of a brand new scifi trilogy! Enjoy Planet Secrets by Trisha M. Wilson For someone who’s been in college as long as I have, you’d think I’d be used to people by now. And for the most part I am…until I met Meredith. Meredith was annoying on too many levels to count and was just too self centered to live. Not that I had plans on killing her because I didn’t. Instead, I planned to ship her away to a slave planet where she’d spend the rest of her life toiling away in inhumane conditions. Poetic justice as I like to think of it for all she’d ever done to me. But…
  • Podioracket Ep 80 H.E. Roulo-Plague Master-Sanctuary Dome

    Podioracket
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Podioracket Episode 80 with our own co-founder H.E. Roulo. In this interview, hear about H.E. Roulo’s new book Plague Master:  Sanctuary Dome from conception to print and eBook release. We include the promo for the full-cast audio drama The Omega Road Chronicles, produced by Necropolis Studio Productions. Episode 3 is “A Killer with Eyes of Ice,” written by H.E. Roulo. This project started it all and has just been released free for your listening pleasure. Enjoy a taste of the worlds in which the Plague Master series is set. While not mentioned in the show, we do have…
  • New release! Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins

    Evo
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    Please welcome  Tudor Robins to the site! She’s adding to our Romance selection, with her YA book, Appaloosa Summer: Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring. Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident. Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B Once there, she…
  • New release! White Nights by W.P. Norman

    Evo
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    White Nights is the first book in a trilogy by W.P. Norman, and it’s only five episodes long. Enjoy! Blood, sex, or family. Which is stronger? Aging founder Bill Lear finds out when he divides his tech company between two ungrateful sons. The post New release! White Nights by W.P. Norman appeared first on Podiobooker.
  • New release! Firmware: Keylogger by Colbytrax

    Evo
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Book 3 is out from Colbytrax! Check out the continuing story in Firmware: Keylogger: Isaac Sarason is a skilled hacker formerly employed by British Telecom-Sprint. With his health failing, Isaac did the only thing he could think of: He ran. He found a haven in a working class district of the City known as Little Russia. There Isaac took on a new name: Ishmael. Wounded, alone, and far from help, Isaac depended of the kindness of strangers. One stranger, a burqa wearing doctor known as Fatima, took pity on Isaac and helped him make his way to the mysterious Star-X line and the slim promise…
 
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Nurses Write!

    Anne
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Two books currently on the New Non-Fiction Shelf are nurses' accounts of what it is like to work in their much admired and appreciated profession. The library  has many books written by doctors about their profession, but  it is harder to find similar autobiographical accounts by nurses or nurse memoirs. I don't know why this is, but I am sure that a statistical look at Amazon or Books in Print would bear me out on this inbalance or health care provider's authorship.* When the local high school students come in to research a profession, which is a perennial assignment, we now have…
  • Bullets that Remain and the Problems They Cause

    Anne
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
     The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly (2015) is a new thriller by journalist Kelly that kept me so engrossed on my day off that I put off my to-do list til the next day. Georgetown professor Caroline Cashion feels increasing pain in her wrist which turns out to be caused, not by carpal tunnel syndrome, but by a stray bullet buried deep in her neck - despite the fact that she has no memory of ever being shot. The story takes off like a, oh yes, a shot, and provides a page-turning adventure. Cashion finds out how and when she got shot and follows up the cold case that is the story of her…
  • Area Bear Seeks Chair

    Anne
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Bear Taking the Trash OutI posted these bears-in-fact-and-fiction thoughts a few years ago. Don't worry, there are no bear reports at this time in the area as far as I know. I am more careful about leaving my back door open though, just saying - in case any Bear Burglars are reading the library blog. 'The blinking telephone message light greeted me last night when I got home from work. The police reverse phone emergency system informed me that a "free-ranging" bear had been spotted near Summit Middle School and was last reported heading in a "westerly" direction.  Last time I got that…
  • Cozy Mysteries Set in Nice, France

    Anne
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    What could be better than to escape from a rainy, northern climate to the warm southern coast of France? For a bookish escape to Nice on the French Riviera, try 'Not Quite Nice' by Celia Imrie or 'Toured to Death' by Hy Conrad. Ms. Imrie, a well-known British actress, has written a fun story of escapism about a divorcee and grandmother. Short on money, under-appreciated by her awful grown daughter and bratty grandchildren, Theresa decides to sell her London house and retire to a small seaside village near Nice. There she meets a merry band of eccentric ex-patriots, starts teaching cooking…
  • Spring at the Berkeley Heights Public Library

    Anne
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Winter into Spring, a slide show made with Animoto's free video maker app for iPad.Just a few weeks ago, the Berkeley Heights Public Library, and most of New Jersey, was covered in snow. Now spring is beginning to appear as a few intrepid daffodil shoots poke up through the bare, muddy ground. The days are getting a little longer and a little warmer.I searched our 'Columbia Granger's World of Poetry' database for a poem to express the feeling of relief that the winter of 2013 - 2014 is over. I found hundreds of poems about spring and April. Willliam Leighton's 'April' tells it like it…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Lessons from one publisher’s aversion to ebooks

    Joe Wikert
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    I recently did something that I haven’t done for more than five years: I bought a physical, print edition of a book. For myself. I didn’t want to, but I had to. The publisher made me do it. The story... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Oyster now sells ebooks too

    Joe Wikert
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Oyster started as an all-you-can-read ebook subscription service but they recently decided to expand their reach by selling individual ebooks as well. There’s been plenty of speculation on why they made this move, including catching up to competitors like Scribd... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons learned at Book Business Live

    Joe Wikert
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The team at Book Business recently hosted a one-day, invite-only event in NY. I had the pleasure of attending as well as moderating the first panel of the day, Transforming Your Company for the New Era of Book Publishing. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The evolution of ebook subscriptions

    Joe Wikert
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Today’s ebook subscription providers offer a nice value proposition for avid readers. It’s great that the all-you-can-read models from Oyster, Scribd and Kindle Unlimited provide consumers with something other than the print model where you buy one book at a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is the Ebook Revolution Over?: Driving Ebook Growth as Sales Plateau

    Joe Wikert
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    You knew it wouldn’t last forever. You expected the double-digit growth rates would taper off but you never anticipated your ebook sales would flatten out so quickly. Is the ebook revolution over? Is this as good as it gets for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Parents Value Printed Books

    Samantha McGinnis
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that 9 out of 10 parents of children under 18 say it’s important to them that their children read printed books. The parents in the study value the sensory experience books give to children — the turning of the pages, the cover images, the rich colors of the illustrations and ink. They also believe that reading printed books helps them to model reading habits for their children. One parent who participated in the study thought this to be particularly true in our digital culture. “I’m reading…a book [on a tablet] and…
  • Books to Forge Friendships

    Samantha McGinnis
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    There’s very little for kids to do in the town of Bluefield, West Virginia. But once a week, eighteen students from different walks of life gather to talk about books. Suzette Sims, the program services coordinator at the Craft Memorial Library, organized the book club a few years ago. It started with three middle school students and has since grown in size and friendship. But the library doesn’t have money to buy books. When the book club had just three members, they could obtain books through interlibrary loan.  Now, the program has grown and the book club needs almost twenty copies of…
  • Celebrate National Poetry Month!

    Samantha McGinnis
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    It’s April! At First Book that means it’s not just springtime, it’s the month that we celebrate all things rhythm, verse and rhyme: National Poetry Month. Here are five of our favorite collections to make poetry fun for kids of varying ages. Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes Written by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Petra Mathers This hilarious book features poems written from the points of view of different articles of clothing. From “Emily’s Undies” to “Bob’s Bicycle Helmet,” each is certain both to get laughs and to help kids think creatively about voice and…
  • Sparking Students’ Interest In Math

    Samantha McGinnis
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Sarah’s students practicing “counting on” When it’s time for a math lesson, Sarah Richardson’s kindergarten class sits in a group, with one hand on their heads, counting on the other hand in front of them.  They’re learning addition using a method called “counting on”. This can be a very tricky skill for some of Sarah’s students. After a tough math lesson, the students sit down to enjoy a new story.  She begins to read a book about a builder named Jack who uses different numbers of blocks to build robots, a hot dog stand and the tallest building in the world. …
  • One More Page

    Samantha McGinnis
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Dr. Shirley Johnson, in her words, is an educator to the depths of her soul. Over the last 40 years, she has been a teacher, administrator, union leader, curriculum supervisor and an education advocate.  Most recently, she opened The Resource Room, an afterschool education program for children ages five to 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida. She is also a long-standing NAACP member and Regional Chair with a long history and deep family roots in the Civil Rights Movement. Recently, with support from the General Motors Foundation, First Book partnered with NAACP to launch the new national NAACP…
 
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  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 7 – Self-Publishing

    Jon Reed
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:39 am
    Learn how to design your own book cover, self-publish successfully, and market your books in issue 7. The PDF edition is FREE to download right now (7.5 MB). Issue 7 is also available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud. A text-only Kindle edition will be available from Amazon soon. Back issues of Kindle editions are available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Back issues of PDF editions can also be downloaded for free from this site. Please join our mailing list for details of our next issue and new resources. In this issue: How to create an on-trend book cover – a 3-page, 5-step…
  • Why Lauren Child’s new Charlie and Lola book is all about numeracy [INTERVIEW]

    Lucy Coats
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Lauren Child speaks exclusively to Lucy Coats at the Bologna Book Fair about One Thing, her first Charlie and Lola book for five years. The taxi is late, so as I wait for Lauren Child to arrive at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I have a chance to get a proper look at One Thing, the first Charlie and Lola book for five years, which brings Child’s unique vision to focus on numeracy, as she has done previously with literacy. Charlie and Lola is a proper publishing phenomenon, with its own trademark, CBeebies animated TV series – and a LOT of books. Child wrote the first Charlie…
  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair Diary 2015

    Lucy Coats
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Lucy Coats, Contributing Editor to the Children’s Publishing issue of Publishing Talk Magazine, reports back from this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Judging by the huge queues to get in, Bologna 2015 was very much open for business. After negotiating my way past an officious jobsworth of a Fair official, (who refused to believe my Publishing Talk credentials because they weren’t written in Italian), I got my press pass from the office and hurried to my first Monday appointment with Kate Wilson of Nosy Crow (only one of 165 for her team over the four days of the…
  • How to become a children’s book illustrator – 7 secrets for success

    Steven Lenton
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    This article first appeared in issue 6 of Publishing Talk Magazine, which you can download as a PDF for free. Steven Lenton is the illustrator of children’s best-seller Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam which was both Waterstones picture book of the month and The Times children’s book of the week. Since this successful début, Steven has written his first picture book with publisher Nosy Crow, Princess Daisy and the Dragon, as well as illustrating books for Little Tiger, Quercus and Orchard books. Here he shares with us his top seven secrets for success. I’m relatively new to the…
  • 10 tips to learn from a creative writing lecturer

    Julia Bell
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    This post first appeared on the On the Write Track blog. Some people enjoy writing for the sake of it, while others want to develop and improve. If you fall into the latter category then read this. A creative writing lecturer and published author with a new novel The Dark Light out in July 2015, Julia Bell is one of the UK’s foremost authorities on creative writing. Here, she shares with us the top ten pieces of advice she gives her students at the start of each year. Sometimes as a teacher you feel like you’re trapped in a groundhog day, repeating the same pieces of advice every year,…
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  • Why This Book Should Win - Things Look Different in the Light by BTBA Judge Madeleine LaRue

    Monica Carter
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Madeleine LaRue is Associate Editor and Director of Publicity of Music & Literature. Things Look Different in the Light and Other Stories – Merdardo Fraile, Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa, Spain Pushkin Press For most of us, Things Look Different in the Light arrived late in the game. My own copy wasn’t delivered until after I’d already sent in my longlist picks. But I’m grateful that it’s on the longlist now, because this collection of stories has turned out to be so delightful. In a year of many excellent short stories — and many Spanish-speaking male…
  • Why This Book Should Win - Faces in the Crowd by Guest Critic Tom Roberge

    Monica Carter
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tom Roberge is the Deputy Director of Albertine Books and Bookstore Liaison for New Directions. Faces in the Crowd – Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, Mexico Coffee House Press Early in Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd, she offers an explanation — of sorts — for the format of her book, a format that exists if not in service of her style, than alongside it, a fellow-traveler on the book’s quest. Novels need a sustained breath. That’s what novelists want. No one knows exactly what it means but they all say: a sustained breath. I have a…
  • Latest Review: "The Indian" by Jón Gnarr

    Kaija Straumanis
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by P. T. Smith on Jón Gnarr’s The Indian, translated by Lytton Smith and out this month from Deep Vellum. Jón Gnarr is an actor, punk rocker, comedian, and author who created the satirical “Best Party” in Iceland and, against all odds, rose to become major of Reykjavík. He is one of the world’s most colorful politicians, and this is your chance to meet the man who has both enthralled and often flummoxed the media with his achievements and outlandish attitude. This new book explores the obstacles Jón overcame during a time…
  • Why This Book Should Win - Our Lady of the Nile by Guest Critic Nick DiMartino

    Monica Carter
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nick DiMartino, Nick’s Picks, University Book Store, Seattle, Wash. Our Lady of the Nile – Scholastique Mukasonga, Translated from the French by Melanie Mauthner, Rwanda Archipelago Books Scholastique Mukasonga’s entertaining first novel about a girls’ school in Rwanda in 1993-1994 is far more than just a microcosm of the bloodbath to come. Our Lady of the Nile is written with the glee of storytelling and plenty of humor, depicting the whole Rwandan conflict in some very human teenagers. The titular Our Lady of the Nile is a four-story lycée located very close to the source…
  • Why This Book Should Win – Talking to Ourselves by BTBA Judge Jeremy Garber

    Monica Carter
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    Jeremy Garber is the events coordinator for Powell’s Books and also a freelance reviewer. Talking to Ourselves – Andrés Neuman, Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia, Argentina Farrar, Straus and Giroux Perhaps the question shouldn’t be why Andrés Neuman’s Talking to Ourselves deserves to win this year’s Best Translated Book Award – but why it doesn’t. That would be a silly query, however, as Neuman’s novel is an outstanding accomplishment in every regard. Despite being a mere 150 pages, Talking to Ourselves offers a rich and rewarding reading…
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  • The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness

    Francesca Gino
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading. It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a remedy that we can employ to translate that predisposition into productivity. Research points to two reasons we often feel busy (but not necessarily productive) — and they are both self-imposed. People have an aversion to idleness. We have friends who will, by choice,…
  • An Anti-Creativity Checklist for 2015

    Youngme Moon
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Five years ago I published a version of this tongue-in-cheek checklist on HBR.org that highlighted how organizations kill creativity. It really touched a nerve​—​people flooded the post with examples from their own organizations of how their managers and colleagues stifled innovation. Even clichés like “We’ve always done it this way” seemed to be alive and well back then. Given all the talk in recent years about unleashing creativity in organizations, I wondered whether the same creativity killers are still at work today.  So, I’m posting a…
  • Video Metrics Every Marketer Should Be Watching

    Kristen Craft
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Roughly half of companies currently use video in their marketing strategies, and two-thirds of marketers expect to do so in the near future. But how do they actually measure the success of these videos? For many marketers, the key focus is view count. But if you look under the hood of what really drives a video strategy, it becomes clear that view count is primarily a vanity metric. You have no guarantee that these views are driving your business forward. Even if  your goal for the video is simply nebulous “branding” or “exposure,” there are better ways to measure…
  • Assessment: Are People Likely to Misunderstand You?

    Heidi Grant Halvorson
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
  • CEOs, Stop Trying to Manage the Board

    Liam McGee
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s understandable that most CEOs try to manage their boards. With directors often attempting to take a more active role in decisions these days, CEOs naturally feel a bit threatened. They’re trying to lead a group of people who typically lack the time or expertise to fully understand what’s going on — but who have real power. At most companies, despite all the best intentions, managing the board usually means keeping directors at arm’s length. Most CEOs I’ve known are inclined to give out just enough information to satisfy their fiduciary obligations,…
 
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  • BOTNS #328: The Writer on the Page

    Ann Kingman
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Earlier this week, I was honored to be a guest on the Covered podcast, hosted by Harry Marks. Harry and I talked about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I had a great time, and I hope you give it a listen … and check out the other episodes of Covered, too! Audiobook of the week (02:49): Sweetland by Michael Crummey, narrated by John Lee, is Michael’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000…
  • BOTNS #327: Jynne Martin Helps Me Solve My “Poetry Problem”

    Michael Kindness
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    A National Poetry Month discussion with poet Jynne Martin, author of We Mammals in Hospitable Times.   Note: One of the poems Jynne reads has some four-letter words, so if you usually listen around children, you may want to wait until they’re out of earshot.   Celebrating National Poetry Month with Jynne Martin Some of you will remember Ann’s National Readathon Day discussion with Jynne Martin, Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity at Riverhead Books. We invited her back for National Poetry Month, to discuss her book We Mammals in Hospitable Times. We Mammals in…
  • BOTNS #326: April Showers Bring More Questions

    Michael Kindness
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    We answer many listener questions, and we recommend The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, and The Room by Jonas Karlsson.   Ann and I are thrilled and honored to have been invited to speak at the Mark Twain House’s Fourth Annual Writers’ Weekend. Details and information on tickets can be found here. Tim Huggins, a friend and big name in the Boston bookstore scene has started Bound & Dedicated, a new site devoted the joy of signed books and connections with authors. Anyone can submit photos of title pages signed by the author along with a few sentences about the…
  • BOTNS #325: Why Read Dark?

    Michael Kindness
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Why are some of us drawn to dark, disturbing works of fiction? Don’t you forget about Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand and Arthur and George by Julian Barnes.   Ann discovered a wonderful time-suck of a website: What’s That Book? It’s a site where anyone can post details of a book that they remember but for which they can’t recall the title or author, and other users can try to help.   Audiobook of the week (04:18) Smek for President! by Adam Rex, narrated by Bahni Turpin, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special…
  • BOTNS #324: #TeamCapulet

    Ann Kingman
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Tournament of Books Upsets! We’re almost into the final rounds of the Morning News Tournament of Books, and it’s been a season of upsets. My favorite part of the competition is the commentary, so I’m not even that sad that my favorite books have been knocked out of the competition (though I’m rooting for Station Eleven and Dept. of Speculation to come back in the Zombie round).    Audiobook of the week (07:01)   Hausfrau, written by Jill Alexander Essbaum and narrated by Mozhan Marno is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special…
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  • 2015 James Beard Book Award Winners

    Seira Wilson
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling Last night the winners of the 2015 James Beard book awards were announced at a gala celebration in Chicago. Prizes were awarded in 12 book categories plus the Cookbook of the Year and we were thrilled to see some of our favorites take home prizes. Congratulations all the winning books, to Barbara Kafka for her induction into the Cookbook Hall of Fame, and to Ina Garten for winning 2015 Outstanding Food Personality/Host.  You can see all the past and present winners and finalists of the James Beard book…
  • Family Secrets: The Story Behind "Orhan's Inheritance"

    Seira Wilson
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian Our debut spotlight pick for April, Orhan's Inheritance is a beautiful and moving account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice. I'm sorry to say that before I read this book I knew next to nothing about the Armenian genocide but thanks to Ohanesian's storytelling I feel like I have a greater understanding of what happened in Turkey a century ago.  Far from being heavy and depressing, Orhan's Inheritance is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the lens…
  • Sara Says...Check Out This Kindle Single

    Sara Nelson
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Secrets of Carriage H by Andrew Rosenheim You know how, sometimes, when there’s a big public event – usually a disaster, but not always – say, an accident, some happening around a celebrity or maybe a royal wedding – you’re riveted to the news wherever you can find it? There’s something just irresistible about wanting to know the who, what, where and when that turns many of us into investigative reporters; perhaps it’s just curiosity. Maybe it’s more like schadenfreude, that  safe, smug I’m-thankful-it-wasn’t-me feeling that gets us through…
  • From IndieReader: "Growing Up the Son of a 'Mad Man'" by Chris Pfaff

    Editor
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Mad Men: the Illustrated World by Dyna Moe This article was originally published by IndieReader. Every Thursday we will publish an article from IndieReader that we think might be of interest to our readers. Growing Up the Son of a “Mad Man” : Recalling Advertising’s Golden Era Through My Father’s Work By Chris Pfaff There are many memories of the so-called “golden era” of advertising that are conjured up expertly by Matthew Weiner’s TV show ‘Mad Men’ on AMC Networks, which wraps up it’s astounding run later this year. Largely, it is the…
  • Eisner Awards Nominate the Best in Comics and Graphic Novels

    Adrian Liang
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Saga by Brian Vaughan Dig into the very best of comics and graphic novels with the nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which highlight the finest works for a wide range of readers. Best New Series The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips (Image)Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)Rocket Raccoon, by Skottie Young (Marvel)The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image) Best Continuing Series Astro…
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  • Yiyun Li Wins The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015

    Maryann Yin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Yiyun Li has been named the winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015. For this accomplishment, Li will receive £30,000 in prize money which is “the world’s richest prize for a single short story.” Li has become the first female winner in the award’s history. She beat out five other writers on the short list with her piece, “A Sheltered Woman.” The New Yorker published it back in March 2014. Li gave a statement in the press release about the inspiration behind her story: “A couple years ago, while rummaging through old things, I found a…
  • The Emoji Translation Project on Kickstarter

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Fred Benenson and Chris Mulligan are trying to raise $15,000 to fund The Emoji Translation Project, which includes building a digital translation engine, as well as publishing a phrasebook that translates emoji. The phrasebook has practical applications and should help readers order a bottle of wine or find the American Embassy when traveling abroad. Here is more about their approach from the project’s Kickstarter page: To build any translation engine requires massive amounts of text that exists in both languages, which are sometimes called parallel texts, explains the Kickstarter…
  • Erik Didriksen: ‘Be Expressive!’

    Maryann Yin
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with Tumblr poet Erik Didriksen. Q: How did you begin to write Pop Sonnets? A: I came across a Tumblr post where Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” was recast as a Shakespearean sonnet. I thought it was brilliant, and I was desperate to read more songs-turned-sonnets. When I couldn’t find any, I tried writing one myself. That ended up being so much fun, I just kept going. After a week or two, I had a small pile of sonnets! My girlfriend Becca told…
  • Trailer Unveiled For Black Mass Movie

    Maryann Yin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    A trailer has been unveiled for the Black Mass film. According to the Wall Street Journal, the story for this movie was inspired by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestselling nonfiction title, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil’s Deal. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill Bulger, and David Harbour as John Morris. TIME.com reports that the theatrical release date has been set for September 18th.
  • CBC to Build Children’s Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers & Babies

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is teaming up with The unPrison Project, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring incarcerated women to bring children’s books to mothers behind bars. In honor of Mother’s Day, the organizations will build brand-new libraries for these mothers to read to babies at prison nurseries in 10 states: California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. CBC member publishers have donated 45 hand selected books. The books are aimed at children ages 0-18 months and are aimed to help build…
 
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  • Robert C. Jones – FORENSICS 187: DNA EXTRACTION

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Not sure how this is going to appear when I hit the Post button, but let me make clear that for technical reasons Bob Jones is posting through my (Tom Sullivan’s) portal this month. Wish I could claim his excellent article for my own. Alas, no one can do the inimitable job that Bob does with his wonderfully entertaining/informative/compelling forensic series. If you haven’t checked out the collected Forensic 101 and later series available on Amazon under Robert C. Jones’ name, I highly recommend it. Indispensable for writers! And here is his latest column: This essay might be of special…
  • Thomas Sullivan: Stubbing my TOE

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Going with a little difference in April’s Q&A. I’ve been dodging questions about politics and religion for years now, but this month I will include a ubiquitous question that won’t go away. A long late-night discussion while in Idaho recently has inclined me to take it on. It’s a question I receive regularly and it asks in so many words if I believe in God. I don’t pitch my beliefs, but clearly some people want to know what they are in a genuinely curious way rather than out of religious zeal, so maybe I should have answered this before. Let me generalize a little – LOL, well,…
  • ROBERT C. JONES – FORENSICS 186: MITOCHONDRIAL DNA

    Robert Jones
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. According to a recent, widely accepted calculation, some 13.82 billion years ago there was a Big Bang. During the following…
  • Thomas Sullivan: THE POETRY OF SHAVING CREAM or SCATTING THE SOUL

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    Scat your prose! No-no…not rat scat, bat scat, cat scat – not THAT kind of scat. You know, jazz scat. Ella Fitzgerald type (or to put it in the modern idiom, Pentatonix – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn3Zkq9PP_Y ). Scat your prose, only instead of vocalizing instruments, go for the rhythms and rhymes and alliteration – the repetitions or poetic effects. Just read your stuff aloud and put some music into your voice! Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow…hear that? Did you let the word flow FLOW-WWW? Did you triple down the repetition so that it cascaded like water? Well, that’s…
  • Robert C. Jones – FORENSICS 185: PRACTICALITY OR CRIMINALITY

    Robert Jones
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
      This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. The 1930s were banner years for crime in the United States. Newspapers were filled with details of the exploits of…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Change

    Paulo Coelho
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Those who think that the mountains don’t change are wrong: they were born out of earthquakes, are eroded by wind and rain, and each day they are slightly different, even though we do not notice that change. The mountains change and are pleased: ‘It’s good not to be the same all the time,’ they say […]
  • April 23, Viva Saint George!

    Paulo Coelho
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    It is likely that Saint George was born to a Christian noble family in Lod, Syria Palaestina during the late third century between about 275 AD and 285 AD, and he died in Nicomedia. His father, Gerontius, was a Roman army official from Cappadocia and his mother, Polychronia, was from Palestine. They were both Christians […]
  • The path of nature

    Paulo Coelho
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:13 pm
    But the day will come when Fate knocks on our door. It might be the gentle tapping of the Angel of Good Fortune or the unmistakable rat-a-tat-tat of the Unwanted Visitor. They both say: ‘Change now!’ Not next week, not next month, not next year. The angels say: ‘Now!’ We always listen to the Unwanted […]
  • Who is the most powerful master

    Paulo Coelho
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    One of Yu’s disciples was talking to a disciple of Rinzai: – My master is a man capable of doing miracles, that is why he is respected by all his pupils. I have seen him do things far beyond our capabilities. And your master? What great miracles can he do? – My master’s greatest miracle […]
  • Radicalization of young people

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Recently, I was invited by the Unesco, to write a text about the radicalization of young people I recognize in this text the feeling of powerlessness that grips me when I start to think about the current problems of the world, specially the bleak future that lies ahead for many children across the globe. I […]
 
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  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Bye-Bye Birdie, Part 5

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Note: We've had so much fun with serialized stories that I'm trying my hand at one again! Here's the next installment of a new adventure for Cara Mia Delgatto and her friends. To read Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 scroll to the bottom of the blog post and click on OLDER POST.Skye was thrilled with Kookie. The minute she came through the front door, she raced over to see the bird, even though she was still wearing her server's uniform from Pumpernickel's. Usually Skye can't wait to get out of the black slacks and white blouse. They are totally not her style."Isn't he beautiful?" she…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Bye-Bye Birdie, Part 4

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: We've had so much fun with serialized stories that I'm trying my hand at one again! Here's the next installment of a new adventure for Cara Mia Delgatto and her friends. To read Parts 1, 2, and 3 scroll to the bottom of the blog post and click on OLDER POST.Carrying the cage was awkward, but MJ and I managed. By the time we got it situated in the store, near the big display window, Honora had discovered her friend. She and Helen chatted amiably while Kookie looked on.Next we hauled in the large perch. It looked like wrought iron and felt just as heavy. Admittedly, it was…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Bye-Bye Birdie, Part 3

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: We've had so much fun with serialized stories that I'm trying my hand at one again! Here's the next installment of a new adventure for Cara Mia Delgatto and her friends. To read Parts 1 and 2, scroll to the bottom of the blog post and click on OLDER POSTS.A few days later, I was arranging a group of tin cans that Skye had turned into beautiful lanterns when a loud squawk scared the dickens out of me. My first thought was that a bird had somehow found its way into the store. But as I turned around, and as another squawk followed the first, I realized this must be…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Bye-Bye Birdie, Part 2

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: We've had so much fun with serialized stories that I'm trying my hand at one again! Here's the next installment of a new adventure for Cara Mia Delgatto and her friends. To read Part 1, scroll to the bottom of the blog post and click on OLDER POSTS."Let me think about that," I said, not wanting to tell Honora no. She rarely asks for anything, but she gives so much to all of us. Since her own daughter, EveLynn, has Asperger's, Honora has all this nurturing stored up inside, and no one to shower with her affection. Certainly, you can't touch EveLynn without making her upset. But…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Bye-Bye Birdie, Part 1

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: We've had so much fun with serialized stories that I'm trying my hand at one again! Here's the first installment of a new adventure for Cara Mia Delgatto and her friends. Enjoy!Summer was coming to Florida. Daylight now extended nearly to my bedtime. The sea grapes had blossomed, scattering tiny white flowers across the grass. Snowbirds, our visitors from the northern states who flee to the South to escape bad weather, had all gone home. With them went their wallets, forcing me to be more and more creative as I tried to think up ways to keep the cash register at The Treasure Chest…
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    Living 2 Read

  • Norwegian Angst

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Surely Norway can't be as depressing as it's depicted by its fiction writers, can it? Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle" paints a bleak picture, Jo Nesbø's 'Nordic noir' crime novels are dark and brooding, Per Petterson’s "Out Stealing Horses" is full of melancholy and regret. But Petterson’s newest novel I Refuse is darker still. Just look at the book cover!It opens in 2006 with a powerful scene of the chance meeting in early morning between Jim and Tommy on a bridge outside of Oslo, where Jim, shabbily dressed, is fishing and Tommy, in a sleek new Mercedes, is on his way to work.
  • Forgotten

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Recently our Book Club read “Stoner”, a wonderful 1965 novel by John Williams which had gone out of print until its success in France led to its reissue in the United States. It reminded me that one of the books on my 'Hope to Get To' list had a similar history. I had read an article in the New Yorker about Australian writer Elizabeth Harrower, whose works had been out of print for many years until, in 2012, the Australian publishing house Text reissued them and persuaded her to publish her last novel, which she had withdrawn just before it was to be released in 1971. The article declared…
  • Story Time

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's always nice to have someone read to you, especially when it's a writer you admire. The special treat of The New Yorker:Fiction podcast is that the reader, a New Yorker fiction writer, chooses a story that was published in the magazine and that he or she particularly admires. After the reading, the writer and fiction editor Deborah Treisman discuss the story and its author. Sometimes I know the author well; I may even remember having read the story. But at other times it's a revelation.That's what happened in January when Joseph O'Neill, who wrote the wonderful novel Netherland, read…
  • Household Help

    6 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    At first it seems to be a story revealing the changes in society in post World War I London of 1922. Frances Wray and her mother, once part of a genteel family living in an elegant Edwardian home, are forced to dismiss their servants, do their own cooking and housework (actually Frances does it all – her mother can't even boil water), and rent out their upper floor to married couple Leonard and Lilian Barber, The Paying Guests of Sarah Waters's novel. The Barbers are roughly the same age as Frances, but from a lower social class. Lilian's flapperish style - kimonos, paper flowers, feathers,…
  • An Irish Portrait

    7 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    It seems appropriate that I start the new year with an old favorite. I've always had a soft spot for Irish writers, and Colm Tóibín, whose Brooklynwas one of my favorites of 2009, has written another powerful book. Set in Enniscorthy, a town in southeastern Ireland, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Nora Webster tells the story of a middle-aged woman whose husband, a much beloved schoolteacher, has died of heart disease. Nora is struggling to deal with her loss, and to help her four children, especially her two young sons, come to terms with this new reality. And honestly, not a whole…
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    The Millions

  • The Greatest Literary Pubs

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Recommended… drinking?: A tour of the world’s greatest literary pubs.
  • What’s So Great?

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    “Diversity matters. Not only in what we look like, or what religion we practice, or in whom we love, but also in how we live our lives, including the order in which we go about things, the seasons in which we are able to create art.” Robin Black wonders “What’s So Great About Young Writers?” in a piece for the New York Times. Pair with our own series celebrating writers who got their start after 40.
  • Russian Slapstick

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    “Russian humor is to ordinary humor what backwoods fundamentalist poisonous snake handling is to a petting zoo. Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.” Ian Frazier writes about the strange humor of Daniil Kharms for the New York Review of Books.
  • How Animals Think

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Recommended reading: “Can Fiction Show Us How Animals Think?” Or is the realist novel the wrong form for exploring “the profoundly foreign interior lives of animals?”
  • The Book Report: Episode 18: ‘Friends’

    The Book Report
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Mike and Janet, who are taking the next month off to plan some very special episodes of the show, admit that they’ve been spending their free time watching Friends reruns. What? Come at us. Discussed in this episode: coffee, Friends, obnoxious people, nostalgia, the 1990s, Chandler Bing, Ross Geller, baristas who hate you, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, cell phones, James Hynes, Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback, Matt Le Blanc, Gandhi, sitcoms. Alternate titles for this episode: The One Where They Talk…
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review: The Whites by Harry Brandt

    Jon Page
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:18 pm
    It has been seven years since Richard Price last published a novel and it has been worth the wait. Writing under the transparent pseudonym Harry Brandt, Richard Price again demonstrates he truly is a master when it comes to crime and American life. Price delivers a multi-layered, slow-burning portrayal of friendship, justice and revenge and […]
  • Picture Books to Celebrate the ANZAC Centenary

    Romi Sharp
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
    In just a couple of days we commemorate the legacy of the brave soldiers and the tragic events of World War 1 that occurred one hundred years ago. A beautiful selection of ANZAC books for children have been reviewed by Dimity here, but here’s a few more that certainly captured my heart with their touching […]
  • Review: Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

    Jon Page
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    I am not a fan of long running crime series. While a recurring character can be like a familiar friend sometimes the longevity of a series means it falls into the realm of incredulity. Tess Monaghan was a character I fell in love with but was also quite happy when she was put on the […]
  • Player Profile: Georgia Madden, author of Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum

    Boomerang Books
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Georgia Madden, author of Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum Tell us about your latest creation: Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum follows Ally Bloom, first-time mum and fashionista extraordinaire, as she struggles to find her feet on the suburban SAHM circuit. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I live with my husband […]
  • These Are The Names

    Fiona Crawford
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
    It never ceases to amaze me that every so often you come across a cultural product (in this case, a writer) you’ve never heard of, but that’s (who’s) immensely popular and bestselling in another country. Tommy Wieringa is an award-winning Dutch writer. He’s published many books to critical and award claim, and the book most […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • One last word on World Book Day and the ILAB pop-up book fairs

    Richard Davies
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    AbeBooks’ Jessica Doyle (far right) with the booksellers at the Portland, Oregon, pop-up rare book fair Thanks to everyone in Munich, Tokyo and Portland, Oregon, who made AbeBooks’ staff feel very welcome at yesterday’s pop-up rare book fairs.  The ILAB pop-up book fair blog is filled with great pictures from the events. It was wonderful to see rare books put in front of so many people around the world. My personal favorite is the VW campervan (called Celeste) that was touring around southern England yesterday although the boat in Amsterdam comes a close second. And…
  • Unesco World Book and Copyright Day. ILAB Pop Up Book Fair

    Beth Carswell
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    From guest blogger and AbeBooks staff member Colin Laird, in Tokyo today. One of the most fascinating things about Japan is the harmonious blend of old and new. If you spend enough time there, seeing a thousand-year-old temple set among skyscrapers or watching as elegant ladies dressed in kimono rush past teens sporting the latest (and often bizarre) fashion trends will start to feel perfectly normal. Today, as I headed into Tokyo to attend the Pop-Up Book Fair put on by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) aboard a Shinkansen at more than 300km/h, I knew that I was…
  • Seven beautiful vintage photographs – from card cheats to a Zulu rickshaw driver

    Richard Davies
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    We have a new seller. Rarities etc, from Warwick, New York, specializes in rare photographs and prints.  Welcome aboard – take a look at these wonderful photographs from bygone ages. A humorous set-up shot of cheating card game players. More details. An image taken in 1977 of the QE2 passing the Twin Towers in New York. The photographer was George Forss. More details. Four shriners in mufti, strolling along the Atlantic City boardwalk. More details. Venice in the second half of the 19th century. More details. A Zulu rickshaw driver in South Africa, printed in 1928. More details. A…
  • Gorgeous and Divergent Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

    Beth Carswell
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A miniature edition, dark green with inlaid morocco design and paint by Philip Smith. Book published 1970, art completed 1978. In the early 19th-century, two German brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm put together a collection of Germanic folktales, to preserve and share. In 1812 they released them as a book – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, originally actually titled Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen). Dark, often harsh and scary, these were a far cry from the nursery rhymes typically aimed at children. It’s been over two centuries since that first…
  • A Chance to Attend the 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

    Richard Davies
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Learning from the experts at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in July, 2015 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance to win admission to attend the event, including instructional materials, breakfasts and lunches, and accommodations. There will be two lucky winners. Each prize package is worth U.S. $1,636.00. Transportation to and from the event is…
 
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    The Contemporary Reader

  • Sweetest Read: A Review of "The Wedding Bees" by Sarah-Kate Lynch

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    A really sweet, easy read. Best enjoyed with a glass of iced honey tea. I've always had a place in my heart for characters that sound like they're from the "polite" southern parts. In my head I always hear their endearing drawl, and I'm always reminded of their prim and proper ways. The heroine of The Wedding Bees is just that: Proper, polite and charming to a fault. But she's no
  • Books in the Mail: HarperCollins Stash for August-September

    7 Oct 2013 | 12:06 pm
    I've just about settled here in Manila, yet my address is giving me a headache. I've only been used to a residential address, not a condominium unit number so I'm always worried about lost mail. I didn't think that my Harper Collins books would find its way to me. Until one fine morning: I was absolutely crazy happy. I have very little faith in Manila postal offices due to horrendous
  • The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (Wishlist Granted!)

    18 Sep 2013 | 7:36 am
    A month ago, I was doing groceries at a local mall when I felt the urge to go to the used bookstore shop nearby. Whenever you go to used book shops, you can't really expect to getting a specific title, but more of a certain 'genre' that you want to read. On that particular day, magic happened and I got both the title and genre I wanted I was able to spot The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sudaresan
  • Books and Travel

    28 Jun 2013 | 7:43 am
    I've been bit. Travel bug. Darn... it bites hard. I want to travel the entire world today. I feel like going on a travel rampage ever since I moved to this city. Before, I used to be a total settler, you know, the kind who's absolutely content at spending an entire lifetime in one place. Maybe it's the move that made me ballsy -- I realize that even if I uproot myself, nothing bad will happen
  • Six Worlds and a New One

    1 May 2013 | 2:02 am
    These are six books, the six different worlds, I have had the pleasure to read since arriving here in Manila. I've only been able to finish half of the total count. The moving AND the adjustment of moving to another place with a faster pace is stressful. The only good thing about Manila's transportation is that the 2-hour traffic gives me enough time to finish several chapters. I've loved
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing Fiction: Tips On Plot With Roz Morris

    Joanna Penn
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:26 pm
    If you need to nail your novel, Roz Morris can help! In her latest book, and this podcast, she explores plot in detail to help you sort yours out. In the intro, I talk about the rebranding, retitling and recovering of my first 3 books; how brilliant IndieRecon was and a little about London Book Fair and the latest reports of dire earnings for authors in the UK. Some cool things to check out: Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator now includes video and audio; GetBookReport.com is a great new ‘plugin’ for KDP and is free to check out for 30 days; Goodreads has started with audio samples on…
  • How To Record Your Own Audiobooks For ACX

    Joanna Penn
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Audiobooks are a fantastic growth market for authors, narrators and producers alike, and I’ve been working with fabulous narrators for my fiction since ACX opened up in the UK in 2014. But as a reader, I much prefer to listen to non-fiction audio in the voice of the author themselves, so I decided to record one of my own books, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur. Here are the lessons I learned in the process. This article first appeared in an edited version on the ACX blog on 31 March, 2015. (1) Make sure you record the highest quality audio There are specific technical…
  • Does Your Author Website Have The Essentials To Attract Readers And Sell Your Books?

    Joanna Penn
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Your author website is important, wherever you are on the author journey. Your site portrays your author brand and gives a sense of your personality as well as your professionalism. It’s how people judge you online. It’s the first place a journalist, publisher or agent will look if they are interested in you. They will click away if it’s not what they’re looking for. You can attract your target audience with content that inspires, entertains or educates, and hopefully they will go on to purchase and join your email list. It’s your home on the internet. You can…
  • Book Titles That Sell, Productivity For Authors And Marketing For Introverts With Tim Grahl

    Joanna Penn
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    A wide-ranging discussion with Tim Grahl about writing book titles that sell, productivity and habits for writers, how to build a platform around you rather than your book, and marketing for introverts. Super fun! In the intro, I mention the upcoming self-publishing conference, IndieRecon.org, which is a free event with some amazing speakers so make sure you register and check out the schedule. I also talk about my trip to Charleston for PubSense, some of the plans I have underway with my new agent, plus Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, now available in audiobook…
  • Want To Spend More Time On Your Writing And Tired Of Doing It All? A Virtual Assistant Can Help

    Alexandra Amor
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Indie authors often have an edge of control freakery … well, I do! I like being in control and I enjoy pretty much all aspects of being an author entrepreneur. But I hit a wall about 18 months ago, and I definitely needed some help, so I started looking for a virtual assistant to help me. I had a few varied experiences and learned some lessons, and then Alexandra Amor reached out to me with some brilliant suggestions for how she could help. Alexandra is a children’s author, but she is also a fantastic virtual assistant for me and a number of other authors. I trust her to help me…
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    Better World Books

  • Read Your Planet Into Shape: 3 Planet-friendly Reading Habits

    Better World Books
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Did you know that the simple act of reading can be an effective way to help keep your planet in good shape? It’s true. Here are a few ways that your love of reading can have a positive impact on the planet, just in time for Earth Day. 1. Are you done reading that? Share it with someone else. We make it easy to get books back into the “cycle of reuse” by placing book Drop Boxes in cities around the U.S. These are sold on our website to keep them going. When you prevent a book from being thrown away, you reduce paper waste. 2. Consider buying used. Sure, a bookseller with…
  • Help Me Find My Mother

    Better World Books
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Books tell stories. So do the people that read them. And the beauty of those stories is that they can be told over and over again and shared with the world. Giving us all a chance to escape, be uplifted, be inspired, and capture our imagination. Books can carry our tears, our laughter, or precious memories which can take shape in the form of a bookmark used to stop the story, and hold it in place until we meet again. After last week, a reader named Melvyn knows that firsthand. He found something special in the pages that belonged to someone years ago—a sonogram dated from 1999. So he posted…
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is kicking off a reading campaign called “2015 Read Aloud 15 MINUTES,” designed to encourage community members to take 15 minutes a day to read to children. The campaign unites libraries and community organizations who are willing to spread the word that reading aloud to a child from birth is the single most effective thing a parent can do to promote early literacy skills. Join the library and more than 1,400 partner organizations in all 50 states that are working to spread one simple, powerful message: Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child.
  • The Franklin Senior House

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dorothy “Dot” Sullivan took it upon herself to fill the bookshelves at the Franklin Senior House in Franklin, NJ. As a book-lover herself, she had been purchasing books from Better World Books for the organization when she learned that there were other bibliophiles like herself in the Senior House. In fact, there were a dozen other readers that shared her love of books! So, she did the only natural thing: She started a book club. And voilà, “The Bookworms” reading club were formed. As a gifted organizer, Dot pulled the whole thing together and reached out to Better World…
  • 105 Fan-Fiction Titles That Probably Exist

    Better World Books
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    If you are reading this, then you probably saw our big announcement today, April 1st, 2015. (If not, be sure to read it first here.) Or, perhaps you already knew that Fan-Fiction is the next big movement in our planet’s millennia-spanning obsession with the written word. A third option is that you are here because you feel like the big publishers have failed to make good on Cake Boss’s adventures through time. No matter what brought you—welcome, fellow Fan-Fiction Fan. Here is a great big list of Fan-Fiction titles that have almost definitely been written, just to give you a tiny…
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    To Be Published, Week of April 27, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Camilleri, Andrea – Game of Mirrors Canadeo, Anne – Postman Always Purls Twice Chase, Emma – Overruled Clark, Mary Higgins – Death Wears a Beauty Mask Crais, Robert – The Promise Crawford, Isis – A Catered Mother’s Day DeLeeuw, Brian – The Dismantling Griffiths, Elly – Ghost Fields Henderson, Dee – Taken Johansen, Iris – Your Next Breath Kemp, Paul – Lords of the Sith Knausgaard, Karl Ove – My Struggle: Book Four Mallery, Susan – Hold Me Michaels, Fern…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    To Be Published, Week of April 20, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Ahlborn, Ania – Within These Walls Baldacci, David – Memory Man Brackston, Paula – Silver Witch Chase, Samantha – Stay with Me / More of Me Christopher, Adam – Machine Awakes Crownover, Jay – Asa Dickey, Eric Jerome – One Night Gaylord, Joshua – When We Were Animals Holsinger, Bruce – The Invention of Fire Iles, Greg – The Bone Tree Indridason, Arnaldur – Reykjavik Nights Locke, Attica – Pleasantville Morrison, Toni – God Help the Child Quick, Amanda –…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    To Be Published, Week of April 13, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Adam Thirlwell – Lurid & Cute Atherton, Nancy – Aunt Dimity and the Summer King Banks, Maya – Safe at Last Berg, Elizabeth – The Dream Lover Breen, Christine – Her Name Is Rose Calkins, Susanna – The Masque of a Murderer Duffy, Brendan -House of Echoes Flournoy, Angela – The Turner House Freeman, Anna – The Fair Fight Gray, Amelia – Gutshot Hayes, Samantha – What You Left Behind Lauren, Christina – Beautiful Secret Mahin, Shanna – Oh! You Pretty Things Marklund,…
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Frank Einstein and the Electro-Fingerby Jon Scieszkaillustrations by Brian BiggsAmulet Books (Mar. 17, 2015)Science Fiction/Humor Chapter BookSummary:Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with intelligent robots Klink and Klank once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival--this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. Why You'll Love It:In this second book in the Frank Einstein series, Jon Scieszka continues to dole out scientific information and humor in equal measure. A…
  • What they're (really) reading: April edition

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
     photo by Toby NealBy keeping a pulse on what my kiddos are checking out and keeping a close eye on which books are circulating heavily, I feel that I can spend the small budget I have more wisely by choosing books I know will have a greater likelihood of circulating widely.Each month I'll feature a few fiction and a few nonfiction books that are on the "heavy rotation" list at our elementary library. They're not necessarily new, shiny, or covered with awards -- they're just what the kids want.This month's selections:The Best of Pro Basketball by Matt DoedenPresents some of the best…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Glamourpuss

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Glamourpussby Sarah Weeks; illustrations by David SmallScholastic (Feb. 24, 2015)Picture BookSummary:A cat named Glamourpuss who likes being the center of attention fears she might fall out of fashion when Bluebelle the dog arrives. Why You'll Love It: What a personality! Glamourpuss doesn't lie down, she reclines! She doesn't stretch, she extends! I see myself using this book as a mentor text for vivid verbs and word choice. The book jacket is pink and sparkly. Duh.This book is a great read-aloud and best introduced by an expressive reader. Even more fun would be introducing…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: I Don't Like Koala

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    I Don't Like Koalaby Sean FerrellAtheneum Book (April 14, 2015)Picture BookSummary:What's not to love about a cute, cuddly...creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can't seem to shake. Why You'll Love It: Everyone experienced a doll, painting, or stuffed animal whose eyes seemed to follow them around the room. Readers will relate to Adam's complete creeped-outedness by the new koala.Ferrell wraps it up with a great twist ending. The book is just the right mixture of funny and kind of spooky. You'll never look at a stuffed animal the same way again.Who…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Egg -- Nature's Perfect Package

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Egg: Nature's Perfect Packageby Steve JenkinsHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (March 3, 2015)Nonfiction/Informational Picture BookSummary:Explore how a simple, often colorful, sometimes surprisingly shaped package, reveals nature's life cycle, unusual animal defensive strategies, parenting behavior, evolution, and more, in this illustrated non-fiction picture book. Why You'll Love It: Jenkins' signature torn paper and collage illustrations are featured against white backgrounds, really making the images pop. Jenkins explores 54 creatures and why they lay eggs the way they do -- for…
 
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    Minnesota Reads

  • A Reunion of Ghosts

    Jodi Chromey
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Alter sisters are pretty sure they’re cursed, you know the whole thing about the sins of the father being passed down for a few generations? They’re pretty sure that’s a real thing and since they’ve got some granddads with a heaping helping of sins, a lifetime of bad luck, and a family history of suicide, Lady, Vee, and Delph decide this whole nonsense is going to end with them. So as the new millennium approaches the women decide to shuffle off this mortal coil together, but not before penning an epic suicide note. That note is the novel A Reunion of Ghosts by…
  • The Buried Giant

    LeAnn Suchy
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Buried Giant is the first Kazuo Ishiguro book I have ever read. It will likely be the last. I usually quit reading books this shitty, but since everyone sings Ishiguro’s praises, I figured I must be missing something. I was bound and determined to find some masterful writing, a grand transformation, an enlightening look at the human condition, or even just a good story. If I was supposed to find any of that, it was lost on me. The Buried Giant is essentially a quest led by elderly couple Axl and Beatrice. Growing weary in their village, with a mysterious mist that takes away their…
  • The Girl on the Train

    Christa
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The highlight of Rachel’s day is this little hiccup-length stall in her commute that happens within plain view of Jess and Jason’s home, where sometimes she sips coffee on the porch and he stands behind her providing the sort of tender touches that make couplehood look so enticing. Okay, so their names probably aren’t Jess and Jason. And all the tales of hearts and romance that she’s created in her head are merely the fan fiction that accompanies the premade Gin & Tonics that she drinks from cans on the train. Okay, and there is something else: Not-Jess and Not-Jason just happen…
  • Boyle will be Boyle

    Christa
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As soon as I realized the situation of this particular T.C. Boyle, I groaned and flipped through the pages and wondered if I wanted to commit to this same old, same old. I haven’t read a ton of his stuff, but the stories I have follow a formula: This Group of People versus This Other Group of People. In between there are extremes and some of the characters are loathsome — and sometimes the truly awfulest are the most recognizable which makes it all a little oof. Plus, nature/environmental themes. In the case of Tortilla Curtain, it’s some liberal-on-paper white folks living in an…
  • ‘Master Of Us All’

    Will A
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Cristobal Balenciaga was, by the account of his contemporaries, the best fashion designer of the last century. He was also notoriously private, nurturing an aura of mystery and shunning the concept of celebrity. Mary Blume’s The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World seemed appealing for its potential to explore and explain such an influential artist. After finishing it, I felt like it was more a play-by-play of his life and business that didn’t tell us much about the man himself — or, more importantly, his enduringly beautiful work. To some extent, this may not…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • Let’s Talk: Who do you love? by Susan Tepper

    Laura Roberts
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Writers together in a café, or book store, or together on the net, love to discuss the writers they love and the books they love. Alas, I must admit that I am a most fickle lover. When I was first writing fiction I tossed my (writing) virginity aside for Raymond Carver. He was the writer I most loved then and the one who made my writer brain go pitty-pat. Carver took me through the abandoned places that had settled deep in his own heart. Here was a writer who knew exactly how to unearth all that was romantic about broken-down trailers, sagging furniture, characters who’d lost everything.
  • 2 Poems by Jay Sizemore

    Danielle White
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Living here is like watching Scarlett Johansson take an infinite shit into Thomas Jefferson’s dusty eye sockets. It’s the Great American Novel written on a matchbook that will set the Constitution on fire. Living here is living in a perpetual eating contest where the only trophy is pride and cancer is a rite of passage. It’s a roulette wheel of schools, with a bullet instead of a marble. Black lungs and yellow water. It’s a church erected to Clint Eastwood and John Wayne with pews of homosexual bones and Native American peace pipes made into crosses. All of my heroes…
  • Supporting the writing community: Blazing Laptops

    Laura Roberts
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Who supports writers? Usually the answer is readers – readers who buy their books, attend their readings, and encourage them with fan letters and social media messages. Readers are writers’ number one supporters, and we love them all. Who else supports writers? Friends, family, and that mysterious, magical thing: the writing community. Although the writing community is made up of lots of different components, one of the most important is having a local group that helps support writers in their own own hometown. Here in San Diego, that group is San Diego Writers Ink. They support…
  • Ask Me About My by Suzanne Pearman

    Danielle White
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    on amazon.com you can order a t-shirt that says “ask me about my ninja disguise” on etsy.com you can order a t-shirt that says “ask me about my t-rex” on crazydogtshirts.com you can order a t-shirt that says “ask me about my booty” I guess that is probably a pretty crazy t-shirt by dog standards here is a list of t-shirts I would wear instead: “ask me about how I’m coping with the inevitability of my death” “ask me about my childhood” “ask me about times when I have felt ashamed” “ask me about seemingly…
  • Super Steve: An interview with Doug Cudmore

    Laura Roberts
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It starts like just another in long string of Friday nights: Steve Janson again fools himself into thinking he’ll go for a stress-busting, head-clearing run, only to end up at the local Sav-N-Lo picking up a pack of Doritos. But when he ends up bleeding on the floor after a robbery gone wrong, and a mysterious stranger saves his life, he finds himself living every man’s dream. Or is that nightmare? In either case, he’s a superhero. The darkly comic Super Steve asks: what if a regular person suddenly found himself stronger, faster, smarter than his fellow mortals? If nothing else…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • Buddies With Time: Why Knausgaard Really Is Like Proust

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    When my friends ask me to recommend a work of “contemporary literature,” I often tell them about Karl Ove Knausgaard or Nell Zink or Ben Lerner. But mostly I talk about Knausgaard. Now, I realize that my friends only want a “good book” written recently — a work of contemporary fiction — but I can’t help recommending Knausgaard’s books on a slightly different basis, one that mischievously fulfills the criterion: Knausgaard’s My Struggle volumes are assertively contemporary, even if I’m not always sure what that means. I don’t know why, but “contemporary literature”…
  • Jon Krakauer Mansplains Rape, But Will His Book Help Women?

    Sarah Seltzer
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Jon Krakauer’s Missoula is the true-crime story of a handful of acquaintance rapes in one college town. Krakauer, who happens to be my favorite narrative nonfiction writer, uses the same technique he applied in his last two books about fundamentalist Mormons and a covered-up death in Afghanistan, respectively, to examine the way a single American community handled a number of university rape cases. His is essentially the Truman Capote school of reconstructive nonfiction, with less embellishment: Krakauer threads the crimes themselves into the trials and their aftermaths, but…
  • Other Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Actually Based On Jeff Eugenides

    Alison Herman
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    In this weekend’s New York Times Book Review,celebrated novelist Jeffrey Eugenides reviews the fourth volume of fellow celebrated novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard’s celebrated six-part saga My Struggle. The first paragraph is simply an extended block quote from Knausgaard’s Times Magazine travelogue, published in February, recounting an awkward lunch with another writer. The second paragraph is one of the most unintentionally funny passages of a book review in recent memory. There’s making a supposed evaluation of someone else’s work about you, and then…
  • How Shakespeare’s Heroines Evolved From One-Dimensional to Feminist

    Sarah Seltzer
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    It’s the Bard’s birthday! Some celebrate the day by inserting “thee”s and “forsooth”s into their speech, and others by gathering Shakespeare’s quips and aphorisms. But there’s another way to honor his legacy, and that is to take a look at his treatment of women, which might be very instructive to some of our more boorish and misogynist culture creators today. Shakespeare was once just like them, but he evolved into something far greater. Earlier this month, Tina Packer, the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Co — the famous…
  • Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges’ Library of Babel as Infinite Website

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    “When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books, the first impression was one of extravagant happiness,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges in his classic of philosophical fiction, “The Library of Babel.” One of the most revered stories-as-thought-experiments ever committed to print, Borges’ fiction posits the Universe as a library (“composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries”) that contains every possible text. This intellectual vision, at once playful and poised, has stirred authors (like Umberto Eco and Terry…
 
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    Book Marketing Bestsellers: Book Promotion Blog

  • If Your Enemy Wrongs You . . .

    John Kremer
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    If your enemy wrongs you, buy each of his children a drum. — Chinese proverb ‪#‎funny‬ ‪#‎true‬
  • Mary Foley Wishes Happy Birthday to Do It Marketing

    John Kremer
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In a funny, but informative video, entrepreneur Mary Foley wishes David Newman's Do It! Marketing book a happy birthday. The one year birthday of the book celebrates 10,000 copies sold and a lot of time on top Amazon lists.If you buy Do It! Marketing via the following link http://doitmarketing.com/book-bonus, you'll get $747 in book bonuses.Alas, as is usual in these campaigns, the bonuses are mainly overpriced. I wish people would give a serious value to their bonuses based on what they actually sell it for, not based on what they wished it would sell for.For example, one book sells for…
  • Guy Vincent: How to Crowdfund Your Next Book

    John Kremer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:48 pm
    How to Crowdfund Your Next Book. Ryan Handley interviews Guy Vincent, CEO of Publishizer, on how to crowdfund your book via preorders and patron publishing.Guy answers the following questions:What is crowdfunding and how does it work?How is crowdfunding a book different from self-publishing and traditional publishing?How do you know if crowdfunding your book will work for you? As for Publishizer, here are their terms: It's free to launch a campaign. You keep all rights and royalties. If successful, we keep 5% of the funds raised through the preorders campaign, and PayPal charges a 2.9% fee +…
  • Camel Jacket Chat: What You Need to Know to Become a Best-Selling Author

    John Kremer
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:31 am
    Are you thinking about writing a book? Do you know where to begin? What is self-publishing? How do you get listed on Amazon? You will after this show. In this Camel Jacket Chat, Carmen Rojas interviews author Charlotte Pierce. For more on book marketing, ebook promotions, Internet marketing, social media, and self-publishing, go to http://www.bookmarketingbestsellers.com
  • Video: The Writing Show 1 - Traditional vs. Self Publishing

    John Kremer
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    There is more than one way to get published, and the tricky part is not only deciding on which path to go down, but also making that path work for you. The panel includes Carin Siegfried, a Charlotte editorial consultant; former Random House editor Betsy Thorpe; Agatha Award winner Susan Boyer of Greenville (Lowcountry Boil); and Pam Stone, who self-published I Love Me a Turkey Butt Sammich.For more on book marketing, ebook promotions, Internet marketing, social media, and self-publishing, go to http://www.bookmarketingbestsellers.com.
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    Pixel of Ink

  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Ready for even more great reads? Check out these Freebies & Deals tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled by Bert Murray Still free? Click Here to find out! Meet Colin Preston. 19 years old and a student at Elerby University in upstate New York. He drinks too much. Lives for the Beatles, John Lennon and classic rock. Falls for the most beautiful sophomore on campus. His life is about to change forever. An entertaining coming of age novel…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Swimming Home – Just 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Swimming Home by Ruth Mancini Genre: Thriller Lizzie’s life hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Eighteen years ago, she made the difficult decision to leave London for Paris to escape her best friend’s fiancé, the man who’d attacked her and turned her world upside down. Secure in the belief that she and her daughter, Helena, are now safe from harm, Lizzie contemplates her future. But is the nightmare really over? When the captivating Sky Donoghue comes along, pulling Helena into dangerous waters, Lizzie’s strength and judgement are put to the test. Just how far should she go to save her…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Dystopian, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction Lulu’s Cafe by T.I. Lowe Still free? Click Here to find out! “Some scars are too deep to ever heal,” Leah Gabriella Allen whispered in hushed anguish. The orphaned young woman knows all too well about scars – exposed as well as hidden deep within. Gabriella naively falls in the thorny arms of the abusive Brent Sadler. The constant bruise of cruelty is…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Check out these Freebies & Deals for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O’Neale Still free? Click Here to find out! In Kalin Matthew’s world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she’s built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court.
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir by Martha Stettinius Genre: Biographies & Memoirs The unflinching and hopeful story of one woman’s journey into family caregiving, and a vivid overview of the challenges of Alzheimer’s care. With the passion of a committed daughter and the fervor of a tireless reporter, Martha Stettinius weaves this compelling story of caregiving for her demented mother with a broad exploration of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, means of treating it, and hopes for preventing it. She shares the lessons she’s learned over…
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  • Funny!: Twenty-Five Years In The Pixar Story Room

    Larry Fire
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    From Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur, some of the most iconic and hilarious moments in Pixar’s films were first conceived by the artists featured in this book, Funny!: Twenty-Five Years in the Pixar Story Room ($30). But there are hundreds of gags that don’t make it past the cutting room floor, like Mater as a ninja and Sadness wearing mom jeans. Funny! explores this material in depth, showcasing classic moments from all of Pixar’s films to date, plus never-before-published illustrations and doodles from the Pixar archives. With an introduction by veteran story man Jason…
  • Tomorrowland: See The Origins of Plus Ultra

    Larry Fire
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    On Twitter Tomorrowland director Brad Bird shared this video which offers a look at the origins of Plus Ultra. Bird added that there are no spoilers here, this is supplemental material. In addition, Walt Disney Pictures also brought online a new promo which points fans to the official site at TakeMeTomorrowland.com. Disney announced earlier this week that a special presentation of the film, featuring more than six minutes of footage to be introduced by Bird, will screen exclusively in IMAX theaters domestically and in select international markets beginning May 1. The extended first look…
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Spectacular 7 Chocolate Bar

    Larry Fire
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Can’t decide on your favorite Cadbury chocolate bar? No matter. With the Cadbury Dairy Milk Spectacular 7 you get seven bars in one. Each chocolate bar contains seven of Cadbury’s most famous fillings: caramel, Daim (crunchy almond butter bar), Oreo, Turkish Delight (a soft, rose-flavored jelly), Fruit & Nut, whole nuts and original milk chocolate. The fillings are spread throughout the 21 chocolate squares of the bar. Only 50 bars are being made and the only way you can get your hands on one is to follow the Cadbury Twitter page and wait for contest details. As Willy Wonka once…
  • Flyte Levitating Light

    Larry Fire
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Flyte Levitating Light ($250) is a shatterproof LED bulb available via Kickstarter that floats and rotates slowly in the air above a sustainably-sourced wood base. The device plugs into a standard power outlet and lets you turn the light on and off with a single touch. As an added bonus, the base doubles as a wireless charging station, so it serves a purpose even when you don’t need the light on.
  • First Look At Jared Leto As The Joker In Suicide Squad

    Larry Fire
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Warner Bros. Pictures and director David Ayer surprised fans today with a first look at Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker in David Ayer’s (Fury, End of Watch) Suicide Squad adaptation! “The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J!” Ayer wrote on Twitter. Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the Suicide Squad team has included countless DC villains among its ranks, including Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bane, Killer Frost, Poison Ivy, Count Vertigo, Deathstroke, and Harley Quinn. The CW’s “Arrow” introduced their own version…
 
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  • #500

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    CripplesThere is a fine line(an almost imperceptible crack) which Men waver precariously onthroughout their lives, watched, from below, by those who have fallen before them:           trapeze artists,           cripples and          clowns. 23 November 1978   Success. I thought a lot about success back in 1978. Since I no longer had a religion I needed something else. And getting somewhere in life seemed to fit the bill. I wanted promotion. I…
  • #481

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Freedom is a ChildWhat men seek in solitudeis freedom, but freedom is a conceptaffected not by locality, since, as a state of mind, it is governed by itself. Escapism is theyounger brother of Freedom. 30 December 1977   “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Christ knows how young I was when I memorised that scripture. I used to know chapter and verse but I had to look it up. It’s John 8:32 and for some reason that doesn’t ring a bell with me; I guessed John 17:3. No matter. Suffice to say I grew up preoccupied with the nature of truth. Sin too. Sin…
  • #493

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    BusBus lies in the terminusand sniffs the groundwhere the oil stains are: Bus is a nomad. Bus hates to stop movingand sometimes ignores you; Life passing you by: Bus is a watcher. Addicted to diesellike Man is to sex, Bus always returns: Bus is a prisoner. 30 July 1978   When I posted poem #511, ‘Driver’, which I wrote in April 1979, I pointed out the connection to ‘The Jaguar’ by Ted Hughes. When I looked at ‘Bus’, written nearly a year earlier, I can see the same influence. Exactly. I wonder if this is my version of the nature poem. What I do remember is showing this…
  • Reasons to Stay Alive

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    We use ‘depressed’ as a synonym for ‘sad’, which is fine, as we use ‘starving’ as a synonym for ‘hungry’, though the difference between depression and sadness is the difference between genuine starvation and feeling a bit peckish. – Matt Haig, Reasons to Keep Living I could’ve written this book. Not everyone could. Of course had I written this book it would’ve been a different book. Not very different. Not better or worse. Just different. My different. Matt and I have quite a few things in common. I think we’d get along if we ever met. We’d do our best to. He seems…
  • #484

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    IsraelAgoraphobic nomadsleaning obliquely on crutches: as empty as childrenand faceless as prophets, made up like clowns; relying on the crowd aroundthem to shield them fromthe desert they are compelledto cross... Skulking under goatskinshiding from the Light. 5 March 1978   Just as I empathised with the fallen angels in ‘Children of God’ I also empathised with God’s chosen people in this poem. Agoraphobia is a condition where the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where he or she perceives that they have little control. Triggers for this anxiety…
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  • Things that make the world wonderful

    Chelsea
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Periodically, usually when I’m feeling very sad, I return to this list to reread it and, if I can, add new things to it. I’m not feeling very sad today–in fact, I feel so full of happiness just at this moment that my heart could burst with it–but I know some people who are, and I doubtless will be again soon, so I’m sharing it anyway. I think I’ve shared it on this blog before, but it can’t be shared too much. You could also consider it a stand-in for the happy wagon posts I haven’t been writing, but I’m not labeling it as such because…
  • She learned a shining language

    Chelsea
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Day 7 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 SHE LEARNED A SHINING LANGUAGE What are you most good at? Don’t self-edit. Write down everything you can think of that you’re proud of knowing or creating or being. These are the languages by which the world may not measure your worth, but by which your story is created. Celebrate one of your favorite achivements today. I’m a very compassionate an empathetic person. I care so much about other people and their lives, both the happinesses they experience and the sadnesses, and if I don’t…
  • Monthly roundup: March 2015

    Chelsea
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This month I: Read: “Vivian Apple at the End of the World” by Katie Coyle (3*) “FUCKED: on being sexually dysfunctional in sex-positive queer scenes [PDF COPY]” (5*) “2FUCKED 2FURIOUS: still sexually dysfunctional in sex-positive queer scenes. [PDF]” (4*) all the Witchsong things (5*) fanfiction, fanfiction, fanfiction, some of it really good (ask me for recs if you’d like them) (3*-5*) Watched: “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2*) “A Good Marriage” (3*) Listened to: Freelance Whales – “Diluvia” and…
  • Happy wagon: 03.22.15-03.28.15

    Chelsea
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    I was too tired to do this post yesterday, and last week was a hard one, but there were a few nice things that I want to document, so. waking up and immediately rolling over in bed to open the windows, and not having to close them until going back to bed at night this perfect friendship song (“our blood rides in tandem, we’ve been wove on the same loom” // “to me you are like breathing, you’re like food”) talking in therapy about my impatience with the initial stages of building friendships, wanting them to spring up fully formed with all the passion and…
  • We will find a way through the dark: for the love of a boy band

    Chelsea
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    I want to talk about One Direction. I want to talk about them because they’re important and they matter so much to me and I want you to understand why, but I also want to talk about them because maybe if I can make my love for them seem like something deep and serious, you’ll respect it and won’t make a joke of it and I can keep talking about them without feeling like I need to apologize for it every time, and that’s a reason I hate. Things don’t always have to be deep and serious to matter. I’m not a teenager anymore and I no longer feel like I can only…
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  • Friday Book Giveaway! The Doris Day Vintage Film Club by Fiona Harper

    Novelicious
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    If you're planning on heading out into the spring sunshine this week with a good book and a bottle of pear cider, we have just the thing to send you on your merry way – The Doris Day Vintage Film Club by Fiona Harper. Read on to find out how you can win a copy! Claire Bixby grew up watching Doris Day films at her grandmother’s house and yearned to live in a world like the one on the screen – sunny, colourful and where happy endings with chiselled leading men were guaranteed. But recently Claire’s opportunities for a little ‘pillow talk’ have been thin on the ground. Until she…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Andrea Gillies

    Debs Carr
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Andrea Gillies is the author of The White Lie. Her debut book, the memoir Keeper: One House, Three Generations, and a Journey into Alzheimer’s, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Orwell Prize and her latest book, The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay, is out in a couple of weeks. Today she's telling us a little about her writing process and her journey to publication. Can you tell us a little about your average writing day? In the lighter months I like to start at about 6am, make a pot of tea, put on a sweater (this is Scotland after all) and make a writing nest, which is basically a…
  • Novelicious Goes To...The London Book Fair

    Debs Carr
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Debs Carr It was the London Book Fair and Screen Week last week and having received an invitation from the lovely team at Midas PR, I decided to travel over to London for the day on Wednesday and visit Olympia. I've attended a Masterclass at a previous book fair at Earls Court, but I'd never seen this side of things before. The whole atmosphere and the buzz as countless agents and publishers have one appointment after another making deals and selling rights was intense, but fascinating. I took a plane, two trains, a tube and a bus, finally arriving with one minute to spare before my…
  • The Book That Changed My Life by C.L. Taylor

    Debs Carr
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    “Where on earth do you get your imagination from?” That was the text, word-for-word, that my mum sent me when she finished the proof I’d sent her of my most recent psychological thriller The Lie. Initially I was amused. She’s my mum, she’s known me all my life and if anyone knows where I got my imagination from then surely it should be her? But I didn’t inherit my imagination from my family. No one else in our family writes. We don’t have a Great Uncle Albert who penned literary tomes or a Great Auntie May who wrote bodice rippers. Other than my mum none of my family read…
  • Review – Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall

    Debs Carr
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Sisters Josephine and Libby are close, spending their childhoods together in the orchard near their family home. But when Arden moves into a neighbouring house and takes an interest in Libby, Josephine feels their bond beginning to shatter. Libby is enthralled by Arden and Josephine feels herself being pushed away, watching from the side lines as the pair fall in love. Several years later, Libby and Arden have married, but soon after Arden signs up to fight in the civil war that is raging in America. When Arden is killed, Libby decides to seek revenge. Donning the…
 
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  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.Currently reading:The Scorpio Racessource: libraryStiefvater,…
  • Giveaway ebook of Bittersweet by Kimberly Loth and $10 donated for suicide prevention charity of choice

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Bittersweet by Kimberly LothEvery Sunday Savannah Ray gets an email from her dead dad. She doesn’t know how the emails work but she’s finally ready to start looking for answers. To find those answers she has to go to the one place she swore she’d never set foot in after he died—Haunted Valley, the amusement park. Once there and on the hunt for answers she is distracted by the charming Dallas and falls hard for him. When the answers she finds aren’t what she expected and Dallas betrays her, Savannah must make a choice—succumb to the insanity that destroyed her father or find the…
  • Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college…
  • Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

    Brandi Kosiner
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverA girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyHutchinson, Shaun Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from…
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  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations To Inspire You In April 2015

    Naveen
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    1. Dan Groat – A Punctual Paymaster   2. Mary Jean Adams – Willing Love   3. Callista Hunter – Goddess   4. Ciara Ballintyne – Confronting the Demon (The Seven Circles of Hell Book 1)   5. Stephen OConnor – Harmonology: An Insider’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music  
  • The Three Best Ways to Market Your Books

    Vikram
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    At BookBuzzr, one of the questions that authors often ask is, “What is the best way to market my book?” This article distills our learning across 15,000 books on Freado – our site for book reviewers and hours of Internet research on discussion forums like this excellent thread on book promotion by the folks at Absolute Write. Before you move on, there are a few things that you should keep in mind: 1. Make sure that your book is of the highest quality: Is it different from other books in the genre and likely to spark conversations among readers? Is it professionally edited? What…
  • An Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Inger Iversen

    Vikram
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    BookBuzzr author Inger Iversen’s book – Inevitable: Love and War – recently hit the #1 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Inger to learn more about her story. The screenshot below was taken on Mar 05, 2015. Tell us about your journey as an author so far. When I started I didn’t think I would make a career out of being an author. I’d planned to write a book or two to supplement my income and have a hobby that would be a stress reliever after a hard days work. However, I soon realized that while I loved to write, it was also hard work and very rewarding. I started in 2011 when I…
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations To Inspire You In March 2015

    Naveen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    1. Liesbeth Heenk – Hermitage Amsterdam: Highlights from the Hermitage Museum St Petersburg   2. Maxine Douglas – By the Blue Moon (Blue Moon Magic Book 1)   3. Marguerite Arnold – Green: The First 12 Months Of Modern American Marijuana Reform   4. Rick Blaisdell – One Life to Give-Living Water for Thirsty Souls   5. Staci Troilo – Type and Cross  
  • An Interview with Charlotte Riggle – Author of Catherine’s Pascha

    Vikram
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    BookBuzzr subscriber Charlotte Riggle’s book – Catherine’s Pascha has been recently launched on Amazon and has begun garnering positive reviews. We connected with Charlotte to learn more about her book and her world. The screenshot below was taken on Mar, 25 2015. Can you tell us about yourself? Even though Catherine’s Pascha is my first book, I’ve always been a writer. For many years, I’ve mostly written things like computer help systems. That’s not as much fun as writing children’s books, but it’s a steady job. And, honestly, I’ve always been grateful that I could…
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  • A-Z of Cats: V is for Viral (#AtoZChallenge)

    Donna Brown
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge (#atozchallenge), David and I have decided to focus on cat ownership. We present our very tongue-in-check guide, inspired by life with six cats! V is for Viral Here’s an exam of YouTube kitty awesomeness: The full A-Z will also be shared on Pinterest: Follow Donna Brown’s board Blogging from A-Z Challenge on Pinterest. Rest of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge Click here to view the rest of the Blogging from A-Z participants! The post A-Z of Cats: V is for Viral (#AtoZChallenge) appeared first on B-Lines and Felines.
  • A-Z of Cats: U is for Universal (#AtoZChallenge)

    Donna Brown
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge (#atozchallenge), David and I have decided to focus on cat ownership. We present our very tongue-in-check guide, inspired by life with six cats! U is for Universal The full A-Z will also be shared on Pinterest: Follow Donna Brown’s board Blogging from A-Z Challenge on Pinterest. Rest of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge Click here to view the rest of the Blogging from A-Z participants! The post A-Z of Cats: U is for Universal (#AtoZChallenge) appeared first on B-Lines and Felines.
  • A-Z of Cats: T is for Triumphant (#AtoZChallenge)

    Donna Brown
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge (#atozchallenge), David and I have decided to focus on cat ownership. We present our very tongue-in-check guide, inspired by life with six cats! T is for Triumphant The full A-Z will also be shared on Pinterest: Follow Donna Brown’s board Blogging from A-Z Challenge on Pinterest. Rest of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge Click here to view the rest of the Blogging from A-Z participants! The post A-Z of Cats: T is for Triumphant (#AtoZChallenge) appeared first on B-Lines and Felines.
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Boogie Nights

    Dave Brown
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!)   Boogie Nights What happens? A guy with a very large…skill…enters the porn industry…
  • A-Z of Cats: S is for Support (#AtoZChallenge)

    Donna Brown
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge (#atozchallenge), David and I have decided to focus on cat ownership. We present our very tongue-in-check guide, inspired by life with six cats! S is for Support The full A-Z will also be shared on Pinterest: Follow Donna Brown’s board Blogging from A-Z Challenge on Pinterest. Rest of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge Click here to view the rest of the Blogging from A-Z participants! The post A-Z of Cats: S is for Support (#AtoZChallenge) appeared first on B-Lines and Felines.
 
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    Vampire Book Club

  • It’s Official! The Alpha Showdown 2015 Bracket

    Chelsea
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The fifth annual Alpha Showdown is slated to begin May 18. Are you ready? Your votes selected all 16 of our alphas, and we loved seeing new faces this year! We have fresh blood in the bracket this year including Kaleb (Nalini Singh), Mad Rogan (Ilona Andrews) and Celaena Sardothien (Sarah J. Maas) alongside long-time favorites like Ethan Sullivan (Chloe Neill), Jane Yellowrock (Faith Hunter) and Vlad (Jeaniene Frost). Basically, you can expect some epic battles this year and a whole lot of new books to add to your to-be-read list. The 2015 Alpha Showdown launches on May 18. Each battle will…
  • Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days #1)

    Amanda
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1) Susan Ee Published: Aug. 28, 2012 (Skyscape) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 5 stars True story: A friend of mine raved about Angelfall for months before I broke down and bought it. It took me another two years to actually read the book (Amazon says I purchased it in March of 2013). I should not have waited so long. If you have this book and you’ve been waiting, for whatever reason, stop what you’re doing and go read it. Because this book is just jumping-up-and-down,…
  • Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

    Amy
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Body Electric Beth Revis Published: Oct. 6, 2014 (Scripturient Books) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Are you tired of the stresses of everyday life? Do you wish to be able to go back to a simpler time? Well then, make an appointment at the Reverie Mental Spa. They have the finest scientists developing the latest technology that will let each patron relive their happiest day over and over again. Come on in and relax for an hour or two. Your dreams are safe in reverie. About twenty years after the Seccessionary War,…
  • Release-Day Review: Ashes by Sophie H. Morgan (Divided Kingdom #1)

    Amanda
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ashes (The Divided Kingdom #1) Sophie H. Morgan Published: April 21, 2015 (Samhain) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by Amanda Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Once a princess, now the leader of a street gang, Ana uses her phoenix fire and lethal fighting skills to bring some sense of justice to the Maze. But she’s not just going around fighting crime willy-nilly; as the shadowy rebel Liberty, she’d determined to end the human ruler Edward’s reign and stop his experimentation on supernaturals. Cade…
  • Early Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (Black Blade #1)

    Margaret
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) Jennifer Estep Published: Apr. 28, 2015 (Kensington) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Seventeen-year-old Lila Merriweather lives in “the most magical place in America.” No not Disneyland. Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia. The town attracts tourists by advertising its magical creatures, like tree trolls and the Lochness that lives under the bridge, as well as its magical residents. The “magicks,” as the people with…
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  • CULTURAL IDENTITY: How I Celebrate My Latinidad by Graciela Limón

    Native NYer
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
       The Latina Book Club is proud to welcome author Graciela Limón, who will tell us how she celebrates her Latinidad. Plus, we’ll learn about her new suspense novel, THE INTRIGUING LIFE OF XIMENA GODOY.When I was a little girl growing up in East Los Angeles, I loved school.  You see, I went to Hammel Street School, a public grammar school that had been there since forever, and even better, it was a school where all the kids were Mexican.  Most of us were born in the barrio, but others had recently come up with their familias from Mexico.  But it was all…
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: BECOMING JULIA DE BURGOS: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon by Vanessa Pérez-Rosario

    Native NYer
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
       ¡Río Grande de Loíza!… Mi manantial, mi río,desde que alzome al mundo el pétalo materno;Río Grande de Loíza!… My wellspring, my river since the maternal petal lifted me to the world.                        ---Julia de Burgos, Río Grande de LoízaIllinois University PressHow many of us have heard of Julia de Burgos but never read any of her poetry?  How many of us have heard of how she died and was buried in a potter’s field, but never realized the…
  • REVIEW // RESEŇA: ¡A ESTUDIAR, CARAJO! by Ana María González

    Native NYer
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
        "La vida le pone situaciones por delante a las personas y no queda más que afrontarlas con entereza por debíl que uno crea que es."  //  "Life places people in difficult situations and the only recourse is to face them head-on no matter how weak one feels." --Ramona ¡El que persevera triumfa! // He who perseveres triumphs!    ¡A ESTUDIAR, CARAJO! may be a short book -- 56 pages! -- put it packs a wallop. Ana Maria Gonzalez' novel is about female empowerment; about perseverance; about overcoming all obstacles with determination and hard…
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LUIGI A. JUAREZ

    Native NYer
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
       The Latina Book Club welcomes authors Luigi A. Juarez and Jonathan Marcantoni.   We want to congratulate Luigi on the debut of his first book, COVERED PACES, from Editorial Trance, last month; and, many thanks to Jonathan for sharing this interview.Luigi A. JuarezJonathan Marcantoni: How would you describe your style? What is the story behind this book?     Luigi A. Juarez: My writing style leans literary (that is, away from the style of most genre fiction). I teach and study canonical works of literature as a career so I think that makes me…
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henriquez

    Native NYer
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    What I didn’t understand—what I suddenly realized now—was that if I stopped moving backwards, trying to recapture the past, there might be a future waiting for me, waiting for us, a future that would reveal itself if only I turned around and looked, and that once I did, I could start to move toward it.–ALMAAlfred A. Knopf, PublisherTHE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henriquez sounded like a scholarly tome full of statistics and pie charts.  It is anything but.  This is a masterfully written story about family, about love at first sight, about helping thy neighbor,…
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    21tiger

  • TheGame.is

    Michael A. Robson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Lately I’ve been extremely busy working with an ambitious team in Vancouver on TheGame.is. The idea of this project is to finally democratize Startup Investment so anyone from College Students to Seniors can get in on the next hot Startup. Traditional conservative investing will continue to be a safe, albeit low-return, bet, but for many, betting on great ideas (akin to the crowdfunding boom we’ve seen) is irresistible prospect–not to mention a great way to learn solid investing principles in a scalable way. With TheGame.is we hope to give everyone that platform. Stay tuned.
  • Learning Any Language from Anywhere

    Michael A. Robson
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    We are so incredibly blessed to have access to the following free resources for language learning. While I might not know 18 languages, I enjoy learning languages, meeting new friends from all over the world, and coming up with new tricks for learning faster. Using the web, we can immerse ourselves in a foreign language, we don’t necessarily have to live abroad to learn. This is great for anyone starting out, and also for those who’ve reached the Intermediate level, and feel the textbooks, etc getting stale. My biggest fear is actually the advanced students who’ve studied abroad and…
  • The Cure for Escapism

    Michael A. Robson
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Recently I declared, over Sunday brunch, that I’d probably seen every good movie that’s ever been made. At least twice. That’s a lot of downloading. I’ve also played all the great classic video games from my childhood a bunch of times over. Nostalgia is quite a drug— essential for escaping an otherwise mundane weekend. But here’s what we really need to escape: a world that doesn’t love us, no matter how good our grades are, no matter how much money we make, no matter how nice our six-pack is. That’s what pushes us into movies, TV shows, booze, music, junk food, video games and…
  • Fear: Your Path to Happiness in 2015

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:44 pm
    With the New Year coming around, we’re all thinking about big goals. While devouring live turkeys and chugging cranberry sauce, I was struck by my perhaps difficult relationship with fear. I’m not the only one: Fear of Commitment Fear of my own Body/Mortality Fear of Speaking against my Friends Fear of Public Speaking Fear of Rocking the Boat Fear of Embarrassment Fear being Poor Fear of not looking Cool Fear of being Geeky Fear of being Too Nice Fear of being Bad I could go on. Actually most fears are without a pithy name, they are just, “I’m human, and I know…
  • Kobe and Michael

    Michael A. Robson
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Okay, so I’m kind of obsessed with basketball. I played a bit in high school, and have been a KB24 fan since before he was in the league. To commemorate his career points milestone (coming up any day now), I thought I’d draw/sketch a cool KB/MJ picture. My method is based on reference material, but it’s still a fun exercise. First, the background: a few daubs of paint, then set a Gaussian blur on the whole layer, to simulate the out of focus audience/crowds/sidelines. I do this first, because it’s very satisfying to see the tone within the first few minutes of working.
 
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    Better World Books

  • Read Your Planet Into Shape: 3 Planet-friendly Reading Habits

    Better World Books
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Did you know that the simple act of reading can be an effective way to help keep your planet in good shape? It’s true. Here are a few ways that your love of reading can have a positive impact on the planet, just in time for Earth Day. 1. Are you done reading that? Share it with someone else. We make it easy to get books back into the “cycle of reuse” by placing book Drop Boxes in cities around the U.S. These are sold on our website to keep them going. When you prevent a book from being thrown away, you reduce paper waste. 2. Consider buying used. Sure, a bookseller with…
  • Help Me Find My Mother

    Better World Books
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Books tell stories. So do the people that read them. And the beauty of those stories is that they can be told over and over again and shared with the world. Giving us all a chance to escape, be uplifted, be inspired, and capture our imagination. Books can carry our tears, our laughter, or precious memories which can take shape in the form of a bookmark used to stop the story, and hold it in place until we meet again. After last week, a reader named Melvyn knows that firsthand. He found something special in the pages that belonged to someone years ago—a sonogram dated from 1999. So he posted…
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is kicking off a reading campaign called “2015 Read Aloud 15 MINUTES,” designed to encourage community members to take 15 minutes a day to read to children. The campaign unites libraries and community organizations who are willing to spread the word that reading aloud to a child from birth is the single most effective thing a parent can do to promote early literacy skills. Join the library and more than 1,400 partner organizations in all 50 states that are working to spread one simple, powerful message: Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child.
  • The Franklin Senior House

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dorothy “Dot” Sullivan took it upon herself to fill the bookshelves at the Franklin Senior House in Franklin, NJ. As a book-lover herself, she had been purchasing books from Better World Books for the organization when she learned that there were other bibliophiles like herself in the Senior House. In fact, there were a dozen other readers that shared her love of books! So, she did the only natural thing: She started a book club. And voilà, “The Bookworms” reading club were formed. As a gifted organizer, Dot pulled the whole thing together and reached out to Better World…
  • 105 Fan-Fiction Titles That Probably Exist

    Better World Books
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    If you are reading this, then you probably saw our big announcement today, April 1st, 2015. (If not, be sure to read it first here.) Or, perhaps you already knew that Fan-Fiction is the next big movement in our planet’s millennia-spanning obsession with the written word. A third option is that you are here because you feel like the big publishers have failed to make good on Cake Boss’s adventures through time. No matter what brought you—welcome, fellow Fan-Fiction Fan. Here is a great big list of Fan-Fiction titles that have almost definitely been written, just to give you a tiny…
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  • What Publishers Can Learn from Louis C.K.

    Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Comedian Louis C.K. has a lot to teach publishers about digital marketing: specifically, his direct-to-consumer digital releases. The post What Publishers Can Learn from Louis C.K. appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Catalonia Celebrates Biggest Book-Giving Holiday of the Year

    Olivia Snaije
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    April 23, Dia de Sant Jordi, the Catalan festival dedicated to books and roses, accounts for 5–8% of annual book sales in Catalonia. The post Catalonia Celebrates Biggest Book-Giving Holiday of the Year appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Mark Dawson: Another Amazon KDP Success Story

    Dennis Abrams
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    After failing with traditional publishing, thriller writer Mark Dawson has struck gold with Amazon KDP, selling more than 300,000 copies of his novels. The post Mark Dawson: Another Amazon KDP Success Story appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic

    Hannah Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    In honor of World Book Day, the International Publishers Association has an infographic on how much children should read and why literacy is important. The post How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020

    Guest Contributor
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A new report from German ebook distribution platform quantifies the anticipated growth of digital publishing across Latin America. The post Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020 appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    Quill and Quire

  • Arthur Ellis Awards finalists announced for best Canadian crime writing

    Sarah Kester
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Crime Writers of Canada has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards. The awards recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing. Best Novel Brenda Chapman, Cold Mourning (Dundurn Press) Barbara Fradkin, None so Blind (Dundurn) C.C. Humphreys, Plague (Doubleday Canada) Maureen Jennings, No Known Grave (McClelland & Stewart) Alen Mattich, Killing Pilgrim (House of Anansi Press) Best First Novel Janet Brons, A Quiet Kill (Touchwood Editions) Steve Burrows, Siege of Bitterns (Dundurn) M.H. Callway, Windigo Fire (Seraphim Editions) Eve McBride, No Worst, There Is…
  • New Robert Galbraith novel announced, Borges’ Library of Babel now a website, and more

    Sarah Kester
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    J.K. Rowling announces third mystery novel to be published under pseudonym Robert Galbraith The gift of a first-edition book has become a movie trope An 18th-century book on the history of Saint Peter’s Basilica was stolen in Rome last year and has just turned up in Argentina Website of Borges’ Library of Babel created by Brooklyn author Jonathan Basile The Harry Potter Alliance’s “Accio Books” campaign aims to donate 60,000 books over two months to communities in need
  • Jonathan Crombie, Gilbert Blythe, and the “Perfect Man Archetype”

    Melanie Fishbane
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I fell in love for the first time when I was 12, with the school heartthrob. He had dark brown hair and a dimpled chin, and seemed to enjoy teasing the girls. But he also had ambition, doing whatever he could to get the attention of a certain redhead. Gilbert Blythe was the boy I wanted to kiss under the gazebo in the pouring rain, read poetry with under a full moon, and then talk about it with until the sun rose. I had also recently watched Kevin Sullivan’s miniseries adaptation of Anne of Green Gables for the first time, and immediately crushed on the actor who played Gilbert Blythe,…
  • Reese Witherspoon to voice Harper Lee audiobook, pop-up book fairs, and more

    Sarah Kester
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Reese Witherspoon to voice audiobook of Harper Lee’s new novel Cervantes prize winner Juan Goytisolo believes Spain should leave Miguel de Cervantes’ bones where they were found Pop-up book fairs to appear around the globe for World Book and Copyright Day today Penguin Random House launches new, comprehensive website which includes all imprints  Los Angeles Public Library wins award for its high level of “social, educational and cultural services”
  • Groundwood Books picks up two Canadian Library Association awards

    Dory Cerny
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced the winners of their 2015 awards, sponsored by the Library Services Centre, with two of the honours going to titles from Groundwood Books. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki received the Young Adult Book Award, while Marie-Louise Gay’s Any Questions? took the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Julie Flett’s illustration of Roy and Slavia Miki’s Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books) earned an honourable mention. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (Puffin Canada)…
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Weekend Cooking: Autumn Glazed Pork Chops

    Trisha
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Straight from Jillian Michael's online weight loss program, I give you a delicious, healthy meal:Autumn Glazed Pork ChopsHow To:Ingredients4 pork, boneless loin chops, 3/4-inch thick1/4 teaspoon pepper, black ground1/4 cup(s) apple cider, or juice1/2 cup(s) cranberry sauce, whole2 tablespoon honey2 tablespoon orange juice concentrate, frozen1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, groundPreparationSpray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick coating. Heat over medium-high heat.Sprinkle both sides of chops with pepper. Brown chops on each side in hot skillet. Add apple cider. Cover…
  • Book Review: House of Night 1-4

    Trisha
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    I read Marked, the first in the series, way back in 2010, and as far as I can remember, I never picked up the second. This time around, I read the first four books of the series in two weeks, not because I loved the books but more because they are easy reads.Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night a fledgling vampire, specially marked by the goddess Nyx. She quickly becomes embroiled in vampyre politics and Native American lore....and boys. You have your typical amount of mentor betrayal, miscommunication, and romantic confusion that permeates young adult lit. I was intrigued, annoyed, and…
  • Top 10 All Time Favorite Authors

    Trisha
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Top 10 All Time Favorite AuthorsWell now, this is a stinky topic. I seriously HATE picking favorites, of anything, because I don't obsess the way many people do. I don't have a favorite author, book, genre, song, movie, actor, cereal, pizza topping, or pair of pants. I'm not a favorites person. I'm a moody person, meaning I like different things at different times for different reasons. But since I could list 10 authors (or even 20, seriously the…
  • Book Review: The Help

    Trisha
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    First off, may I say that I enjoy this cover of Kathryn Stockett's The Help so much more than the typical yellow cover with the birds or even the movie version cover which is also yellow but has the stars of the film on it rather than birds. I'm not sure this cover is particularly reflective of the book's contents and the pairing of the image and the font seems off, but I do still quite like it.Now to the book. I listened to The Help. Yes, my friends, another audiobook for the woman who used to NEVER listen and proclaimed to seriously dislike audiobooks.The Help was my first audio with…
  • Currently | 19 April

    Trisha
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Time and Place // 9:24pm on the couchEating and Drinking // Redd's Apple AleWatching // A little bit of everything and as such nothing really stands out right now. I may have to re-watch Sherlock soon. I miss that crazy high functioning sociopath.Listening // I have Good Omens on audio in the car at present, and I have to admit that while I am loving these books on tape, I do miss my music. I never listen to music anymore.Blogging // I've been absent lately, but I have two reviews going up this week. One for the most amazing and awesome audio of Kathryn Stockett's The…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock

    Linda
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    I wish I had known that this was book 4 of a series. I found the characters confusing because I did not know the history behind them. The story was too predictable. The more the finger pointed to a suspect the more sure I was that it was a false lead.   The relationships were nice, but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Not a bad read, just not her best.
  • Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    In this Captain No Beard story my favorite character, Fribbet the Frog, has a problem. He is crying his eyes out, and he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. The rest of the crew tries to understand his problem and help him through it.  Fribbet feels left out because Mom and Dad are busy with all of the new tadpoles, but the crew helps him learn all about being a big brother. The Captain No Beard stories are the imaginary adventures of Alexander and his friends. They are fun, educational and teach children about friendships and caring relationships. This is another great…
  • Lighten Up Y'all by Virginia Willis

    Linda
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    This is an attractive book with large color photos of many of the recipes. Most of the recipes are of light fair, but I found some of the recipes odd. In one recipe you add canned no-salt tomatoes, but then later in the recipe you are told to add coarse kosher salt. Salt is Salt. The Makeover Broccoli Mac and cheese calls for 1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced fat extra sharp Cheddar cheese and ¾ cup shredded 75 percent reduced fat Cheddar cheese. I would not bother, for a recipe that serves 10 people, to buy cheeses of different fat content. There were a couple of ingredients that were…
  • If You Were Me And Lived In Hungary by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Next stop is – Hungary. Take your children or students on a trip around the world with Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In. series of interesting books that introduce children to cultures around the world.The books begin with information about Hungary’s location, cities, and rivers.  There is a pronunciation guide in the back of the book, but also next to each word that may be confusing for young readers.  What I like about the books is that they describe things that children are most interested in and answer those questions that children would ask. What do you call…
  • The Pewsitters, Skits & Devotions for Church and Home by Katherine Hussmann Klemp

    Linda
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    This is the perfect book for anyone involved with a church women’s group, youth group, or special events in the church.  It can be a challenge to come up with an appropriate devotional message to present, but this book has a wide variety of appropriate devotions.  Each chapter contains a short skit, followed by scripture and a devotional.  A wide variety of topics are covered such as the peace of forgiveness, following the call of God, and special devotions for holidays.  There are messages for a variety of interests and ages. The skits have a list of suggested props,…
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    Market Your Book

  • Build Your Author Platform as You Write Your Book

    Jan Bear
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    One thing has stayed the same in the tumultuous changes of the publishing industry: An author needs a platform. If you plan to get a traditional publisher, being able to say, “I have this many social media followers, this many on my mailing list, this many hits on my website every day,” will count heavily on your behalf. […] The post Build Your Author Platform as You Write Your Book appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Amazon’s April Fool Screen

    Jan Bear
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    For a minute I wasn’t sure I was at the right place. But then, oh, yeah. April Fool’s. I wouldn’t comment on it except for the glance back at 1999, five years after Amazon’s first iteration (as Cadabra) in 1994. Amazon.com went live in 1995, right around the time Stanford University Ph.D. students Larry Page […] The post Amazon’s April Fool Screen appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Your Author’s Website: Do You Really Need One?

    Jan Bear
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    I read somewhere that it goes without saying how important a writer’s website is. But maybe it doesn’t go without saying. Your website is the center of your online platform. It’s the repository of your content that you post online. Even if you post to social media, it’s important to have it on your website, […] The post Your Author’s Website: Do You Really Need One? appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Build Your Author’s Website in Just One Day

    Jan Bear
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve been promising yourself an author’s website for a while, I have an event coming up that will help you check that off your to-do list. It’s a workshop sponsored by Oregon Writers Colony, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Portland, Oregon. We’ll spend some time talking about writing goals […] The post Build Your Author’s Website in Just One Day appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Book Marketing Lessons from Charles Dickens

    Jan Bear
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever get mail from readers? How do you respond to their questions, comments, suggestions for future books? Charles Dickens revolutionized all kinds of marketing, including book marketing. Techniques he introduced are still upsetting the publishing establishment as authors find ways to amplify them with new technologies. One technique he pioneered was making use […] The post Book Marketing Lessons from Charles Dickens appeared first on Market Your Book.
 
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    Book Dirt

  • On Selling a Frequently-Rejected Article to an Anthology About Rejection

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Rejection is so much a part of freelancing, that it’s never bothered me much. Sure, I have high hopes for every piece I send out, but there’s no time to holler about being turned down. Instead, I revise, or go to work on The Next Big Thing. I even recall being thrilled back when I received my first rejection. It felt so official, and it served as a sign that I had really started the ball rolling. (Also, it helped to know that a rejection didn’t make the world fall apart. It was survivable, which meant I was ready to try again.) Blood on the Floor. Available at Amazon. That…
  • How to Get $184 Worth of Post-Apocalyptic Books for the Change Under Your Couch Cushions

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    There are a lot of deals around where one can buy multiple e-books for one price, but I don’t usually bite. That’s because the packages are often filled out with lackluster titles that don’t seem worth a buck to begin with, or the range of genres is a little too diverse (I might like the mystery titles available, but not the fantasy or the young adult stuff in the mix). Most of the time when I see a package on offer, I zip over to Amazon and just buy the one or two titles I’m interested in. That said, this Humble Bundle biz is really worth checking out. Their current package is not…
  • 10 Worst Typos and Errors of the Year for 2014

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    As TV and print newsrooms cut staff down to the bare bones, egregious mistakes seem to be on the rise. Some of them seem so obvious that you’d think even a staff of one would notice, but, as these gaffes show, almost anything can slip by. Here are ten of the worst slip-ups, especially in terms of embarrassment, collected throughout the year as I’ve come across them—presented in reverse order so you can ease into the hilarity.#10) Education, schmeducation.via The Independent Salesian College says they didn’t see this supplement’s cover before it went to press, laying the blame…
  • Best Books Read in 2014: Another Year, Another Eclectic Round-Up

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The books I read this year were an assortment of the good, the bad, and the ugly. If I have one reading regret, it’s that I perhaps spent more time reading review copies of less-than-stellar books than I did reading books I personally chose. Some of those review copies were worthwhile (Jon Bassoff’s Factory Town), while others … well, let’s not even name them. They’re best forgotten.There were some diamonds in the rough, though, and if I have another reading regret, it’s that I didn’t write full reviews of them for Book Dirt. (Goals for the year, then: read more books from my…
  • 10 Most Bizarre Calendars for 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s become a yearly tradition for Book Dirt to feature the strangest calendars published for the upcoming year, and it seems as if the entries are a little more bizarre each December. While it may be that the world just getsweirder as time goes by, some of the credit lies in the curation. Having just about seen it all at this point, your dedicated blogmistress has to dig that much deeper each time. Nude archaeologists? Seen it! Sexy Putin? (Yawn.) Women covered in milk? That was soooo last year. Click the links for ordering information if you’re somehow compelled to give one of these…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome E.J. Fechenda, Author of The Beautiful People

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Philly FoodWhen I set about creating Natalie Ross, my main character in The New Mafia Trilogy, I didn’t want her to be one of those girls who didn’t eat. She has a healthy relationship with food and part of the allure for Dominic Grabano, her love interest, is that he comes from a big Italian family that owns and operates several bars and restaurants in Philadelphia. In The Beautiful People (Book One of The New Mafia Trilogy) the date where Dominic first introduces Natalie as his girlfriend, takes place at his aunt and uncle’s restaurant. Like the old adage ‘the way to a man’s heart…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Fayette Fox, Author of The Deception Artist

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    I love food, so it’s no surprise my debut novel reads like a well-stocked kitchen. The Deception Artist is told from the perspective of eight-year-old Ivy, who has a vivid imagination and lies so people will like her. Set in Northern California during the late 80’s, this sharp, funny story explores the dark heart of an ordinary family and finds out that make-believe isn’t just for kids. Food plays an important role in my novel. Budding friendships are nurtured in the school yard as grapes are traded for potato chips. During an astronaut game, green food coloring transforms Monterey jack…
  • FOODFIC: Lailah - Nikki Kelly

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    When this story begins, Lailah is not in fact “Lailah” at all. She’s Francesca (Cessie), a vampire slayer, frozen forever at age 17. Fortunately she has the bone structure (and fake I.D.) to pass for 21, allowing her to take jobs at the sort of shady establishments where she is most likely to cross paths with the monsters she hunts. Less fortunate is that, as often as not, these encounters lead to her death. Yes, encounters, plural. And deaths, also plural. Yet Cessie is unfailingly reborn at 17. And it’s only that immortality, along with the inhuman ability to heal from the non-fatal…
  • Please Welcome John Dolan, Author of A Poison Tree

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    OK, this is going to be tricky. Unlike my wife Fiona – who is a complete foodie – I tend to view food the same way a car looks at petrol: fuel to get me through the day. Fiona tells me I’m an utter Philistine on matters nutritional, and I’m sure she’s right (she usually is). If I could simply pop a pill three times a day, I would. Chewing can be exhausting. I often forget to eat meals when I’m busy, and on such occasions it takes a hunger headache or rumbling tummy to drive me to the fridge.Enough about me.My protagonist in the Time, Blood and Karma series, PI David Braddock, is…
  • FOODFIC: Become Your Own Matchmaker - Patti Stanger

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    I know, I know. This might seem like an unlikely pick for this blog. It’s not YA, it’s not fiction, HOWEVER I love Patti Stanger and The Millionaire Matchmaker, so I was going to read her book regardless. Might as well hope to stumble across a good food (fact?) tie-in, right?As expected, Patti has great advice on everything from timing to hair. And while she doesn’t share any rules for eating on dates or a way to psycho-analyze a guy based on what he eats, Patti does suggest taking “resevations” for men who ask you out during the Dating Detox phases she prescribes. Such Patti-isms…
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    Packabook

  • Top tips for your next trip to Florence with Gabriella Contestabile’s ‘The Artisan’s Star’

    packabook
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
    “Closing his eyes, the misty spires of his city rise up in his mind; the red, white and green marbles of the Duomo… He takes a deep breath and, all at once, the smells of his garden and of the city overwhelm him. His sense of smell is not in his head but in his heart. And this city, this marvelous city he ran away from as a young man in pursuit of a dream, is the very city that brought the dream to him.” (The Artisan’s Star – Loc 4317) The last time I was in Florence was while inter-railing around Europe sometime in the 1980s, living on a budget of $10 a day and…
  • Lyme Regis – where even the lamp posts are fossils!

    packabook
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Lyme Regis is a town that has submitted to its geography rather than forced the land to submit to it. The hills into town are so steep that coaches cannot travel down them…The narrow road leads down to the shore, and then quickly turns its back on the sea and heads up hill again, as if it wants merely to glimpse the waves before fleeing.” (Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier – p18) Last time, I mentioned I was a little enamoured of Tracy Chevalier, so I feel I should expand on that statement! Along with many other historical fiction devotees I was enthralled by…
  • Kindle Deal – Book set in Russia – Sashenka

    packabook
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    I haven’t read a good Russia-set novel for a while, and if you are in the same boat – then Simon Montefiore’s Sashenka is worth picking up in the US Kindle Daily Deal today for $1.99. I have read another of Montefiore’s novels many years ago and remember really enjoying it. He is recognised for his historical accuracy and certainly appears to tell a good story as well. Here’s a couple of comments from the Amazon reviews: “Montefiore’s book sucked me in like a giant black hole. Frankly, I have never read any “foreign” book about Russia that…
  • Hightailing it to Highgate – books set in one of London’s most-loved cemeteries

    packabook
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It was one of those glorious Thomas Hardy “summer face and winter constitution” type days last Sunday, just begging me to get out and explore some small part of London I had never been. So after hoisting myself off the comfort of my West London underfloor heating I braved the whims of weekend public transport to head north to a place I’ve been promising myself I’d go for, oh, I don’t know, about a thousand years – Highgate Cemetery. Perhaps most famous for being the final resting place of legendary philosopher Karl Marx, the cemetery has a peculiar fascination for Londoners…
  • Kindle Deal – a book set in Turkey and France

    packabook
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:04 am
    Just a quick one today… I am often disappointed by the Kindle Daily Deals on amazon.com – there’s a plethora of fantasy, paranormal and dull romances (sometimes all in the one novel), but if I do come across a good deal, I usually put in on the Packabook Facebook page. I know you are not all fans of Facebook, and even if you do follow Packabook there, the chances are the Facebook gods won’t show you the posts in your news feed anyway, so whenever I see a good deal on something I think you might like, I’ll send you a quick email as well. These will always be the…
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Eden by Martin Roy Hill

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    "If this is Paradise, how bad could Hell be?" A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple’s eroded walls, first by an insurgent ambush then by another, even more powerful sandstorm. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins. What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the…
  • Author News - April

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    March 28th: Scott Semegran, author of the the Simon Birchwood series, released "The Great and Powerful, Brave Raideen", a short story. April 10th: Helen Smith's novel, Beyond Belief, has been nominated for three awards at this year's CrimeFest. May 14th: Jeremy Robert Johnson will be at Powell's Hawthorne branch on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm to promote his latest novel, Skullcrack City, which was published on February 1st. May 19th: Steve Anderson took a break from historical fiction to write the contemporary novel, The Other Oregon: A Thriller. The book drops on this day.
  • The Witches of Armour Hill - A Crowdfunding Journey

    4 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    There are many vehicles one can ride in on the road of self-publishing. Some authors opt for the cheapest ride possible. They make the cover themselves and self-edit. While it might technically be a book, it's a ride that few readers want to go on. Some covers look like Bondo covered Pintos; the typos are potholes in the road. But many indie authors realize that readers want that literary ride to be all style and comfort. A slick cover grabs their attention. A polished manuscript makes sure the reader settles in and enjoys the author's story. But to get to this level of enjoyment, authors…
  • This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    A man with no past, but who holds the future of the world in his hands. A woman who has sworn to protect him, for reasons she does not understand. A killer who must destroy them, or lose all he holds dear. They are running—from each other, from the plague that is killing all around them, from the dark forces beyond their understanding. Running from shadow to shadow. From dark to dark. Hoping to find light. Hoping that this darkness is not all there is. Hoping…because hope is all they have in This Darkness Light. The book starts out like a Stephen King thriller, like the kind he wrote…
  • Authors Need Websites

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    In this age of social media saturation, too many authors seem content with just a Facebook page and Twitter handle. Authors need websites. Think of them as a base of operations where readers can go to find out everything they need to know about you as an author. Jane Friedman has an excellent list of components that an author needs for her website. Check it out!
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side Stores: USA By Dana Perino ISBN: 1455584908 Publisher: Twelve Publication date: April 21, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $12.54 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Stores: USA By Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig ISBN: 0544609719 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: April 21, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price:…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Championship Blood: The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Stores: USA | Canada By Brian Murphy ISBN: 1937359794 Publisher: Cameron + Company Publication date: April 21, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $30.79 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Count The Helmets: The Story of the 1985 Falcon Football Team Stores: USA By Neal Starkey ISBN: 150355709X Publisher: Xlibris Publication date: April 17, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $34.99 Share…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Things We Know by Heart Stores: USA | UK | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Jessi Kirby ISBN: 0062299433 Publisher: HarperTeen Publication date: April 21, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.51 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Remedy Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Suzanne Young ISBN: 1481437658 Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication date: April 21, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.91 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ 99…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Jeff Alt ISBN: 0825307767 Publisher: Beaufort Books Publication date: April 20, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $8.93 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Beside the Sea: Britain’s Lost Seaside Heritage Stores: USA | Canada By Sarah Freeman ISBN: 1781313059 Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd Publication date: April 20, 2015…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Donald Sull, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt ISBN: 0544409906 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: April 21, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.29 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Nick Ortner ISBN: 1401945244 Publisher: Hay…
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    The Virginia Woolf Blog »

  • Virginia Woolf’s Living Family Members

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Virginia Woolf came from a large family and still has many family members living today. Even though Virginia and Leonard Woolf never had children, their siblings had many who have since carried on the family tradition of art, writing and … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Essays on the Self by Virginia Woolf

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Essays on the Self is a fascinating new collection of Virginia Woolf essays recently published by Notting Hill Editions. The book explores the idea of the self in a very thought-provoking way and is a real treat for Woolf fans … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Other Shakespeare by Lea Rachel

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    The Other Shakespeare is a new novel inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. As anyone who is familiar with A Room of One’s Own knows, it’s a nonfiction essay about women writers which introduces a fictional character … Continue reading →
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a 1962 Broadway play about the troubled marriage of a middle-aged couple named Martha and George. The play critiques the idea of the perfect American family and challenges social expectations about life, love and … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: “The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club” by S.P. Rosenbaum

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    “The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club” by S.P. Rosenbaum, published in January, explores a little known aspect of the Bloomsbury Group. Although not much is known about the club and hardly any documents about it have survived, Rosenbaum, a noted Bloomsbury … Continue reading →
 
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    My Pop-Digital Faith

  • ROFLMEOW: Arguments Against the Internet: Intro

    litera9
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    A common thread in today’s media world is arguing that technology/the internet is negatively affecting us, both as individuals, as communities and as a species. And frankly, there are some great arguments to make for the internet and against the internet. But just as there are good arguments for, why  say, believing in God is bad, there are also really bad arguments for why the internet is bad. I’d like to take some time to examine some of those arguments and explore why we need to stop perpetuating these ideas. So, in the next few weeks, I plan on posting a few articles…
  • Going to TGC 2015

    litera9
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    FYI, I’ll be at The Gospel Coalitions 2015 convention from April 13 through April 15. I’ll be there reporting as a freelancer (hopefully finding a story) as well as visiting with the many friends I’ve made at Christ and Pop Culture. I have a lot of respect for the team behind The Gospel Coalition, as well as a lot of hesitation. They are a group that only reflects the viewpoints of a select demographic, and should be recognized as such. But they’re also a significant voice in conservative Evangelical channels, and certainly worth paying attention to. I’ll be…
  • Why is LEFT BEHIND 2 a thing?!?!?!

    litera9
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    If you didn’t see Paul Lalonde’s remake of LEFT BEHIND, featuring Nicholas Cage in 2014, you’d be in the majority. The reimagined retelling of Jerry B Jenkins’ and Tim Lahaye’s popular drama received a lot of media attention because of Cage’s presence as well as its unconventional ads. The film opened in 1825 theatres, but only made 6.3 million (3452 a screen) in its opening weekend. By the ending of its showing,  the film only made $17 million worldwide and cost more than 16 million to make. A quick crunching of the numbers reveals that this would be…
  • What I thought of DO YOU BELIEVE?

    litera9
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    If you didn’t know, I have a bit of an obsession with the independent Christian film market. Whether it’s a Kendrick Brother film or a biopic of Polycarp, I tend to track the box office and the cultural interactions with various independent Christian films. So, when Pure Flix’s spiritual successor to the box-office buster GOD’S NOT DEAD  (better known as DO YOU BELIEVE) hit the box office, I had to take some time out of my schedule and watch it. DO YOU BELIEVE was written by the same team who created GOD’S NOT DEAD, and directed by Jonathan Gunn, a young…
  • Brilliantly Bored: A deeper look at New Tech City’s “Bored And Brilliant” Podcast series

    litera9
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Are you bored enough on a daily basis? This was the strange question that WNYC’s Manoush Zomorodi asked during her podcast’s latest social experiment, titled “Bored and Brilliant”. The project was inspired when Manoush noticed how she tended to use her phone for entertainment/distraction when she was bored. In fact, most people she knew did this. This lack of boredom also meant that people weren’t as creative, which was a problem. So, Manoush wanted to try and provide an alternative. “Bored and Brilliant” is a series of 6 challenges over a week-long period that were…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Were rebranding!

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Hi everybody just wanted to let you know I have changed thing a round a lot in the last couple weeks!  I am starting a new adventure with a new blog! I was able to afford a new domain AND hosting thanks to the creator and CEO of Bloglina. She has some awesome deals over at her site for both new and experienced bloggers! If you decide to take advantage of any of her current services please let her know Tarah Schaeffer sent you!Check us out at www.YAobsessed.com!
  • Book Blitz: The infinite: Gates of thread and Stone Book 2

    13 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone #2)by Lori M. Lee Release Date: 03/10/15Skyscape Publishing378 pagesSummary from Goodreads: The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on…
  • Book Blitz: Keepers of Genesis II!

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Title: SCROLLSeries: Keeper of Genesis IIAuthor: DB NielsenRelease Date: March 12, 2015Seventeen-year-old Saffron Woods is haunted by strange voices as if from a distant past. With the SEED’s sentience awakened, these mystical voices intensify, forcing Saffron to acknowledge that she has also inherited its legacy of dark secrets, intrigue and death. Venturing out alone, Saffron is driven to locate an ancient manuscript charting the location of the only undiscovered Wonder of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, gateway to the Garden of Eden. But last seen in the…
  • Woot it's a Sale!

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Ruth Silver (author of the Aberrant series) has a sale going on right now of her other book Dead Girl Walking for only $0.99! I suggest picking this book up!  Just click this link!
  • Cover Reveal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Nakedby Stacey TrombleyRelease Date: 07/07/15Entangled Teen305 pagesSummary from Goodreads:A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he…
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    On Books and Writing

  • 3 Great Recently Read Short Stories

    Johann Thorsson
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    It can be hard to find good short stories, what with the sheer volume that is out there right now, and even harder to maintain focus to read one while Facebook and Twitter beckon. So I’ll make it easy for you and point out 3 stories I read in the last few days that were…
  • 9 Book T-shirts That You Need in Your Life

    Johann Thorsson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    If there’s anything better than books, it’s clothes with books on them. Bookriot has a whole store dedicated to all things bookish and right now there’s a sale on t-shirts. Here are nine t-shirts that just happen to have some of my favorite books on them. My birthday is in August, so you have plenty…
  • The Single Simple Reason You Should Diversify Your Reading

    Johann Thorsson
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    There has been some talk about diversity in reading recently. The girls over at Bookriot have been covering this in the past weeks, and you should totally stop reading this post and go over to Bookriot now to read what they have to say.I’ll wait. Ok, now that you’re back, I’ll show you a quote…
  • Motivate Your Fucking Self

    Johann Thorsson
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I used to laugh at motivational posters, those sappy quotes about carrying on despite setbacks, you know? Well, I’ve changed my mind. My writing in the last few months hasn’t been going anywhere, but I’m rounding a bend, I can feel it. We need motivation. We need a swift fucking kick in the ass every…
  • Here’s My Work

    Johann Thorsson
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I’m working on a novel. It’s not the first one I start, but it’s the first I see myself finishing. Austin Kleon says that I should show my work, so that’s what I’m doing now. Here goes. So this kid finds a stone that let’s him actually fully enter his own dreams, and by doing…
 
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    Where Writers Win

  • How and Where to Talk About Your Book!

    Shari Stauch
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every day can present new opportunities to talk up your book! Thanks to WWW team member, media trainer Bren McClain for this post. Bren works with authors by preparing them for public speaking at conferences, book events, and media appearances, allowing each to prepare their perfect author message! With the advent of texting and Twitter and Facebook and blogging, guess what?  Each one of us is a reporter now. And publisher, too. So I have a question for you: Are you integrating your book message in each of these avenues? And how –and where– are you talking about your book, and yourself…
  • Happy World Book Day!

    Shari Stauch
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    “Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment. Books, in all forms, play an essential role here. ” – Irina Bokova According to the U.N., today, April 23, is “a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. “It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris…
  • Are You Capturing Your Share of Audiobooks Sales?

    Shari Stauch
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you caught our last post by Kiffer Brown featuring Joanna Penn’s tips on revenue streams for authors, you may have picked up on the fact that one of those revenue streams should be audiobooks, if it isn’t already. As of 2014, audiobooks grew to a $2 billion industry. Authors should want to share in that revenue slice of pie… And thanks to Goodreads, owned by Amazon, who also owns Audible, now it’s easier for readers to choose their next audiobook with the new “Listen” feature, which is rolling out in the coming days. Goodreads has added free audio samples…
  • How to Increase Book Sales: “Think” Tips from Bestselling Author Joanna Penn

    Shari Stauch
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our thanks to Kiffer Brown of Chanticleer Book Reviews for this guest post. Shown at right, best-selling author Joanna Penn. I had the pleasure and the good fortune to attend the 2015 PubSense Summit in Charleston, South Carolina. Attending the sessions and presentations was like drinking in information from a publishing fire hose! Information was emanating from some of the brightest stars in today’s publishing world, stars like Joanna Penn. Joanna is a  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 Creative Professionals. The following are just a…
  • Check Out Indie Recon Today!

    Shari Stauch
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    In case you’ve missed tuning into Indie ReCon this year, there are still plenty of sessions to attend! IndieReCon is a free online conference for authors interested in self-publishing. It started in 2013 with co-founders Ali Cross and SR Johannes keen to create a conference that challenged the stigma of self publishing. Fast forward to 2015, with the success and reputation of author-publishing on the rise, IndieReCon has joined with the Alliance of Independent Authors to take the conference to the next level. And, this year they’ve hooked up with The London Book Fair, going…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Were rebranding!

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Hi everybody just wanted to let you know I have changed thing a round a lot in the last couple weeks!  I am starting a new adventure with a new blog! I was able to afford a new domain AND hosting thanks to the creator and CEO of Bloglina. She has some awesome deals over at her site for both new and experienced bloggers! If you decide to take advantage of any of her current services please let her know Tarah Schaeffer sent you!Check us out at www.YAobsessed.com!
  • Book Blitz: The infinite: Gates of thread and Stone Book 2

    13 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone #2)by Lori M. Lee Release Date: 03/10/15Skyscape Publishing378 pagesSummary from Goodreads: The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on…
  • Book Blitz: Keepers of Genesis II!

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Title: SCROLLSeries: Keeper of Genesis IIAuthor: DB NielsenRelease Date: March 12, 2015Seventeen-year-old Saffron Woods is haunted by strange voices as if from a distant past. With the SEED’s sentience awakened, these mystical voices intensify, forcing Saffron to acknowledge that she has also inherited its legacy of dark secrets, intrigue and death. Venturing out alone, Saffron is driven to locate an ancient manuscript charting the location of the only undiscovered Wonder of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, gateway to the Garden of Eden. But last seen in the…
  • Woot it's a Sale!

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Ruth Silver (author of the Aberrant series) has a sale going on right now of her other book Dead Girl Walking for only $0.99! I suggest picking this book up!  Just click this link!
  • Cover Reveal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Nakedby Stacey TrombleyRelease Date: 07/07/15Entangled Teen305 pagesSummary from Goodreads:A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he…
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    Reading in the Garden

  • 2015 Piggy Bank Challenge

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Banking on Books(Reading Challenge) Reading Reward I found this challenge on the “Let’s Read” blog at http://momobookblog.blogspot.com On her wonderful book blog Marianne posted the following challenge in English, which she discovered and translated from a German blogger. For every book you read, put $2.00 (or whatever you deem affordable) in a piggy bank, envelope, jar, etc.  Don’t touch the money until the following fiscal year and you will have some money to splurge on something fun. -- Probably not on books since that’s not a splurge, it’s a necessity, in my…
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

    12 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Murder or Misfortune?  (Love and War) Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is about a murder trial—the accused a Japanese American man in 1954 on an island in the Puget Sound.  As the trial is chronicled, we jump into flashbacks of the people involved in the case—flashbacks of life on the island off Washington state, of love, war, and internment camps.  The full descriptions brought me right into the lives of hardworking farmers and fishermen.  It also defined the racial tensions before, during, and after December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Even…
  • Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

    5 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Felicitous Festival of Phraseology (Humorous Word Play) Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunnchronicles the island nation of Nollop and the outrageous laws enacted to omit certain letters of the alphabet in spoken or written form when those particular letters fall off a monument of local hero, Nevin Nollop, creator of the pangram The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Written in epistolary format, we follow the absurdity and consequences of these restrictions. Ironically, this tiny nation is dedicated to the education and celebration of language, which is evidenced in their eloquent and…
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Book to Sink Your Teeth Into(Unusual Childhood, Unusual Struggles) Swamplandia! by Karen Russell is about a family struggling to keep their business and each other together after their mother passes away.  The twist is that mom was the star attraction at Swamplandia! a daring alligator wrestling show on a small island off the Florida coast.  Top off their grief and financial famine with some major competition on the mainland and their fight seems to pull them down to an alligator death roll. I love this book! It was binge-worthy—difficult for me to set down.  The author…
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oddly Alluring  (Young Adult Mystery) You’ve probably seen the creepy cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  It’s a black and white image of a spooky looking little girl who’s actually levitating off the ground.  It reminded me of A Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne which had a double dose of disturbing girls on the cover, and was an eerie, suspenseful book.  I really liked it. But Miss Peregrine’s was nothing like A Dark Dividing and was equally as good in a completely different kind of way.  This book is about sixteen-year-old…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • 'Feast on your life': Tom Hiddleston on Derek Walcott's "Love After Love" for accepting ourselves

    Lucy
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    I read it to my dearest friends after dinner once, and to my family at Christmas, and they started crying. Which always, unfailingly, makes me cry.- Tom Hiddleston on "Love After Love" by Derek WalcottDerek Walcott, a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. VIII Festival Internacional de Poesía en Granada, 2012. Source.In Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden, actor Tom Hiddleston (known for roles in The Avengers and War Horse) selects "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott as his choice for the anthology.He describes how he reads the poem often, at least once a month,…
  • Lessons on how to survive from Laurence Gonzales's Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

    Lucy
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    I'm fascinated by Stoic philosophy and "survival mindsets". I read a lot about how we can tailor our thinking to help us get through both everyday challenges and the most difficult of circumstances, and recently came across Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales.I enjoyed the author's application of Stoic philosophy to modern life, alongside the anecdotes he chose (including that of the wonderful Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who spent 4 days stranded in the Sahara desert).Here are a few lessons from the book to get us started on our survival education.1. See the…
  • Lessons on failure from Pierre in Tolstoy's War and Peace

    Lucy
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I've posted before about Tolstoy's "Rules of Life" and desire for self-improvement, both of which generally led to failure rather than any real progression. War and Peace tells a similar story, as my university dissertation research into Pierre Bezukhov's path from "absolute scoundrel" to splendid husband and father suggests.Sketch of Pierre by M.S. Bashilov, to which Tolstoy responded: "His face is good (if only there could be more of a tendencyto philosophizing in his forehead – little wrinkles or bumpsover his eyebrows), but his body is small  –…
  • Linklater's Boyhood: finding meaning through family and connecting with others

    Lucy
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Mason Evans, protagonist of Boyhood, at the movie's brilliant ending. Photo source. Boyhood, the extraordinary 2014 movie shot intermittently over twelve years by Richard Linklater, maps Mason Evan’s journey from six to eighteen years old, with all of the challenges and moments of joy in-between. The beauty of the film is ingrained in this detail, or the day-to-day intricacies of experience, emotion and connection.As Ethan Hawke, who plays Mason's father, neatly states,It's Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the Before series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick…
  • Navigating a Confusing World with Whitman's "Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances"

    Lucy
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Walt Whitman photographed at his home in Camden, New Jersey. Samuel Murray, 1891."Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances" by Walt Whitman is included in my favourite poetry anthology of last year, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden. It is chosen by Stephen Fry in the collection, and it's also alleged to be J.K. Rowling's favourite poem.I love this poem because it recognises that the world is a confusing place. It's not always easy to find meaning, and I think we all occasionally ponder why we're here.Whitman seems to be telling us that this is understandable. Yet…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – Steven Belden

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   I started writing poetry at age ten. In High School I wrote short stories. I discovered that I enjoyed the challenge of putting words together that entertain and provoke.   I like getting into my characters’ heads. […]
  • Author Interview – Geraldine O’Neill

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   My fondness for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England, as I have great memories of being a student there in the 1970’s.   Like Sarah Love, I had grown up in a small village, and I could […]
  • Dangerous and Desirable

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Dangerous and Desirable: Dangerous: Glistening razor-like actions and unexpected consequences. Julio’s exploits are legendary. It is almost as if this former champion boxer can draw and fire his weapon before an adversary’s brain registers the movement. He has one weakness: he cannot refuse helping vulnerable, […]
  • Memories A Brannon series novel

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Memories is a uniquely styled intensely gripping tale of the sordid underbelly of teen sex slave trafficking. It is first in the Brannon series of novels. Memories begins with Cody Brannon’s motorcycle accident that plunges him into a 27-day coma. When he awakes he discovers […]
  • Echo from Mount Royal

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    22 Apr 2015 | 6:52 pm
    In Montreal, it’s 1951. Rebecca Wiseman briefly meets a handsome young man at a college dance but has little hope of seeing him again. When Sol Gottesman tracks her down and asks her on a date, her joy mingles with disbelief when she learns he […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Not Your Usual Hollywood Celebrity Bio

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    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Born with Teeth: A Memoir” by Kate Mulgrew c.2015, Little, Brown                 $28.00 / $31.00 Canada               320 pages Inside you lives the tenacity of a terrier. Once you’ve got something, you never let go, whether it’s a coveted item or a new idea. You’re dogged in your determination, seizing things with a grip that doesn’t let up. It’s a personality trait that’s served you well, and in the new book Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, you’ll meet a kindred spirit. Though in later years,…
  • Everything You Thought You Knew About Weight is a Lie

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    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Body of Truth” by Harriet Brown c.2015, DaCapo LifeLong             $25.99 / $32.50 Canada               274 pages Your summer clothes don’t fit this year. You’ll admit that you weren’t paying attention: too many holiday cookies, too little New Years’ resolving. The pounds crept up and you need to lose them before they multiply again. It’s for your health and well-being, right? Or maybe not. In the new book Body of Truth by Harriet Brown, you’ll see that everything you thought you knew about weight may be a big…
  • The Future Really Isn’t In Your Hands

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    8 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    You have little-to-no control Deny no more. You’ve finally come to accept it: the future really isn’t in your hands. You have no control over others, either, which is the hardest lesson to learn. And certainly, in the new book Endangered by C.J. Box, there’s no control over who becomes the victim of a crime. Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett was used to carnage.  He’d seen plenty of blood from man and beast, but the illegal massacre of an entire lek of politically-loaded sage grouse really set him back on his heels. The slaughter had been senseless and near-complete but before he…
  • What Your Shoes Say About You

    info@lipulse.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Shoes: An Illustrated History” by Rebecca Shawcross c.2014, Bloomsbury                 $40.00 / $50.00 Canada                   256 pages You couldn’t resist: last week, you bought a piece of art. It’s not something you’ll ever hang on your wall. And though it might be tempting to put this art on show, a pedestal won’t be needed. No, you’ll display this art just below your ankles and, as you’ll see in Shoes: An Illustrated History by Rebecca Shawcross, you’ll be in good historical company.
  • Holes in Your Knowledge You Might Like to Fill

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    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    “ASAP Science” by Mitchell Moffit & Greg Brown c.2015, Scribner                     $22.99 / $27.50 Canada                   256 pages Hey, what do you know? It’s a good question, and the answer is that you probably know a lot. You know enough to do your job, not run with scissors, find food, and keep out of trouble. You, in fact, know more than you think you know. But then again, there are a few holes in your knowledge that you might like to fill. And in the new book ASAP Science by…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: A Load of Old Bones by Suzette A. Hill

    Beth
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: A delightfully whimsical debut mystery that provokes nearly as much hilarity as whodunit.About the author: *This post may contain affiliate links*
  • Guest Post: Paddy Fievet author of The Making of a Mystic

    Beth
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Paddy Fievet, Ph.D., author of The Making of a Mystic, stopped by to share with us an article she wrote.About the book:A “modern mystic,” public speaker and teacher, author Paddy Fievet reveals her dramatic spiritual transformation in her new book, The Making of a Mystic: Writing as a Form of Spiritual Emergence. Delving into Fievet’s riveting memoir, readers discover the modern mystic within themselves as they learn how to use writing to connect with Spirit and realize their own sacred life stories. A gifted intuitive with a Ph.D. in Metaphysics, and a member of Spiritual Directors…
  • Review: Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff

    Beth
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jennifer Sharpe is a divorced mother of two with a problem just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn’t have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn’t have a boss. But when, through a fateful coincidence, a brilliant physicist comes into possession of Jennifer’s phone and decides to play fairy godmother, installing a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of what seems like the answer to the impossible dream of having it all: an app that lets her…
  • Author Interview: Rev Jerry Kofi Tutu author of Spiritual Photosynthesis

    Beth
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Rev Jerry Kofi Tutu, author of Spiritual Photosynthesis, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My Name is Jerry Kofi Tutu. I am a TV Evangelist and host of the TV program "Amazing Grace". I have been in the ministry for almost two decades. I am married with four kids. What do you do when you're not writing? I work as a Surgical Technologist and host my weekly TV program. When did your first start writing? I have always wanted to write but I started putting action to my intent in 2011 when I started transcribing some of my TV shows. My first book was…
  • Featured Book: One for the Books by Joe Queenan

    Beth
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books In Closing Time, Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books, Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in people’s lives today. What does it suggest if a person has no books displayed in his living room? Can an obsession with reading prove detrimental to one’s well being? How useful are covers in selling books? Queenan’s many fans—as well as anyone who loves…
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    Literary Yard

  • Poem: The Boat

    Author
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    By: Jayanthi Venugopal I feel the shimmers of the soft white Sun, the fresh moist of the morning dew, the gentle lapping of ocean waters and my own anxiety to set […]
  • Story: Swannanoa

    Author
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    By: Gaither Stewart Some people peel apples in thick layers, heedlessly and negligently cutting away half the apple. Others squint and observe closely the fruit, stripping its skin paper-thin in […]
  • Poem: Oceans and rivers

    Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By: Neelam Singh Fiji Delimited by the ocean, in its immense vastness Copious to acquire Value laden oceans and rivers Unravel its treasures and re‐live its pleasures Oceans and rivers, a […]
  • Poem: thief of flame

    Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    By: Linda M Crate i watched the flames devour the candle wick seemingly impressed with themselves though they had conquered nothing only dulled the sparkle of the candle, and you […]
  • Poem: popularity contest

    Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    By: Linda M Crate in high school i always wanted to be one of the cool kids fit in with the popular ones and be part of the coolest cliques, […]
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 187

    Peter J Story
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Badness is only spoiled goodness.” –The Case for Christianity
  • San Marcos Book Signing Tomorrow

    Peter J Story
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Be sure to stop by Half Price Books in San Marcos tomorrow, and pick up a signed copy of Things Grak Hates! I’ll be there between 1 pm and 5 pm, signing books, answering questions, and judging dance-offs. As always, this book tour is sponsored by Scrivener. Don’t forget that you can pick up a copy of ...
  • Notable Quotes: 186

    Peter J Story
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. ~Madeleine L’Engle
  • “Things Grak Hates” book club question recap, part 3

    Peter J Story
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In an effort to make these questions easier to find, I’m combining them into a handful of posts, ending with this one. In my debut novel, Things Grak Hates, I explored a number of issues, such as: Reductionism What springs to mind as Grak’s most glaring simplification of a complex matter? What do you think he missed ...
  • Notable Quotes: 185

    Peter J Story
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~Jimmy Johnson
 
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts. With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less…
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Last Siege of Haven (The Undertakers #4) by Ty Drago

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!This week, we are revealing the cover forLast Siege Of Haven (The Undertakers #4) by Ty Dragopresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post! While away on an undercover mission, Undertaker Will Ritter has made an unthinkable alliance…with a Corpse! But though Robert Dillin (aka ‘The Zombie Prince’) is indeed one of those alien invaders who animate and possess the bodies of the dead — unlike the rest of his kind, Dillin isn’t evil. In fact, he wants to help. And Will needs that help, because the…
  • Book Blitz & Giveaway: Since Drew by J. Nathan

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Little Miss Bookmark is proud to be partnered with Xpresso Book Tours for a new release blitz today! Take a moment to learn about Since Drew (an amazingly awesome book) and definitely order this one, you won't be disappointed! Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!Before I show you more about the book, I wanted to introduce you to the author, J. Nathan. Ms. Nathan quickly became one of my favorite authors just because of this book. She's such a sweet lady and super talented!I'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even…
  • Review: Rock & Release (Rock & Release #1-3) by Riley Edgewood

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Formerly released as a three-act serial, Rock & Release is now one complete novel.She wants something easy. What she needs might be something else.Cassidy Evans is looking for an escape over her college summer break. And when one night with a few too many martinis leads her to sexy guitarist, Gage Logan, she may have found exactly that.He's hot and he's sweet, and in the bedroom he's enough to make Cassidy forget her own name. Multiple times. But as her heart opens to Gage, feelings she's been trying to avoid slip through, too. Regret over her rocky relationship with her parents. Pain…
  • Review: That Thing You Do (Whispering Bay Romance #1) by Maria Geraci

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Allie Grant doesn’t believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her…
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    John Harbour

  • Dreams of Spring

    John Harbour
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    It’s again the time of year I find so difficult. It’s not quite spring, and yet, and yet? My thoughts have turned to the Catskills and the rivers which are still cold and uncomfortable to fish. I once went in March, eager for the season to begin, and stood in the Willowemoc with ice flowing around me. I caught nothing…my skill with the nymph then was lacking, but I did come home with the memory of sitting on a shelf of ice, dangling my legs in the water, and how surreal it was. A beaver giving me the side-eye for disrupting his domain. Probably going back to the den like a a furry Paul…
  • The Real Cost of Food

    John Harbour
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    One of the themes of the next novel I am writing is that we, as Americans, have no idea where our food comes from. There is no connection to the food we put on our tables and the journey that food takes. We eat strawberries for $4.00 per pound every month of the year, not knowing that those strawberries are mostly harvested from the same set of fields along the coast in Northern California using low paid workers under back breaking conditions. It’s “Yeah! Strawberries!” And then we wonder why they don’t taste like we remember when we were children. One of the things I love to do when…
  • Sin Auld Lang Syne

    John Harbour
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    We twa hae run about the braes And pu'd the gowans fine; But we've wander'd mony a weary foot Sin auld lang syne -- Robert Burns This is a year of major change for me; I hit one of life’s major milestones, made it to Provence for the first time, and am leaving friends and colleagues whom I love and respect to begin a new adventure and chapter in my life. I am leaving behind who I was for who I will become. Maybe it’s the change, maybe it’s the time of year, or possibly a combination of the two that has caused me to pause and reflect on the dynamic nature of life. Sometimes change comes…
  • Christmas Chili

    John Harbour
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Friends of mine had a chili cook off a couple of weekends ago that I couldn’t attend so I decided to post my contribution online by sharing the recipe here. Although, like all good cooks, I have left out a few ingredients just to keep mine, mine. That being said, this will still rock your chili world. Chili recipes are like partners; you date some -- some more serious than others -- you explore some and try to make them yours, and then you find the one. The one that you commit to. And it becomes the go-to recipe you know you will use for the rest of your life. Below is mine. It’s perfect…
  • Dreaming of Trout : The Willowemoc

    John Harbour
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate and fools to pass by - an ingenious Spaniard (reported by Izaak Walton) I sit here on a cold Saturday evening dreaming of things that might have been; Because of schedules and work and life and Provence and this and that, I did not make it to the waters of the Willowemoc and Beaverkill this year. A friend and I were supposed to go yesterday -- a hail Mary pass to salvage the respectability of a year, but the weather turned to the low '30s with snow showers. I have 5 weight guide waders, but even to me that…
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor

    Emily
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Bëor Home: Beleriand, specifically Nargothrond Claim to fame: He was the leader of the first Men to enter Beleriand Why I think he’s interesting: He was utterly devoted… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Shadow of Mordor Review

    Emily
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Shadow of Mordor Review Shadow of Mordor is about Talion, the Captain of the Gondorian watch over Mordor. One night their outpost is over-run, Talion’s wife and son are killed before his eyes and he is cursed. Now he is “banished from death” and shares his body with a spirit who has no memory of his own past. Talion and the… Read more The post Shadow of Mordor Review appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Sauron

    Emily
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Sauron Home: Angband, later Barad-dûr Claim to fame: He’s the big bad most people recognize, creator of the One Ring. Why I think he’s interesting: Despite being… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Sauron appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • This is Beautiful

    Emily
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. The editing is truly magical.   In other news, yes, I am still alive. Life just keeps throwing one thing after another at me. I’m going to keep trying! Hopefully I can start to produce at least one post a week. Read more The post This is Beautiful appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth

    Emily
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Melkor (more commonly known as Morgoth) Immediate Family: Brother (“in the thought of Eru Ilúvatar”): Manwë Home: Angband Claim to fame: He was the first… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
 
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    Jonathan Rex

  • Lake Ida

    jrex365
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    In the film Nymphomaniac by Lars Von Trier the main character continuously recalls her father talking about a specific tree that he loves a lot. He tells her that if people pay attention they will discover their tree eventually (or it will find them). Toward the end of the film she finds her’s . . . a crooked and solitary tree on a hill. It’s approaching two years now since I found my tree (header image) and the experience changed me forever. At the time I had been working at the Ft. Lauderdale courthouse in the Felony Department putting together dockets for the judges. I’d…
  • Ray Lamontagne

    jrex365
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    I stumbled across Ray’s music back in 2007 while in college when I saw this show on BBC and have been a fan ever since. If you’ve never heard of him you’re missing out. Do yourself a a favor, save the link to this post and when you have an hour free come back and hit play on the video below. Intro Three More Days Shelter Hold You In My Arms Be Here Now Empty Barfly Gone Away From Me Trouble Till The Sun Turns Black You Can Bring Me Flowers Jolene Can I Stay End    
  • Le Palais Idéal

    jrex365
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Ferdinand Cheval was a French  postman who dedicated 33 years of his life toward building a castle out of stones that he collected and molded together with lime, mortar and cement. One day while delivering mail he tripped over a rock and recalled a dream that he had years earlier of himself building a palace with caves. Picking the rock up he put it in his pocket and set out to bring his dream to life. The end result was  Le Palais Idéal (The Ideal Palace) in Hauterives, France. He originally wanted to be buried inside his palace but that was illegal according to French law so he…
  • Aniyunwiya

    jrex365
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    The word Cherokee is actually an English variant of the word Tsala’gi (Cha-la-gee) and meant “Mountain People”. On some of the earliest European explorers’ maps of the U.S. the Spanish and French labeled the Cherokee lands as “Chalaqui” and “Chalaki”, names that they had gotten from surrounding tribes they encountered first. Other tribes referred to the Tsala’gi as the Rikama’gi (Rick-ama-gee) which meant “Mountain Water People”. In 1776 when Tsiyu Gansini (Dragging Canoe) formed the Tsikama’gi (Chickamauga) in…
  • Abstract Nudes

    jrex365
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Earlier this week I began working on a new style of abstract nudes with a friend of ours. The idea that I have is to drip different colors of hot candle wax onto the model’s body in different patterns, shoot photos of her body and then edit the images later in Photoshop. I’m not sure if this is going anywhere yet. The concept that I began with will probably evolve over time through trial and error, but these are the first two images that I created with her.
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    Screaming with Brevity

  • A Review: Bloodletting in Minor Scales by Justin Limoli

    Matthew J. Hall
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    By its own definition a play in verse has to work on at least two levels. Justin Limoli’s Bloodletting in Minor Scales [A Canvas in Arms.] has almost as many levels as it does an abundance of characters. To appreciate this book in all its bizarre glory is to read it multiple times. There is […] The post A Review: Bloodletting in Minor Scales by Justin Limoli appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Alchemy by John Yamrus

    Matthew J. Hall
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Alchemy is John Yamrus’ latest full collection of poetry from Epic Rites Press. It contains fourteen illustrations within its 188 pages by the artist Janne Karlsson who is becoming synonymous with ERP publications. True to its title, Alchemy’s power is in taking situations of seemingly little value and turning them into gold. Yamrus has an […] The post A Review: Alchemy by John Yamrus appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Unkindness, Poetry by Alex Phillips

    Matthew J. Hall
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Unkindness is Alex Phillips’ second book-length poem. It is split into thirty six multi-layered sections, where shifting perspectives cover various acts and consequences of human cruelty. The poem, as its title suggests, tumbles through an amalgam of animosity ranging from basic and personal selfishness, neglect and abusive behaviour to crimes of terror and the unjust […] The post A Review: Unkindness, Poetry by Alex Phillips appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: The Blood of a Tourist by William Taylor Jr.

    Matthew J. Hall
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    I’d like to start this review of William Taylor Jr.’s fifth poetry collection on a personal note. If you follow this blog there is a good chance that you already know I am a huge fan of Taylor’s work. The Blood of a Tourist superseded my high expectations from the moment of opening the envelope […] The post A Review: The Blood of a Tourist by William Taylor Jr. appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Factory Reject by Wolfgang Carstens

    Matthew J. Hall
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Wolfgang Carstens’ Factory Reject is a warts and all, autobiographical book where the author has truly left something of himself on every page. There is a sense of urgency throughout this poetry collection in both theme and style. Here is a poet who gets straight to the point and clearly has no intention of mincing […] The post A Review: Factory Reject by Wolfgang Carstens appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
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    ADUIDE

  • Transmotion, A New Peer-Reviewed Journal in Indigenous Literary Studies, Released Its First Issue Today

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Some exciting news today from the indigenous literature field. Transmotion, a biannual, peer-reviewed journal in indigenous literary studies has officially published both a pdf and html version of their journal.More about Transmotion from the site:Transmotion is a biannual, fully and permanently open-access journal inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor. Transmotion will publish new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde writing produced by Native American and First Nations authors, as well as book reviews on relevant work in Indigenous Studies, and…
  • The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band, A Review

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling BandFrances WashburnThe University of Arizona Press2014ISBN: 9780816530823Frances Washburn did a great job of telling the story of Sissy, a young woman who feels stuck in a small Rez town. Sissy is the lead singer of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band, along with three men who are all comical and pitiful in their own rights. To Sissy, though, the band is a dead-end, her job is a dead-end, and her life in the small town is a dead-end. There’s a lot of angst in this story. As a reader, I wanted nothing but to see Sissy succeed. Throughout the story, I…
  • "We Share Our Matters" Releases Late March.

    8 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    A new book by Rick Monture (Mohawk) is set to be released later this month, and a launch party is happening in Winnipeg. The book is called We Share Our Matters and is about the Haudenosaunee fight for sovereignty through their eyes.Relevant details of the book and launch party below:When: Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 pmWhere: McNally Robinson Booksellers (1120 Grant Avenue), Winnipeg.Cost: FREELight refreshments will be served…About the BookThe Haudenosaunee, more commonly known as the Iroquois or Six Nations, have been one of the most widely written-about Indigenous groups in Canada and…
  • On the Redskins Name Debate and "Fake" Indians

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    I typically hadn’t cared much for the whole debate of who is or who isn’t an indian. Far too often it comes down to exiling people that others don’t like for personal or legal reasons. To me, I’m okay if someone is trying to figure out their native heritage when that heritage involves some sort of native ancestry, no matter how small.The problem, though, comes when a person puports to speak for natives when their heritage is suspect or significantly lacking.Case in point, Mark Yancey and other “fake” indians that are fighting to keep the NFL Redskins team name. [Note that I’m…
  • How Do You Teach Your Kids To Love Reading?

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    How did you become a reader? Did your parents read to you on a somewhat regular basis? Did you pick it up on your own?For me, it was a combination of the two. My mom read to me as a child for a time, but ultimately I picked it up and ran with it. Archie Comics, R.L. Stine's Goosebumps, and Judy Bloom's kid's detective series were the books I read as a child.What about those of you with kids? Do you try to teach your kids the joy of reading?South Carolina's The State recently posted a list of several steps one can do to help raise a reader. There are some generic ideas such as read aloud,…
 
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    Adam Oster

  • Flash Fiction Friday: The Writer Revisited

    Adam
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    He sits down in front of the computer, contemplating why he sat down in the first place, and opens up the web browser, now by routine instead of want.  Before he even realizes it, he already has his publishing site’s platform open, and the button for reports clicked. He knows what he’ll see.  He’s already seen it fifteen times today.  Yet he does it.  Compulsory. And as before, he finds that nothing has changed. He sighs to himself while finding that he stares at the empty report with a dejected feeling within the pit of his stomach.  He knows he should expect no…
  • Fat Mogul vs. Freelancing

    Adam
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This might be more of an announcement than a piece of advice.  As you should already be aware, I’ve been working on reevaluating my daily writing activities, attempting to figure out how to fit things in while also making them actually worthwhile. I love writing my books, but I really don’t like promoting them, or dealing with the fact that there’s so little that comes back from them. In other words, no matter how much I might attempt to legitimize my novel-writing, the amount of financial return I receive off them makes them still nothing more than a hobby.  It’s a…
  • Book Review: Kidnap: Book 1 of Guy Erma and Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

    Adam
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    So, you might have noticed that I had reviewed a very similar sounding book not so long ago.  In fact, it was a very very similar version of this book, as in, the non-serialized version of this very book. But, my friends out at iRead Blog Tours asked if I would be willing to give my thoughts on the serialized version of the book as well.  And, of course, me being the ever-willing pawn to folks trying to shill their books, I agreed. As mentioned above, Kidnap is the serialized version of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, which should be obvious from the full title. There does appear to be some…
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Year of Marketing

    Adam
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    from cakepicturegallery.com In my attempts to become something of a more reputable blogger, I’ve been spending some time, as of late, doing what they call a content audit, which is basically that you review old posts, clean them up if necessary, and you know, recognize the more popular ones and do something to make more like that, or whatever. Mostly, I’ve just been taking a look back in time to see what I have been talking about on here over the years, as well as doing minor amounts of cleanup work on posts I’ve never read a second time. Whilst doing this last week, I came…
  • Flash Fiction Friday: Mid-life

    Adam
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    For the record, those of you who know that at the time of this article getting posted I will be on a big ol’ roadtrip, no, I did not write this on the road, but a few days before departure.  I’ll admit there’s some truth to the below, but ultimately, it’s mostly in fun…and an homage to the family I do absolutely adore…and will be missing greatly at the time this thing hits the page. What is it about the male mid-life crisis and cars?  Perhaps it’s that feeling of escaping the daily routine the thirty-something male finds appealing, and so clearly…
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  • This I Believe: Thomas Mann on Time and the Soul of Existence

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    “The perishableness of life … imparts value, dignity, interest to life.” “The best thing about time passing,” Sarah Manguso wrote in her magnificent meditation on ongoingness, “is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and everyone I know.” More than half a century earlier, the great German writer, philanthropist, and Nobel laureate Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875–August 12, 1955) articulated this idea with enchanting elegance in NPR’s program-turned-book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of…
  • What Power Really Means: Cheryl Strayed Reads Adrienne Rich’s Homage to Marie Curie

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A poetic and precise formulation of what it means to be a great artist, a great woman, and a great human being. “Stories are a meal,” one wise father told his eight-year-old daughter a long time ago. “But poetry is a glass of water, perhaps even a single drop that will save your life.” That’s precisely what poetry became for Cheryl Strayed as she hiked a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to put herself in the way of truth and beauty in a thoroughly transformative experience that became the magnificent memoir Wild that then became a major motion picture. In…
  • Tell Me What to Dream About: An Illustrated Nocturnal Adventure of Imaginative Possibility

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Because who doesn’t want to be eating teeny-tiny waffles surrounded by teeny-tiny animals? “Something nameless hums us into sleep,” Mark Strand wrote in his bewitching ode to dreams — perhaps the same nameless something that has compelled us, for as long as the written record of human thought has existed, to seek an explanation for why we dream at all, what actually happens when we sleep, and how dreaming relates to our waking lives. Nearly a century after Freud’s eccentric niece named Tom explored the fascination of dreams in a most unusual children’s…
  • Thoreau on Libraries and His Ideal Sanctuary for Books

    Maria Popova
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Those old books suggested a certain fertility … as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in.” “We have an obligation to support libraries,” Neil Gaiman asserted in contemplating our responsibilities to the written word, adding: “If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future.” More than a century and a half earlier, another great man of letters extolled the value of libraries with equal wholeheartedness. From The Journal…
  • Beastly Verse: From Lewis Carroll to William Blake, Beloved Poems About Animals in Vibrant and Unusual Illustrations

    Maria Popova
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    “Stories are a meal. But poetry is a glass of water, perhaps even a single drop that will save your life.” Half a century after Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls, legendary artist Tomi Ungerer’s illustrated compendium of famous authors’ verses about brothers and sisters, another singular illustrator of our own era applies the concept to a different domain of the human experience — the inclination toward thinking with animals in making sense of our own lives. In Beastly Verse (public library), her spectacular picture-book debut, Brooklyn-based illustrator and…
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    Many Words

  • No-update-week update

    Fishbreath
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Sorry, I’ve been preoccupied with my upcoming move, but mostly just lazy and easily distracted. (I know I said I was excited to get to the bits of the story ahead of where I am now, and I still am. Next week.) Scheduling-wise, we’ll likely have two weeks of updates, then I’ll be off until late June for the move, the wedding, the honeymoon, and the other half of the move. In the interim, Parvusimperator (primarily) and I have some content up at the Fish Bowl, and I’ll try to schedule it evenly over my break so that you have something to peruse while I’m gone.
  • The Long Retreat No. 22

    Fishbreath
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    The cold, gray light of dawn persisted into the mid-morning, before the fog began to burn away. They’d made passable time, by Falthejn’s estimation, though he had hoped for better. The army had a full day’s head start now, and if they were indeed taking the straighter, cross-country route, his little band of survivors would be hard-pressed to reach the fort at Flodsvadgard before the army marched the refugees further north. He looked over his shoulder. Sif kept pace with him, a respectful step or two behind. She had kept her own counsel since they’d set out. Deep in…
  • The Long Retreat No. 21

    Fishbreath
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Sif looked at her feet. The boots were leather, fur-lined, and the nicest thing she owned. “I bought them,” she said, then froze. To her surprise, he didn’t ask the obvious question. “That was responsible of you.” She tried not to show her relief. She may have been a beggar and a thief, but she didn’t have to be proud of it. “My feet kept getting cold,” she said, covering for herself. His amusement didn’t go so far as a laugh, but she saw it in his eyes. “As good a reason as any,” he said. He stood, lifted his pack as if to…
  • Commentary, The Long Retreat No. 21

    Fishbreath
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    I’m excited to type the next few pages—they contain the most cogent explanation of magic in this universe I’ve ever produced. I’m very clear on the concept; I’ve just never managed to get it to paper with anything like the same clarity. You may have noticed a lack of consistency with contractions. If you’re more observant, you might have figured out my meaning already—fewer contractions is an indicator of greater formality, and the language here cares about formality. Use of name and patronym is another marker you can look for, if that’s your thing.
  • The Long Retreat No. 20

    Fishbreath
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    “You think he is above making mistakes?” “I think he will make fewer mistakes than either of us. I have—” “—worked with them before, yes.” Hrothgar shook his head. “I wonder how closely, if you take his side over mine so readily.” “Hrothgar Hrafnssen!” Alfhilde replied, abandoning any attempt at quiet. Jakob stirred, sniffled, and began to cry. Sif lost interest in the tableau, stood, and stretched. She’d slept better, on winter nights when she’d judged the cold too biting to sleep outside, but then, she’d also…
 
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    Between Reality

  • Announcement #3

    unlimitedexploration
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Good morning!  I hope you’re feeling good after staying up late reading a great book. I unfortunately have some bad news. Between Reality will be on hold until after May 12th due to dire circumstances outside of the blog. I apologize to each of you for this abrupt notice and I hope to post a review soon. Always look for a Paige Turner
  • Germination (Feast of Weeds series) by Jamie Thornton

    unlimitedexploration
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Kindle Price: $2.99 Official Rating: 2/5 Synopsis: “A group of runaways. A horrifying virus. Mary knows how to thrive on the street. She makes it her mission to keep other kids away from everyday monsters. But when she’s attacked by a crazed man clutching a bloody heart she realizes—there’s a new kind of monster in town. A single drop of blood, and now Mary’s one of the infected. Unless she can stop the virus and save her friends, the new monster in town might just be her. A post-apocalyptic Young Adult series where the runaways are the heroes, the zombies aren’t really zombies,…
  • Forgiven (The Trouble series) by Rachel Morgan

    unlimitedexploration
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: “Three hundred and six days ago, Julia ran away from home. Abandoning her family, friends, boyfriend, and university plans, she fled with no explanation. She can’t hide forever, though, and now it’s time to face the mess she left behind.” My Review: If you listen very carefully, you can hear me sighing loudly. If you’ve ever been at an amusement park at least once, and I’m sure you have, there’s always that one ride that kind of bothers you. It’s that single ride that has all of those twists and turns, but ends too…
  • No, Not That Jane Austen by Marilyn Grey

    unlimitedexploration
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Kindle Price: $0.99 Official rating: 2.5/5 Synopsis: “The complete opposite of her parents, Jane doesn’t like reading love stories and can’t stand all things romance, but most especially she hates her name. “No, not that Jane Austen,” she’s said so many times to so many teachers, friends, and strangers, while lamenting the fact that her parents named her after one of their favorite authors, the very author who sparked their own love story. Jane isn’t looking for a love story, and on the eve of her 18th birthday she happily considers changing her name…
  • The Starter Boyfriend by Tina Ferraro

    unlimitedexploration
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Review: 1.5/5 Synopsis: “17 year-old Courtney is completely stressed. There’s the rift with her softball teammates, homework, housework, her part-time job at the tux shop, her dad’s upcoming wedding…enough! Would it be too much to ask for someone special in her life, a boyfriend she could talk to, count on, even lean on a little? The best she’s got is a blue-eyed surfer boy who seems to save his biggest moves for his board, and a “friend date” to Homecoming with a guy still in love with his ex. Oh, and then there’s the tuxedo mannequin…
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    TR - Blog for Books, Reviews, Opinion and discussion

  • Mark Twain Quote on Kids

    imTabula rasa
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
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    31 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
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  • Stray thoughts on Christine by Stephen King

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    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I  was a new entrant to the world of  Stephen King and the curves he throws up so I opened the book with no sense of foreboding or aware of the impending fright that was waiting for me... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    22 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
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    Channel Light Vessel

  • The Runaway by Ruth Morris

    Channel Light Vessel
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    The Runaway, by Ruth Morris  (Published in America as ‘Runaway Girl’)*Contains Spoilers*I plan to talk about children’s literature here occasionally, so I’ll begin with a book that fulfils all my self-imposed criteria for inclusion in this blog: it’s underrated, obscure, and (more or less) forgotten. It’s also out of print, though you can still find plenty of old copies on Amazon.   Until I read The Runaway at the age of 10, Australia was just a big blank island on the map, sitting there at the bottom of the world, home to koalas, kangaroos, and a few dusty…
  • What is it like to be a psychopath? Another look at 'Engleby', the novel by Sebastian Faulks

    Channel Light Vessel
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    What is it like to be a psychopath?Another look at Engleby, the novel by Sebastian FaulksThe Sea of Ice, by Caspar David Friedrich, 1823. Also known as 'The Wreck of Hope'* SPOILER ALERT * – please don’t read this if you have not read the novel.Where would fiction be without the murderer, the psychopath, the serial killer, the ripper in the shadow, ‘the smiler with the knife’? Eviscerated, is the simple answer, with Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, Graham Greene’s Pinkie Brown, Ruth Rendell’s Teddy Grex, all cast out along with numberless other nightmarish figures who stalk the…
  • John and Marie Christine Ridgway: 50 years of living dangerously

    Channel Light Vessel
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The Wandering Albatross - woodcut, 1837. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)John and Marie Christine Ridgway sailed around the world in 2003-4 to raise international awareness of the plight of the albatross: 19 out of 22 species are threatened with extinction. "I love the whole idea that maybe, riding the westerlies, albatrosses circle the globe every two years or so, living for eighty years or more, quite independent of man." John Ridgway, 1996.John and Marie Christine Ridgway: fifty years of living dangerouslyBook-cover blurbs, manipulatively edited to highlight the kindest bits…
  • Why has the BBC buried The Roads to Freedom ?

    Channel Light Vessel
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Why has the BBC buried The Roads to Freedom?The whole series exists intact - so why can't we watch it?Michael Bryant as Mathieu Delarue in The Roads to Freedom. David Turner, who dramatised the series, called the character of Mathieu the Hamlet of our age.  This is a rare photo: it is almost as impossible to find photos of the cast in their roles as it is to watch the series.“It’s relevant to every generation, but it’s especially applicable to young people.” Michael Bryant, 1970. If youre under 50, you may not know that the BBC dramatised Jean-Paul…
  • The Heart of the Wood

    Channel Light Vessel
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Photo: © Channel Light VesselI'm going to start with an Irish poem I found a while ago somewhere in the recesses of the internet. It's anonymous, and if I remember rightly it's a translation from the Gaelic. Anyway, it’s beautiful.The Heart of the WoodMy hope and my love,we will go for a while into the wood, scattering the dew,where we will see the trout,we will see the blackbird on its nest;the deer and the buck calling,the little bird that is sweetest singing on the branches;the cuckoo on the top of the fresh green;and death will never come near us for ever in the sweet…
 
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