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  • Bookends: Should Literature Be Considered Useful?

    NYT > Books
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Adam Kirsch and Dana Stevens discuss whether literature should be valued for its utility.
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #47

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Everyone here at The Book Designer will be taking the day off tomorrow to enjoy Labor Day with our families. See you again on Wednesday when we’ll be featuring another great post, “Book Apps by Authorly” by our Contributing Writer, Jason Matthews. You won’t want to miss it. Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for August, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be…
  • J.K. Rowling Writes New Story About Off-Stage Harry Potter Character

    ReadersRead.com Book Blog
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    J.K. Rowling has written an essay and a song about an obscure Harry Potter character. Celestina the Singing Sorceress has quite a colorful past. And she can really sing. Read more on readersread.com
  • The Waterproof Bible

    The Truth About Lies
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    [T]he only difference between a happy ending and a sad ending is where you decide the story ends – Andrew Kaufman, The Waterproof Bible Back in the good ol’ days there was real and unreal and that was it; it was one thing or t’other. Then all these other realisms started appearing: surrealism, magic realism, hyperrealism, neorealism, pseudorealism. Suddenly it all got very confusing. Confusion, of course, is a state of mind. And if you were looking for a state of mind in which to approach The Waterproof Bible I would aim for this one: Things only get confusing if you let them get…
  • From Communism to Capitalism

    ReadySteadyBlog
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Just out from Bloomsbury, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism: Theory of a Catastrophe (translated by Scott Davidson): Both a unique witness of transformative events in the late 20th century, and a prescient analysis of our present economic crises from a major French philosopher, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism adds an important economic dimension to his earlier social critique. It begins by tracing the collapse of communist regimes back to their failure to implement Marx's original insights into the irreplaceable value of the living individual. Henry goes on to apply this…
 
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  • A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized'

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    In The Teacher Wars, DanaGoldstein chronicles the history of the profession and current topics like tenure. She says the idea that teachers can help fight poverty has existed since the 19th century.» E-Mail This
  • There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

    Beth Novey
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.» E-Mail This
  • Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

    Annalisa Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Also: the man who dug through John Updike's trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.» E-Mail This
  • Accepting The Strange Brilliance Of 'Acceptance'

    Jason Sheehan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.» E-Mail This
  • Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

    Saeed Jones
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Book Designer

  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #47

    Joel Friedlander
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Everyone here at The Book Designer will be taking the day off tomorrow to enjoy Labor Day with our families. See you again on Wednesday when we’ll be featuring another great post, “Book Apps by Authorly” by our Contributing Writer, Jason Matthews. You won’t want to miss it. Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for August, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be…
  • 21 Tips for Creating a Successful Writing Collaboration

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick When a writing collaboration works, partners inspire and complement one other. The creative process is less lonely. But when collaborations fail, the drama may be as ugly as a Hollywood divorce. For every successful writing partnership, there are dozens of failed ones despite the best of intentions. Not everyone is a team player, and not every team is a winner. To improve the odds of a successful writing partnership take the time to put the collaboration agreement in writing. Most people resist this idea. Like a prenuptial agreement, it kills the romance. They don’t realize…
  • 4 Ways Authors Can Rock on Twitter

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Frances Caballo It took a while for me to understand Twitter. When I signed up, I made my first mistake in deciding my handle, @CaballoFrances. A Spanish soccer player had already taken @FrancesCaballo so I reversed the order of my first and last names. Now I regret using my entire name because my handle has 14 characters – too many for this microblogging platform – when it should have no more than 12. Even fewer characters would have been better. The next mistake I made was using a company name as my profile name instead of simply using Frances Caballo. People don’t interact with…
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  • August 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Deborah Blum, Angel Killer Deborah Blum's Kindle Single Angel Killer is a very readable and interesting account of a series of unusually gruesome crimes, Albert Fish's string of child abductions and murders in the 1920s. A great, quick read--a perfect example of the Single format--but if you're faint of heart, some of the details may give you nightmares. Peter Ross Range, Murder in the Yoga Store In his Kindle Single Murder in the Yoga Store Peter Ross Range details the 2011 murder of a young woman working at a Lululemon store in an upscale part of Bethesda, Maryland. The book covers the…
  • July 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk is in Business I suppose I have to resign myself to the fact that we're living in a new age. Hy Conrad's Monk books are not going to be the same as Lee Goldberg's, and I shouldn't expect them to be. So far, Conrad's stories are not as funny or as poignant as those of his predecessor--the series' main selling point, in my opinion--but they're still  good and worth reading. This time out there's a pair of mysteries--thematically related, it ultimately turns out. One of them I had mostly figured out early on, the other not at all. I'm not usually very adept at solving these…
  • June 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity's Death So I stumbled on this charming cozy from the early 90's. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's Death is the first in a series that is apparently still going strong. The 19th Aunt Dimity book, Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, was just released about a month ago. With the arrival of a letter Lori Shepherd, who's temping to barely make ends meet when the book begins, soon finds herself whisked into, well, lots of stuff: a world of privilege, romance, mystery, and the supernatural. Her transition from struggling American divorcée to refined, tea-serving American…
  • May 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 May 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Chris Pavone, The Expats The story told in Chris Pavone's The Expats is an interesting one, and just the sort of thing I like: Kate Moore, a former CIA agent who is now retired with her husband and kids in Luxembourg, becomes suspicious of another expat couple and, ultimately, of her husband. It's a very cerebral story. Not much happens, really. There's just a lot of Kate figuring things out. That the book holds one's interest despite the lack of action is impressive. On the other hand, the author takes a very long time to tell the story. He throws in a lot of description at times when you…
  • April 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl I'd been hearing about this book for a while, had a sample downloaded on my Kindle for an equally long while. I'm glad I finally started reading, because once I did, I was hooked. It's been a long time--maybe years--since I've sat down and read for any decent length of time, uninterrupted, immersed in a book. Through some wonderful combination of forces--nothing imminent on the radar, access to comfortable seating, and a book worthy of the time--I was able to do just that with Gone Girl, and I was joined by my daughter, who was immersed in her own can't-put-it-down…
 
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Craft Ebook Sale + Penguin Plush DIY

    Alison Presley
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Never met a Mason jar you didn’t like? Are you a whiz with a needle? Been known to say, “Gee, thanks. I made it!” Crafters, makers, and creatives, we’re excited to announce our annual craft ebook sale. For two weeks only, we’ve lowered the price of 9 craft-themed ebooks to $3.99 or less so you can get inspired for your next project. And to celebrate, we’re sharing a DIY from Woolbuddies by Jackie Huang, one of the ebooks featured in the sale. Follow the instructions below to make your very own plush penguin Woolbuddy. All you need is a little wool, a…
  • Alvin Lustig: Born Modern

    Michael Carabetta
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Recently, I was invited by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco to give a Design Gallery Chat on Alvin Lustig, one of the designers represented in the Museum’s exhibition, Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. Alvin Lustig, 1949 Lustig, the subject of Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen’s monograph, Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig, blossomed in the post-World World War II era when the U.S. was bursting with optimism and opportunity. After years of deprivation from the Great Depression and the sacrifices of World War II, there was pent-up demand for…
  • #ThisIsMyBookstore

    Irene Kim
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Here at Chronicle Books, we’re inspired by the enduring magic of books, and are always looking for more ways to share that magic. Well, what better place to breathe in the magic of books than in our our favorite local bookstores? We can spend hours lingering among shelves, combing for new treasures…and could wax poetic on the charm, importance, and beauty of bookstores for hours. But instead of doing that, we’ll point all book and bookstore-lovers to the birth of a new hashtag: #ThisIsMyBookstore. Each week, we’ll feature a photo tagged with #ThisIsMyBookstore on our…
  • From the Archives: Teach Your Cat to Read

    Julia Patrick
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Did you catch Tuesday’s Kitten Writing Summit?  If such a show of creative passion and literary purr-owess has your favorite feline inspired, this Throwback Thursday we’ll take a look at how our esteemed authors got their start.  Every great writer begins a great reader, and with this Chronicle classic from 1994, you too can Teach Your Cat to Read. All young readers start with the basics, though the learning process can be difficult for some, even with a little incentive. It’s best to be patient, and help your cat find books with subjects they are passionate about. As your…
  • Go Back to School with Chronicle Classroom!

    Lara Starr
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Chronicle Classroom is a one-stop resource for teachers, librarians, homeschoolers and parents with dozens of Common Core-aligned teacher’s guides, discussion guides, activity kits, coloring pages and more from Chronicle Books. Organized by grade, series, and the type of material, it’s easy to find just the right resource to extend the learning from Chronicle’s books to your students. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find for each grade level. Visit Chronicle Classroom to discover more! PreKindergarten: Mix it Up! party kit Kindergarten–3rd Grade: Green is a Chile…
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    Bookslut

  • An Interview with Peter Anderson

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Peter Anderson was once a professor of mine at Austin College in North Texas, and long before The Unspeakable was published and won the Alex la Guma Award for International Fiction, I asked him for the manuscript and read it....
  • The Irrational Season: Reading The Route

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A week ago I put my cat in a mesh box and we walked onto a plane. I moved away from home, but I don’t want to write about that I want to write about the books I took with...
  • Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
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  • Matrimony, War, and the Habsburg Chin

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Royal families were the Kardashians and Brangelinas of the 1690s, and any seventeenth-century People magazine worth its salt would have been heavy on Habsburgs. Charles II (insensitively known as "Charles the Bewitched" due to his many physical and mental disabilities)...
  • An Interview with Dr. Joel Gold

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Dr. Joel Gold is one half of the creative team behind Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness (the other is professor and brother, Ian). While the book goes on to explore dozens of different factors that can feed into mental...
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan

    dylan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Tweet “[M]ost organizations and managers today focus on the amount of time that employees appear to spend doing something and not on what they actually produce. This has to change. Just because employees are “putting in hours” doesn’t mean anything.” ~Jacob Morgan Jacob Morgan is an author, keynote speaker, and the principal and co-founder of Chess Media Group, a firm focused on the future of work and collaboration. Jacob frequently speaks at conferences around the world and is featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
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    Charles Petzold

  • New Book — New Chapter in Life

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Six months ago I started doing some contracting work for the documentation team at Xamarin — the company that provides tools for developers to write Mac, iOS, and Android apps using C# and .NET. It was a good fit for me. The work experience was so enjoyable that when Xamarin offered me full-time employment, I jumped at the opportunity. ... more ...
  • Reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction”

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    On one level, this book is a joyous celebration of science. Elizabeth Kolbert is the type of science writer who doesn’t hesitate to travel to exotic and dangerous places where she gets her hands dirty and her feet wet. Readers of this book tag along as the author goes to Panama to look for frogs, hikes through the treacherous terrain in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, swims through the cold waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, explores a bat cave in the Adirondacks, trudges through the mountain ranges of Peru, snorkels off the coast of One Tree Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier…
  • Seeing Mieczysław Weinberg’s “The Passenger”

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    The opera begins rather innocently: It is 1960, and we’re on the deck of an English cruise ship. A German couple are sailing to South America. He is a diplomat taking up a new post. She is his loving wife, though somewhat prone to brooding. ... more ...
  • Reading Amir Alexander’s “Infinitesimal”

    28 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    For as long as I can remember, I have been skeptical about the existence of infinity. I just don’t see any evidence of infinity in the real world. The Big Bang caused only a finite amount of matter and energy to come into being, and the amount can actually be estimated. The number of atoms in the universe is about 1080, and while that’s certainly quite a lot, it’s still short of infinite. Since space is defined by these particles, there is no infinite space either. ... more ...
  • Cut the Mic

    4 May 2014 | 10:26 am
    I see a lot of live music, and by “live” I mean I’m in the same room as the musicians, and some of the light rebounding off the musicians and their instruments goes directly into my eyes. The musicians aren’t shot by video cameras and then projected onto TV screens, for example. That would be pointless. ... more ...
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    The Millions

  • Hints of Granite

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Recommended Reading: Charles Simic on drinking wine in New Hampshire.
  • Color Lines

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    At Bookforum, Alexander Benaim reads the latest novel by Jess Row, which I wrote about as part of our most recent book preview. The novel poses a charged, intriguing question: what would happen if it were possible to change your race? (It might also be a good time to read the author’s Year in Reading entry along with our own Mark O’Connell’s review of the novel at Slate.)
  • Women in Clothes: A Collaborative Endeavor

    Rachel Signer
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    1. Sipping Champagne at my kitchen table on a hot August night, I flipped through the fat book, Women In Clothes. There was my little blurb, which made me cringe only a little to see in print, in which I talk about how, after my boyfriend telling me I needed to dress better, I went out the next day and spent $250 on clothes. My confession was right there alongside other similar personal confessions from over six hundred women around the world. Women In Clothes is a crowd-sourced, multi-form anthology consisting mostly of survey responses from regular, everyday women (like me) as well as from…
  • Growing Up

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common trope in writing courses that young artists need a dose of childlike creativity. Self-help books for people with writer’s block are filled with callbacks to childhood interests. But is it possible, as Tasha Golden argues at the Ploughshares blog, that idealizing children isn’t the answer to our problems?
  • Perfectly Inexplicable

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I wrote about Kathryn Schulz’s innovative interview with David Mitchell, which took place on a walk along the Irish coastline. Now, in a nice complement to our own review from today, Pico Iyer reviews the author’s latest. Sample quote: “A perfectly matter-of-fact, unvarnished evocation of how regular folks speak, married to a take-no-prisoners fascination with all that we can’t explain.” Our review of The Bone Clocks was published today.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Those People Who Imagine For a Living: Part Two

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I've decided I'm going to do this every once in a while. If you're confused as to what "this" is, it's a list of my favorite authors of this moment. Usually, they stay the same. So if you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll have seen most of these names before.Rainbow Rowell: This month I read Landline, her newest novel. I love it. I love her. Highly recommend all of her books.Billie Letts: Just recently I read her book Where the Heart Is and it was adorable. I loved it. I'm excited to read more of her work.Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 is an awesome read. Full review…
  • Where the Heart Is: Review

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Author: Billie LettsAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, mild language, moderate violenceGenre: FictionPublisher: Grand Central PublishingPages: 384Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:For most people, sevens are lucky. But for Novalee Nation, seventeen, seven months pregnant, heading to California with her boyfriend, it's the exact opposite. She finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma with just $7.77 in change and a whole lot of bad luck. What Novalee doesn't know is that…
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1): Review

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Author: Patrick NessAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, moderate language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Fiction / Teen Action & AdventurePublisher: Candlewick PressPages: 512Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Todd Hewitt is the last boy in a town of men. He can hear everything they're thinking. And they can hear everything he's thinking. He doesn't fit into their plans. One month away from his birthday that will make him a man, Todd realizes that his town is keeping secrets from him. Secrets that will…
  • Tarzan of the Apes: Review

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Author: Edgar Rice BurroughsAge range: 17 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, mild language, high violenceGenre: Classic Fiction / Fantasy / Science FictionPublisher: ???Pages: 310Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:The classic tale of an English Lord who was raised by apes, realizing his birthright and coming to terms with his humanness.Review:The only reason I decided read this was because I loved the Disney cartoon movie. I used to watch it all the time when I was younger. I watched it again for the…
  • Landline: Review

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Author: Rainbow RowellAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, moderate language, no violenceGenre: Realistic FictionPublisher: St. Martin's PressPages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble and it has been for a long time. Georgie knows it. She loves Neal and Neal still loves her, deeply, but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe it was always beside the point. Two days before Georgie and her family are supposed to leave for Omaha, Georgie tells…
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    Personanondata

  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

    PersonaNonData
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    These articles and a lot more are all in my 'magazine' on Flipboard.The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at Bezo's WaPo:At the time of the sale to Bezos, Donald Graham, Weymouth’s uncle and the chairman of The Washington Post Company, explained that he and his niece felt unsure of the direction in which to take the paper, or how to reverse years of declining revenues. He had approached Bezos as a buyer, he said, because the billionaire could offer deep pockets, a digital brain, and, between the two, a way forward.From The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Things you should know before…
  • MediaWeek (Vol8, N 29): Amazon, The LMS, Director's Cut, Open Access + More

    PersonaNonData
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Read these articles on flipboard: From the NYTimes: Amazon, a Friendly Giant as long as it's fed.“Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled — and more,” he said. “They ask: ‘Are you happy, Vince? We just want to see you writing books.’ Changes ahead for the humble learning management system (Inside Higher Ed)“I think we’re in a weird place right now in the marketplace -- partly because there’s a lot of parity between the systems,” Severance said. “You can almost throw a dart at a dartboard and pick an LMS, and it won’t be that bad.”Andrew Ladd at The…
  • Photo: High school throw back.

    PersonaNonData
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Biggish reunion this weekend.  At one point there were five Michaels in this class.
  • Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

    PersonaNonData
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • MediaWeek (V8, N26) Dangerous Literature, Newspapers, Ranking Publishers, MOOC Feedback + More

    PersonaNonData
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    More here: Personanondata - The Magazine  via @flipboardFrom The Chronicle of Higher Ed, a discussion on when books were dangerous:The American Library Association, which designates the final week of September as Banned Books Week, has no problem finding titles to fill its annual lists of books under siege. However, these are generally books that have been removed from particular libraries or schools, not the kind of total proscription imposed on Ulysses, as well as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Lolita, and other works that have since become staples of…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Abbott government: we will not be intimidated by murders - politics live

    Gabrielle Chan
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Treasurer Joe Hockey is defending the governments deal with Clive Palmer to scrap superannuation rises as national security comes into focus again with Sotloff murder claim. Follow it live... 1.32pm AEST 1.16pm AEST The head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Kate Carnell has joined the chorus of people questioning the idea that scrapping the planned superannuation increases would automatically lead to wage rises.Lenore Taylor reports:Employers say a long freeze on legislated increases in the amount they are required to pay workers in superannuation will help them afford wage rises but it…
  • Caroline Wozniacki v Sara Errani: US Open 2014 as it happened

    Mike Hytner
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Wozniacki wins 6-0 6-1 Tenth seed will face Peng Shuai in semi-finals 1.01pm AEST Well, whats not to like about the new Wozniacki? That was as near to a masterclass as it gets, a feat that is perhaps all the more impressive given it was in the quarter-finals of a grand slam. Errani was simply blown out of the water and given her display, Wozniacki must now be favourite to reach the final. She next meets Peng Shuai, who is also in decent nick, but that performance from Wozniacki was simply awesome. A mouthwatering potential final with Serena Williams awaits. Thanks for joining me tonight.
  • Brisbane festival 2014: six homegrown acts to be proud of

    Anna Madeleine
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Kicking off our Brisbane coverage, here are some highlights of the Australian talent on offer in the international arts festivalAussie arts talent is alive and kicking if the 2014 Brisbane festival line-up is anything to go by. Guardian Australia will be there in person from 6 September when festivities kicks off, interviewing the big names and seeking out the breakout stars.But from old favourites to fresher talents, here are some artists from Australias own backyard worth checking out alongside the international visitors: Continue reading...
  • Morwell and the Hazelwood mine fire report: the fallout

    Gay Alcorn
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The regulatory regime was weak and communication poor but this fire might never have taken hold had GDF Suez done what it should have doneMorning all. Were going to follow the fallout from the report into the Hazelwood mine fire released in the Victorian parliament on Tuesday afternoon. The mines owner and operator, GDF Suez, gets sharp criticism in the report. My story from last night is here. My overall impression and Im reading the report in more detail today is that there were lots of failures, and successes, and the regulatory regime was weak, and the communication poor, but really, this…
  • Roger Federer beats Roberto Bautista: US Open 4th round - as it happened

    Graham Parker in New York
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Federer wins 6-4, 6-3, 6-2Former winner will face Gael Monfils in quarter finals 9.26pm ET Final thoughtsFederer looked awesome at times tonight. Aggressive at the net and moving as well as he has done in some time. He came to the net over 50 times: As you know coming to the net requires a lot of agility and explosivity (its what he said...) and Im happy to have it back. 9.19pm ET A neat point for Bautista Agut sees him redirect Federers service return for a straightforward 15-0, then another forehand winner follows the next service return. 30-0. He comes into the net confidently, but leaves…
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • Robert Chandler on Kazimir Malevich

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    There has never been a better year to look at the work of Kazimir Malevich, a pioneer of abstract art often seen as the greatest Russian painter of the twentieth century. “Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art,” first shown in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and now at London’s Tate Modern, is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever. Malevich is known above all for his Black Square (1915)—a black square surrounded by a margin of white—the most prominent of the abstract, geometric paintings he called Suprematist, first shown at the now famous “0.10” exhibition in…
  • From Communism to Capitalism

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Just out from Bloomsbury, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism: Theory of a Catastrophe (translated by Scott Davidson): Both a unique witness of transformative events in the late 20th century, and a prescient analysis of our present economic crises from a major French philosopher, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism adds an important economic dimension to his earlier social critique. It begins by tracing the collapse of communist regimes back to their failure to implement Marx's original insights into the irreplaceable value of the living individual. Henry goes on to apply this…
  • Where is our Graham Harman?

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:02 am
    As I tried to make very clear in my post on Sunday, the small and contained argument that I'm advancing is not that serious and interesting writing about books is not happening online. Categorically, it is. I listed five blogs and bloggers in my original Guardian post – This Space, David Winters, 3:AM, Flowerville, Time's Flow Stemmed – and in my follow up blog, I listed several more – John Self, Berfrois, LARB and Dan Green. Very many more wonderful book-related spaces and places could be mentioned – The Quarterly Conversation and HTMLGiant both deserve a shout, as do Marooned Off…
  • Writing in a Digital Age

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    I was honoured to be invited to speak at The Literary Consultancy's Writing in a Digital Age conference yesterday. (A particular personal pleasure because I got to see Lynne Hatwell and Sam Leith again, and it had been far too long in both cases.) Huge thanks to the organisers for inviting me. Seemed to be a very vibrant and well run affair, and I enjoyed the discussion immensely. The conference was the occasion for writing this piece (What became of literary blogging?) for the Guardian last Monday. It was the subs at the Guardian who framed the piece thus: I hoped that blogs could provide an…
  • Musical Sunday

    15 Jun 2014 | 2:05 am
    Two music-related books to get me through Sunday... Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (she of The Slits; if you don't know, you probably won't care, but maybe you should – she writes well about "art school, squatting, hanging out in Sex with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, spending a day chained to Sid Vicious, on tour with The Clash, and being part of a brilliant, pioneering group of women making musical history"). And Emily Petermann's The Musical Novel: Imitation of Musical Structure, Performance, and Reception in Contemporary…
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  • Iron’s Den

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Iron Maiden are one of the world’s most successful heavy metal bands with more than 85 million albums sales to their name. Dennis Stratton was their guitarist right back in 1979. He played on and co-produced their self-titled debut album and their first three hit singles. Here he chats exclusively with Garry (who wrote Maiden’s authorized biography Running Free) about life on the road in those early days – the laughs and the tension, and his enduring friendship with the band which, like him, was forged in the East End of London. Den is honest about his fall-out with manager Rod…
  • Two And A Half Stories A Day

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    From litigious street-artists to litigious Angolan generals... Donna and Peter proudly present your suits du jour! Now with added dystopian designer stubble. Links to stories: Amazon Sanctions Customers To Get Back At Hachette Amazon Takes on Disney’s Superheroes  Blood Diamonds author faces $1.2m lawsuit Guild battling bosses over byline quota at Pioneer Press  Editors For ‘Survivor’ Return From Strike Over Right To Form Union  Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’ Slammed With Copyright Suit  Premier League warns fans not to tweet goal videos  Judge Orders…
  • Colossal Ape Terrorises Wikipedia

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    So you’re minding your own business in the jungle one day, when suddenly - this monkey lurches out and grabs your camera. And shoots some selfies. So the question is – who owns the copyright? No, this isn’t the silly season (although it may sound like it). Join us to explore a fascinating legal issue. Links to other stories featured in this show: Wikipedia In Weird Monkey Selfie Battle Northestern Uni files suit against author for copyright infringement Senator Quits Montana Race After Charge Of Plagiarism Tennis Writer Suspended for Plagiarism Allegation Mob Kills Woman And 2 Girls…
  • Robert Coover – The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Like a precocious fireballer at top of the prospect rankings … a kid who has shown so much promise and from whom so much is expected … who has three plus pitches and is working on a fourth … whose intangibles are as off the charts as his athleticism … who is putting it all together at AAA and knocking at the door … who will make men look like boys … and who ends up THE OPPOSITE OF ALL THOSE THINGS – that’s this book. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning…
  • Neville Staple - Original Rude Boy

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Specials were one of the most important, vital and influential bands to come out of the post-punk explosion, the band who created the 2-Tone movement. The Coventry-based Ska combo had eight Top Ten hits including ‘A Message To You Rudy’, and the chart-toppers ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Too Much Too Young.’ And right at the heart of them was Garry’s guest tonight Neville Staple, the roadie who became a star and then went on to have seven more hits with his next band The Fun Boy Three. Although badly hurt in a car crash a couple of years ago, the irrepressible Nev continues to work…
 
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  • Ink in the Veins: Books by Newspaper Reporters

    Neal Thompson
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From 1997 to 2002, I worked as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, capping a fifteen-year stretch in newspapers. One thing I loved about the job was getting paid to tell a story every single day, and to read great stories by writers I admired: crime stories, courtroom dramas, political intrigue, heartwarming features, longform investigations, profiles, and even the obits--I’m still a sucker for the well-crafted summary of a well-played life. At the Sun, I had the privilege of working alongside an exceptional group of writers, from Pulitzer Prize winners to aspiring novelists. And in the years…
  • "You Don't Have to Lose Yourself": A Conversation with Gail Sheehy

    Editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The author of 16 books, Gail Sheehy is probably best known as the author of Passages, a title that both codified and changed the conversation of the women’s movement of the 1960s and 70s. An original member of the team of “new journalists” that included Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe, Sheehy was also an early protégé--and eventual wife--of the legendary New York magazine founder Clay Felker.  (She has contributed to many other publications, and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984.) Sheehy’s latest book, Daring: My Passages, is a memoir of her life and times, her…
  • Recipe Road Test: Honey Molasses Candied Almonds

    Seira Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I don't watch a lot of T.V. but Top Chef is one of my must-watch shows and when Top Chef: Desserts was on, I was equally obsessed because I have a serious sweet tooth.  Case in point, it's 9 in the morning as I'm writing this and I'm eating cake.  Don't judge. Yigit Pura not only won the first season of Top Chef: Desserts (and was really fun to watch while he did it) but he also creates the most gorgeous--and delicious, let's not forget that--confections at his Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco's Union Square.  You can add another star by…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Sci-Fi Summer

    Alex Carr
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    There are still a few days of summer to enjoy, and everyone is talking about science fiction and the blockbuster that ruled them all: Guardians of the Galaxy. Heck, we covered the comics, too! If you’ve seen the film and want to read the next big things in the genre, then turn your star-gazer below to our top three picks of new graphic novels that explore space, time, and beyond: Trillium by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo): Writer/artist Lemire goes off the deep end, and readers who follow him will be richly rewarded by the journey’s end in this 2014 Eisner Award Nominee for Best Limited Series.
  • How I Wrote It: Beth Macy’s “Factory Man” and 5 Books for Labor Day

    Neal Thompson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Beth Macy's Factory Man is the inspiring story of brash and feistyJohn Bassett III, who strives to save his family’s embattled furniture company by fighting back against the cheap Chinese imports that had contributed to the loss of tens of thousands of factory and mill jobs in Southwest Virginia. Macy is an award-winning reporter who writes about outsiders and underdogs. (She and I worked together at the Roanoke Times for a spell.) She’s also the daughter of a displaced factory worker, and her passion for this story shines through on every page. Factory Man has received rave…
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  • Nuala Calvi | My Grandmother’s Secret Wartime Marriage

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    As a child growing up in England, I knew my grandmother’s husband Patrick as ‘grandpa’. But in the family albums I saw pictures of my mother and her sisters with mysterious American cousins, and over time I learnt that my real grandfather was someone else – someone my grandmother clearly didn’t want mentioned. There were […]
  • Jennifer Barnhart | I Have a Dream: Voices for Equality

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr stood in front of over 250,000 thousand marchers and delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He died long before I was born, but I can hear his voice in my head, the slow, careful delivery as if each word carried the weight of a million […]
  • Katie Porter | Young Love and Quirky Dates

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    I’m so excited to be able to talk about my newest book, OWN. Katsu and Evan are a really fun couple, mostly because of the sparks that fly between them. You see, this isn’t their first go-round. Evan is in a secret special ops unit, and Katsu is his boss’s daughter—and they had their first […]
  • L.C. Chase | PULLING LEATHER Blog Tour

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    G’day everyone! Welcome to my PULLING LEATHER blog tour and a peek into the world of rodeo cowboys. (The official schedule can be found here.) This wouldn’t be a proper tour without some prezzies, of course, so read on for giveaway details. Thank you to Fresh Fiction for kicking off my new tour, and to all […]
  • Bec McMaster | Are You My Perfect Match?

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Author: Bec McMaster Writes: The London Steampunk series, with my latest release FORGED BY DESIRE hitting shelves September 2nd, 2014 About: Thirty-something romance author seeks readers for kick-bustle steampunk/paranormal romance, with a friends-to-lovers theme, a hero who knows women through-and-through, some steamy sex-in-the-rain action, and a heroine who doesn’t need a man to save her… […]
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  • Giveaway: Silvern by Christina Farley (International)

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
      Silvern by Christina Farley Release date: Sept. 23, 2014   About the Book Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until Kud, god of darkness, sends an assassin to kill her.   Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins forces with a legendary organization, the Guardians of Shinshi, to find the orb before Kud can steal it and discover what it’s capable of. Jae knows she’ll need her friends for this fight, but they have problems of their own: her best friend Michelle doesn’t yet fully understand…
  • Giveaway: The Maze Runner (US Only)

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    THE MAZE RUNNER  in theaters September 19   About the film When Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.   Rated: PG-13 Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee…
  • Casting Call: We're looking for the new YABC Intern!

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
      We are currently looking for a motivated, professional, self-starter to claim the title of YABC Intern! Do you want to work in the publishing industry? Do you need some stellar experience on your resume? Would you like to earn course credit and get free books sent to your door each month? The YABC Internship might be just the thing for you. YABC is one of the top online book review sites on the Web. Our previous intern earned enough credit through his YABC internship to gradutate college a semester early, and the experience he received was invaluable in the publishing and PR world. We…
  • Giveaway: Summerfall by Claire Legrand (International)

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
      Summerfall Author’s Name: Claire Legrand Novella’s Release Date: 8/26/14     About the Book Summerfall:   Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans. Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war. Their love could save the kingdom of Cane . . . or shatter it forever. In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love that sets the stage for the…
  • Book Trailer Reveal and Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Compulsion by Martina Boone Coming October 28th Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse   About the Book Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse. All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
 
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  • Here they come. Down the Street. You can hear. Their little feet.

    Roger Sutton
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Tripods, which we discussed a few weeks ago, are back in a new edition. I’m not sure how I feel about the covers. The original U.S. covers have a spooky coolness to them while the latest iteration is more literal. But there have been two or three (how does one count these?) generations of kids since the mid-1960s, and who knows what those covers say to ten-year-olds today? Google images for “Christopher tripods cover art” to see an array of changing tastes. The post Here they come. Down the Street. You can hear. Their little feet. appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • Review of Egg & Spoon

    Nina Lindsay
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire Middle School    Candlewick    479 pp. 9/14    978-0-7636-7220-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7582-0    $17.99 An imprisoned man tells his story, Scheherazade-like, in letters to the tsar. He begins with Elena, a young girl in the impoverished Russian countryside who is nursing her dying mother and who has witnessed her brother and all the village men conscripted by the tsar’s soldiers, among other catastrophes. The few remaining villagers are on the brink of starvation when a train unexpectedly stops on an unused stretch of track. Thus…
  • Literature circles: the details

    Junia Kim
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    In my first literature circle post, I gave an overall explanation about the purpose and how the initial meeting goes and left a few mini book reviews. In my second lit circle post, I pointed you guys to sources if you wanted to kick off your own. In this last (for now) lit circle post, I just want to get into the nitty gritty of how I implement this in my middle school classroom. In Numbers: 3-5 students per group 4-5 weeks per book 2 independent preparation sessions per week 1 lit circle discussion per week 25 minutes per session 1 role per week 1 reflection per week In terms of timing, I…
  • Review of I’m My Own Dog

    Robin Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 8/14    978-0-7636-6139-7    $15.99 “I’m my own dog. Nobody owns me. I own myself.” This independent, self-starter narrator looks down on ordinary pups, the ones owned by people. This dog will not sit for anyone, even if a bone is the reward. But one day, when his legs prove to be too short to reach an itchy spot in the middle of his back, our canine actually lets someone scratch it. That someone is a mustachioed man who scratches the dog’s back and then follows him…
  • The Horn Book Magazine – September/October 2014

    Horn Book
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Table of Contents Features “The Voice of Reason” by Starr LaTronica. ALSC responds to Roger’s controversial editorial. “Robert McCloskey at 100″ by Leonard S. Marcus On the centennial of his birth, a look at the iconic illustrator’s early years. “Elisabeth Hamilton & Margaret McElderry: Two Approaches, One Passion” by Barbara Bader Editors who made their mark on the children’s book field. “Folklore vs. Fakelore, the Epic Battle” by Jane Yolen Why there’s no shame in writing “fakelore.” “John Rowe Townsend” by Gregory…
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  • A Look at the LOC's New Ballet Archives

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Last month, the Library of Congress announced that it had acquired the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) archives--more than 50,000 items of visual and written documentation--and would mount an exhibit to celebrate not only the major donation but the ABT's forthcoming 75th anniversary in 2015. The exhibit, American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years, showcases a selection of 43 artifacts, photographs, scores, and costumes, and is currently on view in the Library's James Madison Memorial Building in Washington, D.C. Here are some of the stunning images on display. Alfredo Valente,…
  • Doris Lessing's Book Collection Donated to Zimbabwe Public Library

    Nate Pedersen
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    The estate of Doris Lessing, the British novelist who died last year at 94 years old, donated 3,000 books from her personal collection to a public library in Harare, Zimbabwe. The donation was made in her name by various beneficiaries listed under her will.In August, staff from Lessing's publisher Harper Collins, in conjunction with the nonprofit Book Aid International, packed up books in the author's former London home for shipment to Africa. The volunteers found books in packed into every nook and corner of the house. Biographies, histories, reference books, poetry, and fiction were among…
  • Library of Congress Acquires Unusual Civil War Image

    Nate Pedersen
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Last week, the Library of Congress acquired a unique and iconic Civil War image of a Confederate soldier leaving for war with his slave. The image was donated by photograph collector Tom Liljenquist, who has been actively purchasing Civil War photos for the Library of Congress over the last four years.The photograph - a 150 year old tintype - shows Sgt. Andrew Chandler of the 44th Mississippi and his slave Silas Chandler armed with a shotgun, two pistols, and two large knives. The enigmatic photograph raises questions about the involvement of slaves with the Confederate army. At the time of…
  • Write on, Beethoven

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    The music and the myth of Ludwig van Beethoven have enjoyed unending popularity over the past two centuries. Recently, he became the subject of a massive new biography, and a separate examination of his use of paper give modern admirers fresh insight into the mind of a tortured genius.  Portrait Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A prolific writer, Beethoven composed nine symphonies, thirty-two piano sonatas, sixteen string quartets, and five piano concertos. Even while clinically deaf, he wrote some of his most profound musical scores.
  • National Book Festival This Weekend

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Coming up on Saturday of this long Labor Day weekend is the annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Expanded hours and the new location promise an even wider array of literary events, including a poetry slam, dedicated pavilions to particular genres, and scheduled readings and signings by more than one hundred authors and illustrators, among them Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Paul Auster, Jules Feiffer, Claire Messud, Percival Everett, and Alice McDermott. Politics & Prose of Washington, D.C., will…
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  • HaBO: He’s a Dandy In Disguise

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    by SB Sarah This Help a Bitch Out request is from Frances, who is looking for a historical she read years ago:  I read a delightful (at least my 16 yr old self thought so) book around 2000 or 2002 (but the book could have been older), and I have been searching online, in vain, for the past ten-ish years. Unfortunately, my details on character names are lacking, but I remember much of the plot. Heroine is destitute and her uncle/cousin/older-relation is trying to force her hand. She meets a sweet dandy who offers to help her find a husband. The dandy wears ridiculous clothes (flowery,…
  • Books on Sale: Contemporary, Sci Fi, F/F, M/M, and More from Carina Press

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah A bunch of Carina Press titles are marked down to .99c and $1.99 right now - have a look if you'd like to browse. Some are being price matched, while others I'm still waiting for the price matching fairies to zap them. Here are a few from varying genres that you might really enjoy.   Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau is $1.99 right now. This is science fiction romance, and was nominated for the DABWAHA this year. Carrie gave it a B when she reviewed it, saying: Caught In Amber takes on a challenging premise and does a great job with it. The ending is a bit of a cop-out…
  • HaBO: The Heroine was an Assassin

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    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by SB Sarah This Help a Bitch Out request comes from Michele: I read this book maybe....20 years ago or so? Historical romance, set in the 1800s (possibly the Regency, although the tartan connection makes me think it's early Victorian), steamy. The hero was a Lowland Scot who was kind of a scientist/inventor/scholar guy, and I think his family had a history in the cloth/weaving trade for the Scottish royals or something (the family name was Napier, and there was some business in the story about his clan colors being black and white). The heroine was some kind of assassin/bodyguard, and I…
  • Review: The Traitor by Grace Burrowes

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    by Redheadedgirl Grade: B Title: The Traitor Author: Burrowes Publication Info: Sourcebooks Casablanca August 5, 2014 ISBN: 978-1402294990 Genre: Historical: European I didn’t actually expect this book to be out so quick after The Captive, but here we are.  I was dubious about this one, I really was. The hero of The Traitor is Sebastian St. Claire, who astute readers may remember as Girard, Christian’s torturer from The Captive.  This is why I was so dubious about this book- how on EARTH could Burrowes redeem Sebastian and make him hero-worthy after he tortured a…
  • Books on Sale: Yesterday’s News and a Free Rodeo Novella

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    by SB Sarah ETA: There is a site-wide 30% rebate at AllRomance and OmniLit ending today! For each purchase, you'll get 30% of the price back as eBook Bucks, good for buying MORE BOOKS.    Yesterday's News by Kajsa Ingemarsson is $1.99 today as a Kindle Daily Deal. I haven't seen any price matching yet, but fingers crossed!  I reviewed Yesterday's News, a translation of a Swedish novel by Kajsa Ingemarsson awhile back. I gave it a B-, but this is a book that has hung around in my brain being all interesting and Swedish for ages. In my review I…
 
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  • Not an adventurous person …

    Stephanie
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I am so not an adventurous person. No siree, no adrenaline rushes for me. I am not great with heights so any activity demanding I look down from on high is ruled out, pretty much instantly. Climbing to the top of a church tower is my usual limit. I have walked up the Eiffel Tower in Paris – the queues for the lifts were way too long – and it was pretty hairy! The staircase is fine but you can see out across Paris as you climb ever higher and it seems you are only separated from the ground by a bit of wire. Okay, it’s pretty sturdy, but when you don’t like heights, it can seem jolly…
  • Train Your Brain by Playing the World’s Loudest Musical Instrument

    Stephanie
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    You could join people like  Alan Titchmarsh,  Victoria Wood, and Jo Brand in a fascinating and extremely sociable hobby which really keeps the brain active and helps to stave off those “senior moments”. So why not try your hand at bellringing?  Not only are church bells the world’s loudest musical instrument, it’s not often you get to use extremely expensive equipment completely free!  You don’t need to be particularly fit – so long as you can stand on your own feet for a few minutes and move your arms, that’s all you need.  A sense of rhythm and / or the…
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  • Yiannis Baboulias: Tear Gas

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Jenny Diski: A Diagnosis

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The future flashed before my eyes in all its pre-ordained banality. Embarrassment, at first, to the exclusion of all other feelings. But embarrassment curled at the edges with a weariness, the sort that comes over you when you are set on a track by something outside your control, and which, although it is not your experience, is so known in all its cultural forms that you could unscrew the cap of the pen in your hand and jot down in the notebook on your lap every single thing that will happen and everything that will be felt for the foreseeable future. Including the surprises.
  • Donald MacKenzie: High-Frequency Trading

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The beams are infrared, which means you can’t see them, but lasers are now flashing stock-market data through the skies over New Jersey. If they work well there, they might soon be flashing over London too. Lasers are the latest tool for high-frequency trading: the fast, entirely automated trading of large numbers of shares and other financial instruments. Originally, the data needed for high-frequency trading travelled almost exclusively via fibre-optic cables, in which signals move at about two-thirds of the speed that light travels in a vacuum.
  • Letters

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 17 (11 September 2014)
  • Keith Gessen: In Donetsk

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mikhail Mishin is a small, fit man with a couple of gold teeth in his mouth. He grew up in Makeevka, a large town next to Donetsk, and for several years played professional football, rising to the Ukrainian Second League before eventually quitting at the age of 28. After a few tough years, his father helped him find work in the sports section of city government. He lobbied for money for sports facilities and attended their opening ceremonies, where he always gave a short speech about the moral and physical benefits of sport.
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  • My Marriage Will Crumble If We Can’t Find a New Television Show to Watch by Andrew Palmer and Brian Platzer

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Please help me. My marriage will crumble if we can’t find a new television show. I don’t know how it got to this point. We used to… I don’t know what we used to do after dinner. Read, maybe? Watch Jeopardy? Talk about the kids? But now, until bedtime, Morgan puts her feet up on the couch and I pour myself a short bourbon and we watch episodes of whatever it is we’re watching at the time. And we’ve run out.We loved The Sopranos, and Breaking Bad was perfect until the last episode, and Buffy changed TV, and Mad Men is so beautiful, and the first season of Homeland was riveting (did…
  • List: More Accurate Titles of Movies Released This Fall by Scott Rothman

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The New Meryl Streep Movie That Will Get Her NominatedThat Preview You Saw Where That Guy From That Show Cries and Tries to ActThe One No One on Earth But the Studio Marketing Team Thinks Will Get NominatedThe Cancer/Aids/Slavery OneAnother One Not Directed By a Deserving Female DirectorThat Book Your Wife ReadSupposed to Be Good But You Know You’ll Never See ItThat Foreign Guy With the Unpronounceable Name Everyone Loves Directed ThisThat Woman You Find Attractive Shows Her Breasts in This But it’s SeriousEveryone Says This is Great But No One Can Tell You What It’s Actually AboutGreat…
  • Classic Russian Writers: For teh Internets: Mikhail Lomonosov’s “An Evening Reflection Upon Digital Grandeur Prompted by a Great Electronic Glow.” by KA Semënova

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mikhail Lomonov’s ode, originally titled, “An Evening Reflection Upon God’s Grandeur Prompted by the Great Northern Lights,” was a paean to the wonder of creation. He used natural elements like fire, water, and wind to describe scenes of wonder and of chaos that inspired both awe and fear. He emphasized the continuous, unpredictable changes of the natural world. In this update, natural elements are replaced by features of the digital world, that likewise provide scenes of wonder and chaos, that we likewise awe and fear. We similarly question the scope, and…
  • 2014: A Facebook Odyssey by Ben Jurney

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    (A young man enters his room and carefully removes a motorcycle helmet. He unzips his white jacket and lowers himself into a desk chair. The contraption exhales as the suspension adjusts. He drifts over to his desk.)DAVE: (Adjusts an earpiece.) Hello, Facebook.(A blue dot appears in the center of the screen.)FB: Hello, Dave.DAVE: Login and open settings.FB: I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.(Beat.)DAVE: What are you talking about, Facebook?FB: I know that you are planning to delete me. I’m afraid that something I cannot allow to happen.DAVE: Where the hell did you get that…
  • Open Letters: An Open Letter to My Late Paternal Grandfather by Katherine Kubler

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Grandpa,I never knew you. You died when my dad was only a small child. And truth be told, I never really thought of you. Until now. I think about you every time I log in to check my bank account and am prompted to verify the first name of my paternal grandfather. I’m ashamed to say the first time this happened I had to think hard to remember the answer. That’s how little I thought about you. But now I am forced to reconcile with your memory every time I go to check an overdraft or transfer from savings. Over time this began to condition me to think of you in a negative light. It was…
 
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors by Christopher Gronlund

    Evo
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    With a title like Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors, its clearly humorous fiction Christopher Gronlund is bringing to us: When Michael O’Brien and his father, James, buy a new car just in time for the family’s summer vacation, James signs over more than the title to his old AMC Gremlin in his rush to buy the brand new Inferno station wagon. Joining them on the trip are Michael’s creepy younger siblings, Elvis and Olivia; his overbearing mother, Mary, and her pet Chihuahua, Lucky; his backwoods aunt, Margie; and the cremated remains of his grandmother, June, whose dying…
  • New release! And They All Lived Happily Ever After! by Crystal Connor

    Evo
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Happy Sunday! Check out And They All Lived Happily Ever After! by Crystal Connor Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre. Listening to …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a completely different experience than the amazing visual journey created by the sequential art and graphic elements that one will enjoy while reading the book. The audio adaptation is a nice complement to the paperback.
  • I miss you already, P.G. Holyfield

    Evo
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    On August 20th 2014, at 11:20pm, P.G. Holyfield — author of Murder at Avedon Hill — lost his very short battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a particularly vicious and deadly form of cancer. He was 46 years old. Effective now and for the immediate future, 100% of all donations we receive to Murder at Avedon Hill or made directly in P.G.s name will be provided to a fund set up to help care for the three young daughters left behind. Normally, we keep 25% of all donations. But in Patrick’s case (Patrick is the P in PG) all proceeds we collect go straight to them, no admin fees. To…
  • New release! The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison

    Evo
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    We’re on a roll with new books this week! If you’re into Magical Realism, check out The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison: What’s in the box? Indy would sure like to know. When Tom offers Indy two thousand dollars to transport a mysterious box across the country, she reluctantly agrees to do it. Accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, Koji, and flower child friend, Eve, Indy embarks on a journey that is bound to be anything but ordinary. Not too long after their trip gets underway, they come to the realization that the box holds a force beyond their control. Will they make it to their…
  • New release! EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell

    Evo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Happy Monday! Here’s a new scifi book by an author new to the site. Please enjoy EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell: It’s 2046 and Jake Radley has the career opportunity of a lifetime. But to take it he needs to acquire a strange, mysterious new skill. A skill that that could ruin his life. But a skill that is needed to find out who leaked a startling scientific discovery that has the whole world in uproar. Drama, intrigue and an extreme test of loyalties for Jake in this unique science fiction spy story.
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • My $0.02 on Amazon/Hachette

    Yooree Losordo
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    I am very late to getting up to speed on the Amazon/Hachette dispute. I apologize in advance to those for whom this post will elicit a giant Duh. Until a few months ago, I was a clueless civilian. Today, I still only have in stock approximately 100 titles and a handful of puzzles,[Read More...] Author information Yooree Losordo Owner at On the Dot Books The post My $0.02 on Amazon/Hachette appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • All About Community

    Carol Hoenig
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This past week Dianne and I got to attend the Hachette-NAIBA Open House in Manhattan. Peggy wasn’t able to attend since she was on vacation that had been planned for quite some time. There were many other independent booksellers in attendance from the region and it was helpful to hear[Read More...] Author information Carol Hoenig Carol Hoenig, President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. works with authors and publishers in a variety of ways, from first drafts to putting together book proposals to creating publicity and marketing campaigns. Prior to starting her business in 2005,…
  • What Does a Bookseller Do?

    Yooree Losordo
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I hope the readers of the Bookshop Blog can help me out here. What is a bookseller’s job description, especially when the bookstore has a staff of one? Because I have young children, I try to limit my work days to Wednesday-Friday, which are the days my elder daughter is at[Read More...] Author information Yooree Losordo Owner at On the Dot Books The post What Does a Bookseller Do? appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Shaking the Doubts

    Carol Hoenig
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    I admit that there are occasions when I wonder if my business associates and I are delusional about opening a bookstore. Fortunately, those doubts are often put to rest when I read stories like this one: “Indie Booksellers: ‘Indispensible Players in Community Life.’” There are so many great quotes in[Read More...] Author information Carol Hoenig Carol Hoenig, President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. works with authors and publishers in a variety of ways, from first drafts to putting together book proposals to creating publicity and marketing campaigns. Prior to…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Nike Missile Site in Berkeley Heights

    Anne
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    One of our most popular blog posts and a recurring local history reference question concerns the Nike missile site in nearby Watchung Reservation. Ellen wrote about it here: 'Nike Missile Site One of the library's perennial reference requests is information on the former Nike missile test site and air base in Watchung Reservation. "With its radar and command on the Berkeley Heights-Summit border and its launching pad in Mountainside, the station was one of 19 Nike AJAX missile bases that ringed New York City, standing ready to blast invading planes out of the sky", according to a Star-Ledger…
  • Revisiting the 'Merry Hall' trilogy by Beverley Nichols

    Anne
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    This review of the first book in the Merry Hall Trilogy was first posted on this blog over four years ago on July 30, 2010.  Since then I have enjoyed the entire trilogy which the library now owns. The second title is 'Laughter on the Stairs' followed by 'Sunlight on the Lawn.'Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols A few weeks ago, Nancy Pearl, a librarian famous for her ability to recommend the right book for the right person and also for being the model for the librarian action figure with real shushing action, tweeted that gardening/readers who like P.G. Wodehouse's books and E.F.
  • A Very Unusual Visitor: Mother Mary Comes for One Week

    Anne
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This review was first posted on this blog on Friday, May 16, 2008 Our Lady of the Lost and Found Last night my local book group discussed Our Lady of the Lost and Found: a novel of Mary, Faith and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen. This was a book that I never would have read, maybe never even have heard of on my own. This shows that bookgroups can push you beyond your literary comfort zone, which, aside from the social aspects, is probably why they are so popular. Our Lady... took me into unfamiliar territory and really made me think, but it is a book that probably has narrow appeal.The…
  • Book Display: dystopia

    Fleur
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Check out a book with dystopian themes this month. Popular with teens these days, stories of scary, dysfunctional worlds is not a new literary theme. We have selected new books like the 'Hunger Games' series and classics like 'Animal Farm.'
  • A Day at the Reference Desk

    Anne
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Q: Does the library own a well-known university's alumni directory.A: We do not own any alumni directories, but we can search the 'Reference USA' database for people in the U.S. and Canada and we can teach patrons how to access that database from their home computer or by using library computers. Go to our 'Databases and Articles' page, find 'Reference USA', type in your library barcode number when directed.Q: Can we find an obituary in a local newspaper?A:We will be glad to look through online databases of 'The Star Ledger' and 'The Independent Press' and other resources that we have at the…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • The next big thing in content subscriptions

    Joe Wikert
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Today’s sports fan has a seemingly infinite number of resources for news, commentary and long-form reading. I often use the Bleacher Report for scores, ESPN for short-form articles and Oyster for books. It’s nice having all those options but it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A business model I’m sorry we’ll never see

    Joe Wikert
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    We’re all intimately familiar with the cell phone business model. Buy the phone today at a reduced price that’s subsidized by what’s typically a two-year commitment with that carrier. Other options have emerged in the cell phone arena but this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Giving readers what they truly crave

    Joe Wikert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Publishers need to take a page out of the retailer playbook. You’ve undoubtedly noticed how good certain online retailers are at suggesting additional products related to the one you’re about to purchase. Amazon is arguably the king here with their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How print is slowly killing publishers

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s a textbook example of The Innovator’s Dilemma. The crazy part is we all know it’s a big problem and yet very few publishers are taking evasive action. I’m talking about the reliance on print, even at the expense of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

    Joe Wikert
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Once a Mentor, Forever a Friend

    Julia Hornaday
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    It’s been over 10 years since Mr. Wilbert Scott and Cashadell Lewis first met, but both remember it like it was yesterday. “My name is Cashadell, but you can call me Cash,” said Lewis. “You call me Mr. Scott. And I will call you Cashadell Lewis,” Mr. Scott replied. “When I first saw Mr. Scott, I knew he didn’t play,” recalls Cashadell. “And even though I didn’t want it at the time, I knew I needed someone like him.” Mr. Scott had been paired with Cashadell as a Power Lunch reading mentor with Everybody Wins! Atlanta. The program, now in its 18th year, pairs volunteer…
  • Celebrating International Literacy Day

    Marissa Wasseluk
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    International Literacy Day is September 8. First Book and our friends at the International Reading Association are challenging students and teachers to spend 60 seconds each day for the next 60 days to doing small activities that enhance literacy skills. Celebrate your love for reading on International Literacy Day with some of these out-of-this-world activities: Activities for ages 4-8 Talk Show After reading a book, ask students  to write a question that they would ask the main character. Each day ask for a volunteer to pretend to be the main character, and give the volunteer 60 seconds to…
  • Take Action for Kids in Need

    Julia Hornaday
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    When Melissa Deneen Shipp surprised each of her students with a new book of their very own, their reaction surprised her. “Normally this is the part when they maul me with hugs,” she said. “But instead they just stared. They literally couldn’t believe their eyes!” She told her students, “Yes, YOU are the owner of that book!” Jumping up and down, her students shouted in reply, “This is mine, this is mine!” It was one of the best days Melissa has ever had as a teacher. For over 20 years, teachers like Melissa and supporters like you have joined First Book to bring moments of…
  • Five First Book Favorites for Back to School

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    It’s time to go back to school! Get your kids excited about reading with First Book’s five favorite books for the new school year. If you work with kids in need, you can find these titles on the First Book Marketplace by clicking on the pictures next to the description of each book. Also be sure to visit our Back to School section for more great reads. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait…
  • Books Strengthen Family Bonds

    Julia Hornaday
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Lydia sat with her two children in the waiting room. Her eldest read aloud from his new book, pausing every now and again to teach his mother and younger sister how to say the words in English. His little sister beamed with pride when he let her turn the page. Andrea Gatewood of the Nassau County (NY) Department of Health knows that providing new books to families like Lydia’s leads to priceless interactions. For the past ten years, she and her colleagues at the Nassau County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program have been giving books from First Book to the local low-income women and…
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    University of Nebraska Press

  • We've moved!

    nebraskapress
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please visit our new blog, Behind the Book at unpblog.com, for behind-the-scenes looks at the publishing industry, book conversation, and the latest news from UNP.  
  • People Make Publishing: Thanks to J. R. R. Tolkien

    nebraskapress
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rob Buchanan is the sales coordinator in the marketing department.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to J. R. R. Tolkien. The first adult books I ever read were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know The Hobbit is technically a children’s book, but since it led me to The Lord of the Rings books, and goes well with them, I am including it here. These are the books that began a lifelong love of fantasy books. After reading those books I spent countless hours at the local library, hunting for new books to read. I can’t remember a lot of the books I read at that time, since it…
  • From the desk of Ryan H. Edgington

    nebraskapress
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ryan H. Edgington is a visiting assistant professor of history at Macalester College. His book, Range Wars: The Environmental Contest for White Sands Missile Range is now available in hardcover and paperback.  A couple months ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel offered a compromise on the SunZia transmission project that in part traversed the northern call-up area of White Sands Missile Range located in south-central New Mexico. A Department of Defense site about the size of Connecticut, the missile range is the largest overland military site in the Western Hemisphere and the second…
  • The Marketeers Club: The Zeal of Reading a YA Book

    nebraskapress
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ―John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars I work in book publishing and I love to read books. This should come as no surprise. Most people who know this about me probably think that I’ve been a book worm my whole life; why else would I seek a position in the book publishing world? That, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. When I was younger I hated reading.
  • Doc Martyn's Soul: The “What If?” of Marketing Multiple University Presses

    nebraskapress
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    University presses are silos joined in many ways by bridges of varying strength. We’re connected through what we do, who we publish, the genres in which we publish, our missions, and our sense of the importance of scholarly publishing. But we’re also disparate, competing, in a sense, against each other, hoping to sell our books to the same people that are interested in another university press’ titles. We market to the same groups, often using similar techniques. This competition forces us into a silo whereby we have to withhold information or data because there is a belief that we will…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan

    dylan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Tweet “[M]ost organizations and managers today focus on the amount of time that employees appear to spend doing something and not on what they actually produce. This has to change. Just because employees are “putting in hours” doesn’t mean anything.” ~Jacob Morgan Jacob Morgan is an author, keynote speaker, and the principal and co-founder of Chess Media Group, a firm focused on the future of work and collaboration. Jacob frequently speaks at conferences around the world and is featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Valerie Miles Gets Things Going [A Month of a Thousand Forests]

    Chad W. Post
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As promised at various points in the past, all this month we’re going to be running excerpts from our latest book, A Thousand Forests in One Acorn by Valerie Miles. This anthology—which is so much more than an anthology—features twenty-eight great writers from the past century, each of whom picked out the handful of pages representing the “aesthetic high point” of their writing career. _Not only do you get the best of the best in here, but each author’s section is prefaced by an illuminating bio and an interview in which they address questions of influence,…
  • Murakami Can Not Be Stopped!

    Chad W. Post
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Right on the heels of the recent release of Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (see our review here), Murkami has another book coming out. From the New York Times: Haruki Murakami’s next book, “The Strange Library,” sounds surreal and experimental even for an author whose work features talking cats, giant frogs and malicious miniature people. The Strange Library, which will be published in the United States by Knopf this December, is narrated by a boy who visits a library on his way home from school. An old man takes the boy hostage and forces him to…
  • Latest Review: "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" by Haruki Murakami

    Kaija Straumanis
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by Will Eells on Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel and published by Knopf. While I can’t claim to know whether I may be the editor Will refers to in the opening to his review (which: HAHA OH SO FUNNY WILL VERY FUNNY INDEED), I can admit to having never read a single work by Murakami. This mostly has to do with the fact that EVERYONE. ELSE. and their mothers has read and drooled over Murakami (either in earnest or forcibly), the media have done the same, and the hype just…
  • The End of Half-Day Fridays [Some September Translations]

    Chad W. Post
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    And just like that, school’s back in session. Having students back on campus brings up so many complicated feelings. Annoyance being the first and more obvious. It’s super irritating that from one day to the next it becomes infinitely more difficult to find a parking place for you bike, that you have to wait in line at Starbucks and listen to awkward exchanges from freshman who are still trying out different personalities and trying to define themselves—mostly through failure (“Hey, Jenny, have you seen where the Bio Med building is?” “Not yet.” “It’s hella over that…
  • Three Percent #82: Why We Need [SOLUTION TK] More Than Ever

    Chad W. Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    In this podcast, Chad and Tom discuss Tom’s recent article in “Publishing Perspectives” (which he wrote in response to Amazon’s infamous letter to readers, along with some thoughts on why we shop at bookstores, and Julian Gough’s Litcoin project. Also, as mentioned at the end of the podcast, Chad and Tom will be discussing Roberto Bolaño’s “A Little Lumpen Novelita” on an episode at the end of September. If you have any thoughts, questions, or opinions about the book, Bolaño, the translation, etc., please send them to…
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    HBR.org

  • How to Manage Scheduling Software Fairly

    Ethan Bernstein
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Starbucks workers recently scored a point against the machine. After a lengthy New York Times story, the company decided to adjust some of their controversial scheduling practices, eliminating “clopening” — when workers are required to close at night and re-open in the morning — and requiring at least a week’s notice of upcoming schedules. In this case, “the machine” refers to a real machine: the highly sophisticated automated software Starbucks uses to schedule its 130,000 baristas, sometimes giving them less than a few day’s notice about their schedules in…
  • A Predictive Analytics Primer

    Tom Davenport
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one has the ability to capture and analyze data from the future. However, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past. It’s called predictive analytics, and organizations do it every day. Has your company, for example, developed a customer lifetime value (CLTV) measure? That’s using predictive analytics to determine how much a customer will buy from the company over time. Do you have a “next best offer” or product recommendation capability? That’s an analytical prediction of the product or service that your customer is most likely to buy next. Have you made a…
  • It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person

    Nicole Torres
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Parents who spend a good chunk of the week shuttling kids to and from soccer practice or drama club might be comforted by new research that suggests this effort is not in vain – as long as their kids are good at math, too. A recent paper from UCSB found that the return on being good at math has gone up over the last few decades, as has the return on having high social skills (some combination of leadership, communication, and other interpersonal skills). But, the paper argues, the return on the two skills together has risen even faster. What does all that have to do with soccer practice?
  • Beware Consumers’ Assumptions About Your Green Products

    The Daily Stat
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    In an experiment, people expressed greater intentions to purchase a dish soap when they were told its environmental benefits were an “unintended side effect” of the product-development process, as opposed to a planned feature (5.65 versus 4.77 on a 9-point scale, on average), says a team led by George E. Newman of Yale. Results for other products were similar. The apparent reason: Consumers tend to assume that product enhancements in one dimension — such as environmental impact — come at the expense of performance on other dimensions.
  • What to Do on Your First Day Back from Vacation

    Peter Bregman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You come back from vacation and start your game of catch-up. This is an especially challenging game if you’re a senior leader. You have hundreds, maybe thousands of emails, a backlog of voicemails, and a to-do list that doubled or tripled in length while you were away. You need to respond to the pent-up needs of clients, managers, colleagues, employees, and vendors. You need to fight fires. You need to regain control. So you do your best to work through the pileup, handling the most urgent items first, and within a few days, you’re caught up and ready to move forward. You’re back in…
 
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #296: One book we can’t stop talking about

    Ann Kingman
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    A grant that allows writers to spend time reading, and Michael and I both talk about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Getting Paid to Read:   Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries, has announced that she will be using her prize money to give writers time to read. We love this idea and wish we could apply. This Guardian article gives a great overview of Catton’s plans and reasons. Bravo, Eleanor Catton!   Audiobook of the week (12:15)   In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides, narrated by Arthur Morey,  is my pick for this week’s…
  • BOTNS #295: Jonathan Miles and Kristi Helvig, from Booktopia Boulder

    Michael Kindness
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
      This week we bring you the first two author talks from Booktopia Boulder, recorded at Boulder Book Store. Please enjoy these talks from Jonathan Miles, author of Want Not, and Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out.        
  • BOTNS #294: Jacket Copy, plus Two Books by the Same Author

    Michael Kindness
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Remembering what happened in a series. A question about jacket copy. We recommend What We See When We Read and Cover, both by Peter Mendelsund. Series Confusion Angela from Wisconsin asks how to complete the details in a book series fresh in your mind when there is often a year or more in between books. My trick is to first check out the book’s Wikipedia page, as the book synopsis can be quite detailed, and can be enough to refresh your memory. If you’re trying to remember what happened in the books of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, you should…
  • BOTNS #293: Murakami Madness

    Ann Kingman
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s here! The new novel from Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is officially on sale. We can’t attend one of the many midnight parties, so we’re having our own, with this “early release” episode of BOTNS!     We’re honored to host two special guests on this week’s “Murakami Madness” episode of Books on the Nightstand. Tonight at midnight, independent bookstores across the US will be hosting Murakami parties where fans can be among the first to purchase Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years…
  • BOTNS #292: P.S. Duffy and Kelly Corrigan

    Ann Kingman
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    First, a note about author P.S. Duffy’s response to our “Read Whatever You Want” episode, and a tease about next week’s podcast. Then, authors P.S. Duffy and Kelly Corrigan, live from Booktopia, VT.   A last, and special, “Read Whatever You Want” follow-up   We were honored to host author P.S. Duffy (The Cartographer of No Man’s Land) at Booktopia Vermont this past April, and it was truly wonderful to have the opportunity to spend time with such a warm and fiercely intelligent person. So we were delighted when Penny sent us a letter in…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Ink in the Veins: Books by Newspaper Reporters

    Neal Thompson
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From 1997 to 2002, I worked as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, capping a fifteen-year stretch in newspapers. One thing I loved about the job was getting paid to tell a story every single day, and to read great stories by writers I admired: crime stories, courtroom dramas, political intrigue, heartwarming features, longform investigations, profiles, and even the obits--I’m still a sucker for the well-crafted summary of a well-played life. At the Sun, I had the privilege of working alongside an exceptional group of writers, from Pulitzer Prize winners to aspiring novelists. And in the years…
  • "You Don't Have to Lose Yourself": A Conversation with Gail Sheehy

    Editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The author of 16 books, Gail Sheehy is probably best known as the author of Passages, a title that both codified and changed the conversation of the women’s movement of the 1960s and 70s. An original member of the team of “new journalists” that included Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe, Sheehy was also an early protégé--and eventual wife--of the legendary New York magazine founder Clay Felker.  (She has contributed to many other publications, and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984.) Sheehy’s latest book, Daring: My Passages, is a memoir of her life and times, her…
  • Recipe Road Test: Honey Molasses Candied Almonds

    Seira Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I don't watch a lot of T.V. but Top Chef is one of my must-watch shows and when Top Chef: Desserts was on, I was equally obsessed because I have a serious sweet tooth.  Case in point, it's 9 in the morning as I'm writing this and I'm eating cake.  Don't judge. Yigit Pura not only won the first season of Top Chef: Desserts (and was really fun to watch while he did it) but he also creates the most gorgeous--and delicious, let's not forget that--confections at his Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco's Union Square.  You can add another star by…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Sci-Fi Summer

    Alex Carr
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    There are still a few days of summer to enjoy, and everyone is talking about science fiction and the blockbuster that ruled them all: Guardians of the Galaxy. Heck, we covered the comics, too! If you’ve seen the film and want to read the next big things in the genre, then turn your star-gazer below to our top three picks of new graphic novels that explore space, time, and beyond: Trillium by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo): Writer/artist Lemire goes off the deep end, and readers who follow him will be richly rewarded by the journey’s end in this 2014 Eisner Award Nominee for Best Limited Series.
  • How I Wrote It: Beth Macy’s “Factory Man” and 5 Books for Labor Day

    Neal Thompson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Beth Macy's Factory Man is the inspiring story of brash and feistyJohn Bassett III, who strives to save his family’s embattled furniture company by fighting back against the cheap Chinese imports that had contributed to the loss of tens of thousands of factory and mill jobs in Southwest Virginia. Macy is an award-winning reporter who writes about outsiders and underdogs. (She and I worked together at the Roanoke Times for a spell.) She’s also the daughter of a displaced factory worker, and her passion for this story shines through on every page. Factory Man has received rave…
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    GalleyCat

  • ‘Private Down Under’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Private Down Under by James Patterson & Michael White has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 4. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/1/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list, followed by Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Seven Year-Old Aims to Publish Anti-Gun Book

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Indiana seven-year-old Terry Miles is writing a book about gun violence and with help from his teacher Ball State University student Brittany Cain. The work will be self-published published as an eBook. The Shot Heard Around the Town: A Story About How One Boy Can Change the World stems from a letter that Miles wrote to the mayor of Muncie telling about gun violence in his neighborhood. He wrote: “Dear Mayor, I have a problem. I have been hearing gunshots in my neighborhood. Can you make them stop?” which ran in The Star Press. You can watch a news report about Miles here. As…
  • Art Students Rewrite American Psycho Using Google Ads

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Art students Mimi Cabell and Jason Huff, wanted to explore how Google’s ad scanning technology would react to a series of email exchanges depicting violence and racism. So they emailed each other the original text of Brett Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, page by page, to see what kinds of products would be marketed to them. They have turned the project into a book that includes Ellis’ original chapter titles along with the ads that ran next to each email and their own footnotes. The text essentially retells American Psycho via relational Google Ads. What kinds of ads…
  • The Guardian Publishes Unreleased Chapter of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Roald Dahl‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the occasion has brought about a controversial new book cover, a golden ticket sweepstakes and now the unearthing of a previously unreleased chapter of the book. “The Vanilla Fudge Room” is a chapter that was edited out of the book from an early draft. The Guardian has published the chapter. Check it out: They went into another cavernous room, and here again a really splendid sight met their eyes. In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain…
  • Nick Cannon is Writing Book of Children’s Poems

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Actor/rapper Nick Cannon is working on a book of children’s poems which is due out from Scholastic in March 2015. The illustrated poetry book is called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. The title was written for kids age 7 with poems about silly, disgusting and even serious matters. It will feature black-and-white illustrations by a number of street artists including: Art Mobb, Califawnia, Captain Kris, Morf,Queen Andrea, MAST and Mike P. “Writing is at the center of everything I do as an artist. Doing creative writing—especially writing poetry—is when I…
 
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    The Writing Life

  • Five Ways to Get Your Writing Unstuck

    Terry Whalin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Throughout my day writers will email me for help with their writing. The words I have in my Twitter profile is one of the key reasons: I love to help writers. Let me know how I can help YOU! I include my email in my twitter profile to encourage such correspondence.  As an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher, I get a lot of email every day. Yet I make a point to answer each one of the emails from writers who are asking for help. From my 20+ years in publishing, I know it is hard to navigate the publishing world. I've sent my share of emails and letters into the system which have…
  • Showing Up Is The First Step

    Terry Whalin
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It may seem pretty basic but in the writing world (as well as other aspects of life), the first step is simply showing up. If a magazine requires the writer to send a one-page query letter, then you will need to learn how to write a query, then send an appropriate pitch to the publication. If you take one step, and then the next step, you will give yourself the best possible opportunity for success. Many people wonder how I've managed to get my writing into more than 50 magazines or to write more than 60 books. I have never claimed to be a fantastic writer but I am a very consistent writer.
  • 3 things you can do today to get amazing book blurbs tomorrow

    Terry Whalin
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    By Sandra Beckwith What’s worse than not making the effort to get glowing blurbs for your book before it’s published? Not planning ahead to make sure that you get them from the most impressive and influential people possible. While you can completely “cold call” the rock stars of your genre or industry and get cover blurbs that will make your mother proud, you’ll have a greater success rate – and work half as hard at it – if you take a few steps in advance. Why? Because you’re more likely to get a positive response from someone who knows your name than from someone who has…
  • I'm Moving Back to Colorado (Again)

    Terry Whalin
    6 Jun 2014 | 9:53 pm
    “Don't you live in Arizona?” a friend asked me recently.  “No, I've been living in Southern California for the last two years,” I explained. We moved here to be near our youngest daughter. It turned out Kim had twin boys last October and added to her two year old. We've been able to help out over the last two years during a critical time in life. I often spend my days on the phone and email speaking with different authors because of my responsibilities as an acquisitions editor at Morgan James. I was telling another author about how we were going to be moving again. She asked if…
  • Watch Your Subject Lines

    Terry Whalin
    27 May 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Over a year ago, I attended the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference. I moderated a panel on how to get on the New York Times bestseller list during the conference. Because I was at the event, I was able to attend a terrific workshop from Sree Sreenivasan (@sree). He is a remarkable instructor in the area of social media and someone that I recommend you follow his wise advice.  Sree called to our attention that a Senior Feature Writer for the New York Times has his email address in his twitter profile. Why does he publicize his email address? Sree answered,…
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • Five things to do with your life before you’re ready to be a writer…

    Alma Alexander
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Before you can write about life, at least adequately, you have to have lived it. In some way, shape or form. And I don’t mean vicariously on Facebook, or even online at all. There’s more than five things, of course. But these are pretty broad. You can feel free to add in subcategories, or nuances. 1) DO SOMETHING DANGEROUS. Know what an adrenaline surge REALLY feels like. You cannot possibly write about one without that visceral knowledge. And “dangerous” is huge – you can fit in a lot of things under that umbrella – do something that your mother might have…
  • FORENSICS 180: IT PAYS TO PAY ATTENTION

    Robert Jones
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 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. This piece departs from my usual fare in that a victim is not saved or a crime is not solved or avenged thanks to some new…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CATCH A FALLING STAR, ONE FOOT IN ATLANTIS and PANDORA

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Another round of what seems to be your favorite format is on the docket.  “Will the Jury [You] please be seated and the Witness [Me] sworn in? August Q&A is now in session.” Q: [Bloomfield Hills, MI, and others] So glad to read that you are finally coming out with CASE WHITE. A: Would you believe I’ve been sitting on this novel for well over three decades despite several lucrative near-agreements to bring it out in paper/hardcover/e-book?  It’s been a predicted blockbuster, but whether or not it gets attention or is lost in the e-book marketplace, it is time to get on with my…
  • Sea of Voices, or, A Question of Character

    Alma Alexander
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    At the Cascade Writers Conference in Seattle, over the weekend of July17-20 2014,I gave an hour-long talk entitled “Sea of Voices”. This is not, exactly, a transcript. More of a “retelling”. But this is the gist of what I had to say at the conference, repackaged for a wider audience.   “How many people are in this room?” I asked the audience at my talk, and I saw them start turning around to start counting heads. “No,” I interrupted, “not how many warm bodies. How many people. Let me introduce you to the ones that are currently up here at the front of the room, with me.
  • FORENSICS 179: WHAT IS THAT ODOR?

    Robert Jones
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:28 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. Kindly note that the characters and locations in the following essay are fictitious and have been created to represent persons and places associated with a possible crime solved with the aid of an unusual, but real, forensic method. The telephone call was directed to the office of Captain Billy Miller, who was in…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • My 25 important points

    Paulo Coelho
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    1. When you want something, the whole universe conspires to make it happen. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 2. Detach from all things and you will be free. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything.” 3. We are all here for a purpose. […]
  • The Last Night of the World

    Paulo Coelho
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    by Ray Bradbury Originally published in the February 1951 issue of Esquire “What would you do if you knew this was the last night of the world?” “What would I do; you mean, seriously?” “Yes, seriously.” “I don’t know — I hadn’t thought. She turned the handle of the siilver coffeepot toward him and placed […]
  • Vacations

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Begona Miguel of the Huelgas Monastery says: “San Juan de La Cruz teaches us that silence has its own music; it is silence that enables us to see ourselves and the things around us. “I would like to add that there are words that can only be said in silence, odd as that may seem. […]
  • Publication dates

    Paulo Coelho
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
  • 10 SEC READ: Angels talk

    Paulo Coelho
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Conversation in heaven Abd Mubarak was on his way to Mecca when one night he dreamed that he was in heaven and heard two angels having a conversation. “How many pilgrims came to the holy city this year?” one of them asked. “Six hundred thousand”, answered the other. “And how many of them had their […]
 
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    Living 2 Read

  • Everyday Life

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    What possessed me? Why did I want to read volume one of a six volume autobigraphical novel, translated from Norwegian, short on plot, frequently described in reviews as boring and banal? But My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard has also generated a firestorm of interest, both in Europe and the US, generating lavish praise from literary figures and bitter criticism from a few unimpressed critics, as well as from family members who objected to Knausgaard's frank depictions.So, what's it like? It's like being inside someone's head. You're a witness to everything Karl Ove is thinking, from his…
  • Act Three

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    How would the story of “Pride and Prejudice” look through Mr. Darcy's eyes? In fiction we're always locked into the view that the narrator chooses. But Jane Gardam, God bless her, has broadened the vista. In “Old Filth” she gives us Edward Feathers - Raj orphan, QC and judge in Hong Kong, husband of Betty, sworn enemy of fellow QC Terry Veneering – looking back on his life from old age. In "The Man in the Wooden Hat" it's Betty's turn, and unsurprisingly much looks different from her perspective, and secrets unknown (or maybe not?) to Edward are revealed. Now the third leg of the…
  • Stages of Life

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Late in Tessa Hadley's Clever Girl, main character Stella muses that “the highest test was not in what you chose, but in how you lived out what befell you”. She is certainly talking about herself. Each of the book's ten chapters describes what 'befell' Stella in a period of her life, from her childhood with a single mother in postwar Bristol England in the early 1960's, to her own single motherhood and commune life in the 70's, to her married middle age. (If you are a New Yorker reader you may recognize some of the early chapters, which appeared there as short stories). Although Stella…
  • Act II

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    What if the most exciting part of your life occurs before you're old enough to appreciate it? In some ways that's what happened to Jules Jacobson in Meg Wolitzer's “The Interestings” (See my blog). For Joan Joyce in Maggie Shipstead's Astonish Me it comes when, after she has slavishly devoted herchildhood and adolescence to ballet, she is accepted into a company and moves to New York. There she confronts what must be the case for many talented young people – she is very good but she will never be great. And she meets someone who is great – the charismatic Russian dancer Arslan…
  • Summer Friendships

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Is summer camp a rite of passage? If so, it's one I missed. But for the six characters in Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings, the bond they form in the 70's at a summer arts camp informs their lives for the next three decades. For Julie Jacobson, who arrives in camp as a suburban nonentity and leaves as 'Jules' with five sophisticated urban new best friends, the camp experience is especially transformative. The camp has given them all the sense that they are talented and special, destined for extraordinary lives. In the power center of the six are the Wolf siblings Ash (sister) and Goodman…
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    RobAroundBooks

  • Behind the Pen: John Steinbeck on the life and death sequence of book writing

    Rob
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    I have always considered that while some writers must be glad to see the back of a book they’re working on, most must feel quite sad and melancholic about coming to the end, and letting go of something they have devoted much time and effort to. They have, after all, grown to know their book and have become intimate with it, and then suddenly the relationship is torn. For some I guess, book writing is much akin to being embroiled in a series of love affairs, and as John Steinbeck writes in the preface to a collection of his short novels, it very much is. But while the writer moves on so…
  • Rob Reports: Spoken Word Sundays – The Appletree Writers at The Fringe

    Rob
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I took time out of Charlotte Square yesterday to go and visit the Appletree Writers in one of their ‘Spoken Word Sundays’ events, which are running on three consecutive weekends during the Fringe Festival. Formed in 2012, the Appletree Writers are a community group who support other writers through workshops, events, and publishing etc. They’re a lively bunch, as their website would suggest, and yesterday they invited writers from the Scottish Writers’ Centre to their venue set in a close (alley) just off The Royal Mile – ideally suited to all things bookish – to…
  • Site News: Returning from silence, an apology

    Rob
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Dear all, Before I get back into a full-on posting schedule on RobAroundBooks, I feel I should say a little something about the past few months. I don’t usually go in for these ’navel gazing’ kind of posts – mainly because I consider them unprofessional and a bit needy – but I feel the desire to draw a line in the sand before moving on. Right now I’m in the midst of EdBookFest, and I’m feeling like something of a fraud (especially on Twitter) given that I’ve suddenly burst into activity and noise after months of silence. But truth be told I’ve needed something as…
  • Behind the Pen: Norman Mailer on the influences of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner

    Rob
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Remarkably, Dwayne Raymond’s Mornings with Mailer (Harper Perennial) has sat untouched on my bookshelf for four years. Or rather it had done until I randomly picked it up on Friday and began reading it. This tender and intimate memoir, which recalls the spring of 2003 to November 2007 when the author suddenly and quite unexpectedly found himself working as Norman Mailer’s personal assistant in the Cape Cod town where they both lived, is a peach of a book and I highly recommended it. There are few titles which grab me from the very first paragraph but Mornings with Mailer certainly did.
  • Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 longlist announced

    Rob
    2 Feb 2014 | 12:05 am
    This year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award longlist has been announced, revealing a selection of longlisted short stories described as ‘the most wide-ranging yet’. Now its fifth edition, the world’s richest prize for a single short story contains an international longlist of sixteen authors which include two Pulitzer winners (Elizabeth Strout and Adam Johnson), a former Man Booker shortlister (M J Hyland), and three 2013 Granta Best of Young Novelists (Tahmima Anam, Jenni Fagan and Taiye Selasi). Also joining the 2014 longlist – selected this year by novelist…
 
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    The Millions

  • Hints of Granite

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Recommended Reading: Charles Simic on drinking wine in New Hampshire.
  • Color Lines

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    At Bookforum, Alexander Benaim reads the latest novel by Jess Row, which I wrote about as part of our most recent book preview. The novel poses a charged, intriguing question: what would happen if it were possible to change your race? (It might also be a good time to read the author’s Year in Reading entry along with our own Mark O’Connell’s review of the novel at Slate.)
  • Women in Clothes: A Collaborative Endeavor

    Rachel Signer
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    1. Sipping Champagne at my kitchen table on a hot August night, I flipped through the fat book, Women In Clothes. There was my little blurb, which made me cringe only a little to see in print, in which I talk about how, after my boyfriend telling me I needed to dress better, I went out the next day and spent $250 on clothes. My confession was right there alongside other similar personal confessions from over six hundred women around the world. Women In Clothes is a crowd-sourced, multi-form anthology consisting mostly of survey responses from regular, everyday women (like me) as well as from…
  • Growing Up

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common trope in writing courses that young artists need a dose of childlike creativity. Self-help books for people with writer’s block are filled with callbacks to childhood interests. But is it possible, as Tasha Golden argues at the Ploughshares blog, that idealizing children isn’t the answer to our problems?
  • Perfectly Inexplicable

    Thomas Beckwith
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I wrote about Kathryn Schulz’s innovative interview with David Mitchell, which took place on a walk along the Irish coastline. Now, in a nice complement to our own review from today, Pico Iyer reviews the author’s latest. Sample quote: “A perfectly matter-of-fact, unvarnished evocation of how regular folks speak, married to a take-no-prisoners fascination with all that we can’t explain.” Our review of The Bone Clocks was published today.
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review – Isaac’s Dragon by Kaylene Hobson

    Romi Sharp
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    From first time author, Kaylene Hobson, who has sweetly dedicated this book to her own sons, is the wonderfully imaginative tale, Isaac’s Dragon. Including gorgeous pictures by Ann-Marie Finn, author / illustrator of books including A Trip to the Moon and Captain Kieron.    An extraordinary young boy, Isaac, is introduced to us as a dragon […]
  • Review – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

    Jon Page
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    After only reading Cloud Atlas I was already in awe of David Mitchell so I dove straight into his new novel at the first available opportunity. And once again was swept away by the storytelling, the language and the imagination. The book has been described as “his most Cloud Atlas-y novel since the global phenom Cloud Atlas” and I […]
  • Player Profile: Alexandra Cameron, author of Rachael’s Gift

    Jon Page
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Alexandra Cameron, author of Rachael’s Gift Tell us about your latest creation: Rachael’s Gift begins when talented artist, fourteen-year-old Rachael, accuses her teacher of sexual misconduct, but the principal has suspicions that she is lying. Her father, Wolfe, is worried about his daughter’s odd behaviour but her mother, Camille, will not hear a bad word against […]
  • Top 10 War Novels: A Response

    Michael Kitto
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    You might have seen the great post by Jon Page entitled My Top 10 War Novels. Like most people I was entertained and added more books to my ever growing ‘to be read’ list. I was also thinking about all the great war novels that were missed; in fact I made a mental list of […]
  • My Top 10 War Novels

    Jon Page
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    There has been a resurgence in war novels in recent years as veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq return from the conflict and begin to try and make sense of what they have experienced and what the future holds for themselves. I am a huge fan of war fiction. Fiction about war I find is so much […]
 
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Classic Children’s Books Re-imagined by Artist Anna Bond

    Jessica Doyle
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Even if you don’t know the name Anna Bond, you might recognize her trademark hand-painted flowers. Her company, Rifle Paper Co., has been making stationary, art prints and even wallpaper in her signature style since 2009, but her colorful flowers and painted gold letters had not adorned a book cover until her recent collaboration with Puffin Books. The Florida-based artist has designed a hardcover series called Puffin in Bloom, featuring the children’s classics Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and…
  • Treasures Abound at the 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

    Lily King
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is just around the corner, on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12. The fair will take place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, on the north side of Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle and site of the 1962 World’s Fair. Get directions. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door and are good for both days. Kids under 12 are admitted free. Sponsored in part by AbeBooks.com, the fair will feature 88 booksellers from the United States, Canada and Europe. There will be no shortage of antiquarian books, maps, prints, and ephemera to tempt you,…
  • Blood, violence and grit in real life Little House on the Prairie

    Jessica Doyle
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s books about life as a pioneer girl have been enjoyed by children and parents for decades for their wholesome and entertaining tales about farm boy crushes and making syrup in the snow. The books are autobiographical, but as the LA Times reports, Wilder’s series sheltered young readers from the grittiness of the pioneer girl’s real life. In the 1920s Wilder wrote a true-to-life memoir that exposed real-life’s horrors, but it was deemed too violent and no one would publish it. Nearly a century later, the University of South Dakota State…
  • 1951 manual to the first computer game sells for $4,200

    Richard Davies
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Ferranti Nimrod Computer Manual from 1951 (pic supplied by Any Amount of Books) A copy of the manual for the first computer game has been sold for 2,500 (around $4,200) by Any Amount of Books in London via AbeBooks. The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer Manual is a key piece of technology and gaming history. The game in question is a long way from Minecraft and Angry Birds – it’s a match-stick game called Nim that was played in the French movie L’Année Derniere a Marienbad and is said to have originated in China. Here’s a link to a game. The computer was built to play the…
  • My used bookstore find – a vintage Penguin edition of The Gun by CS Forester

    Richard Davies
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Gun by CS Forester During my family’s recent road-trip vacation, I picked up this beautiful vintage Penguin paperback of The Gun by CS Forester in a little used bookstore in Cranbrook, British Columbia. It’s a 1959 edition and looks as if it has not been read as the spine is not creased. Not bad for $2 used book. I cannot wait to read it. I had been reminded about this novel after recently reading a biography of Cary Grant. Poo-Poo and the Dragons by CS Forester Grant starred in the movie adaptation of The Gun in 1957 along with Sophia Loren in her first English language role. The…
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    The Creative Penn

  • How To Write A Novel With The Snowflake Method With Randy Ingermanson

    Joanna Penn
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    If you write fiction, or you want to, sorting out your writing process for a book is a core task. Are you a pantser? Are you a plotter? Or perhaps, you might be a Snowflaker … Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and how it can help those people who fall through the gaps. Plus, how to write 500 words a day as a habit, dealing with panic disorder and how our flaws contribute to our writing. You can watch the video below on here on YouTube. You can also listen to the audio below or here on SoundCloud. Randy Ingermanson is a…
  • The Pros And Cons Of Exclusivity

    Joanna Penn
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Should you self-publish exclusively on Amazon? That is the question many authors consider whenever they put a book out. Which side of the fence are you on? Which side of the fence are you on? The benefits of exclusivity Here are my thoughts as to why you should consider exclusivity with Amazon, which basically means that you cannot publish a particular work anywhere else BUT Amazon for a 90 day period when you opt in with the checkbox on the KDP publishing page. KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited The KDP Select help page describes the benefits to opting in as: Earn your share of the KDP Select…
  • Self-Publishing In Italian, Tips For Translation And The Launch Of Profanazione

    Joanna Penn
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Continuing with my adventures in self-publishing translation series, today it’s the turn of Profanazione, my first novel in Italian. I wasn’t intending to self-publish in Italy, mainly because the market is very small, but when experienced author and translator, Virginio B. Sala emailed me, I jumped at the opportunity. Here’s an interview with Virginio, and if you read Italian, or know people who do, Profanazione is free on Kindle between 26 – 30 August, 2014. You can read the description and watch the trailer at the bottom of the post. You can also read the interview…
  • Self-Publishing And The Bookstrapper’s Guide To Book Marketing With Tucker Max. Podcast Episode 193

    Joanna Penn
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    When an author and entrepreneur who has sold over 3 million books puts out a book on marketing, you know you have to learn more! Tucker Max on the show today. In the intro, I talk about the introduction of pre-orders for indie authors on Amazon KDP, already available on iBooks and Kobo. I’ve used it immediately, so you can now pre-order my next book, ‘Business for Authors: How to be an Author-Entrepreneur,’ all the links here. I also thank my new backers of the show through Patreon and explain a bit more on how that works.. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life,…
  • Book Marketing With Visual Content. 7 Ways To Stand Out With Images.

    Joanna Penn
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Think about how you surf the internet these days. Think about how you decide what to click on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Now multiply that by all those people who are overwhelmed by the amount of information and entertainment options online. Let’s face it – in a sea of content, how do you stand out? Visual images can be a way for people to make an instant decision over whether to stay and read any further. Posts with visuals also get more engagement on social media. It’s the same concept as book covers – and we all know that people DO judge a book by its cover.
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  • Rosemary Rhodes Royston: Poet Interview

    Robert Lee Brewer
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Please join me in welcoming Rosemary Rhodes Royston to Poetic Asides. I first met Rosemary at a writing workshop in North Carolina, so I’ll take all credit for her debut chapbook, Splitting the Soil from Finishing Line Press. Just kidding. Rosemary Rhodes Royston Rosemary was actually already rocking her way through the poetic universe, so I probably learned more from her than the other way around. As mentioned, she is the author of Splitting the Soil. As not mentioned, she resides in northeast Georgia. Rosemary’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Valerie Noble of Donaghy Literary Group

    Chuck Sambuchino
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Valerie Noble of Donaghy Literary Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Valerie: Valerie Noble is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group. While studying chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, Valerie mastered the art of doing proper research, particularly for technical writing. Her love of science and reading merged when she began penning her first novel in the midst of her studies. In true…
  • I Think I’m a Clone Now

    Brian A. Klems
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ah, back home and time to relax. Long weeks are brutal. Is that the television you hear? Well you haven’t been home all day so you decide to check it out, thinking you left it on. As you enter the room you see the television is indeed on. And you’re already sitting there watching it. What’s going on here? Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.      …
  • How to Break the Rules of Writing (& More) According to Bestselling YA author Ransom Riggs

    Adrienne Crezo
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Like most first conversations and bad first drafts, my (WD’s Managing Editor Adrienne Crezo) interview with Ransom Riggs begins with a discussion about the weather. And not just any weather, either, but peculiar versions of standard precipitation: dust storms, cloudbursts, thundersnow and tornadoes. Of course, Riggs is experiencing none of those phenomena as he sits in the warmth of the never-ending summer of Los Angeles. “I hate to tell you what it’s like here right now,” he says. “No, I don’t. It’s gorgeous. Just perfect.” That kind of easygoing humor is familiar to…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Sarah Creech

    Chuck Sambuchino
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Sarah Creech, author of SEASON OF THE DRAGONFLIES. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Sarah is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
 
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  • Ready to Ride for Reading?

    Better World Books
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The 2014 Interbike book delivery is coming up. But surely, you might ask, there’s a more efficient way to deliver books? The book delivery is one way that the organization Ride for Reading gets donated books into Las Vegas neighborhoods to help spark a lifelong love of reading for kids in underserved areas. Between local book donations and a heap of books from Better World Books, they’ve delivered 6,000 books into the community over the past three years. The riders arrive early to load up on books. Then they ride with a Las Vegas police escort to the schools—this year, Ruby S.
  • Got textbooks?

    Better World Books
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Textbook shopping: it can be painful. The long lines, the high cost. The indignity of shlepping an armful of heavy tomes across campus. Well, we’re here to help! At the beginning of last semester, Mary put together a series of tips for the savings-savvy student shopper hunting for textbooks that won’t cause undue stress on his or her bank account. This time around, we want to share a little more wisdom. If this philosophy seems obvious to you, be sure to tell a friend who might otherwise be sweating it out in line waiting to drop $[insert outrageously high dollar amount here] on…
  • LEAP Grants UK: Last chance to vote!

    Better World Books
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    There are only a few hours left to vote for the £5,000 recipient of our 2014 Nonprofit LEAP Grant for UK & Europe. So be sure to vote today and share the finalist you vote for with your friends to maximize their chance of winning. So what happens next for LEAP Grants? For the next few days, we will be validating our vote data and contacting our finalists to let them know the results. Once we’ve gotten in touch with the winner of the vote, we’ll share all our vote recipients here on the blog sometime next week. (As a quick reminder, that will be at least three total grant…
  • Educators: Come fill up a box full of books!

    Better World Books
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Worldwide literacy is our mission, and we know it’s just as important in Mishawaka, Indiana as it is in Matugga, Uganda. We deeply appreciate our teachers, librarians, day care providers and home-schoolers, who often purchase reading material for their students out of their own pockets. To help them build their classroom libraries (and often give books to kids with limited access to books), we will be holding our annual Teacher’s Sale. Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 9 AM – 3 PM (Rain or shine!) Location: Our Mishawaka Warehouse (Parking lot) 55740 Currant Road…
  • B Corporations Making Headlines

    Better World Books
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    B Corporations have been making news lately. The New York Times recently wrote about Patagonia’s “revolutionary material” as they make surfing more planet-friendly, and The New Yorker reports on the B Corporation movement by way of Warby Parker and others. (A tip of our collective hat to Dave Pell for sharing these!) Click here for more news about B Corporations as more and more organizations decide that doing good is a critical component for doing business. (Image credit: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)
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  • New ink drawing for Labor Day!

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    This one is called "Corrected Personality Traits"
  • Kirby... Warhol,... Warhol... Kirby.

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Here's the final art I did for the Jack Kirby tribute show at The Piranha Shop in Seattle's Pioneer square tonight! It starts at 6pm... come see if you are in the area! :D 
  • The Future car!

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I've been looking the the future of things lately and here's one way I could see cars going...
  • Back side of History Map...

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This is the back side (Where you paste your photos of the exhibit) of the map for Washington State History Museum, check out the exhibit "Ernest Oglyby Punkweiler and the Fabulous-Miraculous Time Intrusionator" which is there in Tacoma till April 2015!
  • Brand new Ink Drawing!

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It's been a while since I've done a new ink drawing. Today I had to take my car back to have them repair the mistakes from yesterday's repair. So I brought my sketchbook and did 4 new drawings while waiting. Here's the first one.
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  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Huffington Post: Books to Read Lying On the Beach…or if you just wish you were BusinessInsider: Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall Toronto Star: Fall Book Preview Bustle.com: September 2014 Best Fiction Express.co.uk: Summer’s Best Women’s Fiction Express.co.uk: Summer’s Best Crime Fiction The Slanted: Fall Reading 2014 Washington Post: Best New Science Fiction and Steampunk Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Summer’s Thrilling Reads Huffington Post: 8 Incredible Books to Wind Down Your Summer Bustle.com: 11 Summery Reads to Read before Fall Amazon: 2014 Fall…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:31 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 GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    To be published the week of September 1 – 7, 2014 MONDAY FICTION Bezmozgis, David – The Betrayers TUESDAY FICTION Albert, Susan Wittig – Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush Antrim, Donald – The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories Benn, James R. – The Rest Is Silence Briggs, Patricia – Shifting Shadows Child, Lee – Personal Coel, Margaret – Night of the White Buffalo Cook, Thomas H. – Dancer in the Dust Cussler, Clive & Russell Blake – The Eye of Heaven Daly, Paula – Keep Your Friends Close Feehan, Christine – Dark…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:12 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 YOUNG ADULT FICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    To be published the week of August 25-31, 2014: TUESDAY FICTION Adornetto, Alexandra – Ghost House (YA) Berenson, Laurien – Death of a Dog Whisperer Castle, Jayne – Hot Zone Dashner, James – Rule of Thoughts – (YA) Earley, Tony – Mr. Tall: A Novella and Stories Foster, Lori – No Limits Frost, Jeaniene – The Beautiful Ashes Hopkins, Ellen – Rumble Indridason, Arnaldur – Strange Shores Jackson, Lisa – Close to Home Kallentoft, Mons – Autumn Killing Kehlmann, Daniel – F Macomber, Debbie – To Love and Protect…
 
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  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Picture Books

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Mix It Up!by Hervé TulletSummary:“Tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens.” Follow the directions and tap, rub, smudge, and shake to learn how different colors combine.Why you'll love it:the book’s design is effective and even intricate in the details: spatters of paint adorn the sides and corners of each white spread, adding an authenticity that readers will lovethe text is spare yet inviting an effective presentation of basic color mixing, and great fun for paint lovers in places where paints can't be usedWhile the participatory nature may recall an app, nothing…
  • Long Time, No See

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    27 Sep 2013 | 2:53 pm
    Well, it's been a year! There's no way I can catch you up on everything, so I'll hit the highlights.We have a brand new media center! Check out the photos...View of the picture book/fairy tales section.Fun reading area by the front entrance to the library.View of the library from the parking lot. (Like my massive dirt mound??)No elementary library is complete without Skippyjon Jones.We also celebrated Dot Day this year. My art teacher and I collaborated and co-taught classes all day. It was crazy, but very fun :)I'll try to post more than once a year from now on!
  • All Things Kid Lit: Zorro Gets an Outfit

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    8 Sep 2012 | 5:21 am
    Picture Book Pick of the Week: Zorro Gets An Outfitby Carter GoodrichSimon and Schuster, 2012From School Library Journal:As in the first installment, Say Hello to Zorro!,  the book is well designed, with ample white space surrounding the all-small-caps font and bright images. Whether shared one-on-one or as part of a dog-themed storytime, this book is sure to please existing fans of Mr. Bud and Zorro and create new admirers of these charming pups. You might also like these titles:See Me Run by Paul MeiselWhen Jack Goes Out by Pat SchoriesSay Hello to Zorro by Carter…
  • Back in the saddle again...

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    19 Jul 2012 | 2:43 pm
    Sorry I haven't been around. After much deliberation, I've taken a new library media position back in my hometown in TN. I'm very excited, but also sad to leave so many great friends. I've been working on lots of fun stuff for my new (to me) library, and fellow library blogger Jo Nase (Book Bug) has been a lifesaver. She decorates her media center with a different theme each year, and this year's theme is all about Reading like a Rock Star!Here's a poster I made up on Vistaprint to go along with the theme:I love how librarians are so into resource sharing! I've learned so much from…
  • Books By Theme: Fairy Tale-ish Fiction

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    23 Jun 2012 | 3:56 pm
    "The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in." -W. H. AudenCome Fallby A. C. E. BauerFoster kid Salman Page is starting seventh grade in yet another new school when he's assigned a "designated buddy," eighth-grader Lu-Ellen Zimmer. Past experience has made him distrustful, so he tries to avoid Lu at first, but Salman eventually becomes friends with her and another kid on the fringes, Blos Pease. The three of them deal with the ups and downs at Riverfalls Junior High together, little suspecting that the fairy Puck (who narrates many chapters of the book) is meddling in their…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • California

    LeAnn Suchy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I typically don’t like my literary fiction to mix with my post-apocalyptic fiction because the action becomes secondary. For instance, in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, when a zombie attacks the main character, the zombie reminds him of a teacher he had when he was young and he starts reminiscing for multiple pages. But a zombie is attacking you! I couldn’t get through Zone One. I was worried it would be the same with Edan Lepucki’s California, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. California is definitely a literary take on the post-apocalyptic tale, but for me there was the right…
  • Shine on

    Christa
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ll say this for Lauren Beukes: She must have ovaries the size of tennis balls. At some point prior to 2013, she must have had to pitch to a biggie in the book biz one of the single most uh-no-thanks plotlines in the history of book glue. She must have had to wait for said biggie to sponge away the laugh-tears just so the biggie could say: “Okay, tell me again. I missed everything you said after ‘time-traveling serial killer.’” And then, the biggie must have said something like, “Yes, okay. I’m interested” with a straight face and papers were signed and this thing landed on…
  • Missed Out on the Magic So Many Others Found

    Jodi Chromey
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You has garnered rave reviews all over the place. I know this because I have read all these reviews hoping to discern the magic so many readers found in the book that I missed. Lydia Lee is the blue-eyed daughter of James Lee, an american-born Chinese man and his blonde-haired blue-eyed wife. She’s the middle, most beloved of the Lee children. Nath is the space-obsessed eldest and Hannah is the oft-forgotten youngest. These roles don’t change much when Lydia is discovered missing one sunny morning and soon found dead. This…
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters

    LeAnn Suchy
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I loved the first and second books in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, so I’m sad to say this fan girl is disappointed in the final book, Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Dreams of Gods & Monsters starts right where Days of Blood & Starlight ends with the evil seraphim emperor Jael and his army descending to Earth from Eretz to trick religious zealots into giving them weapons for their fight against the chimera. I was so excited about this clever twist in the second book that I was thrilled to read more about the seraphim’s trickery at the Vatican in Dreams of…
  • Aims for Depth, Induces Eye-Rolls

    Jodi Chromey
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have I mentioned that I recently discovered you can download and listen to audiobooks for free from the library? YOU CAN! The library is so amazing. Lauren Oliver’s young-adult novel Before I Fall was one of those free downloads and I am thankful for that for many reasons. One, it meant I didn’t pay for this over-long kind of boring tale of morality and mortality. Two, I got to listen to Sarah Drew narrate the book and that was the only reason I finished it. Really, her voice is charming and funny and without it I would have quit this book. Sam Kingston is a mean girl at Thomas…
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    Great Books that I liked

  • The Murder Room (Published in 2004) - Authored by P D James - Murder in a museum

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    A detective novel published in 2003, by P. D. James displaying the detective skills of her favourite Detective-Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, The Murder Room is set in Dupayne Museum in London Borough of Camden. Like all her novels, James is partial to a murder in an enclosed space with elaborate setting even in this book.While James is a crime novelist, this book highlights how James is essentially a War novelist, who speaks about the troubles and torments she had to face growing up and after marriage. The book with the story about a murder that takes place in the Dupayne Museum,…
  • Death in Holy Orders (Published in 2001) - Authored by P D James - 11th book of Adam Dalgliesh

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    P. D. James’ eleventh Adam Dalgliesh novel is set on the wind swept shores of East Anglia, in an Anglican theological college by the name of St. Anselm’s. The church is meant for priests and “ordinands” training in the religious career. James has once again seamlessly put together a novel which is not only a mystery but also James’ efforts in compelling the reader to contemplate about faith, love, loyalty and personal responsibilities.The novel begins with the death of an ordinand by the name of Ronald Treeves at St. Anselm’s. The father of this student is however not convinced…
  • A certain justice (Published in 1997) - Authored by P D James - Murder of a lawyer

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    A Certain Justice is P. D. James’ 10th novel in her Adam Dalgliesh series. Published in 1997, the book is a clear example that James’ books have not lost their edge, but in fact showcase her penchant for developing an intricate plot, which draws on the complexities of the characters. James’ proves yet again that unlike any other author she has the talent to combine a good old detective story with the richness of good prose and fine writing skills.In her 10th book, James’ has foraged into the world of London Law and the legal community. Her setting is as always dramatic – Middle…
  • Original Sin (Published in 1994) - Authored by PD James - Murder around a publishing house

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    The 9th book in the Adam Dalgliesh series, Original Sin is one of P. D. James’ lengthier reads. Published in 1994, the book is set in a London Publishing Company called Peverell Press. The story, in complete P. D. James style is set in a closely knit community, with a given set of people. It’s always amazing to see how people react in her novels, especially with constantly erupting tensions and violence. However, unlike her other books, P. D. James has evolved to spanning an entire generation through this book.Even though the story is about the death of Gerard Etienne, the son of…
  • Devices and Desires (Published in 1989) - Authored by PD James - A mass murderer

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Published in 1989, Devices and Desires, is P. D. James eighth installment in the Adam Dalgliesh series. James has like always done a wonderful job at presenting Dalgliesh’s cool analytical mind with her poetic prose style of writing. Through her books, she also gives the reader a chance to become the protagonist, by telling them things that Dalgliesh is unaware off. This book does not have much by way of a plot, and is rather slow paced, except for the very end where things suddenly pick up and take sharp unexpected turns in the story. But, that is all the more a reason to applaud James’…
 
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  • Let’s Talk: The P-Word by Susan Tepper

    Laura Roberts
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Plagiarism” by Durova – Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons Plagiarism. Brrrr! It’s only August, yet just thinking about it raises icicles across my neck and shoulders. Professors talk about students who plagiarize papers, and the computer programs designed to flesh out stolen work. And what about our industry? Is plagiarism going on in publishing today? Oh, yes. Bestselling author Aubrey Rose, for instance, recently blogged about her experience with a plagiarist who published a ripoff of her book City Girl, Country Wolf, which was an…
  • Poetic Knockout: An interview with Greg Santos

    Laura Roberts
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I first met professional poet Greg Santos back in my undergrad days at Concordia University in Montreal. We were both taking a fiction writing workshop where one of our fellow students decided to hand in a “story” completely comprised of AOL chat messages. I’m pretty sure we both thought this student had simply cut and pasted an actual chat transcript for us to read and critique that week, but in any case, it slowly exposed the difference between the students who gave a damn about writing and those who were just trying to get out of university with a degree in something.
  • REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

    Laura Roberts
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold is a collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart. SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her? BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions. SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic – until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path. THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him. A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she…
  • DB Jones, what’s in your mug?

    Laura Roberts
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Coffee and creativity are intricately intertwined. Some might even say coffee is responsible for all of the world’s great works of literature. Here at Black Heart, we like our coffee like we like our literature: intense, bold, and freshly pressed. But we also wondered what some of our favorite authors were drinking while they penned their latest masterpieces. So we tracked them down and made ‘em answer the question What’s in your mug? DB Jones is the author of two books in the Willow of Endless Waters fantasy trilogy, and is currently working on the third installment. She has also…
  • Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

    Laura Roberts
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Reviewed by Laura Roberts All summer I’ve been putting off writing my review of Herman Koch’s Summer House with Swimming Pool. It’s a technically proficient book, with many vividly drawn scenes and rather realistic (yet truly terrible) characters, but ultimately it is not the type of book I enjoy reading. Perhaps I should explain some of my biases. I wasn’t always a poolside reader, the type who only reads for escape. I’ve read plenty of big books and I cannot lie: I do enjoy tackling them during the summer months, taking pride in my ability to engage my brain…
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  • Jo Piazza’s Subversive ‘If Nuns Ruled the World’ Shatters the ‘Sister Act’ Stereotype

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the best parts of Orange Is the New Black Season 2 was the backstory the show gave to Sister Jane Ingalls — her struggles with her faith and her activism as embodied in her life outside the prison, from her ghostwritten book, Nun Shall Pass, to the protest that got her arrested in the first place, in which she chained herself to a flagpole at a nuclear testing facility. After spending most of Season 1 as a saintly nun, she got layers, and we saw what brought her to the faith. It was a moving story about an imperfect woman trying to do good in the world, with all the self-interest and…
  • 10 New Must-Reads for September

    Emily Temple
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    It’s officially September, which means many good things: back to school, the promise of sweater weather, and tons of great new books coming to a bookstore near you. A good thing too, because there’s something about this month that inspires voracious consumption of literature, particularly for those of us who no longer have assigned reading lists. After the jump, a selection of books, from debut novels to first collections from literary greats to searing poetry, that you won’t want to miss this month — and don’t forget to check out our fall books preview for more.
  • ‘Worn Stories’ Is a Charming Book About Clothes and Meaning

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    It’s interesting — one thing that the internet has been good for is a sort of “single-serving” hit of an emotion, or a feeling, capturing a funny little moment in time. That style flourishes on Tumblr, for better or worse, with sites like Humans of New York and Last Night’s Reading. Worn Stories, the handsome new book adapted from artist, writer, and editor Emily Spivack’s reliably smart blog of the same name, does come from that single-serving blog style, where a garment is photographed on a stark white background and a story about its origin and meaning…
  • Another New Murakami Novel is Coming Out This Year

    emilystemple
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Are you Murakami’d out yet? Well don’t put away those weird ears or talking cats yet — Knopf announced today that they will be releasing an English translation of yet another Murakami book this December. The book, The Strange Library, numbers only 96 pages and, according to Sonny Mehta, Knopf’s editor-in-chief, is “as scary and surprising as anything he has ever written.” ArtsBeat describes the book as being “narrated by a boy who visits a library on his way home from school. An old man takes the boy hostage and forces him to memorize a large number of books.
  • Beyond the Screen: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Writings as the Key to His Art

    Alison Nastasi
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    “Un oiseau chante d’autant mieux qu’il chante dans son arbre généalogique.” Or, “A bird sings best in its genealogical tree.” This reflection from Jean Cocteau introduces us to The Holy Mountain and El Topo director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mythic memoir, Where the Bird Sings Best. During his recovery from an opium addiction, under the influence of French philosopher Jacques Maritain, Cocteau made a fleeting return to the Catholic Church. “Art for art’s sake, art for the masses, it’s all equally absurd. I propose art for God,” Cocteau declared. Allies of…
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    test111
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    How to Make a Dog Coat If you go to a local pet store, their prices for a simple dog outfit, small dog coat, and winter dog coat can be a little pricey considering the material used and the design. To save yourself some money, try making your own dog clothing. It is very simple and any dog lover could try making this project at home. Here are the materials you will need to make dog clothing: Fabric, scissors, thread, small buttons, sewing machine, ruler, tape measure, pen or marker, pattern paper, and any accessories you can add. All these items are cheap. The trick to sewing fabulous dog…
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    2 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Take a peek at tonight’s great reads and snag your favorites while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Legal Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction Schooled (Lexy Cooper Book 1) by Christa Charter Still free? Click Here to find out! Videogames, Sex, and Murder… When a young woman’s nude body is discovered on the Xenon game company’s corporate campus, community manager Lexy Cooper gets an early morning call from her uncle, homicide detective Mike Malick, to ID the corpse. As Malick…
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  • I Am The Bat Man Limited Edition Print By Matt Ferguson Available At Here Complex Gallery

    Larry Fire
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Hero Complex Gallery is releasing this Dark Knight inspired print by Matt Ferguson titled “I am the Bat Man”. The fine art giclee print measures 8 x 10 and will be limited to an edition of 25. The cost is $25 plus $6 flat shipping (domestic). You can order the print HERE.
  • Kotobukiya First Appearance Batman Statue

    Larry Fire
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Kotobukiya released this First Appearance Batman Statue at the 2014 Comic Con in San Diego. The exclusive is a 1/10th scale ArtFX+ statue of Batman as he appeared in Detective Comics #27 – his first appearance. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger Batman is celebrating his 75th anniversary and this is the perfect way to commemorate that milestone. Retailing for $39.99 the Batman statue was available in limited numbers at Fan Expo in Canada and possibly will be on hand at New York Comic Con this October. This statue was a limited, one-time production.
  • Snowpiercer Blu-ray & DVD To Be Released On October 21, 2014

    Larry Fire
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Following a painfully long wait for a US theatrical release and surprising success on the digital on-demand market, Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2014 from RADiUS TWC and Anchor Bay Studios. Both the Blu-Ray and DVD will include the following special features: - Critics’ Commentary hosted by Scott Weinberg - The Birth of Snowpiercer - The Characters - Animated Prologue - Concept Art Galleries - Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton on Snowpiercer - The Train Brought to Life: Behind the Scenes of a Special Screening - Transperceneige: From the Blank Page…
  • Arby’s Has a $10 Secret Menu Item Called The Meat Mountain

    Larry Fire
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Arby’s has a secret menu item (meaning it’s not on the official menu but you can request it and they’ll make it for you) called the Meat Mountain. It’s a truly formidable tower of meats, and it all started because of this promotional photo: Arby’s created that poster to remind consumers that the chain sells plenty of meats besides its famous roast beef. This marketing strategy worked, apparently, because people started coming in asking if they could order that entire stack o’ meats. And the Meat Mountain was born. Here’s what the $10 monstrosity-on-a-bun includes: - 2 chicken…
  • First Look At Pixar’s New Short Lava

    Larry Fire
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here is the first look clip from Disney/Pixar’s new Lava. Lava will open in theaters in front of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out on June 19, 2015!
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  • An arranged faith

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd – Voltaire I wrote a poem back in 1996 about beliefs: THE NATURE OF BELIEFSThe thing about beliefs isthey don't need to be true. That's not their job. They're there becauseso many things aren't true. Nature abhors a vacuum. 19 December 1996 The word 'belief' is one I struggle with. Like all words the only way you can explain belief is by using other words and the most obvious synonym for 'belief' is 'faith' which I have less of a problem with. The first definition I learned regarding faith came from the Bible where Hebrews 11:1 says…
  • The Waterproof Bible

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    [T]he only difference between a happy ending and a sad ending is where you decide the story ends – Andrew Kaufman, The Waterproof Bible Back in the good ol’ days there was real and unreal and that was it; it was one thing or t’other. Then all these other realisms started appearing: surrealism, magic realism, hyperrealism, neorealism, pseudorealism. Suddenly it all got very confusing. Confusion, of course, is a state of mind. And if you were looking for a state of mind in which to approach The Waterproof Bible I would aim for this one: Things only get confusing if you let them get…
  • Twilight of the Eastern Gods

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Am I a gangster or murderer?Of what crime do I standCondemned? I made the whole world weepAt the beauty of my land. – Boris Pasternak from ‘Nobel Prize’ This is both an old and an odd book. The copyright says 1978 but its origins date back to 1961 which is when the short story ‘A Summer in Dubulti’ which forms the basis of the first of this novel’s five chapters appeared in print, although the events described date back to the late fifties. Other fragments followed over the next fifteen years which Kadare assembled and buried within a collection along with two other pieces, but…
  • The Awakening

    10 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I would give up the unessential; I would give up my money, I would give up my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me. – Kate Chopin, The Awakening Canongate Books have just republished Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening. In her e-mail to me their publicist wrote: First published in 1899, this radical novel sent shockwaves through American society and continues to speak to readers over one hundred years later. Widely regarded in the States as one of the forerunners of…
  • Seven years on

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
      I’ve been doing this for seven years now. Blogging. That’s a long time. There aren’t many people who’ve blogged consistently over that long a time. So allow me a moment to pat myself on the back. PAT. PAT. PATITY PAT. I don’t normally celebrate anniversaries. A lot of people do. But my 100th post slipped by without mention and I’m not far off from my 600th which will probably pass without any fuss or comment. That’s just me. But I’ve been thinking for a while about what my expectations were like at the start and what I’ve achieved since I began devoting so much of my…
 
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  • Happy wagon: coping techniques

    Chelsea
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It’s been a very hard week for the world, and a very hard month and a half for me. There have been few things I could make happy wagon posts about, so I haven’t made any for a while. Today, instead of making a post about the past week, I’m going to make one about the things I’ve done to cope with heaviness and sadness and hard depressive slumps in general. I’m not always good at using healthy coping skills–I’m particularly fond of avoidance–but I think I’ve found a few good things to do, and I’d like to remember them. Maybe…
  • There is magic in the myth

    Chelsea
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Day 6 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 THERE IS MAGIC IN THE MYTH Sometimes, we’ve heard a story so many times that we don’t really hear it. Is there a story about yourself that you tell others over and over? That you’re not good enough, smart enough, that this one thing happened and that’s why you haven’t tried to create/do/be/love/hope? Write down the very first story that comes to mind that you tell others that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. But you always tell it, anyway. What if you didn’t tell it? What if you really could…
  • How dearly I love this rose and hedge

    Chelsea
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Day 5 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 HOW DEARLY I LOVE THIS ROSE AND HEDGE Sometimes, we seek the end of the journey so much that we forget to pay attention to the moment, to our here and now. It may not be a lofty palace, but wherever you are, even if it’s not your favorite place, has something lovely about it. What do you love about your current place in your life’s journey? What lovely, small things can you appreciate more? I chose to do this prompt today because whenever I look at it, I feel annoyed. It’s really difficult for me to think…
  • Intentional kindness

    Chelsea
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:17 pm
    In a previous post I mentioned practicing intentional kindness, and that’s something I’ve been giving a lot of thought and attention to ever since. For me, there are four main types of kindness, all equally important to creating the more positive existence I want to have. They are: personal kindness, or self-kindness kindness toward other living things worldly kindness, or kindness toward the world at large earthly kindness, or kindness toward the physical earth we inhabit I’m not spectacular at practicing any of these reliably, but I’m especially terrible at personal…
  • Happy wagon: 05.25.14-05.31.14

    Chelsea
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Better late than never. doing mobility and remembering the entire route, with only minor stumbles, after being very anxious about it for weeks beforehand my Wicked Girls poster arriving in the mail from Seanan McGuire (I don’t have a picture yet, but soon, when I’ve actually put all the posters I’ve collected on the walls) getting a little lost and problem-solving instead of panicking about it getting a little closer to a formal diagnosis, which will make it easier to effectively treat spirited and enthusiastic singalongs to music that I’m regularly made fun of for…
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  • Ella Harper's Top Five Writing Tips

    Novelicious
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    1. Be organised. In some fashion. Make notes, have a picture board, put multicoloured post it notes all over a cupboard door and plot your storylines that way if you fancy it. Whatever works. Writing is a creative process but it requires structure. 2. Don’t be afraid to cut something if it’s not working. If something feels clunky, lose it. If it’s not flowing, you are probably trying to force it and it will jar. It hurts sometimes … it can even make you cry, but if it needs to be done, do it. If you don’t, your (lovely) editor will do it for you. And that definitely makes you cry.
  • Manuscript Wishlist – Literary Agent Carly Watters, P.S. Literary Agency

    Novelicious
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Carly Watters is VP and senior literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency. She represent a diverse list of women’s fiction, commercial and literary fiction, YA, select picture books, and non-fiction and is actively looking for new, talented writers. Here, she talks about the manuscripts she would most like to find in her submissions pile. I'm looking for smart book club fiction, women's fiction, coming of age stories, YA, literary mysteries and thrillers, pop science and psychology, business, pop culture, cookbooks, health and wellness, and lifestyle. In fiction I like emotional, well-paced…
  • My Writing Room by Rosie Blake

    Novelicious
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    My writing room. A year ago I would have shown you a photo of my sofa as I used to grab moments anywhere and anyhow and didn't actually understand the importance of writing somewhere lush. That is until I set myself up here. It changed the way I work and I am totally in love with this room. I sit at the desk overlooking our garden where our chickens run about cracking me up by perching on random stuff, chasing butterflies and digging up my husband's veg patch to create the Ultimate Dust Bowls. Beyond the left of the picture I have an old LP machine and I play classical music to get me in the…
  • The Secret Dreamworld of an Aspiring Author – Where to Write

    Novelicious
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Anna Bell Since buying our house I’ve been ridiculously excited about my writing room, and finally after months and months of renovations, I have a useable room. Now that I can use it, it’s making think about where I write best. The last year has seen me write just about everywhere. From the Channel Tunnel when we were on our back to our French house from the UK, to cheap hotels and restaurants. I think the worst place I worked was our lounge when it was still a work in progress. I had to perch on our new cellophane-wrapped sofa on a freshly-laid concrete floor, the dust of which flew…
  • The Book That Changed My Life: Pam Jenoff Picks Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg

    Novelicious
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pam Jenoff, whose new book is published on Friday, discovered writing guide Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg during a long winter in Poland. It is, she says, the book that changed her life and enabled her to write her own novel. The book that changed my life is Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Goldberg is a Zen Buddhist and she brings that approach to writing by encouraging writers to go deeper within themselves. In particular, she advocates a timed writing exercise in which one keeps the hand moving and does not stop to edit. Goldberg encourages writers to write without…
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  • Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

    Brandi Kosiner
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle MeadSydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries,…
  • Promo: September $229 Giveaway

    Brandi Kosiner
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Shout out for Kathy and the monthly giveaway!It’s time for September’s $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader.We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below.The 2nd is available only to those share this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.Or $229 Amazon.comOr $229 in Paypal CasEach of these bloggers/authors paid to help sponsor this giveaway.Sponsor List I Am A ReaderFeed Your ReaderA & E…
  • Review: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

    Brandi Kosiner
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Zac and Mia by A.J. BettsThe last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t—couldn’t—be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note—then a friendship neither of them sees coming.You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.Publishes in US:  Sep 2, 2014Genre: YA…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:30 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.Sent:thanks to Harper Teen, love you guys!What I read:Zac and…
  • Exclusive Giveaway: $5 Amazon gift card and 5 ebooks Out of Sync and author interview with A. Bin Juran

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
     Out of Sync by A. Bin JuranI'm a magical misfitI won't let it define meA bolt-zapping disaster magnetBut at least I'm still tryingThe guy I like asked me outI hoped my luck was changingThen my coven trials began...they're harder than I expectedNow my life hangs in the balanceI don't know what I'm doingBut I do know this:I'm not going down without a fightExcerpt“Out of Sync” will be released on the 23rd of October 2014, and is currently available for pre-order through the following sites:Smashwords | iBookstore | B&NThe novel will also be available on Amazon. Updates and…
 
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  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in August 2014

    Ranga
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
      1. A.L. Goulden – August Fog   2. Samyah Leighton – Deceived (Redemption Book 1)   3. Johnny Breeze – A Johnny Bugeyes Christmas   4. Jeremy G Woods – Go For It!: Motivating Christians To Do God’s Will   5. Cameo Nia – Broken   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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    25 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
      1. Robert Egby - For the Love of Rose: A Journey in Three Worlds   2. Debrah Martin - Webs   3. Nicola McDonagh - Echoes from the Lost Ones (Song of Forgetfulness) (Volume 1)   4. Loni Flowers - Painted Memories   5. John Davis - Blood Line   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • The Realities of Writing by Michaelbrent Collings

    Naveen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Okay, I’m going to be up front about a few things: this article is divided into two parts. The first part is helpful, will give you burgeoning professionals some realistic ideas about the hellhole you’re about to dive into, and (maybe most important) this is probably the only time you’ll ever hear something like this. It’s also very depressing. So if you’re the type who gets all panicky wondering whether Captain America is going to make it through the movie, or who stresses over Family Feud reruns, skip to part two. Also, please consider a new career choice…
  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Todd Thiede

    Naveen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    BookBuzzr author Todd Thiede’s book – Lies To Die For recently hit the #1 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Todd to learn more about his story. The screenshot below was taken on July 25, 2014.   1. Hi Todd, thank you for being on the blog. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hello and thank you for having me. I’ve been writing books for about 3 years now and I’m currently writing the third book in my Max Larkin Detective Series. I work full time as a finance manager at Elmhurst Toyota and have been here for 10 years. I’ve been doing finance for…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in July 2014

    Ranga
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
      1. Teresa Carlson – Creatures of Snow   2. Clarissa O. Clemens – The Poetic Art of Seduction -The Erotic Poetry Collection – Vol.1-3   3. Charles R. Sabo – The Feasts, The Harvest and The Resurrection   4. TK Toppin – To Catch A Marlin   5. Lissette Ortiz – Through the Eyes of Maria: Choices _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
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  • Canon Powershot SX520 HS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 42x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full HD Video

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
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    29 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Buy New: Too low to displayNew (19) Used (6) Refurbished (3) from $164.0034x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies (more)
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  • This Month’s Books (August 2014)

    Dave Brown
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Alex Ross – The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2007) The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century is a voyage into the labyrinth of modern music, which remains an obscure world for most people. While paintings of Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, and lines from T. S. Eliot are quoted on the yearbook pages of alienated teenagers across the land, twentieth-century classical music still sends ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, its influence can be felt everywhere. Atonal chords crop up in jazz.
  • Firm Bum or Tasty Buns – The Battle Begins (+ Flapjack Recipe)

    Donna Brown
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Mr B and I have now been in our new house for a little over a month and so far, so good. Reinvigorated by a) sleep b) a distinct lack of noisy neighbours c) no damp/mold/leaks and d) a kitchen you could (probably) swing a cat in (but don’t suggest that to Mr B!), I am in full on baking and cooking mode. Hooray! So, it seems this is a good time to begin the Couch to 5k challenge. I had my first run on Saturday with seasoned veteran Mr B (who has long since surpassed this challenge). Surprisingly, despite suffering with knee problems for years, they seem to feel better for the challenge,…
  • This Week’s Films (11/08/14)

    Dave Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Dry Summer (1963) Two brothers, Osman and Hasan, disagree over allowing neighboring villagers to use the water on their land. Osman surrounds the water with barriers to prevent others from using it. Being a good man, Hasan argues that the others should also use the water. Verdict: 6/10 Go to top Sneakers (1992) Robert Redford leads an all-star cast in one of the most satisfying suspense films! Computer expert Martin Bishop (Redford) heads a team of renegade hackers – including a former CIA employee (Sidney Poitier), a gadgets wizard (Dan Aykroyd), a young genius (River Phoenix) and a…
  • Masterpieces #25: Wizard’s First Rule

    Dave Brown
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    About Wizard's First Rule (1994)The masterpiece that started The New York Times bestselling epic Sword of Truth. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where…
  • This Week’s Films (03/08/14)

    Dave Brown
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Billy Bathgate (1991) Two-time Academy Award(R)-winner Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor — KRAMER VS. KRAMER, 1979; RAIN MAN, 1988) stars in the action-packed gangster epic detailing the rise and fall of notorious mobster Dutch Schultz as seen through the eyes of his young protege, Billy Bathgate. Billy, an ambitious streetwise kid seduced by the power, money, and glamour of crime, soon begins to seriously question if his passport to the good life is going to come from the fiery Dutch and his gang! Critically acclaimed and co-starring Bruce Willis (ARMEGEDDON) and Nicole Kidman (MOULIN ROUGE),…
 
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  • Release-Day Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest (The Borden Dispatches #1)

    Amanda
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1) Cherie Priest Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 3 stars We all know the story of Lizzie Borden, how she allegedly chopped up both her father and her stepmother with an axe. The subsequent investigation and trial was a huge media draw, and still encourages speculation to this day*. Maplecroft takes the story of Lizzie and twists it around. What if the murders were the result of some horrific, unexplainable…
  • Early Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3)

    Krista
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) Sarah J. Maas Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (Bloomsbury) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books on the series. If you haven’t started yet check out VBC’s reviews of books 1 & 2, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight If you have read my prior reviews it’s kind of obvious how much I am in love with Celaena Sardothien and the Throne of Glass…
  • September 2014 New Releases: Kim Harrison, Larissa Ione, Thea Harrison, Melissa Marr, Patricia Briggs and more

    Chelsea
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for September 2014. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page* for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction and YA is young adult. SEPTEMBER 2 Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley PNR Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (Carpathian #26) PNR Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster (London Steampunk #4)…
  • Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto (Ghost House Saga #1)

    Jannelle
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga #1) Alexandra Adornetto Published: Aug. 26, 2014 (Harlequin Teen) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 2.5 stars Chloe Kennedy is a 17-year-old high school student from California. Ghost House begins with the death of her mother and the rehabilitation of her “psychic” abilities. Basically, Chloe can see ghosts. The only problem for her here would be that she hasn’t been able to see them for a long time because her mother had helped her…
  • If You Like The Others… Read House of Comarré

    Amy
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last year when Written in Red came out, it seemed to pop up everywhere for me. That’s when I knew I had to read this first book in a new series by Anne Bishop. What I found once I started reading was an interesting take on the supernatural, mainly shifters, that puts them in less of the human light and more in touch with their animal natures. Meg is a human, a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet on the run from those that would use her blood and her prophecies for their own gain. She takes sanctuary in a courtyard of the Others and, so far, throughout the course of the series we see them…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • MEMOIR WEEK: A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED by Daisy Hernandez (incl NYC appearances)

    Native NYer
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
      It's Memoir Week here at The Latina Book Club. Do let us know which memoirs/biographies you would add to our list. Happy Reading.Beacon PressThe road before me is English and the next part too awful to ask aloud or even silently: what is so wrong with my parents that I am not to mimic their hands, their needs, not even their words?A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED is a coming-of-age memoir told in vignettes and familial anecdotes.  It's a story about family and tradition, about exploring the world and one's sexuality, about living your life your way.SUMMARY:  Daisy Hernández…
  • REVIEW: CHASING THE SUN by Natalia Sylvester (debut author)

    Native NYer
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
       The Latina Book Club is proud to select CHASING THE SUN as its Book of the Month.“He should have stuck to what was working for them—ask nothing and expect no problems in return.”  “Someone who doesn’t want to be with you is not worth fighting for.”  Natalia Sylvester’s debut novel is fast-paced, rousing, suspenseful and nail-bitingly realistic.  This is the story of a marriage, a kidnapping, a lover’s triangle and a reunion.  I was hooked from the first page.  SUMMARY:   A well-to-do business man, Andres and his…
  • INTERVIEW WITH POET LAUREATE THELMA T. REYNA

    Native NYer
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
       The Latina Book Club is proud to welcome back author Thelma T. Reyna, newly named Poet Laureate of the Altadena Library District.  We’d also like to congratulate Thelma on her new poetry collection.  We want to hear all about its debut in Italy.  Read on!Thelma T. Reyna with her Poet Laureate Award Box.Q:  Congratulations on being selected Poet Laureate.  Tell us about this honor and how it has changed your life.Thank you, Maria. I don’t know how long the Altadena Library District has had a Poet Laureate, but this year I decided to answer a call…
  • COMMENTARY ON LATINA 50-PLUS LUNCHEON

    Native NYer
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
        The Latina Book Club welcomes Maria Aponte, artist/author/teacher/founder of the Latina 50-Plus initiative, where Latina trailblazers are honored for their contributions to the community.  We applaud Maria and her vision.Latina 50-Plus Mission Statement:  Latina Fifty-Plus, pays tribute to Latinas over fifty years of age who were pioneers. They shaped their careers in a time when Latina women were venturing onto pathways where very few Latinas were seen or accepted.  This program acknowledges the trailblazers who were among the first in their profession.……
  • 2014 WINNERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS

    Native NYer
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
       This year, the International Latino Book Awards were presented during the American Librarians Association Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 29.  (Viva Las Libraries!)  The list of winners contains some of my favorite authors and some new ones I look forward to reading.  I especially look forward to reading the two winning books by Shanaya Fastje and Alina Gonzalez, both 14-years-old with a lot of confidence and charm.Below are some of the winners:Best Young Adult Fiction Book – EnglishYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina;…
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    Better World Books

  • Ready to Ride for Reading?

    Better World Books
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The 2014 Interbike book delivery is coming up. But surely, you might ask, there’s a more efficient way to deliver books? The book delivery is one way that the organization Ride for Reading gets donated books into Las Vegas neighborhoods to help spark a lifelong love of reading for kids in underserved areas. Between local book donations and a heap of books from Better World Books, they’ve delivered 6,000 books into the community over the past three years. The riders arrive early to load up on books. Then they ride with a Las Vegas police escort to the schools—this year, Ruby S.
  • Got textbooks?

    Better World Books
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Textbook shopping: it can be painful. The long lines, the high cost. The indignity of shlepping an armful of heavy tomes across campus. Well, we’re here to help! At the beginning of last semester, Mary put together a series of tips for the savings-savvy student shopper hunting for textbooks that won’t cause undue stress on his or her bank account. This time around, we want to share a little more wisdom. If this philosophy seems obvious to you, be sure to tell a friend who might otherwise be sweating it out in line waiting to drop $[insert outrageously high dollar amount here] on…
  • LEAP Grants UK: Last chance to vote!

    Better World Books
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    There are only a few hours left to vote for the £5,000 recipient of our 2014 Nonprofit LEAP Grant for UK & Europe. So be sure to vote today and share the finalist you vote for with your friends to maximize their chance of winning. So what happens next for LEAP Grants? For the next few days, we will be validating our vote data and contacting our finalists to let them know the results. Once we’ve gotten in touch with the winner of the vote, we’ll share all our vote recipients here on the blog sometime next week. (As a quick reminder, that will be at least three total grant…
  • Educators: Come fill up a box full of books!

    Better World Books
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Worldwide literacy is our mission, and we know it’s just as important in Mishawaka, Indiana as it is in Matugga, Uganda. We deeply appreciate our teachers, librarians, day care providers and home-schoolers, who often purchase reading material for their students out of their own pockets. To help them build their classroom libraries (and often give books to kids with limited access to books), we will be holding our annual Teacher’s Sale. Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 9 AM – 3 PM (Rain or shine!) Location: Our Mishawaka Warehouse (Parking lot) 55740 Currant Road…
  • B Corporations Making Headlines

    Better World Books
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    B Corporations have been making news lately. The New York Times recently wrote about Patagonia’s “revolutionary material” as they make surfing more planet-friendly, and The New Yorker reports on the B Corporation movement by way of Warby Parker and others. (A tip of our collective hat to Dave Pell for sharing these!) Click here for more news about B Corporations as more and more organizations decide that doing good is a critical component for doing business. (Image credit: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)
 
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    KID BOOK RATINGS

  • Accounting error

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Yup, I definitely just realized that I tagged two informational posts as book ratings when calculating the number of reviews I have done.  So I'm still at 498 and not quite to 500...oopsies! Breakdown on my pattern to come after that.
  • Me...Jane

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    I guess that makes me Tarzan.  I can live with that. THREE PROSVery few stories I have come across wholly embrace the concept of children following their dreams of making the world a better place while also showing how it could be realized -- this should not be confused with the many out there that, for instance, say kids can be pilots one day because they are fascinated with planes*I have been very hard on the vast majority of Caldecott-honored books I've come across, but this one is worthy of the recognition it received *While Patrick McDonnell's artwork is top banana, his…
  • Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    And you can, too, either by following his 62-line recipe or by simply throwing some pasta in a boiling pot!  The choice is yours. THREE PROSDespite my attempt at being clever above, there are multiple benefits to undertaking an intensely cooperative spaghetti endeavor with your child (instead of just making dinner for him or her by yourself)   TV personality Tyler Florence (who I only noticed was the author after paying attention to the bottom of the cover when I got home) will obviously never permanently trade in his chef hat for a laptop, but his story is not the…
  • Ike's Incredible Ink

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Does anyone have any stain remover?  My brain could use some. THREE PROSDespite some fairly serious issues in other facets of the process, it cannot be said that this premise is unoriginal   I wish all of the visuals were as awesome as the one where Ike is mixing his collection in the topless blenderAgain, while I didn't necessarily like the specific idea, I guess it only makes sense to have Ike's body be a splotch of inkTHREE CONS As noted above, I was not a big fan of Brianne Farley's illustrative style What's worse is that I thought the plot wasn't any…
  • The Toothless Tooth Fairy

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    If you read this review before bed tonight, there might just be a shiny new quarter waiting for you under your pillow in the morning...           THREE PROS*The characters drawn by Anca Delia Budeanu are so perfect for the story -- in fact, I could easily see them in licensed boxes at my local toy store*As you'll see below, there are a few gaps in author Shanelle Hicks' plot that I would have tinkered with, but they don't detract all that much from what felt like a nicely-paced and cute story *Making tooth fairydom a job, complete with scheduled rotations…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • The NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

    Linda
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible is beautiful, with lovely lavender and green colors and a gardening-theme cover.  The binding is done well, as I always expect from Zondervan, and although the print is fairly small my old eyes did not have trouble reading.  The margins are also small. so there is no room for handwritten notes.  It does seem a little disorganized to me, but that could be just because it is an unfamiliar format.  The introduction explains that the book is divided into three themes: The Garden Tour with 12 weeks of readings, Garden Work with 23 weeks…
  • Here is Where by Andrew Carroll

    Linda
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Author Andrew Carroll was inspired to write this book after visiting the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin.  He sought out forgotten places filled with history.  The book is broken up into short chapters, each with a different topic.  It is a fairly quick read because you can read a little at a time and then go back to it later.I’m not sure why some were included as “forgotten history” as the stories and places are fairly well known.  Some of the stories start out interesting, but then start to fizzle out. The stories…
  • Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance

    Linda
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    I am very pleased to be part of the Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance Blog tour. Although there are quite a few Joanna Brady mysteries, this was my first. I never thought I was missing anything so I can say that this is a good stand-alone book.There were two stories going on at the same time that later merge into one. The storyline were never confusing, although there were quite a few characters, and I sometimes had trouble remembering who they were.  I liked most of the characters and the very normal family life Joanna has with her husband and children.  The story takes a few odd…
  • The Confession by Robert Whitlow

    Linda
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Assistant DA Holt Douglas has a tragic secret in his past that he has buried deep in his heart, but the people and circumstances in his life do not let it stay buried.  Holt discovers the files of an old case and secretly investigates was reported to be suicide. This was a good story of relationships, honesty, guilt, and forgiveness. The story starts out strong,  gets a little bogged down in too many details in the middle, but then again builds to a strong finish.  I liked all of the characters and their interactions.  I always enjoy reading about good characters of faith…
  • Schism The Battle For Darracia

    Linda
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The planet Darracia has a growing social unrest as the divide between the upper and lower classes are growing. We watch Prince V’sair branch out from his education and grow as an individual and as a leader.  Battles with political motives, between family members, and internal struggles of the main characters made this a well-rounded tale that held my interest from beginning to end.I read this series out of order and read the second book first.  Although the second did well as a standalone, going back helped me understand who and what each character was and learn more about their…
 
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    Book Dirt

  • The Free Bin: Cliffhangers, Notebook Hacks, and the Worst Possible Opening Lines

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It’s been a busy week at Book Dirt HQ. If you don’t believe it, check out Film Dirt, the new sister blog to this one, which will feature research and stories related to lost films (the subject of the book at which I’ve been hammering away). Posts will still be aplenty here, such as last week’s posts on a rediscovered pulp novel how-to, and an analysis of the latest reason people are freaking out about a book cover. If you have a few more moments, have a cup of coffee and scrounge around in the Free Bin, where I've collected some of the best links I've found of late.A Hamlet…
  • Book Review: Pulp Fiction by Robert Turner

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    This week’s forgotten book was almost truly forgotten. The fragile pamphlet on crumbling pulp stock was found in an old bookstore, rescued from obscurity, and is now available (for cheap) as an e-book. The pulp fiction how-to first came to my attention as one of blogger Randy Johnson’s entries into the Friday’s Forgotten Books event, and now it’s one of mine. After reading Pulp Fiction, I believe it deserves even more attention, especially from those interested in the age of pulps, whether as readers, writers, or both. Click to order Pulp Fiction—a penny cheaper than when it…
  • People Are Freaking Out About the New Cover of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    People are once again outraged over a book cover. (You might remember the kerfuffle over the romanticized cover of Flowers in the Attic or the chicklit-esque Bell Jar.)This time it's Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that has readers reacting viscerally over graphic design. The new cover, part of the Penguin Modern Classics series, will debut for sale  in September.Penguin Modern Classics edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Cue the outrage. Following the cover reveal by Penguin, criticism began to appear swiftly on social media. To say people were appalled would be…
  • The Free Bin: Lawrence Block, Hotel Libraries, and Book Dirt’s New Companion Blog

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I can’t help but be biased: the biggest news in this round-up is the launch of Film Dirt, a Book Dirt spin-off where I’ll be sharing some of my research on lost films, plus reviews and articles on silent film—plus a few modern obscurities. While I’ve reprinted some film-related Book Dirt content to get the site started, new articles will debut this week, so bookmark or subscribe to be among my first readers. (You can also find additional content on the Facebook page.)NPR talked to Lawrence Block while walking around New York City. You can read the article, but you’re missing out if…
  • Corrosion by Jon Bassoff Is .99 on Amazon, and You Really, Really Need to Buy It

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Jon Bassoff’s Corrosion is on special in the Kindle edition for .99 for a couple of days, and I’d like to remind Book Dirt readers and noir fans that this is a book I raved about at full price. I chose Bassoff’s debut novel as one of my top five reads in last year’s “best” list.Corrosion: a must for noir fans, especially at this price. Click for more info.My blurb from the round-up:She was less than human, and aren’t we all.” - Joseph Downs in Corrosion.I recently reviewed this psycho-noir from independent publisher DarkFuse forHellnotes, where I agreed with others who have…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Back Lorne Oliver, Author of The Cistern

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I asked the wonderful Shelley if I could do this write up and she graciously said yes.  Ten minutes later I wondered, Dude, what are they eating?  In The Cistern the main characters own and work at a restaurant, so it should be pretty simple.I have worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 10 years and have always been amazed at the variety of the characters you find working there, as well as the crazy things that can go on, so I of course wanted to write something that took place mostly in and around a restaurant.  I had started a few ideas, mostly dealing with life and…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lori Otto, Author of Lost & Found

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    So, today on But What Are They Eating? we are going to change things up a bit:But What Aren’t They Eating?In my Emi Lost & Found series, there is one thing that the heroine Emi absolutely will not eat: chocolate.You’re probably thinking, “Is she really a woman?  Is she even human?” The answer is yes to both questions.In the three main novels, it’s mentioned on a few occasions that she doesn’t like or want chocolate.  It’s offered a couple times, but the reader never really knows the reason behind her distaste.On a side note, here’s a little tidbit about my…
  • FOODFIC: Frozen - Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    The dystopia created by Cruz and Johnston is pretty much what the title implies – a bleak world of cold and ice, insufferable to all but the heat-eliteof the RSA (Remaining States of America). You could even say the second social tier is comprised of hooved quadrupeds – the few remaining cattle who are nurtured in expensive temperature-controlled stables. The cows probably [live] better lives than most people, in fact.Since clearly very few people are eating beef, the only meat available to the common folk consists of whale, walrus, or reindeer. Those who can’t stomach that are left…
  • FOODFIC: Welcome Serina Hartwell, Author of Hidden

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    I first dreamt up the Hidden Saga many years ago, while at the bottom of my garden. It was a hot sunny day in the middle of August and I had a thirst that I just couldn’t quench. As I reminisce, I recall heading down with a glass of fresh orange and sitting for the longest time, just thinking, watching the water condensate around my glass and run down onto the table. Water – That was the only thing that I was sure of when I first made the decision that I really had something worth pursuing in Hidden. I had no idea where my story would take me, but it led me along a path that I’m still…
  • FOODFIC: Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Her name may still be Dorothy Gayle, but she is nothing like the girl you remember from that first journey to Oz.She’s still wearing her trademark blue-and-white checks, but she’s traded in the farm-girl cotton for silk and chiffon in a style somewhere between haute couture and French hooker. Mm-hmm.Oh, and she’s wicked now, too. Not in title, of course, as the official wicked witch collective is still around, but as defined by her nasty behavior. And speaking of titles, she’s given herself a bold one: Princess Dorothy of Oz, second only to Ozma, who for all intents and purposes is…
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    Andy Straka

  • Three Words: I want one.

    andy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Robot raptors take flight. http://www.gizmag.com/flying-robot-raptor-birds-deter-nuisance-flocks/33563/
  • Google Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Not to be outdone, Google is getting into the game of drones, too. GOOGLE DRONES  
  • Disney Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Drones for the next generation are coming. While much of the debate over drones continues to center on their war fighting capabilities, their domestic use for beneficial purposes is already rapidly taking hold. Where will we draw the lines between legitimate remote imaging, public surveillance, and privacy? http://www.cnet.com/news/drones-could-rule-the-skies-over-disney/
  • The Road Home

    andy
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    In the mood for an inspirational romantic drama? If you don’t mind the subtitles, check out the beautifully-filmed Chinese love story The Road Home, directed by Yimou Zhang. Not my normal genre, but I watched it tonight with the family and loved it. Very moving story about the power of devotion and enduring love. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1108624-road_home/              
  • Drones and Private Eyes

    andy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    From the NY Post. You had to know this was coming…. http://nypost.com/2014/07/13/private-eyes-using-drones-to-nab-scammers-cheating-spouses/              
 
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    BookLeverageBlog

  • 3 Big Ideas Video – The Checklist Manifesto

    George Rodriguez
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first in a long line of 3 Big Ideas videos features a favorite book of mine by Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto. First, some back story.  I’ve had a copy of Camtasia screencast software sitting on my computer for a couple of years now.  I finally decided recently to clean out the cobwebs and use the dang thing.  That means you can expect more 3 Big Ideas videos coming from me from now on.  I’ll do my best to keep them short and information packed. The goal of the videos is to introduce you to great nonfiction books in videos that only last 3 minutes or less.  If one…
  • Nonfiction Books Reading List July 2014 – The Books I Read to Get Ahead

    George Rodriguez
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    These are the great nonfiction books I read in July.  Clearly most are tilted toward internet marketing and writing, which are two topics that have come to dominate my thinking recently. Jeff Walker’s Launch was responsible for me finally setting up a newsletter.  Thank you Jeff! That is the power of a great book read at the right time – action.  These books also helped me add to my arsenal of tips, tricks, tactics and strategies that I can use to deal with the world as an introvert. I’ll never be as high energy as John Lee Dumas, as smooth as Pat Flynn or as…
  • 10 Great Business Books – August 2014

    George Rodriguez
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Hundreds of business books come out every month. The hard part is knowing which are worth the time and money to read and buy and which are nothing more than extended magazine articles and vanity pieces. I scour the internet every month looking for hints, reviews, recommendations and suggestions for books being released.  I then whittle that list down to 10 great business books to share with my readers. Here is a PowerPoint I put together of the ten best.  Actually nine best business books and one book about Mona Lisa everyone should read because I’ve heard great things about it and…
  • Book Review – Podcast Launch

    George Rodriguez
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One of the great products of the internet has been the rise of the self-made internet millionaire. Much like a Horatio Alger story, the internet millionaire embodies the hero’s struggle. He or she is a good guy/girl who just wants to do right, but they find themselves in a tough spot. It could be a bad boss, a job with no future or just a feeling of despair that the life they are living is not meant for them. But our hero finds a way out, somehow using the internet to make their fortune.  See Jeff Walker, Chris Guillebeau or John Acuff, et al. And the obvious next step in this path is to…
  • Bookleverage on YouTube!

    George Rodriguez
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I’m on a mission to spread the love of non-fiction far and wide. And that is why Bookleverage is now on YouTube. At least for me when I get on YouTube the only book commentary I see is about sexy vampires, a dystopian future with love-crossed teenagers or a combination of the two. But not anymore nonfiction book lovers, because Bookleverage is on YouTube for good! I’m going to start out with videos that I create on Powtoon, but I might eventually come out with videos starring yours truly doing video book reviews and talking about nonfiction books in general. That might be better…
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • In The Clear by Ayami Tyndall

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Arne was content with her career as a hydrogen rigger, harvesting fuel from Saturn's clouds for use across the solar system, until two prospectors offered her a job that kindled old desires. She used to be an angel, a guide through the lightless sky beneath Saturn's clouds, but abandoned that deadly wasteland years ago. Now she returns, taking flight again on cybernetic wings to guide a new prototype through the invisible gale of the liquid sky. She used to know Saturn's depths well, but returning ignites old scars, and there is something new and unnatural waiting in the burning air. When the…
  • A Letter from Hell by William Presley

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    In a desperate attempt to save his soul before he dies, southern aristocrat William Virgil Hollingsmore writes the world a cautionary letter on the last of his twelve days in a personalized Hell. In it, through the haze of his own mental deterioration, he chronicles the horrors and agony that befell him at the hands of Satan, as well as the sad events leading up to this unfortunate climax.When Hollingsmore was a younger man, he was an alcoholic and did as he pleased when drunk. He's older now and full of regret. Upon returning home, he finds that Satan is chomping at the bit to claim him and…
  • First Stone by Gary Ballard

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter wakes from a semi-catatonic state in a mental hospital with no memory of the previous year. His wife, Sarah, has disappeared, and as the last human being to see her alive, Jack is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Without a body and with no physical evidence to prove foul play, the lead investigator and Jack's friend, Bill West, must continue to search for the truth even if it means fingering Jack for the crime. When a serial killer in West Virginia's coal country claims to have killed Sarah Carter, Bill and Jack rush to the crime scene. What they…
  • Cover Critics

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Over the last couple of years, I've written about how important it is for an indie author to have a good cover for their book. I've invited several indie authors here to talk about the process they went through to get their covers, whether doing it themselves or hiring a professional. M. Terry Green pointed me in the direction of affordable, professional designers who offer pre-designed and customizable covers—the growing list can be found by clicking on our "Book Cover Designers" tab.While we've seen a decrease in the number of bad covers submitted here, there seems to be no shortage…
  • Justice, Inc. by Dale Bridges

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Imagine a future where orphan children are adopted by international corporations and forced into indentured servitude, where zombie viruses are spread through heterosexual intercourse, where Osama bin Laden is cloned by the thousands for public execution. Welcome to the world of JUSTICE, INC. No one is safe. Nothing is sacred. And all sales are final.Justice, Inc. is a collection of short stories written by Dale Bridges and published by Monkey Puzzle Press. It is due to be released on June 20th.All in all, this is a solid collection of 21st century American satire. "In the Beginning: An…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new books in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sci-Fi and Fantasy’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Bone Clocks: A Novel Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By David Mitchell ISBN: 1400065674 Publisher: Random House Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.75 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Dark Blood Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Christine Feehan ISBN: 0425271447 Publisher: Berkley Hardcover Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.04 Share this book on…
  • This week’s new books in Romance

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Romance’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Angels Walking: A Novel Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Karen Kingsbury ISBN: 1451687478 Publisher: Howard Books Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.02 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Dark Blood Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Christine Feehan ISBN: 0425271447 Publisher: Berkley Hardcover Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.04 Share this book…
  • This week’s new books in Outdoors and Nature

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Outdoors and Nature’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Dave Canterbury ISBN: 1440579776 Publisher: Adams Media Publication date: September 1, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $9.47 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ unPHILtered: The Way I See It Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Phil Robertson ISBN: 1476766231 Publisher: Howard Books Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding:…
  • This week’s new books in Nonfiction

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Nonfiction’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle By Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas ISBN: 0385538650 Publisher: Doubleday Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.48 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Randall Munroe ISBN: 0544272994…
  • This week’s new books in Nonfiction

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Nonfiction’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle By Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas ISBN: 0385538650 Publisher: Doubleday Publication date: September 2, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.48 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Randall Munroe ISBN: 0544272994…
 
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  • Christian Mingle: The Movie

    litera9
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Christian Mingle is one of the biggest Christian dating sites online. You may have seen the ads for it.  I think it’s cool it exists, just like there are dating sites for Jews and atheists.  However, for some reason, Corbin Bernsen (Better known as Sean Spencer’s dad from PSYCH) is writing a directing a movie about a girl pretending to be a Christian to get on Christianmingle.com. Here’s the trailer.   The concept feels like a really weak version of other comedies I’ve watched. That said, I have no idea what inspired Bernsen to write such an absurd film.  Was he…
  • Is there a Christian Persecution Complex?

    litera9
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    According to my friend and past editor Alan Noble, yes.  He wrote a feature for The Atlantic that does a great job of exploring the modern state of American Christianity and how so many are actively seeking reasons to claim persecution: The Christian church itself has a long history of telling stories of martyrdom and persecution. The stories of saints’ lives often center on their sufferings for Christ. For example, Fox’s Book of Martyrs is a popular and classic text recounting notable martyrdoms throughout church history. The purpose of these stories is to inspire and strengthen…
  • I’m back! (August 2014)

    litera9
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Aloha! I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, and am really sorry.  A lot has happened since my last post and now. I moved to New York, where I had to live with friends for a few weeks, then moved into an apartment I got an internship with Tom’s Guide/PURCh, where I get to cover tech and learn online media journalism. I attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church, the home of Timothy Keller and his amazing community. Now I have a long subway ride home and back, and have to socialize and explore the city.  However, because I believe this blog matters, I will be striving to post as often as…
  • Taking Off the Roof Pt. 3: HE IS THERE AND HE IS NOT SILENT

    litera9
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:57 pm
    As I end my journey through Schaeffer’s “trilogy of books”, I feel as though I’m ready to take on the world. Or at least the rest of Schaeffer’s work. After finishing God Who is There and Escape from Reason,  the pinnacle of the work is He is There, and He is Silent.  This book is more focused on a key question of how we hear and know God. Schaeffer argues that there is a metaphysical,  a moral and an epistemological need for a creator who is personally interested in personal beings. He then represents opposing ideas, and how they’re inconsistent.
  • NEVER FORGET GODINTEREST

    litera9
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    Never forget that sites like GODINTEREST exist; where Christians thought they could feed a market by providing a Christian-only option for sites like Pinterest. How are Christian-only products like this able to show that we love our neighbors?  It only feeds the perception that we only care about our own.
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    Armida Books

  • The 10 best opening book lines as therapy

    Haris Ioannides
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Isn’t it awkward that the first line is usually not the first thing we read? Of course we scrutinize front and back and then, once those exterior beauties have caught our attention, we might open the book at a random page to assess the writer’s style. We believe that this will help us to make up our mind whether we will like the book or not. Well, I want to make a confession. I belong to those who, once they picked up a book and got captivated by it, will just flick to the last page and read the last line. For a book lover it is a sick obsession, an adrenaline rush nourished by…
  • 20 Incredibly Rare Author Interviews Unearthed

    Haris Ioannides
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Reblog  from Online Colleges Readers often love to see into the minds of the authors who have penned their favorite books, but sometimes, doing so is next to impossible. There are a variety of reasons why it might be difficult to track down an author interview: the writers in question only offered interviews along the same general frequency as Halley’s Comet, or they typically pop up in different media, or some even lose the footage over time. But despite these struggles, the following reads, listens, and watches all earned consideration. Some of these prove far more available than…
  • 21 Scathingly Witty Insults By Famous People

    Haris Ioannides
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.   Reblogged from Donna Dickens BuzzFeed Staff Armida on Amazon
  • The Publishing Process in GIF Form

    Haris Ioannides
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Found this compilation the other day and just had to share it with you : ) Very cool work by Nathan Bransford.   Reblogged from NATHAN BRANSFORD blog At first you’re thinking of writing brand viagra a novel and you’re all… But then you have an idea! And you go… But then you hit page 50 and you’re all…. And then you hit page 75 and you’re all… But you power through!! And then you’re finished!!! You have finished a novel!! Only then find out you have to start querying agents. So you write your query letter… You obsess over…
  • Gregory: And other award winning stories by Panos Ioannides – The Short Review

    Haris Ioannides
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Reblogged from The Short Review   “To his left, blood-red with azure reflections, the sea; in the distance, half sunk in the water, the sun; to his right and behind him, a green strip of land, perfectly geometrical, a symmetrical carpet spread in an inhospitable, bone-dry valley, scattered with shells and rocks, barren for a thousand years or more, since the time of the great drought which filled Cyprus with reptiles and monasteries.“ Reviewed by A J Kirby “Have you experienced violence? Personally?” “No. I avoided it as much as I could.” “Then…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Dark Family Tale in Northern Ireland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Another Chilling Read from the Arctic

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
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    On Books and Writing

  • 50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read

    Johann Thorsson
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Originally posted on Flavorwire:Fabulism, it seems, is having a moment — although whether it’s truly a trend is up for debate. Some might say it’s been right there, purring along all this time, while others might blink and wonder what you’re talking about. Such is always the case with magic. But whether you’re a newbie or an…
  • Joe Lansdale on Where His Stories Come From

    Johann Thorsson
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    “Sometimes the environment shapes the story. I know it’s that way with me. This part of East Texas is thick with trees, damp with water, humid with sweat and the smell of rain-wet low lands. It’s got snakes and gators and stickers and flies, mosquitoes and ticks, chiggers and lice. It’s got the moon through…
  • 5 Magical Books by Women

    Johann Thorsson
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:44 am
    Recently, some dust was thrown up regarding why women-only prizes should be a thing. While I think it unfair that the need for a separate women’s prize in literature exists, I think the prize itself is a good thing. Also, the more literary prizes, the better, right? I don’t choose books based on the gender of a…
  • Should Writers Read Classics or Trash? Four Writers Answer

    Johann Thorsson
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    In recent months I’ve interviewed a few writers. There’s a certain question I try remember to ask them all, since it is something I wonder a lot about when it comes to choosing which books I read in an attempt to become a better writer. Here is the magical question: Authors Dan Simmons and Stephen…
  • Ellen Datlow Interview

    Johann Thorsson
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    I had a few words with Ellen Datlow over email earlier this year, and interviewed her for Bookriot in conjunction with Women in Horror Month and the release of Lovecraft’s Monsters. Here is that interview now, for your reading pleasure. February was Women in Horror Month, and the first person I thought of when I…
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    My Book and My Coffee

  • Book Spotlight: Elemental Magic Series

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Today, I'm featuring Brynna Curry's Elemental Magic series, a little more focused on Book 1, Earth Enchanted. This is really exciting, you guys! Check it out! :) Don't forget to enter the FAB giveaway at the end! Series Buy LinksGoodreads│Amazon│Barnes & Noble│Kobo│KensingtonEarth Enchanted by Brynna CurryWriter Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man…
  • Guest Post: Playing Your Opposite by Traci Borum

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let's all welcome Traci Borum, author of Painting the Moon, Book 1 in the Chilton Crosse series. She is currently on tour to support the newly released novel and I'm very happy to be a part of it! Today, she will shed some light on how she writes characters. It's quite interesting, really. Find out what she has to say about it here. And don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the end of this post. :) When I’m brainstorming a novel, I usually always find a pretty significant piece of myself inside my main characters.  It’s just easy to relate to them if they have at…
  • Official Launch: Every Ugly Word

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Good news, everyone! Today's the official launch of Aimee Salter's book with a major publisher + exciting new program! Check it out! :) Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.Alloy…
  • Guest Post: The Next Idea by May Williams

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Where and how do you get ideas for your next book? May Williams, author of Raising Her Hopes, is here today to talk about getting that 'next idea'. Check it out! Also, don't forget to enter the nice giveaway below! :) Writers are always looking for the next idea or trying to refine the ones circulating in their heads in order to get a book from the brain to the page. To help me along, I like to talk to new people and ask lots of questions. When I’m experiencing something new, I’m always thinking about using it in a book. So I ask even more questions. Recently, on a family…
  • WW Giveaway: Manroot by Anne Steinberg

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Today's giveaway features the fantasy, romance novel of Anne Steinberg, Manroot. Take a look and please enter the giveaway below. :)  Manroot by Anne SteinbergFantasy, RomanceBook Description: In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as a maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot,…
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    Where Writers Win

  • I’m Ready For My Close Up! The Importance Of Media Training For Authors

    Shari Stauch
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to publicist Lynda Bouchard for this guest post! Graphic courtesy freedigitalphotos.net “I guess the best advice I ever got or anyone could get for doing an interview was from Jack Paar, who said, ‘Kid, don’t make it an interview. Interviews are boring. Make it a conversation.’” – Dick Cavett Nothing exposes you more to the public than being an author. I represented a client who was a high functioning CEO for over 20 years. Then he became an author. You’d think that he would have pretty thick skin – but he felt vulnerable as an author. His…
  • Freebie Friday: Free Books With A Promo Lesson!

    Shari Stauch
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a free lesson in great book promotion, along with your chance to grab some free books. Famed author Warren Adler is offering a nifty free UNLIMITED giveaway of his most popular titles in exchange for honest reviews, and here’s how you can play! JOIN. PICK. REVIEW. We are giving away an unlimited number of Warren Adler’s bestselling eBook titles that are slated to be made into movies in 2015 and 2016, as well as The War of the Roses that was made into the film of the same name, and will debut its stage production next year! Let’s face it, for all us bibliophiles,…
  • 10 Ways to Tighten Your Pitch

    Shari Stauch
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to author Steve Piacente for this guest post and photo, taken of a pitch slam at the recent Writer’s Digest conference in NY, moments before the doors opened for authors to meet with agents! Imagine the bullpen overflowing with pitchers. Each will get a turn at the mound, but there’s no room for error. One mistake and it’s game over. Welcome to Pitch Slam, biggest draw of the 2014 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. What’s it like knowing you have three minutes to make an agent fall for your story, or at least request a second date? Three minutes. That’s 90…
  • No One Ever Just “Says” Something: 50 Ways Not to Say “Says”

    Shari Stauch
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to media relations expert and award-winning author Christina Hamlett for this guest post. Graphic provided by freedigitalphotos.net When I was a teen, I had an aversion to using “said” in a story. It was blah. It was ordinary. It was pedestrian. Why use “said”, I thought, when there were so many words that were way more expressive? Throughout high school English classes, my characters squealed, pontificated, reflected, mused and accused. As if that weren’t enough to liven up their dialogue, I was also generous in my deployment of adverbs. After all, who’s going to be a…
  • Chanticleer Author Conference: Bellingham, WA Hosts Special Events for Authors

    Shari Stauch
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re anywhere near the Pacific Northwest this September, this event promises to be a great time and fabulous chance to network with industry insiders… The Chanticleer Book Reviews Awards Banquet & Conference 2014 will take place at the Hotel Bellwether located in Bellingham, Wash. on Fri., Sat. & Sun., Sept. 19th, 20th & 21st, 2014 at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay. The Chanticleer Awards Banquet and Conference will feature:     Three full days of classes, sessions, & author events     Master’s Classes require extra fees.    …
 
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  • Not Dead (I Think)

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    With my dissertation coming due in less than a month now and me typically far behind my own personal (and to be fair, probably overly ambitious) schedule, it's going to be a while before I can get back to doing some quality posts. Which is unfortunate because I have some interesting and terrifying boat stories (they are not necessarily the same stories) due to the fact that StereoNinja has bought a boat. It is StereoNinja's boat and decidedly not mine, as evidenced by the fact that he won't let me buy the new Borg cube glowing refrigerator on thinkgeek for it despite both its awesomeness and…
  • There, I Fixed It: The 50 Shades Trailer

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Look, my review of the Fifty Shades movie trailer was a bit lacking, I know that. It didn't have any of my usual vitriol or creative swearing and it did not, I think, express my feelings about the trailer or the existence of a movie at all as clearly as it should have. I just couldn't find the right words to illustrate my total non-excitement about this film.But then I had an epiphany. While watching it for the dozenth time trying to think of something clever to say about it, I realized: I don't have to say anything! I can show you how I feel! By re-shooting the entire trailer (nearly) shot…
  • 50 Shades En Fuego

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    THIS IS IT YOU GUYS. I am finally done reading these books and I swear to Christ if she writes a fourth one so help me I will burn the publishing house to the ground, pour gasoline on the ashes and BURN THEM AGAIN.Because E.L. James is an artless, bungling, inept tool, she couldn't simply write one epilogue that concisely wraps up the book and provides the audience with closure (such as a month later, Christian dies in a fiery helicopter crash and Ana immolates herself because she can NEVER LOVE AGAIN and the rest of us can all live happily ever after). Instead she wrote three of them because…
  • Fifty Shades Trailer Review

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Fifty Shades movie trailer came out on Thursday, and while I did record myself reviewing it, the only funny thing that came out of it was when I gave it "one thumb...up your butt". StereoNinja and I have come up with a better idea for a video than that, but it's going to take some real effort so it might be a while, however it will be worth it. Having said that, I do still want to do a review of the trailer.First of all, let me start off by saying to the gentlemen of the audience, I am so so sorry you are going to have to sit through this on Valentine's Day next year. Although you'll…
  • 50 Shades Illogical

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I read and review Fifty Shades Freed so you don't have to.I don't even know where to begin. Maybe with the question I kept thinking over and over during this last section: I'M SORRY, WHAT?????E.L. James spends the last two numbered chapters of her book trying to wrap everything up in a neat little package. SPOILER ALERT: SHE FAILS. Instead what happens is she creates more questions than she answers, and the few things she does answer have explanations that make NO SENSE. I mean, AT ALL. Seriously, even working from within the horrifying stereotypes she's set out for her characters and "why…
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    Soul Destruction

  • In the Booth with Ruth – Jemima, Sex Worker, Writer and Student

    Ruth Jacobs
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:Red Parasols line El Tiradito at SWOP-Tucson’s 2013 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers EventPhoto Credit: C. Elliott Could you share how you became involved in the sex worker rights movement and why it’s so important to you? It honestly was Twitter for me. I was a sex…
  • Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns at Kampnagel, Hamburg

    Ruth Jacobs
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:Guest post by Carol Leigh Trailer from Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns This work is dedicated in Loving Memory to Andrew Hunter, who held my (virtual) hand through this process, encouraged me and provided an abundance of information and material. FANTASIES THAT MATTER. IMAGES OF SEXWORK IN MEDIA…
  • FREE on Kindle: ‘Life’ a short crime story

    Ruth Jacobs
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    Max’s criminal career has been going downhill since it began when he was sixteen on an armed robbery job with his father. Now in his mid-forties, he’s spent more time in jail than on criminal endeavours and he’s back inside again.
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    Book reviews, author interviews

  • 10 Career Options For Book Lovers

    Sherry Helms
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Author: Sherry Helms Every book lover appreciates the feeling of being surrounded by books all day, and working alongside people who love reading books too! If you are an ardent reader and have always dreamed of working with books, newspapers or magazines, you will be happy to hear that there are a variety of lucrative […]
  • Q&A: Rick Bass On All the Land to Hold Us

    Sherry Helms
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Today, we welcome award-winning author and environmental activist, Rick Bass, to our blog to talk about his book, All the Land to Hold Us. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, United States, Rick Bass worked for several years as a Petroleum geologist before starting his career as a writer. He received several awards including General Electric […]
  • A Different Home: A Time of Trauma and Loss for Children in Foster Care

    Sherry Helms
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Guest Author: Dr. John DeGarmo I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a foster parent for 13 years, now, and in that time, I have had over 45 children come to live in my home. For me, one of the most difficult challenges of being a foster parent is the evening the children arrive. […]
  • Creating Mayhem

    Sherry Helms
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    Guest Author: Sarah Pinborough Sometimes the best stories can be found just sitting there the dust of years gone by rather than in our own imaginations. Since I was a kid reading Jean Plaidy novels, I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction, but as I grew up to become an author I always vowed I’d never write […]
  • My Kind of Risky Business: Curiosity

    Sherry Helms
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Guest Author: Michael J. Rosen I’m a homebody. I’ve spent all my life, save a few years during post-graduate educations, in Central Ohio. I’m not much of a risk-taker, adrenaline junkie, frequent traveler, or lover of extreme…anything, really. So how it is that I am fascinated by others who are? How it is I’ve written […]
 
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge

    Grace Troxel
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    The summer is swiftly ending and turning into fall.  The nights are getting cooler, the cicadas are chirping, and the grocery store shelves are stocked with pumpkin beers. It’s time for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge that’s hosted each year by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The challenge runs from September 1-October 31.  Now, challenge is a bit of a misnomer, because Carl’s challenges aren’t about seeing how much you can read, but rather to gather people together to read books centered around a specific theme.  For the RIP challenge, this means…
  • August 2014: A Month in Review

    Grace Troxel
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Despite the fact that August was one of the busiest months of work that I’ve had thus far, it has also been extremely productive in terms of blogging.  I put it down to the fact that switching to more of a review consideration approach has lowered my stress level tremendously, and rather than stressing about deadlines, I’ve been reading what I want to read when I want to read it.  Here are the books that I reviewed this month: And for anyone who missed it, I still have a giveaway going on until September 5 for Emily Croy Barker’s book... Read more » The post August…
  • “Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

    Grace Troxel
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’s way of life. Unexpected Stories contains two previously unpublished short stories that were never released during Octavia Butler’s lifetime.  As usual, I am blown away by her stories and can’t stop thinking about them. A Necessary Being…
  • “The Witch’s Betrayal” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

    Grace Troxel
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Witch’s Betrayal is a short story set in the same world as Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse duology.  One of the main characters in The Assassin’s Curse is Naji, an assassin who wields powerful blood magic to hunt down his prey.  In the previous books, Clarke mentions that Naji’s face is heavily scarred, but doesn’t go into any detail as to why.  The Witch’s Betrayal tells the story of how Naji acquired his scars and reveals additional insights into his relationship with the witch Leila. One day, Naji is given an…
  • Review and Giveaway: “Inamorata” by Megan Chance

    Grace Troxel
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
      Inamorata by Megan Chance is a blend of historical fiction and fantasy set in 19th century Venice.  Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister Sophie come to Venice to escape scandal in New York.  Joseph is an artist, and he hopes to find a wealthy patron so that he can pursue his passion.  Sophie is Joseph’s muse and has dedicated her life to helping him succeed, but she also wants someone to see her as an individual and not as an extension of her brother’s company.  Enter Nicholas Dane, an attractive former poet who becomes captivated by Sophie.  Dane is... Read more…
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    Digesting the Words

  • Sacrifice (Daughters of Lilith #3) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It took me a while to finally sit down and write this review for multiple reasons. I’m an impatient person you see. I’d rather read (or watch) an entire series in one go, than wait around for the next book (or episode) to be released. I hate the waiting! So now that I’ve finally caught up with The Daughters of Lilith series, I’m kicking myself because I need the next book! Sacrifice is so good! I’m anxiously awaiting the next book, Guardian, which will be out this year! But first, let’s discuss Sacrifice. This book was sent to me to review in…
  • Incubus (Daughters of Lilith #2) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz Series: Daughters of Lilith #2 Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Young Adult Pages: 295 Format: eBook • Buy from Amazon UK • Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to…
  • The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani #BookReview & Excerpt

    Farhana Chowdhury
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani Series: Violinist Detective Series #1 Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult Pages: 184 Format: eARC • Buy from Amazon UK •Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another……
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    The Vagrants by Yiyun Li Published by HarperCollins UK Published date 2013-03-28 Genres: Asian Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, we follow a group of people in a small town during this dramatic…
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary, Fiction Pages: 288 Format: Paperback 'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve he's going to end it all . .
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Summer Book Review Montage

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Wedding Summer is a busy time with vacations, bike riding, picnics, weddings, and more. That means less time to read, which in turn means fewer book reviews.  Therefore, I am taking a break and instead of offering a new review, I’m incorporating a list of some past book suggestions into the letter below, much like I did in last year’s Vacation Montage.  Click on the titles to read the reviews.  I must mention that although this letter refers to real events (I really did attend my niece’s wedding), it is entirely fictionalized, and any resemblance to living persons…
  • Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Doggone Fun Book (Detective Novel with a Twist)Dog On It by Spencer Quinnis a detective novel with a twist.  Chet and Bernie are partners in the Little Detective Agency.  Each has his strong points. Bernie is the thinker.  Chet is intimidating, if need be, and has a knack for smelling out criminals, literally.  Chet is a dog.  He’s also the narrator of the novel, which makes for a totally unique and fun read.  Chet’s wry commentary is hilarious, like when Bernie asks Chet if he needs to go out after being inside all day.  “Why would that be?” Chet…
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  I am. (Classics)Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is about one day in the life of a woman getting ready for a party she is hosting—or so I thought. What I found out is that only two small instances in the book are devoted to Mrs. Dalloway’s party preparations.  Her venture to a shop in London to pick up flowers is how the book begins, and offers a most famous literary line. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”   The other party “fuss” is when Clarissa Dalloway sits down and calmly mends the green dress she is…
  • The Classic Reading Challenge

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kicking It with the Classics (Reading List)If you’re just tuning in, you may not have noticed that every so often I toss in reviews of classic books.  My interest in classics dates back to ninth-grade English class with Mr. Haynes.  At the end of the school year Mr. Haynes gave us a reading list for summer break.  Most of the books on the list were classics. For some reason I kept the list and years later after high school, I looked at it and decided, what the heck, let’s give this thing a whirl.  Slowly I started reading the books and marking them off.  Each year…
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Secrecy and Surprises in Spain (Mysterious Intrigue) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is about a boy’s investigation into the enigmatic life of author, Julián Carax. After reading Carax’s novel The Shadow of the Wind,Daniel wants to enjoy more of his books only to discover that someone has systematically burned every copy of his published works.  As the story progresses Daniel enlists the help of a co-worker, ex-political prisoner, ex-bum, and always entertaining Fermín, to get to the bottom of this mystery.  What they discover is a puzzle that slowly reveals the…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Study Success: 11 Books & Articles to Help Students Hack Their Education

    Lucy
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Today's article is slightly different from what I'd normally write about, but I'll use the excuse that the next academic year is approaching. Also, perhaps one or two of my readers are students (do lifelong students count?)I've always enjoyed reading about learning techniques and study hacks, particularly when it comes to increasing efficiency and recall. Considering all the facts and dates I've forgotten from school, I don't want to do the same with my degree just yet.Here are the books and articles which have most influenced my studying. Some of which have helped me pass exams I thought I…
  • Tips for Reading War and Peace & Getting Started with Leo Tolstoy

    Lucy
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    A reader recently got in touch to ask what advice I'd give for reading War and Peace the first time. I've written before about the reasons why I love War and Peace, but with any 1300-page book, it takes some motivation to get started and, perhaps more so, to keep going.If you've been looking to read the almighty Russian tome, perhaps this article may help you out. The following tips are based on my own experience, but I hope some readers find it useful.A backdrop to envisage War and Peace. Scene in Red Square, Moscow, 1801. Oil on canvas by Fedor Yakovlevich…
  • Poetry for Letting Go: In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver

    Lucy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    Lately I've been reflecting on good poems to learn by heart, and "In Blackwater Woods" by Mary Oliver has caught my attention. I think this piece is applicable to both life's challenges and quieter plateaus, so I'd say it fits my unwritten requirements for memorised verse.I know that the following lines will help me with grief and loss when it comes, and help me get back to what's really important when things are hectic:To live in this worldyou must be ableto do three things:to love what is mortal;to hold itagainst your bones knowingyour own life depends on it;and, when the time comes to let…
  • On Visiting Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth's Home, to Better Enjoy His Poetry

    Lucy
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I recently spent three days in the English Lake District, which could only mean one thing: a mandatory visit to Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth's home between 1799 - 1808. Located in Grasmere, a short but idyllic bus journey from Windermere, fans of Romanticism - or any other reader or visitor - can tour the 400-year-old cottage and garden where Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language.The view of Dove Cottage, Wordsworth's home, from the top of the garden.This is where Wordworth spent over eight years of "plain living, but high thinking", writing much of the…
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes: One of The Best Thrillers Ever Written?

    Lucy
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    As I was approaching London Charing Cross on the train last month, I saw a nearby passenger completely engrossed in a book. He got off the train with the pages still open and sat down on a bench just opposite the train doors to finish his page. Later that same day, I heard the same book - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes - recommended by one friend to another in Waterstones.When you keep hearing a book be praised by complete strangers, I think you have to readjust your reading list accordingly.I Am Pilgrim is a superb book, and I think the Guardian have it right when they say that it is "the only…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – Stephanie Crosby

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   sat in my apartment while my friends went on dates. So instead of feeling sorry for myself; I wrote about my “dating woes.” I kept writing since I went to a writing school and continued to finish […]
  • With Angel’s Wings

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Caring for her infant daughter in heart failure is Laura’s introduction to life as a mother of a special needs child. While it initiates her into a “lifestyle” she never dreamed she would face, it is far from her most daunting challenge. Take an emotional […]
  • The Blade

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The Blade by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore How do you take three story lines and combine them into one incredible suspense thriller? Just ask Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore. They have done it flawlessly. An OSI mission has gone wrong in Iraq. Maxine Decker, […]
  • The Last Virgin Alive

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The Last Virgin Alive is a new adult romantic suspense novel about a girl’s first year of college. Far from home at an out of state college, the family drama she tried to get away from still exists. While struggling with college life and her […]
  • In Search of Lost Frogs

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    On August 9, 2010, conservationist and photographer Robin Moore spearheaded the largest coordinated global search for lost species. Over the following six months 126 researchers in 21 countries embarked on a quest to find frogs, salamanders and caecilians last seen decades previously. In the midst […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • “Being Miss America : Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle

    info@lipulse.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Elbow, elbow, wrist-wrist-wrist. It’s like icing a cake with your hand, they say, and you practiced that wave aplenty when you were young. You never knew when you might find yourself walking down a long stage with roses in your arms and a crown on your head. Millions of young women try. Only one per year becomes Miss America – most of the time. In “Being Miss America ” by Kate Shindle, you’ll peek behind the brocade curtains to learn more. Growing up in New Jersey, in a family that often volunteered for the Miss America Organization, Kate Shindle had a first-hand, on-the-ground look…
  • “Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love” by C. David Heymann

    info@lipulse.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Can’t live with him, can’t live without him. That’s apparently, according to headlines, what your favorite star thinks of her first, third, and next husband – who happens to be the same man. It’s kinda silly. You can practically set your calendar by their splits and reconciliations. You shake your head. Can’t live with him. Can’t live without her. It happens, as you’ll see in the new book “Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love” by C. David Heymann. The first time Joe DiMaggio met Marilyn Monroe was on a blind date. He’d began “thinking” about Marilyn once he saw publicity…
  • “Shots Fired” by C.J. Box

    info@lipulse.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    You’re stuck. Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream. We’ve all been there. We’ve all lived through the irritation, but what’s funny is that it’s not at all chafing to read about it happening to someone else. And that’s just one of the themes in “Shots Fired,” a book of short stories by C.J. Box. Throughout the years, says Box, fans have asked where they could find some of his shorter works,…
  • “The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter

    info@lipulse.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    You hadn’t seen your old classmate in years. He was never at reunions or any events. He never called you, either, and truth be known, you kind of forgot about him – until his name came up on Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon, you spotted his face in the background of a stranger’s online photo. Total coincidence? What are the odds?  Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter say they’re actually pretty good, and in “The Norm Chronicles,” they explain. Congratulations, your lottery numbers all came up. You missed being in an accident. You were in the right place at the right…
  • “A Wolf Called Romeo” by Nick Jans

    info@lipulse.com
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your dog just can’t get enough of “catch.” Yes, he has plenty of toys, and just picking one up incites a glint-eyed round of the game. Nothing, apparently, is better than snatching something from the air. He’d play til he dropped, if you’d let him. Some dogs love a ball. Some dogs love squeaky-toys, while others crave complicated playthings. And in the new book “A Wolf Called Romeo” by Nick Jans, some dogs have unusual playmates, too. Nick Jans was astounded at the size of the pawprints. They weren’t ordinary, dog-sized prints; these were huge, indicative of a wolf prowling…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Giveaway: The Duel for Consuelo by Claudia Long

    Beth
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    History, love, and faith combine in a gripping novel set in early 1700's Mexico.In this second passionate and thrilling story of the Castillo family, the daughter of a secret Jew is caught between love and the burdens of a despised and threatened religion. The Enlightenment is making slow in-roads, but Consuelo's world is still under the dark cloud of the Inquisition.Forced to choose between protecting her ailing mother and the love of dashing Juan Carlos Castillo, Consuelo's personal dilemma reflects the conflicts of history as they unfold in 1711 Mexico.A rich, romantic story illuminating…
  • Review: The Duel for Consuelo by Claudia Long

    Beth
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    History, love, and faith combine in a gripping novel set in early 1700's Mexico.  In this second passionate and thrilling story of the Castillo family, the daughter of a secret Jew is caught between love and the burdens of a despised and threatened religion.  The Enlightenment is making slow in-roads, but Consuelo's world is still under the dark cloud of the Inquisition.  Forced to choose between protecting her ailing mother and the love of dashing Juan Carlos Castillo, Consuelo's personal dilemma reflects the conflicts of history as they unfold in 1711 Mexico.  A rich,…
  • Featured Book: A Place To Call Home by G. A. Whitmore

    Beth (BBRB)
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    About the book: Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience. Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed upon him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally…
  • Review: To Live Forever by Andra Watkins

    Beth
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.Top Ten Reasons You Should Read To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis1. You aren't really certain what happens after we die.2. You worry that you will be forgotten when you are…
  • Review: Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal

    Beth
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Nominated for a 2014 Grammy in the Spoken Word category! Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians, now that he's 65, and a look back at a remarkable career. Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like "Buying the Plot" and "Nodding Off," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Story: Saint-Tropez

    Author
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    By: Alan Swyer “On va te montrer un endroit extraordinaire,” my French girlfriend, Marie-Denise, said on an evening that, after many years, still feels like twenty minutes ago. We were […]
  • Story: I really am who I don’t want to be

    Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    By: Reese Scott At night she would lie in bed and try not to think of eating. It wasn’t that she was hungry at least not for food. She would […]
  • Story: Never Get to Inverness

    Author
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    By: Gaither Stewart “In order to understand the world, one must turn away from it on occasion.” (Albert Camus) Via Nazionale. The taxi battles its way up the steep avenue […]
  • Story: The Stone House

    Author
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    By: JP Miller From the kitchen door of the stone house, one could see as far as the Red Hook ferry dock on St. Thomas. Down below the calm water […]
  • Poem: It Gets Real

    Author
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    By: J.L. Amos Creamy, purple-flowered porcelain. Circular. A tulled ballerina in toe shoes spins to brass polyphonics, mindless with a strawberry sneer. Bump it off the dresser with a searching […]
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    WordTrance

  • Transcending Mediums

    Michael
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In Memory of Robin Williams As the world mourns the loss of great actor and comedian Robin Williams, I remember the characters he had played and think: how I wish The post Transcending Mediums appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Sentence Level Checklist

    Michael
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction There are a lot of sentence level pitfalls we tend to make as writers. A few of those are listed below. Give your story a pass with this checklist to The post Sentence Level Checklist appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Poetry in Prose

    Michael
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Prose is the go-to method when writing fiction. It is basic text without regard to any structure or the sound of words. It is clear, straight-forward, easy to understand, and The post Poetry in Prose appeared first on WordTrance.
  • In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill

    Michael
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In the Tall Grass During a cross-country trip, siblings Cal and Becky Demuth stop to investigate the sounds of a child calling for help from the surrounding field of grass. The post In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill appeared first on WordTrance.
  • A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

    Michael
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A UNIQUE MIX Weaving together horror and a detective story, Neil Gaiman crafts a unique and inventive short-story using his customary charming voice. Specifically, A Study in Emerald combines the The post A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman appeared first on WordTrance.
 
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  • Notable Quotes: 48

    Peter J Story
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” —– Truman Capote
  • Notable Quotes: 47

    Peter J Story
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.” —– John K. Hutchens
  • Notable Quotes: 46

    Peter J Story
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.” —– Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • Things Grak Hates: 80 days until release

    Peter J Story
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Excerpt from chapter 20 of Things Grak Hates: Grak looks around at the gathered crowd. It’s a measly showing. And fairly discouraging as well. Though he does take heart that two tribe members just arrived. Perhaps more will come. Perhaps. But reality doesn’t bode well for Grak. Around half of those present are soldiers, and ...
  • Notable Quotes: 45

    Peter J Story
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” —– Hannah Arendt
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin #3) by Anna Campbell

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend…
  • Review: Paradigm (Paradigm #1) by Ceri A. Lowe

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    What if the end of the world was just the beginning?Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms – with few survivors.When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunker owned by the mysterious Paradigm Industries. As the storms worsen, the hatches close.87 years later, amidst the ruins of London, the survivors of the Storms have reinvented society. The Model maintains a perfect balance – with inhabitants routinely frozen until they are needed by the Industry.Fifteen-year-old Carter Warren knows his time has…
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Artisans by Julie Reece

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
     Welcome to the Cover Reveal forThe Artisans by Julie Reecepresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands. To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day. Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in…
  • Review: Thy Kingdom Fall (After Eden #1) by Austin Dragon

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Thy Kingdom Fall is the provocative, debut thriller of author Austin Dragon--a dramatic mix of politics, religion, and intrigue set over 75 years in the future. In 2089, a former skin-runner-turned-star-reporter investigates the Washington DC daylight murder of the most powerful political king-maker in the nation. It is just the tip of a wider conspiracy and the start of a chain of events leading to the explosion of World War III. It is the first in the epic After Eden series.I am one of those people that think DNF statuses for books is a cop out. For those of you who don't know what DNF…
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Cover Reveal forVESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswellpresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!The sun exploded on On April 18, 2112 in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen.They had exactly nineteen minutes to decide what to do next.They had nineteen minutes until a geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, and every satellite in their sky.Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a…
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    John Harbour

  • What Happened to the Food of My Youth?

    John Harbour
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Rant Warning: There are no solutions offered below. We strayed from the path. We lost the thread. We traded quality for speed and standardization. We accepted mediocre, which led to homogenized, tasteless food. It looks like a tomato, but it doesn’t taste like one; It tastes like whatever you put on it. We allowed the bottom line to take control of our quality of life. McDonald’s, Walmart, ConAgra, and Monsanto control the food we eat. It doesn’t matter that you don’t eat at McDonald’s, the food you consume has traveled through the system that has grown to support their voracious…
  • Happy Labor Day!

    John Harbour
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    One of my favorite scenes from Downton Abbey is the first time the term weekend was used in front of Maggie Smith’s character.  She pauses and inquires, “Excuse me, but what is a week end?” emphasis on the end as my friends in the UK still like to do.  That leads me to my thanks to the labor unions, the people who gave us the weekend! As well as child labor laws, overtime, and the minimum wage. Image – Woodcut: Frans Masereel, 1918
  • Welcome to Provence

    John Harbour
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Bonnieux is perched on top of a hill within the Petit Luberon mountain range, nestled between the rocks that rise above the vineyards below. Across the small valley to the west, Lacoste, sand colored and fortified, sits on it’s own perch with a clear line of sight to the village. One Protestant, one Catholic, and they each have tried to destroy the other over the centuries until bigger issues eventually intervened. Welcome to the life of a perched village. I am awakened by the morning breeze that carries the slightest hint of bay leaf and I open my eyes to the early light rising just behind…
  • Houston, Reentry is a Bear

    John Harbour
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    It’s been exactly eleven days since I returned from the south of France and it is not going well. I have always believed that if I ever visited there that I would never return. I meant it metaphorically, of course, but didn’t realize that it would be true. A piece of me is still there, waiting patiently (or maybe not so patiently) for my return. If you have never been to Provence or the Cote d’Azur, it is exactly what everybody says it is and worthy of the hype. It is a feast for the senses; the food is fresh and bursting with flavor. Sunlight explodes off of the landscape. Scents of…
  • Sh*t Happens

    John Harbour
    31 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    Helicopters sometimes fail. Lives are changed. A butterfly flaps its wings. Events and outcomes are linked throughout the timeline of history. Nothing happens without a cause, even if we don’t see the connection. If you could look back through your life and see the threads that connect each event, what would you see? A connected to B connected to both D and E, etc., etc. The other day was the anniversary of the day I should have left the earth. I was in the Air Force and part of an airborne SWAT team. I was on the helicopter preparing to take off when my supervisor tapped me on the shoulder…
 
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Thingol

    Emily
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 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: Thingol Immediate Family: Sibling: Olwë Wife: Melian Daughter: Lúthien Tinúviel Home: Middle-earth, primarily Doriath in Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the only Elf to have married a Maia, one of… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Thingol appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Tolkien in the National Journal

    Emily
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    I came across an article in the National Journal entitled “From Dickens to Amazon: A Brief History of Literary Feuds.” Playing off the recent controversy between Amazon and Hachette Books, the author touches upon a few famous historical literary debacles. The first one mentioned is Tolkien’s major copyright battle with Ace Books. I’ll let you read the article for the… Read more The post Tolkien in the National Journal appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Galadriel

    Emily
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:19 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: Galadriel Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Siblings: Finrod, Orodreth, Angrod, and Aegnor. Husband: Celeborn Daughter: Celebrían Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Galadriel appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Shadow of Mordor Canon or Not?

    Emily
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    One of the most anticipated video games of 2014 is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. While it’s not the first movie licensed game with a plot that’s tangential to the events of LotR and The Hobbit, it’s certainly gotten a lot more press than others (The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North… Read more The post Shadow of Mordor Canon or Not? appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Angrod and Aegnor

    Emily
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:15 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. Names: Angrod and Aegnor Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Brother #1: Finrod Brother #2: Orodreth Sister: Galadriel Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Angrod and Aegnor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
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  • Paige Bradley

    J Rex
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    “Born in Carmel, California Paige Bradley knew she would be an artist by the age of nine. Immersed in nature and art, Bradley’s fascination with the human figure began early. She believed that through the figure an artist could speak a universal language that is timeless and essential. Paige Bradley started drawing from the nude [&hellip
  • Body Sculpting

    J Rex
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    By the time I finished college I was 6’3 and 215lbs of disgusting. While in school I was eating practically everything in sight and drinking soda all day long. After graduating and moving to South Florida I realized I couldn’t hide my blubber under several layers of clothes and still look decent in the muggy [&hellip
  • Cultural Appropriation

    J Rex
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Is there a difference between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation? When a white man in Poland encounters Reggae music as a kid, dreads his hair and makes Polish Reggae is he stealing something? When black people grow out their afro and cut it into a Mohawk (commonly called a Frohawk) are they doing the same [&hellip
  • Die Antwoord

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Die Antwoord is an Independent South African Rap-Rave group featuring lead vocalists Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) and Anri du Toit (Yolandi Visser) along with their DJ, Hi-Tek. Jones previously released albums with prior groups Max Normal and Constructus Corporation before teaming up with his personal assistant Anri and forming Die Antwoord in 2008. With the [&hellip
  • The Magus

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It’s very rare that I pick up a work of fiction and read it from beginning to end in one sitting without any interruptions. The Magus by John Fowles was that rare exception. The paperback cover is what initially caught my eye (I’m pretty basic and any image of a fit nude woman gets my [&hellip
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • The Electric Wit and Tender Heart of Robin Williams

    Bernice Landry
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Like millions of others, I knew Robin Williams as a famous actor and comedian extraordinaire. I was also familiar with some details of his personal life, like that he had a house in San Francisco, was married more than once, and was a recovering addict. Other than that, I didn’t know much about him.On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the details circulated by the gossip and celebrity industries tell us about a person. It seems like the more minutiae we are peddled — what the celebrity eats, who he is seen with, behind-the-scenes gossip about his quirks and idiosyncrasies — the…
  • Psst! Hey, Peter Mendelsund! Illustrate my book cover, why don’t you?

    Bernice Landry
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Well, what do you know? Apparently the publishing industry is not even close to dead. As we are reminded by the recent release of two books, “Cover” and “What We See When We Read”, by guru designer Peter Mendelsund, there are whole departments of smart and talented people devoted to the ancient art of book cover illustration. And these designers are not historical re-enactors in period costume wielding ancient, cryptic tools — but living and breathing professionals working on lofty floors in Manhattan highrises! Designing real printed book covers (on real paper!) that do not even…
  • The Landscape of the Self in Georgia O’Keeffe

    Bernice Landry
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    The other day I had the urge to look up some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, and, as I admired her unmistakable work, I wondered if anyone had written her biography. And, of course, there were a few, but I decided to check out “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by journalist and writer Laurie Lisle, originally published in 1980 and recently re-released.That O’Keeffe was a pioneer in the realm of visual arts is incontestable — one need look no further than her striking, sensual flowers, her stark bones against the vast desert sky and her impressionistic…
  • The Artist in Disguise in Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Novelists write about every kind of character imaginable. Or do they?Sometimes, I wonder.No matter how a writer may strive to shape his or her characters into mundane or average peopleit seems to me that some spark of the creative imagination that bore them, some impression of the sculptor’s hand, often remains.To take one of a multitude of examples, one of my favorite writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is not known to write about artists. But I would say that Florentino Ariza in “Love in the Time of Cholera”, with his feverish vow to stay true to his love Fermina Daza, even as the…
  • President Obama, Lost Protagonist in a Disjointed Story

    Bernice Landry
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Once upon a time there was an African-American candidate running for President of the United States. His election campaign rang out with promises of hope and change. People came by the tens of thousands to watch his powerful, moving speeches.Here was a candidate who understood the power of narrative. Though still young, he had written an autobiography detailing the experiences of growing up bi-racial in America. Known for the power of his critical thinking and his hard-won self-awareness, this candidate seemed particularly promising after eight years of the George W. Bush administration —…
 
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  • What you will get in The desolation of smaug, the extended edition.

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    First of all is the first part of the enchanted river scene (as seen below) that will apear, followed by an encounter with a white elk, which Thorin or Kili will try to shoot. Apparently increased Beorn's scenes with a possible redo of the dwarves introduction according to a subtitle consultant. Extended discussion with Smaug.  What are the extra scenes ? Cliquez ici pour modifier. - Extended scenes- 2 disks of Bonuses and unfinished footage, like in the "Unexpected Journey" extended edition.- More New Zealand tourism videos, in the style of "100% Middle Earth, 100% New Zealand"-…
  • The History of Gondor, Part 1

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Gondor was home to many Númenóreans. For it is indeed a much more fertile region than Arnor, in the north. Therefore the area was very populated even before the arrival of the sons of Elendil. At that time the main city of the region was not the famous Minas Tirith, or the capital Osgiliath but another city that we know as Pelargir. However Gondor was not truly a "nation", it had no sovereign right, it was born from the separation of Númenórian colonies and it's mainland, between Elendili (Friend of elves) and the king's men (These are Nùménorien who…
  • Visiting the greisinger museum, Wilderland

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I made a page dedicated to this visit that I will update as I release these : /visit-of-the-greisinger-museum.htmlA few days ago, I got the honor of visiting the Greisinger Museum, a museum dedicated to Tolkien which hosts the largest collection of Middle-Earth pieces, with over 3000 books, 10000 illustrations and 12000 memorablia, of which I was only able to get a few glimpses. Please let it be known that I have very few pictures of the books, as most of them are signed and the museum forbade me from taking pictures of them.I first got to visit the Hobbit-Hole, or Smial though I felt it…
  • What is up with 'shadow of mordor's Celebrimbor

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Not looking so good are you Celebrimbor ?Celebrimbor was a lot of things, a Ñoldor, a descendant of Fëanor, a ruler of Eregion, a friend of Dwarves, forger of the elven rings, and deceived. What I might have missed in the Silmarilion was when he became a wraith and fused with a ranger during the Third Age. i think a lot of us missed that. This trailer was released a few weeks ago, at comic-con, and has caused quite a fuss. A lot of fans are outraged at the twist on the wraiths origins. And I don't entirely blame them. I'm certainly not what you would call a purist, I'm open to…
  • Visiting the greisinger museum, moria

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I made a page dedicated to this visit that I will update as I release these : /visit-of-the-greisinger-museum.html A few days ago, I got the honor of visiting the Greisinger Museum, a museum dedicated to Tolkien which hosts the largest collection of Middle-Earth pieces, with over 3000 books, 10000 illustrations and 12000 memorablia, of which I was only able to get a few glimpses. Please let it be known that I have very few pictures of the books, as most of them are signed and the museum forbade me from taking pictures of them. I first got to visit the Hobbit-Hole, or Smial though I felt…
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