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  • An Honest College Rejection Letter by Mimi Evans

    McSweeney’s
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Dear Applicant,The Admissions Committee has carefully considered your application and we regret to inform you that we will not be able to offer you admission in the entering class of 2015, or a position on one of our alternate lists. The applicant pool this year was particularly strong, and by that I mean the Admissions Committee once again sent candidates like you multiple enticing pamphlets encouraging you to apply, knowing full well we had no intention of accepting you.However, you will be pleased to know that you have contributed to our declining admissions rate, which has helped our…
  • Matthew Crawford and How to Survive Brain-Eating Distractions

    NYT > Books
    JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This philosopher-mechanic’s newest book, “The World Beyond Your Head,” takes on the idea of the mind extended and fragmented by technology.
  • Hey, white Hollywood: Looking for work in the age of “Empire”? Here’s some friendly advice

    Salon.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The "ethnics" are invading TV!! What's a struggling white actor to do?!
  • Design Desk: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Cover Design Process for A Teacup Collection

    Chronicle Books Blog
    Kristen Hewitt
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    As many of the designers out there in the world may be able to attest, the design process for a book cover can often times go on for months and may require multiple rounds of presenting cover options to various sets of eyes before you arrive at the final approved cover. Some covers just seem to design themselves and it’s a quick and easy process; others require some exploration and refinement before you arrive at the final design. Our newly released book, A Teacup Collection by Molly Hatch, was one of those books. The process wasn’t painful by any means, especially when working with…
  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People
    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
 
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  • 'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

    Jason Sheehan
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.» E-Mail This
  • Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

    Maureen Corrigan
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book, American Ghost, is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.» E-Mail This
  • A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

    Colin Dwyer
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.» E-Mail This
  • 'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

    Alan Cheuse
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.» E-Mail This
  • Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

    Jason Sheehan
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Book Designer

  • Podcasting and Indie Authors: Is Podcasting Right for You?

    Joel Friedlander
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Frances Caballo Everyone seems to be talking about podcasting these days. But is podcasting right for you? As an Indie author, you’re already busy producing books and handling all of the marketing. Just take it all in for a moment. There’s your website to maintain. Your blog to update regularly. Comments you leave on other blogs. The guest posts you write for other blogs. Your social media accounts that help you build your platform. The blog tours you organize. The endorsements you secure for the back cover of your books. The newsletter you have to publish every month. The list can…
  • Quick Book Marketing Tips for Fiction and Nonfiction Authors

    Joel Friedlander
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    When we talk about book marketing, fiction authors are always asking, “Will this work for me too? And I don’t blame them. Nonfiction authors may just have it easier, at least at the beginning. On the other hand, nonfiction sales don’t always reach the stratospheric levels of popular novels. This whole topic came up recently while preparing for a presentation on how to navigate the varied and confusing publishing paths now available for authors. I thought about the many authors I’ve talked to recently, and what’s happened for them once they finished the publishing…
  • This Week in the Blogs, March 14 – 20, 2015

    Joel Friedlander
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    A solar eclipse, the official arrival of spring and more snow in parts of the country. It’s been an interesting week to say the least. Speaking of interesting, check out these articles that I’ve selected for you this week. A lot of good stuff here so whether you’re taking note of tulips popping up in your gardens, shovelling snow, or fortunate enough to be able to bask in the sunshine and enjoy some warmer temperatures, try to find time to read these over. Dara Beevas and Amy Cutler Quale on Wise Ink 10 Inspiring Statistics About Self-Publishing “So you’re an author.
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  • February 2015: Book notices

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

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

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

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

    Debra Hamel
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Joel Dicker, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair Joel Dicker's much ballyhooed The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a very long book. Reading it, one has a lot of time to think about whether jumping into a 650-odd page tome was a good idea. I'm still not sure. There was a lot I didn't like about it. A litany of complaints: I'm pretty sure a lot of the book could have been lopped off to good effect. I found much of the story implausible. The too-precious chapter openings--in which Harry gives Marcus advice about writing--are often nauseating. Marcus' mother--a minor character,…
 
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  • Baking for a Cause

    Kristen Hewitt
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    On Saturday, March 13, Cyclone Pam (a category 5 cyclone) made a direct hit onto the islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. It is said that it’s one of the worst to hit in this country’s history. The following day, while listening to NPR, I heard an emotional plea from Vanuatu’s president, Baldwin Lonsdale, for aid for his people. He said this a quivering voice, “as a nation, as the head of a nation, my heart is for the people.” He went on to say, “This is a very devastating cyclone that has crossed Vanuatu. I term it as a monster. It’s a monster that has hit the…
  • Ms. Meghan Makes: Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt

    Meghan Premo-Hopkins
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    This is the year: we are finally starting a garden. After years of begging, the kids convinced me with their mini-lawyer skills. They immediately started planning out what kind of flowers and foods they want to grow (Will was disappointed there are not hot dog plants), and how we are going to keep out the many wild rabbits our neighborhood hosts (No, Sam, you cannot shoot them with your Nerf gun). In prep for our new garden, we’ve been reading as many gardening books as we can get our hands on. One of our new favorites is Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt, written by Kate Messner and…
  • Turn Up the Volume on Your Statement Jewelry

    Janet Crowther and Katie Covington
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    From runways to boutiques, statement jewelry has become the coveted accessory. In Make a Statement, jewelry designers Janet Crowther and Katie Covington share their trade secrets for using basic techniques and easy-to-source materials to make stylish jewelry and accessories. Here’s one of our favorite projects, for the girl who can’t choose between the choker or long chain, and now doesn’t have to. Whether you wear it long or short, with a T-shirt or a sheath, versatility is the name of the game with this necklace. A mix of industrial chain, soft ribbon, and natural stones,…
  • Design Desk: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Cover Design Process for A Teacup Collection

    Kristen Hewitt
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    As many of the designers out there in the world may be able to attest, the design process for a book cover can often times go on for months and may require multiple rounds of presenting cover options to various sets of eyes before you arrive at the final approved cover. Some covers just seem to design themselves and it’s a quick and easy process; others require some exploration and refinement before you arrive at the final design. Our newly released book, A Teacup Collection by Molly Hatch, was one of those books. The process wasn’t painful by any means, especially when working with…
  • Calligraphy + Swearing = Calligraphuck!

    Kim Romero
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What happens when you combine the fine art of calligraphy with the fine art of swearing? You get Calligraphuck—a line of paper goods that offers delightfully irreverent expletives rendered in a lovely hand-lettered type. Linus Boman, a London-based graphic designer, is the artist behind Calligraphuck, and we had the pleasure of asking him a few questions. How did Calligraphuck get started? I had a job with a lot of down time and I was sketching compulsively. I ended up drawing some rude phrases in a fancy script and shared them with some coworkers. I was asked to make a leaving card in the…
 
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  • Dr. Seuss Museum

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    We just got a new Dr. Seuss book; now we get a full Dr. Seuss museum, and it’s probably safe to bet it won’t look like just another children’s center.
  • “Adams”

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    From The Rumpus, a new short (short) story by George Saunders, excerpted from Life is Short – Art is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity, with an introduction by David Shields and Elizabeth Cooperman.
  • Literary Prowess Lost: On Mo Yan’s ‘Frog’ and the Trouble with Translation

    Barclay Bram Shoemaker
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    There is a famous saying from Mao Zedong that all students of Chinese learn early into their studies: 好好学习天天向上 (haohao xuexi tiantian xiangshang), which implores students to apply themselves every day if they hope to improve and rise up. 好好学习 天天向上 (haohao xuexi tiantian xiangshang) functions because of its rhythm. It plays with the flexibility of characters in Chinese, which are monosyllabic. Its literal translation, however, “good good study, day day up” is essentially meaningless. The Chinese often hold this example up as a reason why their language is so…
  • “I hate literature”

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Recommended reading: The Guardian reports on Varlam Shalamov, a Russian author who spent 17 years in the harsh camps of the Kolyma gulag, wrote more than 140 short stories, and still claimed ““I hate literature. I do not write memoirs; nor do I write short stories. That is, I try to write not a short story but something that would not be literature.”
  • A Nation of Poets

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    “Mr. Walt Whitman has imagined that a certain amount of violent sympathy with the great deeds and sufferings of our soldiers, and of admiration for our national energy, together with a ready command of picturesque language, are sufficient inspiration for a poet. If this were the case, we had been a nation of poets.” A young Henry James reviews Whitman’s Drum Taps.
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  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

    Alan Rinzler
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When Toni Morrison talks about writing, I listen. I’ve taken a keen interest in what she’s had to say ever since I began working with her in 1968, when I acquired, edited, and published her first novel The Bluest Eye. More on what it was like working with Toni here. The Bluest Eye was a break-out critical success, highly praised in the New York Times, sold millions and established Toni as an important new author. She went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Beloved and published many other notable books including Sula and Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Jazz, and others. She won…
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse Books. It’s a fascinating inside look at the process that goes into creating a memorable book jacket, including the opportunity to see dozens of discarded comps. Authors line up now for Mendelsund to create their covers, but his very first assignment as a cub…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re convinced these books have a market, so we started a new in-house imprint called Reputation books, with the tag Books we stand behind. We’re publishing new titles and rights-reverted backlist books, and…
  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

    Alan Rinzler
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today we have some sage advice for writers from a proven practitioner of the art and craft of literary commerce who’s had a successful career as a writer for more than 50 years. Warren Adler has published more than 32 novels and short story collections, including The War of the Roses, which was made into the devastatingly funny movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. That story grew out of an overheard conversation, incidentally. More on that below. Adler studied writing at the New School with fellow students Mario Puzzo and William Styron. Here’s Warren: I’ve spent my whole…
 
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  • Germanwings crash: police search home of co-pilot who flew plane into mountain - rolling report

    Claire Phipps
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    More details emerge about Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old German co-pilotFrench prosecutor says co-pilot crashed plane deliberatelyAirlines adopt two-person cockpit ruleInteractive: the last minutes of Germanwings flight 4U9525 2.19pm AEST Here’s the latest on the investigation into the Germanwings crash and Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who deliberately steered the plane into the Alps, killing all 150 people on board: 1.08pm AEST 12.50pm AEST Andreas Lubitz carried out part of his pilot training in Arizona, ABC News reports. He attended the Airline Training Center Arizona, owned by…
  • Malcolm Fraser farewelled at state funeral – rolling coverage

    Katharine Murphy
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Australia’s 22nd prime minister will be farewelled at a service in Melbourne’s Scots’ Church. Malcolm Fraser died last week, at 84. 1.10pm AEST The funeral procession is making its way from the church for a private service. Let’s sum up the main points of the official farewell to Australia’s 22nd prime minister Malcolm Fraser. 12.53pm AEST Apparently this tune is Lord Lovett’s Lament. 12.50pm AEST A substantial crowd has gathered outside Scots’ Chruch to provide a guard of honour for the funeral procession. A piper is leading the procession. 12.47pm AEST 12.45pm AEST Fraser’s…
  • Cameron has edge over Miliband in TV battle, Guardian/ICM poll shows - live

    Andrew Sparrow
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Instant poll shows 54% of viewers thought David Cameron ‘won’ contestEd Miliband forced to defend his character as Paxman brings up brother DavidPM under pressure over VAT pledges and zero-hours contractsNigel Farage gatecrashes the Sky studios – and heads to the bar 12.33am GMT We’ve just launched a Comment is free round-up with commentary on tonight’s Cameron/Miliband non-debate showdown from Polly Toynbee, Jonathan Freedland, Matthew d’Ancona, Hugh Muir Gaby Hinsliff and Aditya Chakrabortty. Here’s an extract from Polly’s article.Miliband had just enough chance to mention…
  • The Interview rewatched – Australia’s twisty answer to The Usual Suspects

    Luke Buckmaster
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Hugo Weaving is blisteringly good in one of his best but most underseen roles, a man hauled into the cop shop for crimes he may or may not have committedLike any national cinema, the history of Australian film is littered with terrific works that for one reason or another never connected with a wide (or even cult) audience. Near the top of the “greatest Aussie films you’ve probably never heard of” canon is the 1998 feature of director Craig Monahan: a superb cat-and-mouse thriller between a did-he-or-didn’t-he suspect (Hugo Weaving) and an alpha-male detective (Tony Martin). The…
  • NSW election 2015: on frantic final day of campaign, Baird ahead of Foley in polls - live!

    Gabrielle Chan
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    In the last full day of campaigning ahead of the NSW election, Mike Baird’s Coalition government leads Labor on a primary vote of 45% to Labor’s 34% with Greens steady on 11%. Follow it live... 2.10pm AEST Thanks to you, dear readers, the database of pecuniary interests of NSW politicians is now available. With your help, Nick Evershed and Todd Moore have developed a cracker of a database, which can quickly and easily show you information which has never been available as a whole, online before in NSW politics. As a result, Paul Farrell has also been beavering away on this project and he…
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  • Beki Adam – Top Gear Mutineer

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    You might think that landing a coveted job presenting BBC TV’s Top Gear would be the peak of most people’s careers. Not for tonight’s guest, Beki Adam. For her, presenting the most widely-watched factual television programme in the world was just the start of a long, and very strange journey... that may yet take her to a seat in the British Parliament. Predecessor of the infamous, bigoted and fisticuffy Jeremy Clarkson, Beki is the opposite of a petrolhead: she runs an organic farm. She has an environmental conscience. She spent seventeen years as a Buddhist nun. And now…
  • Exiles – Michael J Arlen

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    The name Michael Arlen will mean nothing to most readers but Arlen was once the cream of the jazz age novelists, the envy of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Maugham, the owner of speedboats and a villa on the Mediterranean. Then he fell completely into obscurity. By the time his son was born, the golden days were past tense, with the father coasting on his stardust. This is the story of that. Sage butter. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books…
  • Inside The Waugh Zone

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Daisy Waugh is literary royalty.  Following in the footsteps of her legendary grandfather Evelyn and her journalist/author father Auberon, Daisy is a popular columnist and novelist in her own right. According to her regular column in the Sunday Times she promoted her last book, “a feminist diatribe modern motherhood” by “lying on a giant, polystyrene cut-out of my own name. In a tight red satin skirt which didn’t belong to me, and some magnificent shoes covered in velvet and jewels, on loan from Manolo Blahnik.” To promote her latest novel—…
  • El Narco: Inside Mexico's Deadly Drugs Wars

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Seventy thousand dead.  Twenty thousand disappeared.  Severed heads with threatening messages dumped by the side of the highway. A terrorist insurgency on the verge of toppling governments. Iraq?  Syria?  The Congo?  Ukraine? No. This is Northern Mexico— one of the most violent places on earth.  Why?  Because Western culture likes to take drugs.  Tons of them.  Drugs we brand illegal and on which we’re waging war. To walk us through the kill zone— from the peasants picking coca in the hills behind Bogota to the contract killers…
  • The Bar Stool Preachers – Live

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    They won our coveted track of the year award on our last show, and now the Bar Stool Preachers are playing live in the Hungry & Hunted studio. The hot young Brighton band are as bracing as a 6am plunge in the English Channel. Influenced by 2-Tone and streetpunk, the Preachers are in the vanguard of the new south coast sound that is as passionate as it is authentic and melodic. A proper alternative to mainstream pop pap. Other great bands this edition include Alan McGee’s new signing Alias Kid who are latest of Manchester’s swaggering terrace pop likely lads. Will they follow Oasis…
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  • Wimps and Wizards

    Seira Wilson
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 10 by Jeff Kinney Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling It's an exciting day for fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter with announcements for both series in today's news. Last November kids everywhere devoured The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and immediately started asking when the next one would be out.  Well now we know: the tenth book in the series will be released on November 3rd and we'll learn the official title…
  • IndieReader: Nine Authors Who Break Boundaries with Indie Lit

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    26 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander This article was originally published by IndieReader. Every Thursday morning we will publish an article from IndieReader that we think might be of interest to our readers. IndieReader: Nine Authors Who Break Boundaries with Indie Lit By Joe Sutton The publishing world is oft-criticized for being male-, hetero-, cis- and white-centric. But because the world of indie-publishing gives authors more freedom, previously marginalized writers are able to reach a wider audience—and readers can be treated to a wealth of new…
  • Sara Says...These Are Some of My Favorite "Plane Reads"

    Sara Nelson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com The World According to Garp by John Irving My college-age son is getting on a plane tonight for a three-month-long study abroad program in Japan.  An enterprising and resilient sort, he has gotten all his paperwork in order, packed his bags, even bought a gift for his “host mother.” So last night, we sat around talking about what he should take to read on the plane. (Yes, I know, he’s some weird 21-year-old to want to do something so corny as read – but never fear for his normalcy, he’s got about 1000 Kung Fu movies downloaded on his computer, too.)…
  • Cover for Harper Lee's Novel Revealed

    Chris Schluep
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Arguably the most-discussed book of the year had its cover revealed on People.com this morning. It's Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, and it's a lovely homage to the classic cover of Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Here's what we said about Go Set A Watchman when it was first announced: What would Scout be like as a grown up? We're about to find out. Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb…
  • YA Wednesday: Breaking Down the Walls: Gayle Forman & Nova Ren Suma

    Seira Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma The Walls Around Us is the fourth book from Nova Ren Suma, an author Gayle Forman describes as something of a best kept secret--only with all the chatter and excitement this book is getting (including a spot on our Best YA Books of March list), the secret is out.  Forman recently released her latest title, I Was Here, but she made time to sit down with Nova Ren Suma and ask a few questions about The Walls Around Us for the Amazon Book Review. Gayle Forman: Your latest book, The Walls Around Us, is a…
 
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  • Chelsea Fine | Release Day for RIGHT KIND OF WRONG

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    It’s release day for the paperback edition of Chelsea Fine’s RIGHT KIND OF WRONG, and we’re celebrating with a tease… Excerpt from RIGHT KIND OF WRONG Opening my car door, I slide into the driver’s seat, turn to put the key in the ignition and— “Ahh!” Jumping back, I thwack my open palm against the […]
  • Fran Stewart | How to Write a Ghost

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    I’ve written elsewhere about the first time I ever saw a ghost, but the ghosts I used as inspiration for Dirk, the 14th-century Scotsman who is—somehow—attached to a shawl Peggy Winn buys while visiting Scotland, appeared to my sight in the 1980s. It was my first visit to London. I wandered the streets alone, map […]
  • Samantha Chase | Planning the Perfect Romance

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my newest romance RETURN TO ME, Selena’s love of event planning could really be put to the test by her love for James. She’s a list maker, a planner, but James has a way of catching her off-guard and messing up her best laid plans throughout the story! But in a perfect world, if […]
  • Tonya Burrows | Trail of the Plot Bunny

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Ever wonder where a writer gets story ideas? Short answer: Everywhere. Long answer: More of everywhere. For this post, I thought it’d be fun to give you a peek into the randomness that goes on in my mind. Be prepared to be amazed.  Or confounded. Horrified. Pick your adjective, any adjective. So here we go. […]
  • Laurie Cass | Weird Writer Habits

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    There are probably as many weird writer habits as there are writers. Well, more than that, really, because I know I have more than one weird habit and though I’m willing to bet everyone else does, too, we don’t have time to go into all of them, interesting as that might be. But we can […]
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  • YABC Book Haul - March 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
    We are super excited! The March 2015 YABC Book Haul is here! Over 100 books of pure awesomeness.  This month, Clint from the Nerd Riders is hosting along with his special guest, Loki. What are your favorite titles in this month's YABC Book Haul? Let us know in the comments below.Read More
  • INSURGENT - Drive Through Movie Review

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    *****NO SPOILERS***** Yay! It's another #YAMovieDay and this one is HUGE! YA lovers all over the world have been eagerly awaiting the big screen arrival of INSURGENT. Does it live up to the hype? Here's what the Nerd Riders think.  QUESTION: You are Divergent, but only in two Factions. What two Factions would you choose?Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Strike by Delilah S. Dawson + Giveaway (US Only)

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
      Hello, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for STRIKE by Delilah S. Dawson, releasing March 2016 from Simon Pulse. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Delilah:   If you've seen the HIT cover, you know that it's utterly unique and hard to follow. That's why I dig the cover for STRIKE. It's as in-your-face and take-no-prisoners as the book. If you've ever wondered how your favorite tunic-and-test-filled dystopias came to be, this series is for you. The premise is one step away from our reality: What would happen if a bank took over America and…
  • Giveaway: Public School Superhero by James Patterson (US Only)

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts Illustrated by Cory Thomas In stores March 16, 2015   About the Book In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling "Middle School"-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting. Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Bo y," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little…
  • An Ember in the Ashes - Character Trailer and Giveaway!

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    On April 28th, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES will hit the shelves of your local bookstore. The staff at YABC are super excited about this story! Here's a peek at the synopsis:   I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.   THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.    IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW  AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.  LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for…
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    The Horn Book

  • Cat’s Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine e-book review

    Katie Bircher
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Earlier this year publisher Kids Can Press and developer Animanga Plus released a “motion comic” e-book version of 2012 print graphic novel Cat’s Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine (January 2015), written and illustrated by Jo Rioux. This fantasy series-opener begins with an intriguing prologue: a young boy sent to lock up his family’s chicken coop is attacked by a frightening creature he identifies as a caitsith. (Tap on a flashing exclamation-point icon in the upper right-hand corner to learn that the caitsith, pronounced “kate-shee,” is a cat/human…
  • Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Bandits Peak

    Roger Sutton
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    [As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Bandits Peak; by Chris Eboch. Pig River Press, 2015. 173pp. ISBN 0-978-0692346006. Paper ed. $9.99 Jesse is out for a wander in the wilderness he loves near his small Washington State town when he comes across some strangers, two men and a pretty young woman. Fifteen-year-old Jesse’s insta-crush on the slightly-older Maria is believable and touching, and gives the subsequent boy-detective plot some emotional…
  • Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger

    Roger Sutton
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Where to start? Echo begins in fairy-tale Germany but swiftly moves to the twentieth century, hopping from the German countryside to Philadelphia to Southern California, all settings tied together by…a harmonica? I called Pam Muñoz Ryan to find out the origin of this unlikely story. Roger Sutton: Echo is such an ambitious book. What was your point of entry? Where did you start? Pam Muñoz Ryan: Like with many of my books, I set out to start one book, and…
  • 1D in 3D

    Siân Gaetano
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    The boys of One Direction have been staring at me from the cover of Malcolm Croft’s “unofficial and unauthorized” One Direction in 3D (Sterling, February 2015) for a week now, waiting for me to consider and discuss their 3D-ness. Niall and Louis are pointing at Harry (who is definitely for sure one hundred percent actually wearing those 3D glasses on his head in real life) while Zayn makes a funny face and Liam wraps Harry in One Direction–patterned tape. Having donned the 3D glasses and opened the book, I can look at friendly pictures of the boys or struggle to read the…
  • Review of In Mary’s Garden

    Thom Barthelmess
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Mary’s Garden by Tina Kügler and Carson Kügler; illus. by the authors Primary   Houghton   32 pp. 3/15   978-0-544-27220-0   $16.99 As a girl, Mary “was happiest when her hands were busy making, building, creating things.” As she grew up and traveled around the world, those early interests developed into a love for art. She returns to the Wisconsin lake house she’d helped her father build and begins a lifelong art project there, gathering found items from the beach, assembling scraps, building frames, mixing concrete, and erecting a menagerie of larger-than-life…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • First Edition of First Geological Map Recovered

    Nate Pedersen
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    A first edition of William Smith's 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales - previously considered lost - has been recovered by archivists with the Geological Society. Smith's map was the first geological map of a nation ever produced, illustrating the geological strata of England, Wales, and much of Scotland. The map recently discovered at the Geological Society is one of the first ten hand-colored maps produced by Smith in 1815.The map was found during an audit of the Society's archives in 2014.  Victoria Woodstock, the map's discoverer, said, "The map was found among completely…
  • 100 Great American Book Covers

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    On April 22, the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, will host a lecture by book artist, author, and FB&C book art columnist Richard Minsky titled "The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930: One Hundred Great Covers from the Brown University Library." Minsky will discuss how visual artists transformed book covers by embracing Modernism--from Proto-Constructivism and Futurism to Art Nouveau to Surrealism and Abstraction. Minsky's talk will be complemented by an exhibit of 100 publishers' bindings pulled from Brown's collection, including the two beauties…
  • Bodleian Makeover

    Nate Pedersen
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:06 pm
    On March 21 Oxford University opened the doors of the Weston Library, fresh from an £80-million makeover. Formerly known as the "New Bodleian," the newly dubbed Weston Library includes several exhibition halls where treasures from the Bodleian collections will be on public display.The three-year renovation project was lead by architect Jim Eyre, who radically redesigned the building originally constructed in the 1930s. The New Bodleian was commandeered for war use during WWII before it could be opened to the public, delaying its official opening until 1946. It then served in a dual role as a…
  • "Pilgrimes" Purchased for $85,000

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    At $85,267 (£57,000), this finely bound set of Samuel Purchas's Pilgrimes (1625-26) was the top lot at the third sale of the Brooke-Hitching library at Sotheby's London last week. Over forty years this collector had amassed a stunning collection of rare books related to voyages, exploration, and discovery between 1576-1939. As our correspondent Ian McKay reported in FB&C's winter issue, "Records have become almost commonplace where the two sales so far conducted to disperse the magnificent Franklin Brooke-Hitching library ... are concerned." McKay went on to highlight two examples of the…
  • Finding a Balance Between City and Country, Lowell, MA Stonemasons Celebrate Robert Frost with "Mending Wall" Day

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    photo credit: PRNewswireSomething there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun;And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. ("Mending Wall" Robert Frost, 1-4) March 26 marks the birthday of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winnng poet Robert Frost, who, although a man of the twentieth century, wrote poems evoking traditional, rural New England landscapes of another time. His poetry recalls a simpler era, and yet Frost conveys the quiet strength of everyday Americans that continues to inspire.Events across the country will…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Answering Questions: Jane Litte/Jen Frederick

    SB Sarah
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Since Jane Litte announced that she’s a published author under the pseudonym Jen Frederick, I know there’s been a lot of talk and questions and processing and discussion, and to be honest, I haven’t known exactly what to say. Then Dabney emailed me some questions which helped me articulate a lot of things I’ve been thinking about, and helped me organize my brain. So forgive the obvious and kinda pretentious format, but being asked helped me explain logically all the things I want to say.Did you know that Jane Litte was Jen Frederick?Yes. I’ve known since March 2013.Did you know she…
  • Contemporary Romances with Athletes, Bad Boys, & More

    Amanda
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Just One Night Just One Night by Lauren Layne is 99c! This is a contemporary romance and the third book in Layne’s Sex, Love, and Stilettos series. The heroine plays a sex columnist who has very little experience in the sex department. We’re talking only one, lone sexual experience. And well the hero…he’s now her own personal guinea pig. Readers thought Layne found the right blend between sexy and funny, while some disagreed and found the content more serious than the cover lets on. It has a 3.9-star rating on GoodReads. Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex,…
  • 2015 DABWAHA Sweet Sixteen Polls: Now Open!

    SB Sarah
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is your friendly reminder that the Sweet Sixteen Polls for the 2015 DABWAHA are now open!Vote early, call your friends and co-workers and ask them to vote too, and good luck to everyone in both the main and Second Chance tournaments!
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

    Carrie S
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Girl Walks Home Alone At Nightby Ana Lily AmirpourAHorror, Humor, Not a Book, RomanceA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is being marketed as “The first Iranian Vampire Western.” It has elements of film noir, Western, horror, and romance. It’s finally available on iTunes and will be available on DVD April 21. I adored this movie – it’s a quirky romance as well as a subversive feminist horror movie with minimal gore but lots of suspense and an amazing amount of dry humor.The plot is pretty simple. A Girl With No Name walks the streets of Bad City at night, her…
  • Several Terry Pratchett Novels

    SB Sarah
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    We’ve talked about Discworld and Terry Pratchett a few times. Now several of his novels are on sale, including some that are recommended as starting points to enter into the Discworld universe. This illustrated map, created by Krzysztof Kietzman, is very helpful, but reader recommendations are always good, too. Which of these do you most recommend to new readers?Guards! Guards! Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett is $1.99 at Google:Play and Amazon, and $3.99 elsewhere. This is a frequently recommended starter book for the Discworld series – I know Elyse’s husband recommends…
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    London Review of Books

  • Letters

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 7 (9 April 2015)
  • Adam Shatz: Houellebecq submits

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Michel Houellebecq’s novel about a Muslim takeover of France is a melancholy tribute to the pleasure of surrender. It’s 2022, a charismatic Islamist politician called Mohammed Ben Abbes has become president, and France has fallen under his spell. Houellebecq’s timing could hardly have been better: Soumission was published on 7 January, the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The novel was hailed by the right as a prophetic warning, a fictional cousin of Eric Zemmour’s anti-Muslim tirade, Le Suicide français, and attacked by the left.
  • T.J. Clark: Goya’s Witches

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • James Meek: Seventy Hours with Don Draper

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Luxurious flakes of snow fall on a lot filled with flawless Christmas trees for sale, lit by strings of lights hung from red and white candy-striped poles. The camera swoops on a family of five, husband, wife and three children, arranged in perfect descending height order from left to right, husband Henry to little Bobby. The shot is framed by two trees; in the upper right corner, a group of smiling shoppers coming through the lot balances the family in the lower left. Tall, masculine Henry is exquisite in camel-hair overcoat and a polo-neck in the same Christmas green as the pine needles.
  • Frances Stonor Saunders: The Hobsbawm File

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    On 25 January 1933, the 16-year-old Eric Hobsbawm marched with thousands of comrades through central Berlin to the headquarters of the German Communist Party (KPD). When they arrived at Karl Liebknecht Haus, on the Bülowplatz, the temperature was -18°C. They shuffled and waited in the bone-numbing cold for four hours to hear the podium speeches of the party cadres. As Hobsbawm would recall much later, there was singing – ‘The Internationale’, peasant war songs, the ‘Soviet Airmen’s Song’ – with intervals of heavy silence.
 
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    McSweeney’s

  • An Honest College Rejection Letter by Mimi Evans

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Dear Applicant,The Admissions Committee has carefully considered your application and we regret to inform you that we will not be able to offer you admission in the entering class of 2015, or a position on one of our alternate lists. The applicant pool this year was particularly strong, and by that I mean the Admissions Committee once again sent candidates like you multiple enticing pamphlets encouraging you to apply, knowing full well we had no intention of accepting you.However, you will be pleased to know that you have contributed to our declining admissions rate, which has helped our…
  • List: Things a Man MUST Do Before the Age of 30! by Mike Sacks and Ted Travelstead

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Eat a super-sized Mexican meal in an airport food court—black beans, saffron rice, dollop of sour cream, pineapple-flavored soda—just before smuggling 40 wax-coated balls of hashish in your tummy on that 22 hour trip to Bangladesh.Insist on a raise. And then a job.Show up at your high school principal’s retirement condo and pinch a loaf in front of his doorway because it’s “Spring Prank Time.”Adopt a homeless drifter and dress him as Radar from the syndicated situation comedy M*A*S*HNickname your testicles “Tweedledee” and “Tweedledum”Squirt milk into the mouths of a…
  • Teddy Wayne’s Unpopular Proverbs: Clichés by Teddy Wayne

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Clichés are clichés for a reason: the Cliché Development Committee has convened at its annual convention and, after a new expression or idea has been brought up by a licensed nominator, voted with a two-thirds majority (or overridden a veto by the president of the CDC with a three-fourths majority) to designate it as an official cliché, regardless of whatever grains of truth it does or does not contain.
  • Turn Your Life Into the Story You’ve Always Known It Could Be! by Erik Anderson

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    From the makers of Fictonaut, the breakthrough novel-writing software that brought you effortless characters and stress-free plotlines, comes Memoirism, a new writing program destined to turn your life into the story you’ve always known it could be. Memoirism is perfect if you’re new to autobiographical writing and want an easy and enjoyable way to tell your story without necessarily having to live it. The software allows you to create memories that appear up to 99% accurate, so you can focus on your home, school, or work. Whether you are a parent, student, retiree, or busy multi-tasker,…
  • List: Band Names for Your Physics Professor’s Midlife Crisis by Lisa Fiedler

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Harmonic MotionThe FermionsCharmed ParticlesThe Doppler EffectDark EnergySchrödingerThe Higgs BosonsLuminosityThe LeptonsString TheoryThe Cosmic RaysThe Physics Advisory Committee
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! This Burning World by Jeff Lane

    Evo
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Jeff lane returns with his second The Champion Saga. If you like your thrillers with a dash of scifi, check out This Burning World: Picking up where This Paper World left off, Jim Hunt is at home with friends and family for summer break… but only briefly. He has committed to attend intense training to hone his new abilities at a Champion training camp in northern Maine. Upon arriving at the camp, Jim is introduced to his new teacher, Clyde, a crusty curmudgeon of a man who is determined to keep Jim on his toes. Sharing the camp is a talented young teen, Gabby, who hasn’t…
  • NPR is working on ways to help people discover podcasts

    Lucie Le Blanc
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    This would be an amazing way to show your love for your favorite Podiobooks.com authors’ hard work. At no cost to you! Please take a couple minutes to fill out this form. What’s your favorite podcast episode? The post NPR is working on ways to help people discover podcasts appeared first on Podiobooker.
  • New release! Eddie K — Season One by David Collins-Rivera

    Evo
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    Here’s a little humorous audiodrama to liven up your early March. Please enjoy the first season of Eddie K by David Collins-Rivera: Portly, middle-aged, modern day lounge singer, Eddie Kosnofski, is on his way up! Okay, not really. But he WANTS to be, which is all he needs to keep on swinging — despite cynicism, anger issues, and questionable talent. With his best friend and agent, Salvatore Deretti, by his side (a lowlife living the high life), and a kooky collection of friends and foes in his face, Eddie hurtles through temper tantrums, bizarre accidents, and oddball…
  • Re-released! The final version of Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

    Evo
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    It’s back. Well, sort of. What you heard originally on Podiobooks.com back in 2008 is much much different than this, the current version of Nocturnal. It’s still great horror audio from the original master, Scott Sigler. But it’s had the benefit of editing. You know, that process that lets the author clean up random plot wanderings, dead-ends, and things that simply didn’t work? That’s hard to do when you’re releasing a weekly podcast episode as you’re writing the first draft. So with that, we’re happy to announce the return of the polished and…
  • The Seanachai Podcast Returns!

    Lucie Le Blanc
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    The Seanachai Podcast Returns! Podiobooks.com author Patrick McLean is announcing the return of his eclectic and invigorating podcast, the Seanachai, in this exclusice sneak peek preview episode. Funny, moving and always exquisitely well-produced, the award-winning Seanachai Podcast is not to be missed. If you like this American Life, but wish that Ira Glass’ voice was a bit softer on the ears, then this is the podcast for you. To hear more of Patrick’s work, his audiobooks are available for your enjoyment on Podiobooks.com. The post The Seanachai Podcast Returns! appeared…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Nutrition Information You Can Trust on the Internet

    Anne
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    March is National Nutrition Month, but where can consumers find believable nutrition advice on the internet? If you search for information on vitamins or nutrition, you will be barraged by advertisements for costly so-called dietary supplements that may put a dent in your pocketbooks, but may not have any proven medical value or, even worse, might be harmful to your health.The library Reference Department recently got an email regarding a post on this blog about 'My Pyramid Tracker' which was a website designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help people track their food intake and…
  • Book Group Reads Hannah Kent's 'Burial Rites'

    Anne
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The Berkeley Heights Public Library's evening  book group read Hannah Kent's 'Burial Rites' for our March 10 discussion. This first novel by Australian author Kent retells the story of the last public execution in Iceland in 1830. The story of Agnes Magnusdottir, a poor servant accused and convicted of murdering her lover and employer, is told partly from Agnes' point of view and is accompanied by some archival documents from the case as well as poetry written by Agnes and another Icelandic poet. The book group members liked the book and found the historic rural Icelandic setting very…
  • Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler

    Anne
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    A new Bryant and May 'Peculiar Crimes Unit' mystery is always eagerly awaited by fans of Christopher Fowler's British crime series and this one lived up to the anticipation for me. 'Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart' (2014) showcases Arthur Bryant, the more eccentric detective of the venerable old pair. Bryant always meanders to the solution by studying ancient London archaeology and myths and consulting his extensive network of psychics, witches and warlocks and other arcane researchers and experts. This mystery somehow brought together New Resurrectionists (grave-robbing medical…
  • Dreaming of Summer

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    I want tomatoes in my yard.I also want lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, strawberries and pretty flowers and green grass. I miss all those things. As I was shoveling snow (again) from my walkway to get to my car so I could brush the snow off (again) and dig the snow mound left by the plow (again) I took a mental inventory of what I remember is buried under all that snow and what I will plant in my postage stamp sized garden patch this year. Tomatoes are first. I perused the garden books in 635 and found the tomato books in 635.6. There it was - American Tomato: The Complete Guide to Growing and…
  • Reading about Very Bad Winters

    Anne
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    People everywhere are commenting (I am trying to avoid saying 'complaining') about the long, cold, snowy winter we are having here in New Jersey. The stiff-upper lip to which we all aspire is getting kind of old, or whiny even, if a lip can be described as whiny. Plus, it is required  by law that New Jerseyans cannot complain about snow without qualifying the complaint by saying 'at least it's not as bad as Boston.' Boston has the distinction this winter of making Buffalo, New York look, if not tropical, at least not as snowy as it usually looks. Early in the season, Buffalo got…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Is the Ebook Revolution Over?: Driving Ebook Growth as Sales Plateau

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

    Joe Wikert
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Every year it seems our cell phones take on new roles in our lives. Long ago flip phones merely enabled you to make calls. Today’s smartphones are loaded with sensors to do everything from track your health to tell you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How digital can be a companion for print

    Joe Wikert
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Congratulations, print publishers. You dealt with enormous disruption these past several years and you managed to avoid the same fate as your music industry counterparts. For example, most book publishers still generate 70-80% of their revenue from print. How many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding the optimal streaming content value proposition

    Joe Wikert
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Have you paid much attention to the various pricing options used in the streaming content space? A recent article on re/code talks about the challenges the music industry faces as it wrestles with free, ad-subsidized streaming services. In short, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Johnny doesn’t like e-textbooks

    Joe Wikert
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    A recent article in The Washington Post explained why most students prefer print textbooks over their digital equivalent. There’s no disputing the fact that print still dominates the textbook sector. That article correctly identified the “what” but I’m not convinced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • One More Page

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

    Julia Hornaday
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Our popular infographic “Books Make a Difference in Kids’ Lives” is now available in Spanish. The infographic illustrates how the presence of books in a low-income community versus an upper-middle income community impacts a child’s life. Ahora encuentras nuestra infografía popular “Los libros hacen una diferencia en la vida de los niños” en español.  La infografía ilustra como la presencia de libros en una comunidad de escasos recursos versus una comunidad de recursos altos y medios impactan la vida de los niños. Do you work with kids from low-income…
  • Kwame Alexander Q&A: Poetry Provides Possibilities

    Marissa Wasseluk
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    We recently had the opportunity to talk with author Kwame Alexander about how poetry can draw a reluctant reader into a lifelong love of books and the creative process behind his book, “The Crossover,” awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal for Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. Author Kwame AlexanderPhoto Credit: Pilar Vergara The first thing we noticed about The Crossover: its rhythm. Why did you choose to have Josh’s voice rhythmic in that way? When I decided the book was going to have a frame of basketball, I knew that I wanted the language to mirror the…
  • Happy National Reading Month!

    Samantha McGinnis
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    March is National Reading Month, and the educators and programs leaders we serve hope their kids will develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. 93 percent of respondents in a recent First Book survey* hope their kids will gain a lifelong love of reading from the books they access through First Book. *n = 977 The post Happy National Reading Month! appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • Books to Start A Dialogue About Disabilities

    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Anido, a special needs teacher in California. She first connected with First Book as a member of long-time partner Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She now receives books and resources for the children she serves through First Book. Leslie Anido and her students with one of the many books that have helped encourage understanding within their school. “Books have helped our students look beyond their differences and discover their similarities, regardless of appearance or skills,” explains Leslie. Leslie’s students’ physical, medical and communication abilities…
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    Publishing Talk

  • How to become a children’s book illustrator – 7 secrets for success

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

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

    Danuta Kean
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    This article first appeared in issue 2 of Publishing Talk Magazine (Sep-Oct 2012). The film adaptation releases this week. Danuta Kean looks at the fastest-selling paperback of all time – the publishing phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey – and asks: “Why?” There were seven women in my carriage as our train sped through Northamptonshire to London.  Two of them looked like students who had been home to Mum and Dad for the weekend to get their washing done; one was an elegant 60-something, another was a young woman with a sour-faced boyfriend at her side. They made a sundry group,…
  • Thinking of joining a writing group? Ask yourself these 8 questions first

    Lisa Goll
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    This post first appeared on the On the Write Track blog. As a writer, active member and chair of the London Writers’ Cafe – one of the largest writing groups in the UK – Lisa Goll knows a thing or two about how to get the most from participating in a writing community. Here she shares her top tips on finding the group that’s right for you, what to expect on joining and how to survive the writing velociraptors. For most, creative writing is a solitary art – and it’s no mystery as to why; to create engaging characters, draw vivid scenes and devise believable incidents that will keep…
  • How Emily Benet used Wattpad as a launchpad, gained a million hits and a book deal with HarperCollins

    Emily Benet
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Serialized novels were popularised by Victorian novelists such as Charles Dickens. Today, free online tools enable anyone to do it – and reach an audience. But would you do it for free? What if it lead to a million hits and a two-book deal with HarperCollins? Emily Benet tells us how she used Wattpad as a launchpad, and shares her top tips for success. Would you write a novel for free? That was the request that landed in my in-box back in 2012.  The email came from a content manager at Wattpad. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an online platform which lets you upload…
 
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  • Who's Publishing What Spanish-Language Books from Where?

    Chad W. Post
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    A couple weeks ago, Valerie Miles organized a special one-day conference on “Publishing Spanish Writers in English.” It featured a series of interesting, well-designed panels: one with Barbara Epler from New Directions and Jonathan Galassi from FSG talking about editing Spanish-language lit; one on magazines featuring Lorin Stein from The Paris Review, Willing Davidson from the New Yorker, Edwin Frank from NYRB, and Larry Rohter from the New York Times; one on rights with Elizabeth Kerr from Norton, Amy Hundley from Grove, and Anna Soler-Pont from the Pontas Agency; and one on…
  • Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists

    Chad W. Post
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to “a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.” According to their website, the goal of the award is to honor “one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage” and as such, they consider the writer’s entire body of work and not just a single book. Furthermore, there are no submissions from publishers, so the judges decide who to consider and who gets the £60,000 cash prize.
  • ALTA 2015 Travel Fellowships

    Chad W. Post
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    OK, now that we have the ALTA 2015 location set (Tucson), the dates (October 28-31), hotel (Marriott University Park), and keynote speakers (Stephen Snyder and Jerome Rothenberg), it’s time to send out the call for Travel Fellowships. Each year, between four and six $1,000 fellowships are awarded to emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference. At the conference, ALTA Fellows are invited to read their translated work at a keynote event, giving them an opportunity to present their translations to an…
  • Latest Review: "The History of Silence" by Pedro Zarraluki

    Kaija Straumanis
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by P. T. Smith on The History of Silence by Pedro Zarraluki, translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia, and published by Hispabooks Publishing. Here’s the beginning of Patrick’s review: Pedro Zarraluki’s The History of Silence (trans. Nick Caistor and Lorenza García) begins with the narrator and his wife, Irene, setting out to write a book about silence, itself called The History of Silence: “This is the story of how a book that should have been called The History of Silence never came to be written. Although common, failure…
  • Latest Review: "Flesh-Coloured Dominoes" by Zigmunds Skujiņš

    Kaija Straumanis
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by P. T. Smith on Flesh-Coloured Dominoes by Zigmunds Skujiņš, translated by Kaija Straumanis and published by Arcadia Books. Patrick has been a powerhouse of reviews this past month—and this isn’t even the last from him! Here’s the beginning of his review: There are plenty of reasons you can fail to find the rhythm of a book. Sometimes it’s a matter of discarding initial assumptions or impressions, sometimes of resetting oneself. Zigmunds Skujiņš’s Flesh-Coloured Dominoes was a defining experience in the necessity of…
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  • What Young vs. UPS Means for Pregnant Workers and Their Bosses

    Liz Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court case decided this week makes it significantly more likely that pregnant women denied workplace accommodations will succeed in their legal claims against the employers who denied them. The Court’s decision in Young v. UPS holds that there may be some situations in which employers can accommodate some groups of employees, without also accommodating pregnant employees, but then creates a test so strict that it in effect eliminates employers’ ability to do just that. Peggy Young, the plaintiff in the case, worked for UPS as a pickup and delivery driver. When she…
  • How CMOs and CROs Can Be Allies

    Benjamin Ellis
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Risk Officers (CROs) may seem to have little in common. The CMO has historically focused on driving growth and brand engagement; the CRO has typically focused on safeguarding the bottom line and minimizing unwanted exposure. But the advent of Big Data, sophisticated modeling techniques, and robust algorithms are opening a door to cooperation and opportunities that have never been possible before. Both practices have long developed insights into their customers based on data and analytics. But in the aftermath of the financial crisis, risk managers…
  • Price-Sensitive Customers Will Tolerate Uncertainty

    Rafi Mohammed
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    When I help a company with their pricing strategy, the typical first day of an engagement entails the client company’s vice president saying with a grin: “So, how are you going to help us raise prices?” While price-raising opportunities generally do exist, this is a provincial view of the upside of revamping a company’s pricing strategy. The real creativity—and often, the bigger opportunity—involves growing a business by activating dormant customers. Contrary to popular thinking, this often requires offering selective discounts—in other…
  • Technology Alone Won’t Solve Our Collaboration Problems

    Mark Mortensen
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Every week a vendor introduces a new gadget, system, or service that promises to make us communicate and collaborate better, faster. Just look at the comments below any article about virtual teams. They almost always include someone either evangelizing or peddling a particular piece of hard- or software that will make it easier to work with people in different time zones. Sure, these technological improvements help in many ways. As a case in point, I just found out the precise location of a package in transit from China to France, all while on a train going through the forest. Our fast…
  • How to Separate the Personal and Professional on Social Media

    Ariane Ollier-Malaterre
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Let’s face it: social media is risky. A single unfortunate post can throw a career off track. And yet in an era in which younger workers are connected with an average of 16 co-workers online and where 40% to 60% of hiring managers use social media to screen potential hires, it is simply not reasonable to stay off social media entirely. So how can we balance the personal and professional online? In a recent research study, we spoke with dozens of professionals about their use of social media, and were struck by the variety of approaches they are using. Some professionals, we…
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  • BOTNS #324: #TeamCapulet

    Ann Kingman
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Tournament of Books Upsets! We’re almost into the final rounds of the Morning News Tournament of Books, and it’s been a season of upsets. My favorite part of the competition is the commentary, so I’m not even that sad that my favorite books have been knocked out of the competition (though I’m rooting for Station Eleven and Dept. of Speculation to come back in the Zombie round).    Audiobook of the week (07:01)   Hausfrau, written by Jill Alexander Essbaum and narrated by Mozhan Marno is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special…
  • BOTNS #323: TaraShea Nesbit and Peter Heller, from Booktopia Boulder

    Michael Kindness
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This week we bring you the final two author talks from Booktopia Boulder, recorded at Boulder Book Store. Please enjoy these talks from TaraShea Nesbit, author of The Wives of Los Alamos, and Peter Heller, author of The Painter. (There’s also a sneak peek mention of my selection for next week’s Book I Can’t Wait For You to Read: Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin, on sale today)
  • BOTNS #322: In which I manage not to cry

    Ann Kingman
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This week, a very special episode focusing on just one book, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.   Audiobook of the week (04:30) Doc, written by Mary Doria Russell and narrated by Mark Bramhall is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free…
  • BOTNS #321: On Bookshelves Now, In Theaters Soon

    Michael Kindness
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Books coming to theaters this year. We recommend Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey and On Hurricane Island by Ellen Meeropol.   A few “books within books” that didn’t make it into last week’s podcast: The seven novels featured in The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst The Deity Next Door for which an afterword was written in The Afterword by Mike Bryan   Audiobook of the week (04:30) The Last Policeman (the first book in a trilogy) by Ben H. Winters, narrated by Peter Berkrot, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks…
  • BOTNS #320: Fictional Books in Fiction Books

    Michael Kindness
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What books within novels do you most want to read? Don’t you forget about Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and A Simple Plan by Scott Smith.   In a New York Times Op-ed, Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote beautifully and poignantly about his terminal cancer diagnosis. It is an extremely touching piece that everyone should read. Dr. Sacks’s memoir, On the Move, will be published April 28.   Audiobook of the week (04:50) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks…
 
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  • Wimps and Wizards

    Seira Wilson
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 10 by Jeff Kinney Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling It's an exciting day for fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter with announcements for both series in today's news. Last November kids everywhere devoured The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and immediately started asking when the next one would be out.  Well now we know: the tenth book in the series will be released on November 3rd and we'll learn the official title…
  • IndieReader: Nine Authors Who Break Boundaries with Indie Lit

    Editor
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander This article was originally published by IndieReader. Every Thursday morning we will publish an article from IndieReader that we think might be of interest to our readers. IndieReader: Nine Authors Who Break Boundaries with Indie Lit By Joe Sutton The publishing world is oft-criticized for being male-, hetero-, cis- and white-centric. But because the world of indie-publishing gives authors more freedom, previously marginalized writers are able to reach a wider audience—and readers can be treated to a wealth of new…
  • Sara Says...These Are Some of My Favorite "Plane Reads"

    Sara Nelson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com The World According to Garp by John Irving My college-age son is getting on a plane tonight for a three-month-long study abroad program in Japan.  An enterprising and resilient sort, he has gotten all his paperwork in order, packed his bags, even bought a gift for his “host mother.” So last night, we sat around talking about what he should take to read on the plane. (Yes, I know, he’s some weird 21-year-old to want to do something so corny as read – but never fear for his normalcy, he’s got about 1000 Kung Fu movies downloaded on his computer, too.)…
  • Cover for Harper Lee's Novel Revealed

    Chris Schluep
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Arguably the most-discussed book of the year had its cover revealed on People.com this morning. It's Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, and it's a lovely homage to the classic cover of Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Here's what we said about Go Set A Watchman when it was first announced: What would Scout be like as a grown up? We're about to find out. Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb…
  • YA Wednesday: Breaking Down the Walls: Gayle Forman & Nova Ren Suma

    Seira Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma The Walls Around Us is the fourth book from Nova Ren Suma, an author Gayle Forman describes as something of a best kept secret--only with all the chatter and excitement this book is getting (including a spot on our Best YA Books of March list), the secret is out.  Forman recently released her latest title, I Was Here, but she made time to sit down with Nova Ren Suma and ask a few questions about The Walls Around Us for the Amazon Book Review. Gayle Forman: Your latest book, The Walls Around Us, is a…
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  • Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins, St. Martin’s

    Nadine Cheung
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This week, HarperCollins is hiring a senior manager of integrated marketing, while St. Martin’s Press needs a digital editor. Oxford University Press is seeking a publicist, and Quarto Publishing is on the hunt for an editorial director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing HarperCollins (New York, NY) Digital Editor St. Martin’s Press (New York, NY) Publicist Oxford University Press (New York, NY) Editorial Director Quarto Publishing (Beverly, MA) Editor –…
  • Cory Doctorow on the Clean Reader App

    Dianna Dilworth
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Inktera recently released an app that lets readers edit their own eBook collections with the promise of hiding profanity from children. Many writers criticized the app for the nature of its censorship. Author & activist Cory Doctorow thinks the app and its users might be stupid but argues that the app makers have “the right to express a stupid idea.” Here is an excerpt: You have the right to rearrange the words on your screen in private. This goes without saying. You have the right to insert serial commas in my sentences. To change “Ios” to “iOS” (or…
  • Jeff Kinney’s 10th Wimpy Kid Book is Coming this Fall

    Dianna Dilworth
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The tenth book in Jeff Kinney‘s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is coming out this fall. The currently unnamed title will hit bookstores Nov. 3. “The tenth Wimpy Kid book gives me a chance to reset the series,” Kinney said in a statement. “I’ve thought a lot about what’s made these books work and how it all got started. So for me, personally, it’s back to basics. I’m carrying that theme through the book.”
  • Neil Gaiman Praised Terry Pratchett for Going Public

    Dianna Dilworth
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Author Neil Gaiman had a huge amount of respect for how his friend, the late  Terry Pratchett responded to a diagnosis with early onset rear brain alzheimer’s in 2007. In a recent discussion about Pratchett with author Michael Chabon, Gaiman said: “He did something huge and noble, which was after his diagnosis, he went public and he went loud. He risked being trivialized.” Here is an excerpt from the discussion: Terry was someone who fought for years to get people to understand that funny and serious are not opposites. The opposite of funny is not funny. You can…
  • Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Won’t Return For Fifty Shades Sequels

    Maryann Yin
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson may be set to return for adaptations of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, but guess who won’t be coming back? Filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has made a formal announcement about her future with this film series. Despite the great box office success of the first movie, the director will not return to helm the next two film adaptations. For some, this may not be surprising considering the tense working relationship shared between Taylor-Johnson and writer E.L. James. According to The Huffington Post, “the Fifty Shades of…
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    The Writing Life

  • Alton Gansky Interviews Terry Whalin about Billy Graham

    Terry Whalin
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Recently, my friend Alton Gansky interviewed me about my new biography on the life of Billy Graham. I hope you enjoy this short interview. If you can't see the embedded information below, then use this link, which will open a new window in your browser. Al and I speak together about the remarkable life of Billy Graham. I tell stories about working for Mr. Graham as Associate Editor of Decision magazine and also about what I learned working on this easy-to-read biography, Billy Graham, A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist.   
  • When Opportunity Knocks, Do You Take Action?

    Terry Whalin
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Some people wonder how I've been published in many different magazines and written a number of books. Yes some of it boils down to having a basic writing talent. Some of it involves learning the craft of pitching and writing queries then building relationships with different editors and literary agents. Yet another factor is critical. I do not believe that I'm the best storyteller or the best writer in the room. I continually work at being a better storyteller and writer. I do have a critical trait necessary to succeed in the publishing world: persistence and perseverance. If an editor or…
  • An Unbelievable Price but You Must Act Quick

    Terry Whalin
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    One of the life-changing events for me was Mega Book Marketing University in 2007, I wrote about it in this post. Now Mega Book Marketing University is called Author 101 University and held twice a year in Los Angeles. The next one will be April 9, 10 and 11th. I’ll be on the stage in a panel with some of the world's leading marketing and publishing experts at Author 101 University in Los Angeles. This is a POWERFUL event – and SUPER AFFORDABLE –and you can bring an additional guest at NO cost). Just go to http://author101-university.com/ (And be sure to use the code TERRY when you…
  • The Importance of Follow-up

    Terry Whalin
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    There are a number of important skills for every writer such as storytelling ability, consistency of touching the market and writing craft. Each of these skills take time and practice to develop. As writers, we are in the communication business. Ironically much of the publishing world—particularly in book publishing—is poor at communication. You send in your submission to an editor or agent and you hear….wait for it….nothing…for months…maybe ever.  As an acquisitions editor involved in publishing every day, it's part of my intention to change this situation. I can't change…
  • Grow Your Twitter Followers in Less Than 5 Minutes A Day

    Terry Whalin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Several months ago, I saw New York Times bestselling author of Twitter Power, Joel Comm and told him that I had over 100,000 followers. He told me, “You have twitter power.” If you check my twitter following, I recently went over 136,000 followers. For the last several months, they have been growing at about 100 new followers each day. I'll admit some of this growth is organic and not the result from anything that I'm actively doing. But a good portion of my daily growth comes from my active involvement and use of a tool called Refollow. I use the pro version which is $20 a month but it…
 
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  • ROBERT C. JONES – FORENSICS 186: MITOCHONDRIAL DNA

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

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

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

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Your emails are an inspiration and an education – thank you very much – especially after a Q&A such as last month’s. I’m tempted to make whole columns out of single questions, but my answers seem to cause new Qs to pop up like whack-a-moles, so here are eight more. As usual, the questions range broadly, and I’m honored by your confidences whether you are struggling in your own life or just curious about some trivia in mine. Q: [UK] How do you bring characters to life? A: Helps to remember that your work is a world entirely of your making, so play God – and the devil too.
  • ROBERT C. JONES – FORENSICS 184: HE AINT NO TWIN OF MINE

    Robert Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:02 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. Anthony Harold Turner was not a twin, and his DNA matched that acquired from three rape victims. The probability of him not…
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  • Violence against women

    Paulo Coelho
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    I, myself, my family, we never directly experienced violence against women but this doesn’t mean I’m blind to it. I have friends affected by it, I meet people affected by it, and it’s not that they can’t complain, but that they’re ashamed of it. You cannot just close your eyes because you don’t see it, […]
  • El Greco and the light

    Paulo Coelho
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    On a pleasant spring afternoon, a friend went to visit the painter El Greco. To his surprise, he found him in his atelier with all curtains drawn. Greco was working on a painting which had the Virgin Mary as the central theme, using only a candle to illuminate the environment. Surprised, the friend said: “I […]
  • In the Tokyo underground

    Paulo Coelho
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Terry Dobson was riding on the Tokyo underground when a drunk boarded the train and began to offend all the passengers. Dobson, who had studied martial arts for some years, confronted## the man. “What do you want?” asked the drunk. Dobson prepared to attack him. Just at that moment an old man sitting on another […]
  • Saint Joseph’s Day

    Paulo Coelho
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    As I do every year, today we are going to celebrate (this time in Santiago de Compostela, Spain) the day of my patron, Saint Joseph. Together with 120 friends, we will say the prayer below at 8:30 PM. Be welcome to join us! Glorious St. Joseph model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain […]
  • 1 MIN READ: improving your method…

    Paulo Coelho
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    An old hunter of foxes, considered to be the best in the region, decided finally to retire. He gathered together his belongings and resolved to set off for the south of the country, where the climate was milder. However, before he could finish packing up his things, he received a visit from a young man. […]
 
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  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Easter Miracle, Part 1

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Note: The beginning of this month, I started writing a real-time, serialized story featuring Kiki Lowenstein. That was so much fun that I've decided to do another. This one features Kiki's friend Cara Mia Delgatto. I hope you'll tell a friend about these blog posts!"The snowbirds will all fly home around Easter," said MJ Austin, as she tapped a long fingernail against the UPS calendar I'd pinned to the wall. "We need to make a final push for business these next three weeks. After that, the east coast of Florida will be deader than a flattened crab on the highway."I winced at her…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Good Luck Charm, Conclusion

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: You can read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7, and 8 by looking at the older posts, the ones that immediately precede this one.We stood there frozen by my daughter's rudeness. Even the birthday girl and her friends stopped to stare at Anya. My jaw had dropped, which was probably a good thing because if my mouth had been functional, I would have told my daughter, "You are grounded for life. When I get you home, you are never, ever coming out of your room again."But thank goodness, Clancy was more observant than I. While I gawped and Laurel got teary and our guests stared at all of…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Good Luck Charm, Part 8

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Note: You can read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6 and 7 by looking at the older posts, the ones that immediately precede this one.The rest of the day flew by, probably because I kept reviewing what I'd learned about Clancy. Her admission that she'd wrecked her marriage and that she had OCD raced around and around in my head.Laurel was similarly mentally occupied. I know because when I asked her if Anya would be helping her on St. Patrick's Day, she blinked at me as though I'd wondered whether Martians were planning to attend the upcoming birthday party. "Right. Yes. I mean...she said yes…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Good Luck Charm, Part 7

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Note: You can read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  and 6 by looking at the older posts, the ones that immediately precede this one.I nearly spit tea all over the table. "The divorce was your fault? How do you figure that?"Clancy rolled her eyes at me. (A skill I've taught her...sad to say.) "Kiki, put on your listening ears. I didn't say it was my fault. I said it was MAINLY my fault. There's a difference.""Oh, yeah? Then clarify it for me, would you? Because as I recall The Jerk started carrying on with a bimbo two years older than your daughter. How could that be your fault?"She stirred her…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Good Luck Charm, Part 6

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Note: You can read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 by looking at the older posts, the ones that immediately precede this one.Clancy's explanation for her bad mood stunned both Laurel and me. Laurel rebounded faster than I did. "I'm making a pot of tea. Let's all sit down and pretend we're British." Laurel grinned. "Every good British mystery has at least one scene where the dramatic tension is followed by a proper cuppa. Sounds like a plan to me."Thankfully, Clancy did as asked. The interlude gave me a chance to gather my thoughts. I reached across the table and took my friend's hands in…
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  • ‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2015

    Rob
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    ‘Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?’ – I’m a huge advocate for rereading (especially short stories), and so it’s nice to stumble across a discussion on the New York Times website that covers this very topic. During the course of the article writer Dana Stevens suggests that she rereads in part to ‘measure the distance she’s travelled in the intervening years’, which is one of the reasons why I, and everybody else, should go back to the books we have read say in our childhood. I remember Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea being…
  • Bookshelf of the Week: Hospital book cart, 1928

    Rob
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    With Bookshelf of the Week making its welcome return, I thought I’d hit you with something not only vintage but a little quirky too. I’m sure many of you will have already seen this image captured in 1928, but I think it’s worth showing again if only to reinforce the idea of having a bookshelf wheeled directly to your bedside. Of course this particular bookshelf on wheels – implemented by the LA Public Library as part of a program to bring books to the sick – is being employed to help poor souls who may be a little too infirm to make it on to their feet, but I…
  • ‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 3rd March 2015

    Rob
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed – Alas, I’ve not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn’t stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced shortlist for 2015. Dominated this year by the ladies (a ratio of 5:1), the winner of the world’s most lucrative prize for a single short story will be announced on Friday 24th April at an evening ceremony. Good luck, all! Knausgaard does North America – With fever growing for the imminent publication next month of the…
  • Constellation of Genius: March-ing on

    Rob
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    You may remember I announced last month that I was picking up the reigns once more on my journey through Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson), taking in that which I had set up in March 2014 before personal circumstances forced me to abandon the reading project altogether. Alas, things haven’t quite worked out the way I wanted them to during the past month either, but as I wish to stick doggedly to a reading journey that is of much importance to me, I am going to play catch up during this month, while adding a couple of highlights from March 1922 to the list. So in…
  • Robservations addendum: Tesson adds strength to the notion of ‘overreading’

    Rob
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    In a kind of addendum to my “Robservations” essay in which I suggest with the help of nineteenth-century German philosopher Schopenhauer and French philosopher and spiritual writer, Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges that reading too many books is bad for you, I present reinforcement in these words from Sylvain Tesson (with a little help from Nietzsche), found in probably the best and most profound book on living the (temporary) solitary life that I’ve read in a very long time, Consolations of the Forest (Allen Lane): Today, struck by Nietzsche’s warning in Ecce Hommo, I’m leaving the…
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    The Millions

  • Dr. Seuss Museum

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    We just got a new Dr. Seuss book; now we get a full Dr. Seuss museum, and it’s probably safe to bet it won’t look like just another children’s center.
  • “Adams”

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    From The Rumpus, a new short (short) story by George Saunders, excerpted from Life is Short – Art is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity, with an introduction by David Shields and Elizabeth Cooperman.
  • Literary Prowess Lost: On Mo Yan’s ‘Frog’ and the Trouble with Translation

    Barclay Bram Shoemaker
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    There is a famous saying from Mao Zedong that all students of Chinese learn early into their studies: 好好学习天天向上 (haohao xuexi tiantian xiangshang), which implores students to apply themselves every day if they hope to improve and rise up. 好好学习 天天向上 (haohao xuexi tiantian xiangshang) functions because of its rhythm. It plays with the flexibility of characters in Chinese, which are monosyllabic. Its literal translation, however, “good good study, day day up” is essentially meaningless. The Chinese often hold this example up as a reason why their language is so…
  • “I hate literature”

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Recommended reading: The Guardian reports on Varlam Shalamov, a Russian author who spent 17 years in the harsh camps of the Kolyma gulag, wrote more than 140 short stories, and still claimed ““I hate literature. I do not write memoirs; nor do I write short stories. That is, I try to write not a short story but something that would not be literature.”
  • A Nation of Poets

    Kaulie Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    “Mr. Walt Whitman has imagined that a certain amount of violent sympathy with the great deeds and sufferings of our soldiers, and of admiration for our national energy, together with a ready command of picturesque language, are sufficient inspiration for a poet. If this were the case, we had been a nation of poets.” A young Henry James reviews Whitman’s Drum Taps.
 
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    my mind on books

  • new book – ‘The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind’ by Jamie Smart

    mymindonbooks
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind by Jamie Smart (Capstone, 2015) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.) Book description from the publisher: Imagine what you could achieve if you could only clear your mind The Little Book of Clarity shows you how to clear your head and […]
  • $4.99 kindle ebook on Amazon: ‘Rationality: From AI to Zombies’ by Eliezer Yudkowsky

    mymindonbooks
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    $4.99 kindle ebook on Amazon: 'Rationality: From AI to Zombies' by Eliezer Yudkowsky http://t.co/hzFmGq6AZO via @amazon — Debbie A Foster (@mymindonbooks) March 23, 2015
  • new book – ‘Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives’ by Gretchen Rubin

    mymindonbooks
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin (Crown, 2015) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.) Book description from the publisher: The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change?  Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits […]
  • Links for 2015-03-17 [del.icio.us]

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Review - Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality - Metapsychology Online Reviews Review - A Sentimentalist Theory of the Mind - Metapsychology Online Reviews New Research Yields Insight Into The Origins Of Consciousness | IFLScience
  • new book – ‘Curiosity’ by Alberto Manguel

    mymindonbooks
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Curiosity by Alberto Manguel (Yale University Press, 2015) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.) Book description from the publisher: Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises […]
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Book Diets (Not Diet Books)

    Jon Page
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    There has been a lot of controversy recently about different diet books out on the market and while eating healthy is very important we also mustn’t forget to feed out minds. So I’ve come up with a few Book Diets based on popular fad diet books: The Fast Diet (aka The 5:2 Diet) Now you can do […]
  • Indie Book Awards 2015

    Joy Lawn
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
      Last night I was fortunate to attend the Indie Book Awards. It was a great evening, hosted by Hachette Australia in Sydney. These awards are organised by Leading Edge Books, who support independent bookshops (see more about them in last weekend’s AFR and in this interview with Galina Marinov). The shortlists and winners are […]
  • Katrina Germein Dances Up A Thunderstorm

    Romi Sharp
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Katrina Germein is a well-loved children’s best selling author and early childhood teacher. She has received Highly Commended and Notable Book Commendation awards in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Three of her books have also featured on the popular children’s programme, Play School.  Some of her titles […]
  • Review – One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich

    Boomerang Books
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Inspired by a true story, One Step at a Time exposes the unfortunate reality of the global landmine crisis through the prism of a friendship between a young boy and an elephant. Writer Jane Jolly and artist Sally Heinrich handle this subject with such deftness and clarity to ensure young readers grasp the predicament facing […]
  • A hunting we will go – Easter basket fillers

    Dimity Powell
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    It wouldn’t be Easter without a bit of a hunt. Whatever your predilection, chocolate eggs, fairies, time spent with loved ones; this small but sweet selection of Easter inspired treasures are perfect to pop into your Easter baskets this year. For the very young bunnies:  Little Barry Bilby by Colin Buchanan and Roland Harvey, including […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Cover of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” Revealed

    Beth Carswell
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Lucky People Magazine had a very good day today – they get an exclusive first look at Harper Lee’s feverishly coveted and anticipated second novel, Go Set A Watchman. Despite recent flurries of controversy amid rumors of elder abuse, it appears the book is still set to be released for publication on July 14th, 2015. Here is the newly-revealed cover of Go Set a Watchman, as seen side by side with its predecessor, To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Ashura Cho^ – Demon SketchBook

    Beth Carswell
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Today’s amazing book find: From the bookseller: Entitled (roughly) “Demon Sketchbook”. The Asuras of the title are the warrior gods of Indian religion, condemned to constant strife. The book is a deeply bitter and ironic look at the politics and social scene of the World War I era, not only in Japan itself, but around the world. As such it is an amazing slice of life during and after the world war from the unique perspective of a Japanese humanist given to Swiftian excess. The author (and illustrator), Ito Chuta, was an architect and gifted caricaturist. The…
  • Armchair Fiction: Making Vintage Pulp a Priority

    Beth Carswell
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    We’d like to take a moment to introduce AbeBooks bookseller Armchair Fiction. It’s no secret we at AbeBooks love retro pulp fiction, whether it comes in the form of monsters, dames, or any other. So it stands to reason that we just love Armchair Fiction and their work. The Medford, Oregon-based bookseller exists to keep pulp alive and put it back into the hands of the fans by reprinting classic, nostalgic science-fiction and horror (and most recently, mystery) titles. Not only that, but they also recreate the original cover art, thus preserving the original look and feel of the…
  • Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015

    Beth Carswell
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    The man who gave us Discworld is gone. Sir Terry Pratchett died today, at home, surrounded by family, of complications from end-stage early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout Pratchett’s lengthy career, he published over 70 books. He was by far best known for his Discworld books, a series of 40 bizarre and very funny fantasy novels set on the fictional “Discworld”, which is of course a flat disc placed on the backs of four elephants, who are standing atop the shell of a giant turtle. They’re like reading Tolkien, or at times even Aesop, if Tolkien and Aesop…
  • Ayelet Tsabari Wins 2015 Sami Rohr Prize

    Beth Carswell
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    There’s been very exciting news for Ayelet Tsabari: it was recently announced that the Toronto-based author has won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize. The prize began in 2006 and was conceived by the grandchildren of Jewish philanthropist Sami Rohr on his 80th birthday, to honor his appreciation for Jewish literature. Administered by the Jewish Book Council, the Sami Rohr prize exists to help seek, promote and support excellent literature by Jewish authors. The annual award carries with it a prize of $100,000, making it one of the most monetarily significant prizes in the industry. Tsabari, who…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • Author Entrepreneur: Increase Your Revenue

    Joanna Penn
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:54 pm
    There’s a learning curve for all indie authors, which I have covered before in the arc of the indie author. But once you get the hang of the process – writing, editing, publishing, marketing – then you start to think about the business side. If you want to make more profit, then increasing your revenue will be next on the list. Derek Sivers sold his company CD Baby and now sells ebooks about starting a business in foreign markets at Woodegg.com. I read this interview with him and he talked about how to increase cash-flow in a business. It struck home as true for authors as well.
  • Optimizing Kindle Categories, Email List Building And Facebook Marketing With Nick Stephenson

    Joanna Penn
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Sometimes one little tip can help you tweak your book pages or your author business to become more successful. I’ve learned some cool things from Nick Stephenson recently and in today’s show, we go through a whole load of things you might find useful. [But remember, the most important thing is still … write more great books!] In the intro I mention my lessons learned on my 40th birthday, how excited I am about Oculus Rift and the rise of VR, Apple CarPlay and Google Auto for audiobooks and the power of Inbox Pause. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps…
  • Solving The Discoverability Problem: Virtual Reality And The Future Of Publishing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    “if Oculus Rift achieves its potential, it will change more than just a game, but entire industries.” From Techcrunch, 16 March 2015 This is how I feel about virtual reality, Oculus Rift and all the other tech possibilities, about High Fidelity and the future of education, about how virtual reality will be the next shift in media – and will impact publishing in a similar way to the ebook revolution. This article first appeared on The Future Book yesterday (16 March 2015.) And before everyone freaks out at the next new thing, I believe this will happen on a 2 – 5 year…
  • Creativity And Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned By My 40th Birthday

    Joanna Penn
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    I turned 40 yesterday and I am super thrilled that I have made this milestone birthday while doing something I love with my life! It’s been a journey and I have learned a lot along the way … I’ve been sharing everything here since 2008 but here are some of the most important things I’ve learned. First of all, looking back … what a difference 10 years makes! My 30th Birthday in 2005. Face painting in Auckland, New Zealand On my 30th birthday, I was living in Auckland, New Zealand and newly divorced. The scuba diving business I had with my ex-husband, as well as…
  • Limited Time Deal: Learn Scrivener Fast , Kindle Launch Plan, Video Marketing, Book Proposals And More

    Joanna Penn
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    The one tool that changed my writing life? Definitely Scrivener. It continues to be the most important piece of software for me as an author of fiction and non-fiction. It helps me organize and plot, write first draft, edit and publish my books. The software itself is incredibly powerful, so I recommend people learn how to use it with the awesome training course, Learn Scrivener Fast. Well, today is super exciting because you can get Learn Scrivener Fast for just $99 – it usually sells for $179. *** NO LONGER AVAILABLE – expired on Wednesday, March 11 at midnight EST*** But…
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Drawings from the Bear Picture book...

    21 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    More art from the Bear book coming soon... so stay tuned!
  • Another color spread from the Bear picture book!

    14 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    One of many spread for the bear book that I've been working on for the last 6 months. I'm almost done with it. I've got two more spreads to do and some end papers. I'll start posting more from the book after this.
  • New bear book drawing...

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Here's the latest drawing for one of the spreads in the bear book. I just finished painting it and I'm on to the next one. Hope you dig it!
  • Happy Days!

    22 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Wishing everyone a great spring... which is here in the PNW, a month early. I hope the rest of the country can make it through all the snow!
  • New drawing: The Annual Meeting

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    I finished several new drawings and did some new paintings for the Picture Book I'm working on. I hope to post some of those paintings soon.Happy Valentines day!
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    To Be Published, Week of March 30, 2015 MONDAY NONFICTION Fisher, Kenneth, and Elisabeth Dellinger – Beat the Crowd: How You Can Out-Invest the Herd by Thinking Differently TUESDAY FICTION Berry, Steve – Patriot Threat Boyle, T.C. – The Harder They Come Burton, Jaci – Love After All Cameron, Graeme – Normal Carter, M.J. – Strangler Vine Chopra, Deepak – The13th Disciple: A Spiritual Adventure Collins, Manda – Good Rake is Hard to Find Gaus, P. L. – Whiskers Of The Lion: An Amish-Country Mystery Gavalda, Anna – Billie Graham, Heather…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION YOUNG ADULT FICTION…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    To Be Published, Week of March 23, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Bhutto, Fatima – Shadow Of Crescent Moon Bradford, Barbara Taylor – Cavendon Women Center, Katherine – Happiness for Beginners Coben, Harlan – The Stranger de los Santos, Marisa – The Precious One Essbaum, Jill Alexander – Hausfrau Ferguson, Mark Andrew – Lost Boys Symphony Fielding, Joy – Someone is Watching Lescroart, John – The Keeper Lewis, Beverly – The Love Letters Mitchell, Judith Claire – A Reunion of Ghosts Morrell, David – Inspector of the Dead Pierce, M.
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:17 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…
  • Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015.

    Sarah Statz Cords
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    A sad day in the news: “Terry Pratchett, popular fantasy novelist, dies at 66.” Bookmark to:
 
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Earmuffs for Everyone

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffsby Meghan McCarthyPaula Wiseman books (Jan. 6, 2015)Narrative Nonfiction/Informational Picture BookSummary:This picture book biography of Chester Greenwood explores the invention of the earmuffs and the patenting process. Why You'll Love It:McCarthy takes readers through the process of inventing something and gaining a patent on one's invention without being boring!The author  mentions that although several sources incorrectly credited Greenwood with inventing earmuffs, her historical research showed…
  • It's Book Fair Time!!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Yes, one and all. It's that time of year again. This spring's theme for our book fair is Under the Sea. We (meaning my art teacher, some students, two awesome PTO mommas, and our school bookkeeper) slapped this baby up in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Here's the result:The kiddos really loved making fun sea creatures to add to our book fair decor this year.  
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: "Shouldn't You Be In School?"

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    "Shouldn't You Be In School?": All the Wrong Questions 3by Lemony SnicketLittle, Brown (Sep. 30, 2014)Mystery Summary:Young Lemony Snicket investigates a rash of fires that have plagued the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, revealing secrets that involve the Department of Education and the notorious villain Hangfire. Why You'll Love It:Linguistic play and literary allusions abound in this smart, slyly humorous noir thriller.The illustrations add an extra dimension to the story, and the author does a fantastic job of incorporating mini vocabulary lessons into each chapter. It's set in a…
  • What they're (really) reading : March Edition

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
     photo by Toby NealBy keeping a pulse on what my kiddos are checking out and keeping a close eye on which books are circulating heavily, I feel that I can spend the small budget I have more wisely by choosing books I know will have a greater likelihood of circulating widely.Each month I'll feature a few fiction and a few nonfiction books that are on the "heavy rotation" list at our elementary library. They're not necessarily new, shiny, or covered with awards -- they're just what the kids want.This month's selections:Aliens and Other Visitors by Ruth OwenReaders will investigate the…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Terrible Two

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The Terrible Twoby Mac Barnett and Jort John; illustrations by Kevin CornellAmulet Books (Jan.13, 2015)Chapter BookSummary: When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.Why You'll Love It:The humor is deadpan and slightly quirky. For example, the fictional town of Yawnee Valley is famous for one thing -- cows -- and random cow facts are peppered throughout the book. The short chapters and fast pace build confidence in…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • Unbecoming

    Christa
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sometimes this thrillseeker reads the book’s plot summary, trips over a couple of turn-off words, wrinkles her face and decides, “Aw, hell. Why not?” Dives into something that falls quite a few paces from her reading pleasure center. What can I say. My Forever Person has taken to saying about me: “She’d ride a roller coaster to work if she could.” Rebecca Scherm’s novel Unbecoming was like that. Girl living on the outskirts of Paris. Mending old treasures. On the lam from her life in Tennessee. Torn between two dudes. None of that makes me want to renegotiate my bedtime. But the…
  • The Book of Constant Fear

    Will A
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever read a book that turned out to be really different from what you expected? For me, Dept. of Speculation was one of those. Jenny Offill’s novel was obliquely described on its book jacket as “the story of a marriage.” I guess I can’t fault that summary, because most of its words are, in fact, spilled over a marriage. What it’s primarily about, though, is fear. The unnamed woman narrator is afraid of her child. She’s afraid of her husband. She’s afraid of any brush of good fortune, because luck always comes to a thunderous, crashing end, right? There were times when…
  • The Glittering World

    LeAnn Suchy
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    The Glittering World by Robert Levy is about Blue and his three friends, Elisa, Jason, and Gabe, and a trip they take to Starling Cove to handle the sale of Blue’s dead grandmother’s house. Having left his grandmother’s community when he was young, Blue’s memory of the area is cloudy, but the longer they stay in Starling Cove the more they discover of his past and the more they understand the origin of the mysterious whispers in the woods. What this book has going for it is the mystery of the fantastical elements at play in the woods of Starling Cove. There are whispers, mysterious…
  • Love Me Back

    Christa
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I don’t like books like this anymore, books where your protagonist should know better but doesn’t and so she goes around and around making the same shitty decisions and banging 30 coworkers or restaurant patrons in a very short period of time. Merritt Tierce is that kind of writer, the strong and capable kind whose sentences have been whittled down to all of the important, gut-kicking words. Unfortunately, other times she’s so entwined with her story that paragraphs with the minutia of restaurant-life, the inside baseball stuff, gets stacked for pages and pages. The rest of the time,…
  • War is Barbaric, Ho Hum

    Jodi Chromey
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    I’ll be the first to admit I’m kind of an asshole when it comes to war books. They bore me. War is barbaric and dehumanizes us, I get that. Do I need to read one million books to reiterate this point? No. That’s kind of how I felt about half of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, the other half I really enjoyed, but the boring parts got in the way of the good parts and this National Book Award nominee left me mostly underwhelmed. It’s strange to read this one so closely on the heels of Merrit Tierce’s Love Me Back. The ferocity of Tierce’s…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • The Queen of Kowloon by Aaron Fox-Lerner

    Laura Roberts
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    They perched around the bar in black dresses, black eyeliner and black hair like ravens. It was as if they’d all been given a dress code before going out, small deviations and personal touches encouraged as long as you didn’t go overboard. Out of all of them why did I pick her? She was standing near me and she looked bored. I walked up and started doing the white guy/Chinese girl pickup routine. I tell her I’m in town for Art Basel Hong Kong, she said she was an office worker, I made jokes simple enough to fly over the language barrier. It worked. We take a cab from Lan Kwai…
  • Chemical Attraction: An excerpt + #giveaway from Christina Thompson

    Laura Roberts
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    FBI Agent Joe Roberts wants that instant chemistry like his sisters, Eva and Taylor, have with their husbands. After years of searching, he’s ready to give up on that romantic notion. Then, he meets Madeline. The problem is she’s his contact on this dangerous case. Dr. Madeline Pierce works in nanotechnology research. When she discovers a criminal network within her medical facility, she’s partnered with Joe. Throughout the investigation into the production and distribution of illegal drugs, Joe and Madeline struggle to stay professional despite their intense attraction to each other.
  • Dear Brother by John Garmon

    Danielle White
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I hope you had a good holiday And got to see some relatives You hadn’t exactly remembered I just whiled away the time Went out to eat Early before the family crowds It was at the same restaurant Where we met that time You know how the meatloaf was I still like it with brown gravy The way they mash potatoes With lots of garlic and butter A great taste for the likes of me Just wanted to drop you a line Wish you happy holidays Remember to drive carefully There was that famous time You jumped from the window Second story and we lied To Mom about your limp It was a twisted ankle We said you…
  • 3 Poems by Amanda Chiado

    Danielle White
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Butcher Barbie Your hair is a curled newborn in the hairnet on your neck. You handle in a mother’s manner, but your eyes gently slip. You tend, and keep, and neatly smooth them down like a girl taming ruffles on a misbehaving gown. Your raw cuticles are your dinner: tender, sanguine, sweet. Ringless as you nurture your every slab and cut of meat. “Barbie Basics Model #5″ image by Flickr user Simon Farnworth Departed I lean into the quiet of what was. I don’t remember. My grandmother would never seem to say that. There is a certain belief my people have in themselves…
  • Separation by Vivek Santhosh

    Laura Roberts
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I tried to make sense of what was happening. Greg and I had always been together. We knew so much about each other it was as if we were one person. And it had never bothered us really – in fact it made us feel safe, like we had each other’s backs – until Kat came along. “Aren’t women always the problem!” bitter old Curtis from the pawnshop had spat when he heard about our problem, years of rage still boiling inside him. His wife had been a whore. Not the kind that brought home money. Instead she had given him herpes. But she was long dead now and not a part of our story –…
 
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • Torture and Surveillance of the Gods: A Brilliant New Translation of ‘Prometheus Bound’

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    “Few Gods or monsters in the teeming world of Greek mythology have ignited the Western imagination like Prometheus,” Joel Agee writes in the introduction to his new translation of Prometheus Bound. It’s true. For Nietzsche, Agee points out, the Titan who brought fire from the gods to humans was the model artist. For the Shelleys, Prometheus was either a revolutionary figure (Prometheus Unbound) or a symbol of scientific hubris (Frankenstein). Even Beethoven weirdly positioned Napoleon as a Promethean figure, evidently forgetting that the titan raged against the tyranny of Zeus. From the…
  • “I Am Not a Nature Poet”: Why Robert Frost Is So Misunderstood

    Sarah Seltzer
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “I am not a nature poet. There is almost always a person in my poems,” Robert Frost, born on this day in 1874 famously said. He saw how prone his dark, ironic, and complex poems — which take place against the backdrop of New England’s harsh and stunning natural landscape — were to misinterpretation. And even though his poems are some of the first we learn (I was given a quarter by my grandmother to memorize “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” at a young age) and adorn our yearbooks and Facebook walls, we often don’t get a chance to talk about the…
  • Charles Bukowski’s Unpublished Cat Literature Can Be Yours In October

    Ona Abelis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    “If you have a hundred cats, you’ll live 10 times longer than if you have 10,” wrote Charles Bukowski. “Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live for ever.” Luckily for the ever-growing Bukowski fan base (which may also overlap heavily with the juggernaut of the cat fan base), The Guardian reports that publisher Canongate will bring together Bukowski’s previously unpublished musings on cats, aptly titled On Cats, for an October release this year. “We associate him with a kind of righteous, barfly-esque, dangerous,…
  • The Publisher That Brought Us Sontag and Burroughs Returns

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    One of the most influential and essential American literary publications will return to readers after a long hiatus. Today it was announced that Evergreen Review, the longtime project of storied editor and publisher Barney Rosset (who passed away in 2012), will return in a partnership with the independent publisher OR Books. The joint venture will bring Evergreen’s properties — including titles by Samuel Beckett and Marguerite Duras — under the management of OR’s innovative direct-to-consumer publishing model. Evergreen began in 1957 as a quarterly distributed in the form of trade…
  • Steven Spielberg to Direct Sci-fi Cautionary Tale ‘Ready Player One’

    Shane Barnes
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Picture this: a world in which the Internet has taken over. People are gambling virtually, robots are delivering online purchases, and human beings are existing primarily in electronic worlds that consist of little more than veiled interpretations of our basest desires — sexual or otherwise. People start to value the culture of an online world more than the culture they see around them, because they see the online world as being more advanced, both morally and fundamentally. This, besides being the premise of our existences, is also the premise of an upcoming film, with Steven…
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Check out tonight’s Freebies & Deals for your Kindle! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance I Called Him Dancer by G. Edward Snipes Still free? Click Here to find out! I Called Him Dancer is about a boy growing up in a broken home. His fragile world is shattered when his mother leaves him with a relative and walks out of his life. After seeing a man dancing with grace and acrobatics, he decides to imitate the man and discovers a natural talent for dance.
  • [ONLY 99c] I Can’t Make You Love Me, but I Can Make You Leave

    Pixel of Ink
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    I Can’t Make You Love Me, but I Can Make You Leave by Dixie Cash Genre: Mystery The career of former Queen of Country Music, Darla Denman, ain’t what it used to be. No more big arenas – she’s lucky to fill a barroom – and now she’s forced to tour (by bus!) with the detestable Roxie Jo, current wife of Darla’s manager/ex-husband. So when her rattletrap tour bus gives up the ghost outside tiny Salt Lick, Texas, the faded Nashville star’s thrilled to find loyal fans (and sympathetic ears) in Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin. But when…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Mystery Murder Offstage: A Posie Parker Mystery by L.B. Hathaway Still free? Click Here to find out! When Posie Parker’s childhood friend is robbed of a priceless jewel and becomes a suspect in a cold-blooded murder case, budding detective Posie vows she will clear his name. Aided by her seriously gorgeous assistant Len, Posie soon realizes things are not quite as they seem, and…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Take a peek at tonight’s Deals & Steals and grab your favorites while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance Airel by Aaron Patterson Still free? Click Here to find out! Airel is a story about an angel who falls so deeply in love with a woman that he chooses to fall from heaven to be with her. She gives birth to a daughter in Arabia, 1250BC. The girl is pursued ferociously, relentlessly by an enemy in the deepest darkness. In present day Boise, Idaho is just a girl:…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Obituary Society – Only 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall Genre: Mystery When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather’s house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias. Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson. But when strange things…
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  • Derek Special Official Trailer

    Larry Fire
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Ricky Gervais’ bittersweet comedy-drama Derek returns to Netflix with the one-hour Derek Special! Netflix will make the special available exclusively to its members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics and Benelux on Friday April 3, 2015 at 12:01am PT. Seasons 1 and 2 of “Derek” are currently streaming. Derek, for which Gervais was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his leading role, centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for…
  • Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor From Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Revealed

    Larry Fire
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    With just one year to go before the release of the film, Warner Bros. Pictures (via EW) has released our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as the villain Lex Luthor from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” director Zack Snyder tells the magazine. “Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course….Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and…
  • MB&F Unveils Melchior Table Clock Robot For Its 10th Anniversary

    Larry Fire
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:25 pm
    MB&F will unveil Melchior for its 10th Anniversary. This robot is actually a table clock made from 480 components. The clock was designed by Xin Wang and uses a L’Epee clock moment as its head and torso. Its eyes are 20-second double retrograde counters, and its clock regulator is visible under the polished glass dome on top. Its steel arms move up and down and the left Gatling gun arm is removable. Plus, its left arm serves as the winding mechanism for the clock when removed.  Only 99 of these will be made with silver version or black and silver.
  • Van Halen Announces North American Tour & Jimmy Kimmel Live! Appearance

    Larry Fire
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In celebration of a 2015 summer/fall North American tour, Van Halen will perform a special concert for “Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 30, 2015 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks Van Halen’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live!airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC. Van Halen is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at…
  • Check Out The New Poster For Fantastic Four

    Larry Fire
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    20th Century Fox has released a new poster for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. An origin story said to be inspired largely by the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics (the first arc of which was written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar with Joe Kubert illustrating), Fantastic Four offers a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to…
 
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  • #501

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    BirdsThe eyesof Menare filledwith birds. Often thesefalter andfall. The birdsstand for Hopeand for Freedom. 22 December 1978   I’ve always been drawn towards the parabolic and the epigrammatic. I can think of two sources for my love of the short and the pithy. The first is obvious: the Bible, particularly the book of Proverbs. Whether you believe any of it or not it’s still a great source for writers. I mean Shakespeare’s good and all but he was only one man. The book I’m writing just now references dozens of scriptures which lends the text a familiar tone even if you’re…
  • #498

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    City SceneAnna broke downby the back door of Arnotts –she slipped to the pavementand cried. Everyone simply passed her bythinking that she was drunk. Some threw money. 22 October 1978   I’ve never really considered myself a poet of place. I’m a Scot. I was born in Glasgow—pretty much in the centre of the city—and I’ve lived all my life in Scotland. But the vast majority of my poems are set in nameless places. Of course when I read them they invariably conjure up a place even where no location is specifically mentioned. This is one of the exceptions. Arnotts was a…
  • #489

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Les ÉtrangersIa preoccupation with anti-heroes: almost faithless voids and phantoms ... other trees struck by lightning, impotent as daylight –residues; threads forgotten. IIunlearning ... life-long friends –wasteland agnosticswho believe in wordsbut deny their meanings ... things burned out. IIIfugitives running fromtheir roots ... (metaphysics) ... into blind alleys; strangersagain in chains. 10 June 1978    My wife has just finished reading Ian Rankin’s published first novel, The Flood.. He wrote it in the mid-eighties while still at university. I say ‘published’…
  • The First Bad Man

    15 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Real comes and goes and isn’t very interesting. – Miranda July, The First Bad Man Quirky. It’s an… odd word. When Kate Bush first arrived on the scene she was called “quirky” and it felt like a good fit. Now it’s clearly insufficient. Kate Bush is… well, she’s Kate Bush; there’s no one really quite like her. Except there is. There’s Tori Amos. Or at least there was. She started off as quirky too, moved onto “the new Kate Bush” and has now released enough material that most people recognise her as herself. And the same will happen with Regina Spektor who’s also…
  • #508

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    FutilityIn many waysLife is like the bedin which we fake love(revealing ourselvesalong with our bodies) after which we liefoetal and impotent. In Death we leave the bed, still warm, stained with dreams. 9 March 1979    The title I probably borrowed from Owen—I always liked his ‘Futility’—but other than that I don’t remember much about this one. I recall an editor knocking it back because he didn’t care for the opening line and I get where he’s coming from. In the novel I’m editing just now I use ‘seems’ a ridiculous number of times. I’ve removed most of them…
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  • Happy wagon: 03.08.15-03.21.15

    Chelsea
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    Combining two weeks into one post, because they’ve been such good, good weeks and I was too busy trying to enjoy them with my whole soul to post about them separately. hours of talking, feeling effortlessly understood, always wanting to say more but also knowing it’s okay if I don’t chicken salad sandwiches and strawberries in the sunshiny backyard hearing birds flapping their wings right above my head meeting Jesus at the mall (this one isn’t going to be understood by most others, but I don’t want to type out the whole story, so I’m really just including…
  • Reawakening

    Chelsea
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Please start out this post with this playlist if you have Spotify, and if you don’t, please get Spotify and then start out this post with this playlist. This winter was hard. It was really, really hard. For everyone, I think. Even people who love winter seem to be ecstatic that it’s finally ending. But no one is more ecstatic than me. Yesterday I said to Miranda, “I’m going to say something I’ve never said before. Are you ready? I’m ready for summer.” That’s the best example I can give of how much I hated winter this year. Summer is my least…
  • On heaviness

    Chelsea
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The world is heavy and I am heavy in the world. This is, at least in part, the reason for my current lack of blogging. November was an exceptionally difficult and stressful month, for me, but also, it seems, for almost everyone else. Personally, this has been a time of trying to love people better, trying to love some people less, trying to let some people go. It’s been a time of having to get really real with myself and my life and the ways I’ve let my mental health issues affect both, as well as other people. It’s been loss and regret and planning and packing and moving…
  • Monthly roundup: September 2014

    Chelsea
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    As inconsistent as ever, but here I am with another one of these. This month I: Read: “The Sleepwalker” by R.L. Stine (3*) “The Stepsister” by R.L. Stine (4*) “College Weekend” by R.L. Stine (4*) “Broken Date” by R.L. Stine (3*) “Wrong Number” by R.L. Stine (2*) “The Best Friend” by R.L. Stine (4*) “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed (5*) “Who We Are: Our Official Autobiography” by One Direction [abridged] (5*) Watched: “Brave” (3*) “New Girl” s3 (5*)…
  • Happy wagon: 09.21.14-09.27.14

    Chelsea
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Stereotypical hippie white girl edition. For the first time in months, I feel like there were finally enough good things in the past week to do one of these again, if only just. seeing a couple of affordable and actually habitable houses during our househunting trips–even if we don’t end up living in them, it gives me hope that eventually we’ll find the one that’s meant for us, and the secret garden backyard we saw at one of them has increased my determination to get out of apartments and onto some land where I can grow things My “Antidepressants” playlist…
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  • Rachel Abbott's Top 5 Writing Tips

    Debs Carr
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    1. Watch, and listen – to anybody and everybody. Each of the characters in your book should be as distinctive as people are in real life, so when you meet somebody (without being at all spooky about this!) notice little things about them that make them unique. As a writer of thrillers, I’m always interested in foibles that I can exaggerate into something much more serious. But whatever you write, each of your characters has to stand out as a personality. 2. Use all your senses. Maybe not in the first draft (which I’ll come to in a minute), but when you are refining your story, you need…
  • Review – A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab

    Debs Carr
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reviewed by Verity Wilde Kell is one of a rare breed – a traveller, who can use magic to move between parallel universes. His home is Red London – where magic is revered and where he lives with the royal family. In Grey London, mad King George reigns and magic is gone, while in White London, the magic is disappearing with its residents are in a fight to the death to control it. And no-one knows what has happened to Black London after the doors to it were sealed… Kell travels between the three Londons taking messages between rulers. But he’s also running a side line in smuggling…
  • A Day in the Life of a Romance Novelist by Hannah Fielding

    Debs Carr
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I wake early to the sound of birds singing outside my window, but I don’t rise straight away: I lie very still and try to recall the details of the many dreams that linger at the periphery of my consciousness. I recall a beach, and two lovers reaching for each other over some obstacle. I grab my notebook and pen, always ready beside the bed, and scribble down a few phrases that are flying about my mind. Once I am dressed and breakfasted, I take a cup of fruit tea into my office and sit at the desk, sipping and daydreaming as I gaze out at the view. In France, I’d be looking at the…
  • Review – The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

    Debs Carr
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Elizabeth of Lancaster is seventeen when she marries the eight-year-old Earl of Pembroke as part of a political alliance organised by her father. Elizabeth is maturing into a passionate young woman while her new husband, John Hastings is just a child who is interested in little more than fooling around with the other young members of the household and his animals. So when Elizabeth meets the king’s half-brother, John Holland at court, she quickly falls for his charms. John Holland is a grown man who has fought heroically in battles and is well known as a seducer…
  • Dates For Your Diary – April 2015

    Novelicious
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    by Zarina de Ruiter April is of course the month of unashamedly stuffing our faces with chocolate (aka Easter) but it’s also the start of longer, warmer days, which means it’s the perfect time to swap lazy weekends curled up with a good novel and a fleece for venturing outside and discovering new book shops, inspiring author events and wonderful literary festivals! 31 March - 4 April – Not exactly a bookish event but a celebration of the written word nonetheless is Letters Live in London. Celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Sally Hawkins and Tom Odell will be reading literary…
 
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  • Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

    Brandi Kosiner
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Start of Me and You by Emery LordFollowing her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet,…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:AliveBaker, Chandler Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new…
  • Review: Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso

    Brandi Kosiner
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley DerisoTo Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family's beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian's obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest's relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia's rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia's finicky eating isn't at all what Forrest expected. And over the next thirty days, Forrest's world is turned upside down as her family's darkest secrets begin to come to…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.Currently reading:The Start of Me and Yousource: Bloomsbury via…
  • Exclusive Giveaway: Death Wish with Guest Post by author Megan Tayte

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Death Wish - Megan TayteIN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.  Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.  Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer…
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  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations To Inspire You In March 2015

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

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

    Naveen
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    The primary goal of this article is to provide resources to help you in your quest to write a high-quality non-fiction book. When curating these resources, we have focused more on the usefulness of an article, and less on the popularity or the date of publishing of the post. This post is a work in progress. If you find a new resource that’s useful, please leave a suggestion in the comments, below. Contents 1  Structure, Plan and Write     1.1 Choosing the Right Amazon Keywords     1.2 Planning your Non-Fiction Book     1.3 How…
  • An Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Luana Ehrlich

    Vikram
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    BookBuzzr subscriber – Luana Ehrlich’s book – One Night in Tehran has been seeing steady success on Amazon. It has garnered over 150 reviews and recently hit the number one spot on the Canadian Amazon store. We connected with Luana to learn her story. The screenshot below was taken on Feb, 16 2015. Hi, Luana, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Although I grew up in Illinois, I’ve lived in either Texas or Oklahoma for most of my adult life. For a short period of time, I also worked with my husband, who is a Baptist…
  • An Interview with Venita Louise

    Vikram
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Venita Louise has been a BookBuzzr subscriber since 2010. During this time, her books have been gathering highly positive reviews on Amazon and other places. For example, one reviewer wrote, “I was so enthralled by Venita’s writing style and her descriptive details, it made me feel like I was right there going through everything with the family. I did not put down the book until I had completed it in it’s entirety. I was shocked that day had turned into night, and I had even turned on the lights oblivious to what I was doing. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end,…
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  • In the Brown Kitchen: Strawberry and Raspberry Trifle

    Donna Brown
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    I’ve always enjoyed cooking but for the first few years we lived together our kitchen was so small it diminished my enthusiasm a little. When we moved to Barnsley and my kitchen was suddenly dramatically bigger – not huge, but you could put a pan down without losing half your counter space – I found my cooking enthusiasm renewed. I’m not the world’s best cook and I’m certainly not the tidiest or best at presentation, but I enjoy it. With a personal benchmark of ‘Dave ate it and he did not die’, I’m never going to be a Masterchef but I can…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Reservoir Dogs

    Dave Brown
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) Reservoir Dogs (1992) What happens? A group of guys named after colours take part in a heist. It goes…
  • Book Excerpt (Audio): The Transformation of Anna – Charlene A. Wilson

    Donna Brown
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Please enjoy this audio excerpt of The Transformation of Anna by Charlene A. Wilson: playpause - / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Go to top About The Transformation of Anna For centuries, Cole Shilo has mourned the loss of his wife, Mianna, and drowned himself in his work as Head Sentinel of Cornerstone Deep. But when he is sent to harvest a second-class woman who has broken curfew, her soul calls out to him. His response couldn’t have been worst timed. The Lords and the Gods are not happy.
  • #RRBC: Choices Tour – J.L. McFadden

    Donna Brown
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We’re pleased to welcome J.L. McFadden to the blog today as part of his Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC) blog tour (sponsored by 4WillsPublishing). J.L. McFadden is the author of Choices and #RRBC very kindly interviewed him about his title for our blog post today. #RRBC Interview with J.L. McFadden Please tell us a bit about Choices. In the world of vampires that is hidden from humanity there has been a huge power shift: Adela a very attractive female vampire had finally had the power she needed to strike down the man that had tormented and tortured her, her entire life. For centuries…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #25

    Dave Brown
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Monday Beard Face has been hard at work today preparing for his job interview tomorrow. He’s been pacing up and down predicting the sort of questions that might be asked. It’s clearly a long time since he has had an interview given that some of the questions he’s thought up include, “What bikini size are you, Mr Brown?” “Do you think Neil Armstrong really did walk on the moon?” “Is it the right season to be buying strawberries?” and “Do you think the size of your head will inhibit your performance in this role?” He’s…
 
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  • Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

    Amy
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Glass Arrow Kristen Simmons Published: Feb. 10, 2015 (Tor Teen) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars In the future, women are viewed as commodities. Their value is based on their breeding ability. They are kept in confined areas where they are primped and pampered in order to sell to the highest bidder. If they prove to be of value (by birthing a male) they may be kept around the household for a while as a forever wife. If not, they’re thrown back out into society as damaged goods. Aya was born out in the “wild;”…
  • Review: Ares’ Temptation by Aubrie Dionne

    Jannelle
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    AresTemptation Aubrie Dionne Published: March 24, 2015 (Entangled Publishing) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for and honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 3 stars While attending the wedding of her good friends, Greek Gods Syrinx and Pan, Kaye stumbles into God of War, Ares. Of course Ares isn’t attending the wedding to wish his long-time acquaintances a happy life together; Ares is actually searching for the hybrid goddess and witch, Hecate, who is seeking revenge on Ares after he murdered her brother. Like any other story with a…
  • Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

    Amy
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) V.E. Schwab Published: Feb. 24, 2015 (Tor) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Many, many years ago magic was a prevalent thing throughout the worlds. Those who carried magic within themselves could travel at will through the open doors between parallel universes. However, when dark magic started to rise up in what is now called Black London the doors between universes were closed not only from Black London but between all…
  • Alpha Showdown 2015 Nominations are Now Open!

    Chelsea
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Can you believe it’s already time to start talking about the Alpha Showdown? We’re ready to start playing favorites, are you? For those uninitiated—hi, new subscribers!—every may VBC hosts a little battle royale with your favorite alpha characters with tons of giveaways and lots of fun. Here’s how it works: VBC readers nominate their favorite characters who exemplify alpha status—male or female, leaders, warriors, general badasses—and we place the top 16 vote-getters into an NCAA-style bracket. We’ll have bloggers champion for the different characters and matches…
  • Release-Day Review: Bayou Blues by Sierra Dean (Genie McQueen #1)

    Amy
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Bayou Blues (Genie McQueen #1) Sierra Dean Published: March 20, 2015 (Sierra Dean) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Three years ago Genie’s sister (some of you may know her: Secret McQueen) averted the apocalypse and in the process the supernatural community was outed to the general population. Being werewolf royalty, Genie McQueen has tried her hardest to remain “normal.” She’s been given her freedom to live away from her pack and attend college. She has a human boyfriend, human…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW // RESEŇA: ¡A ESTUDIAR, CARAJO! by Ana María González

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

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

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

    Native NYer
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
      "The purpose of my life is not to get what I want.The purpose of my life is to become who I am."   —Cara    THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running AwayA Memoir by Cara Lopez LeeConundrum Press  The first thing to intrigue me about this book was the title.  And it's fun that I can even get the t-shirt.  The second thing was the similarity of Cara Lopez Lee's THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS to Elizabeth Gilbert's EAT, PRAY, LOVE.  But though the two women are on journeys of self-discovery, their…
  • REVIEW: THE CLAIRVOYANT OF CALLE OCHO by Anjanette Delgado

    Native NYer
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    If we could, we'd leave them all-- the chronic bad boys, the frauds, the violent abusers, the unreliable, the lazy, the egotistical, the bad in bed, even the ones who pose as "good men" but have the relentless ability to turn every single happy moment into a day trip to the nearest latrine.  We hang on, looking and feeling, and taking notes right on our hearts, until we manage to be able to breathe, to stand, to tell ourselves we're not crazy.  That what we are is strong. And then, we leave.  Or we kill them. ---Mariela EstevezKensington FictionTHE CLAIRVOYANT OF CALLE OCHO is…
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    21tiger

  • Learning Any Language from Anywhere

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

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

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

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

    Michael A. Robson
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
 
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Sarah Ardizzone on Translating Two Worlds: Children’s and Adult’s

    Olivia Snaije
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sarah Ardizzone is one of the most respected translators working in English and French, who easily transitions between children's and adult literature. The post Sarah Ardizzone on Translating Two Worlds: Children’s and Adult’s appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Is Metabook the Next Evolution of the Book?

    Edward Nawotka
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    'We are creating a new thing for a new generation of readers...this is the future,' says Benjamin Alfonsi of Metabook's new ultra-enhanced ebooks. The post Is Metabook the Next Evolution of the Book? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Literary Agent Andrew Nurnberg Partners with Turkey’s AnatoliaLit

    Edward Nawotka
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Leading UK literary agency Andrew Nurnberg Associates is partnering with Istanbul’s AnatoliaLit agency to expand the agency's activities in Turkey. The post Literary Agent Andrew Nurnberg Partners with Turkey’s AnatoliaLit appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalist’s List Announced

    Dennis Abrams
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Authors representing 10 countries — 6 countries for the first time — are included on the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize. The post Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalist’s List Announced appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Publisher Who Defied Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws Wins AAP “Freedom” Award

    Edward Nawotka
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Russia's Samokat has been awarded the Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award from the Association of American Publishers. The post Publisher Who Defied Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws Wins AAP “Freedom” Award appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    Quill and Quire

  • Last word: Andre Alexis on a matter of style

    Becky Robertson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    The impetus for a new novel sequence arose not out of exile or grief or post-traumatic stress, but out of the pure art of storytelling, writes André Alexis Some 30 years ago, I was watching a talk show. Letterman, I think. The guest was Nora Ephron. She was talking about her autobiographical novel, Heartburn, when she said in passing that she thought all writers write about their lives. It’s the kind of thing that someone flogging an autobiographical novel would say. But her words have stayed with me. I’d heard the thought before Ephron expressed it, of course, and I’ve heard versions…
  • Cover revealed for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, del Toro to pen children’s book, and more

    Becky Robertson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Cover for Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman revealed Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to write children’s book Princeton Review (inaccurately) calls Taylor Swift out for bad grammar Booker Prize administrator Martyn Goff dies at 88 The legend of Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story Amazing large-scale book art exhibitions “When I say the bookternet is not safe for women, I mean it:” why one Goodreads user deleted her account The post Cover revealed for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, del Toro to pen children’s book, and more appeared first on Quill and Quire.
  • National Business Book Award shortlist announced

    Becky Robertson
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Alfred Hermida The finalists for the 30th annual National Business Book Award have been announced. The $20,000 prize aims to recognize the best Canadian business-related book published the previous year. Relevance, research, originality, quality of writing, and depth of analysis are taken into account. This year’s jury comprises businessman David Denison, Home Capital Group chairman emeritus William Dimma, CBC Television chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, adjudicator Deirdre McMurdy, author and publisher Anna Porter, and former journalist and senate member Pamela Wallin. The…
  • Margaret Atwood talks Game of Thrones, Marvel’s female Thor outsells her male counterpart, and more

    Becky Robertson
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Margaret Atwood talks Game of Thrones at The Guardian Marvel’s feminist Thor comics more popular than those starring male counterpart “It’s amazing to think people have an issue with someone identifying as anything other than straight:” Why fiction need more LGBT role models Archie comics series to be updated and reissued Posthumous Charles Bukowski collection about his love for cats to be released in October Boston book club spends 18 years discussing James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake The limits of diversity in publishing The post Margaret Atwood talks Game of…
  • Betty Keller wins 2015 B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

    Becky Robertson
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    The West Coast Book Prize Society has named Betty Keller the recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The $5,000 prize aims to recognize exceptional B.C. writers who have “contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province.” Keller is an award-winning author, editor, playwright, teacher, co-founder of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and its writers-in-residence program, and proud third-generation B.C. resident. The jury – comprising YA author, children’s librarian, and 2014 Lieutenant…
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Book Review: Ms. Marvel

    Trisha
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The hype over the Ms. Marvel comic has been poking me in the shoulder, nagging me to read it and all the other comics I have on the to-read shelves. To start my journey back into graphic novel/comic territory, I inhaled the first 5 installments of Ms. Marvel, nicely collected into one book titled "No Normal".Fun art, good humor, unique protagonist. I was very, very happy with my choice to read this one.The protagonist is probably the lynchpin for this series: she is female, Muslim, 15 years old, and Pakistani American. She's also wonderfully geeky. Her difficulty syncing up her Muslim and…
  • Currently | 22 March

    Trisha
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last Week's Highlights (with Lots of Pictures)Carter's week started out strong, wearing some actual clothes instead of his typical footed-onesiesThen, he put those comfy pjs back on and went to sleepHe woke up long enough to watch some Odd Squad with the Big Sis...And he let her push him in his swingBut, then he went back to sleep...Madison was much more active then her lazy brother. She went to the Dentist for the first time, and things went really, really well. She loved her shiny, clean teeth (of which she has 20).She made it back to gymnastics after a two week hiatus...She also went to a…
  • I Got All My Sisters with Me!

    Trisha
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Emily from Backlist Books - who is awesome - nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, and I can't thank her enough. It's been eons since someone thought my sporadic blogging worthy of an award, and I really appreciate it!Hardcover or paperback? Paperback all the way baby.What 2015 book are you most excited about? Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven King, the final book in The Raven Cycle series which. I love this series.Which blog did you discover recently that you can't believe you didn't know about? Um...Backlist Books!Judging books by their covers: yay or…
  • Mailbox Monday: BookBub's Killing Me

    Trisha
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    So I recently discovered BookBub, a horrible, enabling site which brings daily book deals to my inbox. Seriously, free, $1.99, $2.99. I can barely resist buying ALL THE BOOKS despite the fact I have no time.I "bought" the first six of the following based on my daily BookBub recommendations (they were free). The last book I paid full price. What can I say? I like buying books.Four and a Half Shades of Fantasy by W.J. May is a collection including Rae of Hope from The Chronicles of Kerrigan, Seventh Mark - Part 1 from the Hidden Secrets Saga, Shadow of Doubt - Part 1, Radium Halos from the…
  • Currently | 15 March

    Trisha
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    This Sunday I have but one thought: tomorrow I go back to work after 6 weeks of maternity leave. Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. On the one hand, I'm all....On the other hand, I'm all...I will enjoy such pleasures as adult conversation, intellectual engagement, and well, teaching. Simultaneously, I will be missing unstructured time off, lollygagging with my beautiful children, and entire days in lazy pants. Ah, lazy pants. How I love thee. How I shall miss thy divine coziness.You might think that this post is my effort to rectify my contradictory emotions or maybe you are hoping for an…
 
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • If You Were Me And Lived In Hungary by Carole P. Roman

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

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

    Linda
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    This was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman’s stories.  The book is a collection of short stories that are a mixture of strange, edgy, frightening, absurd, and confusing.  My favorites were The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, February Tale, and Black Dog.I wondered as I was reading if some of the stories were the beginning of a novel that was then abandoned. The stories were all so different that I really would not know what to expect next and left me confused about the author.  While some of the stories were interesting, some just left me shaking my head.
  • The Great Grammar Book by Marsha Sramek

    Linda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Great Grammar Book is an essential tool for students and writers.  The book begins with a one-hundred question diagnostic test to allow the reader to assess their strengths and weaknesses.  It is written in traditional text book style with brief explanations of the rules, followed by an exercise to put what is learned into practice. I thought the chapter on Successful Writing Strategies to be especially helpful.  My only criticism is with the way it is advertised as entertaining.   Some of the sentences given for editing were statements of trivial facts, but I did…
  • Knitting Block by Block by Ncky Epstein

    Linda
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Afghans, scarves, sweaters, vests and more all made one block at a time. There are instructions for a variety of basic blocks using different stitch patterns, but then it goes one step beyond the basics. There are also instructions for a variety of embellishments, such as frames, bobbles, designs using i-cord, and even embroidery. Also included are fair-isle, embossed and other special stitches to offer a variety of ideas. The projects in the book are beautifully classic. They are neither old fashioned nor too modern. The instructions are clear and concise with both charts and written…
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    Book Dirt

  • How to Get $184 Worth of Post-Apocalyptic Books for the Change Under Your Couch Cushions

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

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

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

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

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    I've got a review over at Hellnotes.com of Jon Bassoff's latest psycho-noir Factory Town, and I'd love for you to take a look.You might remember that Bassoff's Corrosion was one of my top reads of last year, and I gave Factory Town a brief write-up in my Halloween round-up recently.  If that's enough to sell you on it, you can peruse the ordering info by clicking below. Otherwise, check out my full review at Hellnotes, and let me know what you think. I'd love some visitors over there (and the issue with commenting appears to be fixed).Jon Bassoff's Factory Town is available as a print or…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Dorothy Dreyer, Author of My Sister's Reaper

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    In My Sister’s Reaper, Zadie’s first mistake is telling the boy she likes she can bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake is actually doing it.When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore. Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die…this time for good.Fighting Reapers can sure make a teenage girl hungry. So what do…
  • 4-Year Blogiversary!

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    So happy on this Friday the 13th to celebrate another year of delicious reads!This year I dug into: The Here and Now – Ann Brashares Enclave – Ann AguirreDivergent – Veronica RothJinx – Sage BlackwoodThe Night Circus – Erin MorgensternShards and Ashes – Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, et. al.Dorothy Must Die – Danielle PaigeFrozen – Melissa de la Cruz & Michael JohnstonNoggin – John Corey WhaleyFirelight – Sophie JordanDust Girl – Sarah ZettelThese fabulous authors also stopped by to share their food for thought: Ksenia Anske – Siren Suicides Roxanne…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Katrina Cope, Author of The Sanctum Series

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    When you have a group of street kids rescued from the streets, how do you fill their starving stomachs — with a bowl of slop and a slice of bread? Maybe if you were a soup kitchen on a very limited budget, but Avando, a rich grandfather figure, rescued these kids and bad food is not an option. These kids are not in for a free ride. In between spying, building high-tech equipment and operating surrogate robots, they are expected to learn basic survival and chores. He has them taught to grow their own food at his eco-friendly boarding school camouflaged in the mountains. This produce is then…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Diane Dunning, Author of Greta Smart Figures It Out

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    There’s a whole lot of eating and drinking in my contemporary-romance novel, Greta Smart Figures It Out.The story opens inside a Manhattan restaurant, where the main character, Greta, finds herself being served this morsel while on a nightmare blind date:“You’re not beautiful,” he said. “Your profile said ‘beautiful.’ You kind of overreached on that one.” He smirked and sipped his dirty martini.Most women would lose their appetites at this point, flip the table and stuff the guy into the nearest buffet drawer before storming out. Instead, Greta stays, even after he ditches…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Grier Cooper, Author of WISH

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Say the words “ballet dancer” and most people think one of two things: either “What do I have to do to look like that?” or “Aren't all ballet dancers anorexic?” The truth is the body is a dancer's most important tool–their livelihood depends on it–so every dancer works to keep that instrument finely-tuned and healthy. When I wrote WISH, I wanted to share the world of ballet and the sort of decisions dancers face, particularly when it comes to taking care of themselves and staying at the top of their game. For instance, my main character, Indigo, has to say no to bagels (even…
 
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    Robert Fay

  • Review of “Small Victories” in LA Review of Books

    Robert Fay
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I reviewed the book “Small Victories” for the Los Angeles Review of Books. A fascinating account of one couple’s lifetime journey collecting and cataloging American fine art prints. The post Review of “Small Victories” in LA Review of Books appeared first on Robert Fay.
  • Review of Arts & Entertainments

    Robert Fay
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I published a review of Christopher Beha’s second novel Arts & Entertainments in the January print edition of First Things. The review is now available online. Beha, a deputy editor at Harper’s Magazine, is a fine novelist and his debut work What Happened to Sophie Wilder? is worth checking out as well. The post Review of Arts & Entertainments appeared first on Robert Fay.
  • Philip K. Dick, the Unreliability of Language & the Writer’s Struggle

    Robert Fay
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    The following is an email from Roman Tsivkin to myself regarding an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books titled “Writing is a Lonely Business: James McKimmey, Philip K. Dick, and the Lost Art of Author Correspondence” by Jason Starr. I think Roman’s letter is both an informative riposte to the essay, as well as a valuable piece of literary criticism regarding the entire Dick oeuvre. Yet even more illuminating is how Roman intertwines his literary criticism with his own struggles to write fiction. The email was published with Roman’s permission. -Robert Fay Rob,…
  • Book Review for First Things Magazine

    Robert Fay
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:28 am
    In the March print edition of First Things I reviewed the book The Fine Delight: Postconciliar Catholic Literature by Nicholas Ripatrazone. The review has been posted online, but to read the entire article you need a First Things subscription or must pay $1.99. Ripatrazone has written that my 2011 essay in The Millions titled “Where Have all the Catholic Writers Gone?” was in part an inspiration for his book. The post Book Review for First Things Magazine appeared first on Robert Fay.
  • French, Marcel Proust & Justice Stephen Breyer

    Robert Fay
    22 Oct 2013 | 7:51 am
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently gave an interview to the French literary journal  La Revue des Deux Mondes (a review that Proust once wrote for) where he revealed his love of French literature and how he learned French by reading Marcel Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time in the original: “I read the Recherche when I was working as a legal intern at an American law firm in Paris. I was trying to learn French, so I read all seven volumes in French. Every night I drew up vocabulary index cards with lists of the new words that I’d learned from Proust. But luckily I…
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    andystraka

  • Bird

    Directed by Andrew Zuckerman
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
       
  • I want one...

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
        Robobirds!    
  • New Publisher For Pavlicek Novels

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
      With all the discussion and disagreement in writing circles these days, one thing remains clear. The book publishing landscape continues to change.   It’s my good fortune to have been published by a large New York house. My print books have also been published and continue to be published by some fantastic smaller presses. But I was even more fortunate to reacquire the rights to my award-winning Frank Pavlicek private eye novels before ebooks began to take over a sizeable percentage of the
  • "Hunter" by Heather Dale...one of my favorite falconry mix videos

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
     
  • Dragonflies...A Brave New World

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
     
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Authors Need Websites

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

    13 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    February 11th: Michael Sullivan, author of The Crown Conspiracy, announced on his blog that he signed a four-book deal with Del Rey. Congratulations, Michael! March 11th: Kris Kramer, author of Sanctuary, has partnered with Alistair McIntyre and Patrick Underhill to pen the Rise of Cithria series. More info can be found at their website. May 14th: Jeremy Robert Johnson will be at Powell's Hawthorne on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm to promote his latest novel, Skullcrack City, which was published on February 1st.
  • Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star by Gregory Faccone

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Jordahk Wilkrest doesn't think he's special. The backwater world of his birth has only known peace in his lifetime, and the war is bygone history. Far from its centuries-old stalemate line, Jordahk's interest is collecting war era technology called “mystic.”Suddenly, political corruption and the people's own complacency opens a dreadful door, literally. Their way of life will be no more as the enemy assembles their giant transporting machine in orbit. The Wilkrests valiantly resist, but are unable to thwart the enemy's designs on land or in orbit. Jordahk is forced to leave his wounded…
  • Interview with M. Terry Green

    6 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today, we have the pleasure interviewing M. Terry Green, the author of the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series. As has been posted here previously, Green has been working on a new series entitled, The Chronicles of White World. With her permission, we revealed the cover for the first book, Iced, and an excerpt from the first chapter. Now, she's here to talk to us about the book.New Podler: Thanks for being here with us today, Terry!Terry Green: It’s a real pleasure, and thanks for having me! NP: The cover for Iced is striking. As we're in the midst of a New England winter, the cover isn't…
  • Author News: February

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    We're a little light in this first edition of Author News, but I wanted to make good on that promise. February 1st: Richard Levesque, author of Strictly Analog, released his latest novel, Foundlings. Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of We Live Inside You, released Skullcrack City. February 10th: Iced, the first novel in a new series from 2012 INA Winner, M. Terry Green, will be released. February 15th: Steve Anderson, a 2010 INA Winner for The Losing Role, will be at the Barnes & Noble Tanasbourne in Beaverton, Oregon at 2PM. Anderson is in the midst of promoting his latest work: Liberated…
 
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World Stores: USA By Leigh Ann Henion ISBN: 1594204713 Publisher: Penguin Press Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.50 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader Stores: USA By Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli ISBN: 0385347405 Publisher: Crown Business Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding:…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By BradyGames ISBN: 1465431241 Publisher: DK Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.45 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Throw Like A Woman Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Susan Petrone ISBN: 1611881994 Publisher: Story Plant, The Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.97 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Joni…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Paige McKenzie, Alyssa Sheinmel ISBN: 1602862729 Publisher: Weinstein Books Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $4.95 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Half Wild Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Sally Green ISBN: 0670017132 Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Melanie Dale ISBN: 0310341051 Publisher: Zondervan Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $7.33 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero ISBN:…
  • This week’s new books in Science

    Any new books?
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Science’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By John Hargrove, Howard Chua-Eoan ISBN: 1137280107 Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade Publication date: March 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.70 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Scott D. Sampson ISBN:…
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    The Virginia Woolf Blog »

  • Book Review: Essays on the Self by Virginia Woolf

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

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

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

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

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    It was recently revealed that the Bechdel Test, the feminist benchmark for movies that first originated in a comic strip by Alison Bechdel in 1985, was indirectly inspired by Virginia Woolf’s book “A Room of One’s Own,” according to an … Continue reading →
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Book Blitz: The infinite: Gates of thread and Stone Book 2

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

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

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

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

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Excellent book! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series. I love seeing the evolution of Abby in the novel.  It's a lot to live up to a veritable superhero of a future self. It made me think of the terminator movie franchise,  This book goes at a good pace and left me lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the future books in this series!5 out of 5
 
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    A Traveler's Library

  • DETOUR: Going Somewhere and Somewhere Else

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Detour Sign Dunedin FL (Photo from WikiMedia.org) We are flying from Arizona to Florida to attend my grand daughter’s wedding. Nice trip. Exciting event.  However it seems that every time I have an opportunity to go Somewhere, I can’t help thinking about the opportunities—to go Somewhere Else. Soon I’ll be sharing our trip to Somewhere Else. Do you think that way, or do I have a detour built into the routing of travel thoughts in my brain? Here are some examples. OHIO TO NEW YORK Our sons with my husband’s grandmother in Ohio, 1966. In the 1960’s, once a…
  • Are You One of the 20%?

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    The Whole World This article may explain why you get that travel itch. Or are we just Neanderthals? Let me know what you think. Original article: Are You One of the 20%?©2015 A Traveler's Library. All Rights Reserved.
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    On Books and Writing

  • 9 Book T-shirts That You Need in Your Life

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

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

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

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

    Johann Thorsson
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If you are anything like me (and I suspect you may be, since you are reading this) your resolution my have something to do with books. Well, here is my readerly resolution for next year: I am going to destroy my books. Not in the kill-them-with-fire-from-space kind of way…
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    Where Writers Win

  • Dekaaz: Can You Express Your Message in Ten Syllables?

    Shari Stauch
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    The opening master class at PubSense Summit featured a presentation by the stunning Rachel Bagby, creator of Dekaaz, a fascinating form of poetry — yes, poetry — that is catching fire in tweets across the twitterverse! She originated Dekaaz Facilitation®, based on an innovative poetic form that allows conference participants to galvanize the power of just 10 syllables to access their unique voices and distill vast amounts of information into sharable wisdom. Why is this concept attractive to authors? Because it forces us to focus on the subject at hand and cook it down to its…
  • Spring Has Sprung: Is Your Book Blossoming?

    Shari Stauch
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Ah, woke up this morning to the first wild blooms of the spring, on the first day of spring! Then, I realized it was the day before PubSense Summit, which to us here is a whole lot like Christmas Eve… Can’t wait to unwrap all the knowledge! So, now that spring has sprung, it’s time to set some fresh goals to get your book blossoming. Are you near completing your manuscript? Set a daily word or page count and let’s get this book beach-ready! Are you shopping your book? Agents and editors come back from spring break ready and revived. Is your book out and available?
  • Blog Blocked? 3 Useful Sites to Combat Writer’s Block

    Shari Stauch
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Yep, we all encounter writer’s block, and that can be compounded when we know we have a deadline to meet because your blog subscribers are waiting on you! Here are three free sites we hope may rush to your rescue! Give Me an Idea! Portent Idea Generator lets you enter a topic you want to write about and then gives you instant headline ideas on which to create an article. Some headlines are, well, weird, so you may have to click the circular arrow reset button to get to one that works. We’ve shown an example below… This Day in History From the History Channel, This Day in…
  • Do-It-Yourself-MBA (DIYMBA) for Writers: Insight for the Business Side of Writing

    Shari Stauch
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to Carol Chiao for this first article in a DIYMBA series for writers: Article 1: Applying professional approaches to author branding. Welcome to DIYMBA for Writers! I’m a professional marketer with an MBA and seventeen years’ experience building national and global brands. When I began my writing career, I started thinking about which aspects of business practices can apply to writing. Thankfully, there’s a lot to be learned. This is the first in a series of posts to provide perspective on the business of writing, leveraging a marketing professional’s experience. In this…
  • What Does it Mean to Be Well-Published?

    Shari Stauch
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    A well published path paved with gold? Maybe… Graphic courtesy freedigitalphotos.net In this age of DIY publishing and so many choices (more each day), the hard truth is that anyone with a keyboard can jump online and publish a “book.” It may not be a very good book. It may suffer from as many errors as there are holes in baby swiss cheese, but it’s happening… and all too often. Worse, we see authors who have unbelievably great stories being left by the proverbial roadside, unable to find the right agent, editor or publisher who will love their words. And again,…
 
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Book Blitz: The infinite: Gates of thread and Stone Book 2

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

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

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

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

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Excellent book! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series. I love seeing the evolution of Abby in the novel.  It's a lot to live up to a veritable superhero of a future self. It made me think of the terminator movie franchise,  This book goes at a good pace and left me lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the future books in this series!5 out of 5
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    Susan Roebuck

  • A couple of books

    Susan Roebuck
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Hi everyone. I've been AWOL but that's because I've finished another book and I've been on the dreaded subbing market. I thought that every week I'd give a review of one or two books that I've read and enjoyed (I won't bother with the ones that I don't like) in case you're looking for something to read:1.The Girl With All The Gifts by Claire North. I don't usually read books post-apocalytic thrillers, or indeed anything post-apocalytic, but I gave this one a chance as it was recommended by a friend. Britain has been invaded by a man-eating fungus that destroys humankind except a rare…
  • The Hellish Halls of Hel and Freya's Choice

    Susan Roebuck
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    Antonia van Zandt has a new novel out based on old Norse legends and what a lovely, lovely cover: Bask in the beauty because what comes next might send shivers down your spine.I'm passing you over to Antonia:I love the old Norse legends. In fact I’m a big fan of the mythical heritage of many cultures and it never ceases to amaze me how many races of people, thousands of miles apart, built up traditions which are remarkably similar. Even though their means of transportation - at the time these stories were first told - would not have lent itself to such far distant travel. Coincidence?
  • A new book in the Guardian Witch series by Ally Shields - blog tour and a competition

    Susan Roebuck
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    Congratulations to Ally Shields whose Book #6 in her much acclaimed Guardian Witch series has just been published by Etopia Press: WILD FIRE. I'm so looking forward to reading it (see the blurb and excerpt just below here for a little taster).Ally's here to tell us about her release party AND A GIVEAWAY!!! Ally: Thank you so much for being part of my release party and giveaway!(Check out the contest details at the end.)Blurb: A vision. A lost talisman. A dangerous journey through time...A month after their bonding, Ari and Andreas are still adjusting to married life when…
  • Ally Shields's new Urban Fantasy - Cross Keys. And a Cajun Recipe.

    Susan Roebuck
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Ally Shields has a wondrous following of fans who gobble up her urban fantasy books (and if you read one, you'll understand why).She has just had a new one released - Cross Keys. Let's hear about it...and a recipe!!!!Thanks for hosting me and my new urban fantasy, Cross Keys! I'm excited to tell you about the book and to share a Cajun recipe, one of several I brought back from New Orleans while doing background research. Happy reading...and sampling of the delicious Cajun cuisine. :)Cross Keys (An Elvenrude Novel) by Ally ShieldsGenre: Urban fantasy/Paranormal romanceRating: PG-13Book…
  • Elin Gregory has Another Winner (and a joust or two)

    Susan Roebuck
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Published by Love Lane BooksI love Elin Gregory's books (see them here). I adored her On a Lee Shore, a sea-faring adventure full of pirates. What I enjoy about her writing is her ease of prose and the fact I can't put them down once I've started.She's just had another story published: A Taste of Copper, set in medieval times. I'll let her tell you about it, but it's in true Elin Gregory style - unputtadownable.Here's Elin: Many thanks, Sue, for allowing me free rein on your blog today to talk about my latest release, a medievalish, historicalish romp called A Taste of Copper.Why all the…
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Austrian Mona Lisa(Art and History) The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor is a fascinating account of a painting, the artist who created this masterpiece, and the family it belonged to.  It’s about the Nazi theft of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I and the fight to get it back to the family years later.  History telling at its finest, this historical novel effortlessly moves along exploring the events and people who were involved in the journey of this extraordinary painting of a Viennese high-society woman elegantly wrapped in dazzling gold leaf on canvas by Gustav…
  • Tracks by Robyn Davidson

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Determination and Danger in a Desert (Memoir) Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outbackby Robyn Davidson is a memoir about one woman’s amazing nine-month journey with four camels across the inhospitable outback of Australia. What surprised me in this riveting account was the time and dedication it took just to prepare for this long and arduous adventure.  The process of learning, saving money, and preparing for such a mass undertaking took pure dogged determination and tireless work.  In a powerfully expressive narrative, Robyn relays the skills and…
  • Log of the SS The Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Marriage Adrift at Sea (Marriage/Novella)Log of the SS The Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford.  Ever want to get away from it all, get off the grid in a remote cabin in Alaska, or maybe retire and travel in an RV for years, or perhaps sail on the open sea, forever leave the hassles and complications of everyday life behind?  Well, this novella may make you think twice about such a dream. In the Log of the SS The Mrs Unguentine, a woman recounts her life at sea with her husband—a crazy, abusive alcoholic who rarely spoke to her.  Mrs Unguentine was literally trapped in her…
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

    22 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Out of Human Bondage Into Emotional Bondage (Slavery) Beloved by Toni Morrison is about a woman who escapes slavery to the free state of Ohio where she settles into her mother-in-law’s house with her kids to try and start a new life. The book slowly reveals Sethe’s horrifying journey out of human bondage into an emotional bondage.  The story enthrallingly dissolves in and out of the past and present offering readers glimpses of wholly tragic situations.  It begins in the middle when Sethe’s mother-in-law dies shortly after her two boys run away.  This…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Linklater's Boyhood: finding meaning through family and connecting with others

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

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

    Lucy
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    During a recent mentoring session I was recommended several books for business and personal development. These were to help me work out where I want to be, where to start, how to become a more confident leader and thinker, that sort of thing.The books included:Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth GodinThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyStrengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom RathQuiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work by David RockThe Art of Being Brilliant by Andy Cope and Andy WhittakerIt was this last book, The Art of Being Brilliant, which…
  • Marina Keegan's list of interesting stuff, and why we should create our own

    Lucy
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    I wrote about Marina Keegan's book The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories towards the end of last year. I suggested that the collection could be used to find hope and the courage to be creative, but there was something else that particularly inspired me.This was Keegan's list of Interesting Stuff, which is mentioned in the book's introduction by the essayist and professor Anne Fadiman.Fadiman recalls how, in an application to her first-person writing class, Marina wrote the following:About three years ago, I started a list. It began in a marbled notebook but has since evolved…
  • Amusing books and blazing fires: Sydney Smith's 20 antidotes to depression and low spirits

    Lucy
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    One of my favourite lists in Shaun Usher's brilliant Lists of Note is that of essayist and clergyman Sydney Smith. Sent to Lady Georgiana Morpeth in February 1820, Smith listed twenty pieces of advice to help his good friend overcome a bout of depression.Sydney Smith, wit and provider of goodadvice. Upon considering the advice listed (which includes feel-good fiction, blazing fires, and not seeing further than dinner time - my favourite), Smith clearly had a knack for cheering up a friend, and his advice hasn't lost much value since.The letter starts as so,Foston, Feb. 16th,…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Falling on the Bright Side

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    “Falling on the Bright Side” gives voice to the author’s belief that the disabled have much to teach our society about human qualities that matter; qualities that are not lost just because our society has forgotten how to value them. In “Falling on the Bright […]
  • Frankenstein Soul’s Echo (Book 2 of 3) The Resurrection Trinity

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Locked away in an isolated Arctic prison, Ernest Frankenstein continues to unravel the legacy of his ill-fated brother, Victor, and must decide if he should fight against or join his brother’s unholy creation. In the balance lay the fate of five Wild Rose clan women […]
  • Rise of a Phoenix

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    This is a fast paced mystery thriller set in New York. Detective Samantha McCall is on the hunt for a killer with a taste for the unusual. Soon she discovers there is more to the killings. A mysterious shadowy figure lurks in the shadows, almost […]
  • Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Bestselling author Dr. Judith Wright and acclaimed speaker Dr. Bob Wright explore how individuals can achieve lifelong transformation—in their careers, their relationships, and their lives. Transformed! integrates cutting-edge findings with groundbreaking research about the highest performing students at the Wright’s internationally recognized leadership training institute. […]
  • Author Interview – Vicki Batman

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   What if a friend decided to play a silly Q & A game while we were driving home from a fun girl weekend?   What if she asked the question, “Write the opening words of a book […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Holes in Your Knowledge You Might Like to Fill

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

    info@lipulse.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania ” by Erik Larson c.2015, Crown                               $28.00 / $32.50 Canada                 431 pages It almost scared you to death. That’s what it seemed like: heart pounding, palms sweaty, legs weak - but still in one piece, breathing again, thankful that you only had a near-miss. History, however, is not so benign, as you’ll see in Dead Wake by Erik Larson. William Thomas Turner “excelled” at his job. Though no…
  • When You Can’t Bounce Back

    info@lipulse.com
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness” by Jessie Close with Pete Earley c.2015, Grand Central Publishing             $27.00 / $30.00 Canada         306 pages Your friends think you’re made of rubber. You always bounce back, as they point out. You’re always happy when the good times roll but when they don’t, you reach for your bootstraps. Nothing lays you low for long because you just bounce back. And it seemed that way for Jessie Close. But in her new memoir Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness (with…
  • The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

    info@lipulse.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    “1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music” by Andrew Grant Jackson c.2015, Thomas Dunne Books               $27.99 / $32.50 Canada             352 pages You turned up the volume – again. Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you’re weird. There you are, groovin’ to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? No. There’s not, so turn up the volume one more time and read 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew…
  • When Religion Fails

    info@lipulse.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Throughout your life, the faith you’ve held has sustained you. In times of fear, you’ve prayed for courage. On troubled days, you’ve asked for favors. You’ve thrown gratitude heavenward, and you’ve demanded condemnation from the Higher Power you know. Some prayers are answered, some are not. But what if your religion failed you or, as in the new book A History of Loneliness by John Boyne, if it quietly eased away? Once Odran Yates’ mother informed him that he had “a vocation,” Odran never questioned that he would someday be a priest. She told him that, shortly after their…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: Rules for Riders by Natalie Scott

    Beth
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Rules for Riders is a fast and furious coming of age novel set in the world of equestrian riding. After a near fatal riding accident, Bebe Barkley is banned from riding and sent off to boarding school. There, she meets her roommate and fellow equestrian rider, Finn Foxley. The girls devise a scheme to get themselves kicked out of boarding school in order to return to the world that they love. Once back on the circuit, former friends become deadly rivals. Enter Bebe's handsome trainer, Billy O'Reilly who will reinforce seven rules for riders in order for her to successfully compete.
  • Review: Plus One by Christopher Noxon

    Beth
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Plus One is a smart and funny novel about Hollywood, but where it truly shines is in Noxon's stunning and painfully accurate depiction of the complex rhythms and growing pains of a marriage.” — Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go "Well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Plus One tells a story from the inside of show business about being on the outside."— Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad MenChristopher Noxon's debut novel Plus One is a comedic take on bread-winning women and caretaking men in contemporary Los Angeles. Alex…
  • Author Interview: Judith Haimes and NanC Hensley authors of The Hand of Karma

    Beth
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Judith Haimes and NanC Hensley, authors of The Hand of Karma, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Despite an eleven year age gap, my sister NanC and I are best friends and always have been. We have shared all of the ups and downs that families experience and supported each other through the good and the bad. What do you do when you're not writing? When we're not writing, NanC and I are involved in the entertainment industry. NanC produces Rock N Roll shows, and I work more behind the scenes. Nanc is a licensed hypnotherapist and enjoys helping her patients…
  • Review: Five Days by Matt Micros

    Beth
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    After a particularly frustrating day at work, high school math teacher, Mike Postman's afternoon walk along the Connecticut shoreline is interrupted by the screams of a boy who has fallen in off the pier and can't swim. Mike dives into the cold waters, saving the boy, but drowning himself in the process. And yet, because of the heroic way he died, he is given the opportunity to go back and re-live any five days of his life. They can be days he enjoyed and wants to re-experience, or days in which he had regrets and wants to make amends. The days he chooses, end up not being just days that…
  • Review: The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

    Beth
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Fiction. Mystery. Ben Jones, the protagonist of James Anderson's haunting debut novel, THE NEVER-OPEN DESERT DINER (Caravel Books, 2015), is on the verge of losing his small trucking company. A single, thirty-eight-year-old truck driver, Ben's route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert. The orphan son of a Native American father and a Jewish social worker, Ben is drawn into a love affair with a mysterious woman, Claire, who plays a cello in the model home of an abandoned housing development in the desert. Her appearance, seemingly…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Story: Passer By

    Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    By: Ram Prasath Amidst that shining wood work on the window, draping curtain that looked as fresh as clothes taken out from dryer, the bright sun light that cut across […]
  • India’s Daughter

    Author
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    By: Ram Prasath While India’s daughter video has gone viral across the world, it has also raised a lot of questions, as a freelance writer, in me. Is Nirbaya, (Jyoti Singh […]
  • Poem: The ink that fell in-between

    Author
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    By: Shriram S Vyasa should have had a palm the size of fully grown maple leaves. When cupped together, his palms could have had a stunted forest under their penumbra. That […]
  • Hacking Consciousness: The Stanford University Video Series

    Author
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Reviewed By: William T. Hathaway This new Stanford video series investigates consciousness as the source of not only the human mind but also of all energy and matter. Consciousness is […]
  • Story: DORA THE SOUR

    Author
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    By: Paul Beckman We sat cramped in the Rabbi’s study — four sisters, Dora, Pauline, Annie, and Lena, all in their seventies with Dora being the eldest now that Lizzie […]
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    WordTrance

  • Free Resources To Become A Better Writer

    Michael
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Jessy Troy - Being a freelance writer is an incredible experience. You are essentially building your own career on a skill you have probably always had, which is something many try and fail at. The Internet has made this process even easier, with endless opportunities for those who look for them. You can generate an entire income, working as your own boss from home. Part of being truly successful is working towards honing this skill and improving in all areas. You have to increase your vocabulary and learn to write with efficiency and high…
  • Five Writing Tips I Learned from my Dog

    Michael
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Beverley Burgess Bell All Stories are Unique, but Not All are Worth Reading Indy, my border terrier, is male and enjoys picking up his pee-mail as we walk through the ravine or down the street. I watch him closely as he reads the different tales (pardon the pun) left behind by his compadres – some are worth a short sniff and a leg up; some are worth a sniff, a leg up and a good scraping on the ground to release scent from his front paws and some scents are not worth sniffing at all. Makes me realize he’s onto something. He knows all too…
  • Anime and Storytelling

    Michael
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Sam Handrick — I recently saw the season finale of a show that consisted of a man who simultaneously exists in every parallel dimension traveling through space with a talking cleaning robot and a humanoid cat. In the season finale that man fought a giant energy dragon while piloting an armed mechanized version of the Statue of Liberty, ended the universe, and then turned down an offer to become god, instead recreating the universe to be the exact same as before so that he could visit his favorite breastaurant. Does that sound strange? Well,…
  • Stephen King at GWU

    Michael
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Michael DeCesaris - Over a thousand fans wait eagerly in the sold-out Lisner Auditorium Wednesday, November 12th at George Washington University, for Stephen King to speak on his tour for his newest book, Revival. (I am not working off a transcript of the event, so the following is not word-for-word accurate.) The Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Source: http://livedesignonline.com/blog/mha-audio-installs-mla-compact-lisner-auditorium Two jumper cables walk into a bar… A din of voices, the empty stage looming, the…
  • Don’t promote your book, promote yourself

    Michael
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By A.E. Albert — I decided to write a book. Tell a story. Combine words on a page in such a way that would communicate a message. Yes, this was hard work, but none-the-less I believed it was a simple and direct endeavor. Then I was told, I needed to create a social platform to promote myself. Of course, I now know this is absolutely necessary. However, for the technologically challenged and computer illiterate, I found myself almost drowning in HTML. In This Case, It Really Is About You In the beginning, I made all the necessary accounts.
 
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 170

    Peter J Story
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” —– Leo Buscaglia
  • What does selfishness cost?

    Peter J Story
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my recently released debut novel, Things Grak Hates, the crux of the story centers on Grak’s self-absorbed nature. As a result, I didn’t aim for subtlety when comparing Grak’s selfishness to humanity as a whole. Still, despite my overt attempts there, I’ve yet to see much chatter on that aspect in reviews. For that reason, I decided to hold ...
  • Notable Quotes: 169

    Peter J Story
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional…values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.” —– C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  • 20% off Scrivener with Coupon Code “Grak” – 1 week left!

    Peter J Story
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s only one week left to take advantage of Scrivener’s gracious sponsorship of my “Things Grak Hates” book signing tour and their 20% discount coupon code, “GRAK”. Just use it at the checkout screen to receive the discount, and do it before the offer expires on March 31st, 2015. To update you on my review of Scrivener, I’m still taking a ...
  • Notable Quotes: 168

    Peter J Story
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “To accept on faith is the basic requirement for getting on with life.” —– Robert Brault
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Forever the One (Meadowview Heat #1) by Rochelle French

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Years ago, Sadie Courant had been the frizzy-haired twerp next door. Now she’s drop-dead gorgeous and has, well...uh...breasts. It’s no wonder Broadway director Ethan Sawyer doesn’t recognize his best friend’s little sister when he sees her again. Sadie has been in love with Ethan since she was in braces. So when he fails to recognize her at the bachelor auction she’s organized, she flips. Sure, she looks a little different now, what with the boobs and a little help from a flat iron, but really? Deciding she needs to get the man out of her system, Sadie negotiates a way for Ethan to…
  • Review: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she'll leave behind the artists' colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back. Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn't quite go where she expects…Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota's letter. Except what…
  • Review: The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2) by Joanna Shupe

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Maggie, Lady Hawkins, had a debut she'd rather forget--along with her first marriage. Today, the political cartoonist is a new woman. A thoroughly modern woman. So much so that her clamoring public believes she's a man. . .FACT: Drawing under a male pseudonym, Maggie is known as Lemarc. Her (his!) favorite object of ridicule: Simon Barrett, Earl of Winchester. He's a rising star in Parliament--and a former confidant and love interest of Maggie's who believed a rumor that vexes her to this day. FICTION: Maggie is the Half-Irish Harlot who seduced her best friend's husband on the eve of their…
  • Review: Be Afraid by Mary Burton

    21 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Fear Is TerrifyingWhen police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she's been held captive for days, they tell her she's a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it's true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later. But The TruthOn leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna's expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy…
  • Review: Finn (Blue-Collar Billionaires #2) by M. Malone

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    The 2nd book in the BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES series by New York Times Bestselling Author M. Malone. Finn Marshall survived several tours in Afghanistan before the billionaire father he barely remembers changed everything. Now he has it all: money, cars and most importantly, power. Power to track down the woman who left him for a richer man. Marissa Blake dragged herself out of poverty one client at a time, so she's thrilled when her company, Maid-4-U, gets a huge contract for a luxury penthouse. Until she sees who owns it. Now to save her struggling business, Finn demands everything she once…
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    John Harbour

  • The Real Cost of Food

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

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

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

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

    John Harbour
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot Starbucks. This week brought distressing news. No, I am not talking about Taylor Swift being named the ambassador of New York City, although that is a symptom of the disease on which the news is based. Yet another iconic New York business is being forced out of existence because of the new economy. Cafe Edison, the broadway landmark that won the hearts of Neil Simon and August Wilson as well as many of the actors they fed for free when times got tough, is closing. Not because they couldn’t make it but because the Edison Hotel has refused to renew…
 
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Shadow of Mordor Review

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

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

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

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

    Emily
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    The movie on virtually every Tolkien fan’s mind these days is The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. I’ve avoided reviews from anyone else in an attempt to keep my own opinions clear, so I actually don’t know what the fandom as a whole thinks of the film. I know the general public generally doesn’t like it, but what else is… Read more The post My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (and a Prediction) appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
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    Jonathan Rex

  • Starbucks: Race Together

    jrex365
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Today I stopped in Starbucks off of 95 in Boca Raton, Florida. While waiting for my drink I noticed an all black newspaper with the words “Race To” on the front. Normally I try to go out of my way to avoid newspapers (or any form of news for that matter since most of what they call news is really nothing more than mind pollution) but my curiosity got the best of me. As soon as I opened it I immediately remembered why I never pick up newspapers.  Then I thought, ‘Fuck it . . . this gives me my next post.’ Starbucks apparently has started a campaign of some sort with…
  • Abstract Nudes

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

    jrex365
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    During college I met Kaci in a class when we paired up together to work on a project. At some point during the project we got to talking about photography and she agreed to be my muse. Over the next couple years we worked together on numerous shoots ranging from suggestive nude portraits to more X-Rated photos. Hundreds of images, some of the best shots that we took together, were lost forever when my detachable hard drive crashed but among those that remain these are some of my favorites. Oddly enough they were the first ones that we took together. Having her willing to get naked for me…
  • Indian Givers

    jrex365
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Excerpt from Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford (with other references such as photos and quotes inserted by myself in bold letters): “Despite the ideal government sketched by Plato in The Republic, and the different constitutions analyzed by Aristotle in his Politics, the Old World offered America few democratic models for government. Democratic government had no fortress in the Old World. Despite the democratic rhetoric that came into fashion in eighteenth-century Europe, no such systems existed there at that time. The monarchy and the…
  • Michael Kulick

    jrex365
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A few weeks back at the Comic Convention in Ft. Lauderdale I met Michael Kulick, liked his paintings, and later reached out to him via his website to commission a Revolutionary War set for my own private collection. The concept that I had was to portray 10 historical figures from the American colonial era. The top five are significant Native-American chiefs, referred to in the Declaration of Independence as “merciless Indian savages”. The bottom five are prominent European-American leaders. It’s very easy for us today to look back at history and identify with one side or the…
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    ADUIDE

  • The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band, A Review

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

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

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

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

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Deadline: June 1st, 2015Scarlett Tanager Books is seeking submissions of Native American Poetry From California. That is, if you're an American Indian that was born or currently resides in California and you have a poem that has to do with life in California, then you are eligible to submit.Who doesn't have a poem about California?Here's the official announcement via TurtleTalk:CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR ANTHOLOGY Deadline: June 1, 2015Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from CaliforniaTo be published by Scarlet Tanager Books:http://www.ScarletTanager.com Who…
 
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    Adam Oster

  • Fat Mogul vs. Ch-ch-changes

    Adam
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hey, I know…the blog atmosphere around here just did a bit of a major change, but guess what?  I’m changing it again. Due, in part, to how I was feeling about some of the weekly posts topics, and due (in greater part) to the current change in my daily schedule, I’m going to be cutting this blog back to three posts a week. That’ll be quite the change, considering I’ve been doing five posts a week pretty solidly for what seems like forever…I could look back, but I really don’t feel like it. Anyways, for now, the posts will now be coming about on…
  • Fat Mogul vs. Blog Tours

    Adam
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    from alanrinzler.com where he has much better things to say about blog tours Alright writers, the time has come to talk about the dreaded topic of Book Blog Tours.  You know, that thing where you convince all your friends and family members as well as strangers on the street and basically anyone else you can think of who has a blog, to dedicate some space during a set stretch of time, toward promoting your book. Or…of course…you could just pay someone to do all that for you. Book Blog Tours, they’re huge.  In fact, not only have I had a couple for my own books, basically…
  • Fat Mogul vs. Shoes

    Adam
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    mine and my wife’s wedding footwear…because she wasn’t into the sandals :-) Ranting about shoes?  Jeez, Adam must be really struggling for content… And maybe you’re right.  It’s just quite possible that with all the lack of sleep from having an infant (and a three year old son who really likes mornings) around has caused me to completely lose random things to talk about. But the truth of the matter is simple.  I don’t like shoes.  Never have.  Or socks. If I could, I would go around barefoot all day every day. And, seeing as I work from home,…
  • Marketing Monday: Marketing-related Blog Posts

    Adam
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    from techtricksworld.com Hey, look, a self-referential blog post! That never happens! Even when I started the idea of Marketing Mondays on here, I was a little leery of the idea.  You see, every single author out there, at least the ones who operate a blog, seem to have themselves a regular post about marketing tips and concepts. Actually…this was the double-edged sword that caused me to move forward with the Marketing Mondays.  The folks who were writing posts on marketing seemed to all be saying the same things, but were also the things that came up whenever I was searching for…
  • Flash Fiction Friday: Invisible

    Adam
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s not easy being unseen.  I know what you’re thinking, having everyone look right through you, it’s got to be great.  You can get away with anything, steal anything, do anything.  Yeah, I know.  But have you actually read The Invisible Man?  It’s not all peaches and cream. It’s not like I want people to see me.  In fact, I rather like that they don’t.  I’m not sure they’d really like what they’d see if they were able to just take a little glimpse at the real me.  I mean, if I weren’t invisible, I can’t say that…
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    Brain Pickings

  • Margaret Mead and James Baldwin on Identity, Race, the Immigrant Experience, and Why the “Melting Pot” Is a Problematic Metaphor

    Maria Popova
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    “You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you. If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.” NOTE: This is the second installment in a multi-part series covering Mead and Baldwin’s historic conversation. You can read Part 1, focusing on forgiveness and the crucial difference between guilt and responsibility, here. The civil rights movement has been accused of excluding women from its campaign for “a brotherhood of man” and the feminist movement has been accused of excluding women of color. It is both fair and reasonable to…
  • Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

    Maria Popova
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    “It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.” In his early thirties, Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and Eastern spirituality guided, and continues to guide, the openhearted and openminded toward figuring out how to live with presence, make sense of reality, master the art of timing, and become who we really are. Between 1965 and 1972, Watts delivered a series of talks exploring…
  • Viva Frida: A Beautiful and Unusual Children’s Book Celebrating Frida Kahlo’s Story and Spirit

    Maria Popova
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The story of creative culture’s most uncommon Alice in a luminous Wonderland of her own making. Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) was a woman of vibrantly tenacious spirit who overcame an unfair share of adversity to become one of humanity’s most remarkable artists and a wholehearted human being out of whom poured passionate love letters and compassionate friend-letters. The polio she contracted as a child left her right leg underdeveloped — an imperfection she’d later come to disguise with her famous colorful skirts. As a teenager, having just…
  • Reinventing the Secular Sermon: Remarkable Commencement Addresses by Nora Ephron, David Foster Wallace, Ira Glass, and More

    Maria Popova
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to live life “on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.” We live in an era where religion is, thank “god,” increasingly being displaced by culture and secular thought. And yet, secular education and the arts have a great deal to learn from religion as a mode of seeding values of good-personhood and disseminating ideas about the meaning of life. The contemporary secular equivalent of the sermon — religion’s most potent ideological delivery mechanism, that compact packet of wisdom on…
  • Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones

    Maria Popova
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.” “It is our knowledge — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning,” Lincoln Steffens wrote in his beautiful 1925 essay. Piercingly true as this may be, we’ve known at least since Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave that “most people are not just comfortable in their ignorance, but hostile to anyone who points it out.”. Although science is driven by…
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    Many Words

  • Command Ops – Breaking Fortress Holland No. 10

    Fishbreath
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Continuing… 1600 Paulus’ plan, at Den Bosch Paulus’ plan, east of Dungen Paulus wins with one vote (thanks, Rob!). Happily, I already had the 484th on the way at the end of last time, so it’s a simple matter to get them into the right disposition now. I and II Battalions will take on the defense of Den Bosch, along with the regimental HQ. III Battalion will head south and secure the flank from crossings south of Dungen. 1730 Fighting at Dungen is looking pretty iffy at this point. 10 Schützen Regiment has taken a bruising—one of its companies is looking about ready…
  • Not-being-lazy voting update

    Fishbreath
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I swear! I’ve been working on tafl things for the past two weeks pretty hardcore. I’ll have a blog post coming this weekend on that topic, I expect, and some more exciting tafl-related news at around the same time. As for Breaking Fortress Holland, my intention is to play on Thursday and update on Friday evening or Saturday morning. Voting currently stands thus: Paulus – 1 There’s still time and opportunity to make a difference.
  • Command Ops – Breaking Fortress Holland No. 9

    Fishbreath
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Diving right in, for Day 2, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 0845 At Dungen At Den Bosch Both attacks progressing. Forces are finally moving in to clear Den Bosch. The engineers have orders to join the gaggle at Den Bosch, where we’ll assign them to a task force of some sort later. 0915 Ordering Gruppe Apell to push down to the highway bridge. This will give us a clear route west for the forces we’re sending to the exit objectives. 0930 III Battalion/Deutschland arrives, and gets orders to clear out some Dutch forces from behind our lines north of Den Bosch. They’ll join in the push…
  • Breaking Fortress Holland update

    Fishbreath
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Sorry for the slipped schedule—I’ve discovered Robocraft, which is the most fun I’ve had in a twenty-to-thirty-vehicles-enter-some-vehicles-leave game since the very beginning of World of Tanks. I’ll update tomorrow.
  • Breaking Fortress Holland voting update (plus other stuff)

    Fishbreath
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Here are the current vote totals, with course of action on the left and bridging unit strategy on the right. Guderian – 0/0 von Rundstedt – 3/4 Paulus – 1/0 It’s looking like von Rundstedt again. Get your votes in before 8:00 a.m. Central time tomorrow, and expect the update this weekend. In other news, Parvusimperator is maintaining his pace over at the Fish Bowl. Have a look at his piece about small-caliber high-velocity battle rifle cartridges, and expect, in the next week or two, my unsurprisingly contrarian take. In other other news, I’ve done a little bit…
 
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    Between Reality

  • The Legacy of the Key (Ancient Guardians series) by S.L. Morgan

    unlimitedexploration
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Official Rating: 2.5/5 Synopsis: “Discover today a new dimension that will remove you from reality as you know it. Welcome to the new book series: Ancient Guardians. Book One, The Legacy of the Key, promises to give you a fun, new, and thrilling reading experience! No matter where you are, facing your reality with passion and purpose will always lead down the path you were intended to go. Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father…
  • Land (Stranded series) by Theresa Shaver

    unlimitedexploration
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: “Five go by Land – Five go by Sea A group of teens on a class trip to Disneyland are left stranded. An EMP over North America has destroyed everything electronic. No cars, no planes, no phones, no electricity. Refusing to wait for someone else to help them, ten courageous young people take charge of their future and choose to begin the long journey home. 1500 miles of adventure and lawless country await. Will their determination be enough? Alex, Quinn, Josh, Cooper and Dara – setting out on foot with nothing more than some soon to be worthless…
  • Sophie’s Secret (Whisper series) by Tara West

    unlimitedexploration
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Official Rating: 2/5 Synopsis: “After shedding 30 pounds of baby fat, Sophie Sinora has grown into a pretty, but insecure, teen in bloom. To make her life more complicated, Sophie can sometimes read minds. Sophie’s BFFs, AJ and Krysta, are also ‘gifted’ with paranormal abilities. Keeping their gifts secret proves difficult, as their powers are strengthening, making them feel more and more like freaks. When Sophie falls for Jacob, she hopes he’ll ask her out to the Freshman Formal. But when she’s forced to cheat and lie for him, she wonders how far…
  • The Island (The Island series) by Jen Minkman

    unlimitedexploration
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: “I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look. Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers. If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says. I have never seen one. Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across…
  • V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin series) by Kelly Oram

    unlimitedexploration
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Official Rating: 2/5 Synopsis: “When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the…
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