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  • Should You Be Using a Pen Name?

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Pen names, also known as pseudonyms and noms de plume, are more popular than ever. Like brand names, they are designed to be catchy, memorable and suited to the genre. Writers switch genders and nationalities. Plain-Janes leap into exotic personas. X-gens with hyphenated surnames opt for something short. I am often asked if using a pen name is legal. Will a writer be accused of identity theft and fraud? Will he be sued if he uses the name of a real person? Using a pen name is completely legal. In fact, it is often a wise business choice. But writers should take a few…
  • Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics

    NYT > Books
    By DAVID STREITFELD
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many more writers have signed on to Authors United, a group not only challenging Amazon on its Hachette dealings, but also asking federal authorities to investigate it on antitrust matters.
  • In Defense of Romance Novels or Imma Read What I Want

    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    by Elyse I realize I don’t have to defend romance novels to this crowd. You’re either at Smart Bitches because you already enjoy the genre or you got here by mistake and are deeply confused (welcome to the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery, we have mantitty. And also cookies). I am feeling all the rage though, and need to vent. Every now and again there are some super shitastic articles posted about why adults should be ashamed to read YA or romance or magazines or what have you. Every time it brings back all my romance novel put-down PTSD. I can’t tell you the number of times…
  • Bookends: ‘The Giving Tree’: Tender Story of Unconditional Love or Disturbing Tale of Selfishness?

    NYT > Books
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Anna Holmes and Rivka Galchen reconsider Shel Silverstein’s classic, published 50 years ago.
  • Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

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    Colin Dwyer
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.» E-Mail This
 
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  • Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

    Colin Dwyer
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.» E-Mail This
  • In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths

    Michael Schaub
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.» E-Mail This
  • More Single Women Experiencing Economic, Social Independence

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    There are now more single people in the U.S. than married. Audie Cornish talks to Rebecca Traister, a senior editor at The New Republic, who isworking on a book about unmarried women.» E-Mail This
  • Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

    NPR Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.» E-Mail This
  • Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

    Ellah Allfrey
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Book Designer

  • 7 Tips for Metadata Magic for Self-Publishers

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Betty Kelly Sargent (@BookWorksNYC) Metadata—just the word alone can cause some indie authors to shake their head in dismay. But there’s a lot more to metadata than you may know. Today, I’m very pleased to introduce you to my friend Betty Sargent, who has a deep and rich history in traditional publishing, and who now helps indie authors produce and promote their books through her BookWorks site. Today Betty has the lowdown on metadata, so get ready for an entertaining and informative read. Metadata matters—it matters a lot. But what is metadata anyway? It is data about data…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #48

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for September, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Ron Callari presents Self-Publishing for Graphic Novelists posted…
  • Should You Be Using a Pen Name?

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Pen names, also known as pseudonyms and noms de plume, are more popular than ever. Like brand names, they are designed to be catchy, memorable and suited to the genre. Writers switch genders and nationalities. Plain-Janes leap into exotic personas. X-gens with hyphenated surnames opt for something short. I am often asked if using a pen name is legal. Will a writer be accused of identity theft and fraud? Will he be sued if he uses the name of a real person? Using a pen name is completely legal. In fact, it is often a wise business choice. But writers should take a few…
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Design Desk: Hatch Show Print

    Emily Dubin
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    On a recent trip to Nashville, TN I took the opportunity to visit Hatch Show Print, a must-see for any design, print, or music lover. Amazingly, they’ve been open since 1879! According to my google sleuthing, this makes them the oldest print shop in the country. Hatch is best-known for designing and printing show posters for everyone from Elvis to Johnny Cash to the Beastie Boys, but throughout their history they’ve also printed billboards, ads, posters for sporting events, handbills, and much more. I was fortunate to get a tour from Jim Sherraden, Hatch’s Master Printer…
  • Lift the Flaps on Flora and the Penguin and win a signed copy!

    Lara Starr
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Flora is back for an encore! The heroine of the Caldecott Honor-winning Flora and the Flamingo has made a frosty new friend. In Flora and the Penguin, their delicate dance of friendship takes a spin on the ice, a few tumbles, and concludes in a gold medal-worthy finale! ☆ ”A real triumph.” —Publishers Weekly “Funny and charminga winning, worthy follow-up.” —Kirkus Reviews We’ve invited Molly Idle to share some of the early sketches, and how Flora and her friend finally appeared in the book. Want to see for yourself? There’s a link at the end of…
  • The Huckleberry Cookbook

    David Hawk
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while mine too often consists of black coffee, I believe them (you should see me by lunchtime on those days). If there’s one cookbook that can help me address my bad, breakfast-skipping habit, it’s Huckleberry. Filled to bursting with stellar ideas for breakfast, no matter what time of day you choose to enjoy it, from muffins and pancakes to rustic hashes and elegant galettes, and all wrapped up in an incredibly appealing package. Just try to resist those polka dots! As my tooth has tended more toward the savory than the…
  • The Art of The Boxtrolls: Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition

    Albee Dalbotten
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Bay area stop-motion animation fans, listen up! We’re excited to announce a special behind-the-scenes look at The Boxtrolls with The Cartoon Art Museum in San FranciscoThe exhibit runs September 26–February 1 and features concept art from our new book, The Art of The Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls is LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D. The studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, LAIKA creates incredibly detailed worlds and characters and blends handcrafted artistry and CG technology. The movie  introduces audiences to a new breed of family—The Boxtrolls, a…
  • Worn Stories

    Liz Marotte
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Do you have a piece of clothing hanging in your closet or shoved in the back of a drawer that you can’t bear to part with even though you haven’t worn it in years? Does the mere glimpse of it flood you with memories? You’re not alone—in fact, you’re in some very good company. In her new book Worn Stories author Emily Spivack collects more than sixty of clothing-inspired narratives from an eclectic list of cultural figures. The first-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, including artist Maria Abramović on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    dylan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    TweetA shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, “the most important trends shaping our world” as the press release puts it, so the switch from Goldman Sachs to McKinsey as a partner to FT has not reduced the scope of the books as I thought it may. (I speculated back in May when the announcement was made that McKinsey would now be backing the award that it may change focus to the more nuts-and-bolts business management issues that McKinsey…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 121

    dylan
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Tweet Work As We Know It Is Dead by Jacob Morgan “The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees aren’t cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers. This isn’t a manifesto about following your passions or being happy, it’s a call to action to change and evolve our organizations to reflect the world they operate in.” The Humble Pulpit: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Jeffrey A. Krames “Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March of 2012, he has shown the world a new…
  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
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    Charles Petzold

  • A Computer to Disprove Evolution?

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    If there is an annus mirabilis in the history of digital computing, it is the year 1936 (plus or minus a year or so, and hence technically anni mirabiles). It was in 1936 that Turing published his paper on computability, 1935 that Claude Elwood Shannon wrote his master's thesis that showed the equivalency between switching circuits and Boolean algebra, 1935–38 that Konrad Zuse built his first computer in his parent's apartment in Berlin, 1937 that Howard Aiken presented a concept to IBM that was to become the Harvard Mark I, and also in 1937 that George Stibitz wired up some relays on…
  • New Book — New Chapter in Life

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

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

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

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

  • “Surprise attacks”

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I pointed to former Millions-er Emily M. Keeler’s review of Wolf in White Van, the new novel by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. Now, at Slate, Carl Wilson offers his own praise of the book, which he describes as “not the kind of rallying cry or dark comfort that Mountain Goats fans are used to, but a complex meditation.”
  • Tuesday New Release Day: Dunham; Mantel; Biss; Stein; Cronenberg; Zupan; Amis

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Girls creator Lena Dunham’s first book is on shelves, as is the new short story collection by Man Booker laureate and recent Millions interviewee Hilary Mantel. Also out: On Immunity by Eula Biss; A Sudden Light by Garth Stein; Consumed by the filmmaker David Cronenberg; The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan; and The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis. For more on these and other titles, check out our Great 2014 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.
  • It’s 2014, Do You Know Where You Are? Bright Lights, Big City at 30

    Michael Bourne
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One night in the early 1980s, Jay McInerney, then a twenty-something wannabe writer, stumbled home after an epic evening of partying and heard an insistent voice in his head saying, “You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning.” He dashed off a quick paragraph about the night he’d just spent at a club talking with a girl with a shaved head and wishing he could get his hands on some more “Bolivian Marching Powder.” A short time later, editor George Plimpton called him to say he’d liked a story McInerney had sent to The Paris…
  • Obituary for Karl Miller

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    RIP Karl Miller, one of the founders of The London Review of Books and an editor of the magazine for thirteen years. Originally meant to fill a vacuum left by a strike at the Times Literary Supplement, the LRB grew into “the liveliest, the most serious and also the most radical literary magazine we have,” in Alan Bennett’s words.
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    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Recommended Reading: Anna Della Subin on our views of procrastination. You could also read Avery Erwin on procrastination and American artists.
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • BZRK Reloaded: Review

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Author: Michael GrantAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, mild language, high violenceGenre: Teen Science FictionPublisher: Egmount USAPages: 448Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Noah and Sadie realize their trapped in a war they can't get out of. The biots that have taken hold of the president finally start to kick in with horrifying consequences. The Armstrong twins are damaged, but unbroken. The war for sanity continues... Opinions:This will be short because I feel like I've exhausted how much…
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Review

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Author: Rob LoweAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, no sexual content, mild language, no violenceGenre: AutobiographyPublisher: St. Martin's PressPages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A teen heartthrob at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Lowe chronicles his experiences as a misunderstood child actor from Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970's Malibu, where he embarked on his pursuit in Hollywood.Opinions: I find it…
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Series Review

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Author: George R.R. MartinAge range: 18 & upContent: Moderate romance, high sexual content, high language, high violenceGenre: Fiction / FantasyPublisher: Random House Publishing GroupPages: Around 700-1000 eachWhere to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:An epic fantasy series about knights, princes, princesses, kings, and queens.Opinions:Heyyo. It's been a while since I've done a review. I'm feeling a tad rusty and out of it. And I've got a cold which is making me very dizzy. Man, this'll be fun.Woo, I feel like this post has been a…
  • happy happy birthday...

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    ... to my blog.As of today, my blog is four years old. I had forgotten about this so I don't have a special post to post like I did last year. But I did find this cake gif that may or may not be from Alice in Wonderland. It kind of freaks me out that some of the candles are completely horizontal and I'm confused as to what the blue things are supposed to be. I don't know what to say. I don't know how to feel. I don't know if I think of this as a big deal or not. I just know that I like writing this blog and reviewing books. I wish I had something funny or interesting to say, but I don't.
  • Downsiders: Review

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Author: Neal ShustermanAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, no language, mild violenceGenre: Science Fiction / Teen FictionPublisher: Simon & Schuster Children's PublishingPages: 244Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Underneath New York City is a secret, underground, full-functioning society called Downside. There's a strict code of secrecy among the Downsiders. Inevitably, the two worlds collide when Talon, a fourteen-year-old Downsider meets Lindsay, a Topsider. The two have fun discovering the…
 
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    Eye on Books

  • Todd Brewster “Lincoln’s Gamble”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    by American history books often compress momentous events into capsules, summaries, one-line explanations. Such has often been the case with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the history-changing document that freed the slaves and changed the course of the Civil War. Now historian and journalist Todd Brewster restores the detail that’s missing, and shows us the six critical months between the time Lincoln first spoke about his intention to free the slaves and the release of the Emancipation Proclamation. As Brewster describes it in his book…
  • Lynne Cheney “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    by James Madison may not spring to mind the same way that, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or even Alexander Hamilton do. But as a major new biography of our fourth president shows, without Madison’s influence, the entire trajectory of the young United States would have been different. Lynne Cheney‘s book “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” will also change what you thought you knew, if you’ve always remembered how Madison was described as a shy or even sickly young man. Listen to Lynne Cheney Download audio file (lynnecheney.mp3) Don’t see a…
  • Philip Kerr “Prayer”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    16 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    by We know the power of prayer, to heal and comfort. But what if someone wanted to use that power to afflict — and kill? Philip Kerr‘s new psychological thriller “Prayer” poses that uncomfortable question. Gil Martins, an agent with the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Unit in Houston, confronts the violence generated by extremism every day. But even he is not fully prepared for what he encounters when confronted with evidence of a serial killer who’s calling on the very power of God to dispatch well-known atheists. Listen to Philip Kerr Download audio file…
  • Marlo Thomas “It Ain’t Over . . Till It’s Over”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    5 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    by During her extensive travels around the U.S., actress and author Marlo Thomas kept meeting women who were “stuck.” Stuck in a dead-end job. Stuck with a suddenly-empty nest and no plan for what to do next. Stuck in indecision over where their life should go. Marlo Thomas A few years ago Thomas launched a website for women to connect, share stories, and help each other “re-invent.” And she says the aim was to reassure all of them that it’s never too late to get un-stuck.Now she’s collected the stories of dozens of women in a new book called “It…
  • Brad Meltzer “I am Abraham Lincoln”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    by Heroes. We all need them, we all love them — and the message of new books by a bestselling thriller writer is that each of us can be a hero. Brad Meltzer is already author of the books “Heroes For My Son” and “Heroes For My Daughter,” but those books are aimed at parents, adults. His two newest books are the first in a series of books for kids. “I am Abraham Lincoln” and “I am Amelia Earhart” are Meltzer’s foray into children’s books, a genre he’d always longed to be in. And his enthusiasm for these stories is…
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    Personanondata

  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

    PersonaNonData
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    View my Flipboard Magazine.
  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

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

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

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

    PersonaNonData
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Tory conference 2014 - Theresa May slams Lib Dems over communications data bill: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Andrew Sparrows rolling coverage of all the developments at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, including David Camerons morning interviews and speeches from Boris Johnson and Theresa May 3.47pm BST Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has just started his speech. He began by saying that the next Tory government would have no greater priority than the NHS. 3.35pm BST The Lib Dems have accused Theresa May of peddling misinformation about their opposition to the communications data bill. (See 1.28pm.) This is from a party spokesman.We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking…
  • eBay unveils plans to spin off PayPal next year - business live

    Graeme Wearden and Nick Fletcher
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    eBay shares jump 6.5% in early trading after it announces that it will separate from the payments site it bought in 2002 3.41pm BST Perhaps everything isnt as rosy in Americas economy as expected.US consumer confidence has fallen unexpectedly this month, to a four-month low. The Confidence Boards monthly survey of morale dipped to 86.0 from 93.4 in August. A less positive assessment of the current job market, most likely due to the recent softening in growth, was the sole reason for the decline in consumers assessment of present-day conditions. All told, consumers expect economic growth to…
  • Why Evan Davis was right to wear a tie for Newsnight

    David Hepworth
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The tie is an indicator of seriousness. When men in suits dont bother with it, they dont look edgy, they just look unfinishedOn Monday afternoon, Evan Davis announced that he had decided to wear a tie with his suit for his first appearance as anchor of Newsnight. This was obviously the correct choice both in theory and in practice but it had not been made without some soul-searching.Ok decision taken. I will be wearing a tie for my first @BBCNewsnight. (What happens on my second @BBCNewsnight, I shall decide tomorrow). Continue reading...
  • Hong Kong protests grow ahead of public holiday live updates

    Matthew Weaver
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Follow live updates on the Umbrella Revolution pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong 3.39pm BST "A lot of expats are watching from the sidelines, we wanted to show our support" - French student in Hong Kong pic.twitter.com/VhGNZAS59BAs this tweet shows, its not all Hong Kong nationals taking part. 3.34pm BST Weve already heard about support for the protests among some people in Taiwan. Now its president, Ma Ying-jeou, has warned an over-tough official response could hamper ties between the mainland and the island state.He told a meeting of his Kuomintang party, which supports eventual…
  • Dennis Rodman to go back to North Korea again

    Maeve Shearlaw
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    The former NBA star and self-styled basketball diplomat says he plans to take pro-wrestling to the secretive state in November. We look back at his previous, controversial visitsDennis Rodman is at it again, talking about two of his favourite subjects: sports and North Korea.The celebrity gossip website TMZ caught up with the former NBA star this week as he got on to a bus, and it was evident that he believes his sporting relationship with the country is still going strong.It's true, I'm in North Korea. Looking forward to sitting down with Kim Jung Un. I love the people of North Korea.
 
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • Ten years of This Space

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    Ten years ago my dear friend Stephen Mitchelmore started his superb book blog This Space. It remains a vital inspiration, and the most essential book blog out there. Recently, for a book project of my own that never got off the ground, I interviewed Steve. This Space's anniversary seems like an excellent time to publish it...
  • Knausgaard’s essay on Handke

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    This "beautiful essay on language and the work of Peter Handke was presented two days ago by Karl Ove Knausgaard at the Skien International Ibsen Conference. The Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke is the winner of the the 2014 International Ibsen Award, the world’s most prestigious theater prize." It really is a stunning essay and one, I think, that shows that those who read Knausgaard as some kind of uber-realist are missing his supreme literary artistry...
  • Robert Chandler on Kazimir Malevich

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

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

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

  • Truth or Beauty – David Orrell

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    From particle physics to market predictions, we thought scientists, right or wrong, traded in the world of facts. What we did not expect is that all the while they were deeply concerned about their looks. Beauty is at the heart of scientific endeavour, and has always been. As the stakes get higher, however, can we afford to have outdated notions of aesthetics guide the way we engage with the world? We look at this specific question, as well as the many baby questions to which it gives birth, alongside author David Orrell. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>>…
  • Buster Shuffle

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    “Like the Libertines playing Chas & Dave!” squeals the Guardian excitedly of Garry’s guests tonight, BUSTER SHUFFLE. But then, the Guardian just has to work Pete Doherty into everything, doesn’t it? In fact, Buster Shuffle are far more interesting than that. They’re a breath of fresh air, a rock ‘n’ roll Ska band with echoes of Madness, Blur and yes… Chas & Dave, too. In a sane world, these London herberts would be dominating the charts with massive mainstream airplay… but this isn’t a sane world – which is why we need The Hungry & The Hunted to shout from…
  • Fun With Colours

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Donna and Peter are joined in the studio by special guest Ian Winn, who can (ab)normally be found hosting our sister show here on Litopia, Litopia After Dark. Links to stories mentioned: How Amazon got a patent on white-background photography Why Photographers Shouldn't Be Too Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent (Peter disagrees with this!) Victoria's Secret Loses PINK Brand Battle B&N Testing Espresso Book Machines Bert The Farting Hippo! FBI Agent Files Defamation Suit Against Ebony Philly Newspaper Editor Fired For Asian Slurs Why Female Writers Get Trolled The Most Florida…
  • Carol Harrison - From EastEnders To Itchycoo Park

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Her role as Louise Raymond in BBC's EastEnders brought her stardom and notoriety, but Carol Harrison's true life story has been as gripping as the plot of any television soap opera. Born in London’s East End to a single mum, Carol grew up in abject poverty. It has been said that there are four main routes out of the East End - crime, sport, acting and rock'n'roll. Carol’s life connects three of those (she was once married to the son of one of Britain's best-known gangsters). Garry’s guest tonight opens her heart about her screen love affair with Ross Kemp's character Grant Mitchell...
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky – Demons (aka The Possessed)

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Everything’s more or less normal in the little town of N until Piotr Stepanovich and his equally psychopathic sidekick, Nikolai Stavrogin, come back from abroad. One thing leads to another leads to another and another and some more after that in Dostoevsky’s extraordinarily rambling (as rambling as this sentence) novel, which does not end well for anyone involved, reader included. The devil inside, the devil inside, every single hour of reading this book – the devil inside. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs,…
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    Omnivoracious

  • From the Archives: How I Wrote It - A Conversation with Ken Follett

    Neal Thompson
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With the recent publication of Edge of Eternity, the third book in Ken Follett's massively epic Century Trilogy, I thought I'd re-share this conversation I had with Follett two years ago, when he published the second book in the series, Winter of the World We discussed his obsession with the Twentieth Century and his admiration for Stephen King. I have vivid memories of my dad loaning me his copy of Ken Follett’s 1978 break-out bestseller, Eye of the Needle. I was in eighth grade and it was my first stab at a fat, hardcover grown-up book, which triggered a lifelong taste for…
  • October is National Reading Group Month

    Neal Thompson
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    October is National Reading Group Month and it's nice to see some of our favorite books of the past year make the annual "Great Group Reads" list. Sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, each year a committee selects a list of books for reading groups and book clubs. Below is this year's list, with the publisher in parentheses. (*An asterisk denotes a book that our editors had selected as a Best Book of the Month pick.) All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)*Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent (Back Bay Books)* Cataract City, by Craig Davidson…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

    Alex Carr
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to co-opt her image—and then Hello Kitty was everywhere. To celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone, Perfect Square enlisted significant talent to tell 40 stories (plus one for good luck) in the life of Hello Kitty and her friends. The results are a lot of fun, no matter the age of the reader—and now I’m online looking for vintage Hello Kitty…
  • Weekend Reading: Dames, Games, and Ghosts

    Jon Foro
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As we put the finishing touches on our October reading and our Best of the Books of the Month lists, our attention turns to November as we try to get a jump on reading for the next round. (This good feeling of "being ahead" lasts about a week.) Here are a few things that we'll be taking a look at over the weekend. Happy Friday! A Sudden Light by Garth Stein Neal Thompson: Set almost entirely inside a crumbling mansion outside Seattle, this is a sprawling, big-hearted story about a boy, his woe-is-me father, his creepy-hot aunt, his demented grandfather, and the ghosts of his…
  • You Said It: Customer Reviews of Amazon's Best Books of the Month

    Neal Thompson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Now it's your turn. Here's what a few Amazon customers are saying about five of the books we selected as the Best Books of September. We should point out that since all of these are books that our editors deemed “best” of the month, we’re only including 5-star reviews. To get the full range of opinions--after all, everybody's got one when it comes to books--click through to the book page. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell Loved this, says K. L. Cotugno Impossible to quantify. He writes like no other. Today he said there must be five elements to make a novel work: style,…
 
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Christine Bell | Reforming the Rock Star

    Pasha Carlisle
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hey there, Fresh Fiction readers! I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate the release of my new Entangled Indulgence, REFORMING THE ROCK STAR. I’m running a little giveaway too, so stick around to comment for a chance to feed your book addiction! When I was writing this particular book, it got me thinking about […]
  • Krystal Wade | Tearing Apart a Character’s World

    Pasha Carlisle
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    I think most people have some moment in their life, especially during childhood, where they felt everything was just right. Maybe they didn’t realize it at the time. Maybe the realization came later in life. When things got rough, they looked back and said, “Man, I miss those days.” Enter me between the ages of […]
  • Prescott Lane | Have Dessert First

    Pasha Carlisle
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever gone to a fancy restaurant and ordered dessert first? About a year ago, my husband took me to Commander’s Palace for dinner. Known for its flowers, splendid food, and wine, the restaurant is a landmark in the Garden District of New Orleans. We’d been before, and each visit is a treat. But […]
  • Natasha Moore | There’s Something About the Ocean

    Pasha Carlisle
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve lived around lakes my entire life. As a child, a big treat was going to one of the parks, splashing in the water and playing in the sand. I love the water, the sparkles of the sun reflecting off the surface, the holiday atmosphere of the shore. But I’d never been to the ocean. […]
  • Maggie Mae Gallagher | Hooked on a Feeling

    Pasha Carlisle
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In RUPTURED, Alana must face more than demon platoons marching upon her home. She confronts what she wants for her life versus what the Council deems her role should be for the continuation of the human race. The close interactions with her squad and the man chosen to be her mate created intense interactions. Our […]
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  • Blog Tour: The Young Elites by Marie Lu #TheYoungElites

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Hello, YABCers! Today we welcome THE YOUNG ELITES teaser tour to the blog! We're thrilled to be a part of the blog tour and to introduce a character from the novel!     Ready to meet the new character? Scroll, YABCers! Scroll!                                                     Here she is!     MEET LUCENT (AKA WINDWALKER) Tall, pale and lean, Lucent is known as the Windwalker. Gifted by the blood fever with the ability to mimic the wind, she is…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: What Remains by Helene Dunbar + Giveaway (International)

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
        Hello, YABCers! Ready for another cover reveal? Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS by Helene Dunbar, releasing May 15, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Helene:   Hi YABC! And welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS!   Had you asked me what I wanted on my cover for this book, I would have given you a list of things I didn't want. Not so helpful, right? I knew I didn't want certain aspects of the plot spoiled, and I didn't want the main character's love interest on it, because really, at…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silence of Six by E.C. Myers + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
      Welcome to the second cover reveal of the week! We even have an excerpt from the novel! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILENCE OF SIX by E.C. Myers, releasing November 5, 2014 from Adaptive Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from E.C.:   Hi, YABCers!   O's yu vrkgykj zu mobk eua znk bkxe loxyz ruuq gz se tkc tubkr, ZNK YORKTIK UL YOD! Uuvy, yuxxe — luxik ul nghoz.   Hold on a second... Okay, that’s better. Did you understand that? The text above says “I'm so pleased to give you the very first look at my new novel, THE…
  • YA Authors as YAs: The Bethany Neal Edition + Giveaway (US only)

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
      Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe Bethany Neal, author of MY LAST KISS, out now from FSG Books for Young Readers, can convince you with tales from her teen years. …
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
      Hi, YABCers, and welcome to another cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca, releasing Summer 2015 from Simon Pulse. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Gina:   Hi, YABC-ers! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share the cover for LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE today. I’m pretty sure my neighbors could hear the shrieks of glee coming from my kitchen when I saw it for the first time. It’s completely surreal to see a scene plucked from your novel and brought to life in all its sexy glory,…
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    The Horn Book

  • Review of Clariel

    Katie Bircher
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    383 pp. 10/14    978-0-06-156155-9    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-221680-9    $10.99 Six centuries before the events of Sabriel (rev. 1/97), Lirael (rev. 7/01), and Abhorsen (rev. 3/03), circumstances in the Old Kingdom are vastly different: the addled king refuses to rule; the Abhorsen neglects his duty to fight the resurrected dead; and treacherous Governor Kilp presides over capitol city Belisaere. Seventeen-year-old Clariel (who is related to both the royal and Abhorsen…
  • El Deafo

    Briana Chan
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    This week, I was lucky enough to have a thirty-minute window when I could pop into my favorite independent bookstore in Los Angeles. They have a large children’s section on the second floor that I love perusing because they do an excellent job at getting new books. On one of their displays sat El Deafo by Cece Bell. Intrigued first by the illustration of a superhero bunny and second by the title, my immediate thought was “What is this book about and who is this written for?” As if by fate, a children’s book worker looked up from her task of stocking new books and said “Oh that’s a…
  • Make way for goslings

    Lolly Robinson
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    On my way to work this morning, I saw a modern-day Officer Michael helping a gaggle of adolescent goslings across the Fenway. When I got to work, I found out that Kitty was about a minute ahead of me and had hit the Walk button for them. The post Make way for goslings appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • What *about* those Caldecott criteria?

    Martha V. Parravano
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week, Robin reminded us how crucial it is to keep the Caldecott criteria in mind as we examine this year’s picture books. We all know that the Caldecott rules and criteria are paramount and inviolable, and for decades committees have obsessively wrestled with the meanings and nuances of “excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed”; “excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept”; “appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept”; etc. Aside from a few amendments to the rules added in…
  • Review of When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings

    Martha V. Parravano
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers; illus. by the author Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp. 9/14    978-1-4814-1044-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-1045-8    $10.99 Best (bird) friends Lottie and Herbie (Lottie’s New Beach Towel, rev. 5/98; A Cake for Herbie, rev. 5/00) help each other cope when Lottie’s beloved (and intrepid and fun-loving) aunt Mattie dies. “I miss Aunt Mattie. It hurts right here.” “Me too. It’s heartache, Herbie. Come sit by me. I am so glad you are here.” After a few days in the city, the friends pick up Aunt Mattie’s…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Art Nouveau and Art Deco Books at Auction

    Nate Pedersen
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    On Wednesday, October 1, Swann Galleries in New York will host a sale of Art, Press, & Illustrated Books primarily from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Here are some highlights...Les Fleurs et Leurs Applications Décoratives, Art Deco design book by master colorist E. A. Séguy (lot 230, $5,000 to $7,500).Salvador Dali's interpretations of Don Quixote (lot 70, $25,000 to $35,000, pictured above) and Alice in Wonderland (lot 65, $5,000 to $7,500). Other Dali lots include one of ten copies of Poèmes de Mao Tse-Toung (lot 71, $15,000 to $25,000).Several works…
  • By the Book: Stories and Pictures

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    From the Ontario-based publisher, Biblioasis, comes a charming and cool combination of words and illustrations called By the Book ($25.95) by Diane Schoemperlen. Using the idea of fragmentation as a starting point, and collage as a medium, Schoemperlen constructs entirely new texts and meanings assembled from vintage late 19th- and early 20th-century books such as Seaside and Wayside Nature Readers (1887) and The Ontario Public School Hygiene (1920). The resulting 73 full-color collages were, Schoemperlen writes in the introduction, "constructed in the old-fashioned way by the traditional…
  • Gregory Maguire's Misunderstood Witches

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Today's theatergoers and readers like their witches misunderstood and maligned, with an underlying desire to do good. Look no further than the latest offerings from Hollywood - from Angelina Jolie as the wronged Maleficent in the eponymous film, to Disney's reincarnation of the Ice Queen in the animated blockbuster Frozen. Two of Gregory Maguire's books, the bestselling Wicked, and his latest publication, Egg & Spoon (Candlewick Press, $17.99) also deal with powerful women on the fringes of society, whose magical gifts may actually be their community's salvation.Maguire was a…
  • World's Most Famous Literary Spade Up for Auction

    Nate Pedersen
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    A garden spade owned by both George Bernard Shaw and Ray Bradbury is currently up for auction from Nate D. Sanders. The online auction, which includes many other lots from Ray Bradbury's personal art and book collections, concludes today at 5 p.m. PST. At the time of this writing, bidding on the spade is at $5,000.Shaw used the spade to plant a mulberry tree in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, on his 80th birthday in July of 1936. Shaw then gave the spade to his friend and gardener Harry Higgs. From there, the spade eventually made its way into the hands of Ray Bradbury, who received it as a…
  • Exceptional Manuscripts on Exhibit

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Art and Ownership: An Exhibit of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts opens today at Sam Fogg's London gallery. Fogg, one of the world's leading dealers in medieval art, chronicles the development of readership and book ownership in the Middle Ages and beyond. Until the 12th century, manuscripts were primarily owned by monks and royals, but the dawn of the 13th century brought increased literacy, making book ownership more widespread. Commoners and laymen had greater opportunities to buy a personal prayerbook, or book of hours. Fogg showcases examples from the 12th-16th centuries, a number of…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • HaBO: Shapeshifting Hawks and Fishermen Heroes

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    by SB Sarah This request comes from Shade, who is looking for what sounds like a fantasy, or, if you're me, a really neat version of Ladyhawke, which is a movie I loooooooooooove. So basically I cant recall when I read it, anything about the title or cover and to be frank most of the book (which ofc is why I'm looking for it....) About the book: It was of a series I believe. There was a lady who preferred shape shifting into a hawk because the men she dealt with in her timeline were barbaric or she had a bad experience *shrugs*. The man she came to love was a fisherman. I…
  • 10 Years of Bitchery: September Retrospective: Covers and Snark!

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    by SB Sarah It's the last day of the month, and so it's time for another trip down Bitchery Memory Lane to check out some of the most popular reviews, posts, and comment threads in the past ten years of Smart Bitches. We're leading up to our actual 10th anniversary, which is in January 2015, but until then, I hope you enjoy having a look through the lens of wayback as much as I do.  Many thanks to Morgan Doremus from Miss Media for digging through the archives and coming up with all this fun stuff.  In April, we looked at the most popular reviews for contemporary romance…
  • Books on Sale: Contemporary Bestsellers

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah Gone Girl is $7.99 at Amazon and Google: Play right now - which isn't quite a sale, I know. And obviously, this isn't a romance. However, the price for the book has stayed close to $10 otherwise, and I know that many people are awaiting their turn for the library copy, so if you've been thinking of reading this book before the movie comes out, that's not a horrific price. This was one of the biggest recent bestsellers, and I think there was a point in time where everyone I knew was talking about it.  Also of note: there is a boxed set of three of her…
  • In Defense of Romance Novels or Imma Read What I Want

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    by Elyse I realize I don’t have to defend romance novels to this crowd. You’re either at Smart Bitches because you already enjoy the genre or you got here by mistake and are deeply confused (welcome to the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery, we have mantitty. And also cookies). I am feeling all the rage though, and need to vent. Every now and again there are some super shitastic articles posted about why adults should be ashamed to read YA or romance or magazines or what have you. Every time it brings back all my romance novel put-down PTSD. I can’t tell you the number of times…
  • Podcast Transcript 108: An Interview with Carrie Sessarego

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    by SB Sarah Here is a text transcript of Podcast 108: An Interview with Carrie Sessarego. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was crafted by hand with locally sourced letters by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.     [music] Sarah Wendell: Hello and Happy Friday, and welcome to another DBSA podcast. I’m Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and with me today is Carrie Sessarego, who reviews at Smart Bitches. She and I talked about fandoms and the conferences that she goes to where she gets to be with her people who love all the…
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  • Waist whittling holiday games

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Thinking about holidays (the Paris and Caribbean reflections from my previous post brought about these musings), I tried a new sport this summer. It has a holiday connexion as myself and the partner in crime were staying in a house in Amboise in the Loire valley. Usually, one of the joys of holidaying in France is eating outside on whatever patio, terrace or decking the holiday accommodation possesses. It’s something the British don’t routinely do at home – unless they are manic barbecue fiends – probably due to having to rush round to go to work, do the shopping, organize the kids…
  • Not an adventurous person …

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

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

  • John Barrell: Richard Wilson

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • James Camp: Jack London

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Andrew O’Hagan: The Good Traitor

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Frances Stonor Saunders: Pasternak and the Valet

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Isaiah Berlin was on his honeymoon – he married late – when he first read Dr Zhivago. It was the evening of Saturday, 18 August 1956, and he had just made the short journey back to Moscow from the village of Peredelkino, where he had spent the day with Boris Pasternak. Pasternak’s dacha was part of a complex set up on Stalin’s orders in 1934 to reward the Soviet Union’s most prominent writers. One of them, Korney Chukovsky, described the scheme as ‘entrapping writers within a cocoon of comforts, surrounding them with a network of spies’.
  • Letters

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 18 (25 September 2014)
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  • Hitler Dinner Party: A Play by Bob Odenkirk

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    The following is an excerpt from A Load of Hooey — out one week from today!)- - -Do you have an amateur theatrical group? Get one! They’re a big pain in the ass and not very rewarding, but you cannot perform the following playlet all by your lonesome. At the core of dramatic mise-en-scène (spelling? meaning?) is the notion that there must be a crisis of some sort. I just made that up, but you can use it. Presented here is a dinner scene, easily produced, that features bombs and flashes of fire offstage—also easy to bring to life and supercool. More important, we have two curious…
  • Interviews With People Who Have Interesting or Unusual Jobs: Zhanna Slor: Dying Isn’t Cheap by Suzanne Yeagley

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Q: What do you do at work?A: I proofread the text that is going on a tombstone before it gets made in the shop. I process bronze orders, for plaques or to put on top of a stone (often for veterans and their spouses). I also draw a lot of things that will either get engraved into the monument or etched onto it. Oh, and I just started doing sales too.Q: What kind of things do people want you to draw for them?A: Random things. A B-17 plane for a bench. Bowling pins. I drew a stencil of a poodle just the other day; that was fun. I can’t wait to see how it turns out on the stone.I create emblems…
  • List: Here Are Some Fucking Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Titles by Micah Osler

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Barefoot Contessa: If You Can’t Cook This Shit, You’re a Fucking IdiotThe Barefoot Contessa: Martha, Just Give Me Another Goddamn Recipe AlreadyThe Barefoot Contessa: Shit That’ll Give You Clean Piss Even If You’ve Already Had a Blunt TodayThe Barefoot Contessa: No Recipes, Just Some Fucking Barn Pictures, AssholesThe Barefoot Contessa: Check Out This Weird-Ass Shit I Found on the Beach Last NightThe Barefoot Contessa: Probation Hearings!The Barefoot Contessa: Cooking with WineThe Barefoot Contessa: Cooking with WhiskeyThe Barefoot Contessa: No Cooking, Just Whiskey; Got A…
  • A Hipster’s Month-By-Month Guide to Fetal Development by Katherine Monahan

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    The First MonthCongratulations! You and Noah had too many gluten-free beers at that music festival and accidentally conceived a child! Right now your baby is the size of the period at the end of the sentence “I raise antibiotic-free, pastured chickens on my roof.”The Second MonthNoah may be busy as a part-time DJ, but you should find time this month to tell him that you’re pregnant and that you want to keep the baby because motherhood will bring a new perspective to your experimental collage art.The Third MonthYour baby is now the size of the tag on your reusable hemp grocery bag.
  • We Are Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2014 Column Contest by McSweeney's

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We were blown away this year, yet again, by the quantity and quality of the submissions—over 800 of them. After much deliberation, we’re excited to announce the five winning columns. They are, in random order:Field Notes from Gentrified Places by Vinson CunninghamHow to Find Love: Lessons from an Old Maid by Connie SunHome On the Range by Robert LawrenceNot So Timeless After All by Ilana Masad@thereal_saintfrancisby Rachel and Nick FarrellEach winner will receive a $500 prize. Look for these columns to launch in the coming weeks.We are also pleased to announce our Column Contest…
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    Podiobooker

  • Newly released! The Namura Stone by Gillian Andrews

    Evo
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Book Six in The Ammonite Galaxy series is now released! Get caught up on the first five of Gillian’s story, then enjoy The Namura Stone: Six and Diva are coming to terms with family life on Xiantha, but on the other side of the galaxy storm clouds are gathering.The Dessites have managed to reach Enara, and have proposed an alliance to conquer both Arcan and the lost animas. Suddenly Arcan finds himself trapped on the Dessite homeworld, fighting a losing battle to survive… … And everything changes.
  • New release! Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors by Christopher Gronlund

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

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

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

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

  • Quality of Books Declining: not a new complaint

    Anne
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Whenever I hear that the quality of books is declining, I think of the essay by Washington Irving written over 200 years ago that posits that very complaint. It is not a new complaint at all. Is it even true?Read excerpts of Irving's thoughts in this blog post 'The Mutability of Literature' from a year ago.http://bhplnjbookgroup.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-mutability-of-literature.htmlTake a look at the New York Times bestseller lists back to the 1950's on the Hawes Publications site, then take a look at this list of the Harvard Classics (which can all be downloaded free from this…
  • Book Group Recommendations

    Anne
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Recommended Titles for Book Groupswith links to our reviews Young Girl Reading by Fragonard (NGA) The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - historical fiction about Ann Morrow Lindbergh's life with Charles LindberghBalzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie - life during the Cultural Revolution in China for two wealthy boys being 're-educated' in the country.Beautiful Ruins by Jess WalterThe Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak (fiction)Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet  - memoir of a savant with synesthesia and Aspergers syndrome (non-fiction/memoir)Cutting for Stone by…
  • Nike Missile Site in Berkeley Heights

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

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

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

  • Savas Beatie offers a sneak peek at SmartLayers premium editions

    Joe Wikert
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    Savas Beatie is an innovative publisher of military history books. In fact, they have the distinction of being the first publisher to release an ebook featuring the SmartLayers technology we've developed here at Olive Software. If you'd like to get... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dumb content on smart devices

    Joe Wikert
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    The original Amazon Kindle is almost seven years old and the first iPad was released more than four years ago. Plenty of other e-readers and tablets have followed and the digital content marketplace is vibrant. So why do we spend... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In the future, all content will be layered

    Joe Wikert
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Once upon a time the broadcast model was the only viable option for content distribution. The newspapers, magazines and books we read were the same regardless of our personal interests or where we lived. The web and other digital models... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How book publishers can build a compelling direct channel

    Joe Wikert
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Disruption has radically altered the book publishing industry and the rate of change shows no signs of slowing down. Publishers have developed a love/hate relationship with Amazon, particularly as they struggle with the mega-retailer’s annual demands for more favorable terms.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three lessons from comScore’s latest mobile apps report

    Joe Wikert
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    comScore recently published a 15-page report on the state of mobile apps. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but if you don’t have the time, here are the three big takeaways for content publishers: Mobile apps are the new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Read “Bunny Cakes” on October 21st!

    Samantha McGinnis
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    On October 21, millions of children and adults will come together to read a single book for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®.  The annual campaign celebrates literacy and brings awareness to the fact that children in need start kindergarten 60% behind their more affluent peers. Participants will also be trying to break the world record for largest shared reading experience. In order to do so, more than 2,462,860 people will need to read this year’s selected book, “Bunny Cakes” by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells. We’re helping educators and program leaders serving…
  • A Library Makeover in Lyman, Wyoming

    Marissa Wasseluk
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Children in Lyman, Wyoming have a 4-day school week. Shortening the weekly schedule means the school district pays for one less day of electricity, climate control, transportation and staff. But with most parents working 5 days a week, kids from this rural community need a place to go. “We see those children,” says Suzi Worthen, Branch Manager at the Lyman Branch Library. Suzi loves seeing young patrons flood through the library doors each Friday, but finds it difficult to keep up with the demand for new books. Two years ago, funding for her library was cut. As the only full-time…
  • A Path Appears

    Julia Hornaday
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Today’s blog post is an excerpt from A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, the latest book from New York Times’ columnist and best-selling authors Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In A Path Appears, which was released yesterday by Random House, Nick and Sheryl highlight “some of today’s most successful local and global initiatives to fight inequality.”  The book “makes clear how typical citizens can drive the momentum of worthy solutions to our world’s most pressing social problems.” We are honored that Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO and co-founder,…
  • Making Math Fun

    Samantha McGinnis
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Getting kids excited about math can be a challenge.   Because there are expected to be more than eight million STEM jobs in the United States by 2018, math skills are becoming more and more important for today’s student. If today’s student lacks math skills, three million of tomorrow’s jobs may go unfilled. MathStart is an award-winning series filled with visual representations of math concepts through light-hearted, kid-inspired stories.  Vetted by a team of math teachers, MathStart makes math skills for kids ages three to seven interesting by showing young characters using math in…
  • Read to Me – Creating Literacy Mentors

    Marissa Wasseluk
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today’s guest blogger, Barbara Greenway, is the Founder and Director of The Read to Me Project. Students in the Read to Me Project & founder Barbara Greenway. When I ask the kids in my program how many of them struggle in school, half of their hands raise in the air. It can be frustrating to spend your day in an environment where you feel you can’t succeed. So it comes as no surprise that kids who struggle in school become disengaged, stop trying and drop out. We created the Read to Me Project to motivate kids to keep trying – and to break the cycle of low literacy in our…
 
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    Publishing Talk

  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 6, Oct-Dec 2014 – Children’s Publishing

    Jon Reed
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Read Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s exclusive interview in issue 6. The PDF edition is FREE to download right now (22.5 MB). Please also consider joining our mailing list for details of the next issue and new resources from Publishing Talk. In our first children’s publishing themed issue we’re delighted to have an exclusive interview with Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman. The author of the Noughts and Crosses series speaks to our contributing editor Lucy Coats about her path to publication, top writing tips – and the need for greater diversity in…
  • Three business models for self-publishing your books in print

    Sarah Juckes
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    There are more options than ever for authors to self-publish print books. But which is right for you? They really boil down to three business models, says Sarah Juckes. When self-publishing a print book, you may wish to go it entirely alone and set up your own production, marketing and distribution networks, or you may wish to use one of the many companies offering some of these services. Well-known book creation and publishing platforms such as CreateSpace, Matador and CompletelyNovel offer the creation and distribution services you might lack, but in a variety of ways. Each company operates…
  • Backdoor Routes to Getting a Literary Agent

    Kirsty McLachlan
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article first appeared in issue 1 of Publishing Talk Magazine. An extract first appeared on this website on 26 Sept 2012. Kirsty McLachlan of DGA Ltd answers one of your most commonly-asked questions: “How do I get an agent?” She reveals ways to get noticed – and avoid languishing in the slush pile. Let me shatter an almost universally held belief straight away: not all writers find their agents via the slush pile. Many take another route altogether. If I could present you with a pie chart of ‘ways to find an agent’, the slush pile would be a small sliver of that cake. Slush…
  • From Fantasy to Reality – How Ben Galley became a Successful Self-Publishing Authorpreneur

    Jon Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 5 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Ben Galley reveals how he self-published his way to become a successful ‘authorpreneur’ at the age of 26. Ben Galley is a young self-published author of the epic and gritty fantasy series The Emaneska Series. He has published four books to date, and doesn’t intend to stop any time soon. Zealous about inspiring other authors and writers, Ben also runs the popular advice site Shelf Help, where he offers advice about writing, publishing, and marketing; and is the co-founder and director of ebook store Libiro, a…
  • 10 Ways to Win with WordPress

    Jon Reed
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 1 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Want to start a book blog? Get up and running in minutes with WordPress. WordPress is the blogging software I always recommend. It is flexible, extendible, easy to use – and free. But there is more to it than writing a personal online journal. You can use it to build a website, promote your books – and build a community. Here are 10 ways to make the most of it: Create a website. Don’t want to start blogging yet? You still need a website, even if it is a simple one-page site with your contact details. WordPress is the…
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    800 CEO Read

  • The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    dylan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    TweetA shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, “the most important trends shaping our world” as the press release puts it, so the switch from Goldman Sachs to McKinsey as a partner to FT has not reduced the scope of the books as I thought it may. (I speculated back in May when the announcement was made that McKinsey would now be backing the award that it may change focus to the more nuts-and-bolts business management issues that McKinsey…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 121

    dylan
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Tweet Work As We Know It Is Dead by Jacob Morgan “The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees aren’t cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers. This isn’t a manifesto about following your passions or being happy, it’s a call to action to change and evolve our organizations to reflect the world they operate in.” The Humble Pulpit: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Jeffrey A. Krames “Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March of 2012, he has shown the world a new…
  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
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    Duffbert's Random Musings

  • Review: The Mental Game of Poker by Barry Carter and Jared Tendler

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Although you may not feel that way on nights when you have lost all your money at a real-life or online casino such as www.gamingclub.com/au, the title The Mental Game of Poker does not refer to the lunacy of those who play this casino favourite. Rather it is another of those books that promises to be able to make you a better player – something any poker fan will know there is no shortage of. So do Barry Carter and Jared Tendler have a full house of poker performance secrets, or are they bluffing? Well despite the order of the names, Tendler is really the main man here. He is a former…
  • Book Review - People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Yes, this is warped, but in a funny way... People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann. I read most of this while out walking around a track, and it helped me to keep smiling when my legs were not. Jen Mann runs a blog (same name as the title of the book) where she shares stories about her life. Quite often they revolve around living in suburbia when you don't really fit the mold of all the over-achievers. Many of the stories revolve around her kids, their schooling, and the people (mostly mothers) who she runs into as…
  • Book Review - Resistant by Michael Palmer

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    I'm sad that Resistant by Michael Palmer is the last episode of Dr. Lou Welcome that I'll ever have the pleasure of reading. Palmer passed away as the book was being finished, so this will serve as his final work. I read that his family worked to finish it up and get it published, and I wonder if that's responsible for a few of the nagging issues I had with the story. The overall story line involves the emergence of a bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics that doctors have available. Patients who end up with the Doomsday Germ start out with a small infection that rapidly turns toxic,…
  • Book Review - So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    I didn't go to the library to get this, but it happened to be on display as a "recommended read"... So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin. I thought it might be a fun read and twist from the normal zombie reading material I've looked at. With it's tongue-in-cheek approach to zombie "survival", it was entertaining. Contents: Introduction - The Road to Brainville: Zombie Assessment; Safety Precautions; Zeds' Disclaimer What the Hell Am I?: Screw Responsibility!; Zombie History; Not in the Family Your Zombie Body: Body Parts of Importance; Use…
  • Book Review - The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    I recently finished The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods, which is the third book in the Fixer series. I had read the second one, and was a bit confused about the characters and background (I still need to read the first one). But with the knowledge of The Red Hot Fix in hand, this one made much more sense and I really enjoyed it. I like the secret lives that many of the characters are hiding, and Lydia (the Fixer) is excellent in her role. In this installment, Mort Grant has decided to sell his house after his wife's death and daughter's departure for places unknown. He hopes to start a new…
 
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Judging Books by Their Covers - BTBA Judge Katrine Øgaard Jensen

    Monica Carter
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    Katrine Øgaard Jensen is an editor-at-large for Asymptote and the editor-in-chief for Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Since I am the youngest, the least knowledgeable, and by far the most superficial judge in the BTBA, it’s only appropriate that I make my first blog post about something sexy. As a judge in the much-fun World Cup of Literature this summer, also hosted by Three Percent, my write up for Croatia vs. Mexico accidentally ended up referencing my sexual mischief in June. So yeah, I’m not going to bore anyone with that again. Instead, I believe it would be…
  • My Books and How They Got There

    Monica Carter
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    Madeleine LaRue is Associate Editor and Director of Publicity of Music & Literature. I live in Berlin, in a neighborhood with a chronically understaffed post office, so books on their way to me from the United States are usually in for an adventure. A package from Archipelago Books, example, arrived dripping wet, even though it hadn’t rained in Berlin for a week. Luckily, the texts themselves were all intact, and a little water damage has only lent a pleasant air of world-weariness to the appearances. Another package I received, this time from Vintage, had been opened, its contents…
  • Abilio Estévez and His Exile from Cuba [Month of a Thousand Forests]

    Chad W. Post
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Abilio Estévez is next up in the Month of a Thousand Forests series. Arcade brought out a couple of his books a decade ago, but the piece he chose as his “aesthetic highpoint” (excerpted below) has never appeared in English translation. Just a reminder, you can buy A Thousand Forests in One Acorn for only $15 by entering FORESTS at checkout on the Open Letter site. Abilio Estévez (Cuba, 1954) I’ve chosen this excerpt for three compelling reasons: the first, that I had a hard time writing it, much more than any other section of El navegante dormido, a novel to which I feel a…
  • Alfredo Bryce Echenique and a Microcosm of Peru [Month of a Thousand Forests]

    Chad W. Post
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Up next in the Month of a Thousand Forests series is Alfredo Bryce Echenique, whose entry in A Thousand Forests includes a bit from his novel A World for Julius and a previously untranslated story, “Manzanas.” One of the most intriguing things about Echenique’s life is the plagiarism case that he was involved in. Here’s a bit from Valerie’s intro that makes me think there’s a lot more to this story: In 2007, Alfredo Bryce was embroiled in a bizarre accusation of multiple plagarisms. The episode, itself with the coloring of a spy novel, carried with it a…
  • Alberto Ruy Sánchez and Roland Barthes [Month of a Thousand Forests]

    Chad W. Post
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Alberto Ruy Sánchez, the next entry in the Month of a Thousand Forests series, has a couple books available in English: Names of the Air and The Secret Gardens of Mogador: Voices of the Earth. He also studied with Roland Barthes, which is why I included that bit from his interview. Just a reminder, you can buy A Thousand Forests in One Acorn for only $15 by entering FORESTS at checkout on the Open Letter site. Alberto Ruy Sánchez (Mexico, 1951) You studied with Roland Barthes, and that time in Paris affected you deeply as you explain in the prologue of your book of essays Con la Literatura…
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    HBR.org

  • Xbox Polling and the Future of Election Prediction

    David Rothschild
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For generations, pollsters have used probability polling (think of the Gallup polls quoted on the nightly news) as their go-to method to forecast the outcomes of elections. But cost increases and concerns about accuracy have called the method into question. A new form of polling called non-probability sampling — opt-in surveys on the internet, prediction markets, and even polls on gaming systems — has emerged as an improvement, and a viable replacement. First, let’s take a look at probability polling, which works like this: ask a random sample of likely voters who they would…
  • Do Academically Marginal Students Benefit from College? The Data Says Yes.

    The Daily Stat
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A study of Florida high-schoolers whose grades were just good enough for admission to a public university shows that higher education provided significant financial benefits for these students: 8 to 14 years after high school, their earnings were 22% higher than those of peers who hadn’t gone to college, with male students showing the largest gains, says Seth D. Zimmerman of Yale. These benefits outstrip the costs of college attendance, he says.
  • Scotland’s Future Is Bright; the UK’s Might Not Be

    David Skilling
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, the large-country voices that dominated the international discussion converged on a near consensus that small countries are inferior to larger ones, with worse prospects and higher risks; that the pro-independence movement’s motivation was cultural nationalism and an angry defensiveness against the world; and that independence would do significant damage to an open, liberal international order. When Alan Greenspan, Paul Krugman, and Niall Ferguson all agree on something, it’s a sign that the consensus is either very right — or very…
  • Beware the Analytics Bottleneck

    Brian McCarthy
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Within the next three years there will be over 20 billion connected devices (e.g. oil pipelines, smart cities, connected homes and businesses, etc.) which can empower the digital enterprise — or intimidate them. With the pace of digital “always on” streaming devices and technology innovation accelerating, one might think technology would continue to pose a challenge for businesses. Historically, new technologies from the mainframe to client server and ERP — while enabling organizations to pursue new business goals — became a bottleneck to progress. This is due to constraints like…
  • The Bash Bug Is a Wake-Up Call

    Karim R. Lakhani
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    By now we’ve all heard about the immediate threat posed by the Bash bug, which a security researcher discovered last week. Also known as the Shellshock bug, the software flaw exploits a vulnerability in a standard piece of software code called the Bash Shell, whose functions give users command over computer systems that are based on Linux and Unix. That means attackers can take control of your systems and run any command they wish. Bash is a far bigger threat than Heartbleed. Heartbleed gave hackers access to personal data, like passwords. But Bash threatens the emerging Internet of…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #299: The Readers on the Nightstand, Part 1

    Michael Kindness
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    During Booktopia Asheville, podcaster extraordinaire Simon Savidge, of The Readers, You Wrote the Book, and Hear…Read This!, sat down with Ann and me to answer questions that had been submitted by Booktopia attendees earlier in the weekend. You’ll learn a lot about all three of us, but this is only half the conversation… Head over to The Readers to hear PART 2!
  • BOTNS #298: Looking back, looking forward

    Ann Kingman
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
     A novel that won’t be read for 100 years; reading goals (or not) for the fall, and two books of nonfiction that we can’t wait for you to read.   Why I’m exploring human cryogenic preservation   Margaret Atwood has been invited to be the first author to participate in The Future Library project. Atwood will write a new book for the project. However, it won’t be printed and published until 2114. This is a very cool project, undertaken by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, and I’m just sad that I won’t be around to read Atwood’s book.  …
  • BOTNS #297: The Technical Difficulties Episode

    Michael Kindness
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Due to audio recording difficulties, this week’s episode is short. But, we still manage to recommend an audiobook, plus The Children Act by Ian McEwan and Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis.   Due to technical difficulties and an incomplete audio file, we have a short episode this week, one that has been stitched together from several different recordings. We will return next week with a full episode – recording equipment willing! Audiobook of the week (01:54) Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor by Jon Scieszka, narrated by Jon Scieszka and Brian Briggs,  is my pick for…
  • BOTNS #296: One book we can’t stop talking about

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

    Michael Kindness
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
      This week we bring you the first two author talks from Booktopia Boulder, recorded at Boulder Book Store. Please enjoy these talks from Jonathan Miles, author of Want Not, and Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out.  
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • From the Archives: How I Wrote It - A Conversation with Ken Follett

    Neal Thompson
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With the recent publication of Edge of Eternity, the third book in Ken Follett's massively epic Century Trilogy, I thought I'd re-share this conversation I had with Follett two years ago, when he published the second book in the series, Winter of the World We discussed his obsession with the Twentieth Century and his admiration for Stephen King. I have vivid memories of my dad loaning me his copy of Ken Follett’s 1978 break-out bestseller, Eye of the Needle. I was in eighth grade and it was my first stab at a fat, hardcover grown-up book, which triggered a lifelong taste for…
  • October is National Reading Group Month

    Neal Thompson
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    October is National Reading Group Month and it's nice to see some of our favorite books of the past year make the annual "Great Group Reads" list. Sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, each year a committee selects a list of books for reading groups and book clubs. Below is this year's list, with the publisher in parentheses. (*An asterisk denotes a book that our editors had selected as a Best Book of the Month pick.) All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)*Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent (Back Bay Books)* Cataract City, by Craig Davidson…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

    Alex Carr
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to co-opt her image—and then Hello Kitty was everywhere. To celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone, Perfect Square enlisted significant talent to tell 40 stories (plus one for good luck) in the life of Hello Kitty and her friends. The results are a lot of fun, no matter the age of the reader—and now I’m online looking for vintage Hello Kitty…
  • Weekend Reading: Dames, Games, and Ghosts

    Jon Foro
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As we put the finishing touches on our October reading and our Best of the Books of the Month lists, our attention turns to November as we try to get a jump on reading for the next round. (This good feeling of "being ahead" lasts about a week.) Here are a few things that we'll be taking a look at over the weekend. Happy Friday! A Sudden Light by Garth Stein Neal Thompson: Set almost entirely inside a crumbling mansion outside Seattle, this is a sprawling, big-hearted story about a boy, his woe-is-me father, his creepy-hot aunt, his demented grandfather, and the ghosts of his…
  • You Said It: Customer Reviews of Amazon's Best Books of the Month

    Neal Thompson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Now it's your turn. Here's what a few Amazon customers are saying about five of the books we selected as the Best Books of September. We should point out that since all of these are books that our editors deemed “best” of the month, we’re only including 5-star reviews. To get the full range of opinions--after all, everybody's got one when it comes to books--click through to the book page. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell Loved this, says K. L. Cotugno Impossible to quantify. He writes like no other. Today he said there must be five elements to make a novel work: style,…
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  • How Long Would it Take You to Read the ‘Harry Potter’ Series?: INFOGRAPHIC

    Maryann Yin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    How long would it take you to read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series from start to finish? Blinkbox Books, a digital book retailer, has created an interactive infographic for readers who wish to test their reading speed. Thus far, more than 100,000 people have taken this quiz. Try it out for yourself—we’ve embedded the entire infographic below. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Simon & Schuster Forms Partnership With Mofibo

    Maryann Yin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Simon & Schuster has formed a partnership with a European eBook subscription service called Mofibo. Mofibo users, who hail from Denmark and Sweden, now have access to Simon & Schuster’s backlist. This formidable collection contains more than 20,000 English and local language titles. Simon & Schuster UK publisher Ian Chapman had this statement in the press release: “Scandinavia has long been an important international market for English language authors, and Mofibo’s early success makes evident the strong appetite for content in electronic form. A continental-based…
  • Lena Dunham Records Advice Videos to Promote New Book

    Maryann Yin
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Actress Lena Dunham has shot a series of “Ask Lena” advice videos in promotion of her forthcoming memoir/advice book. Thus far, twelve videos have been uploaded to YouTube on the “Not That Kind of Girl” channel. The video embedded above features the “ASK LENA #5: Insecure writer” piece. Random House has scheduled a release date for September 30, 2014. (via Entertainment Weekly) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Gale Launches the ‘My Library Story’ Online Community

    Maryann Yin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Gale, a division of Cengage Learning, has launched the “My Library Story” community project. With this new website, the organization invites library advocates to share stories about what public libraries mean to them. From now until February 28, 2015, every story submission will prompt Gale to donate $1.00 to a library advertising fund. Follow this link to watch a promotional video about this project. Senior V.P. Frank Menchaca had this statement in the press release: ”If we’re going to change the headlines about libraries today, we need to tell a stronger story around…
  • The Financial Realities of Hybrid Publishing

    Aneya Fernando
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Writers today have more choices than ever when it comes to getting their work in the hands of millions. They can self-publish an eBook, hold out for a traditional publishing deal or do a combination of both, otherwise known as hybrid publishing. Hybrid publishing uses aspects of traditional publishing (someone is doing the marketing for you), but you’ll still need to see this as running your own business. In our latest Journalism Advice column, we got the inside scoop on the financial realities of hybrid publishing: The truth is, hybrid authors will need to put aside marketing and…
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    THE PLANET ESME PLAN

  • THE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE (NONFICTION)

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Pilot and the Little Prince:  The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sis (Farrar Straus Giroux). 
  • MY TEACHER IS A MONSTER! (PICTURE BOOK)

    4 Mar 2014 | 3:41 pm
    My Teacher is a Monster!  (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown.  A boy with a penchant for irritating his teacher encounters her outside of school and finds her to be an entirely different creature.  Brown's pictures are funny and Ms. Kirby's illustrated metamorphosis into a human being is gradual and pretty darn great.  This book, despite it's laughs, has an unexpected depth and speaks volumes about teacher/student relationships; the only disappointment is that when Robert regresses into his bad behavior back in the classroom at the end of the book, Ms. Kirby is depicted as the…
  • FIREFLY JULY (POETRY)

    28 Feb 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Firefly July:  A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  Sun's a roaring dandelion, hour by hour.Sometimes the moon's a scythe, sometimes a silver flower.But the stars!  all night long the stars are clover.Over, and over, and over!- Robert Wallace, "In the Field Forever"What greater gift on the bookshelf than a perfect anthology of poems?  This lovely, over-sized tome of thirty six well-chosen treasures takes us through the wheel of the year with evocative and colorful full-edge mixed media. The only complaint might be wishing the…
  • AVIARY WONDERS, INC. (PICTURE BOOK)

    21 Feb 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Aviary Wonders, Inc.:  Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth.  Extremely creative and extraordinarily gorgeous build-your-own-bird guide that painlessly introduces children to high-level science vocabulary and explores biology part by beautiful painted part, while quirky Q&A and assembly instructions also introduce readers to wonderful expository writing.   Teachers, this is an out-of-the-box mentor text, as children will enjoy creating their own catalogs and order forms for creatures that inspire them.  Imagination takes flight.Link for information;…
  • BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR (PICTURE BOOK)

    12 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe, illustrated by S.D. Schindler.  Based on a real note found in a 12th century manuscript, a monk loses a library book when it is eaten by a bear, and makes penance by recreating the manuscript page by painstaking page.  But will the bear be waiting for another course?  An exciting read-aloud that teaches the process of how books used to be made, you don't have to be a bruin to find this book delicious.  I only wish the publisher had invested in a little illumination...ah, well, nothing a gold marker can't fix.Link for information;…
 
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    The Writing Life

  • Five Reasons Authors Need GoodReads

    Terry Whalin
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    I am no GoodReads expert. Millions of readers are on this site talking about books. Over four years ago in 2011, I learned about this site through some email or article or bit of information that came across my computer screen. I registered at GoodReads then for three years I almost never returned.  Earlier this year, I saw GoodReads likes book reviews. I have reviewed over 450 books on Amazon (who also owns GoodReads). I took about an hour and cut and pasted some of my Amazon reviews on the GoodReads site. Currently I have reviewed about 85 books.  Almost two months ago, my friend…
  • When You Can't Find A Tweet

    Terry Whalin
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Check out SnapBird at www.SnapBird.org In the last six years since I've been on Twitter, I have consistently tweeted. When I find an interesting article in my reading or anything else related to writing, I often will take a few seconds and send a tweet with a link to this article. Days, weeks and months of consistently tweeting has added up to over 21,000 tweets. Now that amounts to a bunch of information in my twitter profile.  Sometimes I will reference an article and want to return to it. One of the best ways to find that article is to locate my tweet. But I have thousands of them and…
  • Five Ways to Get Your Writing Unstuck

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

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

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

  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

    Alma Alexander
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a little like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the kind of dirty little secret that everyone who knows you already knows about you. It’s so obvious, you with your little notebook always in your pocket, the way you forget appointments (or sometimes entire days) because your head is in a whole different space, the way your eyes sometimes light up in the middle of an unrelated conversation and whoever you’re talking to sighs and stops talking because they know you’re no longer listening. You’re a writer. You have friends warning people you’ve just met not to say anything interesting…
  • FORENSICS 181: IT PAYS TO BE WELL INFORMED

    Robert Jones
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:38 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. It was a wet, dreary day in the early 1930s. Albin Francis Karpowicz was sitting in an automobile with its engine idling. He…
  • Thomas Sullivan: ZOMBIES FOR LIFE

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Hey, you…AUTHOR! Feeling a little guilty, are we? Head not in the game because Heart is playing Walter Mitty again with fame and fortune? The baby’s diaper needs changing, your spouse is giving you hurt looks, friends with radiant deceit in their voices encourage you to finish writing that novel, mom & dad are still waiting for you to grow up, and your boss drums his fingers every time you lean into the computer screen to scrutinize that double-spaced page on your Desktop that he can’t quite make out from his desk top. Or maybe you are not an author but some other shlub with dreams…
  • Five things to do with your life before you’re ready to be a writer…

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

    Robert Jones
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. This piece departs from my usual fare in that a victim is not saved or a crime is not solved or avenged thanks to some new…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Advices

    Paulo Coelho
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    People who are part of our daily life can give us important hints on decisions we need to take. But for this purpose all that is needed is a sharp eye and an attentive ear, because those who have ready solutions are usually suspect. It’s very dangerous to ask for advice. It’s very risky to […]
  • The Bridge: Adultery

    Paulo Coelho
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Adultery released April 10, 2014 is the Paulo Coelho’s new novel and his sixteenth book to be published. Although in the United States the released date was on April 19, 2014 in English and Spanish and is published by Knopf. The book has become a best seller in Amazon, Coelho is best known for his […]
  • Adulterio por Venezolanos

    supi
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
  • 1 min reading: The mechanism of terror

    Paulo Coelho
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    An old legend tells of how a certain city in the Pyrenees mountains used to be a stronghold for drug-traffickers, smugglers and exiles. The worst of them all, called Ahab, was converted by a local monk, Savin, and decided that things could not continue like that. As he was feared by all, but did not […]
  • The word

    Paulo Coelho
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The word The word is the final intention of someone who wishes to share something with his neighbour. William Blake said: all that we write is the fruit of memory or the unknown. If I can make a suggestion, respect the unknown and look there for your source of inspiration. The stories and facts remain […]
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Guns, Culture, and the American Way

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Culture involves at leastthree components: what people think, what they do, and the material products they produce. Thus, mental processes, beliefs, knowledge, and values are parts of culture. Culture also has several properties: it is shared, learned, symbolic, transmitted cross generationally, adaptive, and integrated.   --…
  • My Son, the Endangered Species

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Last month, my son Michael and I went to dinner together at a very nice restaurant in Hobe Sound, Florida. We were sitting at a high-top table, waiting for our food to arrive, when a man came over and said to Michael, “May I ask you a question?”Michael is 25, wears a beard, and on this particular evening, he was dressed in sandals, jeans, and a gray hoody. The man wore a black leather jacket, an earring in one ear, jeans, and tennis shoes. The portion of his skin that showed was covered in tattoos. He looked to be in his mid-sixties. At one time, he was probably a really great looking…
  • Love, Crafts, and the Fine Art of Dumpster Diving

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Two days ago, I noticed a big red Dumpster behind our apartment complex. It looked to be empty.That's interesting, I thought.Yesterday evening, my husband and I were walking Jax when I noticed the Dumpster had been filled to the brim. Looks to me like the apartment management evicted someone, sending their furniture packing as well. A red sofa extended above pieces of wood, paper, and articles you'd have to examine closely to identify.That made me sad. Once upon a time, a bank threatened to evict my mother, my sisters, and me. I don't think that any of us will ever forget that bleak period in…
  • An Invitation to Meet Me in St. Louis!

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    On Thursday, September 25, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m., I'll be hosting a special celebration in St. Louis--and you're invited!Who: Joanna and her friendsWhat: A book signing party with book swag and refreshmentsWhen: From 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014Where: The Jane Allen Recital Hall in the Steinway Piano Gallery, 12033 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043How: Main Street Books of St. Charles will be on hand to sell books. Here's a list of my author friends who'll be attending:Eileen DreyerClaudia SheltonLynn CahoonMichelle SharpSharon HopkinsJudge Bill HopkinsEllen ParkerGena…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Penny Pincher (Part 3)

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    By Joanna Campbell SlanEditor’s Note: In Parts 1 and 2, Kiki Lowenstein, owner of Time in a Bottle, has been teaching a two-session class called “The Double-Dip.” This week, her customers brought in one of their favorite dessert recipes, a photo of the dessert, and the recipe to use in an 8- by 8-inch cookbook album. There's a bit of friction in the group because Iona Lippman and Lisa Ferguson both claim to make an outstanding red velvet cake—and now Iona's recipe has gone missing! To make matters worse, Kiki's customers have also challenged her come up with thrifty ways to scrapbook.
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    Living 2 Read

  • The Graphic Truth

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If you are a New Yorker reader you're familiar with Roz Chast, the cartoonist whose squiggly-lined drawings manage to make the mundane, the maudlin, or even the misanthropic events of everyday life seem unexpectedly funny. My favorites often involve parents and children, and the ways in which they can drive each other crazy. So I expected that her graphic memoir “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant” would offer similar enjoyment. And it does. But this book is so much more than that.Chast's parents George and Elizabeth are an eccentric, mismatched pair, essentially friendless, who…
  • A Girl and A Boy

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Time for my beach read, and this year it is All The Light We Cannot See. It's a story about a girl and a boy. In August of 1944, in the waning days of World War II, the picturesque Breton town of Saint-Malo, occupied by the retreating German army, is being bombed by Allied forces. Alone on the top floor of a tall narrow house, a French sixteen-year-old blind girl named Marie-Laure LeBlanc fears for her life. Five blocks away eighteen-year-old German private Werner Pfennig, a radio specialist stationed in a grand old hotel, is assigned to intercept messages from Allied sympathizers and…
  • Everyday Life

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

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

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

  • “Surprise attacks”

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I pointed to former Millions-er Emily M. Keeler’s review of Wolf in White Van, the new novel by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. Now, at Slate, Carl Wilson offers his own praise of the book, which he describes as “not the kind of rallying cry or dark comfort that Mountain Goats fans are used to, but a complex meditation.”
  • Tuesday New Release Day: Dunham; Mantel; Biss; Stein; Cronenberg; Zupan; Amis

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Girls creator Lena Dunham’s first book is on shelves, as is the new short story collection by Man Booker laureate and recent Millions interviewee Hilary Mantel. Also out: On Immunity by Eula Biss; A Sudden Light by Garth Stein; Consumed by the filmmaker David Cronenberg; The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan; and The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis. For more on these and other titles, check out our Great 2014 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.
  • It’s 2014, Do You Know Where You Are? Bright Lights, Big City at 30

    Michael Bourne
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One night in the early 1980s, Jay McInerney, then a twenty-something wannabe writer, stumbled home after an epic evening of partying and heard an insistent voice in his head saying, “You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning.” He dashed off a quick paragraph about the night he’d just spent at a club talking with a girl with a shaved head and wishing he could get his hands on some more “Bolivian Marching Powder.” A short time later, editor George Plimpton called him to say he’d liked a story McInerney had sent to The Paris…
  • Obituary for Karl Miller

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    RIP Karl Miller, one of the founders of The London Review of Books and an editor of the magazine for thirteen years. Originally meant to fill a vacuum left by a strike at the Times Literary Supplement, the LRB grew into “the liveliest, the most serious and also the most radical literary magazine we have,” in Alan Bennett’s words.
  • TK

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Recommended Reading: Anna Della Subin on our views of procrastination. You could also read Avery Erwin on procrastination and American artists.
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Meet Deadly D and Justice Jones

    Joy Lawn
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Deadly D/Dylan and Justice about your Deadly D and Justice Jones books (Magabala Books). Kids who like rugby league and sport are going to love these books. Questions for Dylan/Deadly D and Justice - What are your favourite football teams and players? Dylan: Growing up in Mount Isa and being a North Queensland […]
  • Review – The Billy That Died with its Boots On

    Dimity Powell
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Grade Four Brief: fill an entire exercise book with a collection of poetry based on the theme ‘Don’t’. ‘I hear don’t much more than do. I think that’s sad, how about you?’ was my interpretation of the theme. It featured on every page. Outcome: I filled the book, each page boasting original arrangements of strangled […]
  • The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in October

    Boomerang Books
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion I am not going to ruin this outrageously funny book for you by telling you what happens this time round to Don. However Rosie and Don have been married for 10 months so […]
  • Aussie Kids Love Stickers

    Tracey Allen
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    Aussie kids love stickers, and I’ve pulled together a collection of sticker books to delight all ages. And the best thing? They’ve all been selected from the Boomerang Books Australia’s Top 1000 Bestselling Books list, which means you save 20% off the RRP. Great stuff, hey? First up is from the increasingly popular character, Peppa Pig in Peppa […]
  • Russia in Literature, An Obsession

    Michael Kitto
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I am not sure if many people are aware but I am a big fan of Russian literature, not just books written by Russians but also books set in Russia. There is something about the backdrop and the way these books are written that I am drawn to. The culture is so different and with […]
 
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Nine Literary Elizabeths

    Beth Carswell
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Here are nine characters named Elizabeth, found in popular literary fiction. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an obvious place to start. Occasionally Lizzy or Eliza (never Liz or Beth), Bennet is an intelligent, witty and independent woman, known to be a critical thinker with a strong moral compass. In screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet has been played by actresses Greer Garson, Jennifer Ehle, Keira Knightley and more. Elizabeth March, commonly known as Beth March, is the third of four sisters in the classic novel Little Women by Louisa May…
  • Rare Titles from Archibald Rutledge, First Poet Laureate of South Carolina

    Beth Carswell
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    American poet Archibald “Archie” Rutledge (1883-1973) has enjoyed moments in the spotlight here on AbeBooks. South Carolina’s first poet laureate, Rutledge wrote extensively, with most of his books dedicated to his first love, poetry. He also wrote prodigiously about hunting, wildlife and the outdoors. Rutledge grew up in South Carolina on a plantation, where he had ample time to explore and hunt with his father and brothers. His passion for poetry was also formed in childhood, and he wrote his first piece of poetry when he was just a young boy of three years: “I saw a…
  • The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas by Mayne Reid

    Beth Carswell
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    The lunch table in the AbeBooks staff room is certainly never dull. Different combinations of staffers from various departments congregate to eat their lunches, and the conversation can run the gamut from heated political discussion, to pop culture, to local events and more. The only topic off-limits is work, though that rule is bent whenever someone has a problem or a particularly good idea. Yesterday’s discussion veered onto the origins of phrases, when it was mentioned that someone didn’t know what succotash (as in “Sufferin’ Succotash!”, the famous cartoon…
  • Banned Books Week 2014

    Beth Carswell
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    It’s Banned Books Week again. If you’re not familiar, Banned Books Week is an annual week-long series of events that celebrate our freedom to read, and call attention to how often that freedom is threatened and quashed. This year the promotions run September 21st – 27th. The American Library Association is the brains behind the operation, and they work hard to spread awareness about the threat of censorhip, and to remove barriers to literacy and books. As of the writing of this post, this is the most current list of Most Challenged Books (from 2013 – a list from 2014…
  • For Auction: Shaw’s Shovel, Bradbury’s Poem About Same

    Beth Carswell
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This is the second bit of good bloggery we’ve had as a result of George Bernard Shaw objects. Longtime Reading Copy readers may remember that we once had George Bernard Shaw’s typewriter for sale on the site. This time around, the item of interest is George Bernard Shaw’s garden spade, with which he apparently planted a mulberry tree in 1936, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. There is a plaque on the handle of the spade, which reads: “‘With this spade Bernard Shaw planted a mulberry tree in the public garden in Great Malvern on his 80th birthday, the 26 July…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing Religious Thrillers And Storytelling Lessons From Commercial TV With Simon Toyne

    Joanna Penn
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    It’s always fantastic to talk to mega bestselling authors and a few years back, Simon Toyne’s Sanctus series was one of the biggest books in the UK, as well as an international bestseller. In this interview, he explains the inspiration behind the books and how 20 years of TV experience taught him the most important elements of storytelling. In the introduction, I talk about the launch of Business for Authors, my trip to Stockholm and the launch of 1 Fred’s Place in London, plus the audio edition of Day of the Vikings, available now. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing…
  • Launch Of Business For Authors. How To Be An Author Entrepreneur Ebook, Print And Audiobook

    Joanna Penn
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Everything you need to run a business as an author. I’m excited to launch Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur today, as it contains everything I have learned from 13 years of being a business consultant, and 6 years of being an author. This is not a book on creativity or the craft of writing. My aim is to take the result of your creativity into the realm of actually paying the bills. To take you from being an author to running a business as an author. I was a business consultant for 13 years before I gave up my job in September 2011 to become a full-time…
  • The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections On My Stockholm Trip

    Joanna Penn
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    I spent a couple of days in Stockholm last week, and did three events in just over 24 hours for Lava Forlag, meeting authors at all stages of the journey. Here are my reflections on my time there. Flying into Stockholm The indie revolution is expanding… and it is incredibly exciting to see the light dawning in people’s eyes. The Swedish publishing industry is still in the old traditional, print dominated way of doing things right now. Ebooks haven’t taken off yet, Amazon hasn’t opened its .se store and authors are still focused on the route of agents and publishers to reach readers. I…
  • How Has Self-Publishing Changed In The Last 2 Years? Interview With David Gaughran.

    Joanna Penn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Today I interview David Gaughran, author and outspoken commentator on all things indie. David has just released the second edition of his fantastic book, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should from Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for $4.99/£2.99. This book is one of the reasons I decided NOT to write my own book about how to self-publish. When it is done so well by a fantastic author, why reinvent the wheel! I highly recommend grabbing a copy and even if you know what you’re doing as an indie, you’ll certainly learn something from the…
  • Creating Money, Creating Meaning. Getting Into Financial Flow With Orna Ross

    Joanna Penn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Our attitudes to money shape so much of our lives, and today I explore how we can integrate our creativity with our money in discussion with Orna Ross. If you’re struggling with your financial journey, then you’ll find this interview fascinating. In the intro, I talk about my lessons learned after 3 years as a full time author-entrepreneur and what’s changing for me right now. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • NaNoWriMo Prep Work: Find Your Writing Niche

    Guest Column
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    BY OWEN BONDONO In nature, all living things fill a specific role in their ecosystems. This is called their ecological niche, and organisms need this specific combination of factors to survive. Similarly, every writer needs their own specific combination of factors to thrive creatively. Some people like quiet, while others like noise. Some write first thing in the morning, others write after everyone else has gone to bed. Finding your writing niche is key to upping your productivity. Lists and charts have always made me happy. Even if you hate charts, taking notes on your writing habits can…
  • How to Make a Living as a Writer – Introduction

    Guest Column
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s true—you CAN make a living as a writer! AWAI has been teaching people how to do it since 1997. And I’m happy to announce we’re now able to share our tips, techniques and strategies directly with Writer’s Digest readers through our new blog – How to Make a Living as a Writer. My name is Rebecca Matter. I’m the President of AWAI, and have personally worked with and trained hundreds of writers over the last 15 years. I have a lot of experience helping writers cross over from dreaming about the writer’s life—to actually living it. And I’m going to share what I know works…
  • Caught Pants Down

    Brian A. Klems
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You wake up feeling refreshed, a new day a new— wait your favorite pair of pants is missing. Darting up from bed you hear a noise outside. A woman is wearing them and looking straight at you. What do you do? Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.          
  • Copywriting Crash Course: Learn the Basics of Writing Great Copy

    SueJohnson
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The secret is out … If you want to make a VERY good living as a writer, you should become a copywriter. What used to be a “closed profession” is now the biggest opportunity for writers thanks to the $2.3 trillion direct-response industry. Your first step? Learn how to write the copy companies are hungry for. Join Rebecca Matter and Katie Yeakle – who train hundreds of copywriters every year – for this FREE webinar and get a crash course in writing copy that sells. In just one hour you’ll learn the secrets behind good copy, tips for connecting with your reader, techniques for…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency

    Chuck Sambuchino
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.   About Julie: Before joining The Seymour Agency, Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Last year she was awarded Editor of the…
 
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    Better World Books

  • Yes, books are still being challenged for removal in 2014

    Better World Books
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    What is Banned Books Week? The American Library Association’s weeklong observance “highlights the value of free and open access to information” (source)—and reflects on the fact that yes, books are still being challenged, banned, and removed from circulation in communities in the US. (Image source here.) So why does Better World Books care? Access to reading material is a crucial component for literacy, and there are many places in the world where access to books is not guaranteed. So here are some interesting links regarding your freedom to read: Want to know last…
  • 5,000 Books Hauled to the Mall

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    We love books. We love buying them (lucky for us, we’re a bookseller!) and we love selling them (see previous comment). But if you’ve known us for long, you know we love giving books away. Last holiday season, with an abundance of books and the spirit of giving—a winning combination, in our opinion—we loaded up about 5,500 books a few days before Christmas and set up ‘shop’ at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana. We packed them up at our warehouse up the road, drove them over, and gave them away to local holiday shoppers out seeking gifts for their loved…
  • Shortlisted for the VIBES Circular Economy Award

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the VIBES Award finalists (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) for 2014, a Scottish based initiative to recognise businesses that improve or reduce their impact on the planet. This year we have been shortlisted in the Circular Economy category, which “is for the business that best demonstrates a closed loop approach (cradle to cradle) to material use.” Circular Economy Award entrants excel in “product re-use… innovative business models, renewable energy and materials substitution, effective supply chain and…
  • A Snapshot of World Literacy Today

    Tommy
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    If it was up to you to solve global illiteracy, how would you know you were making progress? Today is International Literacy Day, a great time to take a look at UNESCO’s “snapshot” of literacy around the world. Image source: UN Photo/Louise Gubb Lets head on over to the eAtlas of Literacy, a veritable Mission Control center where the UNESCO Institute for Statistics “collects data for more than 200 countries and territories through its annual surveys and partnerships with [other] organizations” and serves it up one comprehensive, flexible visualization. The…
  • 2014 LEAP Grant Recipients for the UK and Europe

    Better World Books
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are thrilled to present the recipients of the first-ever UK & Europe branch of our LEAP Grant initiative. A total of £20,000 funding is being awarded across 6 winners. LEAP Grants (Literacy and Education in Action Programme) strategically fund projects organised by nonprofits and libraries where they will have the most lasting impact. These projects teach much-needed literacy skills and open lifelong opportunities for communities all over the world. Please join us in congratulating these organisations: Nonprofit Grant Winners Name: Book Aid International (Selected by online community…
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    JetPak Studio

  • The next bear spread drawing.

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The color has been completed and looking good. I'll post it soon.
  • Revisit on Design Inspiration...

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Thanks to Jeff Andrews for including me in the redo of his "Design Inspiration" site. There are great illustrators there and I'm thankful for being included in the new version of the site. Check it out!http://designinspiration.blogspot.com/2014/09/di-rewind-mike-cressy.html
  • Ink drawing from my vacation last month...

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    "Birds on the beach!... of which sometimes there were a lot and sometimes not.
  • A drawing from my recent vacation....

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Ye olde "Dragon's Breath"... all the way from Cannon Beach, OR.
  • Bear book drawing...

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    This is for the Bear Book that I'm working on for a publisher. They want it in the stores by January or February 2015... I'm working on it. The color version was in the previous post.
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:16 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 YA FICTION GRAPHIC…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Guardian: The best science fiction books in September USA Today: New and Noteworthy Books Huffington Post: 5 books you may have missed this summer Refinery29: 16 Books You Need to Read This Fall TIME: A Guide to the Best Fall Photo Books Toronto Star: Go Back to School with These Top Books for Kids Huffington Post: 10 Nonfiction Books You’ll Be Reading This Fall The State: What Corporate America Is Reading, August 2014 Huffington Post: 50 New Picture Books for Fall 2014 Bustle.com: September’s Best YA Books Bustle.com: Best Nonfiction of September Washingtonian.com: Top 10…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    MONDAY FICTION Patterson, James – Burn MONDAY NONFICTION Stratten, Scott – UnSelling: The New Customer Experience TUESDAY FICTION Amis, Martin – The Zone of Interest Coulter, Catherine – The Lost Key Johansen, Iris – The Perfect Witness Mantel, Hilary – The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Mott, Jason – The Wonder of all Things Salvatore, R. A. – Rise of the King: Companions Codex, II Snicket, Lemony – “Shouldn’t You Be in School?” TUESDAY NONFICTION Caputo, Theresa – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up:…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    To be published the week of September 21-28: MONDAY NONFICTION Chan, Savio – China’s Super Consumers: What 1 Billion Customers Want and How to Sell it to Them Darnton, Robert – Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature Lahr, John – Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh TUESDAY FICTION Bezmozgis, David – The Betrayers Christie, Alix – Gutenberg’s Apprentice Crombie, Deborah – To Dwell in Darkness Enger, Lin – The High Divide Hendrix, Grady – Horrorstor Hiaasen, Carl – Skink: No Surrender (Teen) Kristoff, Jay –…
 
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    The Bat Segundo Show & Follow Your Ears

  • Merritt Tierce (BSS #551)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    There are 2.4 million waiters and waitresses now working in America. Why have our narratives failed to confront the realities of working in a restaurant? Merritt Pierce, author of LOVE ME BACK, joins us to discuss working-class narratives, the male gaze, abortion, and women as second-class citizens. This show also includes a strong critique of 2 BROKE GIRLS and one of the most startling on-air gaffes in Bat Segundo's history.
  • The Cultural Redemption of Stefan Zweig: Anthea Bell and George Prochnik (BSS #550)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    This special two hour episode of The Bat Segundo Show details the life and work of Stefan Zweig in considerable detail. It may be the most epic radio program ever devoted to Stefan Zweig. It includes interviews with translator Anthea Bell and George Prochnik, author of THE IMPOSSIBLE EXILE.
  • Amanda Vaill (BSS #549)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway headed to Spain to help the Loyalists during the Civil War. Gellhorn was to transform into one of the 20th century's best war correspondents. Hemingway needed to have his romanticism crushed to write a masterpiece. They are two figures in Amanda Vaill's HOTEL FLORIDA. This conversation examines how the Civil War changed not only the trajectory of Spain, but the future of world culture.
  • Mimi Pond (BSS #548)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Cartoonist Mimi Pond spent a good chunk of 1978 working as a dishwasher and a waitress in an Oakland diner. Thirty-six years later, she's collected her experiences in the graphic novel, OVER EASY. This 40 minute conversation examines that experience, looking into the difficulties of accurately portraying that era in a politically correct age and how a crisp glimpse into working-class life is generally more reliable than nostalgia.
  • Joanna Rakoff (BSS #547)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Joanna Rakoff spent 1996 working as an assistant for Harold Ober Associates, overhearing the likes of J.D. Salinger and Judy Blume talking shop. This 75 minute conversation, which discusses Rakoff's memoir MY SALINGER YEAR, gets into some of the underlying privilege and protective family dynamics which led Rakoff to get a later start as an adult.
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Ben Franklin's Big Splash

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Inventionby Barb RosenstockCalkins Creek (Sep. 1, 2014)Picture Book Summary:Eleven-year-old Benjamin Franklin creates his first invention so that he can swim like a fish.Why You'll Love It:  There is plenty of emphasis on words and phrases that are highlighted by colorful and distinct typefaces, some sliding down the page or shaped like a watery wave.Rosenstock spotlights Franklin's curiosity and emphasizes the steps of the scientific method (problem, research, hypothesis, test, analyze, conclude) in describing…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Gravity

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gravityby Jason ChinRoaring Brook Press (April 29, 2014)NonfictionSummary in a sentence:Color illustrations and simple text explain what would happen without gravity.  Why You'll Love It:Readers can add to their increasing knowledge of the topic with important vocabulary and comparisons that allow for deeper understanding. Colorful and incredibly detailed watercolor landscapes and close-up illustrations keep readers’ attention, and certain objects are repeated throughout the pages.The images of space and the objects floating or falling therein are hypnotically arresting. Who…
  • Dot Day: Make Your Mark

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I'm thankful for the little things in life.Like having amazing colleagues that love to work together and collaborate with their librarian.I guess that's not really a little thing after all.Each year my art teacher and I co-teach classes on Dot Day, which is a celebration of the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. It's a book all about inspiring creativity in young minds.This year we hosted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes to read The Dot with us and make their own dot.1st Grade made 3D art sculptures:2nd grade made dot flowers:3rd grade made aluminum dots (which I somehow didn't get a pic of...)We…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) by Peter Brown

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)by Peter BrownLittle, Brown (July 1, 2014)Picture BookSummary in a Sentence:Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.Why You'll Love It:Brown uses a cartoon-type format with panels and speech bubbles, varying the pace with full-page art, in a story that students and teachers will enjoy equally At the heart of the awkward-pause-filled humor are Bobby and Ms. Kirby’s marvelous facial expressions. Brown makes it clear…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Mister Bud Wears the Cone!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Ah, Mister Bud...I've been a fan from the beginning.Mister Bud Wears the Cone!by Carter GoodrichSimon & Schuster (June 3, 2014)Picture Book Summary: Wearing the cone is no fun; Mister Bud can’t reach the biscuits or drink from his water dish. And Zorro? He can’t help but have some fun at Mister Bud’s expense. Why You'll Love It:Goodrich’s watercolors excel at squat doggie bodies, especially the abstract shape of Bud’s faceless conehead. A succinct, masterfully paced text is filled with humorous taunts from Zorro and hilarious descriptions of Mister Bud's misery.A great…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • More Bitter than Sweet

    Jodi Chromey
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is only now as I type that I realize I’ve read two books back-to-back with the word ‘sweet’ in the title. Happy accident. I was attracted to Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore because it had the same sort of setting as We Were Liars, a book I really enjoyed. A wealthy family’s summer compound? A promise of intrigue? Sign me up. However, where ‘Liars’ was subtle and clever, Bittersweet is obvious and aims to be smarter than it is. Damn. Mabel Dagmar (come on with that name) is the short, kind of dumpy, poor girl from Oregon who wins a scholarship…
  • Pretty Sweet

    Jodi Chromey
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    My favorite part of Fast Food Nation when I read it back in 2001 was the parts about the flavor factories in New Jersey. At least I think they were in NJ. I’m going with it since it’s been thirteen years since I read that book and about thirteen days since I read Stephan Eirik Clark’s novel Sweetness #9 about a flavorist in New Jersey. David Leveraux is the flavorist we follow when he lands his dream job in 1973 at one of the top flavor factories in the country. I don’t think they are called flavor factories, but I am going with this too. David ends up in animal…
  • Nest

    LeAnn Suchy
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Esther Ehrlich’s middle grade novel Nest, 11-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein is growing up in 1970s Cape Cod in a quiet, small town and she loves birds. She’s a bird watcher who can recite a wide variety of facts, some quite interesting, about many different bird species. But Chirp’s family is soon thrust into the small town spotlight when her dancer mother is diagnosed with MS and enters a deep depression. Chirp deals with her mother’s downward spiral and the whispers around town by diving more into ornithology and by befriending the adorable boy next…
  • Unbreakable

    LeAnn Suchy
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chasing her cat through a graveyard, Kennedy Waters runs across a ghost. Days after her ghostly encounter, Kennedy’s mother dies and Kennedy gets attacked by a poltergeist, but she’s saved by some handsome identical twin ghost hunters who tell her that she’s special. She comes from a long line of ghost hunters, just like they do, and they’re all being hunted by a demon. Soon Kennedy joins them and other teenage ghost hunters as they try to track down an artifact to help them stop the demon. That’s a short synopsis of Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, and unfortunately that synopsis is…
  • 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

    Jodi Chromey
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    The more you give yourself over to the world of Philadelphia in 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, the better your experience will be. You have to get comfortable with menthol-smoking nine-year-old girls who are in fifth grade (most nine year olds are in fourth grade), dogs taking over the point of view, and old ladies who randomly take flight over the city. If you can hang with those sorts of logical inconsistencies and random flights of fancy then you can hang with Marie-Helene Bertino’s whimsical novel and have a good time. I had a good time. We start with Madeleine Altimari, the…
 
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    Great Books that I liked

  • Wilt in Nowhere (Published in 2004) - Wilt traveling - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    After a break of more than 2 decades, Tom Sharpe returned with the fourth novel in the Wilt Series. Tom Sharpe acknowledged that the reason for such a prolonged absence in his publication was the lack of poison in his system as it was the period he was forced to give up smoking. Other reasons mentioned by him for the prolonged absence was that the ballpoint pen he used had gone out of production! And that he had even written to his readers to send him their pens!Whatever the reason be, the introduction to Wilt in Nowhere feels timid and as a reader one worries that Sharpe might have finally…
  • Wilt on High (Published in 1984) - More fun with Wilt - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Wilt on High, is the third installment in the Wilt Series written by comic novelist, Tom Sharpe, who made a bawdy and vulgar style of writing into an art form. His writings are quite similar to those of Wodehouse, from whom he took great inspiration. But funny is where the similarity ends. Tom Sharpe takes funny and adds more crass and vulgarity to the story. Even though he started writing comedy only by the age of 43 years, his stories were an instant hit, and found a large loyal reader base.Wilt on High, follows the exploits of Henry Wilt, a mild mannered teacher, who always gets involved…
  • The Wilt Alternative (Published in 1979) - Terrorism and comedy - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    The sequel to Wilt, Tom Sharpe’s second in the series is a continuation of the life and idiosyncrasies that seem to follow Henry Wilt. With satire, which is crude and offensive, Tom Sharpe was quite an acclaimed outspoken novelist. Once you are accustomed to his style of comedy, you might agree with those who feel that Sharpe is one of Britain’s funniest novelists. In the Wilt Series he has put forth a character that he does not seem to like very much himself. Hence, the strange and wrong situations that Henry Wilt, the books protagonist finds himself in often.In The Wilt Alternative,…
  • Wilt (Published in 1976) - Comedy of errors - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Born in 1928, Thomas Ridley Sharpe was a British novelist, who favoured satire in all his writings. Best known for the Wilt series, and Porterhouse Blue, Thomas Sharpe, better known as Tom Sharpe was an alumnus of Pembroke College, Cambridge. His novels have been well acclaimed globally and the Wilt Series along with a few other books have also been adapted for television.     Wilt is one of the first critically acclaimed novels of Tom Sharpe. Based on the life and misadventures of a professionally underrated assistant lecturer, Henry Wilt, the book is a comedic novel which was…
  • Into the Storm (Command Series) (Published in 1997) - Authored by Tom Clancy - The rise of the US army

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Tom (who died in 2013) was a first rate author. He is famous for his series of fiction books centered around the world of his main character Jack Ryan, with a combination of intelligence agency (CIA) and military. His books starting with "The Hunt for Red October" were surprising because of the level of detail and military accuracy. This first book got a huge boost with the then President Ronald Reagan mentioning it as a book that he liked, and from that point on, there was no looking back. He wrote a series of books (many of them were quite lengthy), but for his fans, these were books that…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • Nurse Ratched, My Ice Pick Queen by Elaina Acosta Ford

    Laura Roberts
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    With those baby blues and torpedo breasts, Nurse Ratched annihilated the testicles of unsuspecting men. Not only did this living doll possess an unholy beauty, but also the power she exuded instilled terror into the hearts of men and women who had the misfortune of crossing her path, myself included. My damn birthmark still burned every time she was in spitting distance. You don’t remember me, do you? It’s okay. I was forgettable. Not like her. I was the timid, unnamed medication nurse with the permanent red wine stain screaming down my chest. Sometimes when at I was home alone, I stuffed…
  • Dear Jules, by Grace Courvoisier

    Danielle White
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I. Dear Jules, If I see you being quiet, I’m not going to ask what’s wrong. I know you’re just splitting the epiphanies of your mind like, how you ever learned English? Or how you mastered the bent breath it takes to sing through the second hole of your harmonica. And I’ll watch you, giving attention to my respiration because, I choose the presence of your safety over hope, which has no plan for action these days. So, I built a church for you in the home of my stomach. You can expand; drink wine, contract and flex, and do acid with God. I’m new to this, and new to you, but I’ve…
  • REVIEW: With a Zero at its Heart by Charles Lambert

    Laura Roberts
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Reviewed by Frank Babics In fiction, characterization and plot are often balancing factors. When a novel dips heavily toward plot, limitations on character are automatically established since players must conform to story requirements. When plot is incidental, however, characters have the opportunity to flourish. In Charles Lambert’s latest book, With a Zero at its Heart, character is the sole focus in a novel whose storyline is made up of fragmented experiences. Lambert has set himself a challenging task, as described on the interior flap: 24 themed chapters. Each with 10 numbered…
  • Let’s Talk: Process is for spreadable cheese by Susan Tepper

    Laura Roberts
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    If one more writer talks about “their process,” I’m going to split a gut. Can one split a gut? I guess any part of the body can be split. I had a root canal this week, so blood and splitting (and spitting) are on my mind. It’s just this: it gets so sickening and redundant to hear writers going on about how they write a story, how they write a poem. They remind me of acupuncturists. When I had a back injury that didn’t heal after almost two years, after trying every form of therapy, I went to an acupuncturist. Her treatment room was filled with charts showing pin-points of…
  • Mailer Daemon by Roxanna Bennett

    Danielle White
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have a vision of every failed message returned by a mailer daemon answered, not an automatic reply but the why, coda, a p.s. “I am not drowned in the tide of the East Side, I didn’t borrow that syringe or lose my child in the hardware aisle of the local dollar store. I didn’t move to the mountains with the girl who replaced the girl who replaced your indented imprint in the used bed, I didn’t move from one coast to the next forgetting you exist. I simply lost the password or the text, the name I wrote you under, whether it was .ca or .com.” You never came. I waited while the…
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  • 2014 Kirkus Prize Finalists Announced

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hey! It’s a book prize that actually offers a significant amount of money to the recipients, and the list of finalists reflects the way we read now, and it’s the very first year this all has happened. Exciting news. The Kirkus Prize was created to honor 81 years of exacting, brilliant Kirkus Reviews of books, and in order for a work to be eligible, it needed to receive a Kirkus star (denoting quality) and to be published between November 2013 – November 2014. The judges ended up sifting through quite a few books: 266 fiction; 225 nonfiction, 446 children/teens; and 70…
  • Flavorwire Roundtable: Is Lena Dunham a Voice of a Generation in ‘Not That Kind of Girl’?

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    We are living through a golden age of the female-comedian memoir. Stoked by Chelsea Handler’s consistently bestselling memoirs about drinking and sex, the genre became a full-on trend with Tina Fey’s Bossypants in 2011. In short order, we had books by Sarah Silverman, Mindy Kaling, Judy Greer, Rachel Dratch, anyone who’s ever been on the Chelsea Lately comedy panel, and an upcoming collection by the forever-likable Amy Poehler. Some have succeeded and some have flopped, but it’s a wave that apparently hasn’t even crested yet, with a new million-dollar book deal…
  • Joanna Newsom Will Narrate ‘Inherent Vice’ as “Earth Goddess”-Like Character

    Angela Lashbrook
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Finally, Joanna Newsom makes an appearance after her marriage to Adam Samberg—but not, unfortunately, with a new album; rather, she’ll be playing the character named Sortilège, an “earth goddess”-type character who narrates Inherent Vice, according to the New York Times.  The film, based on the book by Thomas Pynchon and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, revolves around Larry “Doc” Sportello’s (played by Joaquin Phoenix) search for his disappeared ex-girlfriend Shasta. The movie also stars Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Michael K. Williams, Jena…
  • What It Means to Be “Wanted” : Saeed Jones on His Book ‘Prelude to Bruise’

    Moze Halperin
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Thank you Max, for that maaaarvelous introduction,” seethes Bette Midler circa 1993, from inside Saeed Jones’s Twitter account. In fact, tonight, it seems he’s been live-tweeting Hocus Pocus. I’m oscillating between this amusing distraction and lines from his new book, Prelude to Bruise, like, “If I ever strangled sparrows/it was only because I dreamed/of better songs.” If this is how poetry works these days, then I’m all for it — Yeats might have been interested in the occult, but I don’t believe he ever wrote about Kathy Najimy’s witchcraft. Surprisingly,…
  • Ursula K. Le Guin and Other Literary Heavyweights Call Amazon/Hachette “Censorship”

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    In this morning’s New York Times, Ursula K. Le Guin has some strong words against Amazon, regarding the endless Amazon/Hachette dispute over ebooks (and the future of reading, some say): We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author,” Ms. Le Guin wrote in an email. “Governments use censorship for moral and political ends, justifiable or not. Amazon is using censorship to gain total market control so they can dictate to publishers what they can publish, to authors what they can write, to readers what they can buy.
 
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  • [Kindle Daily Deal] Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Amazon has a daily promotion called the Kindle Daily Deal. You can view this special deal every day here: http://amzn.to/KindleDailyDeal Today’s deal is… Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent by William L. Shirer Genre: Nonfiction, World War II A radio broadcaster and journalist for Edward R. Murrow at CBS, William Shirer began keeping a diary while in Europe during the 1930s. His honest and passionate chronicle is considered the first full record of the rise of the Third Reich and the brutality with which Hitler came to power. Click here to Learn More! Prices are…
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    30 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction Nine Months Abroad by Patrick Szabo Still free? Click Here to find out! It’s 1981 and Matt Corrick just finished fourth grade. Now he’s leaving Ohio, McDonald’s, and his grandparents’ home – the only home he has ever known – to join his mom and stepdad at an army base in Germany… where he knows no one, and the local kids have already…
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  • Comic Con Experience In Brazil Reveals Batman Poster By Raphael Grampá & Ivan Reis

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    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Comic Con Experience reveals the artwork for the official event poster created by internationally renowned Brazilian comic book artists, Ivan Reis and Rafael Grampá, both confirmed guests at CCXP, with colors by Marcelo Costa. The poster was created in an exclusive agreement between CCXP and DC Comics, the publisher owned by Time Warner which owns the rights to classic characters, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Batman.  The poster will be seen in promotional items for CCXP, including t-shirts sold exclusively at the event, on the cover of the CCXP program guide,…
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    Larry Fire
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
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  • U2’s Songs of Innocence To Be Released By Island Records On October 13, 2014

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    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    U2’s latest studio album Songs Of Innocence, containing 11 new tracks, will be released by Island Records on October 13, 2014. The release follows the album being given today to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide. Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was…
  • Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Invasion!” Art Exhibition Opening On September 27, 2014

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    27 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Invasion!” an art exhibition celebrating Alien invasions opening on September 27, 2014. Featured artists include Gordon Reid, Kyle Wilkinson, RAID71, Steven Bonner and Tony Hodgkinson. RAID71, Gordon Reid and possibly Steven Bonner will be in attendance opening night. The show will run from September 27th until October 12th at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, LA, CA 90034.
  • Dark Hall Mansion To Release “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” Prints By Nicolas Delort On October 2, 2014

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    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dark Hall Mansion will release “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” prints by Nicolas Delort on October 2, 2014. Follow DHM on Twitter for the on sale announcement. “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” by Nicolas Delort Standard Edition Run of 280 18″ X 24″ Printed by Burlesque $65 “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” by Nicolas Delort Variant Edition Run of 50 Includes a glow in the dark layer  18″ X 24″ Printed by Burlesque $100 “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” by Nicolas Delort Foil Edition Run of only 15! 18″ X 24″ Printed by Burlesque $150
 
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  • The optics of poetry

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Poetry is the art of saying two (or more) things at once and making them one. – Richard Wakefield, 'Poets display writing translucent and opaque', Seattle Times, 10 April 2005 In the opening chapter to his book Seven Types of Ambiguity William Empson states: An ambiguity, in ordinary speech, means something very pronounced, and as a rule witty or deceitful. I propose to use the word in an extended sense, and shall think relevant to my subject any verbal nuance, however slight, which gives room for alternative reactions to the same piece of language. Simply put then: Ambiguity is the quality…
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Diseases desperate grown,By desperate alliances are relieved, Or not at all. (Hamlet, IIII.ii.) Books written solely in dialogue divide people so I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of one- and two-star reviews for this. I, personally, loved it to pieces. I enjoyed Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited and Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint; Aaron Petrovich’s The Session was good, if a little short, but Padgett Powell’s Me & You was simply wonderful. There are others I’ve still to get round to like Philip Roth’s Deception which I’ll probably have read by the time I get round to posting…
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    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    HAMM: We're not beginning to... to... mean something? CLOV: Mean something! You and I, mean something! (Brief laugh.) Ah that's a good one! Endgame, Samuel Beckett It is tempting—and numerous esteemed and not so estimable reviewers have been unable to resist—so let’s get it out of the road: If you’re aware of the existence of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot then the first thing that will jump to your mind when you begin reading You & Me [You&I here in the UK] is: This feels an awful lot like Waiting for Godot. Which it does. Now whether it was intended to is another…
  • The Wall

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The crows have risen, and circle screeching over the forest. When they are out of sight I shall go to the clearing and feed the white crow. It will already be waiting for me. – Marlen Haushofer, The Wall I read this book shortly after watching the first season of the television adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and it’s impossible not to compare the two although really the only thing they have in common is that an invisible and seemingly impenetrable barrier mysteriously appears one day imprisoning (or protecting, depending on your point of view) those within. In King’s case…
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    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd – Voltaire I wrote a poem back in 1996 about beliefs: THE NATURE OF BELIEFSThe thing about beliefs isthey don't need to be true. That's not their job. They're there becauseso many things aren't true. Nature abhors a vacuum. 19 December 1996 The word 'belief' is one I struggle with. Like all words the only way you can explain belief is by using other words and the most obvious synonym for 'belief' is 'faith' which I have less of a problem with. The first definition I learned regarding faith came from the Bible where Hebrews 11:1 says…
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  • 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…
  • Review: “Songs for Ophelia” by Theodora Goss

    Chelsea
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Theodora Goss’s poetry collection, “Songs for Ophelia”, and it has taken me an absolutely inexcusable amount of time to post about it here. There are two reasons for this. Partly, as ever, depression things–getting out of bed has taken all my attention, leaving little extra for blogging of any substance. And partly, I didn’t want to finish reading. Not because it’s a bad book, but because it’s so wonderful. I’m reminded of the Faerie Market from Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”, and the glass…
  • Life lessons from Fear Street

    Chelsea
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve been reading a lot of the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine lately, because for some reason their ridiculous plots and terrible characters are the only things that are bringing me any happiness these days. Shadyside is an awful place to live and it’s pretty amazing that any of its residents are still living at all, but their trials have taught me some valuable life lessons and now I’m here to share them with you. If you think it’s a dead body, it’s probably just a harmless household item, or a mannequin. If you have in any way broken the law, even if that…
  • Happy wagon: coping techniques

    Chelsea
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It’s been a very hard week for the world, and a very hard month and a half for me. There have been few things I could make happy wagon posts about, so I haven’t made any for a while. Today, instead of making a post about the past week, I’m going to make one about the things I’ve done to cope with heaviness and sadness and hard depressive slumps in general. I’m not always good at using healthy coping skills–I’m particularly fond of avoidance–but I think I’ve found a few good things to do, and I’d like to remember them. Maybe…
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    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Day 6 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 THERE IS MAGIC IN THE MYTH Sometimes, we’ve heard a story so many times that we don’t really hear it. Is there a story about yourself that you tell others over and over? That you’re not good enough, smart enough, that this one thing happened and that’s why you haven’t tried to create/do/be/love/hope? Write down the very first story that comes to mind that you tell others that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. But you always tell it, anyway. What if you didn’t tell it? What if you really could…
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  • Kerry Fisher's Top Five Writing Tips

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    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    1. Very few people can sit down and just produce a great novel. Learn the craft by taking creative writing courses (try The Writers' Workshop or the online Writers’ Program at the University of California), reading ‘how to’ books and attending writing workshops. 2. Commit to writing a certain number of words a day – whether it’s 100 or 2000 – and don’t let yourself off the hook. You’ll gain momentum from seeing the manuscript take shape. 3. Connect with other authors on Twitter and Facebook, or at writing organisations such as the Romantic Novelists’ Association and local…
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    Rather than a writing ‘room’, I have several ‘places’ I write. They are all – in different ways – governed by my dog, Poppy, a naughty Lab/Giant Schnauzer cross. If I sit down first thing in the morning to write at home, she decides my one and only desire in life must be to play with her. She brings a tennis ball, drops it at my feet and dances about barking, making stringing a thought together tricky. So I have found several places to write that work for us both.My absolute favourite is what I call the ‘rotunda’ on Reigate Hill, on the South Downs in Surrey. It has a fabulous…
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    30 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    By Anna Bell The number one question that people ask me about my books is whether they are based on real life, and whilst things do inspire me, the majority of my novels are pure fiction. However, I was recently so moved by one of my friend’s stories that it has inspired me to write a book about it. The only thing stopping me from starting it was asking that friend’s permission. It seems to be a common thing now when friends are regaling me with stories about their love lives, or even the love lives of their friends and family, that they tell me I could write a book about it. But I wonder…
  • Novelicious Picks...Jam Inspired Books for Autumn

    Helen
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Oh don't you just love this time of year? There is something so special about it. Yes it is always sad to see a wonderful summer go, but autumn gives us such beauty, such magnificent colours that we always welcome it. And I know I'm not alone because my Twitter feed is full of gorgeously autumnal pictures. Not only does this season give us beauty but autumn also gives us is a bountiful supply of fruit. Apples, which I've given recipes for in recent Feasting posts with – hint – another apple recipe to follow this Wednesday, along with plums, pears, damsons, sloes and blackberries.
  • Write Your Novel – The Power of Accountability

    Sarah Painter
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I often bang the drum for goal-setting and I truly believe this is one of the most powerful strategies for getting your novel written, but there’s a way to super-charge its effectiveness: Tell someone else. Make yourself accountable for your progress to a fellow human being. Once you’ve set your goals and broken them down into manageable steps, send your to-do list to a friend and ask them to check up on you in a month’s time. This has two great results. Firstly, you are treating your writing seriously and professionally (subconsciously aligning it to the way you tackle tasks in other…
 
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  • Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

    Brandi Kosiner
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley ArmstrongMaya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then…
  • Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Review: Plus One by Elizabeth FamaIt takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)source: boughtLynn,…
  • Giveaway and Interview: Reign of the Black Flame: Book I: The Waterglobe by B.B. Vayk

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    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Reign of the Black Flame: Book I: The Waterglobe by B.B. VaykIn an age when the mighty Forces of Nature rule, the eternal battle between Fire and Water flares into war. One human is chosen to regain the ancient equilibrium at any cost, but a dangerous love threatens to sabotage his mission.The evil Fire, fueled by ancient jealousies and a lust for power, commits the ultimate treachery - the theft of the Waterglobe. Equilibrium between the Forces is lost, leaving a drought-plagued world that only one brave human can restore. Robert Ground, longing for adventure, lives in a peaceful, sleepy…
  • Review: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

    Brandi Kosiner
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle CromptonWhen a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her…
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    30 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
      1. Debrah Martin – Patchwork Man   2. Nicola McDonagh – Echoes from the Lost Ones   3. Teno-E Etsebeth – Rite of Passage   4. Alex Jones – Walls   5. Mark Johnson – The Last Resort   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen is the Customer Support Executive and Social Media Manager at BookBuzzr. When he is not working or playing gta, he is working on finishing his graduation. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Email.
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    19 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Okay, I’m going to be up front about a few things: this article is divided into two parts. The first part is helpful, will give you burgeoning professionals some realistic ideas about the hellhole you’re about to dive into, and (maybe most important) this is probably the only time you’ll ever hear something like this. It’s also very depressing. So if you’re the type who gets all panicky wondering whether Captain America is going to make it through the movie, or who stresses over Family Feud reruns, skip to part two. Also, please consider a new career choice…
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  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Buy New: $3,399.00New (25) Used (27) Refurbished (16) from $1,609.003.2-inch TFT LCD display, New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8)., iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality., EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p) with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous…
  • Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Non-VR DX Zoom Lenses Bundle

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $779.95Buy New: $546.95 You Save: $233.00 (30%)New (15) Used (5) Refurbished (3) from $525.00Faux leather trim bag included, 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED III Image Processing, One-touch Full HD 1080p movie recording, Live View shooting using the 3.0 inch LCD monitor...
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Red)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (22) Used (9) Refurbished (6) from $139.9934x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (23) Used (8) Refurbished (4) from $150.0034x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $2,299.95Buy New: $2,296.95 You Save: $3.00New (12) Used (2) Refurbished (2) from $2,248.88Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video, Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit, Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution, Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording - even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.,…
 
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    B-Lines and Felines

  • This Month’s Films (September 2014)

    Dave Brown
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    George Washington (2000) Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on adolescence, the first full-length film by director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) features remarkable performances from an award-winning ensemble cast. George Washington is a startling and distinct work of contemporary American independent cinema. Verdict: 7/10 Go to top Fear and Desire (1953) An existential war film that is often compared with Kubrick’s PATHS OF…
  • This Month’s Books (September 2014)

    Dave Brown
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (2013) The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen? Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand,…
  • Masterpieces #27: Spirited Away

    Dave Brown
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    About Spirited Away (2001)Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this fantasy adventure about Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who is leaving behind everything she knows to move with her parents to a new home. Along the way, they stumble across a tunnel that leads to a spooky, deserted open-air restaurant where Chihiro’s parents sit down and begin to eat. But she is uncomfortable with their new surroundings and wanders off to explore further. She meets a boy, Haku, who explains to her that the world they have entered is a holiday resort for spirits who have left behind their exhausting…
  • Masterpieces #26: Bioshock

    Dave Brown
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    About Bioshock (2007)BioShock lets you do the impossible as you explore a mysterious underwater city. When your plane crashes, you discover Rapture – an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified “splicers” and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. As little girls loot the dead, and biologically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Now you’re trapped, caught in the middle of a genetic war…
  • This Month’s Books (August 2014)

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

  • Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith (Dark Seductions #1)

    Amy
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall (Dark Seductions #1) Lauren Smith Published: Sept. 29, 2014 (Entangled) Purchase at: Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Bastian Carlisle is trying to put the curse that has hovered over his family’s past to rest once and for all. It all began with his ancestors Richard and Isabelle. Upon Isabelle’s unfortunate and mysterious death, and the subsequent death of her husband Richard just months following, to say that family has had a bit of bad luck is putting it mildly.
  • Early Review: Chained by Night by Larissa Ione (MoonBound Clan #2)

    Chelsea
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampires #2) Larissa Ione Published: Sept. 30, 2014 (Pocket) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Larissa Ione brings the slow burn in Chained by Night, and I loved it. While her Demonica books often get dirty quickly, the MoonBound novels are definitely taking on a different romantic tone. And it works. Much like the first book, we have some category tropes at play. In the case of Chained by Night, it’s a case of mistaken identity…
  • Yasmine Galenorn on Mythological Elements in Priestess Dreaming [Giveaway]

    Chelsea
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Note from VBC/Chelsea: We’re so honored to have Yasmine Galenorn on the blog today. We’re such fans of her Otherworld books, and the upcoming Priestess Dreaming (Sept. 30 release!) sounds super good. So good, in fact, that we managed to get Yasmine to give us the inside scoop and share a little about what’s coming next for the series. If you’re not already hooked on the series, we even have a giveaway of the first Otherworld book, Witchling, at the end of the post. With that, I’m turning it over to Yasmine! The joy of writing my Otherworld series is that I can go in so many…
  • Review: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #26)

    Candace
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Dark Blood (Carpathians #26) Christine Feehan Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (Berkley Books) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Branislava is Dragonseeker. She spent hundreds of years encased in an ice prison alongside her sister Tatijana while dark mages did completely despicable things outside of the ice. Cut forward centuries later and Branka and Tatijana are free. But what kind of a lifemate does it take to keep up with a Dragonseeker, who has spent centuries on ice? A…
  • Review: Evernight by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #5)

    Margaret
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Evernight (Darkest London #5) Kristen Callihan Published: Sept 2, 2014 (Forever) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: library Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series.If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Firelight. Holly Evernight and Will Thorne met in the last Darkest London novel, Shadowdance, while they were both being held captive by Amoros, an insane fallen angel. Holly was forced to create a clockwork heart for supernaturals and Will was…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • TOP 14 CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND YOUNG ADULT LATINO AUTHORS

    Native NYer
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
      Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing and The Latina Book Club continues its celebration and promotion of Latino authors.  Below is an impressive list of children's books and young adult authors.  I didn't include the obvious choices -- Esmeralda Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican), Julia Alvarez (Return to Sender) and Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street) -- to give their spots to "newer" authors, a few of whom have won the prestigious Pura Belpre Award.  We also did not include these two new authors -- Cindy L. Rodriguez (When Reason Breaks) and Valerie Tejeda…
  • REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: THE CITY OF PALACES by Michael Nava

    Native NYer
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
      We continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  This week we are giving away an ebook copy of THE CITY OF PALACES by Michael Nava.  Enter to win by leaving a comment below and/ or by posting our hashtag on Twitter, #amreadingwiththelatinabookclub.  Winner will be announced next Monday.  And, look for more prizes every week during this special month.A man must live his life in service of something. Without a cause, existence is pointless.  Whatever the stupid Christians may believe, the real hell is a life without purpose or meaning. -- Rodrigo SarmientoTHE…
  • TOP 14 LATINO WRITERS FROM NEW YORK

    Native NYer
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
      We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with fun "Top 14" Lists.  Here is a list of New York's Leading Latino Authors.  How many do you know?  Feel free to add to our list by leaving a comment.  And, follow us on Twitter.  Our hashtag is #amreadingwiththelatinabookclub.  Matt de la Pea1.       Esmeralda Santiago, www.esmeraldasantiago.com 2.       Theresa Valera,  http://theresavarela.com/ 3.       Chris Campanioni,…
  • REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: THE AMADO WOMEN by Desiree Zamorano

    Native NYer
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.  In celebration, The Latina Book Club will give one lucky reader a free e-book copy of THE AMADO WOMEN, our Book of the Week.  Enter to win by leaving a comment below or by posting this hashtag on Twitter, #amreadingwithTheLatinaBookClub.  It's a mouthful; we know.  Winner will be announced next Monday.  And, look for more prizes every week during this special month.Cinco Puntos Press Happiness is a decision.  You simply cast aside that which you are tired of looking at, weary of battling, unable to accept…
  • MEMOIR ROUNDUP: TOP 14 LATINO MEMOIRS

    Native NYer
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
         There are so many good, memorable, inspiring memoirs that it was difficult to choose only 14.  Please feel free to add your favorites to this list.---mcf 1)      RITA MORENO: A MEMOIR by Rita Moreno2)      HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE by Rosie Perez3)      TAKE THIS MAN: A MEMOIR by Brando Skyhorse4)      A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED by Daisy Hernandez5)      CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK BURNER by Lucha…
 
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    21tiger

  • Lennon

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
  • Kobe

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
  • Pretty

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
  • MotoGP

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
  • HipHop

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
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    Better World Books

  • Yes, books are still being challenged for removal in 2014

    Better World Books
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    What is Banned Books Week? The American Library Association’s weeklong observance “highlights the value of free and open access to information” (source)—and reflects on the fact that yes, books are still being challenged, banned, and removed from circulation in communities in the US. (Image source here.) So why does Better World Books care? Access to reading material is a crucial component for literacy, and there are many places in the world where access to books is not guaranteed. So here are some interesting links regarding your freedom to read: Want to know last…
  • 5,000 Books Hauled to the Mall

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    We love books. We love buying them (lucky for us, we’re a bookseller!) and we love selling them (see previous comment). But if you’ve known us for long, you know we love giving books away. Last holiday season, with an abundance of books and the spirit of giving—a winning combination, in our opinion—we loaded up about 5,500 books a few days before Christmas and set up ‘shop’ at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana. We packed them up at our warehouse up the road, drove them over, and gave them away to local holiday shoppers out seeking gifts for their loved…
  • Shortlisted for the VIBES Circular Economy Award

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the VIBES Award finalists (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) for 2014, a Scottish based initiative to recognise businesses that improve or reduce their impact on the planet. This year we have been shortlisted in the Circular Economy category, which “is for the business that best demonstrates a closed loop approach (cradle to cradle) to material use.” Circular Economy Award entrants excel in “product re-use… innovative business models, renewable energy and materials substitution, effective supply chain and…
  • A Snapshot of World Literacy Today

    Tommy
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    If it was up to you to solve global illiteracy, how would you know you were making progress? Today is International Literacy Day, a great time to take a look at UNESCO’s “snapshot” of literacy around the world. Image source: UN Photo/Louise Gubb Lets head on over to the eAtlas of Literacy, a veritable Mission Control center where the UNESCO Institute for Statistics “collects data for more than 200 countries and territories through its annual surveys and partnerships with [other] organizations” and serves it up one comprehensive, flexible visualization. The…
  • 2014 LEAP Grant Recipients for the UK and Europe

    Better World Books
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are thrilled to present the recipients of the first-ever UK & Europe branch of our LEAP Grant initiative. A total of £20,000 funding is being awarded across 6 winners. LEAP Grants (Literacy and Education in Action Programme) strategically fund projects organised by nonprofits and libraries where they will have the most lasting impact. These projects teach much-needed literacy skills and open lifelong opportunities for communities all over the world. Please join us in congratulating these organisations: Nonprofit Grant Winners Name: Book Aid International (Selected by online community…
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • I'm Not Dead, Just...

    Trisha
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Meet Baby #2For those still around, it is obvious that my blogging has been sporadic since the arrival of my first baby, Madison, which was 2+ years ago. I was starting back up when the hubby and I decided we could handle a second. Then, BAM. Pregnant again.This time around we are having a boy, so we end up with one of each....three years apart. Nutter the Second should arrive around January 25, 2015 - one day after Nutter the First's third birthday. Did I mention THREE YEARS APART? What are we thinking? Just when we get the one out of diapers and becoming self-sufficient we throw ourselves…
  • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

    Trisha
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The first book in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series, Over Sea, Under Stone is a tale I've been meaning to read for years. I actually first purchased this book about 5+ years ago for one of Dewey's Readathons, but I ended up reading the first three books in Cirque du Freak instead (a series I never finished by the way).In the story, Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew are on holiday (damn my American sensibilities love that phrase) in Trewissick visiting their great-uncle Merry, whom they affectionately call Gumerry. When they discover an old manuscript detailing a map, the three children set…
  • Top 10 Favorite Classic Books

    Trisha
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Today's Top 10: Favorite Classic BooksThe Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis This may be my favorite classic of all time. The entire story is just such a wonderful surprise as the three stories rather effortlessly flow in and out of each other, each one sensationally Gothic in nature. Abounding with monks, nuns, secret passageways, cold corridors, nasty weather, soul-selling witches, prurient interests, superstition, and the occasional dead body, The Monk has a…
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

    Trisha
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Prior to hearing about The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin on Ana's blog, the book hadn't crossed my mind in almost two decades. Once I read the title, a tiny flicker of memory lit up, and while I could remember no details about the book, a positive feeling persisted. I am so glad I read it again as this book is tricksy fun.Sixteen people are invited to live in a new apartment complex on the banks of Lake Michigan, and later they come together to hear the will of one Sam Westing. Divided into 8 pairs, the confused heirs are challenged to solve the riddle of Westing's death. The winner will…
  • Currently | Active and Tired

    Trisha
    8 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time and Place // 8:06am, on the couch with Madison who is watching YouTube videos on my phone....like alwaysEating and Drinking // Water. Lots and lots of water.Reading // I can't seem to get into a book right now. I've read the first few pages of Cinder, The Mad Scientist's Daughter, Everything Beautiful Began After, and The Thief, but all were put down and forgotten shortly after. I need a book to get me out of this slump, but nothing is popping out at me right now. At least nothing that I own - and since I have more unread books on my shelves than most people have books total, I feel just…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition Published by Zondervan

    Linda
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    The NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition  is a softcover version designed for reading through the Bible in one year. Because this is a Chronological Bible, the daily readings seem well-organized as the story unfolds in the order that they happened.  The daily readings are numbered instead of by dates so that your journey into the Bible can begin at any time. The portions are manageable, and I enjoy the reading style of the NIV version. I didn't stumble over archaic words or need a thesaurus to get through the readings. There is a devotional at the end of each daily…
  • Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend by Karen Poth

    Linda
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes. Proverbs 17:17Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend is another wonderful VeggieTales book for early readers based on Proverbs 17:17.  Hurt feelings, forgiveness, and the fellowship of friends are the lessons taught in this cute little book by Karen Poth.  This is a book 1 level for beginning reading in the I Can Read! Zonderkidz series and is described as “Simple Sentences for eager new readers.”  A soft-cover book, but it has a good binding and the pages are a nice weight paper. …
  • Fire & Smoke by Chris Lilly

    Linda
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Fire and Smoke by Chris Lilly starts out by comparing different BBQ grills and smokers, and gives instructions on cooking with wood.  This is a recipe book for those who really want to move to the next level of BBQ. Yes, there is a recipe for The Perfect Burger, but there really is so much more here. Just pulling up a few random pages, there are recipes for Smoked Pork Belly with Shock Top Honey Mustard Glaze, Grilled Brick Panini, Barbecue Gumbo, Pan-seared New York Strip with Bourbon Cream Sauce. There are some unusual recipes, especially the grilled cocktails.  Additionally,…
  • Brood X by Michael Phillip Cash

    Linda
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Brood X is the story of a young couple, Seth and Lara, expecting their first child and facing an impending disaster of great magnitude.  Seth decided to document the whole pregnancy and ended up documenting much more. The characters were very much like real people and their reactions were typical in the situations they faced.  Unfortunately, I did not like the main character of Seth. I think he was supposed to be wise-cracking and funny, but I just found him terribly annoying.  The story took quite a while to lead up to the main focus of the book, but when it did, it was a…
  • The NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

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

  • The Free Bin: Silly Putty, Golden Girls, and Lowly Worm

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I’m still in the midst of working on my film book, and I’m at the stage where I have enough content to start sending out sample chapters for my pitch. While my posts may have slacked off, I’m still collecting interesting links to share (and I have some reviews on the way—I swear!).The title of this installment of The Free Bin may sound like it’s not focused on books, writing, and publishing, but that’s not the case, as you’ll find if you check out any of these links.Silly Putty: print's latest victim? (Steve Berry/Creative Commons License) Sadie Stein at The Paris Review…
  • The Free Bin: Cliffhangers, Notebook Hacks, and the Worst Possible Opening Lines

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

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

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

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

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Andi O'Connor, Author of Redemption

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    When I agreed to write a post for But What Are They EatingI must admit I was a tad overwhelmed. I am working on three different series simultaneously, and all three could easily have a post. So, how did I make my final decision? Well, there wasn’t any deep, thought-provoking way I went about it. To be honest, I did eeny-meeny-miney-mo.*hangs my head in shame*I suppose I really shouldn’t. I mean, we all have those moments, right ...... right?Regardless of how I made my decision, I chose my short story Redemption from the series The Legacy of Ilvania. Because it’s a short story, I…
  • FOODFIC: Noggin - John Corey Whaley

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Noggin starts with Travis Coates waking up. Not from something as simple as a nap, nor as extensive as a coma; Travis has been cryogenically frozen for 5 years. More specifically, his head has been on ice all that time, waiting for a donor body (and medical advances) to facilitate his revival.Now youknow that I need to know how that old-mouth-to-new-digestive-tract connection works.  Well, we don’t get to see Travis ingest anything until his father brings him home. That first night back, Dad makes him eggs – which go down just fine – and no follow-up statements or inquiries are…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Matthew Harrill, Author of Hellbounce

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    My protagonist, Dr Eva Ross has had a scare; her husband has finally revealed himself to be a man of highly questionable moral judgement. Checking in at a hotel, she gets directed to Moynagh’s, a bar on Exchange Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. The barman indicated several taps. “Ales, from the motherland. Guinness, if that’s your thing. Several Irish whiskies. Most of this lot only drink Jameson’s. Not a lot of calls for anything else in this place. The only new drink we have introduced in the last ten years is the ‘Passion Plunge’”. Eva could not help the grin that spread…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Stephanie Siciarz, Author of Away with the Fishes

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Kingfish in coconut cream, pigeon in pineapple, stewed plums. The delicacies that populate the picnics and pantries of Oh are as sweet and spicy as the island itself. Just ask Trevor Rouge, proprietor of Trevor’s Bakery, whose cold drinks and warm buns loosen the locals’ lips; or Captain Dagmore Bowles, who plies his one true love with cool cabbage salad to win her heart. Talk to the anonymous man (if you can find him) who placed an ad in the island paper for a girl with cooking skills worthy of marriage. All of them will tell you that guava tarts and macaroni pie wield the same kind of…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Back Lorne Oliver, Author of The Cistern

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

  • A grim and smelly past revealed by this book set in Paris

    packabook
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Take yourself to the catacombs beneath the French capital with Andrew Miller’s Pure If your idea of Paris is of beauty and fashion, delightful meals and romantic walks along the Seine, then I’m afraid you are in for something different with Andrew Miller’s novel Pure. It is the 18th century, and the oldest cemetery in Paris is overflowing.  Theodor Josef Hubert Hoffbauer’s engraving depicting the  Holy Innocents’ cemetery around 1550 – Image courtesy of  Jebulon via Wikimedia Commons The Holy Innocents’ cemetery may have started out as your average church…
  • Books set in Brazil – To get you through the World Cup!

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    12 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    As the World Cup kicks off, make your own fictional journey to Brazil… Whether you are a soccer fan or not, it’s going to be hard to avoid hearing about Brazil in the coming weeks. And if we can’t beat them, then we may just have to join them. Even if you are not immersing yourself in World Cup watching, why not take yourself off to the land of the Amazon in your own way, by picking up a novel which will bring this exciting country to life? I’ve given the Brazil shelf a bit of a spruce up over at the Packabook store and picked out a few highlights to tempt you. State of Wonder by…
  • From Ballet to Books – the Incredible Carlos Acosta

    packabook
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     The Cuba Bookshelf has been updated… I’ve just whipped through and given a quick update to the Cuba Shelf over at the Packabook Store and can reveal my top choice of the new novels that have been added. It’s now downloaded to my kindle and I will give you a proper review once I’ve had a read – if you’d like to join me, here it is… Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta You may already have heard of Carlos Acosta from his work in an entirely non-literary field. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet dancers, making his way up from a breakdancer on the streets of…
  • Book set in Rwanda – ‘The Flower Plantation’

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    16 Oct 2013 | 9:35 am
    Exploring the Beauty of Rwanda “At last we rounded the bend and descended into Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu. That’s where Mother slowed down. The town moved slowly past the window of our pickup, like film through Father’s home projector. We drove past the lake, sparkling and blue, in the direction of the border with Zaire. We passed the children in their khaki shorts, the foam-mattress shops and the decaying colonial buildings in every colour of ice-cream.” – p37 of The Flower Plantation by Nora Anne Brown I suspect it is almost impossible to write a novel set in Rwanda…
  • Your votes are counted…

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    7 Sep 2013 | 7:26 am
    Just a quick note to thank you for all your votes on which shelves I should be building next at the Packabook Store. Your choices have all been counted and I can now inform you of our upcoming destinations. I hereby give you the latest league table for our next country! COUNTRIES Albania – 1 Austria – 1 Belgium – 1 Belize – 1 Bulgaria – 1 Cambodia – 1 Canada – 1 Costa Rica – 1 Ethiopia – 1 Israel and Palestinian Territories – 2 Jordan – 1 Kenya – 1 Kuwait – 1 Myanmar/Burma – 2 New Zealand – 1 Scotland…
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  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Young Money by Kevin Roose

    George Rodriguez
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Kevin Roose’s Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. Plenty has been written about the financial crisis from the perspective of those affected and those who had a major part to play in it. What Kevin Roose does in his excellent Young Money is look at Wall Street after the crisis from the viewpoint of its future leaders. Following a small group of new Wall Street recruits who gave Roose access to not only their work and personal lives, but also an inside look at what first and second year…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Willpower

    George Rodriguez
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney’s Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Full of wide ranging stories and examples, Baumeister and Tierney make the convincing case that much like a regular muscle willpower can be depleted and become ineffective in protecting us from our “consequences-be-damned” selves. Willpower the book not only supports this contention, but lays out systems we can all use to improve our willpower. If willpower is like a muscle then it can be strengthened. Easy to read and made all the more…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    George Rodriguez
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Ben Horowitz’s great new book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. In the vein of business classics like Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive and Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, Ben Horowitz has written not only his coming of age as CEO story, but an invaluable book for anyone who wants to learn what real management and leadership at the highest levels looks like. This isn’t rainbows and unicorns, this is definitely the hard things about management. Firing people, the daily…
  • Best Nonfiction Books – September 2014

    George Rodriguez
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Hundreds of nonfiction books come out every month. The hard part is knowing which are worth the time and money to read and buy and which are nothing more than extended magazine articles or vanity pieces. I scour the internet every month looking for hints, reviews, recommendations and suggestions for the best nonfiction books being released. I then whittle that list down to 10 of the best nonfiction books to share with my readers. Here is a PowerPoint I put together of the ten best nonfiction books coming in September. If you have any favorites that are coming in September that I missed let me…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Love is the Killer App

    George Rodriguez
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Love is the Killer App was the first book I read that made me believe that my passion for reading nonfiction could turn into something beyond just a personal pursuit. In this episode of 3 Big Ideas video I discuss three ideas that stood out to me when I first read the book and every time since.  I could easily list ten more, but I had to stick to three to keep the video short. In Love is the Killer App, Tim Sanders does a great job of laying out his system based on three areas: Knowledge, Network and Compassion – but it was his detailed system of absorbing knowledge from books and…
 
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  • Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells is what 2001: A Space Odyssey would’ve been if the monolith had actually talked to the crew.NASA has known about an alien spaceship parked in the Asteroid Belt since the 1960s but has kept the information from the public.  All efforts to establish radio contact have been met with silence.  In the early 21st century, NASA finally develops the technology required to send six astronauts to the ship to discover its secrets.  Dr. Jane Holloway is a linguist and a reluctant astronaut recruited by NASA to communicate with any possible aliens. …
  • Numbers 16:32 by Brady Koch

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Joseph's Sunday morning routine of church, beer and solitude is interrupted by a ragged screaming coming from the far side of his farm land. What he finds there will challenge his resolve in ways he hasn't faced since losing his wife or facing the horrors of the Korean War.Numbers 16:32 is a long short story (25 pages), which makes it a novelette. It gets off to a slow start as Koch focuses on character building. I stuck with it as Koch successfully forged a connection between this reader and Joseph, the protagonist. Once Joseph sets out to find the source of the screaming, the pace of the…
  • In The Clear by Ayami Tyndall

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

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

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

    Any new books?
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ How Google Works Stores: USA By Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg ISBN: 1455582344 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $17.09 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General Stores: USA By Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard ISBN: 080509668X Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Birnbaum’s 2015 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Birnbaum Guides ISBN: 1423194101 Publisher: Disney Editions Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $12.18 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Expedition into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World (Routledge Studies in Cultural History) Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Editors at Routledge ISBN:…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Unmade Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle By Sarah Rees Brennan ISBN: 0375870431 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.75 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Skink–No Surrender Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Carl Hiaasen ISBN: 0375870512 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.94 Share…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Sports Illustrated Kids All NEW Access: Your Behind-the-Scenes Pass to the Coolest Things in Sports Stores: USA | UK | Canada By The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids ISBN: 1618930494 Publisher: Sports Illustrated Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $12.50 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Contract Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Derek Jeter ISBN: 1481423126 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Elizabeth Lombardo ISBN: 1580055494 Publisher: Seal Press Publication date: September 23, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $9.96 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The All-Day Energy Diet: Double Your Energy in 7 Days Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Yuri Elkaim ISBN: 1401945686 Publisher: Hay…
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  • Misinformation: Taking a look at the Recent PJI/Corrie Ten Boom story.

    litera9
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
      Corrie Ten Boom My friend and old editor Alan Noble recently noted how a particular story from conservative legal group Pacific Justice Institute has attracted attention from various conservative and Christian news sites. In their latest press release, PJI has reported that a Spring Charter Schools, a series of CA charter school has apparently targeted a series of Christian books to be removed from their library. This included Corrie Ten Boom’s book THE HIDING PLACE, a historical account of Miss Ten Boom’s time protecting Jews, suffering through concentration camps in light…
  • Top 10 Books that Stuck with Me

    litera9
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    There’s a Facebook Meme going around my friends about the “Top 10 Books that Stuck With Me”.   I love the concept, because it reveals a lot about a person.  I could easily write this up as a facebook post, but I want this to stick around.  I believe theses books will help you understand my mindset and where I’m coming from. Without further ado, here’s my Top Ten Books that Stuck with Me The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. For some reason, a book arguing for globalization was my first foray into non-fiction reading.  Friedman’s ability to explain the…
  • Christian Mingle: The Movie

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

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

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

    Haris Ioannides
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    An article by Lina Ellina, author of THE VENETIAN (shortlisted for the European Book Prize 2012) Anogyra has always formed an integral part of my childhood memories. Spending summer vacations in the village with giagia and pappous, my grandparents, was a time of freedom and a journey back to time. Those were the days when you needed to light an oil lamp at night and go through the internal yard to reach the outside toilet or get up at four in the morning to fill the containers with water to serve the day’s needs, as tap water was available only a couple of hours a day. Giagia would then…
  • Andreas Karayan – Photo gallery

    Haris Ioannides
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    ANDREAS KARAYAN As published in In Focus, Vol. 11, No 1, March 2014 Reblogged from Cyprusinfocus.org Click to view slideshow.
  • Checking Out America’s Libraries

    Haris Ioannides
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
        Infographic courtesy of H&R Block
  • The 10 best opening book lines as therapy

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

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    So, Blogjob was fun and all, but they began putting in rules for people that were trying to beat the system. Not that they were wrong in doing so, it had to be done. A book review blog in my opinion though did not fit within the rules that were set forth. Like no posts not written by you which meant no tours where text was specific.  So here we are again! I hope you all like our Halloween themed header!Stay tuned for more coming soon!
  • We've moved!

    21 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    We have moved to a new blog network! I am very excited by this new development! It's like have a wordpress.org blog without having to have: 1) My own domain 2) My own hosting package.  I hope that you will follow me to this new spot and will be as excited by the changes as me!  Please feel free to come visit.www.blogjob.com/countrybookbumpkin
  • Book Highlight: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

    5 May 2014 | 4:03 am
    Title: Mine to SpellAuthor: Janeal FalorSeries: Mine #2Genre: Young Adult FantasyPublication: May 5th, 2014Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to…
  • Review: Creator by Tiffany Truitt

    30 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the beginning of the Creators, Tess has just witnessed a miracle of sorts. Standing before her is her father.  After the shock wears off she and her dad go to meet up with their groups of friends, or in her father’s case soldiers.   She finds out the girl who attacked her at the end of the previous novel was sent by her father to prevent her from meeting George.  Not much time is given to catching up on old times and after some heated discussions among the group, they make their way back to their old isolationist camp.Tess has two big things on her mind throughout…
  • Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver

    27 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    ORENDA by Ruth Silvera Young Adult Fantasy Adventure seriespublished by Patchwork Press Join forces with a parallel universe. Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can't exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses…
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  • 3 of the Best Short Stories I’ve Read This September

    Johann Thorsson
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    I read a surprising amount of short stories every month. I have so many anthologies on my Kindle that it is positively bursting.  The bus I take to work allows me to read a short story on the way to work and on the way back. Two short stories per day. These days I’m mostly working…
  • The Ten Books of Facebook

    Johann Thorsson
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    By now you will have seen the “Ten books that stayed with you” meme that’s going around Facebook. Since I was finally tagged (what took you people so long?), here are mine. 1. The English Patient This was assigned reading in an English class I took. A few chapters in and I “got” Ondaatje’s rhythm…
  • 50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read

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

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

    Johann Thorsson
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:44 am
    Recently, some dust was thrown up regarding why women-only prizes should be a thing. While I think it unfair that the need for a separate women’s prize in literature exists, I think the prize itself is a good thing. Also, the more literary prizes, the better, right? I don’t choose books based on the gender of a…
 
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  • Self Publishing Case Study #2: How many books should you be selling?

    Shari Stauch
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Thanks to book publicist Claire McKinney for this guest post! I’ve been thinking about a client of mine who came to me with a lovely novel that he decided to self-publish.  In our initial conversations he expressed knowledge of how he knew this was a venture that might not yield a lot in the way of money, but for a man in his position it wasn’t a major concern.  In a few words, he had resources. With the ability to pay for a well-conceived package for the book, an editor, a web designer, and of course a public relations and marketing team, he was off to a really good start. My…
  • Hot Book Buzz Tips for Authors

    Shari Stauch
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Loving this article about wise book buzz from our friends at WiseInk Creative Publishing, a favorite go-to resource! 10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That’ll Help You With Your Book In 1988, American writer Robert Fulghum came out with a collection of essays entitled, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. One piece inside is a short, simple essay about—you guessed it—the important life lessons learned in kindergarten. Many people strive to live these lessons, but have you ever thought about applying them to your life as an author? Here are our top ten things we all…
  • Five Ways to Use Goodreads to Your Best Author Advantage!

    Shari Stauch
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re not yet using Goodreads, you’re missing a fabulous opportunity to connect with your readers and future readers. Here’s the LEAST you need to be doing as an author on Goodreads: 1. Claim Your Goodreads Author Profile If you’re not sure where to begin, first head to www.goodreads.com/author/program. They’ll walk you through the process, which will require you to scroll to the bottom of your author profile page, click “Is this you? Let us know” to send a request. They’ll want a wee bit of info in the text box, such as, “I’m Doris…
  • Here There Be Monsters

    Shari Stauch
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to author and media relations expert Christina Hamlett for this guest post and to freedigitalphotos.net for the scary monster… Talk about character development… Like a lot of kids, I grew up thinking that monsters lived in my closet. I had no particular reason for believing this, nor did I ever ponder why they could be kept so easily at bay by a Tinkerbelle nightlight, an open bedroom door and a cadre of vigilant stuffed animals. Perhaps, though, I now credit my childhood angst for the adult rationale of keeping my walk-in closet stuffed with enough apparel that any…
  • Karma and Cooperation: Secrets to Author Success

    Shari Stauch
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our thanks to book coach Nancy Baumann for this guest post. I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of everything in life being so competitive. Whether you’re seeking a job opportunity or trying to find a parking spot, it can feel like a battle zone out there! I’m so glad authors don’t have to be that way. Our profession is unique. Authors, we’re not in competition with each other! People are always going to buy books. It’s not like readers will only buy one or two books a year and have to decide between yours and mine. Books are relatively inexpensive, so when readers…
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  • We're back!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    So, Blogjob was fun and all, but they began putting in rules for people that were trying to beat the system. Not that they were wrong in doing so, it had to be done. A book review blog in my opinion though did not fit within the rules that were set forth. Like no posts not written by you which meant no tours where text was specific.  So here we are again! I hope you all like our Halloween themed header!Stay tuned for more coming soon!
  • We've moved!

    21 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    We have moved to a new blog network! I am very excited by this new development! It's like have a wordpress.org blog without having to have: 1) My own domain 2) My own hosting package.  I hope that you will follow me to this new spot and will be as excited by the changes as me!  Please feel free to come visit.www.blogjob.com/countrybookbumpkin
  • Book Highlight: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

    5 May 2014 | 4:03 am
    Title: Mine to SpellAuthor: Janeal FalorSeries: Mine #2Genre: Young Adult FantasyPublication: May 5th, 2014Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to…
  • Review: Creator by Tiffany Truitt

    30 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the beginning of the Creators, Tess has just witnessed a miracle of sorts. Standing before her is her father.  After the shock wears off she and her dad go to meet up with their groups of friends, or in her father’s case soldiers.   She finds out the girl who attacked her at the end of the previous novel was sent by her father to prevent her from meeting George.  Not much time is given to catching up on old times and after some heated discussions among the group, they make their way back to their old isolationist camp.Tess has two big things on her mind throughout…
  • Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver

    27 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    ORENDA by Ruth Silvera Young Adult Fantasy Adventure seriespublished by Patchwork Press Join forces with a parallel universe. Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can't exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses…
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  • 22 Sept Canadian Sex Workers & Sex Worker Activists in London

    Ruth Jacobs
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    From The English Collective of Prostitutes SAVE THE DATE Canada’s court strikes down the prostitution laws but the government bypasses its ruling! Organising to retain & implement our path-breaking victory   22 September 2014  7pm-9pm Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX In December 2013, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down the prostitution laws because […]
  • ‘Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden’ – Dr Jay Levy Discusses His New Book

    Ruth Jacobs
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Can you tell me about your new book Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden? My book deals with the outcomes of Sweden’s sex purchase law, a law that criminalises the purchase of sex and that has been hugely internationally influential. In the book, I present the results and analysis of fieldwork and research […]
  • ‘No Human Involved’: Filmmaker PJ Starr Discusses Her Documentary Telling Marcia Powell’s Story

    Ruth Jacobs
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Marcia had been serving a 27 month sentence for solicitation of prostitution and corrections officers had left her out in the sun in a metal cage in searing heat until she collapsed. Soon after, in hospital her life was ended when the Director of Arizona Department of Corrections removed her from life support.
 
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  • What is Banned Books Week?

    Kimberly Dyer
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Banned Books Week is upon us yet again! As a librarian, the last week in September is one of my favorites not only because of the fun displays I get to make, but because I am reminded of why librarianship is so important, and why I became a librarian in the first place. This week, libraries all across America will feature brilliant displays of frequently challenged books. Andy of Agnostic, Maybe gave valid criticism on how all too often, we librarians pass up a great opportunity to educate the public and open a line of communication about how libraries fight against censorship and advocate…
  • Waiting on Wednesday #16: Stitching Snow

    Kimberly Dyer
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A steampunk sci-fi Snow White retelling? I’m in! I can’t wait to read Stitching Snow by debut author R.C. Lewis. I love political dramas, and Stitching Snow has a corrupt and violent kingdom (planetdom?) that, I’m guessing, Snow White (Essie?) ran away from. It sounds intriguing, and I hope that there’s a large focus on the planet’s politics. The protagonist, whom I’m guessing is Snow in disguise, is also a mechanic and coder, which is super cool. It sounds like a great story, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis…
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

    Kimberly Dyer
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Don’t be fooled–this is not the story of Owen Thorskard, dragon slayer of Trondheim. This is the story of Siobhan McQuaid, the first bard in over half a century. She is a loyal companion and fearless friend who revolutionizes a nation by being cunning, faithful, and brave. The Story of Owen is set in modern-day rural Canada. With dragons. That feed on carbon emissions. It’s amazing. Seriously–there’s even a joke when Siobahan’s parents buy her a car and she asks, “What, you didn’t love me enough to buy a hybrid?” For ages, dragon slayers…
  • 2014 Debut Author Challenge

    Kimberly Dyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    I am happy to announce that I am participating in the 2014 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. The objective of the challenge is to help readers discover and read 12 new books by debut authors. The rules are simple: 1) Read 12 YA debut novels from 2014, 2) post a review either on a blog or goodreads, 3) complete the challenge by January 31, 2015 (to allow time to read and review December releases). In addition to the challenge, my goal is to highlight mostly debut novels during my weekly Waiting-on-Wednesday posts. I’m looking forward to reading books by new authors! Here…
  • Waiting on Wednesday #15: Killing Ruby Rose

    Kimberly Dyer
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Veronica Mars meets Dexter? I’m in. I can’t wait to read Killing Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries. When Ruby Roses’s LAPD SWAT sergeant father dies, her mom puts her into therapy to help her through the trauma. After 6 months of seeing a psychiatrist, Ruby Rose decides to take her healing into her own hands–by continuing her father’s work and going after the bad guys herself. When she succeeds and kills a murder, she catches the attention of the wrong person and ends up being hunted down. Ruby Rose has to figure out who it is before things get worse. This debut…
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  • “Dreamer’s Pool” by Juliet Marillier

    Grace Troxel
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Dreamer’s Pool is the first installment in Juliet Marillier’s newest series, Blackthorn & Grim.  The protagonist is a woman who has been imprisoned for speaking out against authority.  Fate has not been kind to her.  She’s about to be executed for standing up for what’s right, and her time in prison has made her angry and bitter.  If she were to have her freedom, she would singlemindedly pursue revenge against Malthuin.  But revenge is not in the cards. A fae named Conmael offers to free her, but like any bargain with the fae, there’s a catch. …
  • Write On Review-a-Thon – September Edition

    Grace Troxel
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Each month Brianna from The Book Vixen hosts the Write On Review-a-Thon, an event dedicated to catching up on writing reviews.  Since I’ve been super busy the past couple weeks and have fallen behind on writing, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to catch up. Here are the reviews I need to write: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin Dreamer’s Pool by Juliette Marillier Spellbound by Sylvia Day (DNF Review) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Hopefully I’ll get them all finished and scheduled!  I’ll be updating this post as the weekend progresses so…
  • “Grudgebearer” by J.F. Lewis

    Grace Troxel
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Before I jump into the synopsis, I’m just gonna take a moment to say how much I love love love love love this book.  Grudgebearer is epic on every level and chock full of squee-worthy goodness. The protagonist, Kholster, is the leader of a race called the Aern.  The Aern are a nearly immortal slave race created by the Elderanni.  One of the traits that was used to control them is that if the Aern break an oath, they lose their psychic connection to the other members of their race and can’t even be near them.  It’s not a […] The post…
  • Review and Giveaway: “Lust” by Diana Raab

    Grace Troxel
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      WHERE ELSE where else but in art can you let your fantasies blossom and dreams flower– nowhere. Lust is the fourth book of poetry by Diana Raab.  The book explores the emotional and physical intimacy of love, painting brief pictures of private moments shared between individuals and the complex feelings that they evoke. As in most collections of poems or short stories, some words seemed to leap off the page, while others fell flat.  Part of the beauty of reading a collection of work is that it gives readers a glimpse of some of the different things an author […] The post…
  • “Rogue’s Pawn” by Jeffe Kennedy

    Grace Troxel
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Rogue’s Pawn is the first in a trilogy of fantasy erotica novels by Jeffe Kennedy.  The story begins when Jennifer walks out of her life and through a portal to fairyland.  This seems to be a theme in the books I’ve been reading lately (see The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic for a much tamer alternative).  When Jennifer arrives, she finds that her thoughts and desires are translated into reality.  Because she has no mental control, she ends up putting herself in danger and almost dies.  The fae are impressed by her power, but they also realize that…
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    Digesting the Words

  • Top Authors I Want to Read More From

    Farhana Chowdhury
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been suffering from blogger’s block this summer. Reading, reviewing, blogging… My motivation is feeble at best. So to help get inspired, I’ve decided to take part in a few memes. Starting with Top Ten Tuesday, held over at The Broke and the Bookish. Disclosure: Digesting the Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info. Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More 1. Rainbow Rowell I can’t tell you how much I loved reading Eleanor & Park. It was everything I wanted from a teenage young adult…
  • Sacrifice (Daughters of Lilith #3) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

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

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

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

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

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Catch of Two Centuries (Classics)Ever wonder where the expression “Catch-22” comes from?  Well, I did, so I finally read the book Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  Captain Yossarian, a WWII Army bombardier discovers that Catch-22 is a regulation in which the men must continuously fly more missions, and can only stop flying them if they are deemed insane.  But if they themselves declare that they are insane and request to stop flying, it proves they have cognitive abilities and are considered sane. Therefore must fly more missions. This book follows Yossarian who is trapped…
  • Summer Book Review Montage

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

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

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

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

  • Feel-Good Fiction: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion as a Mood-Boosting Sequel

    Lucy
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion swiftly became one of my favourite books. Last year it helped me get out of a rut and acted a welcome antidote to homesickness when I was living in Barcelona. I also included it in my mood-boosting and feel-good books list for the summer.Now that the book's sequel, The Rosie Effect, is available on the shelves of all good bookshops (at least here in the UK), a follow-up review is very much required. Could it ever be as good as The Rosie Project?  I think expecting the sequel to be as good as the original is a bit too demanding in this case. I…
  • The Tolstoy Therapy Calendar of Wisdom: Quotes and Sayings to Nourish the Soul

    Lucy
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    I'd like to thank all of you who contributed such wonderful quotes for the giveaway at the start of this month, and I'll be using this post as a round-up of the contributions I most enjoyed.Some of the quotations which you shared with me would certainly be worthy of a place in Tolstoy's own A Calendar of Wisdom, so I've decided to create the blog's own version. I hope you enjoy the choices as much as I have!Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy in The Last Station.A Selection of Your QuotesTo find mindfulness, as chosen by Paige:"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur…
  • Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th Birthday with a Giveaway of A Calendar of Wisdom

    Lucy
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    A portrait of Leo Tolstoy in his study by Vasily Meshkov, 1910.Today marks the 186th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's birth, September 9th 1828, and I felt it was only right that Tolstoy Therapy celebrates the occasion.I was overwhelmed by the wonderful comments I received for the blog's two year birthday giveaway (I should compile your comments in a post!) and I thought something similar could work here.The Tolstoy-related giveaway on offer is a copy of A Calendar of Wisdom, Tolstoy's collection of quotes and 'daily thoughts to nourish the soul', which was compiled over fifteen years…
  • If You Don't Know Where to Go in Life, Try Reading War and Peace

    Lucy
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    I write a lot about Pierre Bezukhov, one of the main character's in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. I've suggested how he can help us to appreciate life's simple pleasures and even overcome anxiety, as a character which so many first-time readers of the Russian masterpiece find themselves relating to.In this quick post (which I'm compiling during a break from my back-to-university work), I'll share an early section of the book which I hope some of you will find wisdom in.How Pierre and Andrei discuss low self-esteem and a lack of direction in War and PeaceThe…
  • Study Success: 11 Books & Articles to Help Students Hack Their Education

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

  • Can’t go Home

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Searching… Hurting… Lying… Finding love… Laughing… Needing… Wanting… DESTRUCTION LIES DESOLATION Love.   Read More …    Title: Can’t go Home Author: Angelisa Stone Publisher: Angelisa Stone Location: Ohio Availability: Phone Contact: angelisaauthor@gmail.com Website: Can’t go Home     Read Reviews       By: Angelisa […]
  • Montpelier Tomorrow

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    What would you do if someone in your family came down with ALS? Take the real “Ice Bucket Challenge,” and follow Colleen Gallagher, mid-life mom who thinks she’s owed some “me” time. Unfortunately for her, Fate has other plans. Her beloved son-in-law has just been […]
  • Unrequited

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Unrequited is the second book in the Contemporary Romantic Trilogy By Truth Devour Here’s what one of the readers wrote as a review on the book. 500daysofbooks.com …You are not meant to see him coming and will not e able to resist him when he […]
  • Sated

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Sated is the final book in the Contemporary Romantic Trilogy by Truth Devour. Here is what one of the first readers of Sated has to say: 500daysofbooks.com “I feel you…” I’m sad that I’ve finally finished the last book of this romantic trilogy, but I […]
  • Wantin

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Contemporary Romantic Trilogy – Wantin Book 1 A remarkably original novel that’s unique and wonderfully rich Wantin takes you on an acutely affecting journey of self-discovery and exploration, in which love and hope can be found and cherished even in the darkest of times. Shrouded […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Book Review: ‘Skink – No Surrender’ by Carl Hiaasen

    info@lipulse.com
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Sorry to say, but know all about Santa. Yeah, you learned the truth about the Jolly Old Elf years ago, but you let your younger sibs believe. Same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy: get past grade school and you’re a little old for that stuff.  So if, in the new book “Skink – No Surrender” by Carl Hiaasen, fourteen-year-old Richard Sloan said he met a one-eyed, bearded, beak-wearing man-bear on a Florida beach, who’d believe him? Malley was almost never late. It’s true that she was a rebel and gave her parents plenty of grief, but late?  No, Richard Sloan knew…
  • Book Review: ‘Cosby: His Life and Times’

    info@lipulse.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    For many years, you spent every Thursday night in the living room of a friend - and you never left your easy chair. Those Thursday nights were appointments you wouldn’t think of missing, and you always left with a smile. The Huxtable family was just like your family. And in the new book “Cosby: His Life and Times” by Mark Whitaker, you’ll learn what that TV show almost was, and more. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born into a storytelling family. Though his father was mostly absent, young Cosby was heavily influenced by his paternal grandfather, a spiritual man who loved telling Bible…
  • Book Review: ‘Five Days Left’

    info@lipulse.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Grandma was right. Darn it. Every year, when November rolled around and you longed for the holidays, she told you not to wish your life away. Time moved fast enough, she said, and it went faster the older you get. Back then, a week lasted forever; today, you blink and where did it go?  And in the new novel “Five Days Left” by Julie Lawson Timmer, even that’s not enough time. Texas lawyer Mara Nichols always did her research. It was something she prided herself on – until Huntington’s Disease robbed her of her moods, memory, and then her job.  What horrified her more than…
  • “Being Miss America : Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle

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

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

  • Book Excerpt: The Gentle Way of the Heart by Anders Nilsson

    Beth
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Anders Nilsson, author of the book The Gentle Way of the Heart, stopped by to share with us an excerpt from his book.About the book:In The Gentle Way of the Heart, scientist Anders Nilssonpresents a perspective on how to navigate life guided by the heart. He believes that each of us has a spark of God deep within and a heart filled with Divine Light. The challenge is to stay connected to this source of vitality and transformation in the hurried and challenging circumstances of modern life.In The Gentle Way of the Heart, Nilsson provides unique insights, exercises and meditations to…
  • Review: Stop the Torment by Joyce Lillis

    Beth
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In Stop the Torment, Joyce Lillis presents an entirely new approach to weigh loss and weight maintenance, offering information, stories and exercises designed to understand the deeper relationship each of us has with food. Once you uncover the long established habits that are at work, you will learn how to conquer your relationship with food. Read this book and you will discover how to: • Uncover the triggers of what keeps you yo-yo dieting • Stop the "inner food debate" about how much and what to eat • Recognize eating behaviors when on an "emotional…
  • Author Interview: Steven Fujita author of Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury

    Beth
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Steven Fujita, author of the book Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I'm a writer living in Long Beach, California. I grew up in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, attended college in Washington, D.C. In 2010, I published a novella, titled, Sword of the Undead, which is a re-telling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but with the vampire being a Japanese samurai lord. In 2012, I was diagnosed with meningitis, and as a result, was temporarily paralyzed from the chest down. Doctors predicted I would spend…
  • Guest Post: Maureen Dawn Healy author of The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids

    Beth
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Maureen Dawn Healy, author of the book The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.About the book:In The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids, Maureen Healy tackles the subject of indigo children from a whole new vantage point: energy. Aimed at healers, stay-at-home moms, and parents who are struggling to understand the unique qualities of their indigo children, the book covers such topics as:How indigo energy worksHow indigos healThe keys to indigo successYou will learn to see indigos from an energetic perspective--how they think, how they make decisions,…
  • Guest Post: William J. Hall author of The World's Most Haunted House

    Beth
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    William J. Hall, author of the book The World's Most Haunted House, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.About the book:In this unprecedented work, the story of the 1974 Bridgeport, Connecticut poltergeist is at last revealed. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers gathered. National media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, and attacking entities.Decades after the publicity quieted, more than 40 hours of never-before released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others tell the story as it actually unfolded:Relive the experience, the terror, the rampant…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Rokda by Nikhil Inamdar, a book of business stories

    Onkar Sharma
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    Today, I’ve an interesting book which might sound more of a business one. However, I insist you read it. While this brings in mind the business, money into mind, it […]
  • Poem: Reflecting Upon a Half-eaten Moon

    Author
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    By: Athena Mondal Image of a half-eaten moon, slowly savoured The downward strokes of an acoustic guitar, In wafts the smell of precious memories, Some from the well-guarded past, Some in […]
  • Poem: Borrowed Words

    Author
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    By: Athena Mondal Borrowed words Full of sound and fury But not my own. Dancing in the streets to music only in their ears Considered insane by those who Lack imagination. […]
  • Story: The Headmistress

    Author
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    By: Adreyo Sen When Sinbad was small, I never thought she would grow to old age. She was a sweet little thing, gravely affectionate and so eager to please me in […]
  • Story: The Little Sister

    Author
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    By: Adreyo Sen I never wondered why the only thing in my room was a grimy, stained bathtub, overflowing with black, sulphurous water. You see, I always assumed that it was […]
 
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    Stories by Mercilo Daviss

  • Crocorpions

    Mercilo Daviss
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “Can you get it sorted, please?” she said into the phone. “Look, I have to go, the kids are screaming about something. Call me tomorrow.” She thumbed the phone to hang up, plunked it down on the coffee table and strode over to the French doors leading to the back garden. She squinted into the sunlight, searching the glare for the shape of her son. Little Ken — or probably today Captain Ken of the fearsome pirate ship Fantasticness or somesuch — was running towards her from the bushes. Close behind flew his first mate, Doug, who she was recently informed was…
  • Detective Molly

    Mercilo Daviss
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:28 am
    They slid open the door to the warehouse, and immediately something smelled wrong. Not just the musty staleness of a space left closed to the outside for too long, but undertones of decomposition, of rot tinged with sweetness. The smell you never forget – the smell of evil. The smell of death. “Cameras outside show two men enter about twenty minutes apart,” said Detective Cooper. “Door closes, nobody leaves. That was two months ago.” He took a few steps in, then turned and looked back at the door. “There’s no handle on the inside. It’s rusted off. If you slide the door…
  • Try Again Next Time

    Mercilo Daviss
    8 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A house sits in the midst of a drenched suburbia, assaulted by hard rain, windows rattled by thunder. Inside, an elderly man comforts his frightened dog and speaks softly to his houseplants. Overhead, the clouds intensify, gathering a darkness immediately above. Then a flash, lightning stabs downwards and wraps around the television aerial. Nobody who belonged to that world would have been able to see two figures step out from the jagged edge that the lightning bolt has sliced through the sky, the arc frozen in time and the rain hanging still in the air. The world is completely still for…
  • The Match Boy Always Hopes

    Mercilo Daviss
    6 May 2014 | 2:45 pm
    He awoke gently, cuddled by darkness. Leaves had gathered over his cheek, he brushed them off. He got to his feet and stood still, listening. Too quiet. Where was the wind? The branches stroked by the breeze? Where were the birds? He walked along a path not as familiar as it should have been, and lit by blades of yellow light that cut the shadows into ribbons. Some of the trees he recognised, saw the same old patterns streaking through the bark. But they seemed fewer in number than he remembered. Then he reached the edge of the forest, too soon, too soon. A road cut across the path. It was…
  • Thin on the Ground

    Mercilo Daviss
    5 May 2014 | 4:37 am
    Pete stomped into the living room. Erica was lying sideways on the sofa, blonde hair hanging over the armrest at one end, feet propped up on the other, nose buried in a book. She did not acknowledge his entrance. “Hi,” he said. “Mmmm,” she replied. Pete wandered over to the kitchen area and began to assemble the ingredients for a vegetable soup. He glanced over the counter to see where Erica still reclined. “Where’s Will?” he said. Erica smiled. “He’s out at a concert,” she said. “The Shapeless Babies are playing at Windswept tonight.” “Right, I remember now,” said…
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    WordTrance

  • Top 5 Indie Books

    Michael
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction It is fast approaching September, and I have been privileged enough to be considered a book reviewer by many authors in 2012 after expressing my interest in a blog. Since The post Top 5 Indie Books appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Transcending Mediums

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

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

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

    Michael
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In the Tall Grass During a cross-country trip, siblings Cal and Becky Demuth stop to investigate the sounds of a child calling for help from the surrounding field of grass. The post In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill appeared first on WordTrance.
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  • Notable Quotes: 64

    Peter J Story
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don’t feel joy and excitement while writing ...
  • Things Grak Hates Hardcover Sale: $12.99

    Peter J Story
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today’s my birthday, so I wanted to remind you that buying Things Grak Hates would technically be a gift for both of us. Thanks to everyone who has made this sale a tremendous success so far! For those of you who prefer to procrastinate, don’t wait too long. Remember, the price goes back up after October 5th. And ...
  • Notable Quotes: 63

    Peter J Story
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.” —– Jack London
  • Things Grak Hates: 52 days until release

    Peter J Story
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s an excerpt from chapter 13 of Things Grak Hates. Don’t forget to pre-order your Kindle copy or pre-order the hardcover here: Grak cradles Brak’s cheek. “Sweet, simple, Brak. We’ve gone over this before. It’s only because of our people. They just don’t think very highly of bald men. More than bald women, sure, but not by ...
  • Notable Quotes: 62

    Peter J Story
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “An incurable itch for scribbling takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breasts.” —– Juvenal
 
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  • Review: Night Sky (Night Sky #1) by Suzanne Brockmann, Melanie Brockmann

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on. Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet…
  • Review: Trapped (Private Justice #2) by Irene Hannon

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
     When librarian Laura Griffin's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn't just dangerous--it's deadly.  Chilling and at times terrifying, "Trapped" is the latest thrilling read…
  • Review: Unlimited: A Novel by Davis Bunn

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy, and he needs Simon's help.But once he crosses the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel.Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked…
  • Review: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their secret hidden?Oh, where to start. This one just didn't…
  • Review: Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected…
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  • What Does a Memory Taste Like?

    John Harbour
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The calisson is to Provence what salt water taffy is to the American beach town. And that is to say it is everywhere; In every village that has enough tourist traffic, in every city, and even in the rest stops on the A7, you will find calissons for sale — a small tasty treat made from a paste of almonds and candied fruit topped with icing. Unfortunately what most of the shops sell is a pale comparison to the original article. As with taffy, if you are buying the tourist version it doesn’t matter where you make your purchase because it will be the same — a generic, homogenized,…
  • Provencal Lunch

    John Harbour
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The provencal lunch is a wondrous thing. My first introduction was from, of all things, a parking meter. It was our second full day in Provence and our first weekday. My wife and I were in Avignon, first to visit Les Halles and then on to the Pope’s palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet. I say this only to point out that we were in a city of some size, at least for Provence, and not some quaint village where they made their own rules or simply ignored others. Here was law and order and policy. We arrived around ten in the morning and were looking for place to park close to the market. As we…
  • Petit Dejeuner

    John Harbour
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Breakfast! My wife stirs as I get dressed, but settles after I tell her where I’m going. I exit our apartment into the chamber and stairs that lead to the street, paying careful attention to not spook Vincent, the bat who has taken up residence just outside the apartment door. Smart bat. It’s cool and dark in the day and just off of his nighttime feeding grounds. My wife and I have struck a bargain with Vincent; he is to take care of the bugs around and near the apartment, and we will do our best to not ungracefully disturb him as he slumbers. He awakes, as always, and does some lovely…
  • Joe Bonamassa: The Best Guitarist You Never Heard Of

    John Harbour
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Quick, name the best modern blues guitarists you can think of…I will wager that two of the names that came to mind were Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. You know who I bet you didn’t think of? Joe Bonamassa. Why? The answer to this question always perplexes me. I have friends that are hard core musicians and when I ask them this question, about half of the time they respond the same? Joe Bonamassa? Who? This is something I don’t understand. During his 2009 tour, when he was thirty-two, Eric Clapton joined him onstage at the Victoria & Albert Hall in London. I became aware of him…
  • What Happened to the Food of My Youth?

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

    Emily
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tomorrow, September 30, Shadow of Mordor is finally released! As evidenced by my previous posts, Shadow of Mordor: Canon or Not? and Celebrimbor: Who Is he?, I’m excited and interested about the latest game set in Middle-earth. Video game blogs like Polygon and Joystiq are giving the game great reviews (9.5/10 and 5/5, respectively). This is wonderful, considering how few LotR games… Read more The post Let’s Play Shadow of Mordor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • What Tolkien Thought of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins

    Emily
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    September 22 was the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. In honor of these two famousest of Hobbits, I thought it would be appropriate to gather some of Tolkien’s thoughts on these characters. On What Made Bilbo Unique Bilbo was in [gift giving] as in other ways an exceptional person, and his Party was a riot of generosity even for a wealthy… Read more The post What Tolkien Thought of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Lúthien

    Emily
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:24 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: Lúthien Tinúviel Immediate Family: Husband: Beren Son: Dior Aranel Home: Beleriand, almost exclusively Doriath Claim to fame: Not only was Lúthien the only one of the Children of Ilúvatar (the… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Lúthien appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Lord of the Rings Meaning, As Unearthed by Yahoo! Movies

    Emily
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Yahoo! Movies recently published an article entitled The Hidden Meanings Behind Iconic Movies. If you’re expecting a mind-blowing revelation…well, don’t. Despite some correct and interesting information (I’ve heard the Star Wars interpretation before, but I’ve never seen references supporting the interpretation), writer Rob Waugh is way off on Lord of the Rings meaning. He claims that it’s “REALLY about” the Battle of the… Read more The post Lord of the Rings Meaning, As Unearthed by Yahoo! Movies appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • 4 Things You May Not Know About J.R.R. Tolkien

    Emily
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There are a lot of facts about J.R.R. Tolkien that are well-known, both to his fans and even to the general public. He was a good friend to C.S. Lewis, the man who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia. He was a practicing Catholic. He loved trees. He once wrote a biting letter to Nazis. And so on. Of course, Tolkien was… Read more The post 4 Things You May Not Know About J.R.R. Tolkien appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
 
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  • Starting Over

    J Rex
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    As I begin work on my first official album I’ll be writing and recording teaser tracks like the one above to various mainstream rappers’ instrumentals every couple weeks. Some of them will be brief clips and others full songs to show how I would have flipped these beats had they been mine. Between these teaser [&hellip
  • The Art of Angelo Musco

    J Rex
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Angelo Musco is a contemporary artist from Naples, Italy. Working with thousands of nude models he photographs them individually and in groups before creating surreal landscapes out of their bodies. In 1997 he moved to New York where he now resides and works. Visit his website to see more of his creations: www.angelomusco.com
  • Colin Kaepernick

    J Rex
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Being from San Francisco I’m a die-hard fan of both the 49ers and Giants and while we are off to a rough start this season with a 1-2 record after game three I’m standing behind my belief that Colin Kaepernick is going to develop into the greatest QB in the game. In his first season [&hellip
  • Paige Bradley

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

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

  • The Slow Bloom of Bountiful Ideas With Steve Himmer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    The taste of something new is almost always disorienting. It may inspire wonder or exhilaration, or it may be alienating, off-putting or even maddening.I experienced many of these responses, and in unpredictable combinations, after I happened upon the fascinating and original book “The Bee-Loud Glade”, the first novel by writer Steve Himmer.The book is about a solitary and feckless man named Finch, who, after being laid off from his job posing as various online aliases to promote plastic plants, is hired by The Man — a Master of the Universe called Mr. Crane — to sign a contractual…
  • Truth in Fiction With Eudora Welty

    Bernice Landry
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    There are all kinds of books on writing — manuals, style guides, words of wisdom, words of warning, and every kind of bizarre miscellany imaginable. Like many writers I read a lot of them — not always for the advice, but often as maps to foreign countries that my fellow travelers have visited.I came across another of these when I thought I would check out Eudora Welty, a writer I didn’t know too much about, who fell between Isaac Bashevis Singer and John Gardner in my copy of The Paris Review Interviews vol. II that has spent the summer on my bedside table. Welty, I discovered, lived…
  • The Electric Wit and Tender Heart of Robin Williams

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

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

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

    Matthew J. Hall
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Peter Jelen’s latest book is a collection of poetry where the content truly reflects its title. These poems are a candid account of a foreigner finding his place in a strange land. Impressions of an Expatriate is as much about the outsider as it is about his unfamiliar surroundings while living in China. Establishing roots […] The post A Review: Impressions of an Expatriate by Peter Jelen appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Free Range Men by William Bryan Smith

    Matthew J. Hall
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    This month, an author by the name of William Bryan Smith released his latest work of fiction entitled Free Range Men through Main Street Rag Publishing Company. I read it, enjoyed it and reviewed it and you can read that review on The Small Press Book Review.  To learn more about the author, visit his profile […] The post A Review: Free Range Men by William Bryan Smith appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Witch Piss by Sam Pink

    Matthew J. Hall
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    At 104 pages, this Novella could easily be read during the morning commute. Be prepared though for a shift in perspective as you set out on your return journey. That is to say, Witch Piss is a quick read that sticks. On your route back from the office, factory, convenience store or wherever you go […] The post A Review: Witch Piss by Sam Pink appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • SWB is Taking a Holiday

    Matthew J. Hall
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    It’s time for a break and August seems like as good a time as any for taking a holiday. Not to worry though, we won’t be gone too long. SWB will be back in September with fresh new small press reviews, poetry and an update on my mission to get some of my fiction published […] The post SWB is Taking a Holiday appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • Procreation: A poem by Matthew J. Hall

    Matthew J. Hall
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    About a year ago I published my first collection of poetry entitled From the Depths and Through the Madness. It includes a poem called Procreation and I am honoured to see an excerpt from it being featured on Illustratedpoetry.com today. The image is an original by Marcy Erb (who wrote a fantastic post for our Screaming Sundays […] The post Procreation: A poem by Matthew J. Hall appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
 
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  • Andrew Genaille's Short Story "Eric" Is A Wonderful Story That Stands For Itself

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo, Cree, Ojibway) is a screenwriter for various t.v. shows and feature films as well as an author of two books (“Tales From Indian Country: The Apple”, and “Hunting Indians”) and two short stories on Amazon (“Harvey The Indian: The Man Who Wouldn’t Leave” and “Eric:01000101/01110010/01101001/01100011/00001101”)Genaille’s short story, "Eric," is currently free on Amazon during the 28th and 29th of September. Otherwise, the story is 99¢ which is well worth it. If you missed the free period, consider spending a dollar for the story.The description of…
  • Review: "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Summary: A great book about a teenager struggling between life on the rez and the allure of life off the rez. He chooses one over the other and experiences the repercussions of that choice, yet he does so to his benefit and ultimate triumph. A beautiful and honest story that contains a lot of pain told through the lens of an immature teen. Well worth a read and ultimately not worthy of being the third most challenged book of 2013. I read this book this past week to celebrate Banned Books Week and it was a good choice for celebration. “I wanted to run faster than the speed of sound, but…
  • Sherman Alexie on Book Censorship and Why We Fight These Battles

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    I tweeted about this yesterday when I watched the video, but then I was thinking that I should post a blog about it as well. My mind is on cultivating Twitter more than this blog for some reason.Anyway, the folks at Open Road Media uploaded a video of Sherman Alexie talking about his two books “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (the third most challenged book in the last year and the one we’ve been reading this week in honor of Banned Books Week) and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and the challenges these books have received from parents and school…
  • Notes and Quotes: "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    This week I've been reading Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” as a celebration of Banned Books Week. I started the book on Sunday evening and finished it this morning. I’ll post a longer review when I have some time to sit and write it, but I wanted to share some thoughts and quotes that stuck out to me as I read through the book.Book Notes:1. Sherman Alexie is one of the best writers to write a novel whose protagonist is an immature teenager.2. He’s also one of the best writers that can still go deep while making dirty jokes. For that, I am…
  • Let's Celebrate Sherman Alexie's Banned Book

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Banned Books Week - Celebrating the Freedom to ReadThis week, September 21-27, is Banned Books Week where readers of all demographics can celebrate and commemorate their intrinsic freedom to read whatever they want to read. This week is also a time to celebrate that we don’t have to ask permission  to write honestly. We write what we feel and readers may come of it, but the beauty is in us expressing ourselves in truth. What benefit is censorship in any society? I can think of none.So in honor of Banned Books Week, let’s celebrate the third most challenged title “The…
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