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  • TED Curator Chris Anderson Lands Deal For Public Speaking Guide

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    Maryann Yin
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    TED curator Chris Anderson (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Senior executive editor Rick Wolff handled this acquisition. This project will be the first in Wolff’s new line of business books. Anderson gave this statement in the press release: “Many people have something important to say, but are terrified by public speaking. Yet the skills to deliver a compelling talk are teachable. Over the last 10 years, my team and I have had access to the preparation process of many of the world’s…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    Pixel of Ink
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Ready for even more great reads? Check out tonight’s Kindle Book selection! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Urban Fiction Under My Control by Shantay Still free? Click Here to find out! Seventeen year old Perry Salters has every quality needed to take New York City by storm. He set a goal to take over his city’s streets but got more than he ever dreamed of having. After attending an Empowerment Conference, given by a prominent street boss, Perry learns what it really takes to be on…
  • A funny way to review a book…

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    Paulo Coelho
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
  • The Book Smuggler’s Radar

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    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Book Smuggler is one of our favorite book sites and one of their regular features is their weekly Smuggler’s Radar, solid reads to keep an eye out for. Here’s one of this week’s picks. Be sure to head over there for the full list as well as other reviews &[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post The Book Smuggler’s Radar appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

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    dylan
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tweet How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts, Portfolio, 272 pages, $27.95, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781591846840 Many of my favorite books are about other books, whether it’s books on book collecting by Nicholas Basbanes and Milwaukee bookseller (and founder of the bookshop our company was born in) Harry W. Schwartz, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task on the writing of The Life of Samuel Johnson by Adam Sisman, The Man Who Made Lists about the creation of Roget’s Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall, or The Buried Book about the…
 
 
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  • Top 5 Ways Authors Sabotage Their Own Book

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    by Shayla Eaton (@CuriouserEdit) Over the years The Book Designer has featured guest articles by authors, designers, marketing pros, and many others in the field of self-publishing. But more than any other people involved in publishing, we’ve featured editors. The reason for this is that editing is crucial to self-publishers, and should be the number 1 priority on an author’s list when they start thinking about getting a book ready for publication. Nothing will prejudice readers against your book—except for a boring book, that is—than a sloppy presentation or worse, a…
  • This Week in the Blogs, October 14 – 20, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you’re too scared to venture outside because of all the Halloween ghosts and goblins, why not stay indoors and check out this week’s selection of great articles? Frances Caballo on Social Media Just for Writers How to Target Your Readership “As of January of this year, Pew Research determined that 75% of adults who engage in online activities use social media.” Carla King on How to Blog a Book 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Test, Publish and Sell Your Book “You’ve got your manuscript, so now what? Before committing to big distribution, try these quick and easy…
  • Is Crowdsourced Editing Right for Your Book?

    Joel Friedlander
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Crowdsourced editing is a new term, but the concept has been around for a while. Writers have always shared their works-in-progress with other writers in exchange for criticism, in much the same way many writers now use beta readers for feedback. And there’s the practice—which we have only heard about and which is frowned upon by editors, obviously—in which a writer sends a different segment of a manuscript to a variety of editors with a request for a sample edit. With luck, the writer gets a full manuscript edited by the crowd. Recently though,…
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  • September 2014: Book notices

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy (Glorious) National Pasta (of Italy) Day

    Peter Perez
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    It seems that there’s a designated ‘day’ for just about every food possible; in fact, today is National Pasta Day! Enjoy this week’s recipe in celebration of arguably the absolute best carbo food of them all (it comes in so many shapes/sizes/textures!), from Domenica Marchetti‘s marvelous, critically acclaimed cookbook The Glorious Pasta of Italy. Baked Rigatoni al Telefono with Smoked Mozzarella Makes 6 to 8 servings. Got kids (or adults) who won’t eat eggplant/aubergine? I do, but they eat this because it’s fun, not to mention delicious. Just about every…
  • The Personal Notebooks of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis

    Sabrina Barekzai
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    When you’re equal parts book and music fan, it’s a special treat to speak to both interests at once. Enter So This is Permanence, a beautiful pale grey volume of Ian Curtis’s personal notebooks. It’s hard to not to feel a special connection reading through the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters of the 20th century. So This Is Permanence contains never before seen handwritten lyrics, as well as a beautiful forward from Deborah Curtis. Deborah was widowed by Ian after he took his own life in 1980, leaving the world…
  • Yikes! October 18th is International Ivy + Bean Day

    Lara Starr
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    October 18th is the 5th annual International Ivy + Bean Day! Bookstores and libraries all over the world will be celebrating with fun activities, games and giveaways. If you’re lucky enough to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can meet series author Annie Barrows! Here’s a list of local events: Saturday, October 18 10:30am: Mrs. Dalloway’s, Berkeley 2pm: Hicklebee’s, San Jose  Sunday, October 19 11am: Books, Inc, Laurel Village, San Francisco 2:30pm: Diesel, Larkspur This year we’re especially excited about the very first Ivy + Bean interactive,…
  • Berkeley, CA is #GrumpytownUSA

    Kathryn Jaller
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Two months ago, we put out a call to the nation. We asked you to tell us through tweet and deed why Grumpy Cat should come to your town. And boy are you all as creative as you are ornery. We received so many strong submissions from all over the country, and here are some highlights from cities that went above and beyond for one little cat with a silly face. 1. Justice, Illinois Ms. King (@ms_308) at Frank A. Brodnicki Elementary School seems like a pretty cool teacher. Not only is Grumpy Cat her class mascot, but she turned #GrumpytownUSA into a persuasive writing exercise for her students.
  • Afternoon Tea at Tout Sweet + Downloadable Food Labels

    Sabrina Barekzai
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today is National Dessert Day. And to celebrate, we rewarded our sweet tooth with a visit to Tout Sweet for afternoon tea and pastries. Like most people, I find the weekends to be a good excuse to indulge in dessert…or a burger and fries, or a burger, fries, and dessert. But a Tuesday afternoon trip for tea and pastries seemed like a great way to break-up the week. Major apologies to my dentist! The clean and open environment of Tout Sweet, the pâtisserie opened by chef Yigit Pura in downtown San Francisco, was the perfect place to settle in for tea time. Tout Sweet has an enviable…
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    Bookslut

  • An Interview with Manjushree Thapa

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    6 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Blame it on family, on the country-of-residence-at-the-moment, on the tumultuous politics of her motherland of Nepal, but certainly Manjushree Thapa has lived a life in flux, repeatedly adjusting to unpredictability. Born in Kathmandu, she moved as a toddler to...
  • An Interview with Garrett Caples

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    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Garrett Caples, off the beaten path of many readers, is writing on subject material that itself is well beyond most pathways well-trodden. From an eclectic assortment of American Surrealist poets and painters to the unjustly debased original art historian Roger...
  • How to Burn Potatoes at High Altitude

    hong.terry@gmail.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    I write a reader’s diary because reading is writing too. I don’t like talking all the time. This September I didn’t talk -- write -- very much at all but I read a lot, in the same pell-mell omnivorous...
  • An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell by Deborah Levy

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    6 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
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  • Last Words

    hong.terry@gmail.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    For two months I've been reading and rereading Last Words from Montmartre -- the last work of Taiwanese writer Qiu Maiojin, left behind when she died by suicide in 1995, aged twenty-six, and now freshly translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich...
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

    dylan
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tweet How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts, Portfolio, 272 pages, $27.95, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781591846840 Many of my favorite books are about other books, whether it’s books on book collecting by Nicholas Basbanes and Milwaukee bookseller (and founder of the bookshop our company was born in) Harry W. Schwartz, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task on the writing of The Life of Samuel Johnson by Adam Sisman, The Man Who Made Lists about the creation of Roget’s Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall, or The Buried Book about the…
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    The Millions

  • What’s the point?

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    “What’s the point of reading literature?” Electric Literature shares a video that offers a compelling 4-point answer.
  • Chandra on Hemingway

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s no secret we enjoy and highly recommend The Atlantic‘s By Heart series, and Vikram Chandra‘s essay on reading Hemingway is no exception. Pair with Jonathan Goldman‘s review of a modern edition of The Sun Also Rises.
  • Fate and Fiction

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Recommended reading: Catherine Lacey writes for Granta about “The Question of Fate” and fiction writing.
  • Hemingwrite

    Kaulie Lewis
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Modern technology has finally developed a device that aims to aid all perpetually distracted writers – the cleverly titled Hemingwrite.
  • Writing History

    Kaulie Lewis
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Laila Lalami recently wrote about “How History Becomes Story,” but writing an interesting and compelling history book sans fiction has its own challenges. Thankfully S.C. Gwynne offers some tips in a piece for the History News Network, including the hard-hitting reminder that “it is your job to force your facts into narrative form.”
 
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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

  • Janine Turner “A Little Bit Vulnerable”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    by She feels, she says, “a little bit vulnerable.” For the first time, actress Janine Turner opens up about her private life in a book she calls “A Little Bit Vulnerable.” In what her publisher calls a “breathtaking sweep of her half a century of living,” Turner chronicles her journeys through the canyons of her life and how she sought horizons. She includes poetry, essays, opinion-editorials, radio interviews and letters, to reveal how she prevailed over heartbreak, alcoholism, and the death of her father. Listen to Janine Turner Download audio file…
  • 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…
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

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

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
  • Ever wonder what a developmental editor could do for your book?

    Alan Rinzler
    20 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    More and more writers are hiring their own developmental editors, whether they plan to self-publish their book or hope to land a literary agent and go for a book deal with a traditional publisher. To give you an idea what a professional developmental editor could do for your book, here’s a checklist of some of the essential services we deliver: • Help to get you started Provide early feedback and creative suggestions when you’re still figuring out what the book is about. Help with focusing the plot, structure, literary style, and deciding which issues or aspects of the story to include…
  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
  • Have you ever written something you later regretted?

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I sure have. It was 1964 and I was on assignment for The Nation magazine to write a review of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall, their first live appearance in the United States. No Soul in Beatlesville There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review?  It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”.
 
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    Personanondata

  • Mobile Reading Trends: How solid is the Kindle's position?

    PersonaNonData
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The following series of blog posts were originally published on the Publishing Technology blog during Frankfurt and speaks to research the company conducted into mobile reading habits. What we learned when we asked 3,000 people whether they read books on their phones While the publishing industry continues to debate the relative merits of print books versus eBooks a far bigger shift in the way we find and consume information is taking place under our noses. The digital revolution in publishing is often dated back to November 2007, when Amazon launched the first Kindle e-reader. Yet earlier…
  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

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    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
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  • 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.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Homeland recap: season four, episode two Trylon and Perisphere

    Gwilym Mumford
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Homelands return to form was too good to be true, as this ill-judged episode proved has it all become a bit of a drag?SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for people watching Homeland series four. Dont read on if you havent seen season four, episode two.Read the episode one blog here.The problem for me with this show is the rise of IS in the real world. Current events in the Middle East and in the so called "war on terror" are moving more quickly and spectacularly in the real world than in this show. Season one was right on the edge of current affairs, this one feels a bit like it could have…
  • Japanese stock market bounces back, but Europe falls again-- business live

    Graeme Wearden
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Rolling business and financial news, as Japans Nikkei surges by 4%, but European shares are hit by economic uncertainty 11.19am BST Twenty seven years ago, investors were reeling from the Black Monday crash of 1987.19th October was the day when the US Dow Jones index lost a fifth of its value in a truly stupendous wipeout.If the Oct 19 1987 stock-market crashs occurred today, its equivalent point drop in 2014 Dow would be 3703.52 points (22.61% X 16,380) 11.11am BST More reassuringly, the prices of Greek sovereign debt has strengthened, pushing down yields (the rate of interest on the…
  • What is the Vix volatility index?

    Nick Fletcher
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Fear index hits two year high as investors worry about global slowdown and geopolitical risksThe Vix volatily index - known popularly as the fear index - hit a near three-year high last week, reflecting the toxic cocktail of bad news which has sent stock markets tumbling.Investors are concerned about growing signs of a global economic slowdown, particularly in China and the eurozone, at the same time as major central banks such as the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England are turning off the money taps which have supported stock markets for years. Continue reading...
  • Drake, U2 and the Suicide Squad - today pop culture LIVE!

    Paul MacInnes
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    All the days breaking bits and bobs relayed in the most snackable forms possibleThere will also be acerbic cultural comment. So hold on to your hatsComment below or get in touch on twitter: @guideguardian 11.05am BST However much we may like Drake in the UK, the fascination with him and his personal habits is borderline religious in north America. Over the weekend, there were two Drake-based items of interest, the first an apparent leak of a song from his new album From the 6. The best detail is that the leak came from a teenager in rural Georgia. Which is about as internet as you might want.
  • Barroso warns Cameron making 'historic' mistake over EU - speech and reaction: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including José Manuel Barroso, the European commission president, giving a speech warning David Cameron is making a historic mistake over the EU 10.59am BST Here is some reaction to Barrosos speech and Q&AFrom the Financial Times editor Lionel Barber#Barroso's prediction that City firms will move to Frankfurt/Paris post Brexit is highly questionable - but Tory drift is palpableCity firms will not move wholesale across Channel if UK quits EU. But i believethey will shift a chunk of their activities #CHEventsBarroso:…
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  • 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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  • Soul of the Hooligan

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Football hooligans! The words are enough to strike terror into the hearts of the upstanding middle classes and have entire towns boarded up and quaking with fear. Garry’s guest has more than a casual acquaintance with the subject. Dougie Brimson, a former hooligan himself turned bestselling writer, is an expert. Join us tonight as we explore this controversial topic in depth. With over half a million books sold worldwide, Dougie’s first title was Everywhere We Go - first published in 1996, it remains a cult classic. His first novel, The Crew, held the #1 slot on the soccer charts of both…
  • Hygiene and the Assassin – Amélie Nothomb

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Morbidly obese misery of a writer – and Nobel Laureate (topical) – more than meets his match in the slender and deadly Nina, who conducts the last interview of the writer’s life. Secrets are dredged up and, in a twist, it *is* pretty. Keep your daggers handy. This is going to get nasty. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of…
  • Deadmau5 Takes The Mickey

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    He gets $425,000 for a gig – that’s a whole lot of cheese – and Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, is about to have the adventure of his life. The Walt Disney Company have finally woken up to the fact that Mr. Zimmerman’s rodentiatic trade mark bears some resemblance to their very own crown jewels… and they’re not happy.  Cue m’learned friends.  Someone’s getting pwn3d. Links to stories mentioned: EU Court: No Parody For You! European court rules that libraries can digitize books Deadmau5 fights Disney in mouse ear logo legal dispute Fan Arrested As…
  • Lars Frederiksen: Growing Up Punk

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Rancid are one of the world's biggest ever punk bands. Formed in California in 1991, they have sold more than four million albums worldwide. Vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen has been with them since 1993, and he also fronts his own streetpunk band The Old Firm Casuals. Son of a Danish mother and an Italian-American father, Lars has devoted his life to his vision of punk and the old ideals of uniting different youth tribes against the system. Tonight, he speaks frankly to Garry about his childhood experiences growing up with gang violence, and how UK rock weekly Sounds helped him…
  • Susan Greenfield – Baroness of the Brain

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Baroness Susan Greenfield is one of the most interesting scientists alive on the planet. Reviled by some, admired by many, never short of a piercing insight and a provocative soundbite... Susan Greenfield is everywhere. But who is the real Susan Greenfield – and what is she really saying to us? On tonight’s show, we go head-to-head. And not just with our guest: but with her critics, too! >>>>>> Download the show as an audio file Subscribe in iTunes  
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  • Graphic Novel Friday: The Long Halloween

    Alex Carr
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    October is here, October is here! With the onslaught of all things pumpkin-flavored (but who can resist?), now is the time to settle down with a good fright. This month, publishers prepare the very be(a)st in spooky reads, and comics are no different. October kicks off with the appropriately titled Batman Noir: The Long Halloween, a gorgeous reissue of a classic Batman tale. Originally released in single issues in 1996 and 1997, The Long Halloween is a year-long murder mystery set in the early days of Batman’s career. Writer Jeph Loeb manages to weave nearly every main Batman villain into…
  • The New Trailer for the "Unbroken" Movie

    Chris Schluep
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    For those who haven't read Unbroken (I realize a lot of us have read it), there's still time to read the book before seeing the movie. I've had a lot of conversations through the years about whether one should read a book before seeing a movie, and the answer varies depending on the book and the reader--but this is one title I'd recommend reading first. I know I just wrote that it depends "on the book and the reader," but in this case I think Louis Zamperini's story has enough universal appeal that the advice read the book first applies in nearly all cases.
  • 10 Songs: Greil Marcus and the Culture of Surprise

    Jon Foro
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If rock & roll has achieved institution status, Greil Marcus certainly qualifies as one of its pillars. As one of the most influential critics of rock music--a small and vital, club, to be sure--he has made a long, distinctive career by elevating an often disparaged form and placing it firmly (rightly) within the hierarchy of great art. In addition to his writing for the likes of Rolling Stone (he was its first reviews editor), Creem, and The Village Voice, Marcus has authored many books, often dealing with the idea that rock & roll is both a accelerant and amplifier of cultural…
  • YA Wednesday: Meg Wolitzer on "Belzhar"

    Seira Wilson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Back in June I read a book called Belzhar that I'd been hearing about.  Author Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings was one of our Best Books of 2013 and prior to that I'd loved her novel for middle graders, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, so I was eager to read her first book for young adults.  It's amazing. And it just released so not only did it *finally* get to claim it's rightful spot at the top of our Best YA of October list, but now when I rave about it I don't have to follow-up with, "...but it won't be out until September 30th..." Belzhar…
  • National Book Award Finalists Announced

    Erin Kodicek
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Drum roll, please. The National Book Awards shortlist was broadcast this morning. Celebrating the best in American literature, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 19 hosted by best-selling author, Daniel Handler (you might know him better by his other name--Lemony Snicket). So, without further ado, I give you this year's finalists, who about now must be penning particularly well-crafted acceptance speeches, just in case. Fiction:All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAn Unnecessary Woman by Rabih AlameddineLila by Marilynne RobinsonRedeployment by Phil…
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  • Dream a Little Dream—or Two: Elley Arden’s Journey from Writing for the Walt Disney Company to Writing Romance Novels

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The first time I glimpsed Los Angeles from a plane window, I wasn’t impressed.  The view through a taxi window on my way to Studio City wasn’t much better. The palm trees were too tall and thin. The roads were too tight and travelled. The people looked tired and troubled. Where was the gold and […]
  • Boo-k Spectacular Costume Party | Julia Justiss’s Treat of a Trickster

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome again to Fresh Fiction’s Halloween Boo-k Spectacular Costume Party! Some of your favorite authors are sending their characters to this virtual party in style. Enter and be charmed by Will Ransleigh, hero of Julia Justiss‘s THE RAKE TO REDEEM HER. *** What better costume party guest than a charming rogue who’s a master of […]
  • Terry Spear | Decorating For Christmas, Werewolf Style

    Pasha Carlisle
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I LOVE Christmas and decorating, and for werewolves it’s the same. The only difference might be that they LOVE decorating with live plants as it reminds them of their trips to the woods. Evergreen garlands. Mistletoe. Poinsettias. But even better, the Highland wolves in A Highland Wolf Christmas are starting a brand new tradition! A […]
  • Stacy Finz | Going Home

    Pasha Carlisle
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    My aunt owns a cabin in the Sierra Nevada woods. Every summer my family goes up for few days. We bring our hiking boots, bikes, bathing suits and floatation devices. Sometimes we float on the river for hours, yelling for the kids to come rescue us when our river rafts go too far down stream–why […]
  • Jennifer Faye | When All Looks Lost

    Pasha Carlisle
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Sometimes life has a way of throwing up so many roadblocks at once that certain aspects of life can seem utterly hopeless. I know. This happened to me with my writing career. I almost gave up the pursuit because I gave up the hope that one day I’d be sitting on my front porch writing […]
 
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  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson + Giveaway (International)

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Ready for another cover reveal, YABCers? Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NOOKS & CRANNIES by Jessica Lawson, releasing June 7, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jessica:   Hello all YA(and Kids!)BC readers! Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal of NOOKS & CRANNIES!   I'm over the moon to be sharing the wonderful work of artist/illustrator Natalie Andrewson (http://natalie-andrewson.com/) and Simon & Schuster book designer Lucy Ruth Cummins.  …
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden + Giveaway (US/International)

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
      Hi, everyone! Welcome to today's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for FOREIGN EXCHANGE by Denise Jaden, releasing October 10, 2014 from Evernight Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Denise:   Hi YABC! I’m excited to share with you my new cover for my latest YA novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE. I’m thrilled to announce that this is an editor’s pick for Evernight Teen, and I know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but if I had to pick one of my books that I love the most, I think this would be it. I wrote this book during a…
  • Are You Ready for the YA Scavenger Hunt?! Plus Get Tiger's Promise for $0.99! #YASH

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
      Guys! Today is the start of the YA Scavenger Hunt, hosted and led by the amazing Colleen Houck! Are you prepared to scavenge like you've never scavenged before? We know we are!    So... What is the YA Scavenger Hunt?  In essence, the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online event dedicated to promoting collaboration between young adult authors from a variety of publishing houses. Past scavenger hunts have been a fun and effective way of offering fans the opportunity to see some of the best in YA literature and discover new books. Throughout the hunt, participating authors will…
  • Giveaway: Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron (US Only)

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
      Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron Release Date: November 12, 2013   About the Book Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota with her family. The guy, Ice, turns out to be the local medicine man’s apprentice, and when he tells Jeni she’s connected to the spirit world, her first instinct is to run. But after Ice’s stories of a mythical underwater monster—that Jeni allegedly released—prove true, she realizes it’s up to her to contain the beast. Jeni…
  • Giveaway: Dream Girl by SJ Lomas (US Only)

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
      Dream Girl by S.J. Lomas Release Date: November 2013   About the Book For Christine, dreams have never been more than a pleasant dalliance in her subconscious or the occasional nightmare. Once she meets Gabriel, her dreams become vivid and shocking.   She spends time with Gabriel and learns there is far more to dreams than she ever imagined. As she becomes entangled in the truth, and her feelings for Gabriel, she finds herself on the path to making the biggest, and strangest, decision of her life.   About the Author S.J. has been making up stories for as long as she can…
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  • Week in Review, October 13th-17th

    Katie Bircher
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    This week on hbook.com… Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony timeline Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline BGHB/HBAS weekend slideshow Horn BOO! Recommended Halloween boooOOOoooks Reviews of the Week Picture Book: Remy and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes; 
illus. by the author with 
miniatures by Hannah E. Harrison Fiction: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith Nonfiction: Malala, a Brave Girl from 
Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave 
Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter; 
illus. by the author App: MOMA Art Lab Read Roger: “Two possible explanations for all the zombie books“: Roger…
  • MOMA Art Lab app review

    Katie Bircher
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Yesterday was rainy and gray and a little grumpy around here, but my discovery of the Museum of Modern Art‘s free Art Lab app (2012) — based on their child-friendly interactive exhibits — brightened my afternoon. The first element of the app is a canvas with line, shape, and color toolbars accessible at the bottom of the screen. Drag and drop, rotate, copy and paste, send forward or back, switch color, or delete your shapes and lines with the tap or swipe of a fingertip. Icons along the right side of the canvas allow you to save your work, change the canvas color, or start over. Tap…
  • Dilemma, dilemma…

    Katie Bircher
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    This week has been so busy — and we’ve posted so much great content — that it’s been terribly difficult to decide what to feature just today. See for yourself! 2014 BGHB ceremony timeline 2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline Five questions for Cary Elwes Raina Telgemeier: An illustrated life Horn BOO! 2014 Viva Frida Stuck on Post-Its Come on, how are we supposed to choose? We’ll be cycling through these posts on our main page through the next few days to make sure they all get some love! The post Dilemma, dilemma… appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • Five questions for Cary Elwes

    Elissa Gershowitz
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 6:00 PM, Porter Square Books is hosting (at the Brattle Theatre) David Valdes Greenwood, in conversation with Cary Elwes, author of As You Wish. A Princess Bride screening follows the talk (screening begins at 8:30 PM). We asked Mr. Farmboy himself our Five Questions, to get in the “sexy fairy-tale” spirit. We will refrain from quoting lines from the movie. Though we could. All day long. (NB: Roger has never seen The Princess Bride. Inconceivable, right?!) 1. My childhood best friend and I saw The Princess Bride in the theater and we can still quote…
  • 2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

    Horn Book
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    HBAS keynote speaker Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. On Saturday, October 11th, we held our fourth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium with the theme “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers.” Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See Friday’s ceremony timeline here. 8:53 am: Good morning! Cider donut and lots of coffee: good to go for #HBAS14 9:18 am: “Mind the Gaps” theme came from London Tube and from annual @HornBook feature; today at #HBAS14 we ask, “What’s missing in…
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  • Dylan Thomas at 100

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) is being fêted in his homeland and abroad on the eve of what would be his 100th birthday. Thomas' works include 'Do not go gentle into that good night' and 'The hunchback in the park.'  The subject of much literary criticism and commentary over the years, he has also been compared to giants like T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden.Most events will take place at Swansea's Dylan Thomas National Literature Centre. The Centre is housed in the Guildhall, a Victorian-era building extensively refurbished and opened to the public in 1995 by former…
  • Pennsylvania Library Discovers Time Capsule from 1901

    Nate Pedersen
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    The Carnegie Free Library staff in Connellsville, Pennsylvania made a startling discovery when they removed a large bush from library grounds and revealed a stone hiding a time capsule.  Library officials knew that a time capsule had been placed when the library was built in 1901, but records did not reveal its exact location. After discovering the time capsule, the library hosted a public reception for its opening.  Inside the time capsule, library members found a very well-preserved cache including newspapers and meeting minutes from the town council relating to the…
  • The Power of Picture Books

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Chris Loker, a San Francisco bookseller specializing in antiquarian children's books from 1750-1950, has published an essay in a new Scholastic anthology called Open a World of Possible: Real Stories about the Joy and Power of Reading (free ebook available). Alongside authors, illustrators, and educators, Loker writes about a book that made a big difference in her life. In her essay, "Picture Books Across the Ages," she writes, "there is always a shimmer of pure joy in a fine picture book."Loker is a member of the Book Club of California and the Grolier Club, where she is also the curator of…
  • Magna Carta Anniversary Celebrated with MOOC

    Nate Pedersen
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Next year commemorates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta and events are already being planned, including a exhibit at the British Library that we previously profiled on this blog. Of course, most commemorative events require the attendee to live near a major institution hosting an exhibition.  To help spread the celebrations further afield, the academics at Royal Holloway - a college of the University of London - are hosting a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about the Magna Carta that anyone around the world can enroll in."We are home to some of the world's…
  • Award Winners at the Library of Congress

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Coming up this week on Friday, the winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest will be feted at the Library of Congress. With encouragement from Fine Books & Collections, which launched the contest back in 2005, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) now carries the baton for this competition, with support from the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Center for the Book and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division (Library of Congress), and the Jay I. Kislak Foundation. Our longtime featured columnist and author, most…
 
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  • Giveaway: Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    by SB Sarah Sarah Morgan's Maybe This Christmas comes out next week, and to celebrate the final book in the O'Neil brothers trilogy, we have a giveaway. Yay!  We have five print copies, and five digital copies to award, and this contest is indeed open to international residents (where permitted by law).  Curious about this book? If you like contemporary romance with a lot of humor and wonderful characters, you should like this series a LOT. The first one, Sleigh Bells in the Snow, was a Book Club Pick in November last year and was nominated for a RITA as…
  • SBTB/DA Bestsellers 7-14 October 2014

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    by SB Sarah This week's bestsellers are brought to you by all the apples I'm eating because apples. And also by the exported analysis of our affiliate sales data.  Unraveled (A Turner Series Book 3) by Courtney Milan A | BN | K (.99c!) (RedHeadedGirl's grade: A) Truly: The New York Series (The New York Trilogy) by Ruthie Knox A | BN | K How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days: An American Heiress in London by Laura Lee Guhrke  A | BN | K The Ruin of a Rogue (The Wild Quartet Book 2) by Miranda Neville A | BN | K Instant Attraction (Wilder Book 1) by Jill Shalvis  A | BN…
  • The Choices of Kathleen Hale

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    by SB Sarah Next week I will be a guest of the Surrey International Writers' Conference in British Columbia, Canada, and one of the workshops I've giving is on reviews. Specifically, it's called, Reviews: How to Get Reviewed, and How to Put a Review in your Rearview Mirror. I'm a blogger and reviewer who regularly gives negative review to books, and I'm also an author of two books, both of which have received positive and negative reviews. I both write and receive reviews regularly, but it's not that experience that gives me an understanding of where Kathleen Hale went…
  • Podcast Transcript 111. An Interview with Courtney Milan: Law, Books, and Recommendations

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    by SB Sarah Here is a text transcript of Podcast 111- An Interview with Courtney Milan: Law, Books, and Recommendations. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was hand crafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.   [music] Sarah Wendell: Hello and welcome to another DBSA podcast. I’m your host Sarah Wendell, and with me is New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan. In this episode, we talk about the lawsuit filed by Ellora’s Cave against Jane Litte and Dear Author. We talk about legal things in general, why…
  • Whatcha Reading? October Edition

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    by SB Sarah Time for The Most Expensive Monthly Thread where I ask what you're reading, and you tell us, and then we all buy books until both the T-Bird and the credit card are taken away! Sounds like fun, right? Currently, I'm reading a nonfiction about focus and efficiency called The One Thing by Gary Keller ( A | BN | K | ARe ). It's a very quick and easy read (and is only 133 pages for over $13 digitally at Amazon, which I struggled with mightily, let me tell you) (Dear God it's $24 for the ebook elsewhere. What on earth!?), and I'm stopping myself from reading it too…
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  • Michael Wood: At the Movies

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Michael Hofmann: Amis in Auschwitz

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I read The Zone of Interest straight through twice from beginning to end and it feels like I’ve read nothing at all. I could read it again, if I thought it would make any difference. Perhaps in some strange way it’s a compliment to the book – this love story set among Germans in Auschwitz: good idea? waiting world? story whose time has come? yes? – or to its calculation, its finely calibrated scales, that what survives of it is (pace Larkin) nothing. That nothing finally preponderates, no sensation remains, no vision, no synthesis, no understanding.
  • Paul Farmer: Ebola

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I have just returned from Liberia with a group of physicians and health activists. We are heading back in a few days. The country is in the midst of the largest ever epidemic of Ebola haemorrhagic fever. It’s an acute and brutal affliction. Ebola is a zoonosis – it leaps from animal hosts to humans – which is caused by a filovirus (a thread-like virus that causes internal and external bleeding). It was first described in 1976 in rural Congo, not far from the Ebola River, as an acute-onset syndrome characterised by complaints of weakness, followed by fever and abdominal pain.
  • Letters

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 20 (23 October 2014)
  • Owen Hatherley: The Neo-Elite

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Part of what makes Owen Jones such a phenomenally successful figure by left-of-Labour standards is his ability to be several things at once. He is both insider, reporting back to ‘us’ about what ‘they’ think, and outsider, as shocked and angry about it as ‘we’ might be. He was brought up in Sheffield, Falkirk and Stockport and speaks in a sharp Mancunian accent, but he is also an Oxford graduate, with all the connections that can entail. He has Westminster experience as a parliamentary researcher, but to John McDonnell.
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  • What the Terrible Psychic Said by Dan Kennedy

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    I’m seeing a coastal place, Sausalito, maybe 1977 or 1978. Were you in Fleetwood Mac, or did you own that recording studio where they recorded their second album? No? Do you own a Mac computer? Or maybe a Fleetwood brand luxury motorhome? You probably enjoy sauces, that’s what it is, maybe.Okay, here we go, I’m picking something up here, I’m sensing that you were a… pro motocross racer in a place called Saddleback. Anything? No? Okay, that’s okay, have you ever ridden a horse using a saddle, or hurt your back, or enjoyed a company’s motto? Or maybe you simply worked in a…
  • Monologue: Hester Prynne Hosts a Nail Art Party by Laura Spadanuta

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I hath made a good faith effort to engage ye Boston matronesses! Yet I am severely disappointed in your behaviour this evening. We are not gathered to gossip. On the contrary! I invited you here so that I may impart upon ye the delicate beauty of at-home nail decals. Thy behaviour hath been churlish and distracts from the important matter that I endeavour to address.Now, Mistress Hildersham, when I attempted to lead the “Who is the Girliest Girl?” game, as I am beholden to play by my nail art sales team leader, thou refused to provide testimonial by way of cataloguing the contents of your…
  • Your Prescribing Doctor: Dispatches from the Psycho-pharmaceutical Complex: Subcontinental Lithiation, Part 1 by Rebekah Frumkin

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Lithium carbonate is a white, light, alkaline powder that was first used to dissolve urate crystals in the bloodstreams of rats…You are being prescribed lithium because you have experienced a manic or hypomanic episode.”— “Lithium: A Patient Information Leaflet”- -Not that long ago, I was in the backseat of an autorickshaw in Jaipur, India, hurtling towards a psychiatric practice in the distant neighborhood of Malviya Nagar. I had slept roughly eight hours in five nights and was in a state that’s probably best described as “the perfect stillness resulting from…
  • Game Theory: The Potluck Dilemma by Jason Hayes

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    I. IntroductionIn the study of behavioral rationality and supply-demand parity, few multiple producer problems rival the intricacy of the Potluck Dilemma. This paper investigates agents’ motivations and production as they attend multiple potlucks over time. Specifically, they’ll go to like four during the summer and probably a bunch more in the fall because everyone freaks out over pumpkin-flavored shit and apple cider.II. Defining the GameFor the purposes of this model, a complete game will be considered a single gathering with enough food (“S1”) to satiate all attendees…
  • How to Find Love: Lessons from an Old Maid: Being Single Doesn’t Kill You (And Other Advice for Creatives) by Connie Sun

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
 
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! On Pelican Wings by Rick Hoover

    Evo
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I think I’ll let the description of our latest book speak for itself: Rick Hoover has been writing for most of his life while working in radio, television and public relations. “On Pelican Wings” is a collection of his meditations and memories, many first published in the blog he writes as a Deacon at his Episcopal Church parish in Florida. The topics range throughout the timeline of Bible history, and across the contemporary landscape of Christian life. Let Rick read his posts to you as a morning devotional – or settle in for the whole grab bag of stories and…
  • New release! Street Candles by David Collins-Rivera

    Evo
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    So you already plowed through Motherload? Well, it was only a three-chapter prequel. But David hasn’t left you hanging for long. Here’s the second book, Street Candles. And this time, it takes 40 episodes to complete the book. So get to listening already! A SPACER’S RULES FOR SUCCESS 1.) Never be desperate 2.) Never do more than your job description 3.) And never, ever go down the well… Ejoq needs work. The tramp starship GRIZZELDA needs a gunner. But what starts as a last-minute personnel replacement soon turns into something far more, with a non-functional duty…
  • New release! Motherload by David Collins-Rivera

    Evo
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Motherload is a science fiction adventure story (space opera), and it’s the first book in the Stardrifter Series: A remote corner of a bleak system… A broken-down gunboat, stuck in space… An incompetent captain and a misfit crew… A pirate ship, a silent target, and a whole bunch of secrets… So how’s YOUR day going? There have to be easier ways to make a living — easier than dying slowly in an obsolete boat, as its power drains out and life support fails. Forget the job; forget the pirate problem: there’s only time for a desperate jury-rig and…
  • New release! Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman

    Evo
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    How about a little urban fantasy to get your ready for the weekend? Check out Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman: “Watch out for the Hidden Things…” That’s the last thing Calliope Jenkin’s best friend and former lover says to her before ending a 2 A.M. phone call from Iowa, where he’s investigating a case she knows little about. Five hours later, she gets another call, this time from the police. Josh has been found dead; foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially when Josh leaves a message on her phone a few hours later. Spurred by grief and…
  • New release! Soulburner by Derek Mathias

    Evo
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Fans of science fiction, check out Soulburner by Derek Mathias: Alan joins his brother Dan’s private investigation agency in the hopes of reconnecting with his older sibling. Although he doesn’t know the first thing about private investigation and he’s hopeless with a gun, Dan convinces him to help him out on a covert mission for Dan’s former commanding officer. But the mission is far more dangerous than either brother realizes. The officer and his soldiers are seeking to recover an insidious device used to manipulate Earth’s history. Humanity is under attack…and doesn’t…
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • The Book Smuggler’s Radar

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Book Smuggler is one of our favorite book sites and one of their regular features is their weekly Smuggler’s Radar, solid reads to keep an eye out for. Here’s one of this week’s picks. Be sure to head over there for the full list as well as other reviews &[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post The Book Smuggler’s Radar appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Great Books with Horrible Dating Advice

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    This is by Robert Bruce of 101 Books When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Great Books with Horrible Dating Advice appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Truman Capote’s Teenage Works Published

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    He claimed to have taught himself to read and write before his first year at school, to have started serious fiction writing aged 11, and to have known for certain that he would become a professional writer when he was only 15. Thirty years after Truman Capote’s death, the rest[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Truman Capote’s Teenage Works Published appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • David Sedaris – Ask Me Anything

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Earlier this week, American humorist and longtime NPR contributor David Sedaris joined social network site Reddit for one of its famous AMA (Ask Me Anything) Q&As. CanLit fans may recall that Margaret Atwood did one not too long ago. Sedaris, who is getting ready for a major speaking tour, showed[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post David Sedaris – Ask Me Anything appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Browsing the New Non-Fiction Shelf

    Anne
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Working in a library presents constant temptation when new books come in or when browsing through the stacks and happening upon books that look too good to pass up. Like everyone else though, librarians and library staff can't read everything even though we work surrounded by thousands of books. Here are some interesting finds from the new non-fiction shelf today. Check them out and let me know how you like them. Be sure to come in and browse the new books sections for more tempting titles.'The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook' by Christina Dymock. Fall seems like a good time of year to…
  • 'Gone Girl' is back in demand at the library

    Anne
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In 2012 the library acquired many copies of Gillian Flynn's 2012 mega-bestseller 'Gone Girl' to keep up with demand. Topping the 'New York Times' bestseller list for months, in demand by bookgroups and readers of mysteries, we could barely keep up with the lengthy reserve lists for the book. Then demand quieted down for a year or so - until this week. The movie starring Ben Affleck will open tomorrow, the reviews are pretty good and the advertising and p.r. for the film are ubiquitous, so we brought the books up out of storage and put them on display. (Thanks to library staffer A-M S. for…
  • 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…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • The future of digital content on the road

    Joe Wikert
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    My wife and I recently returned from an anniversary trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you ever have the opportunity to go there, do it; we have nothing but terrific things to say about the city, people and food. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is “adaptive content”?

    Joe Wikert
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    That’s a question a few people asked me via email after a webinar I co-presented last week. I briefly mentioned it on one of my webinar slides but I didn’t spend a lot of time digging into it. I talked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recorded version of Olive SmartLayers webinar

    Joe Wikert
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    If you missed yesterday's webinar, where we unveiled Olive's new SmartLayers technology, you'll want to watch the recorded version below. It was a great discussion about where digital content is today and where it's likely heading tomorrow. Check it out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Five First Book Favorites

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Here at First Book, we love books (surprise, surprise) and love sharing great books with friends like you. Starting today, we’ll share a new list of the books each month that our book enthusiasts on staff can’t stop raving about!  You’ll find books full of rich illustrations, diverse characters and compelling tales that span multiple age ranges. And if you serve kids in need, you can access these books through the First Book Marketplace by signing up. PreK-K (Ages 2-5): My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words  written and illustrated by Sophie Fatus The Palabra family has…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Veronica Rivera serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), which leads at the national level to ensure every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth. She recently joined us for a Q&A session to discuss ALAS’s new partnership with First Book, how schools can better serve Latino youth, specifically English language learners from low-income families, and why culturally relevant books play an important role. Q:  Why is ALAS’s new partnership with First Book…
  • Great Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Samantha McGinnis
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A celebration of culture, Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to teach kids about the value of diversity and to encourage Latino and non-Latino youth alike to take pride in the accomplishments of Hispanic trailblazers. Over the past year, First Book has cultivated a world-class collection of books featuring diverse Latino authors, illustrators and characters, thanks to support from our friends at Disney. We’ve also connected with more schools and programs serving Hispanic kids in need. We recently gathered our friends and partners to find out how they are celebrating Hispanic…
  • 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…
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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). Issue 6 is also available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud, and a text-only Kindle edition from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. 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…
  • 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

  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

    dylan
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tweet How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts, Portfolio, 272 pages, $27.95, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781591846840 Many of my favorite books are about other books, whether it’s books on book collecting by Nicholas Basbanes and Milwaukee bookseller (and founder of the bookshop our company was born in) Harry W. Schwartz, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task on the writing of The Life of Samuel Johnson by Adam Sisman, The Man Who Made Lists about the creation of Roget’s Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall, or The Buried Book about the…
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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

  • BTBA 2015: Things That Have Caught My Eye by Scott Esposito

    Monica Carter
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    This post is courtesy of BTBA judge, Scott Esposito. Scott Esposito blogs at Conversational Reading and you can find his tweets here. As we work our way through the 500-some new translations released in 2014, I’m going to repost on a few books that have stood out for me so far. This list is not exhaustive at all, and it is incredibly subjective, so, disclaimers. But for what it’s worth, here it is. Paris by Marcos Giralt Torrente (translated by Margaret Jull Costa) It’s like Giralt had a direct line into the skull of Javier Marías—and, yes, this first novel from one of Spain’s…
  • Milen Ruskov Wins the European Union Prize for Literature

    Chad W. Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Last week, during the Frankfurt Book Fair, the winners of this year’s European Union Prize for Literature were announced, and among the winners was Bulgaria’s Milen Ruskov, who also happens to be published by Open Letter. (Not terribly surprising, since we’ve cornered the market on Bulgarian literature in translation.) The novel that Ruskov won for is Height (or Summit) () which came out in 2011, but has yet to be translated into English. If you’re interested in reading him though—and you should be, since he’s incredible talented and has a very distinctive…
  • Part Two of BTBA Judge Jeremy Garber's Faves for 2015

    Monica Carter
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Jeremy Garber is the events coordinator for Powell’s Books and also a freelance reviewer. Valeria Luiselli ~ Faces in the Crowd As sinuous and singular a novel as Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd (los ingrávidos) is (translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney), it is all the more remarkable on account of it being a debut – and a most assured one at that. The Mexican novelist and essayist’s first fiction entwines multiple narratives and perspectives, shifting between them with the ease and gracefulness of a writer far beyond her years (Faces in the Crowd was…
  • 40% Reading Comprehension, and Dropping Fast! [Some October Translations]

    Chad W. Post
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    A couple weeks ago I had a dream that I was dropping my daughter off at a “Reading Tutor” to study for some sort of standardized “Reading Comprehension” test for fifth graders. When I got to the shopping mall for tutors (dream!), I found out that, not only had her tutor quit, but that “Reading Comprehension” had been eliminated from schools as a whole because it was “worthless” and that students needed more time for engineering and making things. I totally wigged out in my dream and went on a very Chad-like rant, spouting totally bullshit…
  • Three Percent #84: The Belated Bolaño Book Club Podcast

    Chad W. Post
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    So, in addition to talking Bolaño, we talked about Albertine, it’s upcoming festival, and other aspects of Tom’s new job. (Just a note of clarification—Tom is still working for New Directions as well.) Oh, and we also talk a bit about the Royals-A’s game that was going on while we were recording. And now I’m safe in saying that I’m really glad all the West Coast AL teams are out of the playoffs and am really looking forward to the ALCS with Baltimore and Kansas City. (We’re planning on having Mexican author Alvaro Enrique on the podcast very soon to…
 
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    HBR.org

  • It’s Your Job to Tell the Hard Truths

    Peter Bregman
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rashid,* the CEO of a high-tech company and a client of mine for nearly a decade, called to tell me we had a major issue with some of the newer members of his leadership team. What comes to mind when you think of what might constitute a “major issue” with some senior leaders? Maybe they’re in a fight? Maybe they’re making poor strategic decisions? Perhaps they’re not following through on commitments they made about the business? Maybe they’re being abusive to their employees? Maybe they’re stealing? I’ve seen all of those problems in the past at various companies. But none of…
  • What If Companies Don’t Own All That Data They’re Collecting?

    Scott Berinato
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Big data and the “internet of things” — in which everyday objects can send and receive data — promise revolutionary change to management and society. But their success rests on an assumption: that all the data being generated by internet companies and devices scattered across the planet belongs to the organizations collecting it. What if it doesn’t? Alex “Sandy” Pentland, the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, suggests that companies don’t own the data, and that without rules defining who does, consumers will revolt, regulators will swoop down, and the…
  • The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

    Michelle Weise
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Data is confirming what we already know: recruiting is an imprecise activity, and degrees don’t communicate much about a candidate’s potential and fit. Employers need to know what a student knows and can do. Something is clearly wrong when only 11% of business leaders — compared to 96% of chief academic officers — believe that graduates have the requisite skills for the workforce. It’s therefore unlikely that business leaders are following closely what’s going on in higher education. Even the latest hoopla around massive open online courses (MOOCs) amounts to more of the same:…
  • How to Invent the Future

    Nilofer Merchant
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We need more than big ideas, or pithy words, or an ultra-clear vision to invent the future. Odd as it may seem for discussing innovation and management, I’m reminded of a sociology experiment done in the 1960s. Five monkeys were placed in a cage, with a batch of bananas hung from the ceiling and a ladder placed right underneath it. It took only a few seconds for one of the monkeys to race up the ladder to grab the bananas. But the next day, whenever any of the monkeys started up the ladder, the researchers sprayed all of the monkeys with ice-cold water. Soon, each of the monkeys learned to…
  • Why Does Food Taste Better if Someone Else Is Having the Same Thing?

    The Daily Stat
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    People who ate chocolate in the presence of another person thought it tasted better if the other person had eaten the same thing, rating it 6.83 on an 11-point flavor scale versus 5.57 if the other person had been merely reading a booklet. This is even though there was no conversation about the experience, says a team at Yale led by Erica J. Boothby. Imagining another person’s feelings during a shared event may increase the cognitive resources you devote to it, thus intensifying your experience, the researchers say.
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #302: Hardcover, Paperback, When Does It Matter?

    Michael Kindness
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Creepy book recommendations for October. Hardcovers and paperbacks. And we love Some Luck by Jane Smiley and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Note: Apologies to those on our mailing list who received an e-mail containing several podcasts. It was a glitch that shouldn’t be repeated. Creepy Reads for October Emily from Los Angeles, asked, back in September (sorry for the delayed response!), for a creepy read for her book club to read in October. Here are some suggestions for books we loved and a book I’m planning to read in October:   The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson…
  • BOTNS #301: October is National Reading Group Month

    Ann Kingman
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Coming-of-age novels for adults; October is National Reading Group Month, a new mystery, and a new Lee Child novel!  Coming of Age Books, when you’ve already come of age Anne Valente wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled 10 Essential Coming-of-Age Novels for Adults. Michael was struck by the fact that they were all contemporary novels. We have a discussion about what makes a novel a “coming-of-age” novel, and why they might appeal to adult readers.   Audiobook of the week (09:31)  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, narrated by Sheetal Sheth and Heather Lind…
  • BOTNS #300: Booktopia 2015, and a Whole Mess of Graphic Novels

    Michael Kindness
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Booktopia 2015 announcements, Many graphic novel recommendations, and a new segment, “Don’t You Forget About Me.” It’s our 300th episode! We can hardly believe it ourselves. Booktopia 2015! Finally, the announcement so many of you have been waiting for… Booktopia 2015 dates and places: May 1-2     Manchester, VT with Northshire Bookstore September 21-22     Petoskey, MI with McLean & Eakin Booksellers A few notes about those dates. You’ll notice these Booktopia events only span 2 days, not the usual 3. Right now, these are the days we are sure there…
  • 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.  …
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    Omnivoracious

  • Graphic Novel Friday: The Long Halloween

    Alex Carr
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    October is here, October is here! With the onslaught of all things pumpkin-flavored (but who can resist?), now is the time to settle down with a good fright. This month, publishers prepare the very be(a)st in spooky reads, and comics are no different. October kicks off with the appropriately titled Batman Noir: The Long Halloween, a gorgeous reissue of a classic Batman tale. Originally released in single issues in 1996 and 1997, The Long Halloween is a year-long murder mystery set in the early days of Batman’s career. Writer Jeph Loeb manages to weave nearly every main Batman villain into…
  • The New Trailer for the "Unbroken" Movie

    Chris Schluep
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    For those who haven't read Unbroken (I realize a lot of us have read it), there's still time to read the book before seeing the movie. I've had a lot of conversations through the years about whether one should read a book before seeing a movie, and the answer varies depending on the book and the reader--but this is one title I'd recommend reading first. I know I just wrote that it depends "on the book and the reader," but in this case I think Louis Zamperini's story has enough universal appeal that the advice read the book first applies in nearly all cases.
  • 10 Songs: Greil Marcus and the Culture of Surprise

    Jon Foro
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If rock & roll has achieved institution status, Greil Marcus certainly qualifies as one of its pillars. As one of the most influential critics of rock music--a small and vital, club, to be sure--he has made a long, distinctive career by elevating an often disparaged form and placing it firmly (rightly) within the hierarchy of great art. In addition to his writing for the likes of Rolling Stone (he was its first reviews editor), Creem, and The Village Voice, Marcus has authored many books, often dealing with the idea that rock & roll is both a accelerant and amplifier of cultural…
  • YA Wednesday: Meg Wolitzer on "Belzhar"

    Seira Wilson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Back in June I read a book called Belzhar that I'd been hearing about.  Author Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings was one of our Best Books of 2013 and prior to that I'd loved her novel for middle graders, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, so I was eager to read her first book for young adults.  It's amazing. And it just released so not only did it *finally* get to claim it's rightful spot at the top of our Best YA of October list, but now when I rave about it I don't have to follow-up with, "...but it won't be out until September 30th..." Belzhar…
  • National Book Award Finalists Announced

    Erin Kodicek
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Drum roll, please. The National Book Awards shortlist was broadcast this morning. Celebrating the best in American literature, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 19 hosted by best-selling author, Daniel Handler (you might know him better by his other name--Lemony Snicket). So, without further ado, I give you this year's finalists, who about now must be penning particularly well-crafted acceptance speeches, just in case. Fiction:All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAn Unnecessary Woman by Rabih AlameddineLila by Marilynne RobinsonRedeployment by Phil…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • TED Curator Chris Anderson Lands Deal For Public Speaking Guide

    Maryann Yin
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    TED curator Chris Anderson (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Senior executive editor Rick Wolff handled this acquisition. This project will be the first in Wolff’s new line of business books. Anderson gave this statement in the press release: “Many people have something important to say, but are terrified by public speaking. Yet the skills to deliver a compelling talk are teachable. Over the last 10 years, my team and I have had access to the preparation process of many of the world’s…
  • Alan Cumming reveals the man behind the “cheery chappy”

    Deborah Jensen
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Good Wife star and Broadway luminary Alan Cumming has written a “suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny” memoir, Not My Father’s Son. The book is the #1 pick for November on ABA’s Indie Next list. Cumming recently told People magazine, “People think of me as sort of a cheery chappy,” and from all indications he is, while now revealing his struggle and the darkness he has overcome to emerge as a dazzling and mesmerizing actor, nominated for Emmy and Drama League Awards. “This book is the most personal, intimate thing I’ve ever done.” Plagued by a…
  • ‘Deadline’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

    Maryann Yin
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    John Sandford’s new thriller novel, Deadline, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 13, 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan are occupying the top two spots on the list this week. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Aasif Mandvi Asks Fellow Comedians to Appear in His Book Trailer: VIDEO

    Maryann Yin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Have you ever asked a celebrity to appear in your book trailer? In the “Funny or Die” video embedded above, Aasif Mandvi makes this request of Jack Black, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, and more. Mandvi has written a book of personal essays entitled No Land’s Man: A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch. Chronicle Books will release it on November 04, 2014. (via The Huffington Post) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • 3 Actors Join the ‘Paper Towns’ Cast

    Maryann Yin
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Three actors have joined the cast for the Paper Towns movie adaptation. Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Justice Smith will portray Ben, Lacey, and Radar. These characters share a friendship with the lead protagonist Quentin (played by Nat Wolff). The story, based on John Green’s popular young adult novel, follows Quentin and his buddies who embark on a journey after a classmate named Margo (played by Cara Delevinge) mysteriously disappears. Back in March, Green announced that he would take on the role of executive producer. The Wrap reports that Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber,…
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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

  • Like A Kid In a Candy Store

    Terry Whalin
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    For the last couple of days, I attended the Mountain Plains Bookseller Association Fall Discovery Show in Denver. The various regional associations divide the United States and the Mountain Plains area is one of the smallest in the country. I went to this event many years ago and it was fun to return to it again. I was like a kid in a candy store. While not as massive as Book Expo event, this trade show brings many booksellers from the western states together to see old friends and learn about new products. The exhibit hall was mostly books but also included related products. Publishers were…
  • GoodReads Giveaways on My Books

    Terry Whalin
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One of the ways I'm spreading the word about my new books is to give some copies away on GoodReads. Here's where the giveaways are located on GoodReads. Please tell others and sign up yourself to possibly get one of the copies. First the updated edition of Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams: Goodreads Book Giveaway Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams by W. Terry Whalin Giveaway ends November 05, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Second my biography of Billy Graham which releases a few days before Mr. Graham turns 96: Goodreads Book Giveaway Billy Graham by W. Terry Whalin…
  • 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…
 
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Complexity

    Paulo Coelho
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “What do you think of the human race?” asks a friend who has just graduated in sociology. “I think it’s strange – so alike and yet so different! We are capable of working together, of building the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the cathedrals of Europe and the temples of Peru. We […]
  • A funny way to review a book…

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
  • Agenda 2015

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Click on the image to buy LIMITED EDITION: ONCE THE AGENDA IS SOLD OUT, THERE IS NO REPRINT USA (English Edition) USA (Spanish Edition) Croatia Czech Republic Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Norway The Netherlands Poland Portugal Slovenia Spain Sweden
  • 08 Oct 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

    Paulo Coelho
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Chat with the director of the Fair, Juergen Boos
  • Our Yearly Dementia Test – only 3 questions

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    It’s that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert. If you don’t use it, you lose it! Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory […]
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Excerpt from Kicked to the Curb (Book #2 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series)

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    By Joanna Campbell SlanFrom the press packet —The Treasure Chest Philosophy: Even the humblest items (aka “trash”), despite their origins or their prior usage, have value. Chapter 1Mid-January7:45 a.m. on ThursdayThe Treasure Chest in downtown Stuart, Florida~Cara~ “We’ve got a problem,” said Detective Lou Murray, of the Stuart Police Department. His bulk filled the threshold of the back door to my store, The Treasure Chest. With the bright sun behind him, I couldn’t see his expression, but the tone of his voice was ominous.
  • Ten Things I've Learned about Glue and Making Miniatures

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The glue gun is not my friend. When it comes to miniatures, the glue is too thick and too lumpy. It can make a real mess.A glue stick is perfect for gluing down fabric. I would have never guessed this!You can use superglue on wood. Who knew? I always thought it was for gluing plastic and metal. Okay, it can soak in quickly, so you might have to put on more than you'd expect, but it works pretty well.By adding a little water to superglue, it will "grab" right away. I use a small syringe, fill it with water, and squirt a drop on one of the two surfaces. The superglue goes on the other…
  • Giving in to my Inner Scrounger

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    My Beta Babes and I went out to eat at Pasta House in St. Louis.I tried to behave, really I did. We had a great lunch and fun talking with each other.But I started lusting after the plastic butter tubs. And the margarine containers. I kept imagining ways I could use them.Then I said to myself, "What will they think of me if I start collecting trash?"I decided, "I don't care. That's who I am. That's what I do. Either they like me for myself or not."So I asked the person next to me for her empty margarine containers. She kindly handed them over. Soon everyone was handing me empty plastic…
  • 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…
 
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    The Millions

  • What’s the point?

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    “What’s the point of reading literature?” Electric Literature shares a video that offers a compelling 4-point answer.
  • Chandra on Hemingway

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s no secret we enjoy and highly recommend The Atlantic‘s By Heart series, and Vikram Chandra‘s essay on reading Hemingway is no exception. Pair with Jonathan Goldman‘s review of a modern edition of The Sun Also Rises.
  • Fate and Fiction

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Recommended reading: Catherine Lacey writes for Granta about “The Question of Fate” and fiction writing.
  • Hemingwrite

    Kaulie Lewis
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Modern technology has finally developed a device that aims to aid all perpetually distracted writers – the cleverly titled Hemingwrite.
  • Writing History

    Kaulie Lewis
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Laila Lalami recently wrote about “How History Becomes Story,” but writing an interesting and compelling history book sans fiction has its own challenges. Thankfully S.C. Gwynne offers some tips in a piece for the History News Network, including the hard-hitting reminder that “it is your job to force your facts into narrative form.”
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Did Jessica Shirvington predict the Apple Watch?

    Boomerang Books
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    The destructive technology in Jessica Shirvington’s duology may not be as futuristic as it seems  When a certain multinational corporation announced the creation of the Apple Watch, Jessica Shirvington fans were buzzing. Not because they were excited about Apple’s newest product but because the watch bears an eerie resemblance to the M-band technology used in […]
  • 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists

    Boomerang Books
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    In a year of outstanding achievement by Australian writers, today the Government announces the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists. These awards recognise the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world. Australia’s writers are ambassadors for our stories and our cultural life […]
  • Cooking the Books

    Boomerang Books
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Use the promo code “cookthebooks” and get FREE postage. Offer ends 27th October Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world […]
  • Doodles and Drafts – A bewitching encounter with Angela Sunde

    Dimity Powell
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Hold on to your broomsticks because today we have someone special visiting. She’s a bit of a drafter and doodler, a fellow resident of the magical Gold Coast and a wickedly wonderful conjurer of stories. Snap Magic is her latest light-hearted, fairy tale inspired fantasy novel about friendship and young girls approaching the precipitous edge […]
  • Talking about crime with Sue Bursztynski

    Julie Fison
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I’m a firm believer in the old adage that “the truth is stranger than fiction”. In fact, I’ve living proof. Not too long ago I was swimming at Four Mile Beach in North Queensland when a garfish, not much bigger than my middle finger, jumped out of the water and speared me in the ear. […]
 
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Signed Aussie First Edition of Flanagan’s Booker-winner sells for $1,313

    Beth Carswell
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    As of this writing, it has only been 40 hours or so since Australian author Richard Flanagan’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North was announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In that time, we at AbeBooks have enjoyed watching the flurry of activity on the web site. Whenever there is a big literary prize announcement, copies disappear, people scramble for signed copies, copies inscribed by the author suddenly triple in value, and we watch our inventory plummet as readers, eager to investigate a name new to them, snap up all the books they can get their hands…
  • Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2014 Booker Winner

    Beth Carswell
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The votes are in! Congratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Not only is Flanagan now £50,000 (approximately $80,000 USD) richer, but he is now virtually guaranteed to be in the eye of the literary community, and with a full calendar of readings for at least a few years to come. We’ll all be watching for what’s next. Here is some more about The Narrow Road to the Deep North. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway,…
  • Bill Murray’s Favorite Book (and Others)

    Beth Carswell
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    One thing about readers – we love to share our passion for books. Whether it’s an amazing find of a first edition, a fantastic new author discovery, or a reissued edition of a childhood favorite, it’s just not as good if you can’t share it. And learning which books we have in common with other people is part of the fun. Flavorwire created a post of 50 Cultural Icons on Their Favorite Books. It appears to be gleaned from all different sources and interviews, but includes the likes of Bill Murray (Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain), Joan Didion (Victory by Joseph Conrad)…
  • Patrick Modiano Wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

    Beth Carswell
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. Modiano, 69, is no stranger to accolades. His previous awards include the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2010 from the Institut de France. Individual novels have also been recognized with prizes, including the highly prized Goncourt Prize for his book “Missing Person“. “Missing Person” is perhaps also Modiano’s best-known work, though the historical author is quite prolific, with nearly 30 published works so far. If…
  • Kelliegram Binding Copy of Through The Looking Glass

    Beth Carswell
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I’ve written before about how delicious Kelliegram Bindings are, and this example is surely no exception. This 1873 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is done in the traditional Kelliegram style, with gorgeous, rich, full colour leather. The front and back boards boast inlaid leather art as well. Rather than depicting the more usual characters of the white rabbit or Alice herself, the binder chose the less often celebrated (and more ovoid) Humpty-Dumpty for the front boards, and the walrus for the back boards. The boards are also…
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    The Creative Penn

  • How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – see the picture at the bottom of the post! With Camille Mofidi at the Kobo booth at Frankfurt Book Fair Here are my slides from the event and a list of notes with more links is included below. It is 95% relevant to all authors, with a little bit of German specific info throughout. How to be successful in…
  • Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

    Joanna Penn
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview him about his (not so secret) strategies for success. In the intro, I talk about my impressions of Frankfurt Book Fair and some of what I learned there, as well as an update on my writing. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets…
  • How To Read Your Own AudioBook And Sell Direct To Customers

    Joanna Penn
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I love ACX.com and I am all in with my fiction there, but I’m also a podcaster and after years of doing my own interviews and audio, I decided to read my own non-fiction audiobook, and sell it direct! Here’s how. Recording the book I live in a basement flat with pretty good acoustics for audio i.e. no high ceilings or wooden floors, so I knew it would be OK to record here. If you want to record yourself and distribute professionally, you are likely to need a studio, but I went ahead at home and just stopped if it got too noisy. I am not hugely technical and I didn’t want to…
  • Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use And Avoiding Getting Sued With Helen Sedwick

    Joanna Penn
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    There are questions that come up over and over again in the self-publishing world: What does copyright even mean? How do I write about real people and not get sued? How can I protect against piracy? Today, I interview lawyer Helen Sedwick about these and many other legal issues. In the intro, I talk about the new Kindle Voyage, heading to Frankfurt Book Fair and what I’m learning from Dean Wesley Smith’s productivity course that has resulted in 20,000 words done for Gates of Hell, my next novel in the last 9 days. This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get…
  • Q&A Time: My Journey, Writing Routine, Author Platform Tips, Global Publishing And Mistakes

    Joanna Penn
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I recorded this video for the Gulf Coast Writer’s Conference recently and I thought you might find it interesting as well. It’s 26 mins long and contains slides and images as well as my talking head Thanks to thriller author Michael Lister for the invitation! I also recently interviewed Michael about his religious thrillers, if you like similar fiction to me. I answer the following questions: To me you are the epitome of an indie author and entrepreneur. Can you share with us the journey that has gotten you here? What percentage of your time is spent being an author and what…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • New Literary Agent Alert: Alec Shane of Writers House

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Alec Shane of Writers House) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Alec: Alec majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he worked under…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Rebecca Brooks

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Rebecca Brooks, author of the erotic romance, ABOVE ALL. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Rebecca is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
  • The Short Leap from Fiction to Copywriting

    Guest Column
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. Curious how you go from writing fiction to writing copy? Meet Pat McCord … A successful published fiction writer who successfully made the leap to well-paid freelance copywriter – and back again! Rebecca Pat Mccord I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was twelve. I’d sit out back with my older sister and craft “novels” divided into real chapters, reading each page to her as it came off…
  • Four Tips for Writing for the Romance Market

    Guest Column
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    After writing literary short fiction and then six contemporary novels, my then-agent told me to go henceforth and write a romance. A romance? I thought. Really? After more discussion, I thought what a lark! What a gas! How fun and surely, how easy. I was under the assumption that I could write a romance in my sleep, no matter I hadn’t read one since 1978, the last being the classic The Flame and the Flower. Yes, of course, I could do that. And wasn’t Jane Austen my favorite writer? And wasn’t Pride and Prejudice just a romance at its core?
  • WordWise Media Services Seeks a New Literary Agent on Staff

    Chuck Sambuchino
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    In the past, I’ve personally had the opportunity to meet a nice agent based on the west coast named Steven Hutson of WordWise Media Services. You can see his agency website here. Recently, Steven came to me and asked me to put out an alert for him because he wants to make his agency bigger. Here is his exact announcement about how WordWise is seeking a new agent: “West Coast literary agency seeks an associate agent in New York or Nashville. Or in the alternative, a specialist to handle mystery, children, romance, etc. This is a perfect opportunity for a well-connected retired (or…
 
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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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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Romance Reviews: New Releases FamilyFiction.com: New and Upcoming Christian Fiction Books Romantic Times: Upcoming Releases The Telegraph: The Best Young Adult Books of 2014 The Christian Century: Fall Books Reviews Buzz Feed: What New Book Should You Read This Fall? NY Magazine: 8 Books You Need to Read This October 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…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    To be published the week of Oct 20-26: TUESDAY FICTION Andrews, Donna – The Nightingale Before Christmas Deveraux, Jude – Change of Heart Gray, Shelley Shepard – Snowfall: A Days Of Redemption Christmas Novella Grisham, John – Gray Mountain Johnson, Craig – Wait For Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories Jones, Darynda – Seventh Grave and No Body Kinsella, Sophie – Shopaholic To The Stars Palahniuk, Chuck – Beautiful You Smith, Wilbur – Desert God Shepherd, Lynn – The Pierced Heart Snelling, Lauraine – To Everything a Season…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    To be published the week of Oct 13-19: TUESDAY FICTION Alexander, Tasha – The Counterfeit Heiress Bacigalupi, Paolo – The Doubt Factory Cast, P. C. & Kristin – Redeemed (YA) (House of Night Series #12) Cixin Liu – The Three-Body Problem Eskens, Allen – The Life We Bury Geary, Valerie – Crooked River Grannec, Yannick – Goddess Of Small Victories Hilderbrand, Elin – Winter Street Hill, Melissa – A Gift to Remember Hoyt, Elizabeth – Darling Beast Kirkman, Robert & Jay Bonansinga – The Walking Dead: Descent Kline,…
 
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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

  • Pete the Cat Sighting!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Kid Lit Lovers,Unless you've been living under a very boring rock, you know all about Pete the Cat and his shoes, buttons, what have you.Nashville hosts the annual Southern Festival of Books and who was there but Pete himself!My parents caught him on film. (Aren't they cute??)
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Bramble and Maggie - Spooky Season

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Seasonby Jessie HaasCandlewick (Aug. 12, 2014)Early chapter book Summary:The scarecrow erected in the neighbor’s yard is supposed to scare birds, not horses! How will Bramble be brave enough to go trick or treating with Maggie on Halloween?Why You'll Love It: It's an original Halloween story for newly independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children.Dialogue, Maggie's occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider.Softly colored gouache…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Santa Clauses

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    **I know, I know...it's not even Halloween yet, but I've been chomping at the bit to blog about this book since seeing a galley of it at ALA this summer. Also, if you work in an elementary library you know that kids NEVER stop checking out Christmas books ;) Santa Clauses: Short Poems From the North Poleby Bob RaczkaCarolrhoda Books (Sep.1, 2014)Poetry Summary:Santa can fly a sleigh, squeeze down chimneys, and circle the globe in a night. But did you know he also writes haiku? These twenty-five short poems--composed by Santa himself--give you a peek into life at the North Pole. …
  • 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…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • 10:04

    Christa
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Before you open a novel by Ben Lerner, you have to steady yourself against, well, anything, and just make an internal commitment to stick to it, even if the bastard chucks a sentence like this opener in your direction: “The city had converted an elevated length of abandoned railway spur into an aerial greenway and the agent and I were walking south along it in the unseasonable warmth after an outrageously expensive celebratory meal in Chelsea that included baby octopuses the chef had literally massaged to death.” (Actually. Wanna know the weird thing? In retrospect, that is among the…
  • Another round of review stew

    Christa
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are books that are magical. Not in that boy-wizard way, which literally includes hocus pocus and living-breathing brooms. But books that take your brain and set it in a cloud of cotton and provide a simultaneous foot massage, free of charge. These are books that hip-check reality to a place with fuzzier, dream-like lighting and damn near require a buddy system — someone to tug you back to earth if you get married too deep in all this magicalness. I’m looking at you, Haruki Murakami, you who turned a story of one man’s well-sitting into something that felt similar to hypnosis.
  • 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…
 
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    Great Books that I liked

  • Riotous Assembly (Published in 1971) - Authored by Tom Sharpe - Satirical look at South Africa during apartheid

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Published in 1971, Riotous Assembly is a novel by Tom Sharpe. A novel which showcases the Apartheid era of South Africa in a satirical and humorous way, Riotous Assembly is about a murder committed by a white woman of her Zulu cook. The murder that has taken place in South Africa at the time of apartheid and the local police who enforce it, is Tom Sharpe’s way of speaking out against the atrocities that were committed at the time. His knowledge on the subject was vast as a result of his staying in South Africa from 1951 until1961.Tom Sharpe had shifted to South Africa and had worked as a…
  • Grantchester Grind (Published in 1995) - At a college - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Also known as A Porterhouse Chronicle, Grantchester Grind is a sequel of Porterhouse Blue. Released in 1995, the book is written by Tom Sharpe, who has yet again created a hilariously absurd story, which seems to start out simple and blows out of proportion. Born in 1928, and having completed his education at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Tom Sharpe has a good idea of the workings of such institutions and thus how to create a novel which has a ring of authenticity to it.This book, like its prequel, is also based in a fictitious college, called Porterhouse, which is shown to be not only one of…
  • Porterhouse Blue (Published in 1974) - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Published in 1974, Porterhouse Blue is one of Tom Sharpe’s finest works. Tom Sharpe of the Wilt Series fame wrote an even more satirical and farcical book than Wilt, namely Porterhouse Blue. This book was made into a TV series, which was adapted by Malcolm Bradbury. The sequel to the novel is Grantchester Grind. However, Porterhouse Blue is a novel with a standalone plot.Porterhouse Blue is based on a fictional college called Porterhouse in Cambridge. The novel’s central characters include the Porterhouse Head Porter called Skullion, the only research graduate student named Lionel Zipser…
  • The Wilt Inheritance (Published in 2010) - More problems for Wilt - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Written when he was 82 years old, The Wilt Inheritance is author Tom Sharpe’s last book in the Wilt Series. Like its predecessors, this book too has Wilt entangling himself in mind blowing crazy scenarios from which it looks impossible to get out. Not his best work, but the book is quite a laugh, especially for Sharpe loyalists, who will feel a tad nostalgic towards the central character and his antics.Tom Sharpe died 3 years after the publication of this book, due to complications resulting out of diabetes. He was 85 at the time, and said to be working on an autobiography. A witty and…
  • 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…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • Story 33 by Alen Khan

    Danielle White
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    From Picked Up on the Side of the Road: A Collection of Random Short Stories Story 33 Grandpa Jackson rambled on about the great depression “the world was a different place” I made him stop talking went out and bought myself a shovel “Roadside” image by Flickr user malvinder_4u Alen Khan wrote a collection of stories in a 2-month span during his night shift job at the Hampton Inn in Salisbury NC back in 2003. He stopped writing after 41 very short stories were complete. These stories were lost until he found an old band website that still had them up. Alen is 35 and is…
  • Review: The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes by David S. Atkinson

    Laura Roberts
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Reviewed by Susan Tepper There’s a German opera called Wozzeck that focuses on the ultimate futility of the life cycle. I have seen this unusual work performed twice. First by the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in NYC, on a nearly bare stage. It was powerful and impressive. The second time, I saw it done in a small experimental theatre space in New Haven, performed by students attending the Yale School of Drama. This performance was coupled with a pre-dinner deal, or just dessert, if you so desired, which could be consumed during the play. The Yale students took Wozzeck the full…
  • Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: An interview with Benjamin W. DeHaven

    Laura Roberts
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghostwriting more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him, including Benjamin DeHaven – the author of this book, and a former collaborator. Defrauding an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people’s insecurities and…
  • Fugue by Eleanor Rector

    Danielle White
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    every morning the flowering of ink-stains beneath the thin pads of your fingertips, leaving prints along my collarbone and the unforgiving knobs of locked doors. every morning the resuscitation of fear, a palimpsest layered under your painted days. the thunderstorms of your respiration contort into hurricanes, the chandelier of your ribcage splintered in wind. every morning the seduction of sinkholes, the swallowing whole of bones, of blood percolating through earth, sustaining the sunflowers above your impetuous grave. you take a hatchet to the abandoned pews in your church of a body; tear…
  • African Ghost: The Lingering Spirit of Kurtz by Cameron Winter

    Laura Roberts
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Who is Kurtz? Kurtz is a mystery, the enigmatic figure at the center of Heart of Darkness. He is revered and hated, feared and envied. He is a presence, rather than a character, and when we do meet him, our perceptions are filtered through Marlowe’s eyes and Kurtz’s own illness. Who is Kurtz? Kurtz is terror and tribalism, the representative of a supposedly civilized state gone mad as the locals he was sent to tame. He sets himself up as a god, forces the natives to worship him, and sends them to attack his fellow white men. He keeps the heads of his enemies around his fort. To the…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • 10 Scary Stories You Can Listen to Right Now

    Alison Nastasi
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Nothing takes us back to our childhood faster than listening intently while someone reads us a story. Since Halloween is right around the corner, how about we make it a scary story—perfect to curl up with on a dark and stormy night. We might be too old for trick-or-treating, but no one can stop us from enjoying these creepy audiobooks and radio dramas. Campfire tales, urban legends whispered about during sleepovers, and bedtime stories have nothing on these chillers. Happy Halloween. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Stephen Gammell’s inky illustrations in the Scary Stories to Tell…
  • 10 New Translated Books to Read Right Now

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Next month, American readers will be able to suss out why Patrick Modiano (of all people) won the Nobel Prize, when Yale University Press releases Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas. In the meantime, here are ten amazing new (or fairly new, or about-to-be-published) translated works that demand to be read right now. Limonov, Emmanuel Carrère, French (FSG) Emmanuel Carrère is cleaning house with awards for Limonov, and he deserves it. The subtitle says it all: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political…
  • Zadie Smith, R.L. Stine, Ben Marcus & More Collaborate on Wild Exquisite Corpse Short Story

    Moze Halperin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Perhaps in college you were interested in the surrealists, and you played Exquisite Corpse. Or, more likely, perhaps in college you were interested in drinking but wanted to maintain your air of youthfully compensatory pedanticism, and so you played Exquisite Corpse. And, at the end of the game, you likely had a laugh, but you probably didn’t give too much thought or analysis to you and your friends’ not-so-exquisite creation (beyond, perhaps, a drunken exclamation of “Oh my God you guys, all of our personalities are, like, HERE on this paper!”), because, by the…
  • ‘Deep Down Dark’ Is a Tremendous Book About the 33 Chilean Miners and the Human Spirit

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The story of the Chilean miners, Los 33, was incredible. They survived a catastrophic mining accident that left them trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days of endless darkness. As it happened in 2010, it made for a gripping, dramatic news story, especially when we found out that — a miracle! — they were all alive, seventeen days after the initial collapse. And yet just as quick as it happened, once the men were freed, the story, as it was, was done. What else could be written about their lives? What else could be written about the accident? Why hasn’t there been an inspiring…
  • ‘Blood Splatters Quickly': 5 Life Lessons From the Infamous Ed Wood

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most people know of Edward Wood, Jr. from Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, the 1994 “comedy-drama” starring Johnny Depp. Or if you haven’t seen the film, you may know of him simply as the cross-dressing auteur responsible for what is widely considered the worst film ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and other cinematic effronteries, like Jail Bait and Bride of the Monster. The Burton film does a decent job of detailing a certain period of Wood’s life, even if it leaves out some of the sordid bits. We already know that Ed Wood (more or less) invented the genius-hack archetype in cinema, but…
 
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    Pixel of Ink

  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Sunday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Take a peek at these great reads for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thriller Running Stupid (Organized Crime and Kidnapping Book) by James Kipling Still free? Click Here to find out! Running Stupid is an intense, slick thriller with a dose of comedy and an injection of suspense. It is a roller coaster of emotions, taking the reader on a high octane journey as the hapless, apathetic protagonist encounters serial killers, sociopaths, liars and fraudsters before…
  • [Today Only] Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Save $9

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Genre: Young Adult Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew – just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Sunday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn Still free? Click Here to find out! Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Ready for even more great reads? Check out tonight’s Kindle Book selection! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Urban Fiction Under My Control by Shantay Still free? Click Here to find out! Seventeen year old Perry Salters has every quality needed to take New York City by storm. He set a goal to take over his city’s streets but got more than he ever dreamed of having. After attending an Empowerment Conference, given by a prominent street boss, Perry learns what it really takes to be on…
  • [Hot Deal] Soda Pop Soldier – Save $13

    Pixel of Ink
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Soda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole Genre: Science Fiction Call of Duty meets Ready Player One in this fast-paced, action-packed novel from the author of The Wasteland Saga. Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online Modern Warfare combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art weaponry to wipe each other out.  But times are tough and the rent is due, and when players need extra…
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  • Cartoon Network To Air LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered On October 27, 204

    Larry Fire
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cartoon Network announced that LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered will debut on the channel on October 27, 2014. The story centers on Batman, who is reluctant to become part of the Justice League and prefers to work alone. However, when the heroes begin to disappear, The Dark Knight must get down to work and save his comrades.
  • Special Look At Disney’s Feast

    Larry Fire
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Disney’s Feast premieres in front of Big Hero 6 in 3D on November 7, 2014. “Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
  • Toys R Us To Host LEGO Batman Bat-Signal Build Event On October 18, 2014

    Larry Fire
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Toys R Us will host a LEGO Batman Bat-Signal build event on October 18, 2014. What’s noteworthy about this set is that it comes with a rare Batman printed dish piece that has only appeared in LEGO DC Super Heroes The Batcave (6860). The event runs from 12PM – 2PM but make sure to get there an hour or two early. The giveaway at each store is limited and these events seem to getting more popular each time. In-Store LEGO Event: Event intended for children ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to…
  • Apple Introduces iPad Air 2

    Larry Fire
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Apple today introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay. Pricing & Availability iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three gorgeous metallic…
  • Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display

    Larry Fire
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Apple today unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest resolution display with a breathtaking 14.7 million pixels. At this amazing resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos. With the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2, iMac with Retina 5K display is the most powerful iMac ever made—it’s the ultimate display combined with the ultimate all-in-one. Pricing & Availability iMac with Retina 5K display begins…
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  • A History of Books

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact. – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast When you read you forget. You’re forgetting right now. Reading is an act of forgetting but there are levels. Whilst reading you temporarily forget the outside world and become absorbed in the text before your eyes but as your eyes scan the page in front of you, you also almost instantaneously begin to forget what you’ve read. You carry the gist of what you’re read from page to…
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I wanted to get the tears out of the way so I could act sensibly. – Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking I began reading this book the day after my goldfish died. We’d had him for eight or nine years and would’ve happily hung onto him for another eight or nine but he became ill, was refusing food and in the end the kindest thing was to euthanise. At one point I walked back into the living room and my wife asked me, “How’s Fishy doing?” to which I replied, “He’s dying.” At which point I cried. I begin with this not because I think that the loss of a goldfish equates with…
  • The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the western hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response... – John F. Kennedy: Address on the Cuban Crisis October 22, 1962 When I first chanced upon this novel I imagined it was going to be one of those books like When I was Five I Killed Myself or Naïve. Super, a little gem that those in the know were raving about but had somehow managed to escape wider exposure. And I was right but here’s the thing: no one seems to have…
  • 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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  • Monthly roundup: September 2014

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

    Chelsea
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Stereotypical hippie white girl edition. For the first time in months, I feel like there were finally enough good things in the past week to do one of these again, if only just. seeing a couple of affordable and actually habitable houses during our househunting trips–even if we don’t end up living in them, it gives me hope that eventually we’ll find the one that’s meant for us, and the secret garden backyard we saw at one of them has increased my determination to get out of apartments and onto some land where I can grow things My “Antidepressants” playlist…
  • 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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  • Inheritance (The Evolution Chronicles Book 2) by RJ Palmer

    Albert Robbins III
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    They were midflight when the trouble started. Raine had tried not to think about the deep disquiet that had settled in the pit of his gut when he and Sierra had boarded the plane. He had tried to concentrate instead on them simply taking their seats and had pushed the horrifying notion that something was going to go terribly wrong to the side of his consciousness. Clairvoyance was not among his many talents. For all that it was he was capable of, he could not see the future.Sierra was all too happy to chatter somewhat aimlessly about cakes, food and decorations. She didn’t even care that…
  • Happy Bornday To My Wife Rachel Robbins

    Albert Robbins III
    23 May 2014 | 6:47 am
    I knew you would be the girl I would marry Ever since the day I gave you my first look On the day we officially tied the knot I felt proud to change my relationship status on Facebook Not a single day passes by in my life When your sweet antics don’t give my heart a flutter You would realize how much I miss you When I am at work, if you saw my Twitter I don’t worry about how what others think I don’t care if they fun of me I just want continue shouting out to the world So that my love for you, everyone can see Happy bornday
  • No Love Like A Mother's Love by Jill Lemming

    Albert Robbins III
    11 May 2014 | 8:14 am
    There is no love, like a mother's love, no stronger bond on earth...like the precious bond that comes from God, to a mother, when she gives birth.A mother's love is forever strong, never changing for all time...and when her children need her most, a mother's love will shine.God bless these special mothers, God bless them every one...for all the tears and heartache, and for the special work they've done.When her days on Earth are over, a mother's love lives on...through many generations, with God's blessings on each one.Be thankful for our mothers, for they love with a higher love...from the…
  • Microsoft XP Support Ending

    Albert Robbins III
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    Microsoft is discontinuing support & security updates for both the XP operating system and XP applications (Internet Explorer, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc) ... effective April 8th.In the event that you are unable or unwilling to upgrade to Win7 or Win8 there are a few steps that can significantly reduce your vulnerability:- Do NOT routinely login using an account that has Administrator rights. Avecto's Analysis of "Microsoft Security Bulletins from2013" highlights that- 92% of critical XP vulnerabilities would be mitigated if users are NOT logged-in with Administratorrights.- 100% of…
  • Confessions of a Wingnut and Science Fiction Junkie (RJ Palmer): There Is No Hell

    Albert Robbins III
    20 Jan 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Confessions of a Wingnut and Science Fiction Junkie (RJ Palmer): There Is No Hell: There is something that’s been on my mind for longer than I care to think about and that usually means that I need to write it out. It’s p...
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  • Novelicious Chats To...Henriette Gyland

    Debs Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We're talking to Henriette Gyland today, author of The Highwayman's Daughter, a story set in Hounslow in 1768, telling us about Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton and a highwaywoman, their swashbuckling game of cat and mouse, and uncovering an intricate web of fiercely guarded family secrets. Henriette tells us more about her writing... Can you tell us a little bit about your average writing day? I don't really have average writing days because other things often intrude. However, when I'm in my stride with a book, I tend to write in the mornings, in long-hand with HB pencils, because…
  • Review – The Twilight Hour by Nicci Gerrard

    Debs Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Kate Appleton Eleanor Lee has lived a fiercely independent existence for over 90 years, but now it's time to tidy her life away: books, photographs, paintings, letters - a lifetime of possessions all neatly boxed up for the last time. But amongst them there are some things that must be kept hidden from her family. Nearing blindness, Eleanor needs help to ensure they remain in the past. Peter, a young man with a broken heart who feels as lost as Eleanor's past, is employed to help with this task. Together they uncover traces of another life, a story of forbidden love, betrayal,…
  • My Writing Room by Jenny Kane

    Debs Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I love my writing space. Tucked away in the corner of one of the many coffee shops in the Devonshire town where I live, I sit at the same little wooden table every day, writing words of romance and friendship. I’ve never been able to write well at home. There are just too many distractions, too much housework to do, too many boxes of work (I have a part time job as an educational blogger and data imputer which I do from home), and consequently too much guilt connected with what I ‘ought to be doing’ ready to interrupt my imagination.jMy writing has always flowed at its best in an…
  • Review – Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

    Debs Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Imelda and Augustine – or Em and the Big Hoom – are the parents of the book’s narrator. Em has been suffering with bipolar since her children were very young and the book tells of the struggles the family have endured during her illness. The narrator is a young man who is looking back on his childhood, recounting the lives of his parents. It tells the story of Imelda and Augustine and how they met, describing the happy times before Imelda’s mental illness took over and started to control both of their lives, as well as the highs and lows of living with a…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Mozzarella and Tomato Salad from One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond

    Helen
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I didn't get far into the novel One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond before my mouth started to water. In fact, it was on page 15. I read it, marked the page with a sticky note and thought: Right. That's what I'm having for my lunch tomorrow.  One Night in Italy is about an Italian evening class and three women: Anna, Catherine and Sophie. Lets start with Sophie. Sophie is living in Sorrento and works as a waitress happily serving coffee and ice-creams to tourists. She left home eight years ago and has been travelling ever since, not wanting to return home to see her parents. Until she…
 
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  • Review: Wide Awake by AngstGoddess003

    Brandi Kosiner
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Edward and Bella have dark pasts that leave them severely emotionally scarred, with nightmares that force them to stay awake. They meet and begin to form a bond during the night hours.Disclaimer: I am reviewing Twilight fanfiction in this post (it will not be a regular thing, so if you don't like it, please don't click unfollow!). Yes, that makes me a nerd. Yes, I am okay if you don't read this :)This is also rated M, and for a good reason (the story not my review.)You can read the story here scroll down and there are chapter links on left hand side or read first chapter here, or get pdf…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:Wide Awakesource: free on…
  • Review: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe

    Brandi Kosiner
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Losing Track by Trisha WolfeSometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain.
  • Giveaway: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe

    Brandi Kosiner
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Losing Track by Trisha WolfeSometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain.
  • Review: Damaged by Amy Reed

    Brandi Kosiner
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Damaged by Amy ReedPart ghost story, part epic roadtrip, and part reluctant love story, DAMAGED offers readers another piercing, poignant story full of emotional truth from author Amy Reed.After Kinsey’s best friend Camille dies in a car accident during which Kinsey was driving, Kinsey shuts down, deciding that numbness is far better than mourning. All she wants during the last few weeks of high school is to be left alone, but Camille’s mysterious boyfriend, Hunter–who was also in the car that night–has different ideas.Despite all of Kinsey’s efforts, she can’t outrun Camille, who…
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  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in September 2014

    Ranga
    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.
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in September 2014

    Ranga
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
        1. Debrah Martin – Patchwork Man   2. Marilynn Dawson – Pumpkin Pie From the Ground Up!   3. Mary Ann Bernal – Scribbler Tales   4. K.P. Kollenborn – How the Water Falls   5. Robin John Morgan – Queen of the Violet Isle   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   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,…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in August 2014

    Ranga
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
      1. A.L. Goulden – August Fog   2. Samyah Leighton – Deceived (Redemption Book 1)   3. Johnny Breeze – A Johnny Bugeyes Christmas   4. Jeremy G Woods – Go For It!: Motivating Christians To Do God’s Will   5. Cameo Nia – Broken   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen 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,…
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in August 2014

    Naveen
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
      1. Robert Egby - For the Love of Rose: A Journey in Three Worlds   2. Debrah Martin - Webs   3. Nicola McDonagh - Echoes from the Lost Ones (Song of Forgetfulness) (Volume 1)   4. Loni Flowers - Painted Memories   5. John Davis - Blood Line   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen 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,…
  • The Realities of Writing by Michaelbrent Collings

    Naveen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Okay, I’m going to be up front about a few things: this article is divided into two parts. The first part is helpful, will give you burgeoning professionals some realistic ideas about the hellhole you’re about to dive into, and (maybe most important) this is probably the only time you’ll ever hear something like this. It’s also very depressing. So if you’re the type who gets all panicky wondering whether Captain America is going to make it through the movie, or who stresses over Family Feud reruns, skip to part two. Also, please consider a new career choice…
 
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  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #3

    Dave Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Monday Beard Face is progressing with Dexter, many years after the rest of us finished the show and lamented the awful ending. Beardy is still on Season One and so far he’s struggling. He keeps singing The Beatles’ Lovely Rita whenever Dexter’s girlfriend is on, he thinks Deb looks weird and he’s confused that the Ice Truck Killer has yet to murder an ice truck. That’s the level of simplicity that Frizzy Hair is having to deal with here. Bless her. She’s has far more patience than most people. Tuesday Today marked the long-awaited return of The Apprentice…
  • Masterpieces #29: Tomb Raider

    Dave Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    About Tomb Raider (1996)Adventurer Lara Croft has been hired to recover the pieces of an ancient artefact known as the Scion. With her fearless acrobatic style she runs, jumps, and swims her way toward the truth of it’s origins and powers–leaving only a trail of empty tombs and gun-cartridges in her wake. On this trail are the most breath-taking 3-D worlds yet seen–where exploration, puzzle and platform elements blend in a seamless real-time environment.   Amazon US Amazon UK Tomb Raider (1996) I don’t recall the day when I first heard about Tomb Raider but I do…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #2

    Dave Brown
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Monday I watched Beard Face peg the washing out today. It took him 37 attempts to put one bed sheet on the line. The complex task of folding it in half and placing it evenly over the line was clearly beyond the old boy. I could have watched this spectacle for the remainder of the day but opted to do something more gratifying such as knocking a pen off a table or purposefully missing the litter tray just to annoy my owners. Tuesday Gordon Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares was an improvement this week. We at least returned to Spain but spent the episode in a restaurant where the lift…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #1

    Dave Brown
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    After months in the wilderness I have finally decided to resume my diary. A lot has changed since I last checked in. For one, we have moved house which has gone better than I expected. Had the move amounted to more than 20 miles though it may just have been possible to jettison Beard Face but, alas, the old boy still remains with us like an unidentifiable stain on the wall that no cleaning product will shift. Each week I’ll offer a summary of the goings on in the Brown household. There will be laughs, tears, maybe some flatulence and there’s bound to be the odd incident where…
  • Masterpieces #28: The World According to Garp

    Dave Brown
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    About The World According to Garp (1978)This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields–a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes–even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with “lunacy and sorrow”; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries–with more than ten million copies in print–this novel provides almost…
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  • Early Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #3)

    Amy
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) Maggie Stiefvater Published: Oct. 21, 2014 (Scholastic Press) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference events from previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, The Raven Boys. At the end of The Dream Thieves Blue’s mother Maura left the slightly cryptic note “Glendower is underground. So am I.” It’s been a…
  • Excerpt & Giveaway: Kristen Painter’s Dead Man’s Hand

    Chelsea
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s not exactly a secret that the VBC team digs on the sexy supernatural novels. Sometimes we like ‘em in single-sitting servings. That’s why the Sin City Collectors novellas are such a good fit for us. All the sexy, all the action and all the paranormal goodness we want. The latest in the series is Kristen Painter’s Dead Man’s Hand. It just came out on Tuesday, and, well, we think you’ll like it quite a bit. So much so that we snagged an excerpt and are giving away one digital copy of the book. Here’s your taste of Dead Man’s Hand: He tapped…
  • Review: Unbinding by Eileen Wilks (World of Lupi #11)

    Margaret
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Unbinding (World of Lupi #11) Eileen Wilks Published: Oct. 4, 2014 (Berkley Sensation) Purchase: Book Depository or Unbinding Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. Eight of the books in the World of Lupi series have featured FBI agent Lily Yu and her Lupus (werewolf) now-husband Rule Turner as the primary narrators, though books four and five followed Lupus sorcerer Cullen and his wife Cynna to the Faery realms. During this eleventh book, Lily and Rule are away…
  • Excerpt from Cinda Williams Chima’s The Sorcerer Heir

    Chelsea
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Today we have a taste of Cinda Williams Chima’s latest novel The Sorcerer Heir. The book is the final in her Heir Chronicles and comes out Oct. 21. (You might want to pre-order The Sorcerer Heir.) The series features all sorts of magical types. However, today, we’re focused on the sorcerers. As we do. Sorcerer Excerpt from The Sorcerer Heir: “I hoped your father might know something about Thorn Hill—who was behind it, what kind of poison was used.” “Tyler?” Once the dam broke, the questions came, one after another. “Why would Tyler know about that?” “I don’t know…
  • Review: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians #5)

    Amy
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians #5) Dianne Duvall Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (Zebra Books) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference events from previous books in the series. Ever since he saved her from a mercenary attack, Lisette has been intrigued by the mysterious Zach. Her feelings are inflated even more when she starts having dreams about the man. She knows very little about him, but one the thing that is…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: EVERY HIDDEN FEAR by Linda Rodriguez (& Giveaway)

    Native NYer
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Party Continues!  Join The Latina Book Clubevery week this month for new book reviews, fun “Top 14” lists, author interviews and book giveaways.  This week, we are giving away an e-book copy of EVERY HIDDEN FEAR.  Leave a comment below or tweet our hashtag -- #amreadingwiththelatinabookclub --  to win. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month and Good luck! --mcfIf you’re not constantly watching and taking care of little things with a house, all kinds of things will fester in the dark and grow out of sight to damage it until they pull it down on your head.—GranRiveting.
  • RESEŇA: DESEO DE UNA NOCHE POR ALONSO CUETO (Gane una copia!)

    Native NYer
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      La Latina Book Clubcontinua con su celebración de Hispanic Heritage Month todo este mes.  Mas tenemos para ustedes reseñas todos los Viernes de libros en Español.  Le agradecemos a Open Media Español su regalo de una copia de DESEO DE UNA  NOCHE.  Dejen un comentario aqui o un Tweet con nuestro “hashtag” #amreadingwiththelatinabookclub.  Buena suerte!    The Latina Book Club continues celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and our Spanish reviews on Fridays.  We want to thank Open Media Español who is donating an e-copy of Alonso…
  • INTERVIEW WITH VALERIE TEJEDA (Win advance copy!)

    Native NYer
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
      The Latina Book Club welcomes Valerie Tejeda, a journalist turned author.  She had a dream about Marilyn Monroe and a book idea was born.  Despite her writing credits and contacts, getting published was not easy, but not impossible.  We are looking forward to her book’s debut next July.  Congratulations, Valerie!CONTEST!  Enter to win an advance readers copy of HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER by visiting valerietejeda.com/showmethemagic.  Good luck!“Writing and performing have always been passions of mine, even though now I wouldn't be caught dead…
  • TOP 14 LATINOS ON TELEVISION

    Native NYer
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
      There's a new Latina on TV and she is a hit!   Cristela Alonzo made history this past Friday, October 10, 2014, by being the first Latina to create, produce, write and star in her own primetime comedy show.  "Cristela" (the show) debut to 6.6 million viewers and rave reviews from audiences of all backgrounds.  It's a funny, loving show about family, fulfilling your dreams, getting ahead and being a strong modern woman.  We are very excited about this new show and its portrayal of a modern Mexican family living in the heart of Texas. But Cristela isn't…
  • RESEŇA: JENNI RIVERA: LA DIVA DE LA BANDA by Michael Puente (& Giveaway!)

    Native NYer
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    La Latina Book Club se a comprometido a presentar una reseña de libro en Español todos los Viernes.  Hoy nos alegra que podemos regalar tres copias de nuestro libro a tres "fans" de La Diva de la Banda, Jenni Rivera.  //  The Latina Book Club  is committed to doing a Spanish-language book review every Friday.  And this week, we are happy to give away three copies of our book to three fans of Jenni Rivera.NOTA:  El concurso solo esta abierto a fans en los Estados Unidos. Buena Suerte.  // NOTE:  Contest only open to fans living in the continental…
 
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    21tiger

  • Between Lust and Love

    Michael A. Robson
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Design isn’t Everything Design can be beautiful and charming; it can be evocative and exciting. But design is ultimately problem solving with constraints. Design is not for fun. Well executed design may look good, beautiful, ingenious, but it’s not meant to be fun. It’s work. It’s tirelessly honing and iterating previous versions. It’s evaluating and re-evaluating priorities and then solving problems, within constraints. That it may be satisfying for some to work on design projects is much like the way mathematicians obsessively solve math and engineering problems. But…
  • 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
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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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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK?

    Olivia Snaije
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A panel at the Frankfurt Book Fair compared international literature and translation in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The post Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Playing to the Crowd: The Publishing Journey of a Rollergirl

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Margot Atwell, ex-publisher of Beaufort Books, discusses the appeal of Rollerderby and her efforts to publish a book about the sport via Kickstarter. The post Playing to the Crowd: The Publishing Journey of a Rollergirl appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Lemony Snicket Rallies Support for Indie Bookstores

    Dennis Abrams
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Daniel Handler suggests that authors should pick an independent bookstore close to where they live and sign books for them to sell. The post Lemony Snicket Rallies Support for Indie Bookstores appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Are There Too Many Books?

    Guest Contributor
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    The total number of books in print hit 28 million worldwide in 2013, but are there enough readers to justify so much publishing? The post Are There Too Many Books? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program

    Guest Contributor
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    In 2015 the Cairo International Book Fair will launch its first-ever professional program, which will run from January 29 through 31. The post Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Classics Club Check In

    Trisha
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    I haven't been very active on the Classics Club lately. Then again, I haven't been active at all, so that's understandable. I have, however, been reading a Classic or two since I joined up in March.My list of Classics is - rather disgustingly - long, and only gets longer, so "progress" is relative. I have a list of 156 books, some of which have subsections listing the short stories, novellas, and even full length books within the larger compilation.I've been slowly going through Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Other Stories. Slowly, in part due to my enjoyment but not love of Chopin combined…
  • Stitches by David Small

    Trisha
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I read this too fast. Emotionally smacking me in the face on page 12, Stitches hooked me in and I devoured this intense graphic novel in about 20 minutes. I clearly did not do this book justice, and I will have to read it again more closely sometime.While - I am positive - all people react strongly to any mistreatment of children, I also believe that parents are more affected, more horrified, and more likely to have bad dreams. In Stitches, the main character, David, lives a nightmarish life in the midst of a neglectful and abusive family. Then at 14, he enters the hospital for a minor…
  • The Collector by Nora Roberts

    Trisha
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nora Roberts and I used to have quite the love affair. I was so obsessed with her books that I printed out her catalog, in chronological and series order, and pretty much used it like a check list. Made it through too. I have read every Roberts book published up to about 6 years ago. I'm only missing a handful of her 150+ collection.The romance novels of Nora Roberts were my rebellion against the seriousness and difficulty of my undergrad and grad school reading, so I spent about 5 years reading everything I could get my hands on. Then my foray into blogging slowed down the romance novel…
  • Currently | 12 October

    Trisha
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Time and Place // 9:48pm, on the couchEating and Drinking // Pretzels and cheese dip. Yummy yummy.Reading // In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu - which is, as always, rocking my world. I believe this is the third time I've read the book. I'm also trying to finish up Of Monsters and Madness, but I'm pretty bored with it, so it's languishing on the back burner these days.Blogging // This past week I've reviewed Melissa Marr's Carnival of Souls and the Veronica Mars franchise (meh and WOOHOO respectively). I also posted my thoughts on the Top Ten about…
  • Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Trisha
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Melissa Marr's Carnival of Souls - don't you love that title? - begins with a rather fascinating premise. For her safety, the daughter of a daimon king is spirited away to live in the human world under the protection of a witch. The truth hidden from her, she grows up ignorant of who she really is and the danger of her future. Back in the daimon world, called The City, Kaleb and Aya fight for power, he to escape the horror of his low social caste and her to escape the expectations of her gender.The City is a fascinating place. The characters are relatively intriguing; although the wow factor…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Risen by Michael Phillip Cash

    Linda
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    This is the third of the trilogy and I have also read and reviewed the first two, Schism and Collision.  While this is a standalone book, I recommend reading the three in order.  It will help to understand the growth of the characters and will keep the flow of the story.  This isn't the genre I usually read, but Michael Phillip Cash writes books that are easily readable with a style that crosses genre.All three books present stories of adventure, mystery, and interesting characters.  Risen is no different, and the book this trilogy concludes with a satisfying ending.
  • The Big-Flavor Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby

    Linda
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    This is strictly for those who charcoal grill. There is “A Word About Gas Grills” which declares that gas grills are not their thing. The theme of the book is simplicity with an easy prep with a spice rub, grill, and toss with a sauce or with herbs.The recipes are presented in a unique flow chart form that follows the theme of prep, grill and toss. There are recipes for steak, lamb, pork, chicken, shrimp and fish, vegetables, and drinks. I have several recipes marked to try. Grilled Pork Skerwers with Mangoes, Chipolte, and Lime, and Grilled Chicken Breasts with Cilantro-lime…
  • The Southern Foodie's Guide tot he Pig by Chris Chamberlain

    Linda
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    This is not your ordinary cookbook.  The first section of the book is about the pig and its parts, with an explanation of selecting and cooking a whole pig, belly and bacon, roasts, hams, ribs and chops. Sauces, rubs and brines are also covered in this first section.This is a “Southern” book so the second section covers the top restaurants throughout the south that specialize in pork and BBQ.  A profile is presented with a brief history, menu specialties, an “insider tip”  and contact information. A recipe from each restaurant follows in the following section –…
  • 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. …
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    Book Dirt

  • Book Review: The Pothunters by P. G. Wodehouse

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    My reading of Wodehouse has been haphazard up till recently. I devoured the Jeeves and Wooster books when I first discovered them, then set about reading whatever turned up at the used bookstore: a Blandings novel here, a Psmith there. It occurred to me at some point that reading all of Wodehouse’s 90-or-so books is something I’d very much like to do before I die, so I’ve begun reading them in order of publication to fully appreciate his evolution as a writer. I didn’t originally plan to review each novel, which is why you may have already read my reviews of Tales of St. Austin’s…
  • 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…
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Janice Bashman, Author of Predator

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    When Bree Sunderland went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly not to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Everything changes when Dr. Sunderland discoers that lycanthropy is not a superatural curse but rather a gentic mutation. When they return home, Bree's dad contiues his research, but the military wants to turn that resarch into a bio weapons program and rogues soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Bobbi Carducci, Author of Storee Wryter Gets A Dog

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    When eight year-old Storee Wryter wants to convince her parents that it’s a good idea to adopt a puppy she has her work cut out for her. She already has an opinionated cat named Critique and a full schedule of after schools activities. Will she have time to properly care for a boisterous puppy? To complicate matters, Storee’s friend and neighbor Kyria who brought the puppy over, not only wants Storee to adopt the puppy, but asks they train her as a therapy dog as well.  Uh-oh added work and added expense.  The Wryter family needs to know a lot more about what they could be…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lorraine Carey, Author of The Last Vestal Virgin

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    When you are raised in an America Italian Family home life is full of traditions. Two of the most traditions are family gatherings and food. Trust me, I was raised in one. Seems life was centered around food and family. And maybe more food. Christina Ciccone, the main character grew up on her mama’s spaghetti and meatballs. She loved Sunday dinners which consisted of spaghetti, hot garlic bread and salad.And of course there was always Neapolitan Ice Cream for dessert I mention Pizzelle cookies in the story. These fancy waffle cookies were served up for Christina’s elegant high school…
  • 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…
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    Packabook

  • Books set in New York – What I’m taking with me!

    packabook
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Manhattan Skyline at night – image courtesy of Francisco Diez via Wikimedia Commons I’m very exciting to me writing this post at Heathrow Airport, about to board a flight to fabulous New York. As we all know the most vital part of trip planning is choosing which books to take with you, so I thought I’d update you on my selections for this trip. I’ll only have a few days, which will mainly be filled with catching up with people and drinking cocktails, so I don’t imagine I’m going to have a great amount of time to read. But hey, that’s what seven hour flights are for!
  • Now I’m just a little bit scared…

    packabook
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    I am in the process of doing something quite a bit scary, and wanted to share it with you. I have been working on this for what feels like years now, but have only recently taken the concrete steps to make it happen – and that is to develop a Packabook iPad App. My dream is, that when you are out and about with your iPad, you can find the locations near to you that are featured in great novels. Or if you are heading to Paris, and you are staying in a particular area, you can choose some novels right near where you are staying. Eventually, the app will be a travel app as much as a book…
  • The super-special Packabook Berlin map…

    packabook
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    I find one of the biggest challenges when I am traveling, is to organize all the different things I want to do around the places I happen to be in. Thankfully, it’s easier than it used to be. Once upon a time, you had to have everything marked on a paper map, or use sticky notes in guide books. But now, with the help of modern gadgetry – Google Maps and iPhones and such – things are a little easier. I’m hoping to do my bit to help you out in this endeavour as well, using what I fondly call the ‘Packabook Map-Based Literary Travel Pinterest Boards’. Snappy title…
  • 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!

    packabook
    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…
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    BookLeverageBlog

  • Best Nonfiction Books – October 2014

    George Rodriguez
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Time is Money Staying on top of the latest ideas and concepts in business is not an easy task. In order to grow in your career you must continually improve your professional toolbox and add value in all your interactions on the job. The best way to do this is to take the latest business thinking and merge it into your management and leadership style. Having choices on what information to use is not a problem in the internet age. You do not lack information with the number of websites, blogs, videos and social media options that exist today. The hard part is knowing what to focus on and who to…
  • Turning Obstacles into Advantages

    George Rodriguez
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    “The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius Life can suck sometimes. You do the right thing, you are honest and you work hard and yet every day you see other people attaining success.  People that may not deserve it and come by it through questionable means. Not only that, but you are the one that has obstacle after obstacle thrown in your way. Little things like a nagging cold or a flat tire on the way to an important appointment.  Maybe they are big things like the breakup of a long-term relationship or a frightening…
  • 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…
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    The only person that Leon ever loved was his sister, Lily. But ten years ago, she left a suicide note and allegedly drowned. Allegedly, because her body was never found. Regardless, he was left alone. But then a postcard in Lily's handwriting arrives one winter, drawing him to New York City. What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that knows no bounds. A grisly trail of clues leads him to "The Bear", a sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police are of little help and don’t like Leon’s methods or the mess he leaves in his wake. He is single-minded in his purpose…
  • 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…
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  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Stores: USA By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden ISBN: 1476764026 Publisher: Touchstone Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.18 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Leaving Time: A Novel Stores: USA By Jodi Picoult ISBN: 0345544927 Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.81 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook |…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Editors at Touchstone ISBN: 147678440X Publisher: Touchstone Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $7.95 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management: Challenges for Sustainable Development Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Editors at Routledge ISBN: 0415635829…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Redeemed Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast ISBN: 0312594445 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.31 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Garth Nix ISBN: 006156155X Publisher: HarperCollins Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.31 Share this book on…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Hockey Confidential: Inside Stories from People Inside The Game Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Bob McKenzie ISBN: 0062342983 Publisher: Harper Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.00 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Chris Jericho ISBN: 1592407528 Publisher: Gotham Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Tara Mohr ISBN: 1594206074 Publisher: Gotham Publication date: October 14, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.98 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative Stores: USA | Kindle | UK Kindle By Scott Eblin ISBN: 1118910664 Publisher: Wiley Publication date: October 13, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.97…
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  • Liter8′s future (And the History of Christian Internet Culture)

    litera9
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t written on this blog in a while (outside of this post).  Part of it is my internship/work with Tom’s Guide keeps me busy. The other half is that I don’t feel like I have a lot that’s valuable to say. That’s why I’m happy to announce that liter8.net will no longer be a blog, but a portfolio site. That’s when it hit me: What about “Christian internet culture”. What is Christian internet culture? Christian internet culture?  What does that mean? Well, let’s first understand what internet culture…
  • Why Gena Suarez and The Old Schoolhouse needs to be held accountable

    litera9
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Earlier today, the homeschool activist blog Homeschooler’s Anonymous released an enormous report recording a series of abuses, attacks, and sexual assaults surrounding the Suarezes, a particular family  in the homeschool community who control one of the biggest homeschooling magazines in the world. The  was researched by Ryan Stollar (a good internet friend of mine) Hannah Ettinger (who I’m acquaintances with),  and wouldn’t be possible without the testimony of Eric Novak (Who I’ve worked for in the past) The report is thorough and phenomenal, and doesn’t…
  • 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…
 
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  • Words as Images

    Haris Ioannides
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
  • 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…
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  • BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Love and Other Unknown Variablesby Shannon Alexander</ a>Release Date: 10/07/ 14Entangled Teen</ o:p>Summary from Goodreads:Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s…
  • 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…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Back to France and the Impressionists

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
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  • Eat Your Culture: History Cookbooks

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/feedburner/atravelerslibrary Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
 
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    On Books and Writing

  • 2 Things I Learned Reading Only Books By Women For A Month

    Johann Thorsson
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    It was made on a whim at the very beginning of August. While browsing in a bookstore in Gothenburg, Sweden, I ended up with three books in my hand; two were by women and one was by a man. But then I made the decision; this month, I’m only buying and reading books by women.…
  • A First Page to Turn The Stomach

    Johann Thorsson
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    “You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy.” So begins Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, and what a beginning it is. Immediately we get a sense that the speaker is at least uneducated and that the person he is speaking to has done something that they should not let their mother know…
  • 5 Great Stephen King Cameos

    Johann Thorsson
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I turned on my TV the other day and catch the final seconds of a Frasier rerun just as the credits start rolling. I’m about to change the channel when a familiar name pops up, seeming out of place for Frasier: “Stephen King”. “Whoa,” I think, “Stephen King on Frasier, this I have to see.”…
  • 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…
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    Where Writers Win

  • Five Things to Know About Your Book–and Yourself–Before Starting a Publicity Campaign

    Shari Stauch
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to Corinne Liccketto, Director of Business Development, Smith Publicity, Inc., for this guest post. We’re pleased to announce that Smith Publicity, Inc. is an Approved and Stellar Partner of WWW, with special rates for our tribe. Visit our Partners page for a special offer from our friends at Smith Publicity! 1. Know your book’s audience: It is important to know your book’s audience—both the mainstream and the fringe markets. For example, a book about organizing your finances and investing should naturally appeal to personal finance media. However, it could also appeal…
  • Phoning it In: 5 Simple Rules for an Author Interview!

    Shari Stauch
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to media relations expert and award-winning author Christina Hamlett for this guest post! Photo courtesy freedigitalphotos.net In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. The following year, he formed the first telephone company and even found time to fall in love and get married. Perhaps the only thing he regrets is giving his phone number to the media which proceeded to call him incessantly and ask what he was going to invent next. All right, that last part isn’t exactly true. Still, there’s no escaping the fact that the phone is an indispensable tool for…
  • Unusual Work Habits of Great Writers

    Shari Stauch
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to NinjaEssays.com for this clever infographic. Read on to discover some fun and quirky work habits of great writers. Then, tell us yours! Have you ever wondered how Ernest Hemingway wrote his masterpieces? When we read and reread a book we admire, we get inspired from all aspects of the story, but rarely think about the way it was written and the effort that went into it. What’s the first picture you imagine when you think about the way Mark Twain wrote the books we can’t stop reading? A messy room with pieces of paper scattered all around and Twain conceptualizing the stories…
  • Selling Direct, the “Buy Local” of eBooks

    Shari Stauch
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to UnboundWords.com and author Jennifer Kohout for this guest post. UnboundWords is a new platform to allow authors to sell ebooks directly from their site… Read on to learn more! They’re also a new WWW Approved Partner. Graphic courtesy freedigitalphotos.net Two years ago, I gave up my license to practice law and became a self published author. I’ve never regretted my decision, but if I’d known what was in store for me, I would have stocked up on vodka. It didn’t take long before I realized that writing was the easy part. It’s the marketing that sucks. Being…
  • 6 Hot Trends in Indie Book Marketing

    Shari Stauch
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Our sincere thanks to JeriWB.com and guest author KJ Waters for this guest post, which first appeared as part of an outstanding series at jeriwb.com. How do you promote your book in this complicated indie author world? Join me for the latest research on indie author trends while I also provide up-to-the-minute indie book marketing advice. As any good marketer knows, you must build your strategy based on what is going on in the market. The e-book market has exploded in the last few years and the latest research shows some fascinating trends. Indie Author Trends As of July 2014, the Author…
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  • BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Love and Other Unknown Variablesby Shannon Alexander</ a>Release Date: 10/07/ 14Entangled Teen</ o:p>Summary from Goodreads:Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s…
  • 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…
 
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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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  • “Vampires of Manhattan” by Melissa de la Cruz

    Grace Troxel
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Vampires of Manhattan is the first book in a new adult series that’s set ten years after the conclusion Melissa de la Cruz’s young adult Blue Bloods series.  I love the idea of having books that can grow with you.  In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about the Harry Potter series–the books become more complex and thoughtful as the readers themselves age, so they grow into the themes that emerge in the later books.  Having a series for grown-ups set in the world that they enjoyed visiting as teenagers is really cool. The story is set in […] The…
  • DNF Review: “Spellbound” by Sylvia Day

    Grace Troxel
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Normally I’m a very persistent reader and don’t give up on books easily.  I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve DNF’d since starting this blog (for non book blogger friends, DNF=Did Not Finish).  Spellbound by Sylvia Day is one of them. I picked up the book because it was on sale for $2 and because Amazon told me I’d like it based on other things I’d read.  Normally I prefer to listen to book recommendations from real people rather than the algorithm that Amazon pulls out of its ass, but I decided to give this […] The post DNF…
  • Halloween Giveaway: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

    Grace Troxel
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If it sees like I’m doing lots of Halloween giveaways, I am.  Halloween is one of the few holidays that gets more and more fun each year, even as a grown-up.  It’s the kind of holiday that brings out everyone’s inner child.  Who doesn’t love costumes, candy, and things that go bump in the night? Today I’m featuring a giveaway of the new Penguin Classics edition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (thanks Penguin!).  The story of the Headless Horseman is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of…
  • “The Killing Moon” by N.K. Jemisin

    Grace Troxel
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Tired of fantasy set in some tired permutation of medieval Europe?  The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin is the book for you!  The story takes place in a fantasy world that is loosely based on ancient Egypt, but with some major differences.  It’s not the stereotypical pharaohs and mummies and cat-gods and tombs, but rather it borrows the social structure itself.  The city of Gujarreh has a king, and he’s the supreme power.  However, there’s also a powerful priest class that keeps the king in check.  These priests are called the Gatherers, and they perform a special…
  • Halloween Giveaway: “Jackaby” by William Ritter

    Grace Troxel
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I accidentally ended up with a duplicate copy of Jackaby by William Ritter, so I’m going to give it away as a Halloween treat to one lucky winner.  It looks like a fantastic fall read!  Here’s a summary of the book from Goodreads: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.” Newly arrived in New […] The post Halloween Giveaway:…
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  • Elin Gregory has Another Winner (and a joust or two)

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

    Susan Roebuck
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    One of my favorite authors has a new release today from Samhain Publishing - Saving Grace Devine. She's here today to tell us about her lovely new book, so let's welcome up-and-coming writer: Catherine Cavendish who's going to tell us the spooky story that inspired Saving Grace Devine (and it IS spooky, just as I like it).The Lady of Lake CrescentIn my new novel, Saving Grace Devine, a young girl is drowned, but her spirit returns to haunt the lakeside where she met her untimely end. She seeks help from the living, to help her cross over to the afterlife.From my research, it would appear…
  • Catherine Cavendish's Gothic Influences

    Susan Roebuck
    6 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy from AmazonMy good friend and talented writer Catherine Cavendish has signed on with Samhain Publishing and today Linden Manor, her Samhain Gothic Antho. Competition Winner is published!Catherine is a prolific writer of acclaimed horror novels and short stories (just take a look at her Amazon page: Amazon Page and her blog).So, congratulations Cat! I'll be one of the first buying your new book and I'll review it here. In the meantime, Catherine tells us who and what has influenced her writing:Catherine's Gothic Influences – M.R. JamesM.R. JamesI am often asked whose…
  • One of the Books that's made the Greatest Impact on me in 2014

    Susan Roebuck
    2 May 2014 | 10:15 am
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine BooMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is on my list of best books read in 2014Based on truth about life in one of Mumbai's slums that borders Mumbai's sumptuous new airport and the Hyatt Hotel, this book is humbling. Life in these slums could be on Mars, it's hardly believable that humans still live like this (the book is set from 2008 to 2010) amid the clear corruption, inefficiency and sheer cruelty of the Mumbai police, the gangs and politicians.I laughed at the ironic scene when one of the inhabitants is…
  • My Writing Process

    Susan Roebuck
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    www.morguefile.com. Alentejo - setting for my new novelThere’s a new meme doing the rounds and this is it. I was tagged by talented children's author Kate Kelly (author of Red Rock, a cli-fi thriller for age 10+). She challenged me to answer a few questions about my writing. So here goes…1. What am I working on?I have my new completed women's/commercial fiction novel out on submission at the moment so this is a nervous time, wondering if I'm going to be accepted. In the hope that this will be the first in a series of books set in a fictional fishing village on the east coast of…
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    All About Edgar(Classics)Edgar Allan Poe is an American icon in literature. He’s known as the “America’s Shakespeare” or “The Master of Macabre” for his genius in poetry and spinning tales of suspense and horror. Most notably recognizable works include “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and the poem “The Raven” among others. Poe was born on January 19, 1809, the second of three children.  Sadly, within three years of his birth, both of his parents died, and Poe was sent to live with a tobacco merchant while his older brother and younger…
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ghostcapades (Classics)The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is an amusing short story about a brash American family that knowingly moves into a haunted English house.  They’re not afraid, no siree.  The ghost, Sir Simon de Canterville, wastes no time in starting his tricks the moment the family of six moves in. But, this time, he’s the one in for a shock, as this American family proves more difficult to scare.  In fact, his tenured position as head horrorfier is no match as the Otis gang has their own tricks up their sleeves. Instead of fainting at a blood stain that…
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Headless Horseman Horror Story (Classics) In the spirit of Halloween, this month I will suggest some creepy, ghostly short stories by famous authors.  Don’t worry. I’m not into the ghastly chilling scene. I don’t like horror movies and rarely read scary books, with an exception of some Stephen King novels.  I don’t really care to be scared senseless by watching dolls come to life or people inversely crab crawling up a staircase.  I prefer my ghosts to be friendlier, like Casper.  With that said, Washington Irving’s classic short story about a headless horseman…
  • 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…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • 5 Pieces of Advice for Reading, Understanding & Enjoying James Joyce

    Lucy
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I'm currently studying a modern Irish literature module, and I'm enjoying every moment of it. The last two weeks have been spent studying W.B. Yeats (on Thursday I submitted a critical analysis on "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"), but this week I progressed to James Joyce. I've never read Joyce in an academic setting before, and I thought it could go one of two ways: it could help me to enjoy Joyce's writing more, or it could simply make it less fun. I'm pleased to say it was the latter.The selected book was A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a book I devoured as a teenager. In our…
  • Initial Thoughts on Rosamund Bartlett's Translation of Anna Karenina

    Lucy
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I don't give Anna Karenina enough attention here on Tolstoy Therapy. In fact, I've never given the novel it's own, dedicated post. Now that Rosamund Bartlett, author of my most-loved Tolstoy biography, has translated the novel, this will certainly change.In fact, the one translation I've read of Anna Karenina was the Pevear and Volokhonsky. I wasn't overwhelmed by their translation of the novel, but considering my opinion of their War and Peace, I think it's time I try something new.Bartlett's translation provides the perfect opportunity. Published by Oxford University Press,…
  • Reading W.B. Yeats's "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" as a Meditation on Life

    Lucy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today I'm sharing with you something that's a little different. I've just started a university module on Modern Irish Literature, and this week's focus is on W.B. Yeats. While I was tempted to write a little about "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" to help us to envisage relaxing settings, I decided to embrace the unpredictable and contemplate another poem that caught my eye.Let's give it a quick read:An Irish Airman Foresees His Death (1919)I know that I shall meet my fate,Somewhere among the clouds above;Those that I fight I do not hate,Those that I guard I do not love;My country is Kiltartan…
  • 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…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – SK Thomas

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   I enjoy writing about controversial topics. I’m always inspired to write. Sometimes when I have to take weeks off to clear my head and go back to edit, it’s always awkward not writing. I have to keep […]
  • Author Interview – Cynthia Pomranz

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   Have you ever seen one of those TV commercials for an Internet dating website with a man and woman who met online, and are now in wedded bliss? My husband and I could be that couple. I […]
  • Author Interview – Mika Jolie

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   I wanted to address a topic many women struggle with and not come across as preaching.     What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?   The Scale deals […]
  • Because of Jacqueline

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Because of Jacqueline is a steamy romance with an emotionally charged story of two people who are marked by their pasts and must overcome their fears to find love. Recently divorced Jackie Simms is trying to rebuild her life when she meets widower Marc Montgomery […]
  • The Scale

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Twenty-seven year old, African-American, Minka Greene has to endure watching her twin sister marry the man she loves. Her weight is up, and her confidence is down. Not exactly the ideal time to meet the real man of her dreams. The Scale opens in Martha’s […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Book Review: ‘The Language of Houses’

    info@lipulse.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us” by Alison Lurie, c.2014, Delphinium Books, $24.95, 311 pages. The building must be nearly done. Every day for months, you’ve seen it on your way to work. You’ve watched it go from a hole in the ground, to a steel skeleton, to a behemoth structure that you’re glad you’ll never have to enter. The whole place seems unwelcoming. But why?  Why get the heebie-jeebies over a building?  In the new book “The Language of Houses” by Alison Lurie, you’ll see how that place and your home both have a lot to say. Ask any…
  • Book Review: ‘A Cup of Water Under My Bed’

    info@lipulse.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    What’s inside? Good question – and once you learned that you can determine the answer by taking things apart, well, nothing was safe. The hidden parts, an object’s guts, were always more complicated and more interesting than what was on the outside. Isn’t life like that: what you don’t see is sometimes better than what you do?  Unraveling her story for examination in “A Cup of Water Under My Bed,” author Daisy Hernández, lets us find out.  Until she was in kindergarten, Daisy Hernández’s entire world sat in Union City , New Jersey . Her parents, her Cuban father…
  • 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…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Author Interview: Lisa N. Alexander author of Put It Out There!

    Beth
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Lisa N. Alexander, author of the book Put It Out There!, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I’m the owner of a creative agency called PrettyWork Creative and I firmly believe in collaboration as a means for women business owners to grow their businesses. Recent statistics state that nearly 70 percent of all women business owners in the United Stated earn annual revenues of $25K or less. I believe that women who want to make more, should be able to do so and collaboration is one way to reach that goal. What do you do when you're not writing?I’m…
  • Featured Book: Max Blizzard and the Gem of Camelot by Patrick Hatt

    Beth
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    About the book:Max Blizzard was like any other worker drone living in Earth's realm until the arrival of his eighth birthday. On that day his imagination awoke and Max started thinking for himself. He was an outcast the moment he let people know about his imagination. That moment also unknowingly set forth a chain of events years in the making. By having imagination, Max had given Sir Dreadvent exactly what he wanted, a way into Camelot's realm.Now Max and his friends, Trudesile and Lester, must complete the quest that Max's father, Merlin, set out for him years ago. They must find the Gem of…
  • Guest Post: Jeannine Wiest author of The Alchemy of Self Healing

    Beth
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jeannine Wiest, author of the book The Alchemy of Self Healing, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.About the book:We have more power to heal ourselves than we have been led to believe.Your body is "Instant Messaging" you all the time.These messages contain a unique cellular treasure waiting to be accessed. The discovery that your body (not your mind) is listening to you will transform your life. Your mind runs old programs, "defaults" to all that is familiar in your life, even when what's familiar is pain. The Alchemy of Self Healing will show you how to tap into your…
  • Featured Book: Tall Storeys by Harry Swiers

    Beth
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    About the book:Trapped between his amour Shirley Wrigley and the glamorous Laura Davies his latest admirer, millionaire Peter Sykes finds himself threatened with financial death by bankruptcy.2,500 acres of English land have lain derelict since 1944. Fred Evans wants to develop the site adjacent to Heathcity-upon-Sea. But Fred is in financial trouble. The bankers have heard a whisper that Fred, ever secretive, is in dire trouble caused by the local taxman; the narrow eyed, humourless, George A. Fronrome. Furthermore, the deviant Fronrome is licking his lips; Fronrome eager to gain promotion,…
  • Featured Book: Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury by Steven Fujita

    Beth
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    About the book:In June 2012, Steven Fujita went to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with meningitis. After four days of improvement, he was scheduled to be discharged when his condition worsened dramatically. His blood pressure, body temperature and sodium levels all became dangerously low. He started to lose consciousness. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit. He had suffered spinal cord damage at the T4 level. Upon regaining full consciousness, Fujita could not speak, eat, breathe independently, control bodily functions, nor move his legs. “Once we understand what we have to go…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: Moments

    Author
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    By: Neelam Singh Moments were moments You, the fulfillment of my desire My treasure exposed My freedom sold Moments were never like moments before Nothing felt No words said Restlessly […]
  • Story: The Way You Cover

    Author
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    By: Emily Eckart Greg had been watching Kayla for three months now, and he still wasn’t sure which of her details he liked best. She had her hair tied up […]
  • Poem: The End of Sex

    Author
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    By Reese Scott you sucked me off until there was only marrow as you grew bored and decided to stay using words gestures and language to hide your appearance into […]
  • Poem: Silence

    Author
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    By: Khuswand Naidu Nor to hear Nor to see Nor to talk bad If be to follow what Ghandi said we be to called monkeys of Gandhigiri What to do in […]
  • Poem: Lover’s Lexicon

    Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    By: Adreyo Sen Angel is the word that comes to me unbidden when you are sleeping. Banter lets me drown in the love in your eyes. Candor is the gift you’ve […]
 
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    WordTrance

  • Great Novels Set on Halloween

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Written with moonlit and ghost-filled imaginations, all of these novels are set either on or right around Halloween. These gold and ocher tinged stories are sure to be the best tricks and treats you get this year. The Halloween Tree (1972) Author: Ray Bradbury Author: Ray Bradbury / Art: Leo and Diane Dillon A group of boys search for their missing friend Pipkin, who has been taken on Halloween night by a mysterious force. Led by the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, the boys venture to different times and places that have inspired the…
  • 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 then, I have been receiving books to read for review by independent authors looking to make a break in writing. If you are on the lookout for books to buy for Christmas as a present, do consider these. Here are my top five: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts Apparently based on a true story where a mother killed her newborn child, Anne Stanbury faces life in an asylum…
  • 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 I could write the way he speaks. We all might know him as an actor and comedian, but not many of us (actually I think we all) knew that he had improvised many of the dialogues and conversations in the movies, Aladdin being one of them. What does this have to do with writing? For starters, he was adept in using words; his ad-libs were funny and most importantly memorable. I was willing…
  • 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 punch up the effectiveness of your writing. Keep in mind that these items are not inherently wrong by any means. It is just that we tend to overuse them in situations where there is a stronger, clearer, more effective option. Passive Voice I am sure you have heard to look out for the passive voice before, but it is still a good idea to keep an eye out for it. Usually, it weakens sentences. Active…
  • 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 is often the best method of delivering a story. But, utilizing poetic devices and techniques can enhance your story, make it more effective, and add a pleasurable element to your writing. The Sound The written word is visual and conveys meaning just by the reader looking at it. But, it is still incredibly connected to sound. For instance, don’t you, at least sometimes,…
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 75

    Peter J Story
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” —– Arthur Polotnik
  • Notable Quotes: 74

    Peter J Story
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.” —– Henry David Thoreau
  • Things Grak Hates: 32 days until release

    Peter J Story
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s an excerpt from chapter 8 of Things Grak Hates. Don’t forget to pre-order your Kindle copy or pre-order the hardcover here: Grak reels about, prepared for the worst. But the newcomers only appear confused. And none have weapons drawn. Plus, the strangers are outnumbered fourteen to eight. Quickly taking all of that into consideration, Grak opts ...
  • Notable Quotes: 73

    Peter J Story
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.” —– Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Notable Quotes: 72

    Peter J Story
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.” —– E.L. Doctorow
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It’s the end of the line.  WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. Will anyone survive? What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. The truth will be terrifying. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.  Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
  • Review: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and…
  • Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.Everything is going to change.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.Remember. Survive. Run.I had been interested in getting my hands on this book for quite a…
  • Spotlight Feature - Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Today we are going to do something a little different ... Little Miss Bookmark is hosting a spotlight feature of the book Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann! Now, I really enjoyed this book and I hope that after you read the excerpt, you'll go pick it up ... or click it and buy it on Amazon ... no matter how you do it, this is definitely a book to check out!!  Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom!Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers.  After Sasha, the child…
  • Review: Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A…
 
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    John Harbour

  • I’m in a New York State of Mind

    John Harbour
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Sometimes you forget the charms of where you live and need to be lovingly reminded. It’s a chilly, wet, Saturday morning. The rain started last night and looks to last through the day. I’ve ducked into one of those places that is a quintessential New York experience, as evidenced by the room full of tourists trying to collect a memory to take home. I’m fortunate in that I live two blocks from what one could arguably say is the best bagel in the city — Murray’s. You stand in line, it’s always long but fast moving, and gaze at the bins full of every bagel and bialy known to man.
  • 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…
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  • Schedule for Shadow of Mordor Let’s Play

    Emily
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    So I’ve spent some time playing Shadow of Mordor and I’m ready to start my Let’s Play. Technically, I started it on Tuesday, but I had some technical difficulties and I was still really rusty. Plus, I didn’t give nearly enough time to promoting it. I’m going to start over from the beginning. Here’s my schedule for live streaming, if… Read more The post Schedule for Shadow of Mordor Let’s Play appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • 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.
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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

  • Art, Love, and the Fullness of the Moon With Tom Stoppard

    Bernice Landry
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Meaningful art is like a mirror, or a system of mirrors, that reflect themes, experiences and ideas, back to the audience. But, of course, there is more than one type of mirror. Some mirrors clarify. Others distort. Some concentrate and distill. Others diffuse and radiate.When it comes to the great themes — love, death, sex, artistic creation — it is interesting to see how artists use their craft to manipulate these mirrors. If they are very good they orchestrate entirely unique combinations that create both intimacy and distance at the same time.I was lucky enough to check out a few…
  • 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…
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  • Too Much: Tales of Excess – What’s so Special About it?

    Matthew J. Hall
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    At the beginning of the year I stated here on SWB that I would be focusing on submitting short stories in the hopes of one or two getting published. Poetry is a much more natural process for me, but I have been chipping away at it and I am very proud to announce that a […] The post Too Much: Tales of Excess – What’s so Special About it? appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • 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.
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  • Second Discussion of Louise Erdrich’s “The Round House”

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every Friday we meet together to discuss the previous three chapters in Louise Ercrich’s “The Round House.” Last week’s discussion can be found here. We didn’t get any other comments on last week’s discussion which I expected. I’m still going to stick with the indigenous book club idea, but I’m rethinking how I want the discussions to go.I felt I shared too much in that first week, so I want to write less this week to not share too much from the book. I don’t want to take anything away from the book itself or one’s experience with the book. I may have come close to doing…
  • The Difference Between Literature About American Indians And Literature By American Indians

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a reminder that literature about American Indians is not the same as literature by American Indians.From the article “Off The Literary Reservation”:“I think most Native American literature is unreadable by the vast majority of Native Americans,” Sherman Alexie said in a 2001 interview with the Iowa Review. “If it’s not accessible to Indians, then how can it be Native American literature?”Literature about American Indians relies too heavily on stereotypes and presumption. Debbie Reese fights these very sins on her blog American Indians in Children’s…
  • Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post in Canada where she shared about the problems indigenous women have with abuse, rape, and murder along with her efforts to raise awareness and justice for the 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW).Since we’ve been reading “The Round House” and its focus on the issue of violence towards women, this section of the interview with Tagaq seems relevant:You didn’t specifically address the missing and murdered indigenous women after winning the Polaris Prize. I’ve heard that this was because you…
  • Saturday Notables: Iss. 1

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Literary, culture, creative, or other links that are interesting, but not relevant enough to warrant a post by themselves.Here’s a reminder to be nice on Twitter, or, at the very least, a reminder that harassing someone on Twitter never makes one look that great. Lets just not do it.Too Many Scholarships, Not Enough Native Students Applying:In talking to my friend Al Paulson recently, it turned out we have a common problem. We can’t give away scholarships. What a shame.There’s a two-day Indigenous Character Intensive workshop for anyone living in or near Melbourne, Australia, or for…
  • First Discussion Of Louise Erdrich's "The Round House"

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    WelcomeWelcome to our first discussion of this month’s reading of The Round House. We’re discussing the first three chapters of Louise Erdrich’s book, so there will be spoilers. Please join in the discussion if you’ve already read the whole book, but be mindful that there are some–like myself–who haven’t read through the whole thing yet. Be careful to discuss only the first three chapters.Also, there’s always time to start reading if you haven’t been reading along with us so far. Stop reading this post, pick up a copy of the book, and return later to share what you gleaned…
 
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    The Oddballer: Flash fiction suspense and horror by Oren Shafir

  • Regret (a 40-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    The moment I slept with her, I knew I wanted only you. The moment I decided not to fight for you, I knew I needed you. The moment I jumped off the bridge, I knew I still wanted to live.
  • True Self (a 200-word freaky flash fiction horror story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Joe had always been astute at hiding it, but imagine, he thought, if these people got a glimpse of his true nature. If they knew what drove him, what would they think then?He'd discovered his true self when  he was a young child. His mother had fallen asleep with her head resting on the sofa arm and her long bright orange hair flowing all the way to the floor. The matches were right there on the table.Every boy is fascinated by the intricate choreography, the shades and shadows, the danger of the flames. But how fortunate for Joe to have had a life-changing epiphany at so early an age.
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    Oren Shafir
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
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  • The Way Down (a 100-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    He remembers things he should have no recollection of.  Things he never saw. Things he didn't notice at the time. Things which, in reality, he always knew too well. All in vivid detail.His father's sense of desperation and torment just before he left them. His mother's anguish when he himself left home as a young man, and she asked him if he would stay in touch, and he said he would.  It's as if he's inside her now feeling her pain. She knows he is lying. Then, later, he feels the hurt his young son felt when he abandoned his own family.What's more, everything is made even more…
  • Daddy Isn't Dead (a 100-word freaky flash fiction short story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    Was it normal that Jonathon still talked to his Daddy? Janice wasn't sure of anything anymore. Ever since the accident, she felt as though she were floating. Even her little boy seemed visitant and distant. "Honey, does it make you feel better to talk to Daddy?" she asked."No.""Then, why do you do it, sweetheart?""It makes him feel better."He looked so serious.Janice wiped a tear away, tried to focus, but everything seemed to blur."Honey, I'm worried about you," she said."I'm worried about you too, Mommy,"She took a deep breath."Sweetheart, you know that Daddy died in that car accident…
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