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  • I didn’t want to become a mom — until I did

    Salon.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    For years, the idea of motherhood filled me with dread. Then I changed my mind -- but was it too late?
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    First Book Blog
    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…
  • A Dylan Thomas Centennial in New York

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    By WILLIAM GRIMES
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The 92nd Street Y is marking the centennial of Dylan Thomas’s birth with an exhibition and a revival of his 1953 radio play “Under Milk Wood” this weekend.
  • Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

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    NPR Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."» E-Mail This
  • There may be two kinds of female orgasm after all

    Salon.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A pair of French gynecologists believe they've cracked one of sex's most enduring riddles
 
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  • Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

    NPR Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."» E-Mail This
  • 'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

    Jason Sheehan
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.» E-Mail This
  • Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

    NPR Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.» E-Mail This
  • The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'

    NPR Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.» E-Mail This
  • 'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale

    Amal El-Mohtar
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Book Designer

  • 5 Marketing Mistakes That Beginning Fiction Writers Make

    Joel Friedlander
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Just about anyone can become a self-published author. Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will become a well-read author. A book needs to be paired with the right audience. Good marketing matters more than ever. These days, connecting the proper readers with your fiction is part of being a writer, as much as the craft of storytelling itself. The good news is there’s plenty of advice out there. The bad news? There’s plenty of bad advice masquerading as good advice. Sure, you’ll be able to figure out the difference, eventually. Most of those pitfalls…
  • 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…
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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

  • Pig, Delicious Pig: Pork Tacos for the Big Game

    Peter Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Cree LeFavour’s Pork: More than 50 Heavenly Meals that Celebrate the Glory of Pig, Delicious Pig completes a trilogy of irresistible animal protein-centric cookbooks (the prior two: Poulet and Fish). The gorgeously designed book’s back cover describes the content within to perfection: “This is pork in all its glorious variations, with recipes and sides inspired by pig-eating traditions all over the world, from luscious slow-cooked belly and shoulder to meatballs and spicy grilled ribs or chops.” Fellow Porkatarians: YESSSSSS. Try out these three flavorful, easy,…
  • The Jealous Curator on the Art of Collage

    Danielle Krysa
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The Jealous Curator, aka Danielle Krysa, knows a thing or two about collage. Today she celebrates her favorite medium and gives us a peek behind the scenes of her brand-new book. When Chronicle asked me to work on a book about collage, I said YES! I have written about so many collage artists on my blog, and when I make art of my own, collage is my medium of choice–clearly, this project was calling my name. I absolutely love anything to do with found images. There is something very exciting about taking an existing photograph and transforming it into a completely new piece of art. I…
  • Your New Book Contract

    Chris Baty
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Dear Writer, If you’re planning on bashing out a novel for National Novel Writing Month this November, you may be getting a little nervous. It could be an excited, “what delightful gems will I harvest from my imagination this time?” kind of nervous. Or maybe it’s more of an “I’m going to throw up on my shoes” nervousness. Me? I’m worried about my shoes. I don’t have a story idea, I’m traveling a lot in November, and work has gotten crazy. The good news: This describes every NaNoWriMo for me, and I’ve managed to win fifteen…
  • Chronicle Archives: It Came From Bob’s Basement

    Julia Patrick
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    As we prepare around the office for Chronicle’s annual Halloween bash, here’s a little inspiration from the archives on how to make your celebration extra-spooky next week! We’re going back to 2000 with It Came From Bob’s Basement: Exploring the Science Fiction and Monster Movie Archive of Bob Burns, by Bob Burns himself. Bob Burns is a well-regarded figure in the sci-fi and fantasy film industry (and an archivist after my own heart) for his extensive collection of classic props, costumes, set-pieces and more that were rescued from film sets over the years. These…
  • Ms. Meghan Makes: Let’s Play Telephone!

    Lara Starr
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Welcome to Ms. Meghan Makes! Meghan Premo-Hopkins is an English teacher, mom of three, and super fan of Chronicle children’s books. She shares her inspired ideas for book-related activities every other month (or so) on the Chronicle Blog. Remember the game “Telephone?”  I remember playing at elementary school recess, giggling at the way the words twisted and turned from their original message. But I have never laughed as hard at a game of “Telephone” as I did reading Mac Barnett and Jen Corace’s delightful children’s book, Telephone. If you haven’t read it yet, let me get…
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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

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • 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…
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    The Millions

  • What’s “Appropriate”

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    We’ve been following the YA debate quite attentively – I wrote about it just last week – but Sarah Burnes‘s addition to the conversation, a blog post for The Paris Review, is one of the most eloquent I’ve read. In defense of reading YA fiction as a “grown-up” she writes, “The binary between children’s and adult fiction is a false one, based on a limited conception of the self. I have not ceased to be the person I was when I was an adolescent; in fact, to think so seems to me like a kind of dissociation from a crucial aspect of one’s self.
  • Lowbrow

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    “I have a theory: the thing that makes you a unique writer hasn’t got so much to do with your influences as it does with how you became a writer in the first place. I think your preferences—your obsessions—come just as much from the first sorts of things you consumed and were passionate about. Whether that’s pop music, comics, “lowbrow” fiction, soap operas, or anything else, the thing that matters most is what started you writing stories.” Amber Sparks writes about “lowbrow” influences and the many paths to becoming a storyteller in an essay for Electric…
  • If Shakespeare Was a Programmer

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    “While it’s easy to dismiss coding as rote exercise—a matter of following rules—it’s worth remembering that natural language is subject to rules of its own: grammar, syntax, spelling. The best writers test these rules, bend them, or break them outright, and in doing so they keep the language alive…. With that in mind, I wanted to apply the quirks and transgressions of the great authors to JavaScript, to see where that pushed the language.” Angus Croll imagines Shakespeare as a programmer in a piece for Quartz and in his book, If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript.
  • Special Snowflakes

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “There are people who believe that readers and writersat least the right kind of readers and writersare special snowflakes, existing on a more exalted plane than mere mortals. Book people are educated. They are privileged. They are brave enough to speak out when the emperor shows up naked. They sup on nectar from flowers grown on the sunny slopes of Mount Olympus, harvested by chiton-wearing MFA candidates.” Jennifer Weiner responds to bad Amazon reviews, book blogs, and elitist ” book people” in an essay for The New Republic. We especially enjoy the line about the…
  • Interview with John Darnielle

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Recommended viewing: John Darnielle talks about his debut novel, Wolf in White Van, in a video for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Thinner: Review

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Author: Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)Age range: 18 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, high language, moderate violenceGenre: FictionPublisher: Penguin Group (USA)Pages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Billy Halleck is fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, on his way to heart attack territory. But he has a caring family, an expensive home, and a successful career as a lawyer. He is both a beneficiary and a victim of the American Good Life. Then, in a…
  • Looking for Alaska: Revisited Review

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Author: John GreenAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, moderate language, mild violenceGenre: Teen FictionPublisher: Penguin Young Reader's GroupPages: 368Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Miles "Pudge" Halter is obsessed with last words and exhausted with his boring life at home. He leaves for Culver Creek boarding school in search for what dying poet Francois Rabelais called "The Great Perhaps." Much awaits Pudge at Culver Creek, including the lively and lovely Alaska Young, who pulls Pudge into her…
  • 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…
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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

  • The Wire Cast Reunion at the Paley Center.

    PersonaNonData
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    One of the benefits of traveliing as much as I have in the past 18mths is I get to catch up on a lot of TV. This show is one of the best ever and close watchers will know that the scripts benefited from the likes of George Pellecanos, Denis Lehane and Richard Price. (Cameo's for all I think).
  • 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…
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    PersonaNonData
    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…
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  • Kansas City Royals v San Francisco Giants: 2014 World Series - live!

    David Lengel
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Royals have 2-1 World Series lead over the GiantsGame 4: Giants Madison Bumgarner v Royals Jason VargasJoin the fun, tweet: @lengeldavidemail: david.lengel.freelance@theguardian.com 10.55pm ET @LengelDavid .. but then Arias gets on base. Who knows.. What I do know is I'd rather Petit pitch more innings than Timmy LNo, that was OK. I have no problem with it...especially now. 10.54pm ET Royals 4-4 Giants, bottom 6thThe 21-year-old college boy Brandon Finnegan is in for KC, and he immediately serves up a base hit to right to Joaquin Arias, who pinch hit for the Petit. 10.48pm ET Royals 4-4…
  • Seattle Sounders 2-0 LA Galaxy as it happened

    Graham Parker
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Late Marco Pappa brace wins Shield for SeattleSounders earn home advantage throughout playoffsFirst ever Supporters Shield for Seattle 5.03pm ET Final thoughtsIt wasnt a great game, but in the end it was Sigi Schmid who made the decisive move in bringing on Marco Pappa, to give Seattle the win, the Shield and, youd imagine, the psychological advantage for the playoffs. 4.55pm ET SEATTLE SOUNDERS WIN THE 2014 SUPPORTERS SHIELD!Final thoughts in a minute... 4.54pm ET So cheeky!. Penedo tries to bring the ball out and is robbed by Pappa, who has Martins free on his right. He doesnt need him…
  • The X Factor 2014: week three as it happened

    Stuart Heritage
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It was movie madness week, and Stuart Heritage was there for all three incredibly long acts. 10.00pm BST And, while Dermot locks into his three solid minutes of tedious number-reading, Im out of here. Thanks for coming along and joining in. Three things that you shouldnt forget:1. You should come back here tomorrow night at 8pm for the X Factor results show liveblog, because the guests will be Ed Sheeran and OneRepublic and theyre apparently quite popular. ALSO: lets all hope that I remember to put the clocks back tonight, otherwise theres a pretty good chance Ill accidentally end up…
  • Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode 10 In the Forest of the Night

    Dan Martin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Frank Cottrell Boyces episode had one of the greatest setups Doctor Who has ever known, riffing on the classic childrens story phrase, And they ventured into the forest SPOILER ALERT: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching the new series of Doctor Who. Dont read ahead if you havent seen episode 10 In the Forest of the Night Read Dan Martins episode nine episode blog hereIf you read almost any story a kid writes in primary school, it will say, And they ventured into the forest The forest is danger, isnt it? But Id never seen it in a dystopia, really. When youve had…
  • Sunday Express agrees to pay damages to Mike Tindall

    Roy Greenslade
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Express Newspapers has "apologised unreservedly" and paid damages to Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips.Tindall sued because the Sunday Express falsely reported rumours in February 2013 about his marriage to Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne. Continue reading...
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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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    Omnivoracious

  • Top Chef Returns for Season 12

    Amy Huff
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bravo’s immensely popular reality show, Top Chef, kicked off season 12 in Boston, and while I’m still riding the excitement from Top Chef Duels (no spoilers!), I love the new season which includes Richard Blais, a previous alum and Top Chef All-Stars winner, stepping in as a judge.   Top Chef has spawned many a cookbook from the contestants and judges over the years, fostering my belief that I too can cook a 4-course meal for my family even if I don’t own a sous vide immersion circulator or have a canister of liquid nitrogen in the pantry. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the key…
  • Four Great Novels That Can Be Called Post-Multicultural (Or Not)

    Sara Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Jeff Chang has spent the better part of his adult life analyzing and chronicling the role of race in America. The result is Who We Be, a compendium of essays, photos, lyrics, and other snippets that define, well, Who We Be. Here’s how he puts his thoughts in the book (below). And here is Chang’s list, exclusively for Amazon customers, on further reading on related topics. When the legendary curator Thelma Golden wanted to name the generation of Black contemporary artists who came of age around the turn of the millennium, she jokingly called them "Post-Black," as in post-civil…
  • The Only Way Out of the Apocalypse Is Through

    Jon Foro
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Published earlier this year, Claire Cameron's novel, The Bear, opens on a very dark night: On a family camping trip, a savage attack from a 300-pound black bear orphans five-year-old Anna and her younger brother, sending them on a terrifying flight for survival through the Canadian wilderness, ending their world as they know it. It's a thoughtful take on change and fear, and the strength we find within ourselves to propel us through. Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven--recently announced as a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction--deals with the end of the…
  • The Best Books of October, Part Two: A Smorgasbord of Books

    Chris Schluep
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Last week I wrote about the Editors' first five picks in October’s Best Books of the Month and promised to write about the rest of the picks this week. We run the gamut here--from debt, the military, and a novel about a cuckolded lawyer to vampires, elephants, and a best-selling collection of essays by a young and talented famous person. Here they are: Pick #6: "If I were to tell you that this fascinating book chronicles the life of a war hero," writes Sara Nelson in her review of The Invisible Front, "you’d likely expect to be reading about a Patton-like figure…
  • Zeppelin Porn — "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page"

    Neal Thompson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    About ten years ago, my wife stumbled across the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same, which awakened the 14-year-old fanboy inside her. My own 14-year-old musical tastes were mellower (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, and the like). I now listen widely, voraciously, all genres and styles. But my wife? She was, and remains, an old-school one-band woman. Most of the CDs in her car are Zeppelin, and whenever all-female cover band Zepparella comes to town, we're there. Over the years, I’ve nurtured this fixation, and her crush on Jimmy Page. I bought her the Jimmy Page…
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Amanda G. Stevens | Unexpectedly Speculative

    Pasha Carlisle
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Story has been my deepest love since before I could read. And I was serious about it. I watched Mary Poppins at five years old and thought the idea of a carousel horse joining a real horse on a racetrack was insulting. I expressed similar disdain when books violated reality. A mouse born to human […]
  • Victoria James | The Top-Ten Hero Must-Haves!

    Pasha Carlisle
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hi! I’m so happy to be back here, blogging at Fresh Fiction! This is release week for my book, THE DOCTOR’S FAKE FIANCEE. I probably had the most fun with the hero in this book, Evan. He was also the most different of all my heroes. He’s a guy who’s always had to excel, skipped […]
  • Elizabeth Byler Younts | Voices from My Amish Past

    Pasha Carlisle
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I look back at my earliest memories I remember the flicker of oil lamps casting shadows on the wall of our home, our buggy, and wearing plain clothes. I remember when my dad drove our first car into the driveway—a green Nova with lime colored carpet on the dash—we were leaving the Amish. And […]
  • Kate Canterbary | You Know You’re Sleeping with an Architect When…

    Pasha Carlisle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Architects are special creatures. They are cut from a cloth that’s all their own, and lumping them in with businessmen, doctors, or lawyers is to miss the nuances that make architects so fascinating. In all things, they balance art and science, instinct and creativity. They tend to be highly articulate and attend to fine details, […]
  • Gemma Brocato | What I’ve Learned From Where I’ve Lived

    Pasha Carlisle
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Have you ever lived somewhere that seriously influenced your life? A place that gave you a different perspective on the world as you know it? What I’ve found is that each place I’ve lived has somehow changed my world view. I grew up in Iowa. We didn’t live in the largest city in the state, […]
 
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  • YABC Mailbox - October 2014 Book Haul

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
      Hey guys! Check out the awesome loot we found in our mailbox this month:   We are especially excited about these YA titles!!             Can't forget the middle grade haul!                  And how about these picture books?             See anything you're dying to read? Let us know in the comments! And don't forget to mark them down on your To-Read lists!        Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Avalon Rising by Kathryn Rose + Giveaway (US Only)

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Hello, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for AVALON RISING by Kathryn Rose, releasing May 8, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kathryn:   Hi guys!   I'm excited to be back to share the cover of the second book in the METAL & LACE series with you! AVALON RISING continues several months after CAMELOT BURNING, and it's a much darker, more wintery story with wraiths and old forgotten kings and prophesies and snow-covered land. The amazing team at Flux brought it to life with such beautiful detailing and the feel of danger…
  • 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…
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    The Horn Book

  • Week in Review, October 20th-24th

    Katie Bircher
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    This week on hbook.com… From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: Folklore (and Fakelore)” Reviews of the Week Picture Book: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Fiction: Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan Nonfiction: Strike!: The Farm Workers’ 
Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner App: MarcoPolo Weather Read Roger: “It’s not on any chart / You must find it with your heart“: Roger chats with four “Masters of Fantasy” this Saturday “I don’t THINK anyone is trying to hunt me down“:…
  • From the Guide: Folklore (and Fakelore)

    Katrina Hedeen
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In her article “Folklore vs. Fakelore, the Epic Battle,” Jane Yolen rejects the derision of “fake folklore,” tracing the tangled and not-so-folky histories of many tales we think of as folklore. Whether they’re straight abridgments, tamed retellings, or silly twists on well-known tales, the following books, all recommended in the spring and fall 2014 issues of The Horn Book Guide, carry on time-tested folklore traditions. —Katrina Hedeen Assistant Editor, The Horn Book Guide Andersen, Hans Christian  The Snow Queen 32 pp.     HarperCollins/Harper     2013     ISBN…
  • MarcoPolo Weather app review

    Katie Bircher
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Three little anthropomorphic creatures — bunny Willow, bear Scout, and “hippo” (although he looks more like a goofy monster) Gorbie — teach kids about weather in free-play app MarcoPolo Weather (MarcoPolo, September 2014). Icons at the top of the screen allow you to control weather, temperature, and day/night for the meadow where the critters play. By adjusting these factors, you create a wide range of conditions to which the animals and their environment respond. A toolbar of the three characters plus their clothing, accoutrement, and food appears at the bottom of the screen.
  • Getting to know you

    Lolly Robinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the perks of my job here at the Horn Book — and I suspect for any of you working in publishing — is meeting and sometimes really getting to know some of my favorite illustrators and authors. Often, committee members attend dinners and other events featuring some of what may be their favorite authors and illustrators. So, what does this do to our critical abilities when we need to evaluate books created by these same people? Salley Mavor visited the Horn Book office and joined us for lunch in 2011 when she delivered the art for her January 2012 cover. One experienced and respected…
  • Mini-trend: Grrrl power grrraphic novels

    Elissa Gershowitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    We’ve noticed a welcome trend lately: excellent graphic novel memoirs (or fiction that feels an awful lot like) written by women about their adolescence. Here are a few to enjoy. (Thanks, Marjane Satrapi, for breaking ground with Persepolis, and to the Tamaki cousins for Skim and This One Summer! Also Katie’s girl-crush Lucy Knisley, who has a new book out — An Age of License — described by the publisher as “an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.” The November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine includes three graphic novel memoirs by women. At the age of…
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Sylvia Plath's Unabridged Journals & Enduring Influence

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    A fit of despair over her troubled marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes led Sylvia Plath to commit suicide in 1963. In the years that followed, Plath's work would achieve acclaim and accolades, assuring her a place in the pantheon of American poets. Plath's sharp, spare verses are the result of many drafts and revisions. Her journals, on the other hand, were an opportunity for Plath to write freely and unencumbered by critical eyes. In the summer of 1950, just before matriculating at Smith College, Plath began recording the events of her life in almost obsessive detail, and would…
  • Audubon in England: An Interview with Christine Jackson

    Nate Pedersen
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Today on the blog we feature an interview with author Christine Jackson about her new book John James LaForest Audubon: An English Perspective. Of the book, Jackson said, "It records the background - places, people, politics - against which Audubon's book The Birds of America was printed and sold in England in the 1830s... This book throws an interesting perspective on some of the most influential Englishmen of the 1830s and Audubon's relationship with them." Jackson is a former librarian and a fellow of the Linnean Society of London who has written a variety of books and articles…
  • Thoreau Institute Obtains Major Collection of Rare Books & Manuscripts

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, a research facility that holds the most comprehensive collection of Henry David Thoreau-related material in one place, has acquired what its curator of collections Jeffrey S. Cramer calls "a dream collection, the last truly great Thoreau collection in private hands." The collection was amassed over 45 years by bookseller Kevin Mac Donnell of Mac Donnell Rare Books in Austin, Texas. The highlights are thrilling: A Walden first edition--"the cleanest copy in existence," says Cramer--plus Thoreau's Aunt Maria's annotated copy of A Week on the Concord and…
  • Bright Young Collectors: Robert Thake

    Nate Pedersen
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Today marks the start of a new occasional series on the FB&C blog called Bright Young Collectors, where we will profile the next generation of book collectors.  The series accompanies our Bright Young Booksellers and Bright Young Librarians series, which remain ongoing. We begin today with Robert Thake in Mosta, Malta:Where do you live?Mosta, Malta.What did you study at University?During my years at university I first read for a bachelor of laws degree and subsequently read for a doctor of laws degree, both at the University of Malta.Please introduce us to your book collection.
  • Jane Austen, Cover to Cover

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    To be an Austen completist would be quite a diabolical endeavor! I spent the weekend paging through a new book called Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Covers (Quirk Books, $24.95), a well designed book about book jacket design. From the first edition of Sense and Sensibility in 1811, in what appears to be bland, half-bound calf, to the 2009 Penguin PBS/BBC tie-in edition of Emma with actress Romola Garai gracing the cover, this book presents full-color illustrations of Austen cover art. The point is to see how Austen--both her work and her personal image--gets interpreted and…
 
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Movie Review: The Book of Life

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    by SB Sarah Grade: B+ Title: The Book of Life Author: Gutierrez Publication Info: 2014 ISBN: Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Romance Carrie and I both saw The Book of Life his past weekend, and we both had a LOT to say about it, so behold: joint review. Joint Long Ass Review, in fact. Short version: the story is not as strong as the visuals, but this is a wonderfully warm and visually stunning movie and we both recommend it. Sarah: I started this review while basking in the afterglow of having seen it - it’s so beautiful, and so warming - and then went back and added the parts that…
  • Book Review:  First Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    by CarrieS Grade: B- Title: First Daughter Author: Quinn Publication Info: Susan Kaye Quinn 2014 ISBN: B00NGWRJS0 Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy I liked the first book in Susan Kaye Quinn’s Dharian Affairs trilogy so much that I immediately binge read the next two books.  The first book is Third Daughter, and as you may guess the next two are, in this order, Second Daughter and First Daughter.  I felt that the series got away from the author a bit – there was an awful lot going on and no particular element got the attention it deserved.  But overall this series was…
  • 112. An Interview with Amanda from Smart Bitches

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    by SB Sarah Sarah sits down with Amanda, who reviews at Smart Bitches and was the very capable intern for both SBTB and for the DABWAHA. We talk about what books she brought with her to grad school in Boston, and the likely plot of her newly made-up New Adult Romantic Suspense: Robbed for Her Nutella. We also discuss Amanda learned about the New Adult from a recent webinar about the genre with several HarperCollins New Adult authors. We discuss sex in YA literature, interpretations of New Adult, and New Adult novels that predate NA. If your'e curious about the webinar, you can still…
  • Friday Videos Like Mario Cat and Norway

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    by SB Sarah Two videos this week, one that's pretty and one that made me laugh.  First: Mario Cat! What does Mario's cat do when he's away? Have a look.  Link!   And second, here is some time lapse of Norway because it's kind of unreal how beautiful it is:  Link!   I hope your weekend is beautiful with just the right amount of leveling up and laughing.  Categories: Friday Videos, General Bitching
  • Books on Sale: All Sorts of Fantasy & Paranormal

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Amanda The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is $2.99! If this name seems familiar, it's because The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was in the 2014 DABWAHA Tournment. This is a young adult paranormal romance, and readers loved the dash of horror and gore in the story. Regarding the plot, a few reviewers have commented that some of the action doesn't quite make sense in the grand scheme of things. It has a 3.8-star rating on GR. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and…
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    London Review of Books

  • 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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    McSweeney’s

  • No One Can Tell Me What to Do—Except for People With the Proper Authority to Do So by Zack Bornstein

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Haters are always up in my grill, telling me “Shep this,” “Shep that.” You think I need you fools telling me how to live my life? You think I made it 26 badass years by listening to dumberonis like you? Well, guess again: No one tells me what the hell to do! Because I already know what my available actions are within any given context after having been normalized through two and a half decades of regimented socialization, stupid!You think I don’t know that yelling out loud in public is only appropriate at sporting events, raucous music venues, and in the immediate aftermath of a…
  • @thereal_saintfrancis_: Canticle of the Cool by Nick Farrell and Rachel Farrell

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Open Letters: An Open Letter to People Who Sell Sofas On Craigslist by Angie Pelekidis

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Craigslist Sellers of Sofas,Please learn to rotate your photos so they’re right side up. I shouldn’t have to visit the chiropractor after looking at your delightful purple sofa.I would also appreciate it if you could stand back a few feet when you photograph your couch so that I can see more than a part of one arm or a one-foot-wide section of the back. You’re not Annie Leibovitz, I presume (because why would she be in Binghamton trying to sell a sofa?), so a single photo that consists of an artistic close-up of your late grandmother’s “vintage Victorian” couch doesn’t do…
  • Trader Joe’s Waiting in Line App by Kristy Eldredge

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Where are you in the line? Near the tostadas and beer shelf (not too bad) By the flowers (it’ll be hours) I’m not sure where they’ve wedged us but we’ve gone around twiceWhat are you buying today? Peanut Biscotti Pumpkin Brittle Pumpkin Cranberry CrispsOther customers who bought those items also bought: Pumpkin Joe Joes Pumpkin Scone Cookies Pumpkin Body ButterAre you a basket or cart Trader Joe’s shopper? Basket CartHow heavy is your basket, if you’re a basket person? Not that heavy Very heavyWhich side of the line are you waiting in? Right LeftHow is that line moving? Fairly…
  • List: Vanity Plates the Unidentified Subject of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” Should Consider Getting For His Next Car by Gary M. Almeter

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • 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

  • Tracey Rolfe: My Self-Publishing Journey

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    A guest post by Tracey Rolfe When I wrote my first book what I knew and understood about the publishing world you could write on the back of a postage stamp. The following is a not very subtle breakdown of my frustrating experience:  (1) print and collate three chapters of[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Tracey Rolfe: My Self-Publishing Journey appeared first on 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.
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Inspiration Board: Autumn Books

    Anne
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Fall Themed Books at BHPL
  • 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…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • The marketing tool every publisher undervalues

    Joe Wikert
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Why are publishers so scared of free and sample content? Sure, most publishers offer at least one way to test drive their content but they could be doing so much more. I think free/sample content is the single most under-utilized... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • 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…
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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

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • 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…
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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

  • The Best to Come

    Monica Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    James Crossley is a bookseller at Island Books. He writes regularly for the store’s Message in a Bottle blog and for the website of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. By now you may be asking which BTBA-eligible books I’m most looking forward to reading. Probably not, but let’s pretend. Without further ado: Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt (translated from Danish by Denise Newman) is a short story collection that’s the first of this author’s work to reach English, and it’s touted as “audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly…
  • The Best Translated Books So Far

    Monica Carter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    James Crossley is a bookseller at Island Books. He writes regularly for the store’s Message in a Bottle blog and for the website of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Having talked about books that I think other people will probably like, it seems like I should talk at least a bit about the ones I do. Bohumil Hrabal’s Harlequin’s Millions (translated by Stacey Knecht) has already been highly praised here on the blog by Jeremy Garber (and elsewhere by that inestimable dean of BTBA judges, George Carroll) and I’m calling the shotgun seat on their…
  • Translator-Publisher Speed Dating at ALTA

    Chad W. Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    I have lots of jokes to make about my one experience with actual “speed dating,” like about the female minister who was there because she wanted to “sleep outside of her tribe” and the car salesman who was there for his fifth consecutive time . . . It was all sorts of amusing, but, to be honest, all I wanted to do was date a translator. (They’re all so short and verbal!) And I’m sure that all you translators out there dream of dating a publisher. (They’re all so short and angry!) Well, in that case, you need to come to this year’s American…
  • A Corner of the World: Interview with Author Mylene Fernández Pintado [Part II]

    Kaija Straumanis
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yesterday we ran Part I of an interview between author Mylene Fernández Pintado and translator Dick Cluster. Part I left off with Mylene going over a little background information on their work together on A Corner of the World to be. This here is Part II of that interview. Mylene Fernández Pintado has been writing and publishing in Cuba, winning prizes and readers, since 1994. Her latest novel, La esquina del mundo, has just been published by City Lights as A Corner of the World, translated by Dick Cluster. Cluster’s other new Cuban translation is Pedro de Jesús’s Vital Signs,…
  • Latest Review: "Miruna, a Tale" by Bogdan Suceavă

    Kaija Straumanis
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a by Alta Ifland on Miruna, a Tale by Bogdan Suceavă, translated by Alistair Ian Blyth and out from Twisted Spoon Press. Fun fact! Bogdan and Chad were at MSU during the same time, where they became friends. Here’s the beginning of Alta’s review: Miruna is a novella written in the voice of an adult who remembers the summer he (then, seven) and his sister, Miruna (then, six) spent in the Evil Vale with their grandfather (sometimes referred to as “Grandfather,” other times as “Niculae Berca”). The Evil Vale is located in the…
 
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    HBR.org

  • The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

    Joey Fitts
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have had a front row seat as companies have struggled to enter the emerging world of the Internet of Things — first, 10 years ago as a vice president at Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that was a pioneer in commercializing IoT devices, and then as a consultant. One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve. Here are some of the challenges that I’ve observed: Product management. Successful IoT plays require more than simply adding connectivity to a product and charging for service…
  • My Dentist 3D Printed My Crown

    Saul Kaplan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a tech junkie and geek wannabe I’ve been paying attention to 3D printing and the exploding maker movement. When I say paying attention, I mean reading about it, watching hackers and hobbyists make stuff, and wondering if there is more to the technology than the brightly colored plastic tchotchkes cluttering my desk. 3D printing really hasn’t affected me yet. That is until I recently chipped a tooth and had no choice but to visit my family dentist. It was the dentist’s chair that more than any article or demo converted me to the potential of 3D printing. Sometimes disruption has to…
  • Stop Calling People Out

    Jeff Giesea
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pretend that you occasionally lose your temper in meetings, and my aim is to get you to change. The next time I see you lose your cool, I say one of two things: Hey, timeout. You just did it again — you lost your temper with Mario. This is the third time I’ve seen you do this in the last two days. C’mon, this behavior HAS to stop. or: Hey, can we chat for a sec? I noticed you just lost your temper with Mario. Did you notice that too? You are so good at running these meetings, I can only imagine how much more effective you’re going to be as you move past this behavior. What can I do to…
  • Engaging in a Vice Can Stimulate Creativity if It’s Framed as a Duty

    The Daily Stat
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In contrast to the belief that autonomy energizes us and heightens our well-being, researchers in Hong Kong found that people experience increased vitality and show greater creativity after being directed to do something — specifically, engage in a (very mild) vice. Participants who were assigned to buy a celebrity photo album (that’s the vice), as opposed to a computer-programming tutoring book, and then asked to write an ad for a bike were judged to show better creative performance than those who had been given free choice or assigned to buy the computer book (6.42 versus 5.54 and…
  • What It Will Take to Change the Culture of Wall Street

    Steven G. Mandis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    William C. Dudley, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a speech Monday in which he used the word “culture” 45 times. Here’s how he defined it: Culture relates to the implicit norms that guide behavior in the absence of regulations or compliance rules—and sometimes despite those explicit restraints. … Culture reflects the prevailing attitudes and behaviors within a firm.  It is how people react not only to black and white, but to all of the shades of grey. Like a gentle breeze, culture may be hard to see, but you can feel it. Culture relates to what…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #303: Catching up on your questions

    Ann Kingman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we catch up on questions from our inbox. Have a question for us? Use our Google Form to ask. But first… Audiobook of the week (10:25)   The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson, narrated by the four different readers,  is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android…
  • 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!
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    Omnivoracious

  • Top Chef Returns for Season 12

    Amy Huff
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bravo’s immensely popular reality show, Top Chef, kicked off season 12 in Boston, and while I’m still riding the excitement from Top Chef Duels (no spoilers!), I love the new season which includes Richard Blais, a previous alum and Top Chef All-Stars winner, stepping in as a judge.   Top Chef has spawned many a cookbook from the contestants and judges over the years, fostering my belief that I too can cook a 4-course meal for my family even if I don’t own a sous vide immersion circulator or have a canister of liquid nitrogen in the pantry. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the key…
  • Four Great Novels That Can Be Called Post-Multicultural (Or Not)

    Sara Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Jeff Chang has spent the better part of his adult life analyzing and chronicling the role of race in America. The result is Who We Be, a compendium of essays, photos, lyrics, and other snippets that define, well, Who We Be. Here’s how he puts his thoughts in the book (below). And here is Chang’s list, exclusively for Amazon customers, on further reading on related topics. When the legendary curator Thelma Golden wanted to name the generation of Black contemporary artists who came of age around the turn of the millennium, she jokingly called them "Post-Black," as in post-civil…
  • The Only Way Out of the Apocalypse Is Through

    Jon Foro
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Published earlier this year, Claire Cameron's novel, The Bear, opens on a very dark night: On a family camping trip, a savage attack from a 300-pound black bear orphans five-year-old Anna and her younger brother, sending them on a terrifying flight for survival through the Canadian wilderness, ending their world as they know it. It's a thoughtful take on change and fear, and the strength we find within ourselves to propel us through. Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven--recently announced as a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction--deals with the end of the…
  • The Best Books of October, Part Two: A Smorgasbord of Books

    Chris Schluep
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Last week I wrote about the Editors' first five picks in October’s Best Books of the Month and promised to write about the rest of the picks this week. We run the gamut here--from debt, the military, and a novel about a cuckolded lawyer to vampires, elephants, and a best-selling collection of essays by a young and talented famous person. Here they are: Pick #6: "If I were to tell you that this fascinating book chronicles the life of a war hero," writes Sara Nelson in her review of The Invisible Front, "you’d likely expect to be reading about a Patton-like figure…
  • Zeppelin Porn — "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page"

    Neal Thompson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    About ten years ago, my wife stumbled across the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same, which awakened the 14-year-old fanboy inside her. My own 14-year-old musical tastes were mellower (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, and the like). I now listen widely, voraciously, all genres and styles. But my wife? She was, and remains, an old-school one-band woman. Most of the CDs in her car are Zeppelin, and whenever all-female cover band Zepparella comes to town, we're there. Over the years, I’ve nurtured this fixation, and her crush on Jimmy Page. I bought her the Jimmy Page…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • Barnes & Noble Will Not Shut Down Its Only Branch in The Bronx

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza will not close. This branch, opened in 1999, is the first and only bookstore within the Bronx in New York City. The Observer reports that executives at Barnes & Noble and Prestige Properties & Development (the landlord for this store) signed a two-year lease extension agreement which dictates that the price of rent will not be raised. According to David Deason, the vice president of real estate, the initial decision to shut down operations at this store was made because of concerns about a rent increase. Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough…
  • ‘Riverdale’ TV Drama to Feature Characters From The Archie Comics Universe

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Fox is developing an Archie Comics TV drama called Riverdale. It will feature several characters from the Archie universe including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller, and Josie & The Pussycats. Warner Brothers Studios and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions will partner together to produce this project. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will work on the writing. He gave this statement in the press release: “This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for…
  • Anna Todd’s ‘After’ And ‘Harry Styles’ Come to Print And Film

    Deborah Jensen
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Anna Todd, the first-time author whose online fan fiction series After became a Wattpad sensation, has had a big month. Publishing one chapter at a time, Todd racked up 1 billion reads online and gained avid fans worldwide. Last week, Paramount Pictures announced it had acquired screen rights, and this week, After was pubbed newly revised and expanded in a paperback from Gallery Books, part of a six-figure, multi-book deal with further print releases set for this November 18, December 30, and February 10, 2015. Talking with Alexandra Alter, Todd told the New York Times that she began as a…
  • Constantin Film & Dark Horse Entertainment to Partner On the ‘Polar’ Movie

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are teaming up to create a movie adaptation of Polar: Came From The Cold. Victor Santos’ graphic novel was published in November 2013. According to the press release, “the adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen.” Jayson Rothwell will write the screenplay. The movie studio is currently looking to hire a director to helm this project. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in…
  • Cover Unveiled For ‘Trigger Warning’ By Neil Gaiman

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The cover for Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? This anthology contains previously published short stories, a Doctor Who story that was written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the science-fiction TV series, and a tale that revisits the universe of American Gods called “Black Dog.” William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on February 03, 2015. (via USA Today) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
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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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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • FORENSICS 182: SPOOKY SCIENCE

    Robert Jones
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. The essay is In keeping with a tradition of offering a spooky piece in honor of the October month of Halloween. Al fostered…
  • Thomas Sullivan: GHOSTED POSTS HOSTED COAST-TO-COAST

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Your questions are both tricks and treats to me any time of year – “treat” because I’m so glad to get them and “trick” because some are daunting to answer. In any case, I’m giving it my best Halloween shot here. But please don’t feel overlooked if you sent something I didn’t use. In fact, what gets used may date back months or longer, so you never know. I select questions by “3 R’s”: Relevance, Repeaters, Relationships (always try to get at least one relationship question in because you send more of those than anything else). Take it away, Q&A… Q [asked by a…
  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

    Alma Alexander
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It’s a little like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the kind of dirty little secret that everyone who knows you already knows about you. It’s so obvious, you with your little notebook always in your pocket, the way you forget appointments (or sometimes entire days) because your head is in a whole different space, the way your eyes sometimes light up in the middle of an unrelated conversation and whoever you’re talking to sighs and stops talking because they know you’re no longer listening. You’re a writer. You have friends warning people you’ve just met not to say anything interesting…
  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

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

    Robert Jones
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. It was a wet, dreary day in the early 1930s. Albin Francis Karpowicz was sitting in an automobile with its engine idling. He…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Keeping the skill

    Paulo Coelho
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    In Japan, I was invited to Guncan-Gima, where there is a Zen-Buddhist temple. When I arrived, I was surprised: a fine structure was situated in the middle of a great forest, but had a vast waste land beside it. I asked the reason for this, and the person in charge explained: – It is the […]
  • 10 SEC READING: Frogs being boiled

    Paulo Coelho
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Several biological studies have shown that a frog placed in a container along with water from his pond, he will remain alive while you heat the water. The toad does not react to the gradual increase of temperature (change of environment) and only dies when the water boils, swollen and happy. On the other hand, […]
  • A few words about “Adultery”

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    When I decided to write Adultery, some publishers were very preoccupied with the theme and title. I spent a long time trying to convince them that this was the book I want and need to write (the same situation happened before, with “11 Minutes”). I took my risks and moved ahead, knowing that they could […]
  • 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
 
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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 “Appropriate”

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    We’ve been following the YA debate quite attentively – I wrote about it just last week – but Sarah Burnes‘s addition to the conversation, a blog post for The Paris Review, is one of the most eloquent I’ve read. In defense of reading YA fiction as a “grown-up” she writes, “The binary between children’s and adult fiction is a false one, based on a limited conception of the self. I have not ceased to be the person I was when I was an adolescent; in fact, to think so seems to me like a kind of dissociation from a crucial aspect of one’s self.
  • Lowbrow

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    “I have a theory: the thing that makes you a unique writer hasn’t got so much to do with your influences as it does with how you became a writer in the first place. I think your preferences—your obsessions—come just as much from the first sorts of things you consumed and were passionate about. Whether that’s pop music, comics, “lowbrow” fiction, soap operas, or anything else, the thing that matters most is what started you writing stories.” Amber Sparks writes about “lowbrow” influences and the many paths to becoming a storyteller in an essay for Electric…
  • If Shakespeare Was a Programmer

    Kaulie Lewis
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    “While it’s easy to dismiss coding as rote exercise—a matter of following rules—it’s worth remembering that natural language is subject to rules of its own: grammar, syntax, spelling. The best writers test these rules, bend them, or break them outright, and in doing so they keep the language alive…. With that in mind, I wanted to apply the quirks and transgressions of the great authors to JavaScript, to see where that pushed the language.” Angus Croll imagines Shakespeare as a programmer in a piece for Quartz and in his book, If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript.
  • Special Snowflakes

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “There are people who believe that readers and writersat least the right kind of readers and writersare special snowflakes, existing on a more exalted plane than mere mortals. Book people are educated. They are privileged. They are brave enough to speak out when the emperor shows up naked. They sup on nectar from flowers grown on the sunny slopes of Mount Olympus, harvested by chiton-wearing MFA candidates.” Jennifer Weiner responds to bad Amazon reviews, book blogs, and elitist ” book people” in an essay for The New Republic. We especially enjoy the line about the…
  • Interview with John Darnielle

    Kaulie Lewis
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Recommended viewing: John Darnielle talks about his debut novel, Wolf in White Van, in a video for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
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    my mind on books

  • out in paperback – ‘On Reflection’ by Hilary Kornblith

    mymindonbooks
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    On Reflection by Hilary Kornblith (Oxford University Press, 2014) (amazon.co.uk) Book description from the publisher: Hilary Kornblith presents a new account of reflection, and its importance for knowledge, reasoning, freedom, and normativity. Philosophers have frequently extolled the value of reflective self-examination, and a wide range of philosophers, who differ on many other things, have argued […]
  • Links for 2014-10-22 [del.icio.us]

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Brain-Training Companies Get Advice From Some Academics, Criticism From Others - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • new book – ‘Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are’ by Jennifer M. Groh

    mymindonbooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are by Jennifer M. Groh (Belknap Press, 2014) (amazon.co.uk) Book description from the publisher: Knowing where things are seems effortless. Yet our brains devote tremendous computational power to figuring out the simplest details about spatial relationships. Going to the grocery store or finding our cell phone requires […]
  • Links for 2014-10-19 [del.icio.us]

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: ‘Science is our best answer, but it takes a philosophical argument to prove that’ | Books | The Observer The Splintered Mind: Philosophical SF: Sixth Batch of Lists (Campbell, Cameron, Easwaran, Briggs)
  • new book – ‘How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness’ by Russ Roberts

    mymindonbooks
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts (Portfolio, 2014) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.) Book description from the publisher: A forgotten book by one of history’s greatest thinkers reveals the surprising connections between happiness, virtue, fame, and fortune. Adam Smith may have become […]
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Books Gone to the Dogs!

    Boomerang Books
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Check out our great selection of Dog Books this week… Use the promo code “doggone” and get FREE shipping on your order. Offer ends November 3rd Top Dogs by Angela Goode A unique celebration of our remarkable Aussie working dogs, illustrated with photographs taken by the people who love them. This is a celebration of these […]
  • New book by pop star-turned-professor inspiring a new generation of science fans

    Boomerang Books
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    PROFESSOR BRIAN COX & Andrew Cohen HUMAN UNIVERSE Pop star-turned-professor, Brian Cox, is today’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. With the amazing ability to make complex science issues sound simple and entertaining, he has hosted a ground-breaking television series as well as written three successful books. In Human Universe, Cox will take readers into […]
  • Meet Alice Pung, author of Laurinda

    Joy Lawn
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books about your outstanding first novel Laurinda (Black Inc.), Alice Pung. Thanks for interviewing me! You are well known for your excellent non-fiction, Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and as editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia. Why have you sidestepped into YA fiction? Growing up, I went to five different high schools, […]
  • Interview with Jo Emery, author of My Dad is a FIFO Dad

    Romi Sharp
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My Dad is a FIFO Dad, an uplifting story that has already touched the hearts of many families, has beautifully encapsulated the highs and lows of the life of a child with a father who ‘flies in and flies out’ for work. (See Review here). But let’s not forget the strength, courage, commitment and perseverance […]
  • Discovering Deborah Levy

    Michael Kitto
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever found an author that you just want to recommend to everyone you meet? The type of author that you just want to read over and over again. I found this author in 2012 and I am slowly working through her backlist. The first book I read of hers I loved so much […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Le Crapouillot – France’s 80-Year Political Satire Magazine

    Beth Carswell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
      While foraging about the internet’s forest floor to learn all I could about our latest Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Patrick Modiano, I discovered Le Crapouillot. The first discovery was that Modiano had contributed to an issue of a magazine about drugs. The actual title of the issue was: “LSD une bombe atomique dans la tête” (“LSD: An atomic bomb in the head”). The issue was Crapouillot #71, and came out in 1966, when Modiano was 21. The cover is really something to behold. The quote below the cover image translates roughly to: “[i]t hurts…
  • The best travel books and world’s most literary city according to Patricia Schultz

    Jessica Doyle
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    We recently had the pleasure of meeting author Patricia Schultz, the woman behind the best-selling 1000 Places to See Before You Die books. We were anxious to pick her brain about the world’s most literary towns and the bookshops she’s seen along the way, and she was generous enough to indulge us. AbeBooks: Tell us about the most interesting bookshops you’ve discovered in your travels. Patricia Schultz: I have traveled all over the US speaking at travel shows, libraries and bookstores. I’ve found that the smaller independent bookstores so full of character - some of…
  • American Tourist Accidentally Locked Inside London Bookstore

    Beth Carswell
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    When I was a little girl, I saw a movie in which some children are trapped overnight in a shopping mall. I can’t remember how that came to pass, what they did in there, or the eventual outcome (I feel sure they made it out alive). What I do remember, however, is trying to go to sleep later that night – and even two or three nights following -  and being absolutely buzzing with the imaginings running through my brain. If only I could be trapped overnight in a shopping mall, preferably with a friend or two. We could run up the down escalator! Drop rubber balls from the top floor…
  • 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,…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

    Joanna Penn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David Gaughran, Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant from the Self Publishing Podcast in audio, video and transcript format. The PowerPack is at 99c for a very short time in an exclusive deal, and even if you have all the books already, it’s worth it for the…
  • From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

    Joanna Penn
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative business he runs today. In the intro, I mention the history-making deal that Barbara Freethy has made with Ingram for print distribution to bookstores – exciting times for indies as the final frontiers come tumbling down! I also recommend the new book, ‘Discoverability:…
  • 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…
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • They’re So Good, It’s Scary: 13 Quotes From Horror, Thriller and Suspense Writers

    Tiffany Luckey
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    With Halloween just one week away, we’re getting into the spirit of the season with these 13 quotes on the writing life from famous authors of horror, thriller and suspense: 1. “So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that separates the conscious from the unconscious.” —Stephen King, “The Horror Writer Market and the Ten Bears,” November 1973, WD 2. “The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday.
  • The Art and Craft of Wasting Time in 20 Quotes

    Adrienne Crezo
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Writers are notorious procrastinators, and the trend is not limited to hobbyists or young, aspiring authors. We talk a lot about procrastination indirectly—setting personal deadlines, how to schedule writing time around life and family, how to write a draft—and fast!, how to write an outline for anything. We also discuss wasting time rather frankly in our forum, and occasionally offer assistance to writers who don’t want to work, necessarily, but in a productive way. Sometimes we give direct examples of how to not procrastinate. Famous time-wasters tend to fall into two camps:…
  • 8 Ways to Prepare to Write Your Nonfiction Book in a Month

    Brian A. Klems
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a nonfiction writer, you might feel a bit left out during November. Everyone is talking about NaNoWriMo this and NaNoWriMo that. All the while, you want to write a nonfiction book in a month not a novel. Well, you can, and you should. I have news for you, though. You don’t have to do it as a NaNoRebel or as part of an event created for novelists. You can write your nonfiction book in 30 days during an event for writers just like you—nonfiction writers. During National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) you can start and finish the draft of your nonfiction book in a month. Just…
  • The Difference Between Dreamers and Achievers

    Guest Column
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 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. Last week was our annual FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair … Over the last 17 years, it has become THE copywriting event of the year. And this year, 400+ aspiring and professional writers joined us in Delray Beach, Florida to have industry legends teach them how to build successful copywriting businesses — and to meet with over 75 marketers looking to hire AWAI-trained copywriters.
  • 10 Writing Techniques from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    Rachel Scheller
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    October conjures up images of crackling fires, shivering leaves, the grinning teeth of a jack-o-lantern … and, if you’re a fan of classic horror, that iconic, fanged master of the night, Count Dracula. We feel there’s no better time than October—National Dracula Month—to share some writing tips and techniques that authors can learn from Dracula and apply to their own horror stories. As you read this excerpt from chapter one of Dracula, try reading Bram Stoker’s text first, and then go back and read it again, this time pausing to digest the annotations from…
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    Better World Books

  • Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

    Better World Books
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    The world’s first “drinkable book” has been developed to help provide clean drinking water in places around the world. Not only does it educate the reader on safe water practices, but each page is also a purifying water filter. Watch the short video from Water is Life, an organization committed to providing clean drinking water and education programs to communities in need:
  • 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…
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    To Be Published Week of Oct. 27, 2014 Wow! It’s a big week for hot new books: TUESDAY FICTION Alward, Donna – Treasure on Lilac Lane Andrews, Ilona – Burn for Me (mass market) Armstrong, Kelley – Otherworld Nights: An Anthology (trade paper) Balogh, Mary – Only Enchanting (Survivors’ Club) Barron, Stephanie – Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas Bowman, Valerie – The Accidental Countess Bracken, Alexandra – In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds Series #3) (YA) Condie, Ally – Atlantia (YA) Cussler, Dirk – Havana Storm Dekker,…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    YALSA: Top Teen Teen Books of 2014 Library Journal: Best Books of 2014 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:…
  • 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
  • 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…
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Violet Mackerel!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protestby Anna BranfordAtheneum (Sep. 2nd, 2014)Chapter BookSummary:Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park.Why You'll Love It: Aussie Violet's world is just different enough to provide an interesting change for readers entering the chapter book stage.This quiet story, told in third person, is liberally illustrated with grayscale drawings. Who Should Read It:Great for grades 2-4. What Else You Should Read:Definitely the other books in the Violet Mackerel series.Also try The Critter Club series and Heidi Heckelbeck books. Who Else Is…
  • 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…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • The Hawley Book of the Dead

    LeAnn Suchy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chrysler Szarlan’s The Hawley Book of the Dead starts out strong: “On the day I killed my husband, the scent of lilacs startled me awake.” I was excited for a tale full of magic, horror, and suspense, and it does include all these things, but the strength I felt at the beginning did not carry through the rest of the book. Revelation ‘Reve’ Dyer tells us this story that does begin with her killing her husband, but she was tricked. During their magic show, where she uses some real magic, someone replaced the blank in the prop gun with a real bullet. But Reve’s troubles did not…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Wanderlush: An interview with David Robert

    Laura Roberts
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When David, a self-proclaimed anxiety-ridden introvert, convinces himself that he’s dying of ass cancer, he invites his delightfully unpredictable, Xanax-popping, chardonnay-swilling mother on a series of international “good-bye” vacations. By doing so, he unwittingly opens a Pandora’s box of hilarious and humiliating events that will test just how far they are willing to go to get a laugh. David knows that the trips will be anything but boring because he and his mom have been causing a scene since as long as he can remember, but nothing can prepare him for escapades that include…
  • North Dakota by Mary Wolff

    Danielle White
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I wrote this in a card once Sometimes I want to eat your face Never in one bite because that would be barbaric Tiny morsels Enjoyed First the lips I bet they taste like strawberries Not just strawberries but overly ripe with a hint of bitter mold Tangy and sweet Next I would eat your skin I’ve always wondered about the flavor of a freckle What would a blush feel like between my teeth Would it crunch or squish filling my mouth with juice Bite down I would save your eyes for last the way I save my favorite Skittles color for last eating the less loved yellow and orange first When I take in…
  • 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…
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  • Please, Let’s Not Extend the Literary Genre Wars to Kids’ Books

    Sarah Seltzer
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Now that the furor has died down around an essay scolding adults who read children’s literature for engaging in a lowbrow and immature pursuit, the question has arisen: are kids who read this stuff also lowbrow? A piece by Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker takes square aim at popular kids’ literature, even when it’s only meant for kids. The author is disturbed by Today’s Youth’s explosive interest in Percy Jackson & the Olympians, a series that places the classical gods of yore in the midst of modern life, and narrates their doings with contemporary lingo and…
  • Why We Can’t Stop Reading — and Writing — Jane Austen Sequels

    Sarah Seltzer
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Death Comes to Pemberley comes to American TV screens this Sunday night (be not alarmed, dear sirs and madams, for Flavorwire will provide recaps of each installment). For those who don’t know, it’s a mini-series based on a book by P.D. James which is itself a mystery novel based on the characters and locations from Pride and Prejudice. This unauthorized sequel places the married Elizabeth and Darcy and their estate in the middle of a British murder mystery with clues hidden on the grounds, ancestral secrets and frowning magistrates galore. So desperately did readers want to return…
  • ‘Harry Potter”s Villainous Professor Umbridge Will Get Her Own Little Backstory This Halloween

    Moze Halperin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    If Harry Potter‘s Voldemort represented the degeneration of the human spirit into the typical, ruthless villainy seen in most havoc-wreacking characters, Professor Umbridge (played buy Imelda Staunton in the films) seemed a more frightening villain, because she represented something far more familiar: the villainy of bureaucracy. Her name, Dolores Umbridge, seems a combination of, obviously, umbrage and the pleasant old fashioned name that just so happens to contain the Latin word for pain — Dolor. Subtle as always. And while she made appearances after the 5th book (Order of the…
  • Caitlin Doughty, Author of ‘Smoke in Your Eyes,’ Is Answering Questions on Reddit

    Shane Barnes
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Caitlin Doughty, host of Ask a Mortician and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a story inspired by her job at a crematory and her lifelong interest in the macabre. Now, she’s answering questions over at Reddit for the next few hours. So far, she’s already given her thoughts on cannibalism, Six Feet Under, and Lucky Charms. Who knows what those redditors will think of next. Hopefully a lot more death stuff, though, ya know?
  • Amazon Shares Are Tanking after Nightmare Report

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    After an abysmal Q3 earnings report announcing losses of 95 cents per share, Amazon’s stock is down 10%, and it is still falling precipitously. The earnings report is much, much worse than expected, with original estimates coming in between -$.057 and -$.075. Now, it has to be said that Amazon rarely turns a profit, but this is real, real bad. We did, however, sort of call it. Today’s events illustrate all-too-well the dangers of a collusive monopsony. And they render Matt Yglesias’ bizarre piece on Amazon for Vox all the more curious. Stay tuned to see if it all gets worse.
 
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:33 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, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Changes – A Randall Lee Mystery by Charles Colyott Still free? Click Here to find out! When a young woman is found murdered in a seedy massage parlor near his neighborhood, the police recruit Randall Lee – an American acupuncturist and Tai Chi master – as a translator and expert in Chinese culture, to assist in the investigation. Lee discovers that the murderer is an expert in a forbidden…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] What the Dog Ate – Only 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard Genre: Humor “The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny lavender thong panties extracted from her dog; but they were not hers. Or rather, they were hers now since she’d just paid $734 to have Dr. Carter surgically remove them from Kona’s gut.” This is how Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of seventeen years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:10 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: Business, History, Mystery, Romance, Suspense No Perfect Secret by Jackie Weger Still free? Click Here to find out! A single secret begets a layer of lies. Anna Nesmith believes she has it all – a great marriage, a dream job and a home of her own. When a State Department investigator begins asking questions, Anna’s ordered world implodes. Frank Caburn is man to the bone and manufactures testosterone like Frito Lay does chips.
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Check out these Deals & Steals for Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cookbooks, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Likely Suspects by G.K. Parks Still free? Click Here to find out! Leaving the Office of International Operations seemed like a great way to avoid bureaucratic hassles, red-tape, and murderous psychopaths. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way they should. Meet Alexis Parker, former OIO operative, currently trying to make a name for herself in the private sector. With a limited job…
  • [Hot Deal] Story Selling – Only 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Story Selling by Nick Nanton Genre: Nonfiction The Avengers was 2012’s number one worldwide box office winner – but did you know the seeds of this blockbuster movie’s success were actually planted fifty years earlier? You’ll find out how in StorySelling: Hollywood Secrets Revealed, when Emmy winner Nick Nanton and J.W. Dicks, authors of the best-selling Celebrity Branding You™, expose why StorySelling is the most powerful method of persuasion known to man – and how any entrepreneur or business owner can put it to work to create their own blockbuster success! From the science…
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  • Stephen King Rolling Stone Interview

    Larry Fire
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Rolling Stone has done an in-depth interview with Stephen King covering his life, his career, beliefs and what his legacy might be. It will be on stands for two weeks beginning October 24th (cover date 11/6). This is one you won’t want to miss!
  • Get Free Comic Books During Halloween ComicFest On October 25, 2014

    Larry Fire
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    On Saturday, October 25, 2014 participating comic shops across the US, Canada and internationally will hand out free comics to anyone who comes into their shop to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year- Halloween ComicFest! Anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store. During Halloween ComicFest (HCF), adults and kids can get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics…
  • MONDO Announces 75 Years of Batman Gallery Show Opening On October 24, 2014

    Larry Fire
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    MONDO Gallery just announced a 75 Years of Batman Gallery show in Austin, Texas that will open on October 24, 2014 and run until November 15th. To whet your appetite MONDO will release this Joker print by Jason Edmiston at Comic Con this week. Follow @MondoNews for on sale info and more info about the upcoming Dark Knight themed gallery show!
  • MONDO Announces Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Lil Mikey Figure Available For Pre-Order

    Larry Fire
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    MONDO has annnounced their first toy release, Lil Mikey, available for pre-order today! Lil MIkey will retail for $105, which includes free worldwide shipping. Lil Mikey is a 9″ vinyl figure based on the Michaelangelo TMNT illustration by Mike Mitchell from his Just Like Us series. Here’s what Mike Mitchell had to say about the project: “If I had $5 when I was a kid, it was going to be spent on a ninja turtle figure. So much of my childhood was defined by TMNT, I watched every episode, I had the toys, the shirts, the games, the comics. I wish I could say “Lil…
  • The Official Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer & Poster

    Larry Fire
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Although it was supposed to premiere during next week’s new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel Studios has gone ahead and officially released the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer following an online leak. “Dammit, Hydra,” Marvel tweeted in response to the rapid spread of the leaked trailer. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the…
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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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  • My Book Deal Moment by Samantha Young

    Cressida McLaughlin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The lights were blazing on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh, the street bustling with night goers and black cabs, and I was huddled in the doorstep next to a buzzing bar. We were out in the city celebrating my friend’s birthday only a few weeks after her wedding. It was a reunion of the small bridal party and we were recapturing the good cheer of the occasion. We’d just eaten at one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh, The Buffalo Grill, and chased our meal with a mystery shot the guys swore to me was delicious. It was only a traumatising reminder never to listen to mischievous…
  • Five Things For A Literary Halloween

    Sarah Painter
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I love Halloween. Partly because it occurs in autumn, my favourite season, and partly because it’s so closely linked to myth and storytelling. Neil Gaiman has taken this idea and created an excellent initiative called All Hallows Read. The idea is that instead of (or, in addition to) giving sweeties to children, you give a spooky book as a gift. For ideas of age-appropriate scary stories head to the All Hallows Read site. For five more ideas to make your Halloween more literary, read on… 1. This scrabble tile pendant features Edgar Allen Poe’s raven and the word ‘nevermore’. It…
  • Friday Book Giveaway! From Notting Hill with Four Weddings … Actually by Ali McNamara!

    Novelicious
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A new Ali McNamara book is always cause for celebration – especially with a rom-com loaded title like her latest, From Notting Hill with Four Weddings … Actually, which was published yesterday. As it’s Friday, we have one copy to give away! Movie addict Scarlett O'Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she's dreamed of – but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread. Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie – life couldn't be better. But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling,…
  • Review – A Husband’s Confession by Zoe Miller

    Novelicious
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Kelly Allen Max and Ali live in Dublin with their two children Jessica and Tom. Having worked their way to the top of the bakery industry together, they are shocked to see it become the target of cruel pranks. This is followed by a terrible accident involving Jessica, and their perfect world is suddenly shattered. Max’s brother Finn is also married, living with his wife Jo and daughter Grace. Finn’s career is in trouble and the strain is beginning to show between the once carefree and loved-up couple. Both couples have to face up to secrets of the past and decide if there is…
  • My Writing Room by Eve Bourton

    Debs Carr
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I don’t have a garden shed, or a cubby hole, a desk or a favourite chair. If I could find a place to swing it, I'd probably have a hammock with a 'Hazardous Area: Author at Work' sign attached. I hate sitting in chairs, to tell the truth – I've had rheumatoid arthritis since my twenties, and my knees really dislike prolonged periods of sitting down. I do have an office, but I can't write in it. It's for filing and business paperwork and going cross-eyed over accounts and spreadsheets. So my writing space – wherever I happen to be, home or abroad – is my bed or the sofa. Legs stretched…
 
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  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:A Thousand Pieces of You(Firebird, #1)currently…
  • Giveaway and Interview: Exclusive $25 Amazon Gift card and Grim Crush by S.L. Bynum

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Grim Crush by S.L. Bynum1. Do not interfere with someone’s death.2. Do not become emotionally involved.3. Do not show yourself to the living.As a grim reaper, seventeen-year-old Xia has to follow these Rules. But when she meets Shilah, a Native American boy who can see reapers, she figures the rules don’t apply. To find out why he can see her, she pretends to be human, since carrying a scythe probably isn’t the latest teen craze. Things become unnerving as she begins experiencing first-time affection with Shilah, but she’s irreversibly drawn to him. Suddenly Xia finds herself breaking…
  • It's not you: It's me: DNF Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Chasing Power by Sarah Beth DurstLies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.But her…
  • Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

    Brandi Kosiner
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid KemmererEarth. Fire. Air. Water.One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)Meadows, JodiWilhelmina has a hundred identities.She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With…
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  • An Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Linda Watkins

    Naveen
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    BookBuzzr author Linda Watkins recently had an opportunity to celebrate. Her book – Mateguas Island – recently hit the number 1 spot on Amazon in the Horror > Occult category. The screenshot below was taken on October 14, 2014. We reached out to her to learn more about her journey… Hey Linda! Always a pleasure to connect with a fellow Carnegie Mellon alum! Why don’t you start out by telling us a little bit about yourself? Sure. My family is from New England. We moved to Michigan when I was young and that’s where I grew up. After college – at Carnegie – I…
  • 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,…
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    Digital Cameras: Camera Store: Cheap Cameras and Camcoders : Camera Store

  • Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    List Price: $3,299.95Buy New: $3,296.95 You Save: $3.00New (18) Used (15) Refurbished (6) from $1,696.9536.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF), 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200, Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes, Professional video and audio capabilities...
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (17) Used (11) Refurbished (8) from $159.9534x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    List Price: $2,299.95Buy New: $2,296.95 You Save: $3.00New (18) Used (7) Refurbished (3) from $2,019.89Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video, Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit, Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution, Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording - even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.,…
  • Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Black)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    List Price: $649.95Buy New: $546.95 You Save: $103.00 (16%)New (19) Used (22) Refurbished (28) from $415.6424.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 AF points with 3D tracking, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV), 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots, Expeed 4 processing, Easy panorama mode and beginner-friendly Guide mode, Wi-Fi enabled with WU-1a Wireless Adapter and compatible smartphone or tablet (not included), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory...
  • Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Non-VR DX Zoom Lenses Bundle

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    List Price: $779.95Buy New: $546.95 You Save: $233.00 (30%)New (23) Used (8) Refurbished (6) from $499.0024MP CMOS DX-format sensor, 4 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 AF points (with 3D tracking), ISO 100-6400 (plus ISO 12,800-equivalent Hi1 setting), Full HD 1080p video, 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots, Expeed 3 processing, Microphone input, Twin IR remote receivers, Beginner-friendly Guide mode...
 
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    B-Lines and Felines

  • Masterpieces #30: Predator

    Dave Brown
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    About Predator (1987)Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a band of mercenaries head into the Central American jungle to rescue some Americans from guerillas. However, there is an additional evil force at work in the jungle, something not human. The mercenaries are picked off one by one and soon Schaefer must face the alien predator alone.       Amazon US Amazon UK IMDB Predator (1987) John McTiernan’s sci-fi classic is often dismissed in favour of Ridley Scott’s brilliant Alien (1979). Both franchises are now closely linked with the Alien Vs…
  • 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…
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    Vampire Book Club

  • If You Like Harry Potter, Read The Paper Magician

    Margaret
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    From VBC/Chelsea: We are having fun with our If You Like… series. If there’s a recommendation you’d like, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll see if we can add a post for you! For now, though, let VBC’s Margaret convince you to read The Paper Magician In Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, 19-year-old Ceony Twill has just graduated from magic school, not Hogwarts but The Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, and is about to begin her apprenticeship. At school she studied magic history and theory, but in this world one cannot perform magic…
  • Review: Raziel by Kristina Douglas (The Fallen #1)

    Jill
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Raziel (The Fallen #1) Kristina Douglas Published: Jan. 25, 2011 (Pocket Books) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Allie is having a very normal day. She’s running late for a meeting, forgot to eat lunch, got to flirt with a hot stranger, and her stilettos are killing her. Then everything changes when she is accidentally hit by a bus. The stranger she was just flirting with guides her to the portal to be taken to Heaven, but she is pissed about dying and isn’t going peacefully. Raziel is an immortal fallen angel and…
  • Guest Post & Giveaway: A Day in the Life of Alex Kahler

    Chelsea
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    One of the joys of being a full-time writer is that my days are pretty varied—there’s no such thing as an average day. Doing circus-based entertainment work on the side also helps, as it means I get to balance introvert and extrovert activities (highly necessary). So this is sort of the melded version of my days. They’re not usually this packed; very often I will just lounge in pajamas from sunrise to sunset. 8:00AM – alarm goes off. Smack alarm off. Go back to sleep under guise of “I just need to curl over a second” 9:00AM – wake up for realzies, feel a little ashamed…
  • Review: Break Out by Nina Croft (Blood Hunter #1)

    Jannelle
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Break Out (Blood Hunter #1) Nina Croft Published: September 30, 2014 (St. Martin’s) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for and honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 3 stars In the year 3048, humans, genetically modified aliens and even vampires have already left Earth in search of a precious mineral known as Meridian—known to elongate life and prolong death. For vampires, this isn’t much of a necessity but where the humans go, the vampires go as well. With all this Meridian is highly expensive and only available to…
  • 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…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • INTERVIEW WITH DIANA SANTAMARIA (& Giveaway!)

    Native NYer
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club welcomes children’s author Diana Lee Santamaria.  As a child she struggled with reading so she understands the importance of literacy.  As an educator she recognizes the need for more diverse books.  Hence, the birth of DLee’s World – bright fun stories that engage young readers and expands their learning.GIVEAWAY!  Please leave a comment below to win a free copy of DLee’s World."As a child who struggled with reading, I understand the importance of literacy and making it fun for children, so I work on bringing all the essential…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

    Better World Books
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    The world’s first “drinkable book” has been developed to help provide clean drinking water in places around the world. Not only does it educate the reader on safe water practices, but each page is also a purifying water filter. Watch the short video from Water is Life, an organization committed to providing clean drinking water and education programs to communities in need:
  • 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…
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Consider the Ebook Format: Books in Browsers V

    Hannah Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    How do authors create their digital book files and what influence does that process have on the final content? Speakers at Books in Browsers 2014 address this topic. The post Consider the Ebook Format: Books in Browsers V appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • French Cartoonist Banned from Israel

    Olivia Snaije
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Maximilien Le Roy, a French cartoonist invited to the Palestine Cartoon Festival, was banned from Israel for his work on Palestine. The post French Cartoonist Banned from Israel appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Saskia Vogel documents the hot book trends from the Goteborg Book Fair, including feminist texts, literary fiction, and more. The post Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden’s Book Market?

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sweden's book market is bracing for the launch of Amazon, where ebooks are hamstrung by high taxes and print books are still relatively affordable. The post Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden’s Book Market? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Standards a Top Priority at Books in Browsers V

    Hannah Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    At this year's Books in Browsers conference, many speakers addressed the importance and relevance of standards for ebooks and web content. The post Standards a Top Priority at Books in Browsers V appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Update. With Pictures!!!

    Trisha
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Things have been strange for me lately as I cope with vacationing babysitters. First, my mother - who quite often watches The Baby Formally Known as Nutter Now Known Primarily as Goose - went on vacation for a little over a week. She is Goose's primary caregiver for two days a week, so that had to be covered. Then THE EXACT SAME DAY my mother came home, my grandmother left for her 5 week trip (that's right people, 5 weeks). She watches Goose the other three work days per week. My mother can't cover that because she has a full time job (she just gets her two days off during the week). Luckily…
  • 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…
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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

  • 6 Recommended Scary Reads for Halloween

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    A few years ago, author Neil Gaiman proposed the idea of giving books for Halloween—an All Hallow’s Read. “Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle,” he wrote. “Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.” While I like the idea of Halloween as a book-giving (and book-getting) holiday, I don’t think you can beat giving a book to yourself.With that in mind, I present this year’s picks for Halloween reads. Just as in previous years, I try to select books I’ve read that are less likely to be recommended (I presume you’ve heard of Dracula), and I always include…
  • 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…
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lynn Cahoon, Author of Return of the Fae

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    In RETURN OF THE FAE, Book 2 of The Council series, Parris and Ty take off on a road trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to the stay at The Riverglen, the only magical specialty hotel in the downtown area.  Even though the hotel is warded against a guest using their magic to keep warring factions from using the facility as a hot zone, the staff members are skilled in the hospitality craft. Including those in charge of preparing the food guests ordered from the room service menu.Parris brought road food along on the trip, munching on peanuts and Skittles during the drive up from St. Louis, but Ty…
  • 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…
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    Packabook

  • Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar – a glimpse of 50s New York

    packabook
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    So, I am back home after a fabulous few days in New York, and thankfully I did manage to read the two books I took with me, so am happy to report my findings. Today, we’ll look at The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath… Along with countless others I think this was a fabulous novel, and it wasn’t as depressing as I thought it might have been. In fact, there was a wry humor I hadn’t been expecting. The novel is semi-autobiographical, giving us the story of college student Esther Greenwood as she takes up a month-long guest editorship of a women’s magazine in New York, and detailing her…
  • 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…
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    BookLeverage

  • 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

  • Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis by Dan O'Brien and Steve Ferchaud

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis is a six-part illustrated series that is a throwback to pulp books. The first installment goes on sale this Halloween, but you can pre-order now.Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis takes place in an alternate universe where lizard men, fish-faced nightclub owners, and tentacled mobsters are everyday people. Derrick Diamond, a private eye, is tasked with delivering a mysterious artifact to the Fat Man. But there are others who are interested in the artifact, and their intentions appear to be just as malevolent as the titular Nazis. To put it succinctly, Mobsters,…
  • 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…
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    Any New Books?

  • Staff Picks for Week 43/52

    Any new books?
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Our Staff Picks from all book genres for this week USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | UK | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | UK | Kindle USA | Canada USA | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | UK |…
  • This week’s new books in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    Any new books?
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sci-Fi and Fantasy’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse Stores: USA | UK | Kindle By James Wesley Rawles ISBN: 0525953914 Publisher: Dutton Adult Publication date: October 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.40 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 2 – Raiders of the Fever Sea Stores: USA By Mike Selinker ISBN: 1601256825 Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. Publication date: October…
  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse Stores: USA By James Wesley Rawles ISBN: 0525953914 Publisher: Dutton Adult Publication date: October 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.40 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Llama Llama Jingle Bells Stores: USA By Anna Dewdney ISBN: 0451469801 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Publication date: October 21, 2014 Binding: Board book Estimated price: $3.09 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Gray Mountain:…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle By David Greene ISBN: 0393239950 Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Publication date: October 20, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.45 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Ireland: A Luminous Beauty Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Peter Harbison, Leslie Conron Carola ISBN: 1250056594 Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Publication date: October 21, 2014 Binding:…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Stone Cold Touch Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Jennifer L. Armentrout ISBN: 0373211341 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Publication date: October 21, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $6.52 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Maggie Stiefvater ISBN: 0545424968 Publisher: Scholastic Press Publication date: October 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.42…
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    Liter8 Thoughts

  • 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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    Armida Books

  • 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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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • 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

  • Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
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  • Back to France and the Impressionists

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    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

  • The Best Writing of the Week | Show, Don’t Tell

    Johann Thorsson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I’m reading, among other books, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. And in a passage I just read I came across the clearest example of the power of showing instead of telling. One of the main characters in the book, a strong woman names Sofia, is leaving her husband to go stay with her sister. The…
  • What I’m reading right now? This.

    Johann Thorsson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    I was asked to contribute a short video to Bookriot’s Instagram So I did. Here are 15 seconds in which I say things about a book and am very conscious of my voice and face and accent and everything. Ok, after my initial feelings of awkwardness recording that (this is take…. 5, I think) my…
  • 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.”…
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    Where Writers Win

  • Ten Facebook Pages for Writers and Authors

    Shari Stauch
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    In case you’ve been too busy writing and connecting to take a good look around for helpful Facebook pages lately, the WWW team thought we’d share a few pages we’ve recently liked for writers and authors. Plenty of advice to be found here, from writer tips to marketing insights… Each of the titles below are linked to their Facebook fan page. Some will direct you to their websites for further info, but start here (perhaps while you’re posting something to your own Facebook Fan page). Have a look around (be sure to like their pages) and let us know if you have a…
  • Seven Calendar Opportunities to Leverage Your Author Marketing

    Shari Stauch
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Free printable calendars from the Creativity Exchange Our thanks to Sandra Beckwith of Build Book Buzz for this guest post! And our additional thanks to Sandra for offering our tribe a $10 discount (30% off!) on “Blurbs, Endorsements, and Testimonials: How to Get Experts, Celebrities, and Others to Endorse Your Book,” a multi-media program that teaches you how to get essential endorsements. Use the exclusive Where Writers Win coupon code, WWW, to get the multi-media program for just $19. While I hate to think about the winter holiday season when it’s still October, it’s important to…
  • Amazon EBook Sales and Author Earnings

    Shari Stauch
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    AuthorEarnings.com has released its quarterly look at Amazon ebook sales and author earnings. As with previous reports, the data takes a hard look at projected sales and author earnings by pulling data for over 120,000 ebooks off Amazon’s product pages. Using known rank-to-sales rates, they are able to estimate the daily share of earnings by publishing path. The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the ebook market than is afforded by reporting from major publishers or by tracking ISBNs, which many self-published authors do not use. Amazon, with an estimated 60%+ of the ebook…
  • 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…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • 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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    Soul Destruction

  • #NoClause6 | Sex workers protest in Northern Ireland

    Ruth Jacobs
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Originally posted on Research Project Korea:Interview with sex workers’ rights activist Laura Lee at Stormont Parliamentary Buildings, Belfast. © 2014 Matt Lemon Photography | Please read the copyright notice What is Clause 6? Clause 6 is part of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill in Northern Ireland, proposed by…
  • 22 Sept Canadian Sex Workers & Sex Worker Activists in London

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

    Ruth Jacobs
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Can you tell me about your new book Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden? My book deals with the outcomes of Sweden’s sex purchase law, a law that criminalises the purchase of sex and that has been hugely internationally influential. In the book, I present the results and analysis of fieldwork and research…Read more ‘Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden’ – Dr Jay Levy Discusses His New Book
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • Write on Review-a-Thon: October Edition

    Grace Troxel
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Each month, Brianna from The Book Vixen hosts the Write On Review-a-Thon, an event dedicated to catching up on reviews.  This month I have a few reviews to catch up on, but I also have a particularly nasty cold, so I’m not going to stress out too much if I don’t get all of my reviews written and scheduled.  Here are the books I plan on writing reviews for: Jackaby by William Ritter Blood Rights by Kristen Painter Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy If I get really ambitious, and I doubt that I will, I’d also like to […] The post Write on Review-a-Thon: October Edition…
  • “The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

    Grace Troxel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Mercedes Lackey’s newest novel, The House of the Four Winds, is about a cross-dressing princess who has adventures on the high seas. Clarice is one of twelve princesses in the kingdom of Swansgaard.  Swansgaard is a tiny country in an alternate Europe that doesn’t have much money.  There certainly isn’t enough for twelve royal dowries, and so after a son (and heir) is finally born, the sisters agree to each go forth and make their fortune when they come of age.  I did find this setup to be a bit of a stretch, but hey, let’s go with it.  […] The post…
  • “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…
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    Susan Roebuck

  • Ally Shields's new Urban Fantasy - Cross Keys. And a Cajun Recipe.

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

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

  • Winter Reading: 9 Books to Keep Warm With in the Coming Months

    Lucy
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    What makes good winter reading? For me it's all to do with what goes with hot drinks, warm covers and a comfy sofa. Uplifting fiction is good, but I don't choose the same feel-good books I'd go for in summer. I look for real characters who face difficulties, yet show a true love for life instead of disillusionment. I want something well-written and beautifully crafted, and I don't mind if it takes me slightly longer to read.In an article for The Guardian back in 2011, Alison Flood wrote about the booksellers Waterstones asking authors, "What's your favourite fireside read, the book you go…
  • 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…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Vanished: The Search for Sally Hunt

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What would you do if suddenly you were given an awesome gift – the ability to heal with a touch? That was the gift the Sally Hunt received in 1974. Not religious Sally sought counsel with an old professional psychic, Carmella Nuncio. Years before, Carmella […]
  • Author Interview – Pam Bonsper

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   This book is about music and instruments and the reaction a little boy has when he is exposed to a parade and a marching band. As my special needs grandson has been positively affected by rhythm and […]
  • The Big Brass Band

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A little kid at a parade doesn’t care about the floats. He just wants to watch the marching band and listen to the notes of the instruments. He falls in love with all the instruments: the woodwinds, the flutes, the brass and percussion. He tells […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Book Review: ‘Leaving Time’

    info@lipulse.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A good mother loves her child unconditionally. She cares for her little one, making sure the baby is dry, safe, and comforted. She feeds her child and tends to him, no matter what time of day or night. You can add to this list at will, because we all know what a good mother does. But, as in the new book “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult, a good mother does not abandon her child. Thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf had a routine that she kept every morning: she got dressed and logged on to the Department of Justice website to see if her mother had been found yet. A decade before, after one of the…
  • 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…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: The Skinnytaste Coookbook by Gina Homolka

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog SkinnytasteGina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead…
  • Author Interview: Sue Messruther author of Sock Seekers (Alien Capers Encounters Book 1)

    Beth
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sue Messruther, author of the book Sock Seekers (Alien Capers Encounters Book 1), stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I am a very busy mum of 6 children, a hubby and a puppy of gigantic proportions! All of my children have grown up and with currently 3 grandchildren I want to write so they can enjoy reading and use their imagination too! Plus it is a lot of fun for me too, especially with books like my new series, these are fun to sit and think and type away being as silly as I want to be.What do you do when you're not writing?Oh golly you are going to be…
  • Author Interview: Nefretiti Morant author of the Perspectives Series

    Beth
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Nefretiti Morant, author of the Perspectives book series, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I'm a proud mom, a loving wife, and a big dreamer. I always like reading and writing. But never thought about a career as a writer until two years ago. In 2012 I started a poetry blog. After a few months of writing and posting I decided to write a short story called Perspectives. Well boy did that unleash a passion that I didn't even know was dormant. I started writing like crazy. And I was having so much fun doing it that in seven months Perspectives The Saga was…
  • Featured Book: Balanced Effectiveness at Work: How to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor without Driving Yourself Nuts by Flip Brown

    Beth
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    About the book:Balanced Effectiveness at Work: How to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor Without Driving Yourself Nuts is a useful compendium of tips, tools, and techniques to make being at work work better. Within each chapter there are conceptual definitions, sample scenarios, frank assessments, "Flip's Tips" action plans for real traction, and positive reinforcement. With a light-hearted but in-depth look at twenty-four wide-ranging topics, presented in a unique news-you-can-use format, it will provide you with real options, helpful resources, and renewed optimism. "Flip Brown's…
  • 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…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Driftwood: A Monologue

    Author
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    By: JD DeHart My life is a drifting, a constant shuffling forward. Who holds the cards? I do not know the name of the god who is in charge of this, […]
  • Poem: joy of today

    Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    By: Linda M Crate the trees and the sun beckon me outside and i follow without thought of the dishes or the laundry mopping or vacuuming floors life is made […]
  • Poem: Alive

    Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    By: Linda M. Crate  you want to cage me, but my heart is too wild it even evades my rib cage i am wild and free a spirit that dances […]
  • Poem: beauty and the beast

    Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    By: Linda M. Crate oh, yes, vilify me vilify me you are the white knight trying to save me yes, the white knight and oh woe is you sweet saint […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    WordTrance

  • Short Stories Set on Halloween

    Michael
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A short story is just the right length for a scary tale because it can be read in the span of a night. Written by some of the greats in the genre, these tales that take place on Halloween are not to be missed. So, turn the lights down low, lock your doors, take a breath, and let the screams begin. The October Game Author: Ray Bradbury Published: 1948 EC Comics adaptation of “The October Game” Mich is getting dressed for his and his wife’s Halloween party. They have all the trappings: candy apples, apple bobbing, punch, carved pumpkins.
  • 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…
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  • Things Grak Hates: 24 days until release

    Peter J Story
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s an excerpt from chapter 6 of Things Grak Hates. Don’t forget to pre-order your Kindle copy or pre-order the hardcover here: “There!” He points. “Get the one on the left!” Zacha fires. Her shot lands in the hind leg of the trailing creature, causing it to tumble through leaves and dirt. It attempts to get back ...
  • Notable Quotes: 78

    Peter J Story
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.” —– W. Somerset Maugham
  • Is my next book a Grak sequel?

    Peter J Story
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Several advance readers have asked what my next project will be–specifically whether Grak’s story will see a sequel in 2015. The answers to those questions are, “I’m not telling you yet,” and “no.” In that order. But fans of my writing shouldn’t take this to mean that I don’t know what my next novel will be ...
  • Notable Quotes: 77

    Peter J Story
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Most editors are failed writers–but so are most writers.” —– T.S. Eliot
  • Things Grak Hates: 28 days until release

    Peter J Story
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s an excerpt from chapter 7 of Things Grak Hates. Don’t forget to pre-order your Kindle copy or pre-order the hardcover here: Unlike Ruch, Zacha does her best to stay silent, perhaps considering it more dignified. But she doesn’t last long. Her determination is soon overpowered, and she begins to groan in pain. But these groans are ...
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  • Review: Do or Die (Reluctant Heroes #1) by Suzanne Brockmann

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian…
  • 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…
 
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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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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • The Twin Masks of Comedy and Tragedy With Peter Mehlman

    Bernice Landry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Since you never know what will happen on a travel day, we didn’t set up anything special for our first night in New York, but, of course, that didn’t stop us from going out. After consulting listings for every kind of event imaginable, we decided on a reading, discussion and signing event at the Barnes & Noble close to our airbnb apartment on the Upper West Side.Though the author, Peter Mehlman, was unknown to us, since he was listed as a producer on the TV show “Seinfeld” — and one who had written some of the most recognized episodes — I was curious to see how his particular…
  • 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…
 
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    Screaming With Brevity

  • 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

  • Laughing with the Dead (a 600-word Halloween flash fiction short story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    In my country, cemeteries are just like parks, she says.Lately, she’s started calling it her country, like she didn’t leave when she was zero-years.old. They’re more in touch with death in her country, she says. The living and the dead all together laughing and celebrating. Go say hello to your dead relatives’ ghostly spirits, she says.Listen, I don’t want to say hello to them any sooner than I have to.  In my country, the dead are just dead. I hate being late, but I’m not cutting through a fricking cemetery in the middle of the night.But she keeps at it. Don’t be such a…
  • 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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    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…
 
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