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  • What Makes a Good Fractured Fairy Tale?

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    Lee McLain
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Primary school–age children are ripe for enjoying literary parody, and fractured fairy tales are a great introduction. By this time, 
ideally at least, kids have listened to or read many of the classic old tales: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” et al. It’s that familiarity with the original that makes reading or listening to a parody so satisfying — that feeling of being in on a joke. Your younger, less sophisticated sibling might not get it, but you know how this story is supposed to go, which makes it all the funnier when it goes off in a different…
  • A Different Kind of Princess

    Chronicle Books Blog
    Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    20 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I was never super good at being a princess. As you can see from the picture here, I lack the delicacy required of the perfect, pink princess, and clearly always have. I’m ok with this. I’m pretty good at other things, like doodling. I have strong hands. And I know kids’ books really, really well. As the kind of person who was never great at princessing, I was super excited to read Interstellar Cinderella. Not because this Cinderella isn’t good at being a princess—just the opposite, she’s fabulous at it—but because it’s a story that changes what it means to be a good princess.
  • Your Next 642 Creativity Challenge

    Chronicle Books Blog
    Kathryn Jaller
    19 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    It’s time for a new creative challenge, inspired by the 642 series (642 Things to Draw, 642 Things to Write, and other sources of endless quirky inspiration). It’s a fun one: DRAW: A Pug OR WRITE: Your cat (or dog) has a twitter feed. What are its first three tweets? Ahhh pugs. With their big brown eyes and squat little bodies, they are in some ways the cartoon embodiment of cuteness. But their wrinkled faces add a layer of complexity. And if the caricature of a bad twitter account is someone using it to describe what they had for breakfast, what’s a pup’s version?
  • Books of The Times: Cool Beach Books for Hot Summer Days

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    JANET MASLIN
    21 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Janet Maslin surveys summer reading, including Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers” and Renée Knight’s “Disclaimer,” the “Gone Girl” of the season.
  • Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

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    NPR Staff
    22 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.» E-Mail This
 
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  • Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

    NPR Staff
    22 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.» E-Mail This
  • The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets

    Jason Heller
    21 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.» E-Mail This
  • 'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

    Jason Sheehan
    20 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.» E-Mail This
  • The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic

    Amal El-Mohtar
    20 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.» E-Mail This
  • In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer

    NPR Staff
    19 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.» E-Mail This
 
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  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Interview Your Fellow Fiction Authors

    Joel Friedlander
    20 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong You’ve seen plenty of author interviews on the internet. You should really consider doing one yourself. Not as the subject answering questions, but as the person asking them. Identify an author who writes for an audience similar to yours, and request for some of her time. Come up with a list of interesting questions about her storytelling. Record the exchange. Publish the conversation online. I know what you’re thinking. You’re busy with a ton of things you need to do. Why should you bother playing Barbara Walters or David Letterman? Glad you asked. Here are…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2015

    Joel Friedlander
    18 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Editor’s Note: After many requests, I’m pleased to announce that this month, for the first time, we’ve enabled live links for each of the designers whose work is displayed here. If you find a designer you like, just click through to get to their site. This should make finding a great cover designer for your book even easier. Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during April, 2015. This month we received: 119 covers in the Fiction category 24 covers in the Nonfiction category Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments…
  • This Week in the Blogs, May 8 – 15, 2015

    Joel Friedlander
    17 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    So, how was your week? Were you busy working on your writing projects? There’s always so much to do and so much to learn about writing and self-publishing, isn’t there? I’ve picked out some great articles for you from this week’s blogs. I hope you find them helpful. Jane Friedman on Jane Friedman That Overused Word “Community”—But Why We Still Have to Talk About It “I’ve just wrapped up another semester at the University of Virginia, where I teach digital media and publishing. Many of my students undertake 10-12 week publishing projects that involve…
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  • April 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Joe Finder, Zero Hour In this standalone thriller by Joe Finder, terrorist-for-hire Henrik Baumann is unleashed on the United States with instructions to bring down the world's financial markets. FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill is the one we're rooting for on the other side. She's a veteran of the Lockerbie investigation and the mother of a young son, with a problematic ex-husband who causes trouble along the way. I always love reading about smart criminals, and Baumann is supposed to be the best, but he makes an awful lot of mistakes for all of his vaunted prowess. That he didn't shine…
  • March 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Stephen Carpenter, Killer I love the main storyline of this book. Jack Rhodes is the author of a bestselling series of crime novels that focus on the murders of a mysterious serial killer. The killer has a gruesome M.O. that involves the beheading of his victims' corpses and the amputation of their hands. Jack's story starts when a corpse is found with eery similarities to the victim in his first book. It might have been a copycat killing if it weren't that the real-life murder pre-dated the book's publication. So, trouble ensues, and it's a good story. The real-life killer's story…
  • February 2015: Book notices

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

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

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

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    20 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I was never super good at being a princess. As you can see from the picture here, I lack the delicacy required of the perfect, pink princess, and clearly always have. I’m ok with this. I’m pretty good at other things, like doodling. I have strong hands. And I know kids’ books really, really well. As the kind of person who was never great at princessing, I was super excited to read Interstellar Cinderella. Not because this Cinderella isn’t good at being a princess—just the opposite, she’s fabulous at it—but because it’s a story that changes what it means to be a good princess.
  • Which Cannabis Strain Should I Try Today?

    Albee Dalbotten
    19 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    There are a lot of pot options out there. How do you know what type is right for you? It all depends on what you’re looking for. That’s why we asked Dan Michaels and Erik Christiansen, authors of Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana, to put together this flowchart. Green explores the lineage, flavor, and mental or physical high that define 170 strains. If you want more of the science and beauty behind the bud, you’re in luck—it’s now on sale!
  • Your Next 642 Creativity Challenge

    Kathryn Jaller
    19 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    It’s time for a new creative challenge, inspired by the 642 series (642 Things to Draw, 642 Things to Write, and other sources of endless quirky inspiration). It’s a fun one: DRAW: A Pug OR WRITE: Your cat (or dog) has a twitter feed. What are its first three tweets? Ahhh pugs. With their big brown eyes and squat little bodies, they are in some ways the cartoon embodiment of cuteness. But their wrinkled faces add a layer of complexity. And if the caricature of a bad twitter account is someone using it to describe what they had for breakfast, what’s a pup’s version?
  • Indie Bookstore Day, the Caffeinated Way

    Irene Kim
    18 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Earlier this month, we celebrated Independent Bookstore Day along with 400 other bookstores across the nation. We’ve got three retail store locations throughout San Francisco and know all the hard work that goes into smoothly running a bookstore. So we figured showing some extra love to tireless bookstore workers couldn’t hurt, especially as they worked through one of the busiest day of the year! Our extra love came in the form of a #BookstoreDay survival kit, including some granola, painkillers, and the best cure for exhaustion: delicious coffee. We love our neighbors,…
  • Unexpected Art Comes in an Unexpected Package

    Brooke Johnson
    18 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    When we began working on Unexpected Art, we knew we wanted to make the form of the book feel special in a way that would reflect the unique art featured inside. The book presents over 50 contemporary installations and site-specific works from an impressive roster of artists from all over the world. Here’s a few sample spreads to give you an idea of the book’s contents: We asked Matthew Rezac, who designed the book for us, to do some brainstorming about what kind of materials or concepts might set this book apart from your average, ordinary paperback. The only parameters we gave him were…
 
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    Charles Petzold

  • Drones on Screen and Stage

    21 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The ability to carry out targeted assassinations using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (known better as drones) seems like an ideal solution to the problem of combatting terrorism. If a terrorist in a desert of Afghanistan can be identified from the sky, and his body blasted apart with the simple press of a button from a trailer on an Air Force base in the desert of Nevada, then potentially many lives can be saved with the elimination of just one. There is no danger at all to the soldier pushing the button, who can finish off a daily shift and immediately go back home to a loving spouse and kids,…
  • Pushback on “The Imitation Game”

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    The current issue of The New York Review of Books includes a review of The Imitation Game by Christian Caryl that pretty much sums up my reservations about the many historical inaccuracies of this movie. Unfortunately, the online version of the review “Saving Alan Turing From His Friends” is restricted to subscribers but an abridgement posted a couple weeks ago, “A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing”, is still available. My recent blog entry “The Imitation Game” and Alan Turing's Real Contribution to Computing discusses the mangling of the mathematics in the movie. ... more ...
  • “The Imitation Game” and Alan Turing’s Real Contribution to Computing

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    As Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) races against the clock to build a machine to crack the Nazi Enigma code in the recent movie The Imitation Game, only Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) understands the underlying quest of this tortured genius. ... more ...
  • The Infamous Windows “Hello World” Program

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A recent blog post by consultant John Cook reminded everybody about the infamous "Hello World" programs in the early chapters of the first five editions of Programming Windows: ... more ...
  • My Week at Xamarin Evolve 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    I've been to a lot of developers conferences over the decades, but never before had I been an employee of the company that staged the event. Consequently, it was fascinating getting an inside view of the massive amount of preparation required for Xamarin Evolve 2014, the largest cross-platform mobile developers conference in the world, and just as exciting spending the week at Evolve in Atlanta earlier this month. ... more ...
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    The Millions

  • The Creative Chrysalis: On Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seveneves’

    Chris Barsanti
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The single best joke in Woody Allen’s canon can be found in 1980’s Stardust Memories, in which the fans coming up to his director character to say how much liked his “early, funny” movies. The joke was Allen’s way of not just jabbing at his own pretensions, but also to signal his frustration with the limitations of the creative box he had put himself into and that his appreciators seemed intent to sit heavily on the lid of. The joke was ultimately on those imagined fans because even though it was no fun to sit through Allen’s earlier Ingmar Bergman/Federico Fellini-aping work,…
  • Tell Shorter Stories

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of course, that bigger is always better, and in an article for The Guardian Damien Walter argues against the current glut of epic, serialized fantasy novels taking their cues from George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. As Walter puts it, “There are great fantasy short…
  • Against Wunderkinds

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Recommended reading: Alexander Chee‘s essay “Against Wunderkinds.”
  • What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright

    Diane Prokop
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It was no surprise to me that after I interviewed Anne Enright in 2011 we talked about family. About her children who came relatively late in life, and about my not having any of my own. She said she’d been shocked at how much she loved motherhood, and wished she hadn’t put it off so long because she would have had five. She had two. Eventually, we decided motherhood was rather like a cult. Enright said, “Having a baby is like becoming a member of a cult because like a cult, you’re woken up at random hours of the day and night and you have to placate and worship. That’s what they do…
  • Rereading

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    “I’ve come to understand that I’ll rarely experience that first rush of discovery again, and perhaps that’s the problem with re-reading. It reminds us both of where we’ve been and where we can’t go again.” Sarah Seltzer wonders why do we reread books as children but not as adults? Pair with Lisa Levy‘s essay on “The Pleasures and Perils of Rereading.”
 
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Can writing a book make you a star? Yes it can!

    Alan Rinzler
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Just ask my author Lenore Skenazy, whose debut book Free-Range Kids – How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) led to her own reality TV show, among many other surprises. We had a lot of fun working on the book together, but I’ll let Lenore tell the story: Here’s my advice to all aspiring writers… Let your 9-year-old ride the subway alone. You won’t BELIEVE what happens next…much of it thanks to a certain storied editor. But let me back up. If you have heard of me, it’s because I did indeed let my 9-year-old ride the subway alone.
  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

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

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

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

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

    Simon Burnton (now) John Ashdown (later)
    22 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Latest updates from the second day’s play at Lord’sDay one report: Root and Stokes rescue England after poor startEngland remind that sport is best enjoyed without bickeringEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com or tweet @Simon_Burnton 1.05pm BST New Zealand survive unscathed until lunchtime, and Mark Wood gets a couple of conciliatory back-pats on his way back to the dressing-room. They trail by 345, with all 10 first-innings wickets remaining.The inch which robbed Mark Wood of a maiden test wicket #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/WVIADUbcsg 1.03pm BST 15th over: New Zealand 44-0 (Guptill 26,…
  • Greece says reform deal can come in 10 days, but Merkel is cautious - live updates

    Graeme Wearden
    22 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    All the latest economic and financial news, as EU leaders hold a summit in Riga overshadowed by the Greek debt crisisGreek spokesman: Deal can be sealed in 10 daysAngela Merkel: There’s still a lot to doMarkets ‘losing patience’ at slow progressCameron: Determined to reform the EUIntroduction: EU Summit in Riga 1.04pm BST I see @JunckerEU & @PrebenEUspox wearing #eu2015lv ties on stage. Good good good! pic.twitter.com/h5h7HcMzuB 1.02pm BST Onto questions.Was the statement held up because Azerbaijan initially refused to sign up, because of the wording on Crimea? 12.58pm BST We have…
  • AFL: Geelong v Carlton – live!

    Russell Jackson
    22 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    Live updates from the round eight match at Etihad StadiumEmail: russell.jackson@theguardian.com | Twitter: @rustyjacko 9.59pm AEST Geelong goal! 4th quarter (19:01 remaining) Geelong 19.6 (120) vs Geelong 8.8 (56)Take a bow, Ed Curnow. This game is all but over but still he pursues Joel Selwood like a skinnier Dog The Bounty Hunter. Has he literally just administered a citizens arrest? Either way Josh Caddy’s just kicked his third and the man on the mark, Chris Yarran, looks like he’s already checked out for the night. 9.57pm AEST Mick SwearengenBrendan Brown is back. “Bad Wood” said…
  • Phil Wang on Patrice O’Neal – indefensible views, undeniably funny

    Phil Wang
    22 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Whether or not you agreed with his routines on race and gender politics, Patrice O’Neal was an incredibly funny and fearless standupPatrice O’Neal presents a challenge to the liberal comedy fan. Many of his views on women were indefensible – and yet they were delivered by a comedian with extraordinary charisma who was extremely funny. This realisation was intensely exciting to me, that the first thing that matters in a comedian is “funny”.“You don’t know funny. I know funny,” O’Neal proclaims in countless interviews on the subject of taste and offence. And he’s right. You…
  • Viral Video Chart: David Letterman delivers his last show

    Dave Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    The grandmaster of gab bids adieu after more than 20 years in the chair, plus Delta airlines raises a smile and a Starbucks shouting matchIt may have escaped your attention, but godfather of the wee hours talk-show genre David Letterman signed off this week after 22 years presenting The Late Show. In case you missed his final outing, the Foo Fighters provided the music for a montage of moments from over the years, and here’s the man himself bidding farewell to a grateful public. Sticking with talk-shows – not for long though, promise – Jamie Foxx shows that as well as his host of other…
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  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    15 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Can’t seem to shake the memoirs thing . . . This time it’s James Joyce writing about himself as the character Stephen Dedalus, a precocious, self-regarding artiste who one day is destined to become James Joyce. Not necessary. Photo by ☰☵ Michele M. F. 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 writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great…
  • A Gronking To Remember

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    15 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Random House told it should pay to quote Joseph Goebbels in biography Hugo award nominees withdraw amid 'Puppygate' storm Charlie Hebdo Honor Sparks Controversy Amazon sued over Gronking book cover photo Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim 'Huge inequality' in writer earnings Journalists face increasing dangers Courtney Love Is Sued by Co-Writer of Her Memoir Follow ups: Disney Beats 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Copyright Lawsuit Photo of Gronk by Megan Asbeck   >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes
  • John Moloney – Choosing Not To Play The Accordion

    10 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Garry is joined in the studio by the award-winning stand-up comedian John Moloney (twice won Best Live Performer at the London Comedy Festival) whose four-part Radio 4 series The John Moloney Show kicks off on Tuesday 12th May. Influenced by Les Dawson, Dave Allen, The Jam and West Ham United, John’s stand-up comedy is a finely crafted blend of wordplay, one-liners and cat molesting. His radio producer says that observing him at work is “like watching a masterclass unfold. He’s like a conductor and the audience is his orchestra.” Born in on the fringes of East London in Ilford, a part…
  • Terry Alderton – The Voices In My Head

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Garry’s guest tonight is Terry Alderton, one of Britain’s most exciting comedians and a man Frank Skinner dubbed “a flipping genius”… only he didn’t say flipping. Famous for his roles in TV hits such as EastEnders and London’s Burning, Terry’s first love was Southend United Football Club – he played in goal for their youth team – but the stage was where he really scored. Terry’s gift for mimicry made him a rising star in what we used to call old school mainstream comedy. But his originality and risk-taking appealed to young club audiences too and in 1999 he was nominated…
  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Author David Lodge stars as his thinly disguised protagonist, Old Man Bates, who is entering retirement, uselessness, and, worst of all, permanent deafness, in this tragi-comi-tragic tale of David Lodge, starring as his protagonist. Largely good. Picture by clogsilk   >>> 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 writing, the ideas that…
 
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  • Snatch This Charcoal From My Hand, Grillmaster...

    Seira Wilson
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Flavorize: Great Marinades, Injections, Brines, Rubs, and Glazes by Ray "DR. BBQ" Lampe Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling by Joe Carroll This weekend the smell of outdoor cooking will fill the air as grills, smokers, and Big Green Eggs are lit in backyards across America. I, too, will be joining in and trying not to burn anything this year.  Fortunately, there has been a recent run of excellent new cookbooks (some of them recent Best of the Month picks) from which I will be pulling recipes and guidance.  Here are…
  • Neal Stephenson Speaks about His Latest Epic: "Seveneves"

    Adrian Liang
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Seveneves by Neal Stephenson David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and the forthcoming Slade House, recently interviewed Neal Stephenson about Seveneves, Stephenson’s breathtaking new book about the survival of the human race, which Amazon picked as one of the Best Books of the Month.   DM:    Good morning, afternoon or evening, Neal.     NS:      Hello, David! Thank you for your work with stammering. I did it for a few years when I was a kid, and then it mysteriously stopped—no idea why. Maybe something to…
  • Sara Says: I’m Binging on "Dietland"

    Sara Nelson
    21 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Dietland by Sarai Walker My New Favorite Book of the Moment is, you might be able to tell from our Best of the Month reviews,  is this wonderful, oddball, sly-if-not-downright-subversive novel called Dietland, by newcomer Sarai (pronounced Sar-ay) Walker. It’s the story of a young woman who starts out, like many of us, weight and beauty obsessed, and ends up in an underground world where the values we’re bombarded with daily – women should be skinny, heels should be high, lipstick red, sex always super hot -- are turned on their heads. There’s slapstick in…
  • Draw Your Own Maps: Jeremy Collins and the Art of Adventure

    Jon Foro
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Drawn: The Art of Ascent by Jeremy Collins At age 32, Jeremy Collins had it all: A loving family and a successful career as an artist and illustrator whose work had  graced the cover of National Geographic magazine. He also had the bug to climb large rocks, and had pioneered new routes up hundreds of peaks across the United States. But he was nagged by a sense that he was leaving at least some part of his life unlived, or at least unseen in ways he wanted to see it. Following the death of a close friend in an avalanche, Collins reset his priorities, setting…
  • The Kids AREN’T All Right: Phil Klay Talks With the Authors of "War of the Encyclopaedists"

    Sara Nelson
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite A poet and a soldier collaborate on an exciting debut novel called War of the Encyclopaedists, a story that takes us into the lives of a group of millennials who find themselves in Seattle hipsterville and also in Baghdad; it’s a book that author Mary Karr says is written with “sweep and heart and humor.” National Book Award winning author, Phil Klay, sat down with authors Christopher Robinson (the poet),   and Gavin Kovite (the former infantry platoon leader), to talk about this…
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  • Books Aren't Dangerous Campaign

    21 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
      Do you remember that book that changed your life as a reader, or maybe just your life in general? You do? That’s great!        Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, have started a campaign called BOOKS AREN’T DANGEROUS. For every picture of a book that uses #BooksArentDangerous, a book will be donated to an underserved school or library!   We put our team of staff reviewers to the test and here are some of the pcitures and stories they shared with us to help keep this campaign going. Pictures were shared on social media…
  • TOMORROWLAND - Drive Through Movie Review

    21 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    **********NO SPOILERS************ The Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, give their thoughts on the new Disney film TOMORROWLAND.    QUESTION: If you could go to an alternate universe what would you want to see there?Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    21 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hi, YABC! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY by Maria E. Andreu, releasing September 1, 2015 from Running Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Maria:   YABC Readers!  I’m so excited to share the paperback cover for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY.  I thought I couldn’t love a cover more than that of the hardcover edition of TSSoE.  I was wrong!  I think this paperback cover so perfectly encapsulates the mood of the book and the red, white and blue gives a subtle hint at the conflict.
  • May 2015 YABC Book Haul

    20 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Hey YABCers! Once again, our office has been innundated with books, books, and  more BOOKS! We've run out of shelf space which can only mean one thing .... it's time for the May Book Haul! Enjoy the video and let us know in the comments which books you can't wait to add to your TBR.   Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Insidious by Dawn Metcalf + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    19 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hello, YABC! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for INSIDIOUS by Dawn Metcalf, releasing August 25, 2015 from Harlequin TEEN. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Dawn:   You know when you finish a story, you never really finish because there's so much more you find you want to tell? Well, Insidious let me do just that. Originally, the Twixt was a 2-book deal and so I made sure to finish up that part of Joy and Ink's story, even knowing that there was a lot more to their journey, but there just weren't enough pages to do it all. But then? Huzzah! Another…
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  • Sago Mini Road Trip app review

    Katie Bircher
    21 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: the beginning of road-trip season! Seems like a good time to check out Sago Mini’s Road Trip app (Sago Sago, December 2014) — especially since it’s currently free. You play as Jinja the cat, off to visit one of three friends (a dog, a bird, or a bunny) in locales (beach, big city, mountains, pyramids) which rotate with repeated uses. Pack clothes and travel necessities such as a dino inner tube, a goldfish in a bowl, a treasure map, wellies, a chocolate cake — you know, the essentials. Then choose your ride…
  • What Makes a Good Fractured Fairy Tale?

    Lee McLain
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Primary school–age children are ripe for enjoying literary parody, and fractured fairy tales are a great introduction. By this time, 
ideally at least, kids have listened to or read many of the classic old tales: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” et al. It’s that familiarity with the original that makes reading or listening to a parody so satisfying — that feeling of being in on a joke. Your younger, less sophisticated sibling might not get it, but you know how this story is supposed to go, which makes it all the funnier when it goes off in a different…
  • Book & Me | Comic #13

    Charise Mericle Harper
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Previous | Next (May 22) The post Book & Me | Comic #13 appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • Prehistoric life

    Horn Book
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Aronson, Marc  The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     National Geographic With Adrienne Mayor. Illustrated by Chris Muller. Mayor is a scholar whose fascination with mythical creatures led her to uncover a scientific basis for the existence of the legendary griffin. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance are central themes in this intriguing story of her search for the nuggets of truth behind the myths. Photographs, drawings, and maps illustrate crucial visual evidence supporting her theories.
  • Social issues

    Horn Book
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Behnke, Alison Marie  Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Middle school, high school     72 pp.     Twenty-First Century This slim volume takes on human trafficking all over the world, covering debt bondage, forced domestic servitude, the sex trade, organ and adoption trafficking, forced military service, and more. Although the text takes a thorough, businesslike approach to an emotional topic, the frequent “Voices of the Victims” feature and moving photographs humanize the statistics. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind. Subjects: Social Issues; Slave trade;…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • First Edition of Peter Pan Flies to Olympia Book Fair

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    22 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    The London International Antiquarian Book Fair is a week away, and fittingly, among the 180 dealers who will be there, David Brass (of David Brass Rare Books) is bringing a first edition of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1906), inscribed to none other than Mary Hodgson. Hodgson (1876-1962) was nurse and nanny to George and Jack Llewelyn Davies, the brothers who inspired the "lost boys" of Barrie's classic tale. What's more astounding is that there is even an inscription at all, which reads simply, "To Mary Hodgson / with kindest regards / from…
  • Forgotten Gore Vidal Novel Published by Hard Case Crime

    Nate Pedersen
    20 May 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Hard Case Crime, one of my favorite indie publishers, recently released a long forgotten crime novel by Gore Vidal titled Thieves Fall Out. Vidal wrote the novel in the early 1950s while reeling from criticism about the controversial content in his third book, The City and The Pillar. Under the pen name "Cameron Kay," Vidal published Thieves Fall Out in 1953. The pulpy novel--about an American smuggling an artifact out of Egypt in the middle of revolution--was soon forgotten by almost everyone except Vidal scholars.Charles Ardai, publisher of Hard Case Crime, spoke with us over e-mail…
  • Are VHS Tapes the New Rarity?

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    20 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    It may have come as a surprise to some when Yale University Library announced earlier this year its acquisition of 2,700 VHS tapes, becoming the first institution in the country to actively collect the outmoded medium. What arrived at Sterling Library back in March were largely horror-genre movies from the seventies and eighties, prompted by librarian David Gary and PhD student Aaron Pratt.So how long before VHS tapes turn up in the catalogues of antiquarian booksellers? In what he calls a "c-list" of "Uncommon, Unlikely & Odd" books and book-related items, Ken Lopez of Hadley,…
  • Kahlo's Garden

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    19 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who died in 1954, is a hot topic of late. First, a group of 25 unpublished love letters written not to her husband, Diego Rivera, but to her lover, Spanish artist Jose Bartoli, sold at auction for $137,000 back in April. Then, earlier this month, a London gallery put on exhibit her colorful wardrobe, apparently secreted away in the bathroom of the Mexico City home she shared with Rivera. And over the past weekend, the New York Botanical Garden in New York City opened Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, a reimagination of her Casa Azul home and studio. The NYBG's Enid…
  • Larger Than Life, Sojourner Truth's Message Lives On

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    15 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    "If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them."  Sojourner Truth spoke these words at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention on May 28 1851, as part of her famous "Ain't I A Woman?" speech, and her message of equality and self-empowerment is as relevant today as it was 164 years ago. (Though it's likely Truth's exact words were amended by fellow suffragist Francis Gage, there is an undeniable power…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Movie Review: Far From the Madding Crowd

    Carrie S
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A- Not a Book RHG and I went (separately, alas) to see Far From the Madding Crowd.  I (CarrieS) have read the book, and RHG had not.  Far From the Madding Crowd is a drama set in the Victorian period about Bathsheba Everdeen, a prosperous farmer with three very different suitors.  Here are our impressions: RHG:  WHY ARE DUDES.  WHY ARE DUDES THE FUCKING WORST. CarrieS: THE CLOTHES I WANT THEM. Also, I vote we have a total moratorium on people kissing while sun sets or rises between their heads. So, let’s get this party started by talking about dudes and why they are the fucking worst.
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

    Carrie S
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    A Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 1874 ClassicRomance Far From the Madding Crowd is a Victorian novel about a strong-willed woman with three suitors, none of which she actually has to marry, because she has her own farm and is doing just fine, thank you very much. I’ve seen an early screening of the movie and RHG and I will have a joint review out later today. This review contains spoilers for the book and obviously spoilers for the movie as well, so read on at your own risk. I’m going to describe the whole plot, because it is full of crazy sauce, and y’all know…
  • 142. Sex and History and Romance: An Interview with Caroline Linden

    SB Sarah
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This week, Sarah interviews bestselling historical author Caroline Linden about her Scandals series, her upcoming book, Love in the Time of Scandal, and about her education in mathematics. We talk about math, romance novels, and the sexually explicit historical literature she read while doing research for this series, too. Listen to the podcast → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: Caroline Linden also mentioned the following books and pieces of research, and wanted to share these links with all of you: “The School of Venus (or, how to get laid in 1680)“ Fanny…
  • The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz

    Guest Reviewer
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    C- The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz October 6, 2014 · Harlequin Shivers ClassicLiterary FictionRomance This RITA® Reader Challenge 2015 review was written by Kira L. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Contemporary Romance category. The summary: A fever dream of desires fulfilled. Nestled in the shadow of the Appalachians is where Gwen Ashby stumbles upon the William Marshall Academy, and she’s given a trial position as a literature teacher. The gothic boarding school seems trapped in time yet it feels like home the moment Gwen arrives. She’s charmed by the…
  • Mixed Bag with Fantasy, M/M Romance, & More

    Amanda
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Magicians The Magicians by Lev Grossman is $2.99! I haven’t read this book yet, but it comes highly recommended from several friends. It also is the most recommended book I’ve seen for people looking for what to read next after finishing the Harry Potter series. Though the protagonist is a senior high school, the book does contain themes of sex and drugs. Something to keep in mind for younger readers. A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school,…
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    London Review of Books

  • Thomas Meaney: Short Cuts

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Paul Farmer: The Caregivers’ Disease

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Adam Shatz: Freddie Gray

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Seymour M. Hersh: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This spring I contacted Asad Durrani, former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Generals Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms; that the CIA did not learn of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his couriers.
  • Letters

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 10 (21 May 2015)
 
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  • Let’s Save Sitting! by Liza Behles

    22 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    We have a massive opportunity here, guys. A REALLY huge client has asked us to help turn their brand around. I’m talking about an ancient practice that every one of us has experienced countless times. The client is Sitting. And right now, it’s in trouble. Apparently, a lot of health nuts are claiming that Sitting is the “new smoking.” Do you guys remember smoking? It’s that thing used to be cool, but thanks to advertising, is now banned in public. So, yeah, you can see why Sitting is flipping its shit.What’s the plan? Well, per usual, we need to take a broad view of…
  • How to Find Love: Lessons from an Old Maid: Halfway Point by Connie Sun

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
  • List: Batting Heckles Uttered by the Dad On My Son’s Little League Team Who is a Meteorology Professor and Whose Research Interests Include Cloud-Based Analytics for Spatio-Temporal Data With a Primary Focus On Climate, Hydrological and Ecological Sciences by Gary M. Almeter

    22 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    “I’ve identified faster moving dynamic regions by determining the spatio-temporal connectivity, extent and trajectory for locally dynamic spatial locations whose position has shifted from one time period to the next than that swing!”“The extra-tropical mid-latitude cyclone just called! It wants its horizontal gradient in temperature and dew point back along with its horizontal convective rolls that develop with cumulus cloud line!!”“You couldn’t hit a noctilucent cloud if you fell off a planetary wave flux entering the winter stratosphere from the troposphere!”“Whew! The…
  • Print Lovers Magazine is Going Digital! by Lucas Gardner

    21 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    We launched Print Lovers Magazine over ten years ago with one simple mission statement:“We aim to celebrate and preserve print media over the digital and non-physical. Pages are meant to be turned, not scrolled; books meant to be held, not reduced to megabytes. Print Lovers Magazine is a niche gift to all lovers of print culture.”Our mission statement remains unchanged to this day, and we’re forever committed to reaching wider audiences. For that reason, and also as the result of a few financial strains, Print Lovers Magazine is going digital!While we’re sad to discontinue the…
  • List: Bechdel Test-Inspired Rules for Other Cartoonists by Shannon Reed

    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Lee TestDoes it show women with huge bazooms, one, who prance around in skin-tight costumes, two, yet somehow the creator, three, still gets credit for empowering women?The Schultz TestDoes it have a dog, one, who has a bird sidekick that participates in his World War I fantasies, two, while, three, his owner is unaware of the complicated mental processes said dog is capable of because of his own obsessions with psychiatry, football and grief?The Breathed TestDoes it have a penguin, one, who suffers from internal anxiety about his inability to fly but also comments drily on the antics of…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Thrills and Mystery Podcast – Season 1

    Evo
    14 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    The Thrills & Mystery Podcast has just finished their first season of production, which means it’s time to get it listed on Podiobooks.com! These are the archives of The Thrills and Mystery Podcast, a weekly fiction show featuring crime stories, noir, thrillers, mysteries, adventure and other tales of high intensity written by many of today’s up-and-coming indie-writers and publishers. A spy is betrayed by his lover and his government in a painful way. A prostitute plans her escape from her demanding pimp. Three teenagers try to disarm a landmine before … well ……
  • New release! Window in the Sky by Paul J. Joseph

    Evo
    13 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Congrats to Paul J. Joseph for wrapping up his Through the Fold series. The sixth and final book, Window in the Sky, is now released! With a lasting peace established between Earth and Baltan mediated by the growing alliance with the mysterious Szzzyyyxx, a new chapter in human history begins.  But in the midst of this, the Szzzyyyxx Mother requests Sally’s help with a mystery.  Two Szzzyyyxx vessels have disappeared in the far reaches of their space.  Sally and Ian plan a controversial rescue mission with the first of a new line of experimental ships.  They arrive in the region…
  • Mark L Berry Releases Full Cast Audio

    Podioracket
    5 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    13,760 Feet: My Personal Hole in the Sky By Mark L. Berry Website:  www.marklberry.com Twitter:  @AV8R_Author Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-L-Berry-Creative-Writer We have interviewed Mark L. Berry before. We have even promoted his Podiobooks.com releases of Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun – a survivor’s guilt story & Street Justice. And now we are pleased to Raise a Racket about Mark’s full cast audio release of 13,760 Feet – My Personal Hole om the Sky! Book Info The 747 that went up whole and came down in 876 pieces invaded every part of…
  • New release! Autumn Leaves by Stephen L. Moss

    Evo
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Stephen is back with Book 2 of the Paul Kingston Mysteries. Enjoy Autumn Leaves: Who Killed Clive Peterson? Bass guitarist Paul Kingston is happy to take a last-minute job playing with Milwaukee’s greatest jazz band. But when the band’s leader is shot dead in the street, his widow asks Paul to find out why. The police say it was an accident, just another innocent bystander caught in gang war crossfire. But is that really what happened? Could it have been someone in the band? Even a member of the family? The more Paul investigates, the more he finds that things aren’t as they seem. Can…
  • New release! Planet Secrets by Trisha M. Wilson

    Evo
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    It’s the start of a brand new scifi trilogy! Enjoy Planet Secrets by Trisha M. Wilson For someone who’s been in college as long as I have, you’d think I’d be used to people by now. And for the most part I am…until I met Meredith. Meredith was annoying on too many levels to count and was just too self centered to live. Not that I had plans on killing her because I didn’t. Instead, I planned to ship her away to a slave planet where she’d spend the rest of her life toiling away in inhumane conditions. Poetic justice as I like to think of it for all she’d ever done to me. But…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • What if Book Reviews Were Written Like Text Messages? BR=TM

    Anne
    20 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    A while ago I wrote a blog post in which I wondered...What if Book Reviews Were Written Like Wine Reviews? Recent 'Incoming' text messages which I have had to decode by 'Googling' the acronyms sent to me by younger, hipper people (ahem, my kids) got me to thinking about...What if book reviews were written like text messages with a bit of Twitter hashtags thrown in?Or should I say #whatif? BR=TM ROTFL because YOLO, I literally can't even um like imagine, but here goes.In our continuing series of posts about what is new on our non-fiction shelf, LMK if u like these books:Get What's Yours, the…
  • Nurses Write!

    Anne
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Two books currently on the New Non-Fiction Shelf are nurses' accounts of what it is like to work in their much admired and appreciated profession. The library  has many books written by doctors about their profession, but  it is harder to find similar autobiographical accounts by nurses or nurse memoirs. I don't know why this is, but I am sure that a statistical look at Amazon or Books in Print would bear me out on this inbalance of health care provider's authorship.* When the local high school students come in to research a profession, which is a perennial assignment, we now have…
  • Bullets that Remain and the Problems They Cause

    Anne
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
     The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly (2015) is a new thriller by journalist Kelly that kept me so engrossed on my day off that I put off my to-do list til the next day. Georgetown professor Caroline Cashion feels increasing pain in her wrist which turns out to be caused, not by carpal tunnel syndrome, but by a stray bullet buried deep in her neck - despite the fact that she has no memory of ever being shot. The story takes off like a, oh yes, a shot, and provides a page-turning adventure. Cashion finds out how and when she got shot and follows up the cold case that is the story of her…
  • Area Bear Seeks Chair

    Anne
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Bear Taking the Trash OutI posted these bears-in-fact-and-fiction thoughts a few years ago. Don't worry, there are no bear reports at this time in the area as far as I know. I am more careful about leaving my back door open though, just saying - in case any Bear Burglars are reading the library blog. 'The blinking telephone message light greeted me last night when I got home from work. The police reverse phone emergency system informed me that a "free-ranging" bear had been spotted near Summit Middle School and was last reported heading in a "westerly" direction.  Last time I got that…
  • Cozy Mysteries Set in Nice, France

    Anne
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    What could be better than to escape from a rainy, northern climate to the warm southern coast of France? For a bookish escape to Nice on the French Riviera, try 'Not Quite Nice' by Celia Imrie or 'Toured to Death' by Hy Conrad. Ms. Imrie, a well-known British actress, has written a fun story of escapism about a divorcee and grandmother. Short on money, under-appreciated by her awful grown daughter and bratty grandchildren, Theresa decides to sell her London house and retire to a small seaside village near Nice. There she meets a merry band of eccentric ex-patriots, starts teaching cooking…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • How curation automation is going to disrupt content consumption

    Joe Wikert
    18 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    The best content curators have extensive topic knowledge and a knack for reader interests and preferences. That sounds like something only a living, breathing human can do, right? While that’s largely the case today, I believe technology will drive the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why all-you-can-read subscriptions need curation

    Joe Wikert
    11 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    The initial promise is compelling, especially for voracious readers. For $10-$15/month consumers get access to more content than they could possibly read in a month. That ultimately creates a bigger problem than the subscription platforms probably realize. For more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here’s a dilemma every book publisher should hope to face

    Joe Wikert
    4 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    A recent email from Evernote piqued my curiosity. I’ve used the note-taking tool for years but never found a reason to upgrade from the Basic (free) version to the Premium (paid) version. Their email announced a “Plus” version with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Debunking the discovery problem

    Joe Wikert
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Ever since ebooks gained traction the publishing industry has obsessed with what’s typically referred to as “the discovery problem.” The common wisdom is that discovery of the content will lead to fame and fortune. What's next, now that ebook sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons from one publisher’s aversion to ebooks

    Joe Wikert
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    I recently did something that I haven’t done for more than five years: I bought a physical, print edition of a book. For myself. I didn’t want to, but I had to. The publisher made me do it. The story... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for May

    Samantha McGinnis
    21 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Our May book list includes fun, magical books featuring adventures with an adorable elephant, funny stories about sisters for young readers, the story of strong man Charles Atlas, a laugh-out-loud tale about pranksters and one of the best teen romances ever written. Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6): Little Elliot, Big City By: Mike Curato Elliot loves the adventure of living in the city but his size often gets in his way. Readers’ hearts will melt when Elliot meets an unlikely friend at just the right moment and the two take on the town together. A sweet, beautifully illustrated book!   For …
  • What Does the Stories For All Project Mean to You?

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. On May 6th, we hosted a Twitter chat to talk about how books featuring diverse voices help children learn and grow. Educators from across the country joined publishers, thought leaders, supporters and partners to share their thoughts. Here are just a few highlights from the conversation. View the entire Twitter chat on Storify. What does the #StoriesforAll Project mean to you? Why is it…
  • The Right Book at the Right Time

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Spradlin, Executive Director of Book’em in Nashville, TN. Having the right book at the right time can make a difference in a child’s life – sometimes forever. That is why having a variety of books to choose from is so important to our program. Every day I work with Book’em in Nashville to make kids and teens owners of books, helping them…
  • Six Diverse Stories: Our 2015 Stories for All Project Selections

    Samantha McGinnis
    12 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Last week, we announced our latest action in the Stories for All Project – we selected six outstanding titles that showcase characters and storylines often underrepresented in  children’s literature and are making 10,000 copies of each title available in affordable trade paperback format for the first time ever. The first three titles are available now on the First Book…
  • These Children Saw Themselves in a Book

    Samantha McGinnis
    7 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Cathy Gaudio reads aloud to a group of students in Phoenix, Arizona.  It’s a special day – every child at Sun Canyon Elementary is going home with a book of their own. The book, “Pelitos” by Sandra Cisneros, is bilingual. She reads one page in English, soon echoed by her bright-eyed helper reading the page in Spanish.  The children are thrilled. “’Pelitos’ talks…
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    Publishing Talk

  • How to crowdfund your book

    Ben Galley
    18 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Indie bestseller and self-publishing expert Ben Galley shares his top tips for crowdfunding your book. Looking to self-publish but tight on funds? Want to build a fanbase before you’ve even released a book? Or, perhaps you want to fund a special project like a graphic novel or audiobook? If that’s you, then crowdfunding might just be your new best friend. Crowdfunding is a great way of raising funds using the power of the crowd, acting almost like an advance that you can channel in to publishing costs or new projects. Better still, that crowd can become your loyal fans as well as your…
  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 7 – Self-Publishing

    Jon Reed
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:39 am
    Learn how to design your own book cover, self-publish successfully, and market your books in issue 7. The PDF edition is FREE to download right now (7.5 MB). Issue 7 is also available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud. A text-only Kindle edition will be available from Amazon soon. Back issues of Kindle editions are available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Back issues of PDF editions can also be downloaded for free from this site. Please join our mailing list for details of our next issue and new resources. In this issue: How to create an on-trend book cover – a 3-page, 5-step…
  • Why Lauren Child’s new Charlie and Lola book is all about numeracy [INTERVIEW]

    Lucy Coats
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Lauren Child speaks exclusively to Lucy Coats at the Bologna Book Fair about One Thing, her first Charlie and Lola book for five years. The taxi is late, so as I wait for Lauren Child to arrive at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I have a chance to get a proper look at One Thing, the first Charlie and Lola book for five years, which brings Child’s unique vision to focus on numeracy, as she has done previously with literacy. Charlie and Lola is a proper publishing phenomenon, with its own trademark, CBeebies animated TV series – and a LOT of books. Child wrote the first Charlie…
  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair Diary 2015

    Lucy Coats
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Lucy Coats, Contributing Editor to the Children’s Publishing issue of Publishing Talk Magazine, reports back from this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Judging by the huge queues to get in, Bologna 2015 was very much open for business. After negotiating my way past an officious jobsworth of a Fair official, (who refused to believe my Publishing Talk credentials because they weren’t written in Italian), I got my press pass from the office and hurried to my first Monday appointment with Kate Wilson of Nosy Crow (only one of 165 for her team over the four days of the…
  • How to become a children’s book illustrator – 7 secrets for success

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

    Kaija Straumanis
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Vincent Francone on Miloš Djurdjević’s Morse, My Deaf Friend, translated by the author and published by Ugly Duckling Presse. The chapbook itself is short—clocking in at 32 pages—and is yet another beautiful work of print done by Ugly Duckling. Here’s the beginning of Vince’s review, which tries to get a grasp on what to expect, or not to expect, from poems labeled as “avant-garde”: There’s little to say about a series of prose poems that willfully refuse to identify pronoun antecedents. Or perhaps…
  • László Krasznahorkai Wins the Man Booker International Prize!

    Chad W. Post
    20 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Yesterday afternoon, as we were recording Three Percent podcast #99, it was announced that László Krasznahorkai had won the 2015 Man Book International Prize, becoming the only the sixth winner of the biennial award, and the first winner since Ismail Kadare in 2005 who doesn’t write in English. From the judges: In László Krasznahorkai’s The Melancholy of Resistance, a sinister circus has put a massive taxidermic specimen, a whole whale, Leviathan itself, on display in a country town. Violence soon erupts, and the book as a whole could be described as a vision, satirical and…
  • Latest Review: "The Crimson Thread of Abandon" by Terayama Shūji

    Kaija Straumanis
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Robert Anthony Siegel on Terayama Shūji’s The Crimson Thread of Abandon, translated by Elizabeth L. Armstrong and published by the University of Hawai’i Press. Robert Anthony Siegel is the author of two novels, All Will Be Revealed and All the Money in the World. Recent work of his has been in Tin House and the New York Times, and is forthcoming in The Paris Review. More information on him and his work can be found at his web site. Here’s the beginning of Robert’s review: The Crimson Thread of Abandon is the…
  • "Chasing Lost Time" and "The Man Between" at Albertine

    Chad W. Post
    18 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    This Thursday, May 21st at 7pm, I’ll be moderating a conversation at Albertine Book Store (972 Fifth Ave., NYC) with Jean Findlay and Esther Allen about the life and work of two celebrated translators: C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Michael Henry Heim. You should come! While C. K. Scott Moncrieff’s work has shaped our understanding of Proust’s seven-volume masterpiece—published as Remembrance of Things Past—he has remained hidden behind the genius of the man whose reputation he helped build. In this biography, Chasing Lost Time: The Life and Work of C. K. Scott Moncrieff,…
  • Three Percent #98: The 2015 BTBA Finalists!

    Chad W. Post
    15 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    For this week’s podcast, we invited Best Translated Book Award Fiction Chair Monica Carter on to talk about the finalists for this year’s awards. Monica graciously gave us some insight into the voting process, revealed which of the final ten was a “personal pick” of one of the judges, and managed to make us second guess who we thought would win the award. Additionally, we talked about the differences between the UK vs. U.S. book scenes, and had some rants, raves, and sports talk.
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  • Signs That You’re Being Too Stubborn

    Muriel Maignan Wilkins
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    They’re hardheaded. They dig their heels in. You know the type — people who are way too stubborn for their own good. While it’s easy to point the finger at others who exhibit this behavior, it can be hard to recognize this trait in yourself. Here are the signs that you’re being too inflexible: You keep at an idea or plan, or insist on making your point, even when you know you’re wrong. You do something you want to do even if no one else wants to do it. When others present an idea, you tend to point out all the reasons it won’t work. You visibly feel anger,…
  • Health Care Transparency Should Be About Strategy, Not Marketing

    Thomas H. Lee
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Health care organizations need to re-think their concept of strategy to thrive in a marketplace driven by competition on value – how well they improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. That re-thinking begins with clarifying what the organizations are truly trying to accomplish, and for what “customers,” and how they are going to distinguish themselves from competitors and offer a unique value proposition. Make no mistake – improving value for patients is hard. But as Michael Porter and I write in our recent Perspective article in The New England Journal of Medicine,…
  • Is Rooftop Solar Finally Good Enough to Disrupt the Grid?

    Nathan Richter
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over the past two decades, there have been many attempts to reform the electric utility market. The costly and complex operations of transporting energy have made utilities natural monopolies, while regulatory barriers and the high fixed costs of building and maintaining regional electrical grid infrastructure have also kept much competition at bay. But recent technological advances and new business models are now allowing nimble players to compete and provide consumers with cost-saving alternatives. With the rise of distributed forms of energy, such as rooftop solar power, and batteries,…
  • Measure Your Team’s Intellectual Diversity

    Harvard Business Review Staff
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Inventive thinking in a team setting is fueled by a blend of talents, skills, and traits that rarely all exist in a single person—such as an ability to see problems through fresh eyes, a knack for understanding a frustrated customer’s complaints, or a flair for turning a creative idea into a profitable innova­tion. This kind of intellectual diversity is more likely to be present when individuals on the team come from different disciplines, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. A choir can’t perform well if it’s made up of all sopranos; similarly, on an…
  • Let’s Stop Arguing About Whether Disruption Is Good or Bad

    Greg Satell
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Kenneth Andersson The idea of disruption excites some people and terrifies others.  Consider the recent case of The New Republic, in which a new, disruptive CEO came in and vowed to “break shit.”  The company’s top journalists balked, the brand was sullied, and the business still struggles.  And all that for what? That was the essence of Jill Lepore’s essay last year in The New Yorker about the “disruption machine,” in which she argued that, “disruptive innovation is competitive strategy for an age seized by terror” and referred…
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  • BOTNS #332: Summer Reading Plans, Featuring the Return of BOTNS Book Bingo!

    Michael Kindness
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Download your BOTNS Summer Bingo card. Michael commits to reading 13 short stories this summer. And we recommend The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza, and Girl at War by Sara Novic. Memorial Day is this weekend, so it’s time to get your BOTNS Summer Bingo card, which can be downloaded here. The Bingo game will run Memorial Day (May 25) – Labor Day (September 7), and, as in the past, the rules are pretty much up to you (five-in-a-row, four corners, how to use the Free Space, etc.). We’ve set up a folder on our Goodreads group where you can share ideas and ask for…
  • BOTNS 331: It doesn’t say that in my TV Guide

    Ann Kingman
    12 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    When TV shows diverge from books; new novels from Mary Doria Russell and Jim Shepard.   We’ve closed out our survey for Summer Book Bingo square ideas, and we’ll be announcing the new link for your 2015 BOTNS Summer Book Bingo card. That should give you a chance to plan your reading in time for our official start, May 25th. Be sure to tune in next week to hear more! Audiobook of the week (02:30) Spinster, by Kate Bolick is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week, and it’s read by the author. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this…
  • BOTNS #330: E. Lockhart, Krista Bremer, and Anthony Marra – Recorded at Booktopia Asheville

    Michael Kindness
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This week we bring you the first three author talks from Booktopia Asheville, recorded at Malaprop’s Bookstore: E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars Krista Bremer, author of My Accidental Jihad (recently published in paperback under the title A Tender Struggle) Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena  
  • BOTNS #329: Independent Bookstore Day

    Michael Kindness
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! And, don’t forget about Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, and The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown. Summer is just around the corner, and that means the return of BOTNS Beach Blanket Book Bingo. Full deatils will be announced before Memorial Day, but in the meantime, we’d love your ideas for categories for the Bingo squares. We’ve set up a survey where you can suggest topics for squares, so let us know your ideas.   Audiobook of the week (04:15) The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, told by multiple narrators, is…
  • BOTNS #328: The Writer on the Page

    Ann Kingman
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Earlier this week, I was honored to be a guest on the Covered podcast, hosted by Harry Marks. Harry and I talked about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I had a great time, and I hope you give it a listen … and check out the other episodes of Covered, too! Audiobook of the week (02:49): Sweetland by Michael Crummey, narrated by John Lee, is Michael’s 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…
 
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  • Snatch This Charcoal From My Hand, Grillmaster...

    Seira Wilson
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Flavorize: Great Marinades, Injections, Brines, Rubs, and Glazes by Ray "DR. BBQ" Lampe Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling by Joe Carroll This weekend the smell of outdoor cooking will fill the air as grills, smokers, and Big Green Eggs are lit in backyards across America. I, too, will be joining in and trying not to burn anything this year.  Fortunately, there has been a recent run of excellent new cookbooks (some of them recent Best of the Month picks) from which I will be pulling recipes and guidance.  Here are…
  • Neal Stephenson Speaks about His Latest Epic: "Seveneves"

    Adrian Liang
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Seveneves by Neal Stephenson David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and the forthcoming Slade House, recently interviewed Neal Stephenson about Seveneves, Stephenson’s breathtaking new book about the survival of the human race, which Amazon picked as one of the Best Books of the Month.   DM:    Good morning, afternoon or evening, Neal.     NS:      Hello, David! Thank you for your work with stammering. I did it for a few years when I was a kid, and then it mysteriously stopped—no idea why. Maybe something to…
  • Sara Says: I’m Binging on "Dietland"

    Sara Nelson
    21 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Dietland by Sarai Walker My New Favorite Book of the Moment is, you might be able to tell from our Best of the Month reviews,  is this wonderful, oddball, sly-if-not-downright-subversive novel called Dietland, by newcomer Sarai (pronounced Sar-ay) Walker. It’s the story of a young woman who starts out, like many of us, weight and beauty obsessed, and ends up in an underground world where the values we’re bombarded with daily – women should be skinny, heels should be high, lipstick red, sex always super hot -- are turned on their heads. There’s slapstick in…
  • Draw Your Own Maps: Jeremy Collins and the Art of Adventure

    Jon Foro
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon.com Drawn: The Art of Ascent by Jeremy Collins At age 32, Jeremy Collins had it all: A loving family and a successful career as an artist and illustrator whose work had  graced the cover of National Geographic magazine. He also had the bug to climb large rocks, and had pioneered new routes up hundreds of peaks across the United States. But he was nagged by a sense that he was leaving at least some part of his life unlived, or at least unseen in ways he wanted to see it. Following the death of a close friend in an avalanche, Collins reset his priorities, setting…
  • The Kids AREN’T All Right: Phil Klay Talks With the Authors of "War of the Encyclopaedists"

    Sara Nelson
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite A poet and a soldier collaborate on an exciting debut novel called War of the Encyclopaedists, a story that takes us into the lives of a group of millennials who find themselves in Seattle hipsterville and also in Baghdad; it’s a book that author Mary Karr says is written with “sweep and heart and humor.” National Book Award winning author, Phil Klay, sat down with authors Christopher Robinson (the poet),   and Gavin Kovite (the former infantry platoon leader), to talk about this…
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  • Digital Novel Published Via BitTorrent Bundle Draws 700K Downloads

    Dianna Dilworth
    21 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    “H8 Society – How an Atomic Fart Saved the World”” by 2Dans has seen more than 700,000 downloads since the digital novel was first available through an H8 Society BitTorrent Bundle on May 7th. The interactive digital novel is a dark comedy featuring 26 indie songs created by 4,000 global artists and graphics from Bill Sienkiewicz, H8 Society Art Director & illustrator, known globally for his work with DC & Marvel Comics. Music id core to the story and each song helps progress the story and develop specific characters and events. The authors modified the…
  • Historian Claims to Have Uncovered a Portrait of William Shakespeare

    Maryann Yin
    21 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    A historian named Mark Griffiths claims to have uncovered “the true face of” William Shakespeare. According to Country Life magazine, this likeness of the Bard can be found on the title page of John Gerard‘s 1597 botany book, The Herball. The video embedded features Griffiths recounting how he made this discovery. Below, we’ve posted the cover from the May 2015 issue of Country Life magazine which showcases Shakespeare’s portrait. The world’s greatest English playwright lived from 1564 to 1616. Given the publication date of Gerard’s plant tome,…
  • Bibliophile Launches Reading-Themed Instagram Project

    Maryann Yin
    21 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    One bibliophile named Jakub Pavlovský has launched an instagram account called “BOOK’S CALLING.” Through this social media channel, he displays photos of himself reading print books in different environments. According to BoredPanda.com, Pavlovský aims to inspire people to value “the beauty of stories written on paper.” He has designated the following motto for this project: “Make Time For Reading. Anywhere, Anytime.” Pavlovský typically features a different quote about reading for each post. Some of the books he has read include The Unlikely…
  • Margaret Atwood Adds Manuscript to Future Library

    Dianna Dilworth
    21 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Margaret Atwood is the first author invited to participate in the Future Library, a time capsule of culture built in Norway last year that won’t been seen until 2114. The Canadian author is adding her manuscript to the time capsule next week and to mark the occasion, she published some thoughts on Wattpad about the who experience. Check it out: As a child, I was one of those who buried treasures in jars, with the idea that someone, some day, might come along and dig them up. I found similar things while digging in the various gardens I have made: old nails, old medicine bottles,…
  • Melissa Lozada-Oliva Poetry Video Goes Viral

    Maryann Yin
    21 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    How do you respond in a name calling situation? Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva has crafted a response message (complete with NSFW language). The video embedded above features Lozada-Oliva’s performance at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Follow this link to listen to another one of her pieces.
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  • Robert C. Jones: HISTORIC BONES

    Robert Jones
    19 May 2015 | 6:21 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 term “forensic science” has a number of definitions. A definition listed in Wikipedia fits well into the general form…
  • Thomas Sullivan: OLYMPIC TIN & AVATAR GOLD

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Last month’s response to the long-avoided question about spirituality brought in a long ton of email, so I’m going with another Q&A for May. I deeply appreciate your always interesting questions whether they are standard author stuff or daunting and probing about life in general. If you send something and it doesn’t appear within a month or so, it may still show up in a future column. Your queries and comments are always valuable, and I choose and use them for balance in reader appeal as best I can. This month’s installment… Q: [UK] What is your favorite genre? A: Don’t have…
  • Robert C. Jones – FORENSICS 187: DNA EXTRACTION

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Not sure how this is going to appear when I hit the Post button, but let me make clear that for technical reasons Bob Jones is posting through my (Tom Sullivan’s) portal this month. Wish I could claim his excellent article for my own. Alas, no one can do the inimitable job that Bob does with his wonderfully entertaining/informative/compelling forensic series. If you haven’t checked out the collected Forensic 101 and later series available on Amazon under Robert C. Jones’ name, I highly recommend it. Indispensable for writers! And here is his latest column: This essay might be of special…
  • Thomas Sullivan: Stubbing my TOE

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Going with a little difference in April’s Q&A. I’ve been dodging questions about politics and religion for years now, but this month I will include a ubiquitous question that won’t go away. A long late-night discussion while in Idaho recently has inclined me to take it on. It’s a question I receive regularly and it asks in so many words if I believe in God. I don’t pitch my beliefs, but clearly some people want to know what they are in a genuinely curious way rather than out of religious zeal, so maybe I should have answered this before. Let me generalize a little – LOL, well,…
  • ROBERT C. JONES – FORENSICS 186: MITOCHONDRIAL DNA

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

    Paulo Coelho
    21 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Success does not come from having one’s work recognised by others. It is the fruit of the seed that you lovingly planted. When harvest time arrives, you can say to yourself: ‘I succeeded.’ You succeeded in gaining respect for your work because you did not work only to survive, but to demonstrate your love for […]
  • Your love should never be offered…(Hafez)

    Paulo Coelho
    19 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    EN ESPANOL: Su amor nunca se les debe ofrecer by Hafez Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out. Your love Should never be offered to the mouth of a stranger, Only to someone who has the valor and daring To cut pieces of […]
  • Inspirational Buddha Quotes

    Paulo Coelho
    17 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    selected by Awakened Consciousness Many Buddha quotes that are handed down until today are both inspirational as well as reflecting deeper truth of reality. What can we learn, where can we be inspired from The Buddha for everyday life and our own development today? 1. “All that we are is the result of what we […]
  • Week Anthony de Mello III – sources

    Paulo Coelho
    14 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    De Mello was was born in Bombay, British India on 4 September 193, ordained into the Jeesuit priesthood in March 1961 He died from a massive heart attack in New York, In 1998, 11 years after de Mello’s death, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the leadership of its Cardinal-Prefect, Joseph Ratzinger] […]
  • Week Anthony de Mello II – The greedy sons

    Paulo Coelho
    12 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    De Mello was was born in Bombay, British India on 4 September 193, ordained into the Jeesuit priesthood in March 1961 He died from a massive heart attack in New York, In 1998, 11 years after de Mello’s death, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the leadership of its Cardinal-Prefect, Joseph Ratzinger] […]
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  • Getting Serious About Series

    Randy as Admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    John posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Randy, In your last newsletter you talked about giving away the first book in a series as a way to find your readers and get them hooked on your stories. I was wondering if, while planning out the “first book”, an author should also plan the sequels as well? Wouldn’t that make the series better and allow for nuggets of foreshadowing? Or is it enough work to write the first story that one shouldn’t worry about future stories? Randy sez: That’s an excellent question, John. First, let’s…
  • How Often Should Indie Authors Publish?

    Randy as Admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    If you’re an indie author, how often should you publish? Is there such a thing as publishing too often? Can you “compete with yourself?” Victoria posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hi, Randy, Using the Snowflake design process, I have completed a YA fantasy novel and am in the last stages of structuring its sequel. I am not yet published and plan to do so independently. I can comfortably write and polish a full-length novel in four months, but I realize that four months is quite a narrow schedule for systematically releasing new…
  • Want to Take a Thrill Ride With Me?

    Randy Ingermanson
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you like thrillers? I love them. Thrillers are the main category I read, and suspense is a major element of every book I write. My suspense novel Double Vision has just been packaged up in a HUGE boxed set e-book with 7 other thrillers. The boxed set is titled “Thrill Ride” and it’s priced to fly. 99 cents for THOUSANDS of pages of oh-my-gosh white-knuckle entertainment. If you’re a scaredy cat, this is where you stop reading and just walk away. But if you like thrills and chills, come along with me on a rip-roaring Thrill Ride, because it’s pretty darn likely that several of…
  • My New Book on the Snowflake Method

    Randy Ingermanson
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Why are so many writers around the world using my Snowflake Method to write their first drafts? Because it works! Let’s be clear that different writers are different. Some writers thrive on the “seat-of-the-pants” method. Stephen King is a pantser. So is Anne Lamott.  They write great fiction and SOTP works for them. Some writers work from a highly detailed outline—a synopsis that may be 50 to 100 pages. Robert Ludlum was famous for his long outlines.  He was a great writer and outlining worked marvelously for him. But some writers love the Snowflake Method—a series of steps in…
  • The Death of “Self-Publishing”

    Randy Ingermanson
    22 May 2014 | 2:19 pm
    It’s time to just say it. “Self-publishing” is dead. I’m not talking about the act of self-publishing a book. I’m talking about the phrase itself. “Self-publishing” now means two different things that are miles apart. It’s time to kill this useless phrase. Barbara posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: I am confused by all the different terms in current publishing. Like “indie publishers,” “traditional publishers,” “ebooks,” “ebook indie publications,” “small presses” “small…
 
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  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Protector, Part 5

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Author's Note: Okay, I'm seriously hooked on writing and sharing serialized short stories, but I depend on YOU to give me feedback. So, please comment! To read Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, scroll down to OLDER POSTS and click on that.On Sunday mornings, I pick up Poppy, and we go to breakfast. Often he chooses Cracker Barrel, but this particular Sunday, he wanted to see what I'd done to the house, so we found a space at Harry and the Natives."This here place has been around since I can remember," said my grandfather. "I remember it when they opened, back in 1941. It was a motel. They cut the…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Protector, Part 4

    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Author's Note: Okay, I'm seriously hooked on writing and sharing serialized short stories, but I depend on YOU to give me feedback. So, please comment! To read Parts 1, 2, and 3, scroll down to OLDER POSTS and click on that."You have to be kidding! What is that woman's problem?" He dipped a coconut shrimp into one of the two sauces. "This is the apricot preserves sauce. The other is a sweet red chili sauce.""I'm her problem. She can't seem to get over the fact our parents married, had me, and went on to live happy lives. Now she's decided that Poppy is giving me this property, and that…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Protector, Part 3

    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A few days later, I was scrubbing down the windows when another car pulled up. This one brought a smile to my face. Jay Boehner jumped out and gave me a hug. Jack pranced around on his two hind legs until Jay reached down and patted him on the head."MJ said you were slaving away. I thought I'd drop by with food. I know you like coconut shrimp."They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I'd add that it's also a way to get any healthy woman's attention, too."MJ was right. These windows haven't been washed in months. Maybe even a year. I have no idea how I'll get the tall one…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Protector, Part 2

    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Author's Note: Okay, I'm seriously hooked on writing and sharing serialized short stories, but I depend on YOU to give me feedback. So, please comment! To read Part 1, scroll down to OLDER POSTS and click on that."That sounds suspiciously like a threat," said my friend Skye Blue. She twisted a strand of her dishwater blond hair around a finger. Skye was dressed to go across the street and work at Pumpernickel's, a deli. The stark white blouse and black slacks seemed odd on a person who loves gauzy skirts, loose knit tops, and boots."It doesn't just sound like a threat," said my other pal, MJ…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Protector, Part 1

    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Author's Note: Okay, I'm serious hooked on writing and sharing serialized short story. This one will be done by Saturday, so I hope you'll stick with me and give me feedback as I go along.The minute I looked across the crowd and noticed my sister, Jodi, staring at me, I realized she'd make trouble for me. Not then. Not in front of all those people who'd gathered to help landscape Martin Gardens. Not while her fiance Cooper Rivers was looking on. But eventually. She'd find a way to punish me for being involved in a project that brought me in contact with Cooper. She'd make me suffer. That's…
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  • Reading For Pleasure

    12 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Of course I read for pleasure. It's not as if I have a paper to write or test to take. And thanks to the Kindle “Try a Sample” option, I can easily start reading and then reject a book without even buying it. But that doesn't mean that all books are equally pleasurable to read. Sometimes reading a book can be hard work, but the rewards are well worth the effort (I'm looking at you, Karl Ove Knausgård). At other times a book can be just good enough to keep me going, but in the end leaves me feeling as I sometimes do in a restaurant – the meal tasted fine but I expected something a…
  • Norwegian Angst

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Surely Norway can't be as depressing as it's depicted by its fiction writers, can it? Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle" paints a bleak picture, Jo Nesbø's 'Nordic noir' crime novels are dark and brooding, Per Petterson’s "Out Stealing Horses" is full of melancholy and regret. But Petterson’s newest novel I Refuse is darker still. Just look at the book cover!It opens in 2006 with a powerful scene of the chance meeting in early morning between Jim and Tommy on a bridge outside of Oslo, where Jim, shabbily dressed, is fishing and Tommy, in a sleek new Mercedes, is on his way to work.
  • Forgotten

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Recently our Book Club read “Stoner”, a wonderful 1965 novel by John Williams which had gone out of print until its success in France led to its reissue in the United States. It reminded me that one of the books on my 'Hope to Get To' list had a similar history. I had read an article in the New Yorker about Australian writer Elizabeth Harrower, whose works had been out of print for many years until, in 2012, the Australian publishing house Text reissued them and persuaded her to publish her last novel, which she had withdrawn just before it was to be released in 1971. The article declared…
  • Story Time

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's always nice to have someone read to you, especially when it's a writer you admire. The special treat of The New Yorker:Fiction podcast is that the reader, a New Yorker fiction writer, chooses a story that was published in the magazine and that he or she particularly admires. After the reading, the writer and fiction editor Deborah Treisman discuss the story and its author. Sometimes I know the author well; I may even remember having read the story. But at other times it's a revelation.That's what happened in January when Joseph O'Neill, who wrote the wonderful novel Netherland, read…
  • Household Help

    6 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    At first it seems to be a story revealing the changes in society in post World War I London of 1922. Frances Wray and her mother, once part of a genteel family living in an elegant Edwardian home, are forced to dismiss their servants, do their own cooking and housework (actually Frances does it all – her mother can't even boil water), and rent out their upper floor to married couple Leonard and Lilian Barber, The Paying Guests of Sarah Waters's novel. The Barbers are roughly the same age as Frances, but from a lower social class. Lilian's flapperish style - kimonos, paper flowers, feathers,…
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    The Millions

  • The Creative Chrysalis: On Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seveneves’

    Chris Barsanti
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The single best joke in Woody Allen’s canon can be found in 1980’s Stardust Memories, in which the fans coming up to his director character to say how much liked his “early, funny” movies. The joke was Allen’s way of not just jabbing at his own pretensions, but also to signal his frustration with the limitations of the creative box he had put himself into and that his appreciators seemed intent to sit heavily on the lid of. The joke was ultimately on those imagined fans because even though it was no fun to sit through Allen’s earlier Ingmar Bergman/Federico Fellini-aping work,…
  • Tell Shorter Stories

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of course, that bigger is always better, and in an article for The Guardian Damien Walter argues against the current glut of epic, serialized fantasy novels taking their cues from George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. As Walter puts it, “There are great fantasy short…
  • Against Wunderkinds

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Recommended reading: Alexander Chee‘s essay “Against Wunderkinds.”
  • What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright

    Diane Prokop
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It was no surprise to me that after I interviewed Anne Enright in 2011 we talked about family. About her children who came relatively late in life, and about my not having any of my own. She said she’d been shocked at how much she loved motherhood, and wished she hadn’t put it off so long because she would have had five. She had two. Eventually, we decided motherhood was rather like a cult. Enright said, “Having a baby is like becoming a member of a cult because like a cult, you’re woken up at random hours of the day and night and you have to placate and worship. That’s what they do…
  • Rereading

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    “I’ve come to understand that I’ll rarely experience that first rush of discovery again, and perhaps that’s the problem with re-reading. It reminds us both of where we’ve been and where we can’t go again.” Sarah Seltzer wonders why do we reread books as children but not as adults? Pair with Lisa Levy‘s essay on “The Pleasures and Perils of Rereading.”
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Stephen Michael King’s Triumphant Trio

    Romi Sharp
    21 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    What is it about Stephen Michael King‘s illustrations that make his picture books so sublime? How can his drawings make us want to delve into those stories over and over again? Well, that’s just it! It’s the artwork that adds another dimension to those already meaningful stories, allowing us to dive right in with those […]
  • Introducing Boomerang Book Bites

    Jon Page
    20 May 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Welcome to Boomerang Book Bites. A weekly review of books we think are awesome. One of the major differences between a physical bookshop and an online bookshop is that online you don’t have a person to tell you about the fantastic books available. But with Boomerang Books we are backed by one of Australia’s leading independent […]
  • Awarded Children’s Information Books

    Joy Lawn
    19 May 2015 | 9:13 pm
    This year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Eve Pownall Award for Information Books forms an impressive list. Four of the six titles focus on an aspect of Australian history. Emu (one of the ‘Nature Storybooks’ series from Walker Books) is natural history, however, and upholds the quality of last year’s Crichton and Queensland Literary […]
  • Review – Fire by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

    Romi Sharp
    18 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Fire, Jackie French (author), Bruce Whatley (illus.), Scholastic Press, 2014.   Harsh weather conditions are terrifying enough at the best of times, but what about when Mother Nature plays a hand in the wild and extreme that gamble with actual lives? Award-winning author and Australian Laureate, Jackie French, together with the unequivocally talented illustrator, Bruce […]
  • NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Winners

    Joy Lawn
    18 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, held at the Mitchell Library last night, was an opportunity to recognise some of our literary greats, as well as newcomers to the winners’ stage. Eminent author/poet, David Malouf, won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Earth Hour (UQP), another award to honour the exquisite writing of this distinguished, […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • A shotgun/bookstore mystery! Who’d shoot a poetry book & then reshelve it?

    Richard Davies
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    It’s a bookstore mystery. Miegan and Chan Gordon, the AbeBooks’ sellers who run The Captain’s Bookshelf in Asheville, North Carolina, opened up their bookstore last month to find the poetry section had been tampered with and that a signed first edition of a Billy Collins’ poetry book had been blasted with a shotgun. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports: The book had been blasted with a .410 shotgun at close range that sent more than 20 pellets through the pages and out the back. On the rear inside cover, Collins’ author photograph had been meticulously defaced in…
  • Huckleberry Finn and making the effort to read a classic book

    Richard Davies
    20 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    There are some classic books that we know but have never read. Moby Dick is probably the most common example for 99% of the reading population. These titles have become so famous that you don’t need to read them. They’re referenced again and again in popular culture, and there are probably a couple of movies anyway. Three nights ago, my youngest daughter and I were looking for a new book at bedtime. She’d wandered into her older sister’s bedroom and emerged with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Now, I’ve read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer but it was many years…
  • Bill Gates’ Summer Read Suggestions

    Beth Carswell
    20 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    This isn’t the first time that billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shared his reading suggestions – last December we talked about his five favorite reads of 2014. It’s interesting to see the far reach and impact it has when someone so powerful and successful recommends something with their stamp of approval, as when Gates revealed that Business Adventures by John Brooks was his favorite book, or with the more recent addition of Mark Zuckerberg’s book club, wherein the social media leader recommends a new book every two weeks. This time, it’s Bill Gates…
  • Miles Franklin Award Shortlist 2015

    Beth Carswell
    19 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    The Miles Franklin Award Shortlist for 2015 has been announced, and the contending authors consist of a man and four women, one of whom, Christine Piper, is in the running with her debut novel. No small feat. The Miles Franklin Award is an annual literary prize awarded for the best example of a novel or play published in Australia, depicting Australian Life. The prize is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary award, and showcases the strongest literary talent Australia has to offer. The 2015 Miles Franklin shortlist: Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie…
  • Housebreaking by Dan Pope

    Jessica Doyle
    15 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    As both an author and a bookseller, Dan Pope is well-versed in the world of books. A true bibliophile, Dan has been selling books on AbeBooks for over 10 years. In that time he’s written two novels and a selection of short stories for Postroad, McSweeney’s, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Witness, the Iowa Review and more. His latest book, Housebreaking, is described as powerful, provocative, and psychologically gripping. The novel explores the ways that two families-and four lives-can all too easily veer off track. When asked what inspired him to…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author

    Joanna Penn
    21 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    I spent last weekend at CrimeFest in Bristol alongside lots of amazing crime authors, both traditionally published and indie authors. It was a fantastic time and I met some super people … I found myself in a number of conversations with authors who wanted to know what their publishing options were in a fast-changing market. The Indie Author panel at CrimeFest 2015: Celina Grace, Nick Stephenson, JJ Marsh, J.F.Penn, Chris Longmuir We also had an indie author panel on the Sunday morning, which was packed full despite the morning-after-the-gala-dinner-graveyard slot. In my intro, I pointed…
  • All Your Editing Questions Answered With Jen Blood

    Joanna Penn
    17 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    It’s a crowded marketplace these days and you need a quality book to even have a chance of standing out. In my opinion, one of the best investments to help your book become the best it can be is professional editing. In today’s show, we go through all kinds of questions that authors ask about editing. In the introduction, I talk about the latest Author Earnings report which shows the impact of agency pricing; I mention Peter Diamandis’ post on the world in 2025 and why I’m so excited about global sales. Plus/ you can join a free webinar on using Scrivener to write,…
  • Author Websites Q & A: How To Create An Effective, Mobile-Friendly Website

    Joanna Penn
    13 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    How does your site look on a smartphone? Nearly half of all website visitors are using†mobile devices. On a recent post about author websites, I mentioned the importance of a mobile responsive theme. It’s now even more critical to get this sorted for your author website as Google have made changes to their algorithms to favor mobile-friendly sites. I’ve also written in the last few weeks about the rebranding and retitling of my first 3 novels. As part of that change, I’ve rebuilt my fiction site, JFPenn.com with a new theme. So essentially, I’ve been immersed in…
  • Crowdfunding, A Passion For Print And WB Yeats With Orna Ross

    Joanna Penn
    9 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Crowdfunding is becoming ever more popular with creatives to raise fund for various projects. But when is it a good idea for an author? In this interview with author, poet and creative coach, Orna Ross, we go into her love of WB Yeats and how this passion has turned into her own print project, as well as tips for other authors considering crowdfunding. Orna is also the founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors, so she is very knowledgeable about the current state of publishing. Watch the video below or Orna Ross Yeats on YouTube. You can also read the full transcript of the interview…
  • Tips On Screenwriting, Film Rights And Adapting Your Novel With Lucy V. Hay

    Joanna Penn
    5 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Most fiction authors have a dream of seeing their stories on the big screen – but it doesn’t have to be a dream. There are lots of things you can do to ensure your story has a chance of success in film/TV. In this interview, Lucy V. Hay gives us some tips. In the intro I talk about the IndieRecon videos that you might enjoy, including my session on how to make a living with your writing; David Gaughran’s post on Author Solutions; my mega-rebranding, re-titling and re-covering exercise with my first 3 novels and my JFPenn.com site; and a recommendation for The Story Grid by Shawn…
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    Better World Books

  • 0 to 10km for Scottish Book Trust with Emma McNeill

    Fiona Marshall
    18 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Emma and Struan When the opportunity to do the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k as part of a Better World Books team arose, I was thoughtful. I had never ran before. Was I up for the challenge? I decided to throw caution to the wind and commit myself. Life is too short to always stand on the side lines. So the next step was to think about training. Me being me, I wouldn’t actually start running until I had read up about technique and breathing so as to prepare myself. I like to get as much knowledge as possible before I start something new. I knew that reading about running would be much…
  • Read Your Planet Into Shape: 3 Planet-friendly Reading Habits

    Better World Books
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Did you know that the simple act of reading can be an effective way to help keep your planet in good shape? It’s true. Here are a few ways that your love of reading can have a positive impact on the planet, just in time for Earth Day. 1. Are you done reading that? Share it with someone else. We make it easy to get books back into the “cycle of reuse” by placing book Drop Boxes in cities around the U.S. These are sold on our website to keep them going. When you prevent a book from being thrown away, you reduce paper waste. 2. Consider buying used. Sure, a bookseller with…
  • Help Me Find My Mother

    Better World Books
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Books tell stories. So do the people that read them. And the beauty of those stories is that they can be told over and over again and shared with the world. Giving us all a chance to escape, be uplifted, be inspired, and capture our imagination. Books can carry our tears, our laughter, or precious memories which can take shape in the form of a bookmark used to stop the story, and hold it in place until we meet again. After last week, a reader named Melvyn knows that firsthand. He found something special in the pages that belonged to someone years ago—a sonogram dated from 1999. So he posted…
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is kicking off a reading campaign called “2015 Read Aloud 15 MINUTES,” designed to encourage community members to take 15 minutes a day to read to children. The campaign unites libraries and community organizations who are willing to spread the word that reading aloud to a child from birth is the single most effective thing a parent can do to promote early literacy skills. Join the library and more than 1,400 partner organizations in all 50 states that are working to spread one simple, powerful message: Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child.
  • The Franklin Senior House

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dorothy “Dot” Sullivan took it upon herself to fill the bookshelves at the Franklin Senior House in Franklin, NJ. As a book-lover herself, she had been purchasing books from Better World Books for the organization when she learned that there were other bibliophiles like herself in the Senior House. In fact, there were a dozen other readers that shared her love of books! So, she did the only natural thing: She started a book club. And voilà, “The Bookworms” reading club were formed. As a gifted organizer, Dot pulled the whole thing together and reached out to Better World…
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Spider cover on their website.

    15 May 2015 | 11:26 pm
    And of course it's on their website too!
  • Spider magazine!

    9 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Here's a better scan of the cover art. It didn't really arrive at the bookstores till this last Tuesday. Some Barnes and Noble don't carry it, which is weird but mostly kid bookstores and some independent booksellers have it on stock. Also available on Amazon...
  • Spider Magaziine May/June 2015

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    POW! There it is... on my front porch when I got home from work today! The cover I did for Spider Magazine May/June 2015!Get yourself a copy before it sells out! Woo Hoo!!!
  • Post shoulder injury ink drawing...

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Trying to not hurt my shoulder more when I draw... here's an easy pen drawing...
  • New drawing... herding the carrots.

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:55 pm
    I might have to paint this one.
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    21 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    To Be Published, Week of May 25, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Alers, Rochelle – Cherry Lane Andrews, V.C. – Secret Brother – 350,000 print run Bacigalupi, Paolo – The Water Knife Brown, Rita Mae – Tail Gait Coes, Ben – Independence Day – 100,000 Cussler, Clive – Piranha Dailey, Janet – Texas Tough DeMille, Nelson – Radiant Angel- 400,000 Ellison, J. T. – What Lies Behind (Samantha Owens Series #4) Farrow, John – The Storm Murders – 25,000 Gear, W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear – People of the Songtrail…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    17 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    14 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    To Be Published, Week of May 18, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Andrews, Mary Kay – Beach Town – 250,000 print run Atkins, Ace – Robert B. Parker’s Kickback Barker, Clive – The Scarlet Gospels – 200,000 Bolton, Sharon - Little Black Lies – 40,000 Chanter, Catherine – The Well – 100,000 Clarke, Richard A. – Pinnacle Event – 100,000 Dekker, Rachelle – The Choosing Dugan, Polly – The Sweetheart Deal Gates, David – A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me: Stories and a Novella Grecian, Alex – The Harvest Man Haines, Carolyn…
  • Coming Attractions 2015

    Cindy Orr
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    PW: Best Summer Books, 2015 EW: Hot Reads: 6 Sequels Coming to Bookshelves This Summer Bustle: 17 Of The Best Books Of Summer 2015 To Keep You Reading From The Kickoff BBQ To The Very Last Day Of The Season Paste Magazine: 18 of the Best New Books in May Grub Street: 10 New Food Books to Read This Summer Huffington Post: 7 Moving, Must-Read Memoirs Coming Out This Year Pop Sugar: 26 of the Hottest Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer PopCrush: 10 Best YA Books Coming Out in May 2015 USA Today: May Showers Bring Hot New Romance Books EW: 10 Big Fat Beach Reads to Look Out for This…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    10 May 2015 | 6:11 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
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Dinosaur Boy

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    17 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Dinosaur Boyby Cory Putman OakesJabberwocky Books (Feb. 3, 2015)Science Fiction chapter bookSummary:Sprouting a tail and spikes over the summer before fifth grade, Sawyer, a boy with the dinosaur gene, is bullied in school, but when his tormentors begin to disappear, it is up to Sawyer, his best friend Elliot, and a mysterious new girl to rescue them from a galactically horrible fate. Why You'll Love It: A fast-paced narrative and mixture of science fiction and humor will appeal to reluctant readers.Themes of bullying and racial identity are woven into an entertaining story that never…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Public School Superhero

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    9 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Public School Superheroby James Patterson/Chris Tebbettsillustrations by Cory ThomasLittle, Brown Books (March 16, 2015)Chapter Book Summary:In Kenny Wright's active imagination he's a world famous superhero, but in the real world he's a sixth grade 'Grandma's Boy' whose struggles to fit in at his Washington D.C. inner city school will put his grades and family loyalty to the test. Why You'll Love It:Students already familiar with the Middle School and I Funny series will welcome a new Patterson book.Underlying the humor is a commentary on inner-city schools, a subsection of our educational…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Dragonbreath -- Knight-napped!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    2 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Dragonbreath: Knight-napped!by Ursula VernonDial Books (January 6, 2015)Fantasy chapter bookSummary:Danny’s super-annoying cousin Spencer has been kidnapped by knights, every dragon’s worst enemy. After briefly enjoying the peace, Danny and friends go to his rescue. Why You'll Love It:My kiddos at school are always excited about a new Dragonbreath addition. It's a no-brainer.Okay, still need convincing? Ursula Vernon’s witty passages will have readers chuckling. The description of Danny’s cousin is particularly funny: “If there had been a world championship for Most Annoying Cousin,…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Frank Einstein and the Electro-Fingerby Jon Scieszkaillustrations by Brian BiggsAmulet Books (Mar. 17, 2015)Science Fiction/Humor Chapter BookSummary:Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with intelligent robots Klink and Klank once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival--this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. Why You'll Love It:In this second book in the Frank Einstein series, Jon Scieszka continues to dole out scientific information and humor in equal measure. A…
  • What they're (really) reading: April edition

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
     photo by Toby NealBy keeping a pulse on what my kiddos are checking out and keeping a close eye on which books are circulating heavily, I feel that I can spend the small budget I have more wisely by choosing books I know will have a greater likelihood of circulating widely.Each month I'll feature a few fiction and a few nonfiction books that are on the "heavy rotation" list at our elementary library. They're not necessarily new, shiny, or covered with awards -- they're just what the kids want.This month's selections:The Best of Pro Basketball by Matt DoedenPresents some of the best…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • How I came to be a …

    Christa
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    At some point in the past five years I stopped interviewing myself in my head when I run. I stopped practicing the words to describe my fictitious comeback, although “comeback” is the wrong word because there isn’t exactly a point of glory to return to. I’ve been a sprinter and a jumper, but the running-running, the distance stuff, has always been a way to train or something that I felt like I was supposed to do if I was me. So many of those miles contained full monologues directed at Sports Illustrated or ESPN. How I coaxed these old bones toward the Olympic lineup. Anyway. I don’t…
  • A Reunion of Ghosts

    Jodi Chromey
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Alter sisters are pretty sure they’re cursed, you know the whole thing about the sins of the father being passed down for a few generations? They’re pretty sure that’s a real thing and since they’ve got some granddads with a heaping helping of sins, a lifetime of bad luck, and a family history of suicide, Lady, Vee, and Delph decide this whole nonsense is going to end with them. So as the new millennium approaches the women decide to shuffle off this mortal coil together, but not before penning an epic suicide note. That note is the novel A Reunion of Ghosts by…
  • The Buried Giant

    LeAnn Suchy
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Buried Giant is the first Kazuo Ishiguro book I have ever read. It will likely be the last. I usually quit reading books this shitty, but since everyone sings Ishiguro’s praises, I figured I must be missing something. I was bound and determined to find some masterful writing, a grand transformation, an enlightening look at the human condition, or even just a good story. If I was supposed to find any of that, it was lost on me. The Buried Giant is essentially a quest led by elderly couple Axl and Beatrice. Growing weary in their village, with a mysterious mist that takes away their…
  • The Girl on the Train

    Christa
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The highlight of Rachel’s day is this little hiccup-length stall in her commute that happens within plain view of Jess and Jason’s home, where sometimes she sips coffee on the porch and he stands behind her providing the sort of tender touches that make couplehood look so enticing. Okay, so their names probably aren’t Jess and Jason. And all the tales of hearts and romance that she’s created in her head are merely the fan fiction that accompanies the premade Gin & Tonics that she drinks from cans on the train. Okay, and there is something else: Not-Jess and Not-Jason just happen…
  • Boyle will be Boyle

    Christa
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As soon as I realized the situation of this particular T.C. Boyle, I groaned and flipped through the pages and wondered if I wanted to commit to this same old, same old. I haven’t read a ton of his stuff, but the stories I have follow a formula: This Group of People versus This Other Group of People. In between there are extremes and some of the characters are loathsome — and sometimes the truly awfulest are the most recognizable which makes it all a little oof. Plus, nature/environmental themes. In the case of Tortilla Curtain, it’s some liberal-on-paper white folks living in an…
 
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    Great Books that I liked

  • Down and Out in Paris and London (Published in 1933) - Authored by George Orwell

    18 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Published in 1933, Down and Out in Paris and London is author George Orwell’s first full length work. A 2 part memoir on the after effects of financial crisis the world over, especially after the Wall Street crash of 1929, this book is very different from most in its genre. The reason being that Orwell did not spout about the hardships of poverty and financial difficulties from the sidelines; but was very much living the nightmare - first in Paris, as a teacher, and then in London, where he recorded his travels.The first half of the book deals with Orwell’s experiences in Paris,…
  • Burmese Days (Published in 1934) - A book by George Orwell

    16 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    A fictional novel based on the Imperial rule of Burma in the 1920’s, Burmese Days is yet another fine piece of work by author George Orwell. Having lived in Burma from 1922 to 1927, Orwell has created a fictional story based on his adventures, exploits and experiences of Burma under the British rule. This book took particularly long to get published. First on account of the many years it took Orwell to write it, and then on account of the fact that publishers, including Orwell’s usual publisher, shied away from publishing something which could be termed as libel. Eventually the book was…
  • Twelve Days of Terror: Shark Attacks in 1916 - Terror on the beach and in a creek

    14 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Shark attacks are one of the most scary horrors that people think of when they think of going into the water. The prospect of a perfect and unfeeling predator swimming silently to a person in the water, and biting large chunks of flesh, causing a death by horrific blood loss is bound to scare even the most courageous of people. The rattling off statistics that the number of deaths caused by shark attacks is mostly in the single digits worldwide and hence very unlikely to happen does not reduce the scare. Even now, the prospect of a shark in the waters can bring all the swimmers out of the…
  • Vintage stuff (Published in 1982) - Authored by Tom Sharpe - About a teenage boy

    4 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    The confusions and shortfalls of public schooling, a headmaster with an unusual approach to learning and a dimwitted teenage boy who carries out each and every thing said to him, in the most literal manner- mix all this together with a journey through England and France and what you get is another explosive read from author Tom Sharpe. Vintage Stuff was published in 1982. One of Tom Sharpe’s last few novels before his death in 2013, the novel is in no way less than any of his prior books.The story of Vintage Stuff is about a teenage boy by the name of Peregrine Roderick Clyde-Brown. He is…
  • The Midden (Published in 1996) - Authored by Tom Sharpe - Story of Timothy Bright

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Published in 1996, The Midden is written by author Tom Sharpe a year after Grantchester Grind. This standalone novel was published after almost 11 years, since Sharpe’s last release. Like most of his books, Sharpe has focused on victimizing the British upper class in this book as well. There isn’t much sense made in the book, but none the less it is guaranteed to amaze the reader, with all the random twists in the plot.The story begins with Timothy Bright, a stock broker by profession. But unlike his name, Tim is rather dimwitted. Problems arise when Timothy realizes that his wealthy…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • The Devil and the Dandy by Jessica Van den Ancker

    Katherine Memmel
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Artists. Pish posh. Instead of rote copying, blind and flat, one should breathe life into the subject. Let it swim through the mind’s eye until all angles become discernable. Imagine the cause and effect of a swift wind or a torrential rain. Feel it shift. See it move. From the sea of limitless possibilities, choose a position, an arc of utter grace, a refinement revered by only the most selective eye. But alas, too many resort to unimaginative replication, where a tear in the wallpaper, the dirt on my shoe, the tiny hairs of a fly exude more creativity, cause more reflection, stir more…
  • 229 Cooper Road by Sarah Moran

    Danielle White
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    I want you to know that I’ve bared witness to your pain. I keep it confined within my walls. I remember when the doberman died, victim of some neighbor’s cruelty. I remember how your 7yr old self lay with him for his last breath. I remember you locked in your room. You, your mother and brother, while your father, after a night with Jack Daniels tried breaking down the door. I remember how your mother found courage to leave and for years I didn’t see you. You returned… new father new dogs new Hope And then I saw how that new father, destroyed trust. How he invaded you and…
  • Dust to Dust by Jeff Holt

    Danielle White
    17 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    stretched fully on my filthy porch grinding my back against cicada shells, dead leaves, i knew i was leaving. a warmth flooded through me like fresh blood in my dialysis and a smile tugged my cracked lips open. suddenly the sun was a golden coin, rare and glowing, within reach, and a breeze kissed my cheek, oblivious to my odor. i tried to whisper to the rusted windowpane beside me but i was underwater then. my neck, hard rubber, relaxed and sent tendrils down, tiny, warm fingers that worked out the stiffness. dead, i lay stretched on my porch, radiant, returned. “Dust” image by…
  • Muscle Cars: An interview with Stephen G. Eoannou

    Laura Roberts
    15 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you haven’t heard of the Santa Fe Writers Project yet, you need to catch up with your small presses. Along with April L. Ford’s The Poor Children, the press also released Stephen G. Eoannou’s Muscle Cars on April 1. With stories that have previously appeared in such prestigious magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rosebud, The MacGuffin and even Black Heart, it’s clear that the book is already making a splash. The fact that it’s centered around the manly man’s world of cars is another draw, particularly for those who might…
  • Another Season by Richard Helmling

    Danielle White
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The fog swells up all the life in the vine goes black from cold ancients must’ve have thought it unnatural sinister sung futile chants to ward it off but the bleak wall will not last sure as wheels and days turning and when it cracks, the words come out stroking the craned backs of the beasties making them swoon marvel now at the restlessness of an abyss because in the empty, there is only implicit longing the wine dark sea wants nothing more than a prow and a keel Some things were meant for defeat “The Galeon’s Prow” image by Flickr user decar66 – Richard Helmling…
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  • 22 Thrilling, Imaginative, and Twisted Genre Books By Women

    Sarah Seltzer
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Potboilers, fantasy lands, murders, noir triumphs, supernatural creatures, and the twisted, thrilling, and dark imaginations that devise them are hardly a male-only literary province. Since Mary Shelley imagined Frankenstein on a night in Switzerland, women have been creating genre fiction alongside men, playing with vampires, dragons, detectives, unreliable narrators, and denizens of outer space. So pack some of these classic genre novels by women in your canvas tote and enjoy reading them this summer at the beach, the pool, or just snuggled up to your air conditioning unit.  …
  • Stirring Images from the First Ever Illustrated Version of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    20 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Toni Morrison’s Beloved is widely considered the greatest of all American novels published in last quarter of the 20th century, but, until now, it has never been released as an illustrated edition — this despite the effortless magic with which Morrison invokes (or provokes) her images of postbellum black life. Thankfully, The Folio Society has now released a moving, brilliantly illustrated version of Beloved, complete with an introduction by Russell Banks. Morrison chose Banks to write about the novel, and she also selected the novel’s gifted illustrator, Joe Morse, whose…
  • HBO Announces August Debut for David Simon’s All-Star Mini-Series, ‘Show Me a Hero’

    Moze Halperin
    20 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    The Wire creator David Simon has teamed up with Crash director Paul Haggis for an all-star six-part HBO mini-series adaptation of Lisa Belkin’s 1988 nonfiction book, Show Me a Hero — and HBO has just announced its premiere date. The first episode will debut Sunday, August 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The aforementioned “all-star”-ness of the cast wasn’t at all hyperbolic: Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi play the fundamental characters in this drama about the structural racism…
  • Shakespeare’s Real Face Is Finally Discovered! (And It’s Probably a Hoax)

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    20 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Conspiracy theories concerning the identity of William Shakespeare bring together even the most disparate human beings. For example: what traits are shared between filmmakers Roland Emmerich and Jim Jarmusch other than their mutual suspicion that William Shakespeare was not, in fact, William Shakespeare? And blinding white hair? Much of the Anti-Stratfordian case against Shakespeare is built on two things. First, the Bard’s education totaled out to the “small Latin and less Greek” cited by the admiring poet Ben Jonson. How could such a poorly educated man have written Hamlet? Second, we…
  • The Man Booker International Prize for Literature Goes to Hungarian Master László Krasznahorkai

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    19 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The Hungarian master László Krasznahorkai has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize. Author of several prizewinning novels — including Satantango, The Melancholy of Resistance, War and War, and Seiobo There Below — Krasznahorkai renders his captivating, prelapsarian world in long, beautiful sentences that can run for pages. Known for many years as the writerly voice behind the films of uncompromising director Bela Tarr, Krasnahorkai came to greater English language prominence with his recent epic, Seiobo There Below. The Man Booker International Prize is awarded…
 
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    21 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Here are even more great Freebies & Deals for your Kindle this evening! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Spirituality Death Will Get You Sober: A Humorous New York Mystery by Elizabeth Zelvin Still free? Click Here to find out! SOBRIETY’S NOT FOR SISSIES. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE PHRASE “DEAD DRUNK” BECOMES LITERAL. On Christmas Day, Bruce Kohler wakes up in detox on the Bowery in New York City. He realizes it’s time to change his life, but how can he stay sober without dying of…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Leaving Lancaster – Just 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd Over 175 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Amish Can a splintered Amish family reconcile? More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she’s never known lives on a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farm – as part of an…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    21 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cookbooks, Historical Romance, Romance, Thriller No Good Deed by M.P. McDonald Still free? Click Here to find out! Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    20 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Take a peek at tonight’s Freebies & Deals and grab your favorites while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Advice & How-to, Amish, Contemporary Fiction, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Science Fiction The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie by Paula Haney Still free? Click Here to find out! Specializing in hand-made, artisanal pies that only use locally sourced and in-season ingredients, Hoosier Mama Pie Company has become a local favorite and a national destination gaining praise from Bon Appetit, the Food Network, and Food & Wine as one…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Reclaim My Heart – Save 85%

    Pixel of Ink
    20 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano Over 100 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Romance Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law, and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined. Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons…
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  • MONDO Announces Pulp Menagerie, A Gallery Show By Tom Whalen Opening On May 22, 2015

    Larry Fire
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    MONDO is thrilled to announce their next gallery show, Pulp Menagerie, featuring screen prints by the incredibly talented Tom Whalen. The exhibit, which opens up May 22, 2015 will feature titles including Godzilla, Mad Monster Party & Batman. The opening reception will take place on May 22nd from 7-10 PM at the MONDO Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until June 6, 2015. According to Tom, this is how he describes the show: “The term “Pulp Menagerie” speaks to the varied subject matter on exhibit. The pieces are akin to the diverse, exotic creatures and curiosities…
  • Dark Hall Mansion To Release Beatles Inspired Print, “The Record Store” By Dave Perillo On May 22, 2015

    Larry Fire
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dark Hall Mansion  is most pleased to reveal its latest officially licensed Beatles limited edition print release: “The Record Store” by contemporary artist, Dave Perillo, on sale this Friday, May 22nd, 2015! Dark Hall Mansion, working with Apple Corps Ltd and Bravado International, their North American licensing agent, will release Dave Perillo’s unique take on a very special moment at a most everyday record store. An unusual and quietly meditative piece that catches the Beatles pausing before a record store window, a reflection on all accomplished and all that’s yet…
  • David Letterman’s Final Top 10 List

    Larry Fire
    21 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    It was an all-star lineup that marked the only guest appearances on the final Late Show with David Letterman. Here, in his final list, are the “Top 10 things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave:” 10. Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours is the most geographically convenient to my home.” 9. Barbara Walters: “Did you know you wear the same cologne as Muammar Qaddafi?” 8. Steve Martin: Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity…and a mistake.” 7. Jerry Seinfeld: “I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air. You know…
  • Wired Magazine Features Industrial Light & Magic Cover Story

    Larry Fire
    21 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    Wired Magazine has debuted an extensive oral history of visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic featuring interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Guillermo del Toro, Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and more. With it comes an expansive cover photo showcasing the legacy of the company and their countless creations, ranging from Davy Jones to Yoda and Bumblebee to Ant-Man. In 1975 George Lucas formed Industrial Light & Magic(ILM) to create the special effects for his space opera Star Wars. Since that time, ILM has contributed to over 300 films in the process…
  • Gallery 1998 Announces Fictional Food Gallery Show By Joshua Budich Opening On May 22, 2015

    Larry Fire
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    On May 22, 2015 please join Gallery1988 (West) for a massively impressive art show from artist Joshua Budich as he takes us on a trip through some of pop culture’s most memorable fictional foods. Joshua’s huge new collection depicts your favorite fictitious foodstuffs like the Wonka Bar, Popeye’s Spinach and Lone Star Beer. The comprehensive exhibit will open with a reception from 7-10 PM at G1988 (West) May 22nd. Come meet the artist in person and check out his incredible new work. He will debut 42 new screenprints at this must-see gallery show!  
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #530

    20 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    HeatI lay in the park in the sticky heattaking in walking wet dreamsto cool my thoughts tilltheir smoked glass bodiesmelted in the heat haze. The girl in the collarless coatsat a little away from meand our eyes met –for a moment. 23 May 1980   Isn’t the Internet wonderful? You can get weather reports going back decades. Here’s an excerpt from one for May 1980: Many parts of the United Kingdom had a spell of exceptionally sunny weather between the 9th and 19th but from the 20th until the end of the month amounts of sunshine were once again rather variable. The girl in the…
  • Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife

    17 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lives in stories have direction and meaning. Even stupid, meaningless lives, like Lenny's in Of Mice and Men, acquire through their places in a story at least the dignity and meaning of being Stupid, Meaningless Lives, the consolation of being exemplars of something. In real life you do not get even that. ― Sam Savage, Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife Children’s books are often populated by anthropomorphic creatures but I doubt many of them would know what the word ‘anthropomorphic’ actually means. (Mental image of Winnie-the-Pooh staring blankly at me.) Firmin is not a…
  • #527

    13 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    EuthanasiaBecause we love you –they said, holding down my arms. They said everything smiling –even before, as they pressed on the pillow. It was like gagging on a mother's breast. 22 March 1980   I don’t say who’s narrating this poem. The term ‘assisted suicide’ wasn’t commonplace in 1980 but I wasn’t thinking about an older person who might well have given informed consent. My wife would’ve been five months pregnant when I wrote this poem and I clearly had a child in mind. Not that we had been led to expect anything untoward. We knew nothing of what was to come,…
  • #514

    10 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Old WaltOld Walt used to watch the cleaning woman –Through the spy hole. Breasts hung as she scrubbed. In the monochrome passage. One day...              ...and the neighbours                 talked about it for weeks... 29 May 1979   This is not a very good poem but it is of some importance. It leaves things up to the reader. Completely. What did Walt do? Kill her? Rape her? Expose himself? Drop dead in front of her? It could be anything.
  • #491

    6 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    ViewpointsKnowing of somethingand going through itare two different things. Death – the eventuality – can be accepted at adistance, until it becomesimminent, and turns toan aching preoccupation. At its end it becomesan obsession and thenis realized but therethere is no more philosophy. 9 July 1978   Thinking is not something that most people include on their CVs. At least most people don’t. I’m not even sure than any of the “great thinkers” of our time—the Nietzsches, Kants and Hegels—actually called themselves “thinkers”—bit pretentious really—but I’ve…
 
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  • On mental illness and personal narrative

    Chelsea
    11 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    This started out as a Facebook status, but then I kept adding words until I realized it was actually a blog post. So. A fascinating (to me) thing about depression and anxiety is how insidious they can be, and how completely they can warp your thinking and perceptions and your baseline for feeling okay. I spent so long being miserable and exhausted and apathetic about everything that it became the normal state of things, and if anyone asked me how I was doing, I said I was fine, because I really thought I was. I thought that was just the way I was meant to feel, that maybe I was a little lazy,…
  • Monthly roundup: April 2015

    Chelsea
    7 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    This month I: Read: “Bet Me” by Jennifer Crusie (5*) “Pear Shaped” by Stella Newman (3*) “The Deal” by Elle Kennedy (4*) “After Hours” by Cara McKenna (3*) “Secret Admirer” by R.L. Stine (3*) “The Prom Queen” by R.L. Stine (5* because I have no shame) “Broken Hearts” by R.L. Stine (4*) “The Runaway” by R.L. Stine (3*) “One Evil Summer” by R.L. Stine (3*) Watched: a whole lot of Lifetime movies (2* pretty much all across the board) nothing else new at all Listened to: Kendrick Lamar…
  • Top 5 favorite Fear Streets and why you should read them

    Chelsea
    3 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Disclaimer: These books all contain pretty terrible and offensive portrayals of mental illness, blindness, romantic relationships, female friendship, fatness, being poor, etc etc. R.L. Stine appears to hate consent and everyone who isn’t rich, beautiful, and neurotypical. My fave is problematic, I already know. I would advise against reading any of this series, not just the ones discussed here, if you think any of these things might upset or trigger you. In lieu of a happy wagon post, here’s one about Fear Street. It’s pretty much the same thing, anyway. As I’ve…
  • Things that make the world wonderful

    Chelsea
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Periodically, usually when I’m feeling very sad, I return to this list to reread it and, if I can, add new things to it. I’m not feeling very sad today–in fact, I feel so full of happiness just at this moment that my heart could burst with it–but I know some people who are, and I doubtless will be again soon, so I’m sharing it anyway. I think I’ve shared it on this blog before, but it can’t be shared too much. You could also consider it a stand-in for the happy wagon posts I haven’t been writing, but I’m not labeling it as such because…
  • She learned a shining language

    Chelsea
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Day 7 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 SHE LEARNED A SHINING LANGUAGE What are you most good at? Don’t self-edit. Write down everything you can think of that you’re proud of knowing or creating or being. These are the languages by which the world may not measure your worth, but by which your story is created. Celebrate one of your favorite achivements today. I’m a very compassionate an empathetic person. I care so much about other people and their lives, both the happinesses they experience and the sadnesses, and if I don’t…
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  • Friday Book Giveaway! Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas

    Novelicious
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    We loved Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas and can’t wait to get stuck in to her second novel, Coming Up Roses. We have one copy to give away to one of you lucky lot, too!  Country air, cowslips and a charismatic rogue… Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either – so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of…
  • Josa Young's Top 5 Writing Tips

    Debs Carr
    21 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    1. Discipline yourself to read things that aren’t ‘easy’, particularly poetry – try AE Houseman and Louis McNeice. Buy tatty old Penguin Poets from the 1960s in charity shops and gulp down metaphors. Go outside and read it out loud, shouting perhaps at some cows. You learn a lot about language from good poetry. 2. Do try a residential writing course. Choose one with tutors whose writing you really love and admire, but not those who leave you so awestruck that you don’t learn anything. 3. Your business as a writer is people. Don’t close yourself off from them, however uncomfortable…
  • Review – The Liar by Nora Roberts

    Debs Carr
    21 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Verity Wilde When Shelby’s husband Richard is killed in a freak accident, she discovers the man she knew never really existed. He was a liar and a cheat – and she’s left with a stack of debts. Faced with this new reality Shelby heads home to Tennessee with her young daughter Callie to make a fresh start as she tries to fix the mess she finds herself in. Back in Rendezvous Ridge she meets attractive builder Griff, but not everyone is happy to see Shelby – and Richard’s dodgy dealings are not behind her yet. This is definitely Romantic Suspense, with the emphasis on the…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Rosanna Ley

    Debs Carr
    21 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    It's publication day for Rosanna Ley's latest book, The Saffron Trail, and today we're posting a few questions that we recently put to her about her writing process and how many drafts she does when writing a book. Can you tell us a little about your average writing day? Not that I have one. But when I’m at home, I try to clear up urgent admin first (for an uncluttered brain) write in the morning (to make myself feel virtuous) and then go for a long walk to mull things over, plan, plot, or just take a break. After that I might do some more writing or editing or I might cook, research,…
  • Review – Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

    Debs Carr
    21 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce From a young age, Maren has known she isn’t like other people. She has an urge she can’t control; the urge to eat people. Each time the urge overtakes Maren, she and her mother pack up their things and run, starting all over again in a new town. The day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren finds herself alone. Her mother has left, leaving only Maren’s birth certificate and an envelope of money. Maren decides to find her father, a man she doesn’t remember ever meeting. She knows nothing about her father, only his name and place of birth stated on her birth…
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  • Review: With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

    Brandi Kosiner
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds #1) by Trisha Wolfe Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.She will never be a victim again.Now, she’s honed her skills in order to…
  • Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    Brandi Kosiner
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirSet in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.ELIAS is the academy’s finest…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    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:Hit (Hit, #1)Dawson, Delilah S. NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent…
  • Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarryAn unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among…
  • Review Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R. A. Salvatore

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf Companions Codex III R. A. SalvatoreR.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling tale of the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden continues immediately on the heels of Rise of the King, with an expanding war and greater danger to the finally-reunited Companions of the Hall.Bloody war rages across the Forgotten Realms world in the third book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden.In the evolving world of the Forgotten Realms setting, the Sundering has given way to months of cloud-cloaked…
 
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  • The Bleaklisted Movies: The Terminator

    Dave Brown
    20 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) The Terminator What happens? Robot travels back in time to kill the mother of a resistance leader…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #33

    Dave Brown
    18 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Monday A new week, a new government, same old Beard Face. Today he announced to Frizzy Hair that she has her six cats so now he wants to get six pets of his own. Pets! Really? How insulting. Frizzy Hair was none too impressed either and after giving the old boy a right royal rollicking, they both calmed down and discussed future acquisitions. Six cats in one house is a lot you know, so the frizz was curious about what other pets the beard had in mind. His suggestion? Llamas and lots of them. Beard Face’s preference was for pink llamas and ones that were coloured like an array of…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life

    Dave Brown
    13 May 2015 | 12:52 am
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!)   It’s A Wonderful Life What happens? Unhappy guy wants to die but an angel shows him what the…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #32

    Dave Brown
    11 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    Monday Bank Holiday Monday in the UK. Reasons to celebrate? It’s a day off. That means little to a cat such as myself. I do next to nothing all day but at least on a day like this no one can really complain. Yes, you can call me lazy, self-centred and obsessed with being out in the garden but such observations don’t really impact on me. I’d have to give a shit about what you thought first. The only opinions I value are Frizzy Hair’s and Doughnut Danny over on Fabrication Avenue. He’s what I call “a righteous dude.” Tuesday Stayed up late with Beard…
  • Inspire Me Monday: Mrs B’s Origami Adventures #2

    Donna Brown
    10 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    On Mondays I’ll be taking part in Inspire Me Monday run by Create With Joy. Why not head on over to the site and see what’s inspiring dozens of amazing and creative bloggers this week? For years I’ve been intrigued by origami but never got around to taking that interest a step further. Then I saw a book with ten patterns and a stack of origami paper one day and decided to take the plunge. Mrs B’s Origami Adventures will chart my journey from the basic models – along with all the misfolds, creases and questionable ‘symmetry’ – through to my…
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  • Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad

    Chelsea
    21 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s all about the veterans in Round 5 of the Alpha Showdown. Neither of today’s alpha characters have won the battle before, but they both have fervent fanbases. Will this be their year? Charles Cornick from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series is a powerful werewolf. Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad from the Night Prince series, though, is that Vlad. The ancient vampire has plenty of practice at the art of war. These two are certainly alphas, but who will come out on top? You decide. We’ve lined up excellent bloggers to fill you in on why each alpha deserves to…
  • Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

    Jo
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) Sarah J. Maas Published: May 5, 2015 (Bloomsbury) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first in a new series from Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass books (if you haven’t read those, highly highly recommend them—highly). A new spin on the Beauty and the Beast story, this is a faerie-tale with a dark and brutal spin. Eight years after her family lost their fortune and fell into poverty, nineteen-year-old Feyre is…
  • Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 4: Slade vs. Gin Blanco

    Chelsea
    20 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This year brought the fresh meat to the Alpha Showdown. We had some first timers battle one another in Round 1, but this time out we have a newbie taking on a veteran. The vampire Slade from Teresa Gabelman’s The Protectors series is new to VBC, but his fans came out big time in the nomination rounds. Can this vampire take on one of our favorite assassins? Gin Blanco is a certified badass, and she runs a barbecue joint, which makes her good people in our book. Can she cut down this vampire?  You decide. We’ve lined up excellent bloggers to fill you in on why each alpha deserves…
  • Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones

    Chelsea
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We told you from the start that the Alpha Showdown would be brutal. We’re only three matches in, and we’ve already had to make tough choices. Round 2 is still open, and it’s very close between Jane and Barrons. Kate Daniels isn’t scared of a vampire, but we doubt Bones is scared of anything. He’s battled some heavy hitters before. In an alternate universe, these two would probably end up hanging out, but in the Showdown they have to fight. Who will move forward in the bracket? You decide. We’ve lined up excellent bloggers to fill you in on why each alpha…
  • Release-Day Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8)

    Margaret
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) Darynda Jones Published: May 19, 2015 (St. Martin’s) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, First Grave on the Right. Eighth Grave after Dark opens about eight months after the end of Seventh Grave and No Body with Charley Davidson and her friends…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • Q&A WITH SABRINA SOL (GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT)

    Native NYer
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club loves romance novels, and we are super excited to have discovered Sabrina Sol's Delicious Desires series and have her chatting with us today.  First, we want to congratulate her on the debut of DELICIOUS TEMPTATION, book one of her new series.  Welcome, Sabrina!  GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment on this blog and you may win a free book by Sabrina Sol!  Details below.   Q:  You are called The Romance Chica.  How did you earn that name?  What sorts of things does The Romance Chica share on her…
  • MOTHERS WEEK: FLOATING ON MAMA’S SONG / FLOTANDO EN LA CANCION DE MAMA by Laura Lacamara

    Native NYer
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
      This week the Latina Book Club has celebrated Mothers with books with strong, courageous Mamás. We began with our Book of the Month, THE CRUEL COUNTRY. We hope you have enjoyed our selections.  Feel free to share your favorite “Mother” book with us.  Here now is our final selection.  Happy Reading.  Happy Mothers Week!Singing makes me so happy. – MamáLaura Lacamara has written a sweet, magical children’s book inspired by her mother, who was an opera singer in Havana.  Lacamara’s book comes to live with the vibrant and amazing…
  • MOTHER'S WEEK: AS MY MOTHER WOULD SAY: COMO DECIA MI MAMA by Judith Valles

    Native NYer
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Join the Latina Book Club this week as we feature books with strong, courageous mothers.  And remember our Book of the Month, THE CRUEL COUNTRY, another tale of the power of a mother's love.  Happy Reading.  Happy Mother's Week.    "Learn from your parents if they are still alive.  They know you best and will give you the best advice based on the mistakes they’ve made in their own lives. Listen to them with respect; they know what they’re talking about.” -- Judith Valles    As we celebrate Mothers this week, we came across this…
  • MOTHER'S WEEK: A FALLING STAR by Chantel Acevedo

    Native NYer
    12 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
      Join the Latina Book Club this week as we feature books with strong, courageous mothers.   And remember our Book of the Month, THE CRUEL COUNTRY, another tale of the power of a mother's love.  Happy Reading.  Happy Mother's Week. "My mother said I came back to her at sea. She said I appeared  out of  nowhere, like a falling star, and that I had changed from what I once was..." --- Stella MarisChantel Acevedo heard about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift from a friend whose family actually came over from Cuba during that time.  And, from that kernel of an…
  • MOTHER'S WEEK: A MIRACLE FROM GOD IN THE HANDS OF A MOTHER BY CATALINA PRIETO

    Native NYer
    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Join the Latina Book Club this week as we feature books with strong, courageous mothers.  And remember our Book of the Month, THE CRUEL COUNTRY, another tale of the power of a mother's love.  Happy Reading.  Happy Mother's Week."The point is, it doesn't matter that he doesn't have the best balance in the world, it doesn't matter that it doesn't sound right when he speaks sometimes, it doesn't matter that a wild child sometimes runs loose in his mind; with such a great and courageous spirit, being different doesn't matter."  This is the most courageous and inspiring…
 
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    Better World Books

  • 0 to 10km for Scottish Book Trust with Emma McNeill

    Fiona Marshall
    18 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Emma and Struan When the opportunity to do the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k as part of a Better World Books team arose, I was thoughtful. I had never ran before. Was I up for the challenge? I decided to throw caution to the wind and commit myself. Life is too short to always stand on the side lines. So the next step was to think about training. Me being me, I wouldn’t actually start running until I had read up about technique and breathing so as to prepare myself. I like to get as much knowledge as possible before I start something new. I knew that reading about running would be much…
  • Read Your Planet Into Shape: 3 Planet-friendly Reading Habits

    Better World Books
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Did you know that the simple act of reading can be an effective way to help keep your planet in good shape? It’s true. Here are a few ways that your love of reading can have a positive impact on the planet, just in time for Earth Day. 1. Are you done reading that? Share it with someone else. We make it easy to get books back into the “cycle of reuse” by placing book Drop Boxes in cities around the U.S. These are sold on our website to keep them going. When you prevent a book from being thrown away, you reduce paper waste. 2. Consider buying used. Sure, a bookseller with…
  • Help Me Find My Mother

    Better World Books
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Books tell stories. So do the people that read them. And the beauty of those stories is that they can be told over and over again and shared with the world. Giving us all a chance to escape, be uplifted, be inspired, and capture our imagination. Books can carry our tears, our laughter, or precious memories which can take shape in the form of a bookmark used to stop the story, and hold it in place until we meet again. After last week, a reader named Melvyn knows that firsthand. He found something special in the pages that belonged to someone years ago—a sonogram dated from 1999. So he posted…
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is kicking off a reading campaign called “2015 Read Aloud 15 MINUTES,” designed to encourage community members to take 15 minutes a day to read to children. The campaign unites libraries and community organizations who are willing to spread the word that reading aloud to a child from birth is the single most effective thing a parent can do to promote early literacy skills. Join the library and more than 1,400 partner organizations in all 50 states that are working to spread one simple, powerful message: Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child.
  • The Franklin Senior House

    Better World Books
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dorothy “Dot” Sullivan took it upon herself to fill the bookshelves at the Franklin Senior House in Franklin, NJ. As a book-lover herself, she had been purchasing books from Better World Books for the organization when she learned that there were other bibliophiles like herself in the Senior House. In fact, there were a dozen other readers that shared her love of books! So, she did the only natural thing: She started a book club. And voilà, “The Bookworms” reading club were formed. As a gifted organizer, Dot pulled the whole thing together and reached out to Better World…
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    Publishing Perspectives | RSS Feed

  • The Global Perspective at PRH’s Hogarth Imprint

    Olivia Snaije
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A selection of Recent Hogarth Titles Penguin Random House imprint Hogarth is focuses on publishing high quality literary fiction told in voices from around the world, says editor Alexis Washam. By Olivia Snaije Hogarth’s Alexis Washam Alexis Washam is a young U.S. editor who believes in foreign fiction. Executive Editor of Crown and Hogarth, last autumn she put her money where her mouth is by acquiring Catalan author Milena Busquets’ novel This Too Shall Pass (También esto pasará) for a mid six-figure deal the morning of the Frankfurt Book Fair. “With Milena Busquets we got the…
  • Author Annie Stone on Marketing: Just Be a Nice Person

    Guest Contributor
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Annie Stone German self-published author Annie Stone advises writers to focus on fan engagement and being a nice, approachable person, than straight forward marketing. By Annie Stone I published my first book back in March 2014. By the end of the month, I had created a Facebook page to help promote my book. Even though there wasn’t a whole lot of interaction with fans in the beginning, it was very important for me to reply to every single comment and message I received. Although the amount of comments on Facebook has increased so much that I am unable to keep up with them all, I do my…
  • Behind Every Customer There’s a Character

    Guest Contributor
    21 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Netflix’s original series Daredevil tells the story arc of a character’s growth from a child into a man, from an average human into a superhero. Can you do the same for your potential customers? Valla Vakili looks at how Netflix uses character development and storytelling to define its customers, as well as create great content. By Valla Vakili Valla Vakili In a recent podcast I described how storytelling can help product managers build better products, recruit stronger teams, and advance their careers. I want to unpack what makes storytelling powerful by showing how successful…
  • From Pequeno Editor, A Book That Grows Into a Tree

    Dennis Abrams
    21 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    To educate children, Argentina’s Pequeno Editor published a biodegradable book embedded with jacaranda seeds that can literally be planted after it is read. By Dennis Abrams As an article in the Express Tribune said: “Imagine sitting under the glaring sun reading a book without a tree for shade. According to Green Peace, every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is lost due to logging or destructive practices.” Now one publishing company is trying to give something back. Argentina’s Pequeno Editor, as part of a project called Tree Book Tree, has created a…
  • D2C Bookselling Is Not Easy…But Here Are Two Options

    Guest Contributor
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Image of a photo shot with the BitLit app, which you send to the company to see which titles are available for free or discounted ebook bundles. Direct-to-consumer bookselling is growing and innovative thinking is helping. Two solutions that are appealing: BitLit ebook bundling and Penguin Hotline. By Mary Alice Elcock, VP of Content, BitLit Mary Alice Elcock is VP of Content at BitLit Earlier this year, I read an article that recommended that all publishers should be selling direct to consumer not only to garner sales, but to build a direct relationship with customers. Indeed, on the face of…
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    Quill and Quire

  • Dundurn Press founder Kirk Howard receives Janice E. Handford Award

    Becky Robertson
    21 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    The Ontario Book Publishers Association named Dundurn Press founder and president Kirk Howard the recipient of its Janice E. Handford Award at a reception in Toronto last night. Established in 1997, the annual award honours a member of the publishing industry who has “advanced the cause” of Canadian small presses. Howard founded Toronto-based Dundurn in 1972 with the aim of publishing mainly Canadian historical non-fiction, though the press has since expanded to boast more than 2,500 fiction, YA, biography, mystery, business, and current-affairs titles. Howard says, in a press…
  • In defence of indulgent literature, Judy Blume on her first book in 17 years, and more

    Becky Robertson
    21 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    In defence of Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be? and other indulgent art Judy Blume talks to The New York Times about writing her first title in 17 years On the tyranny of the multi-volume fantasy novel trend The Writer’s Block: Las Vegas’s only indie bookstore (and writers’ hub) F. Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby home listed for $3.8 million With New York’s Norwegian-American Literary Festival approaching, five excellent Norwegian authors that aren’t Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Margaret Atwood to add manuscript to Future Library on May 26

    Becky Robertson
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Atwood and Paterson in the Future Library forest (photo: courtesy of Bjørvika Utvikling) Scottish conceptual artist Katie Paterson has chosen Margaret Atwood as the inaugural author to commit a manuscript to her Future Library project. The author will present her work at a ceremony on May 26 that includes a walk to the Future Library forest and a public interview with Paterson. Last year, a forest of 1,000 trees was planted for the Oslo-based project, to be cut down in one century to provide paper to publish never-before-read manuscripts by renowned authors. These manuscripts will be kept in…
  • Kim Fu, Plum Johnson among those shortlisted for inaugural Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

    Becky Robertson
    20 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Plum Johnson (photo: Carter Johnson) Kobo has announced the shortlists for its $10,000 Emerging Writer Prize, launched earlier this year, which recognizes excellent debut titles published the year prior and available on the digital platform. A team of Kobo booksellers took into account book completion rates, ratings, and reviews, and selected the following finalists from more than 140 traditionally published and self-published entries: Non-fiction, judged by 2014 Charles Taylor Prize–shortlisted author Charlotte Gray Robyn Doolittle, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story (Penguin Canada) Plum…
  • Laszlo Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International, $13,000 cookbook launched at Cannes, and more

    Becky Robertson
    20 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai wins 2015 Man Booker International Prize USD $13,000 cookbook by Vikas Khanna becomes the first title to launch at Cannes Film Festival What the shuttering of City University’s creative writing MFA program means for Hong Kong Folio Prize faces rebrand with sponsorship change 400-year-old botany book includes only known image of Shakespeare rendered during his lifetime Vice talks to Tim Jacobus, the artist behind the iconic Goosebumps covers of the 1990s On literary pilgrimages
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Heart of Darkness: Pro- or Anti- Imperialist

    Trisha
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The question of whether Heart of Darkness needs a high five or a smackdown has permeated discussion of the book since shortly after its publication. Critics such as Cedric Watts cite Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as an anti-imperialist read. Other critics such as Chinua Achebe demonize the text as not only in support of imperialism but a text which reinforces racist stereotypes. From a Marxist perspective, the textual ambiguity may, in part, be the result of the ideological constraints under which Conrad was writing.Conrad was limited by the ideology of Western civilization. Heart of…
  • I Fell in Love With Narratology or How I Got My Geek On

    Trisha
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    During this past winter, as you know, I took an Introduction to Literary Theory as the first class in my online Masters in Literature program. It was pretty awesome despite the fact I had to read Henry James' Turn of the Screw and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, two books with which I am not at all enamored.For my final paper in the course, I could choose to analyze either of the books through any of the literary theories studied. I knew I wanted to use Narratology which, as the name implies, is the study of narrative structure; specifically, this theory focuses on the commonalities…
  • Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

    Trisha
    12 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Ten Authors I REALLY Want To MeetI'm not really "in" to authors. Rarely do I read a book and go buy the rest of that author's ouevre. I don't think there is a single author whom I have read completely. So the way I'm doing this list is not "authors I want to meet because I'm like the biggest fan ever". I've given my reasons below:Neil Gaiman: Not only do I love the books of his I read, I also think he's a super cool real life person.Lord Byron:…
  • Happy Mothers Day!

    Trisha
    10 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    My beautiful kids...Because part of the fun of having kids is funny-face-pictures....Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful, exhausted, frustrated, loving moms out there
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    Trisha
    7 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    As I've said in posts past, I hated Heart of Darkness on my first reading (way back in high school). Normally I wouldn't touch this book again with a ten foot pole, but the grad course I signed up for decided this was one of the novels I had to read, so....Upon re-reading, I now remember why I hated this book so much.Ambiguity.So Marlowe heads into the Congo in search of the legendary Kurtz; he meets him for like two seconds, and in essence finds out the dude is quite the douche, but still Marlowe insists on admiring this man...or at least protecting his reputation, preserving his words.This…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • If You Were Me and Lived in Scotland by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    20 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Next stop on Carole P. Roman’s around the world trip is Scotland.  This series introduces children to cultural exploration and answers the questions that children would most likely ask. What would children in Scotland call their mom and dad? What games would they play, and what do they celebrate? What kinds of foods are common? Where are the fun places to visit?Each book in the series has a pronunciation guide and definitions for more complicated or unfamiliar words. It has colorful illustrations and easy to read text. I highly recommend not only Scotland, but all of the books in this…
  • The Myster Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White

    Linda
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    This cookbook is a collection of the favorite recipes of some well-known mystery writers.  The hardbound book is very nice and even has a ribbon bookmark.  The photo doesn't do it justice! Each recipe begins with a short note from the author that explains the origin of the recipe or just some personal information.The recipes are a wonderful variety of recipes from gourmet to family fare.  The first recipe I tried was Gillian Flynn’s Beef Skillet Fiesta. She started her paragraph with “Be warned: I am no gourmet.”  Her recipe was certainly not gourmet, but it was just…
  • Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock

    Linda
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    I wish I had known that this was book 4 of a series. I found the characters confusing because I did not know the history behind them. The story was too predictable. The more the finger pointed to a suspect the more sure I was that it was a false lead.   The relationships were nice, but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Not a bad read, just not her best.
  • Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    In this Captain No Beard story my favorite character, Fribbet the Frog, has a problem. He is crying his eyes out, and he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. The rest of the crew tries to understand his problem and help him through it.  Fribbet feels left out because Mom and Dad are busy with all of the new tadpoles, but the crew helps him learn all about being a big brother. The Captain No Beard stories are the imaginary adventures of Alexander and his friends. They are fun, educational and teach children about friendships and caring relationships. This is another great…
  • Lighten Up Y'all by Virginia Willis

    Linda
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    This is an attractive book with large color photos of many of the recipes. Most of the recipes are of light fair, but I found some of the recipes odd. In one recipe you add canned no-salt tomatoes, but then later in the recipe you are told to add coarse kosher salt. Salt is Salt. The Makeover Broccoli Mac and cheese calls for 1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced fat extra sharp Cheddar cheese and ¾ cup shredded 75 percent reduced fat Cheddar cheese. I would not bother, for a recipe that serves 10 people, to buy cheeses of different fat content. There were a couple of ingredients that were…
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    Market Your Book

  • Get a Scrivener Template for Your Murder Mystery

    Jan Bear
    4 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Do you write murder mysteries? I’ve never been able to figure out how to make the puzzle. Mystery writer Cara Black, last weekend at the Oregon Writers Colony Annual Conference, mentioned that she plants suspects in her stories. Once, an unexpected person stood up and told her he was the murderer. For me, it was a new insight into the process. […] The post Get a Scrivener Template for Your Murder Mystery appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Build Your Author Platform as You Write Your Book

    Jan Bear
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    One thing has stayed the same in the tumultuous changes of the publishing industry: An author needs a platform. If you plan to get a traditional publisher, being able to say, “I have this many social media followers, this many on my mailing list, this many hits on my website every day,” will count heavily on your behalf. […] The post Build Your Author Platform as You Write Your Book appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Amazon’s April Fool Screen

    Jan Bear
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    For a minute I wasn’t sure I was at the right place. But then, oh, yeah. April Fool’s. I wouldn’t comment on it except for the glance back at 1999, five years after Amazon’s first iteration (as Cadabra) in 1994. Amazon.com went live in 1995, right around the time Stanford University Ph.D. students Larry Page […] The post Amazon’s April Fool Screen appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Your Author’s Website: Do You Really Need One?

    Jan Bear
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    I read somewhere that it goes without saying how important a writer’s website is. But maybe it doesn’t go without saying. Your website is the center of your online platform. It’s the repository of your content that you post online. Even if you post to social media, it’s important to have it on your website, […] The post Your Author’s Website: Do You Really Need One? appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Build Your Author’s Website in Just One Day

    Jan Bear
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve been promising yourself an author’s website for a while, I have an event coming up that will help you check that off your to-do list. It’s a workshop sponsored by Oregon Writers Colony, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Portland, Oregon. We’ll spend some time talking about writing goals […] The post Build Your Author’s Website in Just One Day appeared first on Market Your Book.
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Christoph Fischer, Author of In Search of a Revolution

    14 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    “Food in a war drama? That won’t be too exciting, will it?” I hear you say. Well, in a way it isn’t at first. Zacharias Nielsen, the hero of In Search of a Revolution gets no real taste of Finnish cuisine when he arrives from Denmark to join the Finnish Civil War in 1918.He is young and full of enthusiasm and doesn’t mind the Army rations of fish, potatoes and bread, clearly not cooked with much love. For the sake of ideology, he can put culinary pleasures to the back of his mind and happily goes days without much food at all. His idealism easily survives that first crucial…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Karl Fields, Author of Steths: Cognition

    7 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Steths: Cognition is set in a near-future version of America where a select few truly are judge and jury, hearing cases and deciding on guilt or innocence, as well as punishment.Devin Chambers is among a rare group of humans with a trait called hypersensitive tympanic syndrome: the ability to hear heartbeats and, more specifically, the emotions within them. All he wants to do is play football, but his abilities as a Steth attract the attention of the Faulkner Academy, a prestigious boarding school. That’s because, in addition to being a school for regular students, Faulkner operates a…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Carmen DeSousa, Author of CREATUS

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    Without giving away anything about the Creatus Series, as that is part of the pleasure of reading a new book, I’d like to share with you what Creatus aren’t instead of what they are. And why I felt the need to share their story. And, of course, for the first time anywhere else other than the actual books…What they eat! I enjoy reading almost all genres, but one of my favorites is a little-known genre called ‘magical realism’. I love when an author can take normal characters who live and work among us, but then give me insight on what makes their character special and why they have a…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome E.J. Fechenda, Author of The Beautiful People

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Philly FoodWhen I set about creating Natalie Ross, my main character in The New Mafia Trilogy, I didn’t want her to be one of those girls who didn’t eat. She has a healthy relationship with food and part of the allure for Dominic Grabano, her love interest, is that he comes from a big Italian family that owns and operates several bars and restaurants in Philadelphia. In The Beautiful People (Book One of The New Mafia Trilogy) the date where Dominic first introduces Natalie as his girlfriend, takes place at his aunt and uncle’s restaurant. Like the old adage ‘the way to a man’s heart…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Fayette Fox, Author of The Deception Artist

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    I love food, so it’s no surprise my debut novel reads like a well-stocked kitchen. The Deception Artist is told from the perspective of eight-year-old Ivy, who has a vivid imagination and lies so people will like her. Set in Northern California during the late 80’s, this sharp, funny story explores the dark heart of an ordinary family and finds out that make-believe isn’t just for kids. Food plays an important role in my novel. Budding friendships are nurtured in the school yard as grapes are traded for potato chips. During an astronaut game, green food coloring transforms Monterey jack…
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Book Excerpt: Trapped by M. Terry Green

    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    M. Terry Green is putting the finishing touches on Trapped, the second book in her Chronicles of White World series. She has graciously granted us permission to post an excerpt from that novel.Trapped by M. Terry GreenThough much of the crowd would drift away in the afternoon, Céfiro always found this part riveting. The circus was in full swing. On the ice floor of the coliseum, troops of clowns and acrobats performed in seven rings. At the far left, one juggler tossed flaming torches high in the air. To either side of him, two more passed tumbling axes in front of and behind him. A tall…
  • Author News - May

    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    April 15th: John Vorhaus co-wrote a documentary with Kevin Pollak entitled Misery Loves Comedy. It was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Starting this month, the film will be available nationwide. April 20th: M. Terry Green revealed the cover to Trapped, the second book in the Chronicles of White World series. April 23rd: Scott Semegran, author of the Simon Birchwood series, released Good Night, Jerk Face, a novelette. April 29th: Michaelbrent Collings released his latest novel, The Ridealong. May 14th: Jeremy Robert Johnson will be at Powell's Hawthorne on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm…
  • Eden by Martin Roy Hill

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    "If this is Paradise, how bad could Hell be?" A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple’s eroded walls, first by an insurgent ambush then by another, even more powerful sandstorm. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins. What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the…
  • Author News - April

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    March 28th: Scott Semegran, author of the Simon Birchwood series, released "The Great and Powerful, Brave Raideen", a short story. April 10th: Helen Smith's novel, Beyond Belief, has been nominated for three awards at this year's CrimeFest. May 14th: Jeremy Robert Johnson will be at Powell's Hawthorne branch on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm to promote his latest novel, Skullcrack City, which was published on February 1st. May 19th: Steve Anderson took a break from historical fiction to write the contemporary novel, The Other Oregon: A Thriller. The book drops on this day.
  • The Witches of Armour Hill - A Crowdfunding Journey

    4 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    There are many vehicles one can ride in on the road of self-publishing. Some authors opt for the cheapest ride possible. They make the cover themselves and self-edit. While it might technically be a book, it's a ride that few readers want to go on. Some covers look like Bondo covered Pintos; the typos are potholes in the road. But many indie authors realize that readers want that literary ride to be all style and comfort. A slick cover grabs their attention. A polished manuscript makes sure the reader settles in and enjoys the author's story. But to get to this level of enjoyment, authors…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    20 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Travis Sawchik ISBN: 1250063507 Publisher: Flatiron Books Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.06 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Hal Schumacher – The Prince of the New York Giants: and the Pride of Dolgeville Stores: USA | UK | Italy By Roger Glen Melin ISBN: 1466985003 Publisher: Trafford…
  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    20 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab Stores: USA By Steve Inskeep ISBN: 1594205566 Publisher: Penguin Press Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $18.54 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs Stores: USA By Michelle Malkin ISBN: 1476784949 Publisher: Mercury Ink Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    20 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Oriana Leckert ISBN: 1580934285 Publisher: The Monacelli Press Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $17.26 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ New York in a Dozen Dishes Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Robert Sietsema ISBN: 0544454316 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    20 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Off the Page Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer ISBN: 0553535560 Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.87 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Made You Up Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Francesca Zappia ISBN: 006229010X Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.36 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook |…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    20 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Lisa Garr ISBN: 1401947263 Publisher: Hay House, Inc. Publication date: May 19, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.82 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Brittany Gibbons ISBN: 0062343033 Publisher: Dey Street Books…
 
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    My Pop-Digital Faith

  • Why “Collide” AKA Christian Tinder is Really Unnecessary

    litera9
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Last week, a group of developers released “Collide“, an app that they described as the “Christian version of Tinder”. In case you didn’t know, Tinder is a popular dating app that has evolved into more of a “hookup app”, where users judge an individual on their looks and either approve (by swiping right) or deny (by swiping left) the person the possibility of “hooking up” with them. Most relationships are fairly shallow, and end in either short-term dates or one-night stands (though some individuals said that they found their future spouse…
  • ROFLMEOW: Arguments Against the Internet: Intro

    litera9
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    A common thread in today’s media world is arguing that technology/the internet is negatively affecting us, both as individuals, as communities and as a species. And frankly, there are some great arguments to make for the internet and against the internet. But just as there are good arguments for, why  say, believing in God is bad, there are also really bad arguments for why the internet is bad. I’d like to take some time to examine some of those arguments and explore why we need to stop perpetuating these ideas. So, in the next few weeks, I plan on posting a few articles…
  • Going to TGC 2015

    litera9
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    FYI, I’ll be at The Gospel Coalitions 2015 convention from April 13 through April 15. I’ll be there reporting as a freelancer (hopefully finding a story) as well as visiting with the many friends I’ve made at Christ and Pop Culture. I have a lot of respect for the team behind The Gospel Coalition, as well as a lot of hesitation. They are a group that only reflects the viewpoints of a select demographic, and should be recognized as such. But they’re also a significant voice in conservative Evangelical channels, and certainly worth paying attention to. I’ll be…
  • Why is LEFT BEHIND 2 a thing?!?!?!

    litera9
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    If you didn’t see Paul Lalonde’s remake of LEFT BEHIND, featuring Nicholas Cage in 2014, you’d be in the majority. The reimagined retelling of Jerry B Jenkins’ and Tim Lahaye’s popular drama received a lot of media attention because of Cage’s presence as well as its unconventional ads. The film opened in 1825 theatres, but only made 6.3 million (3452 a screen) in its opening weekend. By the ending of its showing,  the film only made $17 million worldwide and cost more than 16 million to make. A quick crunching of the numbers reveals that this would be…
  • What I thought of DO YOU BELIEVE?

    litera9
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    If you didn’t know, I have a bit of an obsession with the independent Christian film market. Whether it’s a Kendrick Brother film or a biopic of Polycarp, I tend to track the box office and the cultural interactions with various independent Christian films. So, when Pure Flix’s spiritual successor to the box-office buster GOD’S NOT DEAD  (better known as DO YOU BELIEVE) hit the box office, I had to take some time out of my schedule and watch it. DO YOU BELIEVE was written by the same team who created GOD’S NOT DEAD, and directed by Jonathan Gunn, a young…
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    Armida Books

  • Ποίηση ενδοσκόπησης και αυτογνωσίας

    Haris Ioannides
    19 May 2015 | 1:31 am
      Του   Ο ποιητής προϊδεάζει τον αναγνώστη για το τι θα ακολουθήσει από τους πρώτους κιόλας στίχους στο πρώτο ποίημα του βιβλίου: «Όταν τρέχω συχνά περνά από το μυαλό μου η εικόνα πως τα πόδια μου / είναι πινέλα και ο δρόμος ένας τεράστιος καμβάς. / Τι ζωγραφιά, άραγε, θα σχημάτιζαν τα βήματα μου;». Σελ. 11) Η ποίηση του Κ.Π. έχει…
  • Αρμίδα – Ανασκόπηση του 2014

    Haris Ioannides
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    Αρμίδα – Ανασκόπηση του 2014 Πότε ήρθε, πότε έφυγε! Για να την ξεπροβοδίσω σωστά, αποφάσισα να κάνω μια γρήγορη ανασκόπηση των εργασιών της Αρμίδας για το 2014. Πολλά έχουν αλλάξει τα τελευταία χρόνια, τόσο στην Αρμίδα, όσο και στο χώρο του βιβλίου τοπικώς και διεθνώς. Το μόνο στοιχείο που έχει μείνει το ίδιο είναι η δέσμευση μου για…
  • Armida Books. 2014 in review.

    Haris Ioannides
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    2014 was a very busy year for us here at Armida. Many things have changed over the past few years but the only constant is our steadfast commitment to bringing out titles of the highest quality. 2014 was no exception. Even though the going has been rough, we managed to produce 14 high quality books that we are proud to add to our ever expanding list. Let’s start off with the new Greek titles: Many of you know that Panos and I are related so if he writes a new book, it goes without saying that I’ll publish it. As if I have a choice : ) Panos’ older books have been out of…
  • Words as Images

    Haris Ioannides
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The post Words as Images appeared first on Armida Books.
  • 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…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • A Japanese WHY Dunnit and an Amazon Mystery

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Destination: Japan Book: Malice by Keigo Higashino, Shown: MacMillan Audio Book CD, Published in U.S. October, 2014; in Japan in 1996 Kego Higashino, an Edgar award winner, and super-star mystery writer in Japan, writes books that are complex intellectual puzzles with unusual structure. Readers of A Traveler’s Library –lovers of books and writing–will particularly relate to this mystery, because it involves two writers and hinges on  complexities of writing and publishing. UNRAVELING AMAZON’s MALICE Amazon decided to present me with more mysteries when I tried to find…
  • DETOUR: Going Somewhere and Somewhere Else

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

  • Stirring Images from the First Ever Illustrated Version of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’

    Johann Thorsson
    21 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Originally posted on Flavorwire:Toni Morrison’s Beloved is widely considered the greatest of all American novels published in last quarter of the 20th century, but, until now, it has never been released as an illustrated edition — this despite the effortless magic with which Morrison invokes (or provokes) her images of postbellum black life. Thankfully, The Folio Society has…
  • The Wisdom of Jo Walton

    Johann Thorsson
    16 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    “An unread book holds wonderful unknown promise, but also threatens disappointment. A re-read is a known quantity.” – Jo Walton, What Makes This Book So Great?
  • Book Review: V.E. Schwab´s A Darker Shade of Magic

    Johann Thorsson
    6 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    There are four Londons in this excellent fantasy by V.E. Schwab; Grey London is the normal Londob we all know and love, Red London is a London in another world, filled with magic and wonder, White London is a harsh place, full of wickedness and a stark desperation. And then there’s Black London, but we […]
  • The Importance of Setting Goals as Writers

    Johann Thorsson
    3 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Sometimes I feel like my writing career is moving somewhat slower than it should. Do you ever feel that way? I’ve been reading Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklife, and in it he talks about the importance of setting goals as a writer. Establishing goals is one of the most important tasks you can ever undertake for your […]
  • 3 Books To Read While You Wait for Winds of Winter

    Johann Thorsson
    1 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    It was recently reported that the next book in George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter, would not be out in 2015, and I could almost hear the moans of disappointed fans all over the world. However, there is plenty of good stuff by Mr. Martin that should sate any […]
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    Where Writers Win

  • Six Comfortable Ways to Reach Readers Waiting on You

    Shari Stauch
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome and sincere thanks to author Patricia Weber for this guest post. And also a big “Welcome Aboard” to all of you who joined our tribe from the SC Book Festival this past weekend in Columbia! Read on, write on… Now, let’s get comfortable talking about our work… Have you ever told a friend about a wonderful restaurant you ate at for dinner? Maybe you saw a movie you loved, and you couldn’t stop telling people about your 5-star review. Or there’s that favorite vacation place you always want to tell others, “You have to go there.” Promotion of others…
  • Three Genuine Ways to Increase Live Reader Engagement

    Shari Stauch
    17 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Author and SC poet laureate Marjory Wentworth reciting a poem at the SC Book Festival opening reception. Much of what we talk about at WWW is how to “win friends and influence readers” using your online suite of tools, from your author website to your social media presence to finding influencers. But it’s important –critical even– to remind ourselves of the value of cultivating real, in-person connections, too. On Friday, several members of the WWW team headed to Columbia, SC for the SC Book Festival. And it’s been both fascinating and enlightening to watch authors…
  • Is There An Unfinished Chapter in Your Life Suitable for Publication?

    Shari Stauch
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here’s an interesting anthology opportunity from frequent WWW contributor, media relations expert and award-winning author Christina Hamlett! Whether it’s through neglect, distance, misunderstandings or simply divergent interests, who among us hasn’t experienced relationships that either fell through the cracks with the passage of time or never had a chance to fully develop from the outset? Through the wistful perspective of a rear-view mirror, it’s about all those names we run across in old address books, the brief encounters on airplanes that seem to hint at a future friendship,…
  • Author Earnings Offers Up May 2015 Report

    Shari Stauch
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    According to this report, self-published authors now command more daily income from digital royalties than all Big 5 published authors, combined. Visit authorearnings.com/report/may-2015-author-earnings-report to learn more. If you’re a fan of data, especially data on indie book sales, you’ll love wading through the sea of it at authorearnings.com. The site, “by authors, for authors” (spearheaded by best-selling indie author Hugh Howey) touts as its purpose, “to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions. Our secondary mission is to…
  • Mothers of Books: This Day is For You, Too!

    Shari Stauch
    10 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Whether you’re a mom, have a mom, or are a “mom” of the writer sort, birthing a bouncing baby book, here are two upcoming writer events that should put a smile on your face… Where Writers Win is proud to be participating and we wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day! SC Book Festival in May – Fun and FREE! If you’re anywhere near Columbia, SC, the SC Book Festival takes place May 15-17. WWW’s Shari Stauch is teaching a class there on Friday afternoon (learn more at scbookfestival.org/schedule/workshops/), and WWW’s booth, one of over 100…
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    Susan Roebuck

  • Travelling Across, And Up And Down, The Page

    Susan Roebuck
    19 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy of Witchlight and I loved it. Here's my review first, then the author, J.S. Watts is going to give us an insight into her writing journey.Here's my review:I was lucky enough to receive a pre-publication copy of this contemporary fantasy novel which follows the development of Holly's discovery that she possesses witchlight, inherited by her mother. The problem is that she has lived into her thirties being unaware of this fact. Abandoned in a cardboard box, she was adopted at birth and her adoptive parents live mundane lives in Croydon,…
  • Want a Quick Holiday?

    Susan Roebuck
    16 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I have a new novel coming out on Tuesday - more of that then. It's set in Portugal. Have you been to Portugal? Would you like to know more about it? Take a look, you'll be surprised:And here's a quick whizz around the country. Have a good time!
  • Gearing up for new publication

    Susan Roebuck
    10 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    The tide is certainly getting higher:and on 15th May my new book RISING TIDE should be published by Mundania Press...Excited.
  • Reading Recommendation

    Susan Roebuck
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    I never thought I'd say it but I've just read a Charlaine Harris book. Don't get me wrong, I've heard she's a very good author, it's just that I very rarely read YA books. Probably the last one was Harry Potter.I was looking for something good and I'm a sucker for paranormal, which you might or might not know, when I read that Charlaine Harris had an adult book out. It was on my Kindle within second and...wow.Have any of you read "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café" by Fannie Flagg? It's one of my favorite books and I'm probably going to get into trouble for this, but if I say…
  • A couple of books

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

  • The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Strength of Sisters  (Family Dynamics) The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls.   Two sisters, 15- and 12-year-olds, decide to leave their California home after their mother, an unstable aspiring singer, abandons them to “make some time and space” for herself, so she can find “the magic” again.  The two girls head out to Byler, Virginia, the town they were born in—the town their mother never wanted to return to.  There they find their Uncle Tinsley, a recluse who lost his wife six years ago.  Bean, the narrator, is the younger of the girls.  She’s a…
  • Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

    10 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stretching the Mind and Body... (Enlightenment) Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo is about a man who takes an unexpected cross-country road trip with a spiritual guru.  As Otto reluctantly chauffeurs a monk from New Jersey to North Dakota he stops to show him slices of American life while the monk slowly gets Otto to open his mind about reincarnation, meditation and the meaning of life.  The Rinpoche (rin-po-shay, a title of respect) even tricks Otto into taking a yoga class. This book was a gentle and enjoyable tour through the U.S. and the beginning of a teacher/student…
  • Quirky Sleeps by Bruce and Susan Armstrong

    3 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s Not Always the Destination... (Travel) Quirky Sleeps by Bruce and Susan Armstrong is a travel book that lists unusual hotels across the United States.  If you’re ready to ditch plain old ordinary motels and make your sleeping quarters part of your vacation adventure, you may want to check out this book.  Organized by state, you will find information on unique hotels including contact information, price range indication, and a description of the room as well as the Armstrongs’ personal experience at the facility.  You can also look up quirky sleeps by genre. …
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Motherless in Seattle (Family Ties) Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford is set in Seattle in 1934 as a twelve-year-old boy sees a woman on a movie screen he believes to be his mother who abandoned him five years prior.  With the help of a friend, a blind girl living in the same the orphanage, he sets out to find and reconnect with his mother. The story flips back and forth between William’s quest and his mother’s story in the 1920s, revealing why she would leave the son she loved behind. I liked this book.  It held my interest with the heart-wrenching story of Willow Frost…
  • 2015 Piggy Bank Challenge

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Banking on Books(Reading Challenge) Reading Reward I found this challenge on the “Let’s Read” blog at http://momobookblog.blogspot.com On her wonderful book blog Marianne posted the following challenge in English, which she discovered and translated from a German blogger. For every book you read, put $2.00 (or whatever you deem affordable) in a piggy bank, envelope, jar, etc.  Don’t touch the money until the following fiscal year and you will have some money to splurge on something fun. -- Probably not on books since that’s not a splurge, it’s a necessity, in my…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • On retreating into galleries, museums and the beauty of art (with help from Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch)

    Lucy
    17 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Museums and galleries remain among the few oases that can deliver what has become increasingly rare in our world: the opportunity to disconnect from our hyperconnected lives and experience the feeling of wonder. Museums are where we go to commune with the permanent, the ineffable, and the unquantifiable. And it’s an especially rare, and thus precious, experience in our technology-besieged lives. Maxwell Anderson, the CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, describes a museum’s mission as providing visitors with “resonance and wonder … an intangible sense of elation—a feeling that a…
  • Tolstoy's Pierre Bezukhov on why being knocked off course is "only the start of something new and good"

    Lucy
    9 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    My favourite translation by Anthony Briggs andpublished by Penguin.A fortnight ago I submitted my undergraduate dissertation, which consisted of eight thousand words on Pierre Bezukhov's transformation from "absolute scoundrel" to "a man of such value to society" in Tolstoy's War and Peace. My argument: Pierre does not reach perfection, but rather a state of increased self-knowledge that comes from failures, false starts and poor decisions.It was a lot of fun to research and put the essay together, and I've gathered several quotes and snippets of interestingness that I look forward…
  • 9 lessons on slowing down and reassessing our values from Arianna Huffington's Thrive

    Lucy
    3 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    I wasn't expecting huge things from Arianna Huffington's Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. For one, there's the title. Reviews haven't necessarily been glowing either. However, Thrive comes with a few life lessons that really are worth mulling over, and it's a book I'll return to. After all, if a book gets you thinking about how you're living your life, do reviews really matter at all?On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. –RUMIArianna…
  • 'Feast on your life': Tom Hiddleston on Derek Walcott's "Love After Love" for accepting ourselves

    Lucy
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    I read it to my dearest friends after dinner once, and to my family at Christmas, and they started crying. Which always, unfailingly, makes me cry.- Tom Hiddleston on "Love After Love" by Derek WalcottDerek Walcott, a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. VIII Festival Internacional de Poesía en Granada, 2012. Source.In Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden, actor Tom Hiddleston (known for roles in The Avengers and War Horse) selects "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott as his choice for the anthology.He describes how he reads the poem often, at least once a month,…
  • Lessons on how to survive from Laurence Gonzales's Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

    Lucy
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    I'm fascinated by Stoic philosophy and "survival mindsets". I read a lot about how we can tailor our thinking to help us get through both everyday challenges and the most difficult of circumstances, and recently came across Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales.I enjoyed the author's application of Stoic philosophy to modern life, alongside the anecdotes he chose (including that of the wonderful Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who spent 4 days stranded in the Sahara desert).Here are a few lessons from the book to get us started on our survival education.1. See the…
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Never Miss a Thing

    info@lipulse.com
    6 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    “One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey c.2015, Dutton                               $26.95 / $31.00 Canada                 357 pages Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey, you see two people about to make a mistake. It was pouring rain that evening and it…
  • Something That Can’t Be Found

    info@lipulse.com
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White c.2015, Putnam                       $26.95 / $31.00 Canada               314 pages It was not where you put it last. How many hours – days? – of your life are wasted looking for something you can’t find?  You spend so much effort searching for that which isn’t where it’s supposed to be - and what’s worse, as you’ll see in the new thriller Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White, is helping an old friend whose search could cost more than just time. …
  • Not Your Usual Hollywood Celebrity Bio

    info@lipulse.com
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Born with Teeth: A Memoir” by Kate Mulgrew c.2015, Little, Brown                 $28.00 / $31.00 Canada               320 pages Inside you lives the tenacity of a terrier. Once you’ve got something, you never let go, whether it’s a coveted item or a new idea. You’re dogged in your determination, seizing things with a grip that doesn’t let up. It’s a personality trait that’s served you well, and in the new book Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, you’ll meet a kindred spirit. Though in later years,…
  • Everything You Thought You Knew About Weight is a Lie

    info@lipulse.com
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Body of Truth” by Harriet Brown c.2015, DaCapo LifeLong             $25.99 / $32.50 Canada               274 pages Your summer clothes don’t fit this year. You’ll admit that you weren’t paying attention: too many holiday cookies, too little New Years’ resolving. The pounds crept up and you need to lose them before they multiply again. It’s for your health and well-being, right? Or maybe not. In the new book Body of Truth by Harriet Brown, you’ll see that everything you thought you knew about weight may be a big…
  • The Future Really Isn’t In Your Hands

    info@lipulse.com
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    You have little-to-no control Deny no more. You’ve finally come to accept it: the future really isn’t in your hands. You have no control over others, either, which is the hardest lesson to learn. And certainly, in the new book Endangered by C.J. Box, there’s no control over who becomes the victim of a crime. Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett was used to carnage.  He’d seen plenty of blood from man and beast, but the illegal massacre of an entire lek of politically-loaded sage grouse really set him back on his heels. The slaughter had been senseless and near-complete but before he…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: Lost in Paris by Cindy Callaghan

    Beth
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ooh la la! Gwen ends up on a Parisian scavenger hunt—with a cute French ami—in this M!X novel from the author of Lost in London. Gwen Russell is thrilled to hear she will be heading to Paris with her family. Even though the main reason for the trip is to see her three older brothers play lacrosse, Gwen and her Mom have plans to tour the city when they can. As soon as they land, Gwen is swept up in the city she has always wanted to see, and even meets a très cute boy named Henri. If that wasn't enough excitement, Gwen finds out that her all-time favorite band is playing a…
  • Guest Post: Lisa Barnett author of The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records

    Beth
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Lisa Barnett, author of The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.About the book:The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records is an extraordinary book filled with unparalleled tools for transformation. Accessing the Akashic Records is one of the most powerful paths to self-awareness and personal change currently available. Lisa carefully and lovingly guides you through the Akashic Knowing Wisdom Prayer System, a five-step system with three vibrational keys to directly and easily access your Akashic Record. You will also become skilled at:The art…
  • Featured Book: Bawb's Raven Feathers by Robert Chomany

    Beth
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: BawB's Raven Feathers is pure and simple. It kickstarts moments of self-reflection and inner peace, drawing on nostalgia while pushing the reader to live in the present and dream of tomorrow. Alternating brief chapters of prose with perfectly rhythmic, adult rhymes, this book holds appeal for the masses.About the author: Robert (BawB) Chomany is the author of the BawB's Raven Feathers series, pure and simple inspirational books. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, with a clear view of the mountains to the west. These mountains eventually drew Bob in, and he spent many years…
  • Review: Auditory Viewpoint by Lillian R. Melendez

    Beth
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Gloria Rank has lived her entire life in the dark. Blind since birth, she has made a name for herself as a respected talk radio show host in New Jersey. When her younger sister, Anna, has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside her apartment, Anna becomes the prime suspect in an FBI investigation. But when bodies begin piling up around her, the FBI has to admit that she is being stalked by a murderer. ith the FBI focused in the wrong direction, it is up to Gloria to teach Anna to use her other senses--hearing, touch, taste, and smell--which she never really had to completely…
  • Author Interview: Eli Summers author of The Winter Experience

    Beth
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Eli Summers, author of The Winter Experience, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I've always loved reading, my first ever book I read was called "The Beasties" by William Sleator, that really started my love of reading. What prompted me to start actually writing stories was when I read a book by David Levithan called "Boy meets Boy" which centred around a gay male character. Struggling with my own sexuality, it was an outlet to let myself be free. Eventually, when I came out, it just became natural to write about being gay and having gay characters.What do…
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    Literary Yard

  • Poem: The Jumping Tongues and The Stony Ears

    Author
    20 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    By: Pijush Kanti Deb Encircling a building a hot chain of dry tongues starts shouting sitting on an unrecognized demand compelling the stony ears- quite comfortable inside the building lying […]
  • Poem: The Lips- Golden And Dry

    Author
    20 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    By- Pijush Kanti Deb Flying in the sky, reaching just near to the Heaven the golden lips- painted by the spoon- made of gold utter blissfully ‘WOW’ looking at the […]
  • Poem: The Upbringing of A Feathery Singer

    Author
    20 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    By: Pijush Kanti Deb The upbringing of a feathery singer bestows a burnt painter with a landscape comprising of two feathery opponents one is dead and found on a heap […]
  • Story: Pinocchio And The Great Metaphorical Plot

    Author
    19 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    By: Gaither Stewart I am bizarre. No more and no less than my characters. I know that about myself. Who gets into his car with no special place to go […]
  • Story: Diary of a Goldfish

    Author
    18 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    By: Will Darlington Day 1, 10.13 a.m. Well, here I am. Not quite sure where I am, or what I’m doing here, but I am here. There must be a reason […]
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    WordTrance

  • The Brooklyn Boys Club

    Michael
    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction The Brooklyn Boys Club is a biographical account of wild and charismatic Renzo and his adventures growing up as an Italian-American in Brooklyn. It is told through chapters that focus on different aspects of Renzo’s life, and each chapter is filled with hilarious and riveting mini-stories illustrating Renzo’s wild times. It is the newest book from author Ellie Midwood. She came to the United States right after graduating from the faculty of foreign languages in Moscow, Russia. Her impressions from her first several years in New York comprised…
  • Free Resources To Become A Better Writer

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

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

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

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

  • Notable Quotes: 202

    Peter J Story
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    “If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it — I might be writing in my dreams.” —– Terri Guillemets
  • Story Spotlight: Welcome to Me – Eliot Laurence, Shira Piven

    Peter J Story
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In their movie, Welcome to Me, Eliot Laurence and Shira Piven built what I consider to be dry, deliberate humor at its finest. Of course, the main reason to watch this film is Kristen Wiig’s performance. This is the part she was meant to play, and she delivers at every stage in the movie. As the story begins, ...
  • Notable Quotes: 201

    Peter J Story
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Wisdom comes by disillusionment.” —– George Santayana
  • Story Spotlight: The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

    Peter J Story
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s hard to beat Tolkien on my list of favorite authors. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are classics, and I think everyone should be forced to read them at least once a year until the age of eighteen when that choice would become optional. Strongly recommended, yes, but optional. As you can see, ...
  • Notable Quotes: 200

    Peter J Story
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Nerves and butterflies are fine — they’re a physical sign that you’re mentally ready and eager. You have to get the butterflies to fly in formation, that’s the trick.” —– Steve Bull
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Jaded, Full Series (Jaded #1-3) by Ali Parker

    16 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    As a photographer for the New York Post, Kari Martin was used to seeing heartache and scandal up close. But one night at the club… her whole world changed.Heartbroken and willing to call off her wedding, she decides a change is in order and moves from NYC to a small town in Maine, where the average age of the residents there is sixty (or thereabouts). She works to fit in perfectly, and tries like hell not to let anyone find out just how very jaded she’s recently become over the lie called love.Jake Isaac left Texas quite a few years ago; his heart torn from his chest, and his mind set on…
  • Review: The List (College of Charleston, #1) by Kate L. Mary

    15 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The List. Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty. . .Body piercingGet drunkFirst kissBut thanks to her crazy, over-protective father, Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items. . .Fake IDSkinny dippingRoad trip!!!Where it gets complicated? Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan. . .Lose itGet Heart BrokenFall in loveAnnie is heading to college on a…
  • Review: Alive by Scott Sigler

    14 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth. At the beginning of my reviews…
  • Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne

    13 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    In the off chance that you haven't heard of this book (but you totally should have, because it's awesome), I wanted to let you know a little bit about it before you go and purchase it (because I know you'll want to after this). I've paired up with Tasty Book Tours to bring a virtual book tour and giveaway (PLUS a bit about both of the authors AND an excerpt!!) to you for your reading pleasure! I hope that you like this book as much as I did!Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!What happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abbi Glines and Monica…
  • Review: Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter

    12 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing. The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the…
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    John Harbour

  • Red Bulls: It's Me, Not You

    John Harbour
    9 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Before their first meeting tomorrow, a lot of vitriol has been thrown between the supporters of Red Bull New York and those of the young upstarts, or “New Shiny Thing” as the Red Bull fans call them, NYCFC. Full disclosure: I am an NYCFC supporter. Why? I’ll get to that in a bit but what I want to highlight here is the passion. The passion that has set social media on fire the past week. The passion that has caught the attention of those across the Atlantic, the local network affiliates, and finally some of the national cable networks. The passion for a sport most say is a niche. A…
  • Dreams of Spring

    John Harbour
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    It’s again the time of year I find so difficult. It’s not quite spring, and yet, and yet? My thoughts have turned to the Catskills and the rivers which are still cold and uncomfortable to fish. I once went in March, eager for the season to begin, and stood in the Willowemoc with ice flowing around me. I caught nothing…my skill with the nymph then was lacking, but I did come home with the memory of sitting on a shelf of ice, dangling my legs in the water, and how surreal it was. A beaver giving me the side-eye for disrupting his domain. Probably going back to the den like a a furry Paul…
  • The Real Cost of Food

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

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

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

  • Pure Jatomi Fitness

    jrex365
    19 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    This evening I rode my bike along the river and stopped by Galeria Kazimierz to check out the nearest Jatomi Fitness. I have to be completely honest, the place creeped me the fuck out. If Aldous Huxley had imagined a fitness center in his story Brave New World it would be Jatomi Fitness. What is even more disturbing than the environment is the rapid rate of success that this gym has had since it was established in Warsaw back in 2007 by Mike Balfour and James Balfour. Having come from the United States I never heard of Jatomi Fitness (in the U.S. it is L.A. Fitness that’s disgustingly…
  • Welcome To Krakow

    jrex365
    17 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    On May 1st I moved from Delray Beach in Florida to Krakow, Poland. Fell in love with this city. If you’ve never been here definitely put it on your bucket list of places to see during your life. Just avoid girls with umbrellas who invite you into Strip Clubs and you won’t regret your trip here. Or, if you do go along with them make sure to pay with cash and you won’t return home to discover an enormous bill.
  • Chaim Machlev

    jrex365
    7 May 2015 | 4:29 am
    Chaim Machlev is a tattoo artist based in Berlin who works by individual appointments only.  I came across his tattoos a while back when I was living in the United States. Now that I’m living in Europe it’s definitely on my to-do list to meet up with him to do my first tattoo.
  • Ray Lamontagne

    jrex365
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    I stumbled across Ray’s music back in 2007 while in college when I saw this show on BBC and have been a fan ever since. If you’ve never heard of him you’re missing out. Do yourself a a favor, save the link to this post and when you have an hour free come back and hit play on the video below. Intro Three More Days Shelter Hold You In My Arms Be Here Now Empty Barfly Gone Away From Me Trouble Till The Sun Turns Black You Can Bring Me Flowers Jolene Can I Stay End    
  • Le Palais Idéal

    jrex365
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Ferdinand Cheval was a French  postman who dedicated 33 years of his life toward building a castle out of stones that he collected and molded together with lime, mortar and cement. One day while delivering mail he tripped over a rock and recalled a dream that he had years earlier of himself building a palace with caves. Picking the rock up he put it in his pocket and set out to bring his dream to life. The end result was  Le Palais Idéal (The Ideal Palace) in Hauterives, France. He originally wanted to be buried inside his palace but that was illegal according to French law so he…
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    Screaming with Brevity

  • The Fire and the Fox

    Matthew J. Hall
    5 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The Fire and the Fox by Matthew J. Hall – originally published in Lotus-Eater Magazine, Issue 01. Misery hangs in the air of this city like old and stale breath. You can taste the common pain within a few minutes of stepping outside. It’s a bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue. It […] The post The Fire and the Fox appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • Slivers of a Dozen Nightmares

    Matthew J. Hall
    3 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    The post Slivers of a Dozen Nightmares appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Peek by Paul Beckman

    Matthew J. Hall
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Peek is a flash fiction collection by Paul Beckman where the structural frame that trust and communication are built around are repeatedly disassembled by a host of instantly relatable blue-collar characters. Through chance encounters, bar conversations, speed dating, pillow talk and various other platforms, Beckman uncovers the complex and often hidden motivations in everyday interaction. […] The post A Review: Peek by Paul Beckman appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Bloodletting in Minor Scales by Justin Limoli

    Matthew J. Hall
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    By its own definition a play in verse has to work on at least two levels. Justin Limoli’s Bloodletting in Minor Scales [A Canvas in Arms.] has almost as many levels as it does an abundance of characters. To appreciate this book in all its bizarre glory is to read it multiple times. There is […] The post A Review: Bloodletting in Minor Scales by Justin Limoli appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Alchemy by John Yamrus

    Matthew J. Hall
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Alchemy is John Yamrus’ latest full collection of poetry from Epic Rites Press. It contains fourteen illustrations within its 188 pages by the artist Janne Karlsson who is becoming synonymous with ERP publications. True to its title, Alchemy’s power is in taking situations of seemingly little value and turning them into gold. Yamrus has an […] The post A Review: Alchemy by John Yamrus appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
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    ADUIDE

  • President Obama Addresses the 2015 Gathering Of Nations Powwow

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    President Obama addressed the 2015 Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, NM, yesterday. In the video, embedded below, the President speaks on the new initiative, Generation Indigenous, that he and the First Lady are heading up with UNITY. He also mentions the Native Youth Summit they are hosting this summer. Check out the video message below that played during GON.
  • Transmotion, A New Peer-Reviewed Journal in Indigenous Literary Studies, Released Its First Issue Today

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Some exciting news today from the indigenous literature field. Transmotion, a biannual, peer-reviewed journal in indigenous literary studies has officially published both a pdf and html version of their journal.More about Transmotion from the site:Transmotion is a biannual, fully and permanently open-access journal inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor. Transmotion will publish new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde writing produced by Native American and First Nations authors, as well as book reviews on relevant work in Indigenous Studies, and…
  • The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band, A Review

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

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

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

  • Book Review: Hunter, Part 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

    Adam
    20 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Not too long ago I reviewed the first part of this series, and not too long before that I reviewed the original book as an entire piece.  Today, thanks to the lovely folks at iRead Book Tours, I get to review the second book in the serialized version. Honestly, this section of the book, known here as Hunter, contains some of my favorite parts of the whole story, specifically how this book ends, where you finally see all the appropriate pieces finally falling together, as they well should by this point in a story, and showing that there might be some hope, albeit small, for the titular duo,…
  • Fat Mogul vs. This American Life

    Adam
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I recently went on a bit of a road trip…and by, a bit, I mean, I drove a total of 42 hours over the course of 87 hours…solo. To while away the hours on the road, I set myself up with as many episodes of the NPR series, This American Life. This was a rather dangerous thing to do, as, although I absolutely adore Ira Glass, his voice is more than fully capable of putting even the most awake person into a comatose state.  Something about his psychiatrist-level of calmed tones can just get into ones’ head and lull them into a catatonic state. Luckily for me, this didn’t…
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Roadtrip

    Adam
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sure, it’s been about a month since I went off on a big ol’ roadtrip down to the south lands, but to me, it feels like it was just a week ago…probably because, of course, I’m writing this well before it gets published. The decision to hop in a car and drive 2400 miles over the course of a weekend was one I had been considering for a while by the moment I actually made the decision, but the consideration was more of a fleeting thought from time to time, not an actual consideration.  In fact, I frequently forgot that I was thinking about it. So, when the time for this…
  • Flash Fiction Friday: I’ve Been Meaning to Read…

    Adam
    15 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    “Jaclyn!” I screamed at the sight of her.  I hadn’t seen Jaclyn for three years and couldn’t believe she had finally made it back to town. “Carla?” she said as she turned slowly to look at me.  A smile of recognition crossed her face as her eyes met mine.  I rushed to her side. “What are you doing here? I haven’t seen you in forever!” “My cousin’s getting married tomorrow.” “Oh yeah, Rebecca.  I forgot you two were related.  It’s so great to see you.  How have you been?” “Been great.  You…
  • Fat Mogul vs. Unforeseen Circumstances

    Adam
    13 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When reading through posts like these where folks try to convince you of all the things necessary in order to actually succeed as an author, it becomes quite easy to feel as though you are completely overwhelmed easily, just trying to do the bare minimums, while also attempting to write or edit quite regularly. But, what’s an even bigger issue are the times in which you get caught up in your regular life and are unable to do even the smallest amount of activity in your author-life…you know, like when your days get filled with babies and poop and energizer-bunny-like three year…
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    Brain Pickings

  • Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates

    Maria Popova
    22 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    Visual verses celebrating the glorious grandeur of life on our pale blue dot. The mystery of marine life has compelled humanity for millennia, from ancient Indian mythology to Aristotle, who was the first to outline the distinction between invertebrates and vertebrates in his Historia Animalium. Perhaps because we ourselves sprang from the oceans, these creatures and their habitats have long lent themselves to our tendency toward thinking with animals. Even David Foster Wallace turned to the primordial seas of metaphor in his legendary Kenyon College commencement address, which came to be…
  • Body, Soul, and the Elusive Seedbed of Our Identity: Lewis Carroll on the Material and Immaterial Forces of Life, in a Letter to a Little Girl

    Maria Popova
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The perplexity of why your identity endures even if all the cells in your body are wholly replaced every seven years. “I am not one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul,” Rilke wrote in a beautiful 1921 letter, “since my soul would thoroughly dislike being served in such a fashion.” The relationship between the material and immaterial forces of life has occupied poets and physicists like for as long as we humans have been aware of our mortality and able to articulate that awareness. More recently, it has prompted…
  • Project 1 in 4: Drawings Illuminating the Everyday Realities of Life with Mental Illness

    Maria Popova
    21 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    A revelatory reality check and a clarion call for life-saving compassion. “One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless,” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother from the grip of mental illness. The great Dutch painter endures as one of the key figures we’ve enlisted in perpetuating the perilous “tortured genius” myth — a travesty of the the actual relationship between creativity and mental illness and among the many symptoms of our culture’s pathological delusions about what it’s really like to…
  • Montaigne on “Curation,” the Illusion of Originality, and How We Form Our Opinions

    Maria Popova
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    “I have gathered a posy of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.” I often think of reading not as the acquisition of static knowledge but as the active springboard for thinking and dynamic contemplation — hence the combinatorial, LEGO-like nature of creativity, wherein we assemble building blocks of existing knowledge into new formations of understanding that we consider our original ideas. But long before our contemporary conceptions of how creativity works, French Renaissance polymath and proto-blogger Michel de Montaigne (February…
  • Anne Sexton’s Sensual Love Poem “Song for a Lady,” in an Animation Inspired by Oliver Sacks

    Maria Popova
    20 May 2015 | 1:22 am
    “So many doors open when you are present with an angle.” “It is through [the] invisible holes in reality that poetry makes its way,” Adrienne Rich wrote in her sublime meditation on the art of the possible. Nothing gashes through reality more invisibly yet powerfully than love and nothing fills that rapturous rip more wholly than Anne Sexton’s 1969 volume Love Poems (public library) — a remarkable collection Sexton described as “a celebration of touch… physical and emotional touch,” published two years after she received the Pulitzer…
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    Many Words

  • The Long Retreat No. 26

    Fishbreath
    8 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    They came to the end of a gentle rise, and the abrupt change in the terrain struck Falthejn, as it always did when he traveled this part of the world. He stopped. Before them was a steep descent, the road cutting back and forth amidst the rock outcroppings dotting the hillside. Patches of sunlight pierced the canopy where even the conifers couldn’t grow, though the trees still stood so densely that Falthejn couldn’t see more than fifty yards down the slope. The sound of rushing water was prominent, now more than the birds. “Grevdarsflod,” Hrothgar said. “The…
  • Commentary, The Long Retreat No. 26

    Fishbreath
    8 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    So, here we are—a summer vacation. I’ll be driving across half of the US, getting married, and spending some time in Ireland, among other things. Fortunately, Parvusimperator is less busy, and has been churning out military and firearms posts for the Fish Bowl. They’ll be running two or three a week until my return in late June. Head over there, and leave comments. Don’t break anything while I’m gone.
  • The Long Retreat No. 25

    Fishbreath
    5 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    “Why?” Sif said, brow furrowed. Falthejn shrugged. “Nobody knows for sure. To some degree, the very fact that a thing exists means that it has a weave-shape, and no thing—well, few things, and none we should name here—has a weave-shape that does not also exist in the physical world.” Sif’s head canted, and her expression put Falthejn in mind of the few examples of dweorgr clockwork he’d witnessed in more peaceful times. “That’s… strange.” Falthejn looked over at her for a moment. “I suppose so. I began my training when I…
  • Commentary, The Long Retreat No. 25

    Fishbreath
    5 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    There you have it—the basic structure of magic in this world. You’ll likely have a better grounding in the practical applications by the end: that scene will probably make the cut.
  • The Long Retreat No. 24

    Fishbreath
    1 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Sif blinked, head canted. “A shirt?” she ventured timidly. “Yes.” “I don’t know what you mean.” Falthejn gestured to his arm. “The sleeve of my tunic is a piece of cloth. That cloth is the structure. The greenness of my sleeve is built on the structure of the cloth. So also is our world built on the structure of magic—natural magic, a framework far stronger and more complicated than this fabric.” He took a breath, and saw her nod thoughtfully. “I’ll tell you how our magic fits in sometime later. You know enough, now, that I…
 
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  • You Made Me by Kelvin Reynolds and Mia Dakin

    unlimitedexploration
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: $2.99 (I bought the book when it was free, thank goodness!) Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: “You think you know your mum and dad. But you don’t. My name is Coral and I’m fifteen years old. One photograph changed my life. Without the photo I would never have met Tilly, the nastiest girl in the school or had my first fight. Without the photograph I would never have met and lost Joel, the fittest boy on the planet. Without the photograph I would never have flown an eagle owl or sang in a rock band. And without the photograph I wouldn’t be crouching on a…
  • By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings series) by Jill Williamson

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    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Review: 5/5 Synopsis: “Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan’s owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince–more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan’s head cause him to fear he’s going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison–only to discover a secret…
  • A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel series) by Jonas Lee

    unlimitedexploration
    15 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Kindle Price: $0.99 Official Rating: 4/5 Synopsis: “Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger…
  • I Am Back!

    unlimitedexploration
    15 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    Hello all! I am back, as the title says, and I certainly missed posting and reading your comments. I did continue to read books so I do have reviews for you to read, so without further ado, enjoy my review!
  • From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator series) by Shelby K. Morrison

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    2 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: $3.99 Official Rating: 3/5 Synopsis: “For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted. When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on…
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  • Squirrel Nutkin: Anarchy for Under Fives

    Channel Light Vessel/Emerald Lamp
    10 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Squirrel Nutkin: Anarchy for Under FivesNutkin embodies the spirit of irreverence, making him an excellent role model for childrenGraham Greene, writing about Beatrix Potter in 1933, called The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin “an unsatisfactory book, less interesting than her first (The Tailor of Gloucester).” I couldn’t agree less. First published in 1903, Squirrel Nutkin is more than “a Tale about a tail”. It is a story of brave defiance in the face (quite literally in the face) of tyranny, with a morally ambiguous ending. The hero, a squirrel named Nutkin, is one of…
  • The Runaway by Ruth Morris

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    17 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    The Runaway, by Ruth Morris  (Published in America as ‘Runaway Girl’)Updated April 30, 2015*Contains Spoilers*I plan to talk about children’s literature here occasionally, so I’ll begin with a book that fulfils all my self-imposed criteria for inclusion in this blog: it’s underrated, obscure, and (more or less) forgotten. It’s also out of print, though you can still find plenty of old copies on Amazon.   Until I read The Runaway at the age of 10, Australia was just a big blank island on the map, sitting there at the bottom of the world, home to koalas,…
  • What is it like to be a psychopath? 'Engleby' by Sebastian Faulks

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    6 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    What is it like to be a psychopath?Another look at Engleby by Sebastian FaulksThe Sea of Ice, by Caspar David Friedrich, 1823. Also known as 'The Wreck of Hope'* SPOILER ALERT * – please don’t read this if you have not read the novel.Where would fiction be without the murderer, the psychopath, the serial killer, the ripper in the shadow, ‘the smiler with the knife’? Eviscerated, is the simple answer, with Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, Graham Greene’s Pinkie Brown, Ruth Rendell’s Teddy Grex, all cast out along with numberless other nightmarish figures who stalk the pages…
  • John and Marie Christine Ridgway: 50 years of living dangerously

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    10 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The Wandering Albatross - woodcut, 1837. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)John and Marie Christine Ridgway sailed around the world in 2003-4 to raise international awareness of the plight of the albatross: 19 out of 22 species are threatened with extinction. "I love the whole idea that maybe, riding the westerlies, albatrosses circle the globe every two years or so, living for eighty years or more, quite independent of man." John Ridgway, 1996.John and Marie Christine Ridgway: fifty years of living dangerouslyBook-cover blurbs, manipulatively edited to highlight the kindest bits…
  • Why has the BBC buried The Roads to Freedom ?

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    18 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Why has the BBC buried The Roads to Freedom?The series still exists intact - so why can't we watch it?Michael Bryant as Mathieu Delarue in The Roads to Freedom. David Turner, who dramatised the series, called the character of Mathieu the Hamlet of our age.  This is a rare photo: it is almost as impossible to find photos of the cast in their roles as it is to watch the series.“It’s relevant to every generation, but it’s especially applicable to young people.” Michael Bryant, 1970. If youre under 50, you may not know that the BBC dramatised Jean-Paul…
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  • La fille du train de Paula Hawkins

    Juliann
    17 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    En regardant « Télé Matin » la dernière fois, j’ai découvert un livre qu’Olivia de Lamberterie m’a donné envie de lire: La fille du train de Paula Hawkins. « Le polar du printemps, de l’été voir même de l’année ». De toute façon, dès qu’Olivia parle d’un bouquin, j’ai toujours envie de courir l’acheter. Celui-ci fait définitivement partie de ma PAL, même si j’ai deux livres à finir avant…
  • Autour d’un livre: Moby Dick

    Juliann
    7 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    illustration de Katerina Sonntagova J’ai toujours adoré les livres d’aventures. Moby Dick est un livre fascinant. Avec la sortie du film « Au coeur de l’Océan » ou pour les anglophones « In the heart of the sea », je me suis replongée dans l’univers de ce livre. Si vous devez vous y mettre, je vous conseille l’édition de Phebus Libretto, la traduction est beaucoup plus accessible. 1. Bougeoir 2. Une agraffeuse 3. Presse-papier 4. Sac 5. Protection en Silicone pour iPhone 5 6. Serres-livres
  • Un petit livre oublié sur un banc de Mig et Jim

    Julien
    3 May 2015 | 1:40 am
    Un petit livre oublié sur un banc… Un titre qui interpelle. A peine le lit-on que, déjà, l’esprit s’emballe. On se surprend à imaginer bien des aventures possibles. Et le « miracle » est que le livre tient ses promesses. En somme, nous ne sommes pas déçus. Au fur et à mesure, nous suivons l’héroïne de cette BD et, avec elle, tentons de percer le mystère de ce « petit livre oublié sur un banc ». On le fait à la manière dont on remonterait le fil d’une pelote de laine. Petit à petit. Cela se savoure……
  • Tag du mois d’avril 2015: Le Japon

    Juliann
    1 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    J’ai envie de changer un peu ma rubrique de curation habituelle et de faire une fois par mois une liste sur un thème précis. Sans trop me casser la tête j’ai choisi le Japon, j’adore le Japon, la litterature japonaise, la cuisine japonaise, les japonais, bref, vous avez compris l’idée … Sauf qu’on est le 1er mai, mais j’avais prévu de publier l’article en avril, c’est pas grave passons… 1/ Commençons par cette jolie photo Quand la météo capricieuse apporte le #Japon jusqu'à #Bibracte et au mont Beuvray.
  • Résultats du concours: J’aime le Japon

    Juliann
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Merci aux 14 participants du jeu concours. Et la gagnante est Marhel59 qui a partagé mon concours sur son fil Twitter :) (si je n’ai pas de nouvelles au bout d’une semaine, ce sera la deuxième sur la liste: Nahé )
 
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  • Book Review: The Girl Who Went Missing

    readers+writers journal
    22 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    Dark Thriller About Sex Trafficking in India If Ace Varkey’s first novel, “The Girl Who Went Missing” were to be made into a movie, it would be in the Film Noir style. It is both absorbing and disturbing and paints a picture of India from the point of view of a tourist as well as a picture of the covert, dark side of developing countries like India. Set in the largest city in India, Mumbai, the story revolves around 2 sisters: Thalia, who is living in India and June, who is in India to visit her sister. When June is unable to locate Thalia and begins to suspect that she…
  • Before There Was Google, There Was The New York Public Library

    readers+writers journal
    21 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    The Library That Answered Any Question  If you were born before about 1990, it may be hard to imagine a time when life’s puzzles couldn’t be answered instantly by consulting the Internet. But long before personal computers existed (in fact, long before most Americans even had telephones) the New York Public Library provided a free service that allowed anyone to call and ask a question about anything and get the well-researched answer from a librarian. All you had to do was telephone the main branch and ask to speak to a librarian and he/she would duly research the answer to your…
  • Literalogue: Part Art, Part Catalog of Literary Greats

    readers+writers journal
    20 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    If You’ve Always Dreamed of Owning Literary Flashcards… Literalougue may just be for you. The project, to create literary posters that are also a genre cataloging system, is currently fundraising on Kickstarter. It is the brainchild of John O’Sullivan, a 24-year -old architecture graduate and designer based in London, England. What is Literalogue? High quality portraits of literary figures, cataloged by literary movements. There are currently both postcards and posters available, and the entire collection presents a visual guide to literary movements from the last 500…
  • Creative Book Marketing: Guest Posts

    readers+writers journal
    20 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    Why Guest Posting Matters, Plus How and Where to Submit Guest Posts If you’re an independent author marketing your book, you are probably on the lookout for ways to reach a new audience, build your author brand, and get your book more attention. Submitting articles or blog posts to book blogs as a guest blogger can help you all of that – and more. Why – Benefits of Guest Blogging for Authors Reach New Readers – You may have a following on social media and a great email list, but most of us get stuck in a rut when it comes to networking and coming up with new places to…
  • Writing Prompts for Author Blogs: 35 Ideas to Get You Started

    readers+writers journal
    19 May 2015 | 4:27 am
     35 Writing Prompts for Your Author Blog or Guest Post If you’re an author with a blog, you’ve probably run into a situation where you just cannot come up with an idea for your next post. Even the most creative and prolific writers sometimes run dry. Or if you’re an author who is hoping to submit guest posts and articles to other sites, but aren’t sure what topic to cover, you’ve come to the right place. Below are 50 suggestions for topics to use on your author blog or in guest posts. Feel free to add to this list using the comments section below the post. For…
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