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  • Ben Wattenberg, Neoconservative Author and PBS Host, Is Dead at 81

    NYT > Books
    SAM ROBERTS
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Mr. Wattenberg was a self-professed neoconservative and PBS commentator who was wary of a Democratic move to the left.
  • Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

    eclectic / eccentric
    Trisha
    30 Jun 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.Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015As I've only read 12 books so far this year, completing a top 10 list is rather disingenuous for me. I will, however, give you my top 3 of the year:The Help by Kathryn Stockett (review)One of the best audios I've ever listened to, a moving story"The Horla" by Guy de MaupassantA well crafted short story about madnessThe Duff by Kody Keplinger (review)A young adult realistic romance that didn't make me want to…
  • What if Book Reviews Were Written Like Text Messages? BR=TM

    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog
    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…
  • Graham Greene's Brighton: an exploration

    Channel Light Vessel
    Emerald Lamp
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Graham Greene’s Brighton: an explorationLooking for locations in Brighton Rock (the book) in the modern city"The iron pillars stretched down across the wet dimmed shingle holding up above his head the motor-track, the shooting booths and peep machines . . . a seagull flew straight towards him between the pillars like a scared bird caught in a cathedral, then swerved out into the sunlight from the dark iron nave." From Brighton Rock. Photo © Channel Light VesselThere’s something slightly absurd about literary pilgrimages. What, really, are you looking for? The…
  • Uncharted Territory, A Mad Max Mystery

    Book Club Reading List
    betsyashton
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary Set in 2005 Mississippi post-Katrina, Maxine “Mad Max” Davies prepares to help her son-in-law, Whip Pugh, raise her grandchildren, Emilie and Alex, following the murder of her daughter in book one. They will live in recreational vehicles in a construction camp while Whip’s…
 
 
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    The Book Designer

  • Making the Leap from Blogger to Book Author

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Three years ago I was a guest author on one of my favorite sites of all, Copyblogger. The first sentence of the article was this: “Attention Bloggers: I’ve seen the future, and you’re missing it.” Let me explain. Since I started blogging near the end of 2009, I’ve cruised thousands of blogs, mostly in publishing, design, and internet marketing. There are many, many awesome writers out there blogging away. The successful ones have found a voice, a point of view, and a subject that works for them and their audience. Some do it for the love of writing, creating a record,…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #57

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for June, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Samir Bharadwaj presents Why are you writing for people who hate…
  • Should Writers Incorporate?

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Writers frequently ask me whether they should incorporate or form an LLC (short for limited liability company) for their writing, blogging, and self-publishing businesses. They have heard that forming a corporation or LLC will protect their personal assets from liability, and who wouldn’t want to protect their assets. Like most legal answers, it depends. But in my view, it rarely makes sense for writers to form a corporation or LLC. Their money is better spent other ways. Crazy? Not really. Let me explain. Incorporation May Not Work It is true that businesses operate as…
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Volunteer Day at St. Anthony’s

    Kathryn Jaller
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Once a year, Chronicle Books employees take a day to volunteer at a local non-profit. This year we went to St. Anthony’s, an organization located in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco that provides a host of important services to homeless and low-income families and individuals. These offerings include a dining room where almost 3,000 meals are served every day of the year; a free clothing program that provides warm clothes, employment apparel, and children’s clothes; a medical clinic, and much more. We asked some Chronicle staffers for reflections on what they experienced in…
  • You Were an Awesomer Kid

    Stephanie Wong
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Face it, being a kid was pretty awesome.  You didn’t care about the rules and let your imagination run free. Kids do what they want—when they want. Kids take naps whenever and wherever the feeling of tiredness strikes: Kids never say never and always try their hardest at the goal set in front of them:  Kids freely let tell the world how they feel…even if it includes giving others a one-finger salute… And if they don’t like something, kids will not be afraid to show you. Emotions are made to be felt and expressed. Finally kids are always satisfying their…
  • A Grand Rand Year

    Michael Carabetta
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It began in August 2014 when Chronicle reissued Paul Rand’s Thoughts On Design, and continued until last week when I moderated a panel discussion on Rand at Design Within Reach in Los Angeles.  It’s been a truly celebratory centennial year for the late designer. As Fast Company opined, “…Paul Rand’s Thoughts On Design is one of graphic design’s seminal texts.” While I was not an actual student of Rand’s, I count myself a student by having had his book in my design library for decades. It’s been well thumbed and tattered—even surviving an old office fire—and I…
  • A Conversation with The Land of Lines’ Victor Hussenot

    Naomi Kirsten
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    When The New York Times’ T Magazine recently described The Land of Lines as “Keith Haring meets J.R.R. Tolkien,” I thought, Yes! There are also elements of Joseph Campbell and heaps of all things human. I know. That covers a lot of territory. But that’s because The Land of Lines is a hero’s journey—a universal journey—a story about the quest for self-knowledge and purpose amid an ever-evolving landscape. I acquired this project in part because I saw The Land of Lines as a picture book-meets-graphic novel in conversation with our particular moment in time: when connections…
  • Welcome to The Island

    Jaclyn Merk
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    Nation: Fellow Island Population: 5 Origin: San Francisco, 2003 Motto: “Small nation, big ideas” Mascot: Walter the Whale In a secluded area on the 3rd floor of the Chronicle Books office, five incredibly talented designers inhabit a land of desks fondly known as “Fellow Island.” Over the past six months of our Fellowship (more on that here) we have become a tiny but mighty nation of doers, book-lovers, and typography nerds. However, because we are separated from the rest of the designers, our days on Fellow Island can get quite lonely (insert sad face emoji). When our Design Lab…
 
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    Charles Petzold

  • Music Streaming for the Rest of Us

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Only a company with aspirations to cultural hegemony like Apple could show a video at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote they called “The History of Music” but which contained not a single reference or even allusion to Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Dvorak, Mahler, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Schoenberg, Berg, Copland, and so forth and et cetera. ... more ...
  • Reading “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage”

    25 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Charles Babbage is easily the most annoying person in the history of computing. After conceiving a Difference Engine to compute mathematical tables and create strereotype plates for printing them, and actually getting government funding for the machine, he abandoned that project to design an Analytical Engine that would have been the first general-purpose mechanical computer. Yet, neither project was finished, largely as a result of his failure to finalize design. His eccentric and often irascible personality didn't help matters. His most extensive writings about the Analytical Engine uses it…
  • 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 ...
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    The Millions

  • Oh Henry

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Over thirteen years, John Berryman wrote his famous Dream Songs, composing his most innovative and well-known poetry while his own life began to unravel. In a piece for the LRB, August Kleinzahler reappraises the poet to mark a raft of new editions of his work, citing Randall Jarrell, Saul Bellow and other contemporaries in the process. Pair with Stephen Akey on The Dream Songs.
  • Nouveau Riche

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    “When Michael reads in one of the society columns that are hilariously reprinted here, misspellings and all, that Astrid’s jewels aren’t blingy enough, he flies into a fury of inadequacy. This leads him to try to buy one of Singapore’s rarest architectural masterpieces and turn its ground floor into a museum for his car collection, which includes a car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; fortunately, his offer is turned down.” On Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend.
  • Say What?

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve ever heard that literary skill is synonymous with a good memory, you’ve likely bemoaned your own forgetfulness, especially when it comes to important things. Tim Parks felt the same way, until he read a new book on forgetting, which led him to wonder how much knowledge we can retain. In The New York Review of Books, he tackles the paradox of the reader’s memory. You could also read our own Mark O’Connell’s review of Parks’s book Italian Ways.
  • I’m Good

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In a way, this is the opposite of an interview: a series of conversations held exclusively between chatbots. At n+1, Nick Levine constructs dialogue straight out of Beckett. Pair with Houmon Barekat on Finn Brunton’s history of spam.
  • Tuesday New Release Day: Zancan; Jackson; Lansens; Bushnell; Catullus

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Out this week: Local Girls by Caroline Zancan; The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson; The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens; Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters; Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell; and a new translation of the poems of Catullus. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.
 
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  • Hillary Clinton emails released by State Department – live updates

    Alan Yuhas in New York
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Cache of former secretary of state’s emails released Fifty-five thousand pages came from Clinton’s private serverRepublicans aim to scour emails for hints of Benghazi responseJeb Bush releases 33 years’ worth of tax returns 12.00am ET We’re going to close out our rolling coverage of the emails’ release with a quick summary of what’s in the cache. A full report of the tranche should soon be published from DC bureau chief Dan Roberts. 11.35pm ET ABC Moscow correspondent Kirit Radia is noting the oddities of the emails as he trawls through them. Clinton really likes Proverbs 31:8-9,…
  • Adam Liaw: my list of five simple tips that will help make you a better cook

    Adam Liaw
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    The former MasterChef winner on the basics you need to know before you get into the kitchen – from sharp knives to really good stockCooking is one of the most useful skills a person can have, and even the smallest improvement in how you cook can go a very long way. Here’s my list of five simple things good cooks almost always do, and that you should be doing if you want to cook better. Continue reading...
  • Copa América 2015: Argentina beat Paraguay 6-1 – as it happened

    Tim Hill
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Live updates from the Copa América semi-final in ConcepciónChile shed romantic ideals in pursuit of Copa América dreamEmail tim.hill@the guardian.com or Tweet @timmyhilleh 9.40pm ET We’re going to wrap this blog up now. Here’s a quick match report: Related: Argentina hit Paraguay for six to reach Copa America final 9.32pm ET He was so good tonight, though, Messi. He and Pastore really starred: they look like have a genuine understanding, and some of their one-touch stuff was fabulous. 9.30pm ET Here’s Leo Messi:Everything was very tight, but we knew once we scored one, many goals…
  • Women's World Cup 2015 semi-final: USA beat Germany – as it happened

    Tom Lutz
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:58 pm
    USA 2-0 Germany: the full game report 9.30pm ET You can read the full game report from Tuesday’s game here: Related: Women's World Cup: USA into final after Carli Lloyd tames Germany 8.58pm ET Ellis is talking after the game: “It’s not about the system, it’s about the players”. She’s modest - it was a great change in formation to free up space for Lloyd and she subbed in O’Hara for the second goal. 8.54pm ET Germany scamper about searching for a miracle. But there won’t be one. Leroux comes on for Morgan. Leroux barks some orders, something like “Don’t conceded three shock…
  • Leap second: all the latest developments and reaction – live!

    Michael Safi
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:43 pm
    You just had one of the longest hours of your life. At midnight GMT, clocks added an extra second to allow atomic clocks to stay in sync with the Earth’s rotation. Will the internet fall apart? Follow all the latest developments on our live blog 10.41am AEST Was it as good for you as it was for us? The longest day of the year is flying by here at the Guardian’s Sydney HQ. Here’s how the leap second went down, in real time: 10.31am AEST The chaos we all feared is upon us:Twitter is having problem estimating how long ago tweets were sent. Seeing tweets from a minute ago say they were sent…
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • Wakeful sleeping

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Those of you who notice these things will have noticed that ReadySteadyBook has been very quiet for a very long time now. Recently, Stephen Mitchelmore wrote: "The main reason I still write this blog is to maintain a contact with the need or condition that drove me to read and write in the first place; a need often misdirected in pursuit of what the industry is talking about. Long silences here report stout resistance to the temptations of disinterested reception. But what is this need?" My "resistance" is fully compromised, as I work in the industry to which Steve refers; my "long silences"…
  • PEN seeks linguists

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:59 am
    PEN Translates "seeks expert linguists with good knowledge of the publishing field to help us assess books submitted for a grant. Assessors are paid £140 per assessment. For the current round, we are urgently seeking assessors in the following languages: Occitan (Gascon), Portuguese (Brazil) and Danish." Please write to rebekah@englishpen.org.
  • Larmousse: Static Phase

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
  • Hannah Arendt: full film

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
  • SR... some thoughts on recent reading

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    As I mentioned last Monday, I'm enjoying Steven Shaviro's new Whitehead-meets-Speculative Realism (SR) book Universe of Things, but before I (hopefully) review it, I should perhaps make a brief comment on why I'm reading it. And that particular story makes better sense if I mention that I'm also reading Peter Wolfendale's Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon's New Clothes (from the always excellent Urbanomic) and briefly mention why I'm reading that... I read more philosophy books than books on any other topic – and, to be honest, it's probably more than time that RSB reflected that a…
 
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    Litopia All Shows

  • The Golden Years of British TV Comedy

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    From The Two Ronnies to Blackadder…from Benny Hill to Marty Feldman… the golden years of British television comedy produced some of the funniest shows and larger-than-life characters the world has ever seen. Garry’s guest tonight COLIN EDMONDS has dominated British television comedy writing for four decades – and he knew them all… the stars, the monsters, the legends and the lunatics! Click to buy from Amazon If names such as Les Dawson, Lilly Savage, Paul Daniels, Julian Clary, Barbara Windsor and – of course – Bob Monkhouse – evoke fond memories… then you’re going to…
  • The Luzhin Defense – Vladimir Nabokov

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
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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…
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    Omnivoracious

  • A Different Kind of War Novel - Talking to Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of "The Sympathizer"

    Chris Schluep
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen One of our favorite books so far this year is Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel The Sympathizer, a book with one of the best first sentences of any you will come across (more on that later). T.C. Boyle, among many others, describes the book in loving terms. “Magisterial," Boyle writes. "A disturbing, fascinating and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal. The Sympathizer is destined to become a classic and redefine the way we think about the…
  • Top Authors Tell Us Why We Should Pick up These Thriller Writers' Debut Novels

    Adrian Liang
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    What is the only thing better than a new book by one of your favorite authors? Discovering a brand-new writer to add to your list of favorite authors. Every year the International Thriller Writers select a shortlist of works in several categories for their Thriller Awards. This year, top-notch authors have weighed in before the award winners are announced on why these First Novel Finalists are outstanding books. Read on for insight from the best in the writing game on these talented newcomers' works.   Laura McHugh’s The Weight of Blood   "A great deal of the suspense in The…
  • Mia Alvar on Miracle Workers, Mothers & Being a Citizen of the World

    Sara Nelson
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    Shop this article on Amazon In the Country by Mia Alvar Mia Alvar’s In the Country is one of the more compelling story collections I’ve read in years. While it’s very specific in its depictions of Filipinos of many different times and places, it also speaks to more general and timeless themes of love, death and family.  In other words: the human condition. Debut author Alvar talked to us about one of our favorite books of fiction so far this year.   Let’s start with the inevitable question, the one you’ve probably been asked 400 times already: of all the Filipina characters in…
  • Women Bring Home the Gold in Locus Awards for Best in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    Adrian Liang
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
      The Locus Awards for the best in science fiction and fantasy were announced on June 27th during a strikingly warm Saturday in Seattle. By tradition, Hawaiian shirts are worn during the awards luncheon, and the shirts were especially appropriate this year. The winners in the four main categories -- best sci-fi novel, best fantasy novel, best new novel, and best young adult novel -- were dominated by women. I hesitate to make sweeping generalizations about gender as related to writing books or writing specific genres -- or really, as related to just about anything, if I can help it -- so…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Interview with Daniel Clowes

    Alex Carr
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes Cartoonist Daniel Clowes has won every major comics award several times over, including the Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey, and his career earned a PEN Literary Award for Outstanding Body of Work in Graphic Lit in 2011. Oh, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of Ghost World.  Interview opportunities like this are rare, but Mr. Clowes is currently making the media rounds in celebration of The Complete Eightball: 1-18, an incredible two-volume 25th anniversary hardcover collection from publisher…
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  • Author Top 5 with Kris Dinnison

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
      Today we welcome Kris Dinnison to YABC! Kris's new book, You and Me and Him will make it's debut July 7th! This contemporary read follows the style of both Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan, and we can't wait to read it! But until then, Kris is sharing a little bit about her, the book, and the top five things that fuel her writing.      Meet Kris. Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two…
  • What's New in YA

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
      Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!       A luminous YA love story that evokes Judy Blume's Forever for a new generation. Sarah—Bean to her friends and family—is an aspiring astronomer and champion mathlete. She lives behind her beloved telescope, with her head in the stars and her feet planted firmly on the ground. For as long as she can remember, she's also lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But after a traumatic end to the school year, Sarah goes to Cape Cod for the summer with her family,…
  • Lola and Tattletale Zeke: Author Interview and Giveaway

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
      Today we are excited to welcome both Marcia Goldman and her furry friend, Lola, to YABC! Lola and Tattletale Zeke is Marcia's third book documenting adventures with Lola, a certified therapy dog!   We wanted to know a bit more about Marcia and Lola so one of our lovely staff reviewers, Claire, conducted a comprehensive interview, which you can find below!     Claire: Tell us how you met Lola and how Lola became a certified therapy dog.   Marcia: I brought Lola home as a 10 week old puppy, weighing in at a whopping 1 1/2 lbs. All I knew was that she was…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hello, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos, releasing January 26, 2016 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Rebecca:   Hello, YABC! I’m extremely thrilled to share the cover of my debut YA novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, with all of you. I owe so much to the team at Balzer+Bray, and to the brilliant design department at HarperCollins for giving me this magnificent frosty cover. I can’t even believe how much I love it, and I hope you will too!   ~ Rebecca…
  • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl - Drive Through Movie Review

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    ******NO SPOILERS****** The Nerd Riders give their review of the latest YA book to movie adaptation.   Read More
 
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    The Horn Book

  • Review of Hit Count

    Betty Carter
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hit Count by Chris Lynch High School   Algonquin   362 pp. 5/15   978-1-61620-250-7   $17.95   g e-book ed. 978-1-61620-490-7   $17.95 As a lowly freshman, junior varsity football player Arlo Brodie sets his future goals: varsity linebacker by sophomore year, then college ball for a Division One team, then the pros. After freshman year, Arlo works out like a fiend, gets in super shape, makes varsity, and plays like a man possessed, hitting, blocking, tackling — all of the hard contact that he craves and has been preparing for. And he becomes a god on the gridiron, proud of his…
  • Dream Keepers: 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

    Jacqueline Woodson
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    It is Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in a restaurant in Vancouver, B.C. In an hour, I will give my final talk of a two-day visit. In these two days, I’ve visited a number of schools in Vancouver — both independent and public. As I stood in front of each crowd, I was astonished by a thing I’ve not encountered for many years now — being the only African American in an otherwise incredibly diverse room. I kept thinking to myself — “We are all almost here.” Almost. At the Hudson Children’s Book Festival in May, a young white reporter asked me, How has the award changed your…
  • Profile of 2015 CSK Author winner Jacqueline Woodson

    Nancy Paulsen
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Photo: Marty Umans One of the greatest joys of my career has been seeing Brown Girl Dreaming come to life and reverberate as it has been handed from reader to reader. I have been lucky enough to work with Jacqueline Woodson for almost twenty years. She was the very first author I signed up when I became the publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Her lyrical writing sang to me. Her voice was so strong and clear and evocative. I also loved her spare style, how she could make magic happen with an economy of words. Since then I’ve edited six of her amazing picture books; Brown Girl Dreaming is the…
  • Editorial: What the Survey Doesn’t Say

    Roger Sutton
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Welcome to our annual issue devoted to the ALA book awards. You will find herein acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder award winners as well as some analysis of the winners and honor books; some Newbery history (where does K. T. Horning find those stories?); and “Mind the Gap,” our yearly salute to the books that escaped ALA award notice. One thing that did not escape ALA notice was last year’s renewed call for cultural diversity in publishing and promoting books for young people. While it would be inaccurate to say that the…
  • Review of Drum Dream Girl

    Elissa Gershowitz
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Music by Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael López Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99 A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums. An appended note reveals that the story is based on Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a “Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers” and in the 1930s played with her sisters in an all-female band, Anacaona.
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • The Colonel's WWI Poster Collection

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Guernsey's will auction the World War I poster collection of Colonel Edward H. McCrahon, a Brooklyn-born soldier so passionate about the Allied cause that he joined the French Army as an ambulance driver before his enlistment once America entered the war. McCrahon became enamored of the patriotic posters produced during wartime by the likes of James Montgomery Flagg, Theophile Steinlen, Ludwig Hohlwein, and Howard Christy and spent the next sixteen years collecting what is, according to the auction house, "the most extensive collection of war posters…
  • Bibliotherapy - The Healing Power of Books

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Talk therapy is nothing new, but how about bibliotherapy? I'm not talking about self-help publications, but rather using literature as a means to physical and psychological salvation. And really, who else but the French, the beneficiaries of a literary patrimony that dates from the 9th century, would be at the vanguard of such a movement. Régine Detambel, award-winning author of more than thirty books and a Chevalier of Arts and Letters, is also a licensed physiotherapist, and maintains that bibliotherapy, in some form or another, dates back to antiquity. Many of her books (La Splendeur,…
  • Scholars Discover Alternate Ending to Schnitzler's Dream Story

    Nate Pedersen
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    Scholars at Cambridge University have uncovered an alternate ending to Austrian dramatist and novelist Arthur Schnitzler's 1925 novella Traumnovelle or Dream Story. The erotically charged story - one of the most risque published in European fiction by the early 20th century - was later adapted into the film "Eyes Wide Shut" by Stanley Kubrick in 1999. It follows the psychological transformation of a Viennese doctor who attends an orgy after his wife confesses to sexual fantasies involving another man.Traumnovelle was first published in installments in the magazine Die Dame between 1925 and…
  • Beach Read for Bibliophiles and Brontë Fans

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:24 am
    Deborah Lutz's The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects (W.W. Norton, $27.95) landed on FB&C's list of "8 Beach Reads for Bibliophiles."    As Paula Byrne did with The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, published in 2013, Lutz shapes her narrative not as a 'cradle to grave' biography of the Brontës, but instead targets nine objects that reveal, through facts and extracts from the sisters' fiction, something meaningful about their lives and passions. For example, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell, all obsessive scribblers and crafters, used whatever paper…
  • Agatha Christie Auction Record

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    At Swann Galleries' June 17 sale, this first edition of Agatha Christie's Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) set an auction record when it sold to a dealer for $7,250. And it's not even her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), or her best known--of her 66 detective novels, either And Then There Were None (1940) or Murder on the Orient Express (1934) might best stake that claim. But Murder in Mesopotamia is a "Poirot" novel, referring to the character Hercule Poirot, who debuted in The Mysterious Affair at Styles and went on to appear in 33 novels, numerous short stories, and a…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • HaBO: The Purple Sweater of Love

    SB Sarah
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    This HaBO request is from Megan. Y’all, there is a Purple Sweater of Love. So I love you ladies, and you have been detrimental to my wallet on several occasions. I remember tiny, teeny tiny, parts of the plot and remember liking this book, but now have no idea what the heck it could be. There’s almost nothing to go on, but the Bitchery is pretty amazing, so here’s hoping. I read it in the ‘90s I think, possibly the early 2000s. It may have been a Harlequin monthly contemporary novel. This is one of those “I’ve loved him from afar for ages, and I’m totally going to wear a wig…
  • Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

    Guest Reviewer
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    B+ Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane July 14, 2014 · Carolyn Crane RomanceRomantic Suspense This RITA® Reader Challenge 2015 review was written by Malin. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Romantic Suspense category. The summary: HE’S WORKING FOR THE GOOD GUYS. THAT DOESN’T MEAN HE’S ONE OF THEM. HE’S A KILLER. Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will…
  • Paranormal Fantasy from Kresley Cole, Jennifer Estep, Jeffe Kennedy, and More

    SB Sarah
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Deep Kiss of Winter Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole is marked down temporarily to $1.99! This is to celebrate the new cover-  which makes me a little sad because the old cover had one of the best cases of accidental dong ever. This book has a 4+ star average, and is part of the Immortals After Dark series, which Amanda Loves. LOVES. Kresley Cole – Untouchable (Immortals After Dark #8) #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time… and a Valkyrie aching for his touch. Murdoch…
  • HaBO: Spies and Wives and Historical Series

    SB Sarah
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This HaBO is from Pamela, who is looking for a series she started – but didn’t finish. And she can’t remember it so she can buy the next one. That’s a problem! Ok, so I read a lot. A LOT. I’m a really fast reader, I can knock out a book in a couple of hours. Those reading times on Amazon are total bull. Anyway, I love coming across a series I enjoy, because, well, lots of books! I started a series a few years ago and read the first few books, but the next book wasn’t out yet at the time. Now I can’t remember the name of any of the earlier books or the…
  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

    SB Sarah
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    B Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler June 30, 2015 · Spencer Hill Contemporary RomanceRomantic Suspense A few weeks ago, I was telling folks on Twitter that I’d made a rather large dork of myself (not like that’s at all difficult) by begging a publisher to approve a NetGalley request for a New Adult F/F novel about actors on a teen drama. Someone pointed my ridiculousness out to the author, who contacted me very kindly and sent me an ARC – which was very cool of her – and so I read it. A few things of note: I don’t usually read NA. It’s not my thing much of…
 
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    London Review of Books

  • Chase Madar: Short Cuts

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Anna Neistat: Massacre in Andijan

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Scott Ritter: ‘We ain’t found shit’

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Nuclear negotiations between Iran and what’s known as the P-5 + 1 group of nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) are scheduled to conclude on 30 June. A ‘framework agreement’ was set out in April, but still at issue is what kind of access inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will have. Iran has agreed to inspections of all the sites it has declared are being used to develop its nuclear power programme. The US insists that any agreement must also address what it calls ‘possible military dimensions’.
  • Letters

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 13 (2 July 2015)
  • Patrick Cockburn: Why join Islamic State?

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    On 16 June, Kurdish militiamen, with the support of US airstrikes, captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, a major crossing point on the Syrian-Turkish border. Its fall is damaging to Islamic State: it cuts the road linking the caliphate’s unofficial Syrian capital at Raqqa, sixty miles to the south, to Turkey and the outside world. Down this road have come thousands of foreign volunteers, many of whom became suicide bombers. Now the movement is all the other way: some 23,000 Arab and Turkmen refugees have fled into Turkey to escape the advancing Kurds.
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    McSweeney’s

  • Invitation for Advanced Placement Testing by Darcy McMurtery

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Dear Parent or Guardian, Congratulations! Your child scored exceptionally high on the Most Recent Achievement Test (MRAT) and is invited to test for Advanced Placement. The district has decided to do away with the Curriculum Response Aptitude Test (CRAPT) so those scores will be immediately flushed away. If you remember, the CRAPT replaced the Teacher Aptitude Test (TAPT) and before that the Student Workload Aptitude Test (SWAPT). Due to your child’s high scores on the MRAT, we are delighted to reward your student with another test. Accompanying this letter is a brochure titled “Raising…
  • List: 21 Days to a Dadbod by David Tate

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 1: Eat a burrito at your steady job during your lunch break. DAY 2: Have a kid punch you in the genitals to wake you up. DAY 3: Look up how much college tuition will cost then multiply it times the number of kids you have. Then, instead of crying, eat a late-night burrito. DAY 4: Do one pushup, breathe heavily, and then open a bag of Wild Berry Skittles. DAY 5: Buy a gym membership and when they give you a tour take a good look around — this is the last time you will see it all. DAY 6: Look at yourself in the mirror while recalling that how you look has zero to do with your chances…
  • After the Kids Took Over by Sam Apple

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Yes, I had my concerns after the kids took over. Did I think every last metropolitan area in the nation needed a five-mile-long Slip N’ Slide? I did not. And I’m confident I speak for most adults when I say that we did not believe the freedom to put stickers on people’s butts required an amendment to the Constitution. But, for the most part, life continued. Heck, sometimes I even enjoyed sliding home from work. Indeed, had the kids not come up with the idea of replacing school with daily seven-hour dodgeball games, I don’t know that things would ever have arrived at the point they…
  • Monologue: I’ve Been Kenyan This Whole Time, Everybody by Pete Reynolds

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    My fellow Americans, now that the Supreme Court has spoken, and in the span of one week solidified both same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act for future generations, it is clear that the nation I envisioned when I entered this office six and a half years ago is taking shape. And, frankly, given that many of my more vocal political opponents are turning their attention toward their own presidential campaigns, I expect the next year-plus to go pretty smoothly. I’ll just sort of do my thing while you all watch John King add up delegates on some holographic white board. So it is with…
  • Field Notes from Gentrified Places: San Francisco by Vinson Cunningham

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s probably a simple matter of having gone to all the wrong places — or all the right ones, I guess is the better way to say it — that I didn’t meet a single techno-utopianist, or socially horrible start-up kid, or semi-sociopathic software engineer, during my recent (and only second-ever) trip to San Francisco. I’ve heard stories, read things; complaint is a favorite genre of mine, and there’s no lack of it these days on the topic of the Bay; still, almost everything in the city that presented itself to my senses was, in a word, pleasant: barely an unpleasant item all…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Scrapper’s Hope by Timothy P. Callahan

    Evo
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:26 am
    Check out Scrapper’s Hope, the newest free serialized audiobook by science fiction author Timothy P. Callahan! Scrapper, a disgraced United Corp Captain, and his crew of salvagers have found a bounty too large to ignore orbiting a gas giant. Upon arriving on the unnamed science vessel, they find all but two of the crew slaughtered. The survivors, Naomi, a computer programmer, and Professor Litchen, the ship’s lead scientist, tell conflicting stories of crew members turning into murderous monsters. With the ship’s treasures promising Scrapper redemption and a better life, he ignores…
  • New release! Wild Blue Yonder: A Novel of the 1960s by Jack B. Rochester

    Evo
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    Wild Blue Yonder is the first in a trilogy about Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers. Listen, enjoy, and look for the other two books coming soon to Podiobooks.com! Wild Blue Yonder is the coming-of-age story of Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, a smart but sheltered boy from suburban Chicago whose beloved father suddenly dies, resulting in his flunking out of college. Nate receives a draft notice from the Army but after some “encouragement” from his mother, decides to enlist in the Air Force instead. It is 1965. Nate is 20 years old. Airman Flowers goes not to Vietnam but Germany, straight into a…
  • 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…
 
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Top 5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Audiobook advantages: The 5 top reasons to 'read' audiobooksAudiobook Advantage #1: Your house will be very clean!I recently started “reading” books on my daily commute and discovered a few advantages to listening to a book compared to reading words on a page.  I was a little reluctant to listen to someone else do the reading (I rather like the voices in my head,) but two people convinced me to give it a try; plus I was curious as to how a narrator manages the voices of more than one character. The first person told me that she downloads audiobooks to her smartphone and listens while…
  • What to Do in New York City: a Shaggy Dog Story

    Anne
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    At the Berkley Heights Public Library Reference Desk, we get lots of questions about travel books. We have a pretty good collection of Fodor's and other publisher's books covering travel around the world. Because our town is a suburb of New York city, most residents already know how to get around in the city and where to go, but we have some books on the topic, just in case our patrons need some fresh ideas. Which reminds me of the shaggy dog story about the Montana rancher who longed to see New York city and asked his neighbor, a retired New Yorker, for advice. Everything in this story could…
  • 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…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • One day content will enrich itself

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    You’ve probably heard me say that we live in a print-under-glass world, one where we’re consuming dumb content on smart devices.­­ It’s true simply because, as Michael Bhaskar of Canelo Publishing stated it at BEA, “publishers treat ebooks as a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here’s how reader analytics can help publishers

    Joe Wikert
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    I recently asked what questions you’d like to see answered via reader analytics. I gathered feedback from a variety of publishers including trade, professional and educational. The standard requests about reading sequence, how long it takes to finish a chapter,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “What is code?” illustrates rich content potential

    Joe Wikert
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    The painful reality is that we still live in a print-under-glass world, struggling to produce content that leverages our powerful phones and tablets. I was explaining this to a publisher recently and the phrase “escape velocity” came to mind. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What questions do your reader analytics need to answer?

    Joe Wikert
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    In my book publisher days I recall saying the following to our Amazon rep: “You guys are capturing a ton of reading data from our customers. When are you going to start charging us to access that information?” She looked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Observations from BEA 2015

    Joe Wikert
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    The Javits Center must have some sort of time warp technology. I recently attended the BEA event there and I kept asking myself the same question: Is this 2015 or 2005? The digital vibe was almost nowhere to be found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • How First Book & The White House are Transforming Education Today

    Marissa Wasseluk
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    At the heart of First Book’s mission to help children in need read, learn and succeed is the distribution of educational content. Breaking down the barriers to accessing books and other information can lift the kids we serve and their communities out of poverty and into bright futures. When President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative two years ago, he set an ambitious goal to provide 99 percent of American students with access to next-generation broadband internet in their classrooms and libraries by 2018. And this past April, the President followed up on this commitment with the…
  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for June

    Samantha McGinnis
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    This month’s book list features stories about two adorable pigs and jazz trailblazer Melba Doretta Liston. Flip through a page-turning mystery inspired by Chinese folklore, find a magical pen that can finish homework and learn about a man who inspired millions of students worldwide. Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6): Toot and Puddle Written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie Heartwarming and utterly adorable, this modern classic celebrates small moments, friendship, individuality, and the joy of spending time with the people (or pigs) you love. A terrific read-aloud! Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8): Little…
  • This is a Life He Never Imagined

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    When Antwon’s kids get a little older, he plans to tell them what he’s been through. A 25-year-old father of three, he’s working hard to give them all a better life. Today, he is employed as a plumber, studying to get his GED and has completed a leadership and empowerment program for young fathers… twice. But this is a life he never imagined. Antwon grew up in the Woodland Terrace housing development in Washington, DC where many families live off an annual income of $7000 per year. “My mother worked on and off. She was raising five kids. She was struggling.” When his siblings’…
  • Our Crazy Summer Reading Program Was A Go!

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today’s Guest Blogger is Amy Bartilotti, the Communities in Schools Site Coordinator at Bellwood Elementary School in Chesterfield, VA. Summer is particularly difficult for kids from low-income families. With few books at home and limited access to libraries, they often fall behind. Last year, my colleagues and I decided to dream big, ignore budgets and create a summer reading program to help our at-risk readers. No more than an hour after we had made our final plans, we got an email from First Book. Oh my goodness! We were getting hundreds of brand-new books! Our crazy reading program…
  • A Year-Round Need for Books

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Summer is almost here. But that doesn’t mean teachers, program leaders and the kids they serve don’t need books. Kids need books year-round, and this is especially true in the summer. During the school year, kids rely on their classroom and school libraries for books and other educational resources. But when school lets out, many kids, especially those in low-income communities, are left without the tools they need to keep reading and learning. They may not have books at home. Their community library may be hard to access. And this stands as a barrier to their ability to succeed…
 
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Mexico vs. Colombia [Women's World Cup of Literature: Second Round]

    Chad W. Post
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    This match was judged by Hilary Plum—you can learn more about her writing and editing at her website or on Twitter at @ClockrootBooks. For more information on the Women’s World Cup of Literature, click here or here. Also, be sure to follow our Twitter account and like our Facebook page. And check back here daily! The stands are packed on both sides, tension palpable. Mexico’s entry into this year’s tournament: Carmen Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft, in Samantha Schnee’s endlessly sly translation. The novel kicks off in 1859, in a lightly fictionalized version of the…
  • Spain vs. Costa Rica [Women's World Cup of Literature: Second Round]

    Chad W. Post
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    This match was judged by Katrine Øgaard Jensen, blog editor at Asymptote. You can follow her on Twitter at @kojensen. For more information on the Women’s World Cup of Literature, click here or here. Also, be sure to follow our Twitter account and like our Facebook page. And check back here daily! This match between Tatiana Lobo’s Assault on Paradise (translated by Asa Zatz) and Elvira Navarro’s The Happy City (translated by Rosalind Harvey) is really a battle between the epic and the subtle. Representing Costa Rica we have a novel depicting the Conquistadores and the Church…
  • Three Percent #100: We Appreciate You

    Chad W. Post
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    So, we actually made it to our 100th episode! To celebrate, this week Tom and Chad took questions from all our listeners, leading to discussions about how many books we each read (and how many are in translation), what one thing all translators should know, how censorship plays into our publishing decision, and much more. Of course, it ends with raves and rants—including a rant about rants—and is filled with other interesting side tangents.
  • Nigeria vs. Australia [Women's World Cup of Literature: Second Round]

    Chad W. Post
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This match was judged by Meytal Radzinski whose writings you can find at Biblibo and on Twitter @biblibio. For more information on the Women’s World Cup of Literature, click here or here. Also, be sure to follow our Twitter account and like our Facebook page. And check back here daily! The game looks mismatched from the onset. Nigeria comes with star power—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a rising star in the literary world, not only for her powerful stories but also for her blatant politics (in Americanah especially). Australia meanwhile comes with a smaller, slighter team: Hannah…
  • Ecuador vs. Cameroon [Women's World Cup of Literature: Second Round]

    Chad W. Post
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This match was judged by Margaret Carson, who co-chairs the PEN America Translation Committee and crunches numbers for Women in Translation (WiT). For more information on the Women’s World Cup of Literature, click here or here. Also, be sure to follow our Twitter account and like our Facebook page. And check back here daily! In today’s match, Ecuador is represented by Alicia Yánez Cossío’s Beyond the Islands, translated by Amalia Gladhart, and Cameroon by Léonora Miano’s Dark Heart of the Night, translated by Tamsin Black. Here’s one of those odd WWCOL matchings that other…
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    HBR.org

  • The History and Future of Operations

    Marco Iansiti
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s time to rethink what we mean when talk about “operations.” Operations is not only about manufacturing. Operations is and has always been what gives an organization the power to act: to create value for its customers; to capture value for its shareholders; and to share value with its ecosystem. In the era of ubiquitous digital technologies, operations empowers an increasing variety of organizations, ever more modular, connected, and distributed, ever more centered on software and data. The field of operations has gone through some major evolutions over its history.
  • Using Data to Increase Patient Engagement in Health Care

    Todd Rothenhaus M.D.
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The English grandmaster Nigel Short recently declared that computers are stripping chess of its mystery; by crunching reams of data, computers can deconstruct once-obscure board positions in a matter of seconds and reveal the optimal move. Something similar is just starting to happen in health care. Take my company, athenahealth. Our cloud-based software platform captures clinical and financial performance data in near real time from more than 65,000 medical providers across the U.S. We can peer into our network and get an up-close view of the U.S. health-care industry in action, one billing…
  • Have LinkedIn and Medium Killed the Old-Fashioned Blog?

    Alexandra Samuel
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I didn’t start my business: my blog did. When I started blogging in 2004, I had just finished graduate school and I was trying to figure out what I was going to be when I grew up. I knew I wasn’t going to pursue a traditional academic career, but I wasn’t sure what else a Ph.D. had prepared me for. But the emergence of the social web meant there was an ever-expanding set of websites and tools that were driven by the same kind of online participation I’d researched for my dissertation. Sites like Delicious, Flickr and 43Things were ushering in the new phenomenon of…
  • Reward Your Best Teams, Not Just Star Players

    Michael Schrage
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Yes, there is an “I” in team. But it stands for incentives. Discussing teamwork without identifying its incentives is akin to debating effective diets while ignoring willpower: the most important ingredient may be missing. Whether working in teams, groups or as individuals, people respond to incentives. They also respond to the absence of incentives. And the incentives top management ignores can prove more revealing than the ones they celebrate. I recently attended the awards banquet of a global firm that publicly declares its corporate commitment to teamwork. The CEO personally…
  • Breathing Is the Key to Persuasive Public Speaking

    Allison Shapira
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    Have you ever wondered why two people can say exactly the same thing in a meeting, but only one of them gets credit for it? Many times it’s the way we sound that makes the difference between whether or not we are actually heard. We all know when someone sounds nervous or confident. Think about the following phrase hesitantly uttered, “I have something to say?” versus the same message confidently declared, “I have something to say.” Click here to hear the difference — both instances are my own voice, yet the differences are…
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  • BOTNS #338: The dog ate my Bingo card

    Ann Kingman
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Simon and Thomas are coming to Booktopia! Books with animals as key characters. And don’t you forget about: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and Revolutionary Road. The Readers crash Booktopia We were thrilled to learn that Simon Savidge and Thomas Otto, co-hosts of The Readers Podcast, will be joining us at Booktopia Petoskey this September (sadly sold out). If you haven’t listened to The Readers, you should definitely check them out, maybe starting with this episode. We’ve each chosen a favorite novel, and during their visit to Booktopia, the four of us will record two…
  • BOTNS #337: What is Popular Psychology?

    Michael Kindness
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    We delve into pop psychology books, and also recommend Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, and In the Country by Mia Alvar. We’re thrilled to announce that the following authors will be attending Booktopia Petoskey. Each author’s name links to their page on Goodreads, which lists all of their books. W. Bruce CameronThe Dog Master (on sale 8/4/15). Lauren Fox, Days of Awe (on sale 8/4/15) Jennifer McMahon, The Night Sister (on sale 8/4/15) Janis Cooke Newman, A Master Plan for Rescue (on sale 7/14/15) Jonathan Odell, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League (on sale now) Jim…
  • BOTNS #336: 500 Pages Plus

    Michael Kindness
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Big books to read this summer. Plus, we (with a little help) recommend I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers, and The Fold by Peter Clines.  Audiobook of the week (03:33) Delicious Foods by James Hannaham, narrated by the author, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. During the month of June, which is Audiobook Month, Audiobooks.com is giving away a different free audio every day! Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 60,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you…
  • BOTNS #335: LGBTQ Lit

    Ann Kingman
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Books are the big winners at the Tony Awards; titles by or about members of the LGBTQ community; Judge This by Chip Kidd and Dietland by Sarai Walker.   Publishing goes to the Tonys: The 2015 Tony Awards took place this past Sunday, and the big winners were both based on books: Fun Home won for Best Musical, and is based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime won Best New Play, and is based on the novel by Mark Haddon   Audiobook of the week (04:12) Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, narrated by Mark Bramhall, is Michael’s pick…
  • BOTNS #334: BookCon, Year Two

    Michael Kindness
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Ann recounts her weekend at BookCon, and we recommend The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris, and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.   BOTNS Summer Bingo is underway, don’t forget to download your card here! A listener asked about reading graphic novels, since that is a square on her Bingo card, and I recommend two great online guides to reading comics and graphic novels. Sarah wrote from England to let us know that she and her friend Shona never stopped playing Book Bingo after last Summer. Using the same website we use, they added some categories to our list…
 
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  • A Different Kind of War Novel - Talking to Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of "The Sympathizer"

    Chris Schluep
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen One of our favorite books so far this year is Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel The Sympathizer, a book with one of the best first sentences of any you will come across (more on that later). T.C. Boyle, among many others, describes the book in loving terms. “Magisterial," Boyle writes. "A disturbing, fascinating and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal. The Sympathizer is destined to become a classic and redefine the way we think about the…
  • Top Authors Tell Us Why We Should Pick up These Thriller Writers' Debut Novels

    Adrian Liang
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    What is the only thing better than a new book by one of your favorite authors? Discovering a brand-new writer to add to your list of favorite authors. Every year the International Thriller Writers select a shortlist of works in several categories for their Thriller Awards. This year, top-notch authors have weighed in before the award winners are announced on why these First Novel Finalists are outstanding books. Read on for insight from the best in the writing game on these talented newcomers' works.   Laura McHugh’s The Weight of Blood   "A great deal of the suspense in The…
  • Mia Alvar on Miracle Workers, Mothers & Being a Citizen of the World

    Sara Nelson
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    Shop this article on Amazon In the Country by Mia Alvar Mia Alvar’s In the Country is one of the more compelling story collections I’ve read in years. While it’s very specific in its depictions of Filipinos of many different times and places, it also speaks to more general and timeless themes of love, death and family.  In other words: the human condition. Debut author Alvar talked to us about one of our favorite books of fiction so far this year.   Let’s start with the inevitable question, the one you’ve probably been asked 400 times already: of all the Filipina characters in…
  • Women Bring Home the Gold in Locus Awards for Best in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    Adrian Liang
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
      The Locus Awards for the best in science fiction and fantasy were announced on June 27th during a strikingly warm Saturday in Seattle. By tradition, Hawaiian shirts are worn during the awards luncheon, and the shirts were especially appropriate this year. The winners in the four main categories -- best sci-fi novel, best fantasy novel, best new novel, and best young adult novel -- were dominated by women. I hesitate to make sweeping generalizations about gender as related to writing books or writing specific genres -- or really, as related to just about anything, if I can help it -- so…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Interview with Daniel Clowes

    Alex Carr
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes Cartoonist Daniel Clowes has won every major comics award several times over, including the Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey, and his career earned a PEN Literary Award for Outstanding Body of Work in Graphic Lit in 2011. Oh, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of Ghost World.  Interview opportunities like this are rare, but Mr. Clowes is currently making the media rounds in celebration of The Complete Eightball: 1-18, an incredible two-volume 25th anniversary hardcover collection from publisher…
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  • Amazon Now Sells Print Books in Mexico

    Dianna Dilworth
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Amazon has been building up its Kindle business in Mexico for the past several years. Today the company has launched its first e-commerce store across the border that sells physical books. Amazon.com.mx, a Spanish-language e-commerce site launches with millions of print books. Just as in the U.S., the online giant will also sell everything from consumer electronics and video games to personal health care items. They are offering free shipping on orders above MXN 599 (about $38 USD). “Our mission at Amazon is to be Earth’s most customer centric company, and we strive to be the…
  • Is It Time for a Book Coach?

    Corinne Grinapol
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Many aspiring authors turn to book coaches when they’ve gotten stuck deep in the process of writing a manuscript; however, book coaches can also be helpful for those who haven’t yet typed a single character. If you’ve always wanted to write a book but can’t seem to consolidate your ideas into a solid vision or need someone to help you get organized enough to make it through the writing process, it may be time for a coach. The idea stage is when [Liz] Alexander contacted her book coach, Lisa Cron. They currently meet twice a month over Skype, and content is due before…
  • Tales of the Wolfman on Kickstarter

    Dianna Dilworth
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    David Gruba is hoping to raise $5000 on Kickstarter for Tales of the Wolfman, a collection of comics and art that gives new life to some classic children’s tales and comic books. The 48-page anthology, which includes contributions from various artists, reimagines Little Red Riding Hood based on the premise that the wolf marries Red Riding Hood. Here is more from the Kickstarter listing: “But in this case, the Wolf is a Wolfman. In this all-ages series, writer David Gruba and artist Rene Castellano play with the possibilities of Wolf and Red’s uncommon pairing by blending…
  • Cover Revealed for New Rhiannon Thomas Book

    Maryann Yin
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    The cover has been unveiled for Rhiannon Thomas’s young adult novel, Kingdom of Ashes. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? According to EpicReads.com, Jenna R. Stempel served as the designer for this project. This book, the sequel to A Wicked Thing, will be released on February 23, 2016.
  • Bookseller William D. Farley Has Died

    Maryann Yin
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    William D. Farley has died. He was 83 years old. Farley, who was often called Bill, devoted more than 30 years of his life to a career in bookselling. Bill (pictured, via) and his wife, B Jo Farley, opened the Seattle Mystery Bookshop in the summer of 1990. Here’s more from the store’s blog post: “It was his intention that the Seattle Mystery Bookshop be a place where readers and writers could meet, that it be a resource for those with questions or simply looking for a new author to read, that it be a place for someone new to the novels as well as the serious buyers looking…
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  • Support Other Writers With Reviews

    Terry Whalin
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Writers are readers. What are you reading? Are you consistently reading books. And what do you do when you complete a book?  Recently I finished reading Frances Caballo's excellent book Avoid the Social Media Time Suck. As I read the book, I marked several sections that stood out to me. As I finished the last page, I went to my computer and wrote a few words about the book and I posted it on Amazon and Goodreads. Here's what I wrote: Every Writer or Would-Be Writer Needs this Book Social media can be a huge time suck and consume your day so you never manage to accomplish what you wanted…
  • Listen to This Podcast to Grow Your Writing Life

    Terry Whalin
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    John Vonhof interviewed me for his podcast Writers On Fire. We were scheduled to go about 45 minutes but actually went almost an hour and a half. John edited the podcast down to a rich 63 minutes. You can listen to it on his site (click the link). On the site you can listen to it there or download it to your computer.  While I haven't been blogging much lately because of my travel and other responsibilities, it is not far from my radar and intentions. I hope you will use the search tool in the far right column of this blog to look for topics and posts when you have writing questions.
  • Alton Gansky Interviews Terry Whalin about Billy Graham

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

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

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

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    Tom Sullivan here, just letting you know that if this appears under my byline, it’s because the tech gremlins in Bob Jones access to SU are acting up and I’m posting this for him. The following is 100% from our illustrious encyclopedic compatriot Robert C. Jones! …    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…
  • Thomas Sullivan: ABIGAIL & BUCK GET MARRIED

    Thomas Sullivan
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Name your poison. Literary poison, that is. What fiction do you hate? You do know that your poison is someone else’s cup of tea, don’t you? And your literary duck soup is someone else’s poison. In any case, I don’t have any antidotes for what you don’t like. Whether you’re a writer or a reader, I’m shooting for how you can expand your range without losing what you do like. The extremes of genre fiction tend to run along gender lines (though there are plenty of exceptions). And in today’s open marketplace where anyone can self-publish, the polarization in gender terms has…
  • 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…
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  • Do not despair

    Paulo Coelho
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
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  • The porcelain vase and the rose

    Paulo Coelho
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Alessandra Marin tells the following story: the Grand Master and the Guardian shared the administration of a Zen monastery. One day, the Guardian died and a replacement had to be found. The Grand Master gathered together all the disciples in order to decide who would have the honour of working at his side. ‘I am […]
  • Learning to take care of oneself

    Paulo Coelho
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:55 pm
    – For years I have sought enlightenment – said the disciple. – I feel I am near it and want to know how to take the next step. – A man who knows how to seek God knows also how to take care of himself. How do you support yourself? – asked the master. – […]
  • My top 9 travel tips

    Paulo Coelho
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    I realised very early on that, for me, travelling was the best way of learning. I still have a pilgrim soul, and I thought that I would use this blog to pass on some of the lessons I have learned, in the hope that they might prove useful to other pilgrims like me. 1. Avoid […]
  • Andy Warhol

    Paulo Coelho
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don’t think they’ve ever remembered. Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves? I’m afraid that if you look at a […]
 
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  • Dell PowerEdge 2650 RAID Data Recovery

    manoj
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:15 am
    Dell PowerEdge 2650 Data Recovery London | Dell PowerEdge 2650 Server RAID Data Recovery The Dell PowerEdge 2650 server is ideally balanced to take full advantage of processing speeds as well as provide high data input/output (I/O) and memory bandwidth. Through a variety of features, the PowerEdge 2650 is designed to maximise server uptime. Creative IT, based in Central London, provides state-of-the-art data recovery solutions for all Redundant Array of Independent Drive (RAID) configurations. The data recovery engineers at Creative IT are professionally trained to recover data from all Dell…
  • Solid State drive upgrade for your Laptop to make your Laptop Run 10 times Faster!

    admin
    31 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Solid State drive upgrade in London Victoria If you have noticed your laptop is running slow, it could be that your laptop’s hard drive is getting weak. This type of problem arises usually after three years of use. The best option when this happens is to upgrade your drive to a solid state drive, also known as SSD. Once the drive has been replaced, your computer will run 10 times faster than the original drive when it was new! This can be done on : MacBooks iMacs Desktop computers Servers Laptops of all brands One important advise: always do backups of your new or old hard drive as they…
  • Samsung N640 Series Laptop Repair and Support

    manoj
    4 Mar 2013 | 3:47 pm
    Creative IT, an expert Samsung laptop repair store in Central London, offers individualised Samsung N640 series laptop repair and technical support solutions for home users and business clients across the United Kingdom. If you need your laptop computer fixed, whether it has a physical hardware fault, virus or malware infections, software issues, or in case of a hard drive data loss, Creative IT UK can carry out the following services promptly and professionally at an affordable price.  Keyboard repair and replacement Optical drive replacement and upgrade LCD screen replacement and repair DC…
  • Toshiba Satellite L300 Series Laptop Repair

    manoj
    28 Feb 2013 | 10:40 pm
    Creative IT a specialised Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop series repair store in London, offering personalised technical support solutions for home users and businesses across UK. Whether you are experiencing system crashes, software conflicts, virus issues, Internet connectivity problems, hardware problems or require software or hardware installation support or any other technical support, we will help you with cost-effective laptop repair and upgrade services. At Creative IT, our technical team consists of certified and trained IT support specialists capable to work with nearly all your…
  • Green IT: The importance of choosing energy efficient computers

    monique
    21 Nov 2012 | 5:48 am
    This month saw the publication of Greenpeace’s 18th edition of the ‘Guide to greener electronics’, highlighting the impact of consumer electronics good on the environment. Recent rises in energy prices have led many computer users to think more carefully about the amount of energy they use to run their computers and what they can do to reduce it. According to the Energy Saving Trust, household computers, monitors, printers and laptops make up an average of 13% of the electricity used around the house. This is the reason why choosing an efficient computer can not only have an impact on…
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • An Herbs and Potions Rack

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    The kitchen in Miss Wanda's House for Hapless Haunts was a bit bare. I knew it needed more storage, so I followed a plan given on the excellent blog written by longtime miniaturist Joann Swanson. Except...the rack turned out to be too big.So I started over and concocted this tiny rack.The shelves are made from drink coasters, a substance I really like to use. It's an easy to cut cardstock. The struts are from matchsticks. You have to search for ones that aren't misshapen.The tiny sign was cut from a drink coaster. I painted the flower image and used a .005 Micron pen to write the words. I…
  • The Bee's Knees--Facts about Bee Swarms

    3 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    by Joanna Campbell SlanI couldn't let my "bee encounter" buzz by without doing a wee bee research activity. Here's what I learned:The bees that are dying are domestic honeybees, commercially raised. The colonies are collapsing.African bees are mating with wild honeybees, creating a more aggressive strain.By looking at them, a bee expert can't tell the difference between African bees and native wild bees.A nest that's bred with African bees might be docile one minute and aggressive the next.Bees don't move much or fly much when it's rainy. Heat will stir them up.African bees don't like cold…
  • Sweethearts--A Miniature Shop for Lovers

    30 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Around Valentine's Day I felt absolutely compelled to create a miniature shop of all things heart-shaped. But I didn't want to spend a lot of money. Here's what I wound up with...The shell of the shop was a paper mache "hatbox." I cut out the front door, covered it in black and white Contact paper, trimmed it with black Duck Tape, and added a patio. I also bought a cheap Styrofoam heart wreath and took it apart to put the hearts on the top of the box lid. A line of pink quilling tape runs under the edge of the lid.The topiary bushes are Styrofoam hearts that I painted and covered with sawdust…
  • QTR -- And Why It Matters

    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    By Joanna Campbell SlanLast night our dear friend Eric introduced me to a new term: QTR.I'd never heard of it. So he explained, "It means Quality Time Remaining," and he went on to say it has to do with how you spend the rest of your life.Now Eric is as smart a man as any I've ever met. Maybe even more important, he's wise and he's kind. So when he talks, I listen, and then I think. A lot.This morning, I looked up QTR and found this reference CLICKor go tohttp://www.bloomberg.com/bw/stories/2003-12-07/a-round-with-wayne-huizengaThe article quotes American entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga as…
  • Cara Mia Delgatto and the Protector, Conclusion

    22 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, 4, and 5, scroll down to OLDER POSTS and click on that.The sight of Jodi, climbing out of a white Mustang convertible, almost made me want to run back into my house. The car looked like it was brand new. In fact, I could see the dealer's sticker in one window.However, I was determined not to cower in front of her. What could she do? As my Nana used to say, "She can't kill you and she can't eat you." Of course, I…
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    The Millions

  • Oh Henry

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Over thirteen years, John Berryman wrote his famous Dream Songs, composing his most innovative and well-known poetry while his own life began to unravel. In a piece for the LRB, August Kleinzahler reappraises the poet to mark a raft of new editions of his work, citing Randall Jarrell, Saul Bellow and other contemporaries in the process. Pair with Stephen Akey on The Dream Songs.
  • Nouveau Riche

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    “When Michael reads in one of the society columns that are hilariously reprinted here, misspellings and all, that Astrid’s jewels aren’t blingy enough, he flies into a fury of inadequacy. This leads him to try to buy one of Singapore’s rarest architectural masterpieces and turn its ground floor into a museum for his car collection, which includes a car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; fortunately, his offer is turned down.” On Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend.
  • Say What?

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve ever heard that literary skill is synonymous with a good memory, you’ve likely bemoaned your own forgetfulness, especially when it comes to important things. Tim Parks felt the same way, until he read a new book on forgetting, which led him to wonder how much knowledge we can retain. In The New York Review of Books, he tackles the paradox of the reader’s memory. You could also read our own Mark O’Connell’s review of Parks’s book Italian Ways.
  • I’m Good

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In a way, this is the opposite of an interview: a series of conversations held exclusively between chatbots. At n+1, Nick Levine constructs dialogue straight out of Beckett. Pair with Houmon Barekat on Finn Brunton’s history of spam.
  • Tuesday New Release Day: Zancan; Jackson; Lansens; Bushnell; Catullus

    Thomas Beckwith
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Out this week: Local Girls by Caroline Zancan; The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson; The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens; Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters; Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell; and a new translation of the poems of Catullus. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Margaret Wild Changes Lives – Picture Book Reviews

    Romi Sharp
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Margaret Wild is a much-loved, award-winning author with over 70 titles to her name, having great success with acclaimed books including Fox, The Very Best of Friends, Harry and Hopper, Lucy Goosey, Davy and the Duckling, and The Treasure Box. Her books extend to a wide range of themes, and are characteristically known for their […]
  • Review: Stealing People by Robert Wilson

    Jon Page
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Charlie Boxer returns in one of Robert Wilson’s best novels to date. Two years after the events of You Will Never Find Me Charlie Boxer’s life is nearing some normalcy. Normal for a kidnap consultant whose services offer a little bit extra revenge on the side. His relationships with his ex-wife Mercy and daughter Amy […]
  • The Best of Australian YA

    Cait Drews
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I’m an avid chewer of books but, surprisingly, I don’t read a lot of literature from my own country. Oh horror! Gasp with me! It’s an abominable shame. The reason for this is, a) I read mostly YA, b) most famous YA books are by American authors, and c) it seems much easier to get […]
  • Review – Fly-In Fly-Out Dad

    Dimity Powell
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A year ago, I made a rare flight to Rockhampton. It was a mid-week, evening departure on one of those regional planes no bigger than a Lego model. What struck me most about the flight however as I waited in the boarding lounge, was the sheer number of men and women arriving into Brisbane that […]
  • The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in July

    Jon Page
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief. Get FREE shipping when you use the promo code bookbrief at checkout Fiction Books Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee Set during the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty […]
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  • The Appeal of Post-Apocalyptic Reading

    Beth Carswell
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    A few years ago, we put together a list of the best post-apocalyptic fiction. But I’ve been reading more and more of it, and there have been some excellent selections since then, so wanted to look into it again. What is it that so attracts me to post-apocalyptic fiction as a genre? I’m not sure why I would feel drawn to delve again and again into subject matter that gives me nightmares (and it does), but I suppose there’s no accounting for (even one’s own) taste. And a quick scan of my reading choices over the past 5 or more years shows a definite pull. It began with…
  • Movies for Booklovers – When the Silver Screen Goes Literary

    Beth Carswell
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Look, even the most devout and voracious reader has to come up for air sometimes to prevent our eyes from crossing. And when we do, surely we must dip a toe into the waters of other hobbies. What’s nice, though, is how many of those hobbies can still sneakily support our bibliohabits. Film-watching, of course, is a no-brainer. With many of our most beloved stories adapted for the silver screen, it’s another avenue to spend time with our favourite literary characters. And even in the case of original films that weren’t books first, many still explore literary events, people…
  • Swedish edition of Alice in Wonderland, signed by the real Alice, sells for $2,000

    Richard Davies
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Swedish A Swedish translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alices Äventyr i Underlandet) – previously owned and signed by Alice P. Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice character – has sold for $2,000 on AbeBooks.com. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Published in 1921 by Holger Schildts, this copy was signed “Alice P. Hargreaves”, with an inscription from her son Caryl, “A.P.H. from C.d.H. June 1929.” Ten-year-old Alice (whose last name was…
  • 66 bookstores on Route 66 – the ultimate road trip for bibliophiles

    Richard Davies
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    The ultimate bibliophile road trip – 66 Bookstores on Route 66 Some years ago, a man called Larry Portzline introduced me to something called Bookstore Tourism – vacations planned around bookstore visits. His goal was to support independent bookstores by promoting them as travel destinations. A most worthy goal. Larry organized bookstore tourism trips where bibliophiles piled onto buses and visited bookstores in New York and Washington D.C. and elsewhere. He even wrote a book about the phenomenon. As the years went on, I talked to countless booksellers who admitted that they organized…
  • Ali Smith Wins 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

    Beth Carswell
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    Big congratulations to Ali Smith, whose sixth novel How to Be Both has been announced the winner of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The book has been called eloquent and lyrical, unusual and magical, and a modern revelation. This year marks 20 years of the prize, which was formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction. The prize comes with the honor and prestige, a check for £30,000 (~US$45,000) and a limited-edition bronze statuette known as a “Bessie”, created and donated by an artist named Grizel Niven. Congratulations as well to the other five…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • On Writing And Mindset For Indie Authors With Susan Kaye Quinn

    Joanna Penn
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    So much of becoming a successful author, indie or otherwise, is about mindset. Today I talk to Susan Kaye Quinn about some of the biggest issues we all have as writers: self doubt, fear of judgement and comparisonitis. We also go into branding and tips on organizing your marketing. In the intro, I mention the fantastic line up for the Self-Publishing Summit – including Jack Canfield, James Altucher, Steve Scott – and me – plus many more. It’s free to attend live or listen in the first 3 days, or just $97 for access to all the replays. Click here to register for the…
  • New Book: How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

    Joanna Penn
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Here’s my latest book for authors! Now my business has ticked into six figures, I wanted to share how that breaks down and how you can do it too. Would you like to leave your job and make a living with your writing? This book will show you how. I spent 13 years working as a cubicle slave in the corporate world. I was miserable in my job and my creativity was stunted by the crushing daily grind. Then I started writing books and blogging, using my words to create products and attract readers. In September 2011, I left my corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur…
  • Q&A On Writing, Self Publishing And Book Marketing

    Joanna Penn
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Today I’m answering some of your questions from The Creative Penn survey – talking about self doubt, what defines a good book, discipline and habits, ideal genres, editing and time spent on marketing. In the intro, I mention the changes with Amazon Kindle Unlimited payments move to page reads as well as machine learning for reviews; Apple’s change to pre-orders allowing up to a year in advance without metadata. I also mention the Facebook Ads for Authors course and Self Publishing Podcast #62 show on autoresponders. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors…
  • Gaming, Writing And Collaboration With Nathan Meunier

    Joanna Penn
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Gamers love their games, many are addicted and are passionate about the experiences they are immersed in. I think we’d all love to see more of that addictive behavior around books! In today’s show, I interview Nathan Meunier, an author and game journalist, about what we can all learn from gaming. In the intro I mention The Author’s Guild fair contract initiative, the new Kindle for Kids Fire HD device and the interview about KDP Kids ebook creator, Thrillerfest in NYC in July. Plus, talking about Mark Dawson’s Facebook Advertising for Authors course. This podcast…
  • Writing Fast, Building An Audience And Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson

    Joanna Penn
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:10 am
    Recently, Forbes ran an article about Mark Dawson with the headline: Amazon pays $450,000 a year to this self-published writer. Today, I interview Mark about how he writes fast, the empowerment of being indie, Facebook advertising and email list marketing. In the intro I talk about my cycling trip to Croatia which was a much needed rest away from the computer You can see some of the photos on Flickr here. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing…
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    Publetariat » Publetariat

  • The Crisis In Non-Fiction Publishing

    Publetariat
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This editorial by Sam Leith originally appeared on The Guardian on 6/26/15. When it comes to high-calibre non-fiction, risk-averse trade publishing houses are producing too many copycat ‘smart thinking’ books that promise more than they deliver. But praise should be given to the university presses mid the ambient wails of doom about the publishing industry, […]
  • Key Steps to Writing a Book

    Publetariat
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    This post by Christy Heady originally appeared on her site on 4/15/15. Aside from implementing good storytelling and following stellar punctuation rules, when a writer begins the process of writing a book and wanting a successful writing career he or she must keep a few points in mind. These points are not taught in school; […]
  • New Struggles in Self-Publishing

    Publetariat
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:02 pm
    This post by David Farland originally appeared on his site on 6/23/15. I hesitate to mention problems with self-publishing. In some genres, such as romance or self-help books, the industry is doing great. But for those who are trying to sell fiction, it seems that the markets are contracting, and it appears that things will […]
  • On Changing Book Titles And Covers: My Own Experience And How You Can Do It Too

    Publetariat
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    This post by Joanna Penn originally appeared on her The Creative Penn site on 4/28/15. I’ve just been through a massive rebranding process: re-titling and re-covering the first 3 books in my ARKANE series, and updating the back matter for all the other books. A hefty amount of work! Here’s why and how, just in […]
  • Kindle’s New Bookerly Font and Other Typography Features

    Publetariat
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    This post by Joel Friedlander originally appeared on his The Book Designer on 6/22/15. Many ebook readers—and not just us typography nerds and designers, either—have complained about the limited font set provided with the major e-readers. Considering the vast sums that have been spent on developing these devices, it’s always seemed odd to me that […]
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    Better World Books

  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 1

    Fiona Marshall
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    Alina and Dominika Reading Together received a £1,000 LEAP Grant in 2014. Lyn Banbury wrote the LEAP application and now runs the group at Armley Library in Leeds. She talked to us about the impact that the LEAP Grant is having on asylum seekers and refugees in their community. Following promotion to many groups, (including visiting the Meeting Point drop in for Asylum seekers and refugees at Christchurch in Armley who were very positive about the project), we’ve had approximately 12 weekly sessions so far. After consulting with our Area Development Librarian: Equality and Diversity, we…
  • 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.
 
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Sharpie drawing... THE BIRDS!

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    You know... just hanging out on the branch...
  • End Papers part two

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Working on only two hours every evening... the final art is going slow but here's what I've got so far.
  • Fox gets bugged.

    6 Jun 2015 | 12:14 am
    The last page in a sketchbook I started  a year ago.
  • Bear Picture Book End Papers

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The publisher came up with a highly detailed color layout for the end papers of the book... it's going to take me a while to finish this since I'm doing it in the evenings and a bit on the weekends. (I have an art day job.) This is the first stage. I have a lot to fill in here.
  • New Graphic Novel pages...

    25 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    I've been doing new pages for my graphic novel lately. Trying to get closer to the final page and then start editing.
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    To be published, week of June 28, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Alexandra Hawkins – A Duke but No Gentleman 75,000 Anne, Melody – Her Hometown Hero 125,000 Bannalec, Jean-Luc – Death in Brittany 25,000 Bannan, Sarah – Weightless 60,000 Carr, Robyn – A New Hope Chaplin, Lisa – The Tide Watchers 40,000 Dahl, Julia – Run You Down 35,000 Glines, Abbi – When You’re Back 150,000 Grant, Donna – Soul Scorched 20,000 Griffith, Caly – Undying Legion Handeland, Lori – Heat of the Moment 100,000 Lane, Soraya – The Devil Wears Spurs…
  • See you at ALA in San Francisco?

    Sarah Statz Cords
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    ALA Annual in San Francisco starts this Thursday, June 25! If you’re going to be stopping by the Exhibits Hall, please do stop in at the ABC-CLIO* booth (#814) and check out some of their new and hot titles. Have you seen what reviewers have to say about their RA books? School Library Journal had this to say about Cynthia Orr’s Crash Course in Readers’ Advisory: “Orr, one of the most respected voices in public library reader services, has put together a strong overview of the major motivations, strategies, and tools for offering strong readers’ advisory (RA)…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:46 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 YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    To be published, the week of June 22, 2015 MONDAY FICTION Patterson, James & Howard Roughan – Truth or Die TUESDAY FICTION Arango, Sascha -The Truth and Other Lies Banks, Maya – Safe at Last Bushnell, Candace – Killing Monica Clark, Mary Higgins – Melody Lingers On Deveraux, Jude – Ever After Evanovich, Janet and Phoef Sutton – Wicked Charms Feather, Jane – Trapped By Scandal Fowler, Karen Joy – Black Glass George, Nina – The Little Paris Bookshop Gilly, Alex – Devil’s Harbor Golden, Christopher – Tin Men Green, Jane…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • Misunderstood

    Jodi Chromey
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    After I finished Mislaid by Nell Zink, I read nearly every review I could find trying to discern why this novel was being lauded when I couldn’t figure it out myself. Maybe starting this book the week Rachel Dolezal was exposed for passing as black was not the best time. Reading it while a white man killed nine black people in a historically black church was probably bad timing. Finishing it as our black president eulogized one of the men assassinated in the church was definitely not smart. This book, according to many reviews is supposed to be funny. I failed to see any humor in this…
  • Not so Wonderful

    Jodi Chromey
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Women writing about rock & roll is just about my favorite thing on the planet. It’s one of my eternal quests, to find and read all the books written by women about rock and roll, and if that book happens to be a novel? All my pleasure centers start to tingle. So it’s kind of disappointing that Stacey D’Erasmo’s Wonderland, didn’t leave me sated and dreamy-eyed with love. Instead it left me a little puzzled and unfulfilled. Reading this novel left me with the same feeling I get when I either find a delicious line in a song I hate by an artist I don’t…
  • All the Things I Love in a Music Memoir

    Jodi Chromey
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve read a lot of music memoirs. A lot. From Jen Trynin to Linda Ronstadt and Jacob Slichter to Pete Townshend. If you ask me, I will tell you my all-time favorite musical memoir is Ann & Nancy’s Wilson’s Kicking & Dreaming. Kristen Hersh’s Rat Girl used to be number two, but now she’s been demoted to #3 by none other than the redheaded stranger himself, Willie Nelson. Hooboy, did I fall fast and hard for Nelson’s It’s a Long Story: My Life. I’m a relative newcomer to the ways of Willie. For a long, long time I thought he was like…
  • Making Two of My Favorite Things Super Boring

    Jodi Chromey
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is more of a warning than a review. Don’t be fooled when you see the words ‘A Rock ‘N’ Roll Life’ on the cover of a graphic novel and think, “Hot damn! This is not just in my wheelhouse, it is my wheelhouse.” I made that mistake so you don’t have to. Bruce Paley read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (Ugh. Barf.) and really dug it. And since Paley was a late-teen in the late sixties, he decides to hitchhike around and be all peace, love, and rock & roll. Then he decided to write a really boring book about his “escapades” and…
  • The Bunker Diary

    LeAnn Suchy
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Linus, a 16-year-old living on the streets, is abducted and hidden in an underground bunker and The Bunker Diary is his terrifying story. Linus’ story begins when he is taken by someone he thought was blind. He was drugged and awakes in a bunker with six bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a freight elevator, the only way in and out of the bunker, a way that he does not control. But Linus isn’t alone for long. The other rooms are eventually filled with a little girl, an aging philosophy professor, a drug addict, a real estate agent, and a businessman. None of them knows who abducted them…
 
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    Great Books that I liked

  • The Stars, Like Dust (Published in 1951) - Authored by Isaac Asimov - Not regarded as one of his better novels

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    This novel is different from the other novels of Asimov; for one, there is a lot more action (if you read the Foundation or even the Robot novels, there is a lot more play of society, of thought, of classes, of intrigue, but not so much action). However, at the same time, it is not really a very strong novel; if you read it, you might think some lesser writer had written it as compared to the author who wrote the original Foundation novel at approximately the same time.Isaac Asimov was an incredibly prolific author. Over the years, he has written a massive number of book, but he is not only a…
  • 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…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • A Tough Act to Follow by Gloria Garfunkel

    Katherine Memmel
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I had a wonderful therapist for five years and I know I was lucky to find one such therapist in a lifetime, I don’t expect to find two, but I am hoping to at the very least find a minimally competent therapist, and I was referred to you though I already have some concerns about the inappropriate questions you asked me the last time we met, like why I left my last therapist and how I feel I’ve benefited from ten years of psychotherapy with him. I sensed some sarcasm and condescension in your voice. You also let me talk the entire time and then at the end, when I asked you for feedback,…
  • Hunger by Ciahnan Darrell

    Laura Roberts
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    His steps were faltering. He hadn’t eaten in days, maybe longer. Above him shadows were fleeing into the night, black taking the valley rapidly, devouring blades of grass, rock, and sheep. He walked slowly through the Bull Pines just outside the pasture, his shadow lost among the trees. Three of them sat around a fire: it wasn’t a particularly cold night so they sat at a distance, in collapsible canvas chairs, rifles, loaded, on one side of them, and their dinner plates on the other, all spotless, wiped clean with pieces of flatbread. The boy was a talker by nature, but sat silently so as…
  • On Wolves and Swords by Chelsea Eckert

    Danielle White
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Snow embraces the bus that propels him — and his ever-helpful best friend, who must also be of the order Carnivora — through late autumn’s tantrums to your house. No subspecies of Canis lupus notes knighthood as a genetic trait; adolescent touches taught you this. The image, however, churns within, recurs: big and bad and blade. The winter- shine of steel pressed below your eyelid. On the street corner, though, with all his boxes, it occurs to you that he will not recognize you without your red cap, without the cape you both took into your desperate fists. “Little Red Riding…
  • Let’s Talk: Voices in the Wilderness by Susan Tepper

    Laura Roberts
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    When you pick up a book in a bookstore, and you scan the pages, do you feel the characters coming forth, claiming their space in your mind and body? Or does the writing sound almost computer generated? Good writers know that voice is paramount to carrying a story, and they know how to make “voice.” Voice is not only in the dialogue, but it comes up also in the narrative sections, so that each descriptive moment is clearly part of that particular story being told. Henry VIII would not describe a day in the woods the same way as, say, Holden Caulfield. “Hans Holbein, the…
  • Home to Carmelita by Matt McLaren

    Katherine Memmel
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    San Francisco 1982 When I got back from England, I found this job working for Muni, riding every bus in the city, counting every passenger that got on and off from terminal to the end of the line. I camped out in the seat behind the rear exit door, wrapped in my blue wool Luftwaffe overcoat I had found in the surplus store in Ipswich, clipboard on my knees. The drivers didn’t trust me, they thought I was a spy and in the decrepit parts of town, usually at the end one line or other, they would eye me before letting themselves out of the bus for a smoke. I wished I didn’t have to wear the…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • Grace Jones’ Memoir Finally Gets a Release Date

    Jillian Mapes
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Grace Jones has been working on her memoir for a few years now, eventually titling it I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. Now the singer, actress, and fashion icon’s book has a release date via publisher Gallery Books: September 29. Jamaican-born Jones first came to the U.S. as a teenager and quickly ascended the couture ranks, thanks in part to her unique androgyny. Jones would go on to become a fixture at Studio 54 and within Andy Warhol’s cabal — undoubtedly a unique life. She made her musical debut in 1977’s disco LP, Portfolio, and later transitioned into new wave and…
  • An OED Update Reveals the Surprising Place Where Hundreds of New Words Originated

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    The June quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, out this week, brings with it more than 500 new words. As with other lexicographical updates we’ve seen in 2015, the OED list includes new entries tethered to a rapidly evolving language of gender and identity (cisgender, intersectionality), as well as depressing, obligatory additions stemming from life under the technocratic regime of late capitalism (infopreneur). And, of course, there is no shortage of embarrassing gibberish (totes). Lexicographers usually follow these lists with convivial notes that describe the magnitude of…
  • See the Cover of Chrissie Hyde’s Forthcoming Memoir, ‘Reckless: My Life as a Pretender’

    Jillian Mapes
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:42 pm
    On September 8th, Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde will release her (first) memoir, Reckless: My Life as a PretenderToday The Hollywood Reporter revealed the book’s cover, via publisher Doubleday. All we can say is: those. boots. The book traces Hynde’s life from her childhood in 1950s Akron, Ohio; to her punk training spent working in Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s London shop, Sex; to her long career with The Pretenders; to her relationships with Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr. “I’m approaching writing this memoir much the…
  • Does Amazon’s New Payment Scheme Require Literary Surveillance?

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Let’s say you go to dinner tonight, but the cook who makes your meal is paid only for the bites you take. How would the restaurant manager know? He’d have to watch you closely, counting the number of times you bring the fork to your mouth. This week we learned that Amazon will launch a pay-per-page service that aims to replace its policy of paying full royalties to authors whose readers accessed at least 10% of their e-book. Now authors will be paid for the number of “pages” accessed by readers. To help enforce this policy — so that self-published authors can’t just ramp…
  • J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a Play Detailing the “Untold Part” of the Story

    Moze Halperin
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.K. pub date of the first Harry Potter book. To celebrate, J.K. Rowling, who’s currently in the midst of working on the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and potentially Ezra Miller), just announced an upcoming stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will explore the “untold part” of the wizard’s young life.  The play, which will be performed at the Palace Theatre in Summer 2016, is interestingly being written by Jack…
 
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    Pixel of Ink

  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Tuesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Tonight’s Kindle Book Deals & Steals are sure to keep you turning the pages! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical Romance, Horror, Romance, Thriller Sold Out by Stan R. Mitchell Still free? Click Here to find out! In the foothills of the Appalachians, a former Marine Scout Sniper hides from his past, living under an alias. The wary man, named Nick Woods, just wants to be left alone while he recovers from bouts of paranoia and PTSD. Since developing the conditions in the ’80s due to several top-secret…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Angel of Zin – Save 50%

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    The Angel of Zin by Clifford Irving Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller At a Nazi concentration camp in Poland, the strangled body of an informer is discovered by the Jewish mistress of the camp commandant. Then an SS lieutenant is found, throat cut ear to ear. The Gestapo orders the Berlin Criminal Police to solve these crimes. The hunter is Paul Bach, Chief Homicide Inspector, a widower and wounded combat veteran of the Russian Front, a man at odds with war and Nazi evil. And the hunted is ”the Angel,” a killer who always leaves a clue in the form of a note. As Paul…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Tuesday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Fantasy, Mystery, Post-apocalyptic, Romance Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver Still free? Click Here to find out! Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Monday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Here are even more Freebies & Deals for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Suspense, Thriller CyberWar Vengeance by T.B. Giboney Still free? Click Here to find out! “CyberWar Vengeance” is a techno-thriller, a timely and chilling warning about America’s vulnerability to a terrifying new method of attack—CyberWar. “CyberWar Vengeance” uses the emerging sciences as with Daniel Suarez’s novels and the military action of Tom Clancy’s novels. Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Me Before You – Save 81%

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Genre: Contemporary Fiction A New York Times bestseller – with more than three million copies sold – by the author of One Plus One and The Girl You Left Behind. They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose… Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life – steady boyfriend, close family – who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived…
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  • LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice New Batmobile Set To Be On Display At San Diego Comic Con

    Larry Fire
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice New Batmobile set will be on display at Comic-Con International: San Diego in July, and will be available for purchase beginning January 1, 2016. The set will include 306 pieces, two “stud shooters” and opening doors, a new Batman minifigure based on his appearance in the film, two more still unnamed characters and another vehicle. The set will be priced at $29.99.
  • MONDO Announces 2015 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives

    Larry Fire
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Best known for its popular limited-edition posters, MONDO the boutique arm of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain has exclusive artwork available for attendees at San Diego Comic Con (July 8-12). Yet its booth in the San Diego Convention Center will also have new action figures, vinyl records and other merch for the geek crowd. The exclusives include: Ant-Man poster ($85). Mondo has a variety of pieces for sale as well as some licensing announcements in store, but one of the items of note to superhero fans will be a holofoil screen print (limited to 175) inspired by the new Ant-Man film (in…
  • Grey Matter Art To Release Ghost Rider & Dr. Strange Posters By Dave Perillo On July 1, 2015

    Larry Fire
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Grey Matter Art under license from Marvel, is proud to present two new officially licensed, limited edition screen printed posters for the iconic superheroes, “Ghost Rider & Dr. Strange. This is the third project Grey Matter Art has released under Marvel, and this time has chosen to work with the artist, Dave Perillo to bring you an amazing representation for these two great characters. This poster will be released on Wednesday, July 01st. on our website shop page at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM est. at www.greymatterart.com. Ghost Rider Artist: Dave Perillo Size:…
  • Funko Announces Wave Seven of San Diego Comic Con Exclusives

    Larry Fire
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Funko is proud to announce their seventh batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Pop! Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked] Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron – Grinning Ultron Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Red) Pop! Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy – Nova Rocket with Potted Groot ReAction: Terminator 2 – T1000 with Hook Arms Vinyl Idolz: Ghostbusters – Marshmallowed Egon Spengler
  • Wendy’s Announces Baconator Fries

    Larry Fire
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Wendy’s introduced new Baconator Fries today. The new menu item contain a delicious blend of warm cheddar cheese sauce, freshly-cooked Applewood smoked bacon and shredded cheddar cheese drizzled over Wendy’s natural-cut fries. The suggested price for the bacon fries is $1.99. Wendy’s will showcase the way bacon should be made on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter through a video series that will launch on July 6. These tongue-in-cheek “after-school” special videos tap into 90s nostalgia trends, entitled Bacon: Scared Straight. The videos will feature bacon puppets voiced…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #538

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Itch of an Amputated LegI turned up the volumefor 'Waiting for the Man'. Sweat gathered in the furrows on the foreheadof the man pruning rosesand he squinted to see in our room. Mopping his browhe noticed the young Americanwho returned his smile and passed on by. His eyes followed her bare legsand for a moment he remembered... something without words –or thought he did. 24 May 1982   Over the past six months I’ve been posting poems that span my relationship with my first wife. I’ve not posted them all—some were just too embarrassing (in more ways than one)—but when you…
  • #541

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    A MarriageOne day he tried too hard and broke it. He patched it upand it still worked, though not as well. The wheels still went round. No one noticed any changetill one day it fell to piecesand they all wondered why. 27 June 1982 – 23 September 1982   When is something finished? As writers we face this problem all the time. With my poems it’s when they get their number and go in the big red folder. Then they’re done and, with a couple of exceptions, never touched again. Nowadays the time between conception and completion is not long and if a poem sits in my draft folder for…
  • #540

    21 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The Circular LineHer breasts were large and heavy and they hurt herstanding, as she had done for half an hour, while the train drained of people. A side seat came freeand silently she slippedinto states of unconsciousness. No one thought to wake her. No one thought and she had to go round the circle again. 8 July 1982   When I was a kid it was expected that you’d give up your seat on a bus for a woman, any woman but especially an old or pregnant woman as is the case here. Robyn Wilder asked the question on Twitter: PREGNANTS AND MUMS OF TWITTER: Please tell me of the times…
  • Swear it

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
      Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting – Peter Finley Dunne I’ve never been one for swearing. My parents never swore—okay my dad said ‘bloody’ a couple of times (and by ‘a couple of times’ I literally mean twice, possibly three times, in all the years I knew him)—and none of the adults I knew used bad language, at least not in front of the children. Kids were the first and most of their curses were pretty tame—you’d call someone a wee jobbie or something like that—and if you said ‘fuck’ someone would go and tell your mammy on…
  • #510

    13 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    UntitledIn my last year at schoolI spent much timein Central Librarythumbing thoughencyclopaedias of modern artand photography year bookslooking for naked women. Somehow their artnever reached me –only their nudity. 28 April 1979   This poem is not untitled. It is entitled ‘Untitled’. I never gave any of my paintings titles. There are only two left—Carrie got them framed and they hang in our living room—but for some odd reason I could never think of what to call them. The same goes for all my musical compositions apart from the songs. Some people don’t give their poems…
 
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  • Literary Love Letters: Dear Anne Tyler, From Natalie Meg Evans

    Novelicious
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever been so inspired by an author’s work that you wish you could tell them exactly how much they have impacted your life? In this series, Literary Love Letters, we do just that – share open love letters to inspiring authors. Today, The Dress Thief author Natalie Meg Evans writes to A Spool of Blue Thread author Anne Tyler. Dear Anne Tyler, We were introduced thanks to a glossy magazine. Long before the digital era, monthly titles like Cosmo, Honey and Over 21 sometimes appeared on the stands with a paperback inside their cellophane wrappers. I can’t remember which of them…
  • Sarah Pekkanen's Writing Room

    Novelicious
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Writing books at a desk feels far too formal for me. I prefer a gentle, soft space where I can daydream about my characters, which is why I write on a bed instead of in an office. I'm surrounded by bookshelves and one entire shelf is devoted to books on writing. I turn to these again and again, especially Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell and On Writing by Stephen King, for inspiration when the right words won't turn up on my page. I write in snatches and spurts – with three kids, I can also be found writing on the sidelines of the soccer field or in a chair at karate practice with…
  • The Secret Dreamworld of an Aspiring Author – My Go-To Sub-Plot

    Novelicious
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Anna Bell As a writer do you ever dislike a book you’re reading because it reminds you of the writing problem you’re having at the time? Well, that’s what happened to me this week when I cried and swore off writing and reading chick lit for two days. I was reading a chick lit book by an author I love. It was really funny and most of the way through I was enjoying it, but when it came to the ending I sighed at its predictability and I fell out with chick lit. It wasn’t really about the book, or the genre, it was because that same predictability was what I was struggling with in my…
  • Novelicious Investigates...How To Start A Podcast

    Sarah Painter
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Podcasting is a lot of fun and it's surprisingly cheap and easy to set one up. I started The Worried Writer in January with absolutely zero experience, and if I can do it, anybody can! I did, however, follow guidance from excellent established podcasters. In particular, I found this series of tutorial videos from online entrepreneur, Pat Flynn, absolutely invaluable. Thanks, Pat! I also got advice from friends who know about recording and broadcasting sound, who were kind enough to pass on their top tips and answer my questions. So, here's what I found out in a handy quick-start guide!
  • Ten Books We're Taking to the Beach

    Helen
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Hurrah! It is summer. A time when it becomes so hot you just can't do anything but lie down and read. Perfect for book nerds! In that vein, this week we thought we'd let you know what we'll be reading on the beach this summer. 1. Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot – I've been waiting for this book for years and years so cannot wait to read it whilst lazing on the beach. Or by the pool, I'm not picky. Princess Mia (yes, she of the Princess Diaries series of books) is organising her wedding to Michael when the paparazzi uncovers she has a long lost younger sister, Olivia Grace. 2. The Heavenly…
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  • Exclusive Giveaway: $10 Amazon or Paypal and Ebook Craving U by Llàrjme with Playlist The Rook crew profiles and Lightning Round Interview

    Brandi Kosiner
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Purchase links:Kindle | PaperbackYou can find The Rook Cafe' Series on:Facebook | GoodReadsListen to Llarjme's Craving U Playlist and let yourself be blown away by it On My Own by Catcall*I tried to hate you, to forgive you, all just to forget you, but I'm only capable of loving you. You're tattooed onto my skin, and the more I try to erase you, the deeper you sink in* from "Craving U".These are a few of the many songs that popped in my head while writing and editing Craving U, linked up with some *QUOTES from the book*:No Ordinary Love by Sade: *Most people think that love doesn't stand the…
  • Top Ten I've read so far this year

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week they post a new top ten list and ask fellow bloggers to share their lists on that topic.This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books I've Read so far in 2015.Contemp:Everything That Makes Youmy reviewMcStay, Moriah Every Last Wordmy reviewStone, Tamara Ireland NA:The Return (Titan, #1)my reviewArmentrout, Jennifer L. Continuing series I am still loving:Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)my reviewScott, Victoria4.39Series Enders:The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)my reviewMead,…
  • Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

    Brandi Kosiner
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Cage by Megan ShepherdThe Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.Four other teenagers have also been…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.Currently reading:The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)Source:…
  • Exclusive Giveaway and Interview: Roses Are Red by J.B. Kantt

    Brandi Kosiner
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Roses Are Red (The Blood, Sweat and Tears Series Book 1) by J.B. KanttAfter her foster mother’s unexplained death six months ago, fourteen-year-old Isla Timearth just wants things to go back to normal for her and her twin brother, Monty. But “normal” can only go so far for a closed-off girl with abandonment issues and an anxious boy that gets frequent nosebleeds. Still, the troubled redheads give it a shot by returning to the summer camp they’ve been going to for years.Aside from her crush showing up unexpectedly, the summer starts out as Isla expected: she participates in multiple…
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    The Official BookBuzzr Blog

  • 5 BookBuzzr Flipper Installations To Inspire You In June 2015

    Naveen
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
      1. DJ Shaw – Blood Lust     2. Kim Cormack – Enlightenment: The Children of Ankh     3. Tim Gough – Random Thoughts on Youth Work Management     4. TMalkia Zuri – Divorcing Jesus: A Love Story     5. Hank Quense – Planning a Novel, Script or Memoir (Fiction Writing Guides)    
  • Create Stunning Book Previews for Your Book with the New BookBuzzr Flipper

    Vikram
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    The BookBuzzr Flipper has been an essential tool for over 11,000 authors. Last July, with the release of the iPhone compatible Flipper we had made book excerpts of our authors accessible to a whole new class of users. Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Flipper where the pages rendered to readers are sharper and crisper regardless of zoom level. Figure 1 is a snapshot of the earlier format. Figure 2 shows the same page, but with the new, advanced image formatting. Note that the image is sharper in Figure 2, scaling in such a way that the image’s…
  • Get a Best Seller Of Your Choice with the New CoverMatcher!

    Vikram
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    CoverMatcher is a simple game of matching book covers and has found a loyal following among book reviewers and bloggers. To date, the game has been played 835,201 times by avid readers. I absolutely love playing CoverMatcher on Freado! It’s a great way to unwind after a stressful day, and unlike most games it has real prizes instead of virtual prizes! I love the selection of books available, and have been able to bid on books everyone in my family will enjoy – Teresa Delaney Now based on the feedback that power readers like you have provided, we’ve taken CoverMatcher to a…
  • How Can You Share Your Writing Online – Without Creating Any Drama?

    Guest
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    The Common Mistake That Could Cost You A Lit Mag Acceptance Letter (And How To Avoid It) Sharing your work with other writers is one of the best ways to gain honest, constructive critiques. But if you want to post your short works online in order to share them prior to submitting for publication, you may find yourself caught in the trap of “previously published” writing: Editors of reputable literary journals rarely accept any writing that has appeared anywhere online, whether on a website, blog, or social media profile. Many writers fear this means they shouldn’t share their work…
  • Book Review – The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

    Vikram
    27 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Book bloggers and reviewers help sell more books. There is no question about it. I’ve heard one author remark that when the book is first released, a single review is equal to at least 10 sales. At BookBuzzr, we believe in this so strongly that we’ve spent considerable resources creating Freado – a website exclusively for book bloggers and reviewers. And we connect with the most influential book bloggers out there with our “Life of a Book Blogger” series on the Freado blog. So when I recently ran across a book named “Book Reviewer Yellow Pages” I spent less than 10 seconds…
 
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  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 EF-S 18-55mm IS II Digital SLR Kit

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    List Price: $549.00Buy New: $399.00 You Save: $150.00 (27%)New (36) Used (54) Refurbished (12) from $306.9518 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor, EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens expands picture-taking possibilities, 3-inch LCD TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor for easy viewing and sharing, EOS 1080p full HD movie mode helps you capture brilliant results, Features include continuous shooting up to 3fps, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, creative filers, built-in flash and feature guide...
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 18MP EF-S Digital SLR Camera USA warranty with canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS [Image Stabilizer] II Zoom Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens + 58mm 2x Professional Lens +High Definition 58mm Wide Angle Lens + Auto Power Flash + UV Filter Kit with 24GB Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle

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    List Price: $899.95Buy New: $519.95 You Save: $380.00 (42%)New (2) Used (5) Refurbished (2) from $470.00This Photo4Less Top Value Camera And Lens With USA  and manufacturer's supplied Accessories Kit includes, Canon EOS Rebel T5 EF-S Body - Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Normal EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Autofocus Lens - Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Autofocus Lens, 58mm 2X Professional Telephoto Lens - High Definition 58mm Wide Angle Lens - Digital DSLR Auto Power Slave Flash - Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card -Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card, Photo Video Quality…
  • Nikon D3300 DX-format DSLR Kit w/ 18-55mm DX VR II & 55-200mm DX VR II Zoom Lenses and Case

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    List Price: $999.95Buy New: $646.95 You Save: $353.00 (35%)New (14) Used (4) Refurbished (2) from $539.9024.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 AF points with 3D tracking, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV), 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots, Expeed 4 processing, Easy panorama mode and beginner-friendly Guide mode, Wi-Fi enabled with WU-1a Wireless Adapter and compatible smartphone or tablet (not included), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory...
  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
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    B-Lines and Felines

  • Interview with Ian Brennan, Grammy-award winning music producer and author of Sister Maple Syrup Eyes

    Donna Brown
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    We’re delighted to welcome Ian Brennan to the blog today. Ian is the author of Sister Maple Syrup Eyes, not to mention a Grammy-award winning music producer! Check out his interview responses below and then read on for more information about his work and his book. Interview with Ian Brennan Recent work Tell us about your most recent completed project Sister Maple Syrup Eyes is a book about recovery. It was inspired by own personal experience coping with the aftermath of the rape of my “first love”. The first rough draft was written in 1990 and it has been relentlessly…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #39

    Dave Brown
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Monday The start of a new week and considering it’s June the weather isn’t really following the summer script. Downpours today and if it wasn’t for the kindness of Beard Face putting an umbrella up for me, I’d have been drenched. He does have some uses, I’ll admit that, and over the years he has done some things that would make many cats like, even love, him. The problem is I’m just not one of them. I mean, I like fish and chips (whenever I can steal them) but it doesn’t mean I want to get overly affectionate with them. Fish and chips compared to…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Singin’ in the Rain

    Dave Brown
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    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!)   Singin’ in the Rain What happens? Gene Kelly sings in the rain…a lot. Reason for…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #38

    Dave Brown
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Monday A new week began with the news that Beard Face was now going to take up yet another career. This time his aspirations have taken him down the path of being a mortgage lender. Not content with the sensible choice of joining an established mortgage lender, the beard decided the best way forward would be for him to set up his own. He named this new venture Not Very Affordable Loans which promised to lend you anything from £1 to £300,000,000 to buy a house with special stipulations stating that for every £1 you borrow you will pay back 1p! I’m not sure the beard has completely…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Planet of the Apes

    Dave Brown
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:04 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!) Planet of the Apes What happens? Some astronauts reach a new planet and find it’s ruled by apes.
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Early Review: The Werewolf Meets His Match by Kristen Painter (Nocturne Falls #2)

    Margaret
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Werewolf Meets His Match (Nocturne Falls #2) Kristen Painter Published: July 1, 2015 Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars If it were a real place, I could just go to Nocturne Falls for the Zombie Prom. But since it’s not, I’m going to have to take some drastic action. I’m officially campaigning to make “Halloween in June” a thing. (You’ll all sign my petition, right?) We already have Christmas in July, so why not? I’m seriously in love with this town where it’s Halloween…
  • Early Review: Soul Scorched by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #6)

    Amanda
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Soul Scorched (Dark Kings #6) Donna Grant Published: June 30, 2015 (St. Martin’s) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference previous events in the series. After leaving her sometimes-suffocating home on the Isle of Skye, Darcy’s made a life for herself, reading palms and tarot cards. Her Druid magic gave her the gift of foresight, but it gave her something else too—she’s got the unheard of ability to touch…
  • Review: Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow (Gallow and Ragged #1)

    Margaret
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) Lilith Saintcrow Published: June 23, 2015 (Orbit) 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 stars A plague has broken out in Faery, ravaging the Unseelie Court and the free Fae. Only those with mortal blood appear to be immune. Fearing the sickness will spread to her court, Summer has delayed opening her gates and winter lingers in the mortal world. War is brewing between the Seelie and Unseelie as their rulers blame each other for unleashing…
  • Review: Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #8)

    Jannelle
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Midnights Kiss (Elder Races #8) Thea Harrison Published: May 5, 2015 (Berkley Sensation) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Dragon Bound. Julian and Mellie haven’t been together for decades. As they are both immortals from different demesne’s in the Elder Races—Julian is from the Nightkind (vampire)…
  • Giveaway: All 5 Jessica McClain books by Amanda Carlson

    Chelsea
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We’ve been on board with Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series since the beginning. When Full Blooded released we were hooked on the unique werewolf series. Jessica was the only female werewolf. She is strong and feminine. She kicks ass. These are things the VBC team appreciates, especially in urban fantasy. The series has her dealing with rogue werewolves, witches and even a voodoo priestess. It’s an engaging ride that several of the VBC staff keep coming back to for more. So much so that we want to make sure you’ve had the chance to dive in. We’re giving away…
 
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS – WINNERS!

    Native NYer
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
       The Latina Book Club congratulates ALL the Winners and Finalists of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. The Awards are produced annually by Latino Literacy Now, and were presented on Saturday, June 27th, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel during this year’s American Library Association's Annual Conference.2015 ILBA Winners, Finalists and PresentersI was happy to be part of the Las Comadres Para Las Americas Team that helped present the awards, and especially proud to be able to present the Best Young Adult eBook Award to my friend author Dania Ramos for WHO’S…
  • REVIEW: ADULTERY BY PAULO COELHO

    Native NYer
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
       Vintage International“For men it is just a ‘stupid mistake.’ For women, it feels like a spiritual crime against all those who surround her with affection and support her as a mother and wife.”—Linda"Today I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and the equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the rest of my days.” – LindaPaulo Coelho’s new book, ADULTERY (or ADULTERIA in Spanish) is out now.  The title seems to tell the whole story – a bored housewife who has an affair  but does it really? …
  • Q&A WITH YA AUTHOR SUSAN X. BRADLEY

    Native NYer
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
       The Latina Book Club is pleased to welcome author Susan X. Bradley -- a Latina Nancy Drew -- who has written a fun mystery series staring a Latina teen heroine.  Happy Reading!WRITING TIP:  Read, read, then read some more. Writers must be readers. Know your genre and the formula the reader expects. -- S.X. BradleyQ:  What does the X stand for?  And how does a Mexican-American from South Texas end up in Ohio?A: The X is because I don’t have a middle name. For all my computer log-ins at work, they used to use your middle initial for your log-in name.
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: HIS-PANIC BY EDDIE H. CISNEROS (DEBUT AUTHOR!)

    Native NYer
    31 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
       The Latina Book Club congratulates Eddie H. Cisneros on realizing his dream of becoming a published author.  We are happy for the chance to chat with him about his writing and his debut novel, HIS-PANIC, our selection for June's Book of the Month.Q:   You are a writer who works as a doorman. Tell us about yourself, your family and when you knew your passion was writing?  EDDIE:  I am employed as a doorman. This month, will mark 21 years at the same position in the same building. I currently reside in Queens with my wife, two kids and my super,…
  • REVIEW: THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET: ARTISTS INTERPRET COMMUNITY EXHIBITION

    Native NYer
    27 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
        I was in Chicago recently and I made time to visit the National Museum of Mexican Art to see THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET exhibit.  The exhibit included some photos of Sandra Cisneros and there was even a cordon-off area with her old desk and typewriter, and an old street sign.  (There actually is a Mango Street.)  There were also a few photos that spoke of her life and experience. But the real focus of the exhibit was the work of other artists interpreting Cisneros' book.  Picture taking was not allowed inside the exhibit so I can only tell you about the…
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    21tiger

  • Can Fitbit Survive?

    Michael A. Robson
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Apologies for the alarmist or sensationalist headline. I know. Fitbit just celebrated their IPO. The founders are totally rich. Customers, for the most part, are ecstatic. If you take a look at their current product lineup, it looks robust. While Samsung and Google were out in front with wearable hardware and platforms, no one was as early as Fitbit with polished, well-designed hardware, with very clean and useful cloud software for syncing. Just look at this dashboard. Totally drag/drop customizable, with a clean iOS/Android app that looks pretty much the same. If you opted for their Aria…
  • The Improv Myth: Reversal

    Michael A. Robson
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    One of my favorite business books in college was “The 48 Laws of Power” where Robert Greene walks us through the magnificent victories and blunders of Eastern and Western History to reveal threads that run through all humans, to teach us how to accumulate and withhold Power. For each of his rules he would highlight stories where someone followed the law perfectly, but also ‘reversals’ where holding too strictly to the law could get you in trouble. Everything in moderation I suppose. It is in that spirit that I followup my “never improvise” with a post…
  • Learn Anything

    Michael A. Robson
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Here are some terrific resources for anyone interested in design and self development. Learn to Meditate Yokoji Zen Center’s Video Primer to Meditation Learn to Work Out Elliot Hulse teaches you the Four Exercises you Need Learn to Eat Tim Ferriss teaches you how to eat to lose fat and build muscle Learn to Read Faster Tim Ferriss’ Speed Reading Guide Learn Any Language from Anywhere My guide to learning your next Language Learn to Code CodeAcademy or CodeSchool Learn about Money Ramit Sethi’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money Learn Social Skills Overcoming Fear with Jia…
  • Bushido: Duty vs Ego

    Michael A. Robson
    30 May 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Like many reading this, I’m often conflicted by my need to look great. It always takes me away from my craft and my path. Honesty can be awkward and uncomfortable. In fact, even writing this now, I’m a little worried about what some will think: I’m invoking something exotic, and I don’t know anything about Japanese culture. I’m going to be shredded to bits. Someone’s going to be offended. The Ego is alive and well. While I don’t know much about Japanese history, the Samurai are often held up as models of duty. Duty is not a word you often here in the…
  • The Improv Myth

    Michael A. Robson
    24 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Whether you’re giving a talk at a big conference, talking to a client about design, or teaching a class, there is a very popular myth going around about improv. The myth goes that if you’re suave and experienced enough, you can bullshit your way through anything. We often think of rockstars like Tony S– Robert Downey Jr. and Larry Ellison (and especially the late Steve Jobs), as brilliant, quick-witted, and therefore, great improvisors. First of all, Tony Stark is a character, and RDJ is literally an actor. That’s not improv. The other two guys are brilliant and…
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    Better World Books

  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 1

    Fiona Marshall
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    Alina and Dominika Reading Together received a £1,000 LEAP Grant in 2014. Lyn Banbury wrote the LEAP application and now runs the group at Armley Library in Leeds. She talked to us about the impact that the LEAP Grant is having on asylum seekers and refugees in their community. Following promotion to many groups, (including visiting the Meeting Point drop in for Asylum seekers and refugees at Christchurch in Armley who were very positive about the project), we’ve had approximately 12 weekly sessions so far. After consulting with our Area Development Librarian: Equality and Diversity, we…
  • 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.
 
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    A Woman Reading

  • Why I Decided To Plan A Writer’s Retreat

    admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
        I’m in the throes of planning a writer’s retreat with several more on deck. Those of you who follow my blog probably know that I am a literary agent at Holloway Literary. So it makes sense that I would create an event for writers. However, someone who knows me personally, knows how super busy and oftentimes over extended I am wondered why in the heck I would add more to my plate. So, I thought I’d blog about my response. First and foremost, I wanted to create a retreat that would benefit writers on many different levels, and I wanted it to be the kind of…
  • Romance At The Beach, Anyone? Get the Details On Our Summer Writing Retreat

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Pssst! Click the picture.Filed under: Authors, Books, Contemporary Romance, Literary Agents Tagged: Crystal Coast, Emerald Isle, Literary Agents, North Carolina, Outerbanks, Pitching, querying, Romance, Women's Fiction, Writers Retreats
  • Ransom Hunter: Slave Turned Property Baron

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A photo of the home that Ransom Hunter built along West Glendale Avenue when it was still in good condition in the 1960s or 1970s. By Michael Barrett Originally published by the Gaston Gazette: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM. No plaques or memorials there state that he is strongly believed to be the first freed slave to have owned property in Gaston County. Nor that his home, livery stable and makeshift general store became the hub of a thriving black community known as “Freedom” in the 19th century. Even his burial site, in a nondescript African-American cemetery along South…
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  • Borges Literary Homage Prompts Lawsuit

    Dennis Abrams
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Pablo Katchadjian Author Pablo Katchadjian could face jail for remixing Jorge Luis Borges’s story “The Aleph” after Borges’ widow brings a lawsuit for intellectual fraud. By Dennis Abrams Writing for The Guardian, Fernando Sdrigotti reports that “Argentine writer Pablo Katchadjian could face jail for remixing Jorge Luis Borges’s story ‘The Aleph’ — but his is a thoroughly Borgesian experiment.” If 20th-century literary great Jorge Luis Borges is known for anything, it’s for literary playfulness. And so in 2009, Katchadjian decided to match the master at his…
  • Trends Change, But Russian Reading Tastes Don’t

    Dennis Abrams
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Mescheryakov Publishing House is known for publishing high-quality, collectible books. Trends come and go, but  “If someone reads a trash novel, they won’t move on to Dostoevsky,” says Russian publisher Vadim Mescheryakov. By Dennis Abrams The director of the Mescheryakov Publishing House, Vadim Mescheryakov, told Russia Beyond the Headlines that the percentage of people who actually read books has remained steady for several generations. “Some of these people buy electronic books, but this does not prevent them from reading printed ones.” He added that today’s readers are…
  • Russian Gov’t Offers Support for Bookstores

    Eugene Gerden
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the number of bookstores in Russia in free fall as a result of rising rents, the Russian government is extending subsidies to support retailers. By Eugene Gerden Russian bookstores continue to close at an alarming rate: According to Denis Kotov, CEO of Bukvoed, one of Russia’s leading book chains, in 1990 Russia had 8,500 bookstores, today there are just 1,500. The problem is most acute in small towns and rural areas, where the number of bookstores in recent months has significantly declined as the price of real estate and rent have consistently increased over time. The exterior of…
  • How Long It Takes Kids to Read Popular Books

    Edward Nawotka
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Personal Creations shows how long it takes kids to read classic books, from “Clifford the Big Red Dog” to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” The post How Long It Takes Kids to Read Popular Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Navid Kermani to Receive 2015 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

    Ingrid Süßmann
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    By Ingrid Süßmann Navid Kermani (Photo: © Peter-Andreas Hassiepen/Hanser Literaturverlage) Each year since 1950, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association has awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade to authors, politicians, and intellectuals who promote international understanding and peace. This year’s prize will be awarded to Navid Kermani, a German author, essayist, and expert in Middle Eastern Studies. Kermani, a son of Iranian immigrants, holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies, philosophy and theater. His works are published by Carl Hanser Verlag and he works as a…
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    Quill and Quire

  • Indigo to discount an additional 60 titles a month

    Becky Robertson
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Heather Reisman, chair and CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc., made a number of announcements at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on June 29, including the retailer’s plan to increase the number of book it discounts. Instead of the usual 40 top-selling and staff-recommended titles that are dropped to 40 per cent off each month, 100 titles will be marked down. According to the Financial Post, Reisman says  the move wasn’t made due to competition, but to reward and maintain customer loyalty. This follows reports of the company’s continued financial…
  • New Russian translations due from Columbia University, 2015 Carnegie Medal winners announced, and more

    Becky Robertson
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Russian and American academics partner for new translation series. Anthony Doerr and Bryan Stevenson win 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals. Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton’s posthumous novel Micro to be adapted to film by Dreamworks. E.L. James critics hijack Twitter Q&A. Ebook sales top $1 billion in Japan for first time. New University of Texas archive offers more than 20,000 rare documents by famous authors for free. Comixology to launch all-you-can-read subscription plan. Orange is the New Black actress Laura Prepon to write diet book. Titles that will change your perspective…
  • Summer literary festivals: July roundup

    Monika Lemke
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Nova Scotia’s Port Medway Readers’ Festival kicks off on July 4 with author and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, whose most recent novel is 2014’s Adult Onset. On July 12, Canadian celebrity chef Bonnie Stern will share her Essentials of Home Cooking. Poet and author Michael Crummey reads from his most recent poetry collection, Under the Keel, on Aug. 1, while novelist, poet, essayist, and screenwriter David Adams Richards closes the festival on Aug. 15. Marina Endicott (photo: Murdo Macleod) On the West Coast, the two-day Elephant Mountain Literary Festival takes…
  • M.G. Vassanji wins 2015 Molson Prize

    Becky Robertson
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    Canadian Council for the Arts has announced two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author M.G. Vassanji as a recipient of its annual $50,000 Molson Prize. The award recognizes two distinguished members of the arts and social-science communities in Canada for long-term contributions to their field, chosen by a peer assessment-committee appointed by the Canada Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Legal scholar Constance Backhouse was named the second winner.    
  • Brits insist there’s more to U.K. literature than Fifty Shades, Charleston library renamed for church shooting victim, and more

    Becky Robertson
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Online campaign launched to emphasize British fiction outside the Grey phenomenon after author E.L. James’s net worth estimated at £37-million Charleston, S.C., library renamed in honour of church shooting victim Cynthia Graham Hurd Google Ventures invests in personalized children’s book startup “We’ve all suffered. In almost every family, there is one crazy person.”: on the overabundance of memoirs A book buyer’s lament Great tennis-themed reads for Wimbledon How the Talmud became a hit in South Korea
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

    Trisha
    30 Jun 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.Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015As I've only read 12 books so far this year, completing a top 10 list is rather disingenuous for me. I will, however, give you my top 3 of the year:The Help by Kathryn Stockett (review)One of the best audios I've ever listened to, a moving story"The Horla" by Guy de MaupassantA well crafted short story about madnessThe Duff by Kody Keplinger (review)A young adult realistic romance that didn't make me want to…
  • Medieval Monday: Sir Gawain

    Trisha
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight begins by situating King Arthur in history. The poet places Arthur in a royal line including Aeneas, Romulus, Ticius, Langobard, and Felix Brutus, men who founded new lands, and some even have these lands named after them (Rome, Tuscany, Lombardy). Then the poet introduces Arthur, “honored above all” (26). All of this is to get the audience ready so they will “listen a little while to [his] tale” (30).When the tale begins, readers are smacked down into a giant party. With a party spanning Christmas and New Year, it seems like the knights and ladies at…
  • Top 10 Top 10s

    Trisha
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:41 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.My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We've Ever Done In The Past 5 YearsLoved But Not Blogged : 3 August 2011 : For this post, we talked about books we loved but never reviewed. I mainly discussed books read prior to blogging such as The Crimson Petal and the White, Lord of the Rings, Middlesex, and White Oleander. Many of the books on this list I still have fond feelings for and really should re-read and review.Friendship : 20 May 2014 : Who doesn't like…
  • Medieval Monday: Lanval's Sugar Momma

    Trisha
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Written by the most awesome Marie de France in the 12th century, The Lay of Lanval takes us through the strange romance of an Arthurian Knight, Lanval, and a mysterious woman, presumably a faerie queen, on to his imprisonment for insulting Queen Guinevere, and to his eventual vindication. A much longer summary follows...Lanval is not favored by Arthur and the men may “feign the appearance of love” (24) but apparently they “would not have been at all disturbed” (26) “if something unpleasant happened to him” (25). He is a rich man from a foreign household who, since Arthur is not…
  • Queering Heart of Darkness

    Trisha
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Reading Heart of Darkness from a Queer Theory perspective, it is remarkably easy to see the homo-erotic undertones of the story. First, the intense relationship (the fantasy relationship?) between Marlow and Kurtz suggests a level of obsession more common in a sexual relationship than mere friendship. Marlow even refers to Kurtz as “an enchanted princess sleeping in a fabulous castle” (Conrad 42). It is not only Marlow who is obsessed with Kurtz either. The relationship between Kurtz and the Russian harlequin is described as: “They had come together unavoidably, like two ships becalmed…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary

    Linda
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    This was a book that was hard to put down. Uplifting and challenging, Rifqa details her life as a child of a Muslim family called by God at an early age to follow Jesus.  I knew some of the story from when it hit the news, but much of it was new or made much clearer by her explanations. I also had no idea of the health challenges she faced following her freedom.I was a little put off by some of her statements and behavior but then I realized that even though she was a Christian, she was also a typical teenager.  I was disappointed to see what was left out of the book and that left…
  • Princess charity Sticker & Activity Book

    Linda
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:40 pm
    This is part 5 of a series of activity books for young children. Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith Hope, and Charity live in a castle on a high hill. This 16 page book comes with 2 full pages of stickers to place throughout the book. There is a word-find puzzle, a dot-to dot, color by numbers, a maze, what doesn’t belong puzzle, spot the differences, coloring, and drawing. The book is very nice with glossy print pages and colorful stickers. Your child or grandchild will love the adventures and activities featuring Princess Charity and her special animal friend Daisy the Horse.  A very nice…
  • A Flag for The Flying Dragon by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Captain No Beard and his crew are back, but this time there is a new crew member, Zachary.  Zachary is eager to help, but what can he do when everyone thinks he is too young? This is another fun story with all of our favorite characters acting out their imaginary pirate adventure. The story adds a new character, young child trying to fit in and play with the children. While the story is about creating a flag for the Flying Dragon, it is really about learning that everyone has talents and abilities. It emphasizes the importance of making the new member feel welcome in the group.The…
  • Not Cool by Greg Gutfeld

    Linda
    26 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld, is a refreshing exposé on everything that is considered cool in the progressive world. He reflects on a number of topics both personal and professional, and while the book may seem scattered at times, it gives an interesting look into the author’s creative mind.  Gutfeld has an edgy. dry wit with more than a little taste of sarcasm.  He takes on social agendas that cause people to follow instead of lead.  The book is entertaining and insightful as the author explores political and social issues, the entertainment industry, and general issues in the…
  • 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…
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    Market Your Book

  • Building an Audience in the Literary Novel Genre

    Jan Bear
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Good marketing is as important for writers working in the literary novel genre as it is for anyone else, but the methods and challenges are a little different than for authors whose works are more marketplace-oriented. Let me start by laying aside some of the dismissiveness on both sides of the literary vs. commercial fiction […] The post Building an Audience in the Literary Novel Genre appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • 9 Book Marketing Tips for Selling Your Backlist

    Jan Bear
    29 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Book marketing, like most of our culture, is all about the “new.” In traditional publishing, if your book hasn’t sold enough copies within six weeks, it’s out of favor and often off the market. As an independent author, you have more control over your backlist and your book marketing. The authors who have made good […] The post 9 Book Marketing Tips for Selling Your Backlist appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Using ‘Free’ to Sell Books: Hard to Grasp for Some Authors

    Jan Bear
    26 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    I was walking through Costco the other day. The ladies who usually hand out samples sat behind tables piled with closed boxes. “This is a delicious, creamy broccoli casserole with Brie cheese,” one said, “but you’ll have to take my word for it. If I give this food away, it will lower its value.” Ha. […] The post Using ‘Free’ to Sell Books: Hard to Grasp for Some Authors appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Two Questions to Book Marketing Success or Failure

    Jan Bear
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When I get into conversations about book marketing with authors, I often get one of two reactions: My book is out, so it’s time to start marketing. I’m a little embarrassed to be talking about book marketing, because I don’t have a book out. Occasionally, it’s “My book has been out a couple of years […] The post Two Questions to Book Marketing Success or Failure appeared first on 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.
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Mark David Gerson, Author of The MoonQuest

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Guess Who’s Coming As Dinner?What do you do when you’re invited to dine with cannibals? That’s Yhoshi’s dilemma in an early scene in The MoonQuest, the first book in my Q’ntana fantasy trilogy.Yhoshis gaze shifted nervously from Boldar, cleaning his second bowl of stew with a long black tongue, to the two massive cooking fires that danced at the far end of the hall. Loud crackling pops exploded from one, where a sapphire oval of oil-brushed pyan sizzled. A man-size cauldron bubbled into the second.Do you eat what your hosts are eating? And if you don’t, do you risk finding…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Chris Galford, Author of As Feathers Fall

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:36 pm
    In The Hollow March, and its sequels in The Haunted Shadows series, the nation of Idasia is consumed with war. War means famine. It means thirst. It means struggle. Many of the people within are thus not able to count on reliable meals like the ones mentioned below—it is the plotters, the ones left behind, who have time for such extravagance. Rather, for those fortunate enough to find themselves along one of Idasia’s many rivers, a simpler meal of salmon and eggs might make a day or, for soldiers, scavenged berries and hardtack—a dry sort of biscuit that might once have been bread—or…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Ashley Fontainne, Author of GROWL

    4 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Growl is a paranormal thriller set in the fictional town of Junction City, Mississippi. Southern food plays a major part in the story. In fact, the main character's family owns one of the two local restaurants: Newcomb's Diner.Sheryl Ilene Newcomb is only two weeks away from the start of her senior year at Junction City High School. She works part-time at her family's restaurant, is the head cheerleader of the Junction City Cheering Cats, has a steady boyfriend named Dane, and plans to leave the small berg once she graduates. Her grandmother (whom Sheryl calls Meemaw) shares cooking duties at…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lorna Dounaeva, Author of May Queen Killers

    29 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    My new novel, May Queen Killers, reads almost like a cosy mystery, but there is a psychological element and a pinch of humour at the heart of the story.Mystery writer Jock Skone arrives in Fleckford, a small village on the English/Welsh border, where he instantly falls for tea-shop owner Sapphire Butterworth. Not long after they meet, Sapphire is presiding over the village’s May Day celebrations when she suddenly jumps down from her float and flees through the crowd.  Jock runs after her, but is unable to keep up.  Eventually, he trudges back to her tea-shop and a few minutes…
  • FOODFIC: I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

    22 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    When we first meet our hero – Number Four – he’s Daniel James of South Florida. But not for long. You see, Four is literally the fourth of 9 Lorien Garde who are hiding on Earth from Mogadorian hunters until their planet is safe to return to. The methodical elimination demands that once #3 is killed, Four is up next. So within pages of meeting him, our hero Daniel must assume the new identity of John Smith and relocate to Paradise, Ohio, population 5243. The size of the town is important, not because it makes it easier for now-John to blend (it’s actually harder, since new people…
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    Packabook

  • Take yourself off to the waterways of France…a book which is NOT set in Paris!

    packabook
    6 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    “Sanary says that you have to travel south by water to find answers to your dreams. He says too that you find yourself again there, but only if you get lost on the way – completely lost. Through love. Through longing. Through fear. Down south they listen to the sea in order to understand that laughing and crying sound the same, and that the soul sometimes needs to cry to be happy. ” (p79 – The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George) Books about Paris are a dime a dozen. With absolutely no facts or figures at my fingertips – other than referring to the plethora of…
  • Top tips for your next trip to Florence with Gabriella Contestabile’s ‘The Artisan’s Star’

    packabook
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
    “Closing his eyes, the misty spires of his city rise up in his mind; the red, white and green marbles of the Duomo… He takes a deep breath and, all at once, the smells of his garden and of the city overwhelm him. His sense of smell is not in his head but in his heart. And this city, this marvelous city he ran away from as a young man in pursuit of a dream, is the very city that brought the dream to him.” (The Artisan’s Star – Loc 4317) The last time I was in Florence was while inter-railing around Europe sometime in the 1980s, living on a budget of $10 a day and…
  • Lyme Regis – where even the lamp posts are fossils!

    packabook
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Lyme Regis is a town that has submitted to its geography rather than forced the land to submit to it. The hills into town are so steep that coaches cannot travel down them…The narrow road leads down to the shore, and then quickly turns its back on the sea and heads up hill again, as if it wants merely to glimpse the waves before fleeing.” (Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier – p18) Last time, I mentioned I was a little enamoured of Tracy Chevalier, so I feel I should expand on that statement! Along with many other historical fiction devotees I was enthralled by…
  • Kindle Deal – Book set in Russia – Sashenka

    packabook
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    I haven’t read a good Russia-set novel for a while, and if you are in the same boat – then Simon Montefiore’s Sashenka is worth picking up in the US Kindle Daily Deal today for $1.99. I have read another of Montefiore’s novels many years ago and remember really enjoying it. He is recognised for his historical accuracy and certainly appears to tell a good story as well. Here’s a couple of comments from the Amazon reviews: “Montefiore’s book sucked me in like a giant black hole. Frankly, I have never read any “foreign” book about Russia that…
  • Hightailing it to Highgate – books set in one of London’s most-loved cemeteries

    packabook
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It was one of those glorious Thomas Hardy “summer face and winter constitution” type days last Sunday, just begging me to get out and explore some small part of London I had never been. So after hoisting myself off the comfort of my West London underfloor heating I braved the whims of weekend public transport to head north to a place I’ve been promising myself I’d go for, oh, I don’t know, about a thousand years – Highgate Cemetery. Perhaps most famous for being the final resting place of legendary philosopher Karl Marx, the cemetery has a peculiar fascination for Londoners…
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    Robert Fay

  • New Nonfiction Story in The MacGuffin

    Robert Fay
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    I have a new nonfiction story in the Spring 2015 issue of The MacGuffin literary journal titled Fin de Siècle. It is a memoir piece about growing up in Bridgewater, Mass., in the 1970s. You can order a copy at the NewPages Magazine Webstore. The post New Nonfiction Story in The MacGuffin appeared first on Robert Fay.
  • Review of “Small Victories” in LA Review of Books

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

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

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

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

  • No Dogs in Philly by Andy Futuro

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Philadelphia. Elzi on every corner, cops just itching to crack a skull, and the Gaespora lordin' it up in their high towers while the rest of the filth dribbled down the sewer. Saru had a way out. All she had to do was find the girl, one skinny stray with blue, blue eyes—bluer than anyone had ever seen—and ten million fat bucks were hers. Except someone was killing blue-eyed girls, and they were A-list, major-league, cold-sweat effective. And something about the end of all existence if she failed.Don't let the doe-eyed woman on the cover fool you. That's Saru. She'll use that cattle prod…
  • Interview with Rob Steiner

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Rob Steiner, the author of The Last Key, Aspect of Pale Night, Zervakan, and the Codex Antonius trilogy. His short stories have appeared in Bastion and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. As has been posted here previously, Steiner has just concluded the Codex Antonius trilogy with the publication of Muses of the Republic. Now, he's here to talk to us about...everything.New Podler: Thanks for being here with us today, Rob!Rob Steiner: I appreciate you having me. NP: Anyone familiar with your recent work, both in novel and short story…
  • Author News - June

    15 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Anne Charnock announced the title of her next book and how it came about. Mike Reeves-McMillan announced that a story of his has been selected for the Terry Pratchett In Memory anthology. Proceeds go to benefit research into finding a cure for Alzheimer's. Rob Steiner has been busy lately. Two of his stories have recently appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show: "The Oath Breaker's Daemon" and "The Cloaca Maxima". He also published the third story in his Codex Antonius series, Muses of the Republic. Michael J. Sullivan started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a third Riyria…
  • Interview with Michael John Grist

    10 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Michael John Grist, the author of Mr. Ruins and the Ruins War trilogy. He's also the author of the Ignifer Cycle, two anthologies, and Into the Ruins, an account of his travels through the modern ruins of Japan. His latest work is The Last, the story of a comic book artist in the zombie apocalypse.New Podler: Thanks for being here with us today, Michael!Michael John Grist: Happy to be here, thanks for having me! NP: I found out about you by accident. I was searching for something, and I was directed to the ruins exploration portion of your website.
  • Cover Reveal: Muses of the Republic by Rob Steiner

    5 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Rob Steiner has revealed the third cover in the Codex Antonius series, Muses of the Republic. In case you haven't been following it (and why the hell not!), it's a sci-fi/alt history series about a Roman Empire that didn't fall. Instead it thrived, conquered the world, and spawned an interstellar civilization. Rob hired Tom Edwards to create the cover. Edwards also created the covers for M. Terry Green's Chronicles of White World.The ebook is out now. The paperback is scheduled to be released later this month. There's a compendium containing all three ebooks. You can get that here.
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new books in Outdoors and Nature

    Any new books?
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Outdoors and Nature’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Midwest Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Burdock to Wild Peach Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Lisa M. Rose ISBN: 1604695315 Publisher: Timber Press Publication date: June 24, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $14.62 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Justin Farrell ISBN: 0691164347 Publisher: Princeton…
  • This week’s new books in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    Any new books?
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sci-Fi and Fantasy’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By P. W. Singer, August Cole ISBN: 0544142845 Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.49 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Wings of Fire Book Seven: Winter Turning Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Tui T. Sutherland ISBN: 0545685370 Publisher: Scholastic Press Publication…
  • This week’s new books in Romance

    Any new books?
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Romance’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Local Girls: A Novel Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Caroline Zancan ISBN: 1594633649 Publisher: Riverhead Books Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.99 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Untamed Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Diana Palmer ISBN: 0373788436 Publisher: HQN Books Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.03 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook |…
  • This week’s new books in Nonfiction

    Any new books?
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Nonfiction’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ I Am Charlie Wilson Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Charlie Wilson ISBN: 1476790078 Publisher: Atria / 37 INK Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.00 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ My Big Train Book Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Roger Priddy ISBN: 0312519435 Publisher: Priddy Books Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Board book Estimated price: $4.06 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ A Time for…
  • This week’s new books in Mystery and Thrillers

    Any new books?
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Mystery and Thrillers’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The English Spy Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Daniel Silva ISBN: 0062320130 Publisher: Harper Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.99 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By P. W. Singer, August Cole ISBN: 0544142845 Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: June 30, 2015 Binding: Hardcover…
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    My Pop-Digital Faith

  • Bingeing on Pureflix #1: “In The Blink of An Eye” (2009)

    litera9
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    (Warning: Spoilers. All of them) I began this long journey down the Christian film industry’s list of films with a Pureflix film. While Pureflix wasn’t been a really significant player until the release of GOD’S NOT DEAD, I’d seen a few of their films in the past. As in “I’d seen that they had made movies.” The first one I  remember was “In the Blink of an Eye.” a Rapture-focused drama/thriller that Pureflix released directly to DVD in 2009. It stars David A.R. White (who is basically in every Pureflix film), Eric Roberts (who was Falcony…
  • Bingeing on Pureflix: Introduction

    litera9
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    If you can’t tell from my social media or my blog posts, I am not a big fan of the Christian film industry. I think it’s tropey, preachy and not as helpful as the creators think it is. However, the majority of my experience comes from the mainstream films that hit the theatres, such as GOD’S NOT DEAD and FIREPROOF.  That means that I miss out on a lot of Christian films, which might  be better or worse than GND. That drives me nuts. As a researcher (read: nerd with no social life) who is very interested in the state and history of the Christian film industry, I want to…
  • Napster Killed the CCM Star? (musings about the CCM Industry)

    litera9
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Cornerstone Festival 2007 Relevant managing editor Tyler Huckabee published an essay over at THE WEEK titled “Who killed the contemporary Christian music industry?” In the essay, Huckabee explores how CCM lost its’ cultural influence, and how it evolved from a semi-thriving musical tradition with some cultural potential into a genre that mixes gospel messages with adult-contemporary melodies and sensitive gatekeepers. It’s a good article, and touches on a lot of important parts of CCM’s history. I recommend reading it. However, there are a few things I’d…
  • 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…
 
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Vera: British Mystery Draws Us to Northumberland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Every corner of England looks enticing if you watch PBS and their imported shows from BBC and other British producers–particularly mystery shows. (mouse over map to see what county or area is featured.) SHERLOCK, the contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes, teases us with images of today’s London in the VERY SHORT (3 episode) seasons. SELFRIDGES, although the longer running series about a popular department store is not a mystery, it takes us through several decades of commercial London and cuts across various social levels. INSPECTOR LEWIS (and its forerunner Inspector Morse) lures…
  • Summer Reads: A Double Header: Italy and Maine

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Destinations: Italy and Maine Books: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen (NEW in June, 2015) The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim (originally published 1922, NEW in Penguin Classics in June, 2015 with introduction by Brenda Bowen.) Four women who are strangers come together to rent a vacation home for a month. They become friends, renew romantic attachments with the men left at home and experience the magic of place. That describes both of these books. The venerable The Enchanted April (Penguin Classics), first published in 1922 by Elizabeth Von Arnim and the new book inspired by that…
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    On Books and Writing

  • It´s Official: When We Were Animals is Sublime.

    Johann Thorsson
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    When the moon was out, you could be aware of all the pieces of night—you could see all the things you didn’t see during the day, all the subtle little fragments that the world uses to join its wholes. When you read on your Kindle, you can higlight passages you like. You know this, right? […]
  • Cover Reveal: Stephen King’s New Collection of Short Stories

    Johann Thorsson
    22 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I want it, I want it now. I’ve always been a fan of King’s short stories and was thrilled to hear he has a new collection on the way.
  • 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 […]
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    Where Writers Win

  • Amazon Shocks Authors with New Kindle Unlimited Payment Policy: What Are the Pros and Cons?

    Shari Stauch
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    Our sincere thanks to Wise Ink Creative Publishing for this guest post – We’re excited to hear YOUR thoughts on Amazon’s newest payment strategy… Read on! If you are the least bit tech savvy in your book reading (or writing), you’ve probably heard that Kindle Unlimited payment policy is changing. Amazon shocked authors last week when it announced it will be revamping its payment policy for authors enrolled in Kindle Unlimited—a program allowing readers to pay a flat, $10 monthly fee for unlimited access to the program’s ebook titles. Previously, Kindle Unlimited…
  • Dropcards: Promotional Possibilities With Unique Author Collateral

    Shari Stauch
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the companies we enjoyed connecting with at Book Expo America was Dropcards. When it comes to unique author collateral, there’s not much an author can do inexpensively to separate themselves from the pack. Bookmarks, okay, but do a lot of readers buy a book from a bookmark? Postcards may also be useful, depending on where you drop them. And book plates are useful to mail to folks who can’t make a signing. But beyond that, there’s not many promotional products or “takeaway” items that are financially practical for an emerging author, except giving away…
  • Is Your Self-Published Ebook in the Library? SELF-e Is Ready To Help

    Shari Stauch
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Porter Anderson (On Twitter: @Porter_Anderson) Hear that cheer from the Left Coast? That might just be librarians gathered for the American Library Association’s (ALA) big Annual Conference & Exhibition. It opens today, Thursday (25th June) in San Francisco. And among the news you may hear coming out of the gathering, one of the most upbeat announcements is that the all-new Library Journal’s SELF-e Select is being launched. That means that close to 200 self-published ebooks are in this curated collection, vetted and ready for the nation’s librarians to consider…
  • 5 Reasons Smart Authors Love Instagram

    Shari Stauch
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    Our thanks to author Laura McNeill for this guest post. We met Laura at the recent Publish15 event in Georgia, where we taught a class together on Curating Digital Communities – and loved Laura’s take on the “photo-centric” sites… Enjoy! It’s clear that Instagram’s creators hit a home run with their simple, but now uber-popular social media app. Instagram won a loyal following by giving people the ability to take ordinary photos and make them look extraordinary. Despite the ease and staggering traffic (300 million visitors a month) many authors aren’t…
  • Happy Fathers Day! Famous Literary Dads

    Shari Stauch
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Interesting that super heroes, ingenues, moms and even pets take the literary stage most often. Think about it — how many great stories are really about the dads? In truth, tales of old typically used “bad dads” to get to those inciting incidents. After all, there’d be no Cinderella or Snow White without a dumb dad. Ditto Romeo and Juliet and a wealth of other Shakespeare tragedies. Well, here’s my (very) short list of books with great dads… even if they’re not always the starring role; they’re key to the stories. Add to it please with your own…
 
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    Susan Roebuck

  • A Photo Journey through Rising Tide

    Susan Roebuck
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:52 am
    Last month my third novel was published. It's called Rising Tide and is set in several places. Here are some photos that might set the scene of what happens in the book which one reviewer described as, " a charming tale that is part mystery, part romance, and part thriller, with just a touch of magic thrown into the mix. " One of the main characters, Leo, begins the story with his life on a Pollock fishing vessel in Alaska. Piper, is another main character, who is a crab fisherman with her father off the North Norfolk coast in the UK.  Unknown to each other they travel to…
  • Win prizes with the release of Rising Tide

    Susan Roebuck
    22 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Well, it's here at last. "Rising Tide", set in Portugal - a country I'm sure you'd love to visit.Together with J.S. Watts, I'm running a Rafflecopter (below). J.S. Watts's new book "Witchlight" was featured here (http://www.susanroebuck.com/2015/05/travelling-across-and-up-and-down-page.html).It's time to celebrate our new books with prizes. Good luck everyone!a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • 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.
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Olive with a Hint of Lemon (Glimpses into Different Lives) Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is about a stern, feared schoolteacher and interconnecting stories of the townspeople whose lives intersect with hers.  Each of the thirteen chapters in this book meanders through the personal struggles and secrets lives of various people in a small Maine town. The narration was fresh and intriguing.  It was like listening to a friend gossip about neighbors.  Elizabeth Strout had my full attention. Her skillful storytelling made it easy to get lost in the tales of the…
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Charmed Life of an Explosives Expert (Farcical Romp Through History) The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is a farcical tale of a centenarian who escapes an old folk’s home on his hundredth birthday and finds himself in an escapade that leads from one crazy situation to the next.  Allan Karlsson is no stranger to a wild and unusual lifestyle. He’s an explosives expert who, through his career, has met many historical figures along the way. He’s dined with leaders such as Stalin, Harry S. Truman, Charles de Gaulle and many more. The…
  • Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton

    7 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Art of a Con... (Art)Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton is a novel about a con artist who orchestrates one of the greatest art heists in the world, the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisafrom the Louvre. While the bones of the story is built on facts, the meat is fleshed out with pure entertainment.  Fact: The Mona Lisa painting was boldly stolen from the Louvre art museum in 1911. Fact: It was a former worker at the Louvre, an Italian named Vincenzo Peruggia, who accomplished the deed.  Fact:  Eduardo de Valfierno claimed to be the mastermind of the theft.  Fact: There…
  • Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer

    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Chicken-Driven Life  (Memoir)Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammeris a memoir about a woman who divorces and must sell her home in an upscale neighborhood.  She buys a smaller home (which probably still cost twice as much my home) on a six-mile peninsula on the Massachusetts coast where she begins a new life with her daughter, massive renovations, and chickens. Like the title suggests, chickens play a major role in this book: the care, the coop, the eggs, the money, the time commitment, as well as the responsibilities that come with ownership. And while, in…
  • 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…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Allen Ginsberg on never working again (and living a "literary and quiet city-hermit existence" instead)

    Lucy
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Carl Solomon, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs at the Gotham Book Mart celebrating the reissue of JUNKY, NYC, 1977.I recently came across a wonderful quote from Allen Ginsberg, the Beat Generation poet best known for his incredible epic poem "Howl" ("I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..."), and wanted to share it with you.I think that often we find ourselves reading books, articles and websites that push us to do more, see more, and be more, and I love that this conveys the opposite. Yes, motivating ourselves is important, but so is simplifying life…
  • Kierkegaard on how "if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right"

    Lucy
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Unfinished sketch of Kierkegaard by his cousin Niels Christian Kierkegaard, c. 1840I finished my undergraduate degree last month, and since then I've spent a few weeks travelling. One of the stops was Copenhagen, where I decided to make Søren Kierkegaard a focal point of my wanderings: the Danish philosopher and father of existentialism whose work included Either/Or and Fear and Trembling.The philosopher was born in the city, studied at its university, and died there, and I found it fascinating to wander its roads with his life and work in mind. This is particularly…
  • 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…
 
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Murder in Millbrook

    Loren Schechter
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary In the small, peaceful town of Millbrook, Massachusetts, Addie Carter has single-handedly raised four children and now lives alone with her delinquent cat, Flash. But after Addie finds her next-door neighbor brutally murdered, there’s not a moment’s peace to be had. Everyone…
  • Somewhere Between Black and White

    Shelly Hickman
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6556"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6556"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6556"] Summary Sophie hasdifficulty seeing things from another’s point of view—or seeing the grays in any given situation, for that matter. She basically has a good heart, but also has a low tolerance forothers’ choicesthat make no sense to her, and this personality trait is…
  • Willows of Fate

    Suzanna Linton
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary Desdemona’s life is one stained with tragedy. Her father died when she was young and she ran away from home, running from the truth of her father’s death and from the creatures and beings only she can see. But now, as an adult, she’s pulled her life back together.
  • Uncharted Territory, A Mad Max Mystery

    betsyashton
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary Set in 2005 Mississippi post-Katrina, Maxine “Mad Max” Davies prepares to help her son-in-law, Whip Pugh, raise her grandchildren, Emilie and Alex, following the murder of her daughter in book one. They will live in recreational vehicles in a construction camp while Whip’s…
  • Escape from Ancient Egypt

    amandataylor
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary What if your worst enemy sent you on a one-way ticket to the past? Worse, later he shows up and tries to play match-maker with a dominant historical figure while all of history and the future on the line? Survival is just one problem, but then add your friends into the mix……
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren

    Beth
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren's heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget! Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment--to track down a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan--takes a startling, and dangerous, turn. Faced with a monk's dark prophecy that a natural…
  • Author Interview: El-R Charis author of Epiphany, Poetry in the Flow of Life: Volume I: Primus

    Beth
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    El-R Charis, author of Epiphany, Poetry in the Flow of Life: Volume I: Primus, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?(I am) a communicator, whether it be via written word, visual graphics, sensually: It be all three. What I write/say, depict in my art may relay to its receiver a feeling or motivates a free thought which opens a dialogue within oneself as well as to others.What do you do when you're not writing?I often listen to audio books pertaining to metaphysical studies as well as Mind Science. Much of my time is filled with playing music: House music is…
  • Featured Book: Be Unstoppable by Alden M. Mills

    Beth
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: You see others who have the things you want money, joy, success and suppose that they were born with special talent or into a family which made these things easy to attain. They are just lucky. What you don t know is that there is a methodology to success. Be Unstoppable contains a system to gain this vital skillset. Alden Mills was an uncoordinated asthmatic who went on to become a national rowing champion, three time Navy SEAL Team Commander, inventor of over 20 fitness products and CEO of the #1 fastest growing consumer products company as identified by INC 500…
  • Author Interview: Robert Spearman author of Carnies and Wildcats: Ulciscor

    Beth
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Robert Spearman, author of Carnies and Wildcats: Ulciscor, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up in South Georgia in Hahira, Georgia about 28 miles north of the Florida line. My parents ran the local hardware store. Several years ago, I moved to China and started an export business. Since I now have some free time I decided to write a novel or at least try. It was such a rewarding experience I have three more in the works. What do you do when you're not writing? Reading, watching movies and exploring China and southeast Asia. When did you first…
  • Featured Book: Harry Says edited by Bruce Feldman

    Beth
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Harry Says is a refreshingly candid glimpse into the mind of a successful boss. If you manage people, you will probably find yourself nodding in agreement and laughing at some of Harry's observations. If you prefer books that offer modern management theories on team-building and empowerment, you will probably be shocked by much of what Harry has to say. On the other hand, Harry's candor might just offer new perspectives on the age-old problems of being a boss.About the author: *This post may contain affiliate links*
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    Literary Yard

  • Calls of Romance in Coleridge’s Kubla Khan

    Onkar Sharma
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    ST Coleridge is one of the few poets who I admire most – not because of his a couple of poems but because of his life-like dedication to create a […]
  • Poem: High School Crush

    Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:12 am
    By: JD DeHart I am thankful for social media and its constant reminder of our wiser choices, its flattering and unflattering images It’s truth Thank God for the landscape of […]
  • Poem: When We Arrived

    Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    By: JD DeHart When we first arrived, we noted the flora and fauna, spoke with the wise queen and made sure to locate the dumpster When we first arrived, we communed […]
  • Story: An Issue of Image

    Author
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    By: Michael C. Keith The heavens call to you, and circle about you, displaying to you their eternal splendors, and your eye gazes only to Earth. –– Dante, 1300 “They’ll […]
  • WALLS

    Author
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    By: Gaither Stewart I read recently that the conservative government of Hungary has projected a wall along the country’s southern border with Serbia to keep out clandestine Serbs who cross […]
 
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    WordTrance

  • Finding Ideas

    Michael
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Francis H Powell— A writer looks at a blank screen, their mind searches for ideas, of what to write. They tap away, but don’t like what they have written and the delete button clears all they have written, erased forever. Maybe for different writers it’s a different experience. Some maybe keep a notebook and fill it with ideas of storylines, outlines or perhaps even characters. Writers need starting points. From my point of view I can talk about how I go about writing some of my short stories. How did I start as a writer? I moved to a…
  • Waiting for You

    Michael
    29 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Part 1 of a Short Story by Gangaa Arunan– It was a busy Monday. I was walking from my hostel to the office. I looked pretty that day, wearing a white churidhar. I am a person who always wears a smile, as you would know if you saw me. I crossed the road using the overpass to reach my bus stop. While whispering the lyrics of a song playing on my ear phones, I noticed a man who was standing on the overpass. He looked just like a popular movie star in a short film that I love a lot. He was known for gossip more than his roles in short films. He…
  • 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…
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 233

    Peter J Story
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    “The day will happen whether or not you get up.” —– John Ciardi
  • Notable Quotes: 232

    Peter J Story
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    “An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.” —– François-René de Chateaubriand, Le Génie du Christianisme
  • Notable Quotes: 231

    Peter J Story
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” —– William Wordsworth
  • Notable Quotes: 230

    Peter J Story
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    “For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.” —– Author Unknown
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    Peter J Story
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” —– C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner

    17 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…Okay, so it wasn't exactly Devi's plan to become her friend's fake fiancée. Lies aren't her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she's never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line…
  • Review: Code of Honor (Spontagio Family #1) by Missy Johnson

    17 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Pietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter.Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucy Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for…
  • Review: All I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them...everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate. She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions' path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn't stand the most? Yeah, he's her new housemate. Maya is just a wallflower. At least, that's what she thought she was. Her…
  • Review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

    7 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:1. Avoid her at school.2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler…
  • Review: Defying the Earl (Regency Charms #1) by Anabelle Bryant

    5 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    Game...Matchmaker Wilhelmina Montgomery helps cupid's arrow find its mark in the drawing rooms of the Ton, effortlessly pairing even the most unlikely couples for a discreet fee. Perhaps not an appropriate pursuit for a lady...but with an ailing sister to care for, it's Whimsy's only hope at securing their future. Set...Meanwhile, penniless aristocrat Valerian St. David, Earl of Dashwood is society's favourite matchbreaker; assisting those who want to escape engagement without being sued for breach of promise. Cynical, yes...but with no intention of falling in love himself, Valerian considers…
 
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    John Harbour

  • Why NYCFC? Or, What MLS Got Right

    John Harbour
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    I love soccer. I Always have. I played as a kid, as a teen, and at higher levels when I was in the military. I get up at seven in the morning every Saturday during the EPL season to watch whichever two teams are playing. Christmas break is heaven for me…all those games! All football, all the time. My first live EPL match was at White Heart Lane. And I am a NYCFC supporter. “Why?” My Red Bull supporting friends ask. “How?” My fellow Spurs supporters ask. “The MLS isn’t even that good.” “Fanboy,” the few Cosmos fans I know say. And this has been my answer -- The MLS has…
  • America, The Beautiful

    John Harbour
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    I, right now, am extremely proud to be an American. Some of you reading this might not agree with me. That’s fine. And I don’t agree with you. This country was founded on the freedom of religion because that was the BIG issue at the time. But we, even at that time, knew that it was something much, much more than that. America was an idea about freedoms. About the pursuit of happiness. About equality. Even though we don’t always practice what we preach. Even though sometimes, and some say often, we fail in doing what is necessary to keep that ideal alive. But on Friday we didn’t. We…
  • Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

    John Harbour
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    I’ve always wanted to get to New Orleans but until last week, well, let’s just say that I am now sorry for that oversight. Without a doubt it is our most unique city. A blend of cultures, mores, and juive de vivre that grabs you right in the soul and doesn’t let go. It’s the heat, the rain, the quiet of early morning with only the sound of the street sweepers washing away the night before. It’s beignets at the Café du Monde, with chairs still stacked on the tables, before the lines stretch down Decatur and reach their wannabe competition on St. Peter Street that poaches the weary…
  • 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…
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Shadow of Mordor Canon: The Short Version

    Emily
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Is the latest Middle-earth game, Shadow of Mordor, canon? Is it a story that Tolkien wrote, or at least hinted at? The shortest answer is no. Tolkien never wrote about a Gondorian who was possessed by any Elf, much less Celebrimbor. Indeed, Tolkien never says anything about the fate of Celebrimbor’s spirit. But could he have written it? Is it in… Read more The post Shadow of Mordor Canon: The Short Version appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Beren

    Emily
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Beren Immediate Family: Wife: Lúthien Tinúviel Son: Dior Aranel Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the first mortal to marry an immortal Elf, Lúthien. With her help, he stole a… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Beren appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Lord of the Rings Audiobook

    Emily
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Title: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Narrator: Rob Inglis Year Published: 1990 Summary The Lord of the Rings audiobook, unabridged, is read by Rob Inglis. The audiobook includes all of the poems and songs–even those in Quenya or Sindarin. The songs are actually sung, which is a nice touch. Being unabridged, of course it’s quite long–nearly 55 hours on 46 CDs (if… Read more The post Lord of the Rings Audiobook appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor

    Emily
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Bëor Home: Beleriand, specifically Nargothrond Claim to fame: He was the leader of the first Men to enter Beleriand Why I think he’s interesting: He was utterly devoted… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Shadow of Mordor Review

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

  • A Review: Dickhead by Wayne F. Burke

    Matthew J. Hall
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Dickhead is Wayne F. Burke’s second, full collection of poetry; the first being Words That Burn which was a profoundly honest book of poems that set an impossibly high standard. It is however, a standard that Wayne has maintained in this follow-up collection. The themes in Burke’s work are fairly consistent but Dickhead is by […] The post A Review: Dickhead by Wayne F. Burke appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • 2015 BPP Poetry Chapbook Winner: Pigeons and Peace Doves by Matthew J. Hall

    Matthew J. Hall
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    By now, you’ll be well aware that Pigeons and Peace Doves, my latest poetry chapbook has been published by Blood Pudding Press. You can purchase it directly from the Blood Pudding Press Etsy shop, where you’ll also find many other hand-crafted poetry chapbooks well worth your time. I am very proud of this collection and honoured […] The post 2015 BPP Poetry Chapbook Winner: Pigeons and Peace Doves by Matthew J. Hall appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Story: 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 A Story: The Fire and the Fox appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Poem: Slivers of a Dozen Nightmares

    Matthew J. Hall
    3 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    The post A Poem: 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.
 
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    ADUIDE

  • Sabbatical Reminiscing

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    I took a long sabbatical these last two months. It wasn’t planned, but it was needed. I finished my Bachelor’s degree–late in life–and now my family and I moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to New Hampshire so that I may attend graduate school.There’s been a lot going on during these last several weeks and only now am I getting to a place of normalcy again.I have been reading, but I also took a break from my year of reading indigenously. That is, I’ve been reading other authors of fiction who aren’t indigenous. As a side note: All The Light We Cannot See is a beautifully…
  • 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…
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    Brain Pickings

  • The Art of Constructive Criticism: Trailblazing Feminist Margaret Fuller Rejects Young Thoreau and Helps Him Improve His Writing

    Maria Popova
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    “I can have no advice or criticism for a person so sincere; but, if I give my impression of him, I will say, ‘He says too constantly of Nature, she is mine.’ She is not yours till you have been more hers.” Few things reveal your intellect and your generosity of spirit — the parallel powers of your heart and mind — better than how you give feedback, especially if it is to a friend and especially if the work in question leaves something to be desired. Evidence like Samuel Beckett’s masterwork of tough love and poet Thom Gunn’s role in Oliver…
  • Where Children Play: Photographs of Playgrounds Around the World

    Maria Popova
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    From Bolivia to Bhutan, a visual ethnography of childhood experiences. “Children help us to mediate between the ideal and the real,” MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin wrote in her beautiful design history of childhood. Nowhere is this mediation more dynamic and vibrantly alive than in playgrounds — those singular spaces dedicated to the deliberate cross-pollination of physical reality and the imagination, which endure as a symbolic counterpoint to work and an idyllic antidote to the tyranny of work/life balance by which the adult world operates. These sacred spaces of childhood are what…
  • Pathways to Bliss: Joseph Campbell on Why Perfectionism Kills Love and How to Save Your Relationship

    Maria Popova
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Perfection is inhuman… What evokes our love … is the imperfection of the human being.” “Where the myth fails, human love begins,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. “Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.” Indeed, just like perfectionism kills creativity, it also kills love — the more we mythologize and idealize the person we love, the more disillusioned and disheartened we grow as we come to know their imperfect humanity which, if untainted by these blinding ideals, is the very wellspring of true love.
  • The Value of Not Understanding Everything: Grace Paley’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

    Maria Popova
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.” “As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,” the editors of The Paris Review wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist Grace Paley (December 11, 1922–August 22, 2007). Although Paley herself never graduated from college, she went on to become one of the most beloved and influential teachers of writing — both formally, through her professorships at Sarah Lawrence, Columbia, Syracuse…
  • Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Belonging and How to Be at Home in Yourself

    Maria Popova
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Our sense of slight woundedness around not belonging is actually one of our core competencies.” “Sit. Feast on your life,” Nobel-winning poet Derek Walcott exhorted in his breathtaking ode to being at home in ourselves. “We feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home,” Maya Angelou observed in Letter to My Daughter, “a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.” But how do we find that place to make a home in, to set the table at which we can feast on our lives? That’s what English poet and philosopher David…
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    Many Words

  • Update

    Fishbreath
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    Good morning, dear readers. Not a lot to say today: my wife and I are settling comfortably into our new place, but the resumption of updates here depends upon my finding my writing notebook amidst the boxes. (We’ll get there.) Content continues at the Fish Bowl, courtesy of parvusimperator. Follow the link in the menu bar above.
  • Content begins at the Fish Bowl!

    Fishbreath
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Sorry for the gap in coverage; I was too lazy to spend fifteen minutes scheduling posts before my move, so it had to wait until after. They’re scheduled now, running on the regular Tuesday/Friday schedule at the Fish Bowl. (Follow the link in the menu bar.) Parvusimperator has some writing for you on a wide variety of gun- and procurement-related topics, moving on into general military equipment commentary at the start of June. Stop in, read, leave a comment.
  • 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…
 
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  • Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

    unlimitedexploration
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: $4.99 Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: ““The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.” Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths. It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same…
  • Jump When Ready (Jump When Ready series) by David Pandolfe

    unlimitedexploration
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: $0.99 Official Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis: “Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English “rocker” from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their…
  • Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix

    unlimitedexploration
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Rating: 2.5/5 Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams can walk through mirrors. It’s called breaking symmetry. To her, a mirror feels like a film of honey. She can reach through it, grab things…even step inside. On the other side she lives every teenager’s fantasy: a universe all her own, zero consequences. She can kiss the hot guy, break into La Jolla mansions, steal things…even kill. When finished, she just steps back into reality and smashes the mirror—and in an instant erases every stupid thing she did. Gone. It never happened. But breaking…
  • Star Struck (The Star Kissed Series) by Jamie Campbell

    unlimitedexploration
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Review: 5/5 Synopsis: “Melrose Morgan was your typical teenager, flipping burgers and surviving high school the best she could. Yet all that changed after a chance encounter took her face to face with the world’s biggest superstar. Living every girl’s fantasy, Melrose falls for one fifth of the most successful boy bands on the planet, Cole Newton. He invites her on a date and she can’t help but fall in love with her idol. But in a world that is full of shining stars, can one small town girl really capture the heart of a supernova? Find out in the first…
  • Announcement #4

    unlimitedexploration
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Hello all! I hope you’re doing well, we’ve been having fairly nice weather and I’ve been thankful for that. I just wanted to quickly post and apologize for missing last week. I wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t able to read any books or write any reviews for which I am very sorry. However, I am feeling better and hopefully will continue to. So, shortly after this post will come Monday’s review. Thanks for being patient, I do appreciate it. Happy Reading, Paige Turner
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  • Quote - Never rest on Success!

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  • The Passions of Jodha Akbar - SS Part I

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    4 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    The Romantic interlude of Akbar & JodhaCirca 1574: The palace was ablaze with light, the sounds of retiring emanating all around while the ever vigilant Soldiers guarded the Royal personnel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Mystery of Titanic - The Unsinkable Ship

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    3 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Titanic is  the ship that never sinks or so went the advert about the ship but fate or nature the great leveler served a catastrophic lesson that history has not forgotten to this day. There... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Graham Greene's Brighton: an exploration

    Emerald Lamp
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Graham Greene’s Brighton: an explorationLooking for locations in Brighton Rock (the book) in the modern city"The iron pillars stretched down across the wet dimmed shingle holding up above his head the motor-track, the shooting booths and peep machines . . . a seagull flew straight towards him between the pillars like a scared bird caught in a cathedral, then swerved out into the sunlight from the dark iron nave." From Brighton Rock. Photo © Channel Light VesselThere’s something slightly absurd about literary pilgrimages. What, really, are you looking for? The…
  • The Constant Nymph: Love and Loathing in Bohemia

    Emerald Lamp
    27 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    The Constant Nymph: Love and Loathing in BohemiaMargaret Kennedy’s 1924 bestseller combines psychological acuity with romantic idealism. It also betrays some shocking attitudes to social class in pre-war England When The Constant Nymph was published in 1924, its author, Margaret Kennedy, achieved what most novelists dream of: literary acclaim followed by huge commercial success - on both sides of the Atlantic. It was a bestseller that earned praise from, among many others, JM Barrie, John Galsworthy, AA Milne, Cyril Connolly, and Thomas Hardy. It was adapted as a stage play starring…
  • Squirrel Nutkin: Anarchy for Under Fives

    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

    Emerald Lamp
    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 is out of print, though you can still find plenty of old copies on Amazon. It is also remarkably difficult to find any information about the author, Ruth Morris, who does not seem to have written any other books.   Until I read The Runaway at…
  • What is it like to be a psychopath? 'Engleby' by Sebastian Faulks

    Emerald Lamp
    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…
 
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  • Mes 3 accessoires indispensables pour la tablette

    Juliann
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Je lis sur une tablette depuis deux ans maintenant. Pas tous mes livres mais certains titres, je dois avouer que je n’avais jamais vu l’intérêt de lire sur une tablette avant d’en posséder une. J’avais acheté un iPad Mini pour les films pendant le voyage et pour pouvoir surfer plus confortablement en vacances que sur un mobile. J’en suis ravie! J’ai un iPad mini 1 et je n’ai aucune envie de le changer. Au contraire, au fil des ans, j’ai réussi à en faire un compagnon agréable grâce à certains accessoires utiles dont j’aurais bien du…
  • Le Lecteur de Cadavres d’Antonio Garrido

    Juliann
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    R E S U M E: Ci est un jeune homme qui après avoir vécut en ville à Linian, doit revenir dans son village natale. La campagne ne lui plait pas, il abandonne une vie d’études pour des travaux de paysans. Coincé dans un carcan traditionnel empreint de confucialisme, Ci doit suivre les ordres que lui dicte ses parent et son frère ainé. Pourtant bientôt, une tragédie va pousser Ci à s’enfuir vers Linian. Il est difficile de résumer l’histoire car dès le début une enquête policière est menée dans le village. Un homme est mort assassiné et Ci se voit par un…
  • Le challenge de l’été: Le mini-bingo books

    Juliann
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Le mini Bingo est l’édition mini du Bingo Littéraire proposé par Metreya sur un forum de LivrAddict. C’est une version plus petite pour les petits lecteurs ou pour les lecteurs lents (comme moi j’avoue :-P) Donc moins de stress, moins de pression, mais avec le plaisir de participer à un challenge! Comme j’aimais bien l’idée du bingo, j’ai adapté pour en faire un plus petit et qui dure plus longtemps. Le principe du Mini-Bingo est de compléter toute la grille. Chaque case correspondant à un livre. A la fin de la période de jeu (le 31 septembre 2015) on compte…
  • Guide du loser amoureux – Junot Diaz

    Juliann
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
    Yunior raconte sa vie amoureuse, souvent désastreuse de jeune noir dominicain. Il raconte sa vie avec sa mère et son frère. Sa vie quand son frère tombe malade. Sa vie quand sa famille est arrivée aux Etats-Unis. Leurs premiers mois et la rupture entre son père et sa mère. Yunior raconte pêle mêle son histoire, les filles qu’il a aimé, blanches ou latinos. Le personnage de Yunior est sincère et parle des femmes de ses vies avec beaucoup d’honnêteté. Il a aimé certaines plus que d’autres, certaines l’ont aimés plus que lui. Mais au final, c’est toujours…
  • Seul sur Mars d’Andy Weir

    Juliann
    28 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    R E S U M E Mark Watney a été laissé pour mort sur Mars par ses compagnons. Or, il se trouve que Mark réussit à s’en sortir. Mais se retrouve tout seul. A sa place on se penserait foutu, sauf que Mark est botaniste et ingénieur en mécanique. Dès le premier jour, il va essayer DE tout rationner, faire l’inventaire de ce qui a été abandonné sur place pour survivre, et même essayer de faire pousser des patates martiennes… A V I S Ce n’est pas un livre qui se lit aussi facilement qu’il peut être regardé. Il faut avoir un minimun de bagages scientifique…
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  • ALA Awards Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Non-Fiction

    readers+writers journal
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    All The Light We Cannot See and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Win Carnegie Medals On June 28th, during its annual conference and exhibition in San Francisco, The American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2015 recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, In the fiction category,  All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr won, and in the non-fiction category, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson won. All the Light We Cannot See also won the Pulitzer Prize for 2015. In a press release, the ALA…
  • The Domino Effect- Library Style

    readers+writers journal
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Library in Japan Comes Under Fire for Trying to Break a Book Toppling Record Via The Telegraph Plans for a library in Japan to celebrate its recent renovations by attempting to break a book domino world record have been widely criticized by Japanese people as disrespectful to books. Gifu City Library will reopen on July 18 following a redesign by the conceptual architect Toyo Ito, and promises to take its place among the world’s most spectacular libraries. The book domino event on July 12 was intended to promote Gifu as a “book city”. However the Asian news site Rocket…
  • Maps of the Most Popular Books

    readers+writers journal
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Most Popular Books by Country and State Arts.Mic used Goodreads’ ratings for the most popular books in each U.S. State, and then put the result into a map. Now they have done the same for European countries. Can you guess which book is most popular in England? Hint: it stars a boy wizard. The results for the United States’ book map were surprising: yes, To Kill a Mockingbird was very popular, but lesser known books like Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress have captured Maryland’s heart. Stephen King’s The Stand makes the most appearances on the U.S. Books Map (5)…
  • What is it Like to be a Bookseller and an Author?

    readers+writers journal
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    The Bookseller Who Has to Sell His Own Book via Literary Hub Josh Cook is a bookseller at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass. His novel, An Exaggerated Murder, came out this spring from Melville House. You write a book. It gets published, goes out into the world, and readers react. Those reactions could be professional reviews, blog posts, customer reviews, star ratings, tweets, Facebook posts, Tumblrs, etc, and, of course, sales. Every writer develops a relationship with those reactions, whether that includes interacting with them publicly or not, but, very few writers have to endure…
  • Just Announced! Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: A Reading by Mary Badham

    readers+writers journal
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
      Hear Scout Read Scout Live in New York Celebrate the launch of Harper Lee’s newly discovered novel, Go Set a Watchman at the 92nd Street Y. Mary Badham, who played Scout in the classic film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will read from both of Harper Lee’s books. Written in the 1950s, the manuscript of Go Set a Watchman was long assumed to be lost. Its recent discovery has made headlines around the world. Featuring a grown-up Scout and exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird adjust to the turbulent events transforming mid-’50s America, Watchman casts a…
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