Archive for May, 2008

Discussions for Discussion Leaders

Discussions for Discussion Leaders

The Adult Reading Round Table (ARRT), the Chicago-area readers advisory continuing education group I’ve mentioned before on this blog, has for a number of years periodically hosted a special event called “The Book Discussion Round-up.”  This program is divided into two parts, the first being a book discussion that lasts for about an hour, the […]

Powell’s: A City of Books & More

Powell’s: A City of Books & More

In honor of my recent visit to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, a veritable mecca for booklovers, I thought I would share some of their unique resources for book groups. Powell’s has staked its reputation over the years as a robust independent bookseller with knowledgeable staff and one of the biggest general collections of new […]

Who Said That Nobody Reads?

Who Said That Nobody Reads?

I guess a cynic might say that nobody’s reading because everybody’s publishing. Either way, the traditional paper book is obviously practically extinct. Some staggering numbers for you to ponder over the weekend (“On-Demand Titles Drive Jump in Book Output,” by Jim Milliot, Publishers Weekly): The production of traditional books rose 1% in 2007, to 276,649 new […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, News
Which Has a Greater Affect on the Characters in This Book:  Murder or War?

Which Has a Greater Affect on the Characters in This Book: Murder or War?

    PHILIPPE CLAUDEL BY A SLOW RIVER The first question I asked my book group was:  which has a greater affect on the characters in this book:  murder or war? Considering it is December, 1917, and the rumblings of war can be heard everyday in the small unnamed French village that is the setting […]

Art of Books

Art of Books

This weekend the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art hosted its second book group for members. I mentioned this project a couple of months ago and wanted to let everyone know how it turned out. On Friday night, registered readers gathered at the Visitor’s desk and were brought to one of the museum’s special events rooms. Guests […]

I Want to Put My Kids to Sleep–Not Give Them Nightmares!

I Want to Put My Kids to Sleep–Not Give Them Nightmares!

I think it’s the “quiet Dick Cheney whispering ‘hush’” that creeps me out the most. Take a look inside at the Goodnight Bush site. (Via.)

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories
How about a Downbeat Reading List for People Who Find Comic Novels Amusing?

How about a Downbeat Reading List for People Who Find Comic Novels Amusing?

I received an e-mail yesterday from Marianne Goss, who wants to promote her site, www.positivelygoodreads.com, “an upbeat reading list for people who often find serious novels depressing”. In the event that there are a lot of like-minded readers out there, I’m happy to share the link. But as someone who thrives on darkness and despair, I don’t think […]

Self Wins the Wodehouse

Self Wins the Wodehouse

Did you hear about the 2008 Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction? It’s a funny story. From the Guardian (“Hay festival: Will Self wins comic fiction prize,” by Richard Lea): A prize winner may come to seem almost inevitable after the announcement, the newly-crowned work suddenly towering above its former rivals on the shortlist like a […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories
Or Maybe They Didn't Read the Subtitle

Or Maybe They Didn't Read the Subtitle

USA Today calls Scott McClellan’s What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception “surprisingly scathing” (“Ex-spokesman’s book blasts Bush administration,” by Mike Allen). Maybe they missed the excerpt that was released last fall. The New York Times, of course, is not surprised (“In Ex-Spokesman’s Book, Harsh Words for Bush,” by Elisabeth Bumiller).

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Pratchett.

Pratchett.

Who was Britain wild about before Harry came along? You might be surprised to find that before J.K. Rowling took over as that country’s best-selling author, the title was held for most of the 1990s by another fantasy writer: Terry Pratchett. My science fiction and fantasy group enjoyed a delightful meeting this month after reading any title […]