Archive for November, 2008

The Howling Miller — and the One Who Didn’t Read It
By November 26, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Howling Miller — and the One Who Didn’t Read It

  Some months the book is just special. This was one of them. I’ve never read a novel like Arto Paasilinna’s The Howling Miller – and for that alone, simply as a stand-alone, utterly unusual reading experience, the novel won my heart. The superb character of the miller, depicted almost entirely through action and words, […]

Joyce Carol Oates Just Loves to Write
By November 25, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Joyce Carol Oates Just Loves to Write

Robert L. Pincus of the San Diego Union-Tribune has a good question for Joyce Carol Oates (“Joyce Carol Oates on productivity: ‘I love to write’“). Regarding her 54 novels, 31 short-story collections, and sundry other publications, he asks, “Just how does she do it?” But Oates, who can go into great detail at great length […]

Breaking News Broken
By November 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Breaking News Broken

Over at the Christian Science Monitor‘s Chapter & Verse blog, Marjorie Kehe has this to say about BookSwim: They’re calling it “Netflix for books” and the most surprising thing about it is that no one has tried it before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, someone has tried this before. As previously noted by your humble blogger, Booksfree.com beat […]

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Practicing what we’re preaching

Practicing what we’re preaching

Of all the book group topics I blog about, I’m rarely asked about how to select the right book, how to compose discussion questions or how to keep conversation going. I’m always asked how to handle “challenging” members of a book group. I must admit, I haven’t had as many “special” participants as some of […]

The Goddess speaks: You have the right to read with your ears!
By November 25, 2008 6 Comments Read More →

The Goddess speaks: You have the right to read with your ears!

Dr. Teri Lesesne, better known as the Goddess of YA Literature, declared a YA Reader’s Bill of Rights at the recent ALAN conference during her keynote speech as the ALAN Award winner: YA Reader’s Bill of Rights 1. Right to read YA Literature at any age 2. Right to read extensively instead of intensively 3. […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Awards
National Day of Listening: November 28, 2008
By November 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

National Day of Listening: November 28, 2008

Here’s a great way to celebrate the holidays with your family & friends: StoryCorp’s National Day of Listening. StoryCorp’s mission is “to help people honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.” So they have posted a Do-It-Yourself guide to “encourage, instruct, and inspire people to record conversations with loved ones.” Take time to listen […]

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From Kliatt to Sound Commentary
By November 24, 2008 3 Comments Read More →

From Kliatt to Sound Commentary

Looking for another audiobook link? Try Sound Commentary, an endeavor of Jean Palmer & Francine Levitov, two reviwers for the now-defunct Kliatt magazine. And I love their logo:

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Bringing the Generations Together
By November 24, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Bringing the Generations Together

Last week, I experienced something new — an intergenerational book discussion.  I wasn’t the leader — that job went to a friend of mine, a fellow librarian, who organized the activity at the request of a local elementary school principal.  My friend asked me to participate in the group, along with five other adults, mostly […]

Bedtime stories via Instant Message
By November 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Bedtime stories via Instant Message

From the U.K.’s Guardian, a story on British family entertainment company Chorion‘s new service that provides classic tales Mr Men, Paddington Bear, and Noddy with a new digital twist. “Time for a Story” allows children to interact with a distant adult who can share an online story through an Internet connection, webcam, and microphone. Get […]

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The Perfect Book for December — or Any Month
By November 23, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Perfect Book for December — or Any Month

I really need to stop letting myself get so stressed out choosing the book of the month. It wears me down and makes me old. I take it so seriously. When I recommend a book, it means something. I want to be behind the book one hundred percent if I promote it and ask others […]