Archive for January, 2009

Surely Not Another Blog about That Same Book…
By January 31, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Surely Not Another Blog about That Same Book…

I’ve never read anything quite like it. That, in itself, is saying something. Domenico Starnone’s First Execution starts out like a Mediterranean crime noir by Jean-Claude Izzo and then four chapters into the story the author stops the novel and removes the sequence you’ve just read. From then on, you’re not only reading a crime […]

The 3 Bears and Goldilocks by Margaret Willey

The 3 Bears and Goldilocks by Margaret Willey

Cindy: Just when you think there’s no need for another rehash of a familiar folktale (although, really, are there ever enough folktale retellings?) you find an author and illustrator who add important elements to the tale. In The 3 Bears and Goldilocks (Atheneum, 2008) when Willey’s Goldilocks gets to the bears’ house it’s not embroidery […]

Opinions, please!
By January 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Opinions, please!

Well, the American Library Association conference and the award ceremonies are over. The cheers as the second annual Odyssey Awards were announced are a fond memory, and we’ve had a chance to read the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings and YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks lists. So now it’s Super Bowl Weekend, and a perfect time for some […]

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Who is Amelie Nothomb, and Why Do Some Readers Hate Her So?
By January 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Who is Amelie Nothomb, and Why Do Some Readers Hate Her So?

To my surprise, the light-as-air, slim, charming, comic autobiographical novel, Tokyo Fiancee by Belgian author Amelie Nothomb, triggered quite a passionate discussion at the University Book Store’s monthly book club meeting. I had feared the opposite, that it was so utterly likeable that there might not be enough discussion, that everyone would agree it was […]

Another Newspaper Drops Book Review Supplement
By January 29, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Another Newspaper Drops Book Review Supplement

Yahoo news reports that the Washington Post is dropping its Book World supplement, joining the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times as major papers that have eliminated book supplements and reduced coverage of books in an effort to cut costs. Do any book supplements survive beyond the New York Times?   I know the budget difficulties for […]

A sad day
By January 29, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

A sad day

The library world has lost two wonderful women. Kate McClelland, President-Elect of the Association for Library Service to Children, and Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Memorial Library head of youth services, were both killed in a tragic accident as passengers in a taxi on the way to the airport following the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in […]

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There Is Also a Good Deal of Fiction in His Fiction
By January 29, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

There Is Also a Good Deal of Fiction in His Fiction

As Larry Rohrter reports in the New York Times, “A Chilean Writer’s Fictions Might Include His Own Colorful Past“: At the same time, some of Mr. Bolaño’s friends in Mexico, where he lived for nearly a decade before finally settling down near Barcelona, Spain, are questioning another aspect of the life story he constructed for […]

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
By January 29, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I just read Winifred Watson’s winsome Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. The book is fabulous, delightful, a veritable confection. It has been called, and rightly so, an adult fairytale. It sparkles with wit, panache, glamour and wish-fulfillment. It is the ultimate Cinderella story. When Watson wrote Miss Pettigrew, she had never been to a […]

Barry Barely Wins the Costa

Barry Barely Wins the Costa

The Costa awards judges finally chose a winner, although it seems they had some reservations about their choice. Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture earned the title of “Book of the Year” and earned the author a 25,000 pound reward. But Matthew Parris, chair of the judges, had this to say: Indeed, almost all the judges agreed Barry’s […]

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Kate and Kathy

Kate and Kathy

Our hearts are heavy today with the news of the tragic accident at the close of the ALA Conference that took the lives of two talented librarians and friends of children’s literature, Kathy Krasniewicz and Kate McClelland. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and close friends today and in the difficult days to […]

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