Archive for January, 2009

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

Oh yeah, the National Book Critics Circle has awards to give out too: Fiction Finalists 2666, by Roberto Bolaño (Farrar) Home, by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar) The Lazarus Project, Aleksandar Hemon (Riverhead) The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, by M. Glenn Taylor (West Virginia University) Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (Random) Poetry Finalists Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, […]

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And the Awards Go To…

And the Awards Go To…

In case you aren’t in Denver or missed the live webcast this morning, the winners of some of ALA’s most prestigious awards have been announced. And the awards go to: Newbery Medal The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Dave McKean (HarperCollins) Caldecott Medal The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson & […]

A President Who Reads
By January 25, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

A President Who Reads

  It feels so good to write those words! President Obama is a reader, as this recent New York Times article by esteemed critic Michiko Kakutani attests. Perhaps I should qualify that with a President who reads and even talks about books. The article mentions that Bush read quite a few books, too, but I […]

The Nifty Trick of the Missing Book (Spoiler Alert!)
By January 24, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

The Nifty Trick of the Missing Book (Spoiler Alert!)

Now that I’ve started blabbing, it’s going to be hard to stop. Though I’ve only read the first sixty pages, First Execution by Domenico Starnone has been such a startling literary experience that the urge to discuss the delights of this new novel are huge. Cleverness leaves me cold, I have no fondness for novelty […]

ODE TO JEN BAKER
By January 24, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

ODE TO JEN BAKER

I like when my opinions are validated.  Hopefully so does Jen Baker because in a review of Mr. White’s Confession by Robert Clark in the September 15, 2008, issue of Booklist, Baker wrote “this slow-burning stunner of a suspense novel came and went without much notice.”  That is a true statement despite the fact that […]

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

Much as we like to gather with our book groups, every once in a while we book group leaders like to convene without you, dear reader.  We need to. We need to hear what our fellow facilitators are up to and the idea sharing is invaluable. Recently I journeyed to one of the far flung branches […]

Teen Tech Week March 8-14: Perfect for promoting the Odyssey Award & audiobooks!
By January 24, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Teen Tech Week March 8-14: Perfect for promoting the Odyssey Award & audiobooks!

Have you seen the graphics on the Teen Tech Week 2009 promo items? Perfect for your audiobook section! Teen Tech Week is a great time to hold a “How to download audiobooks for free” demo, calling on Teen Advisory Board members as the experts. Maybe even send the show on the road to the Senior […]

Fighting over Spoils: The Etiquette of Giving Away the Ending
By January 23, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Fighting over Spoils: The Etiquette of Giving Away the Ending

Rosebud is a sled, Darth Vadar is Luke’s father, and Bruce Willis is one of the dead people. And the caretaker Mr. MacGillicuddy would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for you crazy kids and your mangy mutt Scooby Doo. If you’ve been around book groups for long, you’ve encountered two awkward scenarios. […]

Curl Up with a Pair of Bookends
By January 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Curl Up with a Pair of Bookends

I’ve been too busy getting ready for ALA’s Midwinter Meeting to post, but I would be unforgivably remiss if I didn’t draw your attention to our BRAND-NEW BLOG, Bookends. So consider your attention drawn, and give it a read, already–I’m off to the convention center. More details about this exciting new development be coming soon.

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The Shock of the Fourth Chapter (Spoiler Alert!)
By January 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

The Shock of the Fourth Chapter (Spoiler Alert!)

Stop right there. If you’re interested in modern Italian literature, don’t read one word farther. I’m serious. Surprise is important. And if you read any farther, you’re going to learn the very first surprise of Domenico Starnone’s First Execution, and a literary surprise is not something to be given away lightly. Okay, I tried to […]