Archive for April, 2009

Author Visits: David Macinnis Gill

Author Visits: David Macinnis Gill

Cindy and Lynn: Author visits are amazing things. If you haven’t hosted one, do it. Find a place and make it happen and watch the fun. Our BBYA club loved meeting with another author this week, but we want to give a little shout out to one of our community’s fine teen resources: The Boys […]

More Ballads to Ballard
By April 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

More Ballads to Ballard

Two more interesting appreciations of J. G. Ballard. On Salon, Simon Reynolds considers “The unlimited dreams of J. G. Ballard“: But in death as in life, Ballard never quite got his full due as a thinker as well as a storyteller; he was a penetrating and endlessly provocative theorist about the intersections between culture and […]

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Free Audiobook Short Stories from Barnes & Noble

Free Audiobook Short Stories from Barnes & Noble

Grab nine FREE short stories from best-selling authors. Just click here, open a Barnes & Nobel account, add the titles to your cart, and download! It looks as though the titles each cost a penny, but there is no charge at the final checkout. Enjoy!

Posted in: audiobooks
Greening the White House

Greening the White House

I’ve been following news about the White House’s new organic garden with interest. In a recent New York Times blog post , Deborah Needleman wrote: Michelle Obama’s rather basic kitchen garden comes loaded with politics and possibility. It can bring organic practices fully into the mainstream; it can teach children where food comes from and about nutrition and […]

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Faster, Book Reviewer! Kill! Kill!
By April 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Faster, Book Reviewer! Kill! Kill!

A couple of people passed along this link to an io9 post about the new Dean Koontz book, Relentless. A bad review must have really gotten under Dean Koontz‘s skin. His new book, Relentless, is about an evil book critic who gives a nice novelist a bad review — and then becomes a monster. The […]

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Judith Krug Memorial
By April 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Judith Krug Memorial

Greg Landgraf assembled this video, which was played at this morning’s memorial for Judith Krug. Well worth your while.

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Green Alert

Green Alert

It’s Earth Day, the 39th Earth Day to be exact, and a good day to think about where books come from. The relationship between trees and reading has inspired an intriguing website, Eco-Libris, and a green mission. The Eco-Libris folks encourage us to plant a tree for each and every book we read. This makes reading […]

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SISTER KNOWS BEST

SISTER KNOWS BEST

My sister emailed me the other day with a book suggestion.  Her local book discussion group in Largo, Florida, had just read The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo.  She thought it was a book I would like because I made a trip to China with ALA in 2006 and the trip was a fond memory. […]

Posted in: book groups, book news
Random House UK’s Book and Beyond

Random House UK’s Book and Beyond

Now this is awesome! Random House UK’s Book and Beyond offers added content to each eBook purchased and downloaded, from video clips to games & quizzes. Check out the terrific plus when The Book Thief is purchased – the reader chooses either to read the eBook or listen to the audiobook at the beginning of […]

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Pulitzer Winners Announced

Pulitzer Winners Announced

The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday afternoon. They are: Fiction Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) History The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed (Norton) Biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham (Random House) Poetry The Shadow of Sirius, by W. S. Merwin (Copper Canyon […]

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