Archive for May, 2009

Do British publishers want to protect their rear ends—or their bottom lines?

Do British publishers want to protect their rear ends—or their bottom lines?

After getting a ton of ink in 2008 (much of it electric ink right here at Likely Stories), Sherry Jones’ controversial Jewel of Medina hasn’t made much news this year. Now, however, in a story with a tabloid-worthy headline (“Muhammad child bride novel author condemns UK ‘censorship’,” by Alison Flood) The Guardian reports that Jones “has […]

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CHANGE OF HEART

CHANGE OF HEART

For our monthly staff book discussion and reader’s advisory training we read Jodi Picoult’s Change of Heart. Picoult has been incredibly popular recently in our library to the point where we made a special effort to get two fresh copies of all of her titles. I went out to the shelves just now and there […]

Munro wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize

Munro wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize

Acclaimed Canadian short story writer Alice Munro (Runaway, 2004) was named the third- ever winner of International Man-Booker today. The award is announced every two years and nets the winner a £60,000 prize. The timing for Munro is great; her latest short story collection, forbodingly named Too Much Happiness, will be released in October.

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New Favorite Discussion Questions

New Favorite Discussion Questions

I want Ann Hodgman to attend my next book group.  In this week’s New Yorker, Hodgman has published a set of 12 questions that are suitable for any book club and any book, whether  you’ve read it or not. Start attendees off with Question 2, asking if the book is fiction or nonfiction and requesting […]

Audiobooks, iPods & OverDrive – Good News

Audiobooks, iPods & OverDrive – Good News

Wow – this is exciting! OverDrive announces that a new software upgrade will make the majority of titles from the download service available to iPod, iTouch, and iPhone users. Here’s info from the press release: Cleveland, OH, May 27, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) today announced that digital audiobook catalogs from leading publishers will be compatible […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
APAC & BEA, here I come!

APAC & BEA, here I come!

I’ve been busy winding up the school year – the last day with students is June 2nd! But tonight I’m packing for a long weekend in New York City (thank heavens for personal days). I’m going to my very first BookExpo America and to the Audio Publishers Association Conference on Thursday. But best of all, […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Awards
Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction
By May 26, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction

If your group likes nonfiction, the experts at the extremely valuable Fiction_L have updated their list of nonfiction that reads like fiction.  Here’s a sampling of  2008/2009 titles.  The complete list, which you can find in the Fiction_L archives,  has two parts: 2003 and newer titles, and earlier titles.  Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s […]

Written in Bone:  Buried Lives of Jamestown and colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

Lynn: When Smithsonian scientist Dr. Douglas Owsley asked Sally Walker if she would be interested in writing a children’s book about the colonial settlers of the Chesapeake, she jumped at the idea. The result is a completely fascinating book that introduces and explains the processes of forensic anthropology while also painting a vivid picture of […]

Challenging New Colombian Novel about Exiled Germans
By May 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Challenging New Colombian Novel about Exiled Germans

The Informers might be a little too much for a book club. It’s a new novel from Colombia by Juan Gabriel Vasquez coming out this August, and no one could say it was effortless reading. It takes a bit of work. The writing style is very elegant and complex, the sentences long, multiply-claused, Proustian affairs […]

News from the UK
By May 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

News from the UK

Random House UK has launched ReadersPlace, an “online book club community.”  In addition to a book of the month and a live chat with its author,  the site offers ways for book groups to network by creating profiles, reviewing and rating  titles, and posting pictures and videos of their discussions.  Not much here yet in the way of […]