Archive for June, 2009

Books Books Everywhere!

Books Books Everywhere!

Lynn: We have a problem. It’s a totally great problem but there definitely are some down-sides to it. We have books, books, books stacked EVERYWHERE! You can hardly walk through my office. It all started with serving on YALSA committees, increased when we started reviewing for Booklist and has gotten completely out of hand now […]

YALSA’s Five Ultimate Teen Audiobooks

YALSA’s Five Ultimate Teen Audiobooks

Click here for a printable list of 50 books, five magazines, and five audiobooks that make up the Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, named by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association. Subscribers to the YALSA-BK electronic discussion list suggested titles for the Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, which were vetted by Pam Spencer Holley and Judy […]

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Britain’s Best Audiobooks 2009

Britain’s Best Audiobooks 2009

Twenty top new titles for children & adults were named by the UK’s Audio Publishing Association, as well as 20 notable backlist titles.  US favorites, such as Tea Time for the Traditionally Built and The Graveyard Book appear on the list, as well as distinctly UK titles such as The Last Fighting Tommy by Harry […]

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So what’s left to talk about?

So what’s left to talk about?

I love the publishing world. You just never know what’s going between the covers next. Well, the next bestseller is going to be short on plot development, character depth, and description, but it’ll have a zippy pace. Penguin is going to publish a book from two college students that will summarize all the classics using […]

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Who Will Speak for this Book?

Who Will Speak for this Book?

The person who picked the book didn’t make the meeting. Strike one. The book proved to be surprisingly difficult to obtain. Several of us couldn’t track down a copy in a timely way. Strike two. As discussion limped to a start, there was too much awkward silence. Our book, which shall remain nameless (but its Nobel-winning author’s name rhymes with HELLO, as […]

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Some Like It Hard-boiled

Some Like It Hard-boiled

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law sent me a copy of the newsletter from the library where she works (The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL).  In it there was an article about the library’s recent Big Read event, with information about a series of programs which I’d like to share with Book Group Buzz […]

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Modern Art, Anyone?

Modern Art, Anyone?

Here in the Midwest, there is currently great excitement about the recent opening of the Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).  One of the ways the museum is spotlighting this momentous occasion is by inviting its book club members to read My Love Affair with Modern Art, by Katharine Kuh, the woman behind the development […]

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Video Thrilled the Literary Stars

Video Thrilled the Literary Stars

It used to hold that one of the reasons you became a writer was that you were the sort who ducked out of photographs and preferred to communicate through quill-written correspondence. These days, though, these Salingeresque avoidance techniques won’t win you much love from your publisher–and probably won’t push many books, either. So Penguin’s the […]

The Shining Company of Oscar Wao

The Shining Company of Oscar Wao

The Children’s Literature Association bestowed the Phoenix Award on Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel, The Shining Company (1992). Wondering why the Phoenix award is named the Phoenix? Behold: The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird that rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty. Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity […]

The Sleepy Little Alphabet:  A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra

Lynn: Our focus group is starting to throw their weight around. Ever since we read The Sleepy Little Alphabet (Random/Knopf, June 2009) in galley several months ago, they’ve been asking if we have written about it yet. Explaining that we like to blog books closer to the publication didn’t impress them. They adored this book […]