Archive for July, 2009

Max Brooks at Comic-Com

Max Brooks at Comic-Com

Watch this video on recording World War Z & The Zombie Survival Handbook as audiobooks. Interestingly, Brooks praises the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic‘s audiobooks, featured in this Comic-Con post with Stan Lee, for helping him make it through school as a student with reading difficulties. World War Z is one of my personal […]

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THRILL ME

THRILL ME

One thing that does not thrill me is that the crime fiction field, in which I include thrillers, has split.  Thriller writers now have the International Thriller Writers Association and their own conference, Thrillerfest.  If you have your own convention, you have to have your own awards, so now we have the Thriller Awards.  OK, […]

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The Kraus Variations

The Kraus Variations

Daniel Kraus, who usually patrols the video beat here on Likely Stories, was himself captured on video at ALA’s annual conference, at a reading he gave from his forthcoming novel, The Monster Variations. (He shot down my suggestion that I shoot video, then turned around and gave an exclusive to Greg Landgraf for AL Focus. He […]

Mission Control, This is Apollo:  The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin and Alan Bean

Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin and Alan Bean

Lynn: There are many fine books this year commemorating the July 20, 1969 landing on the moon and I have enjoyed them all. Mission Control, This is Apollo (Penguin/Viking, 2009) may be my favorite. We all have those personal memories of pivotal moments and one of mine is sitting in front of our black and […]

In the strangest places

In the strangest places

My favorite airport timekiller mags are Real Simple and InStyle. I also justify picking them up when the word ‘books’ appears on the cover, as it did on the June issue of Real Simple. Sara Nelson usually contributes all the book related news, reviews and other tidbits and I will listen to/read anything Sara has […]

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ALL HANDS ON DECK

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Imagine your reaction if Mr. Rogers had suddenly torn off his sweater and bared his chest, sharing the hard facts of life with the kids who loved him so.  Remember when Dan Ackroyd used to imitate Julia Child, blood spurting all over the set as he/she tried to cook?  That was my initial reaction when […]

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Eat, Pray, Love, Converse

Eat, Pray, Love, Converse

I know every book group in the nation has already discussed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. One of mine got around to it yesterday and we were all surprised by how much we enjoyed it, including the sole male attendee. Of course, everyone immediately went off the discussion topic script so handily provided by […]

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Today’s Video Break: Stan Lee

Today’s Video Break: Stan Lee

In honor of Comic-Con, watch superhero legend Lee record his Feedback comic book for Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic, the nation’s educational library serving people with print disabilities.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Cindy: We can’t let any more summer slip away without blogging this perfect beach read. Lynn and I are both fans of Han’s first book, Shug, about a 7th grade girl grappling with middle school and the transition from child to adolescent. The Summer I Turned Pretty (Simon & Schuster, 2009) features an older girl, […]

A DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

A DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

The Crime Writers’ Association in England is a smart bunch of folks.  They have taken their annual awards and split them into two groups.  While the October announcements of the winning fiction may lead to great titles for book discussions, the recent announcements of other award winners included their Dagger in the Library award which […]

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