Archive for August, 2009

Webcomics Wednesdays – The Pekar Project
By August 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesdays – The Pekar Project

Gotta keep up with the Joneses (er. Krauses) here on Likely Stories, so consider this the inaugural launch of Webcomics Wednesdays to align with Book Trailer Thursdays by my esteemed colleague and hall-mate, Dan Kraus. While I’m not a huge fan of Harvey Pekar’s (though in the photo on my ALA ID card I look surprisingly similar […]

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Loving Frank
By August 26, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Loving Frank

Why is Loving Frank by Nancy Horan such a good book for discussion? My book group met to discuss Loving Frank earlier this month and the room was packed. As soon as we got started, as the conversation progressed, as new voices entered the fray, I had a feeling that we had a really good […]

The President’s Vacation Reading
By August 25, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

The President’s Vacation Reading

Like many of us, President Obama has set an ambitious vacation reading agenda.  Here’s what he  took with him to Martha’s Vineyard: Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman John Adams by David McCullough Lush Life by Richard Price Plainsong by Keith Haruf The Way Home by George Pelecanos That’s a total of 2,300 pages to […]

Jay Bennett, R.I.P.
By August 25, 2009 6 Comments Read More →

Jay Bennett, R.I.P.

It’s possible you’ve never heard of mystery writer Jay Bennett. Hell, I never met him. But Bennett—who died on June 27 at the age of 96 (“Jay Bennett, 96; wrote crime novels, scripts,” by Dwight Ott, Philadelphia Inquirer)—had a profound effect on my life. And now that a little time has passed, I’m realizing that […]

Family Trip?  Listen to a Great Book Together!

Family Trip? Listen to a Great Book Together!

Lynn: Here in Michigan we have two glorious weeks left before the school bell rings the day after Labor Day. Many families are wedging in one more trip and we’d like to remind everyone of a terrific way to while away the miles, avoid squabbles and enjoy something together. Listen to an audio book! I […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Bookends, Kidlit
Coffee with Eduardo Galeano

Coffee with Eduardo Galeano

Are there statistics about library patrons who listen to NPR? I have the feeling there’s a big overlap. My ears pricked up this morning when Susan Stamberg began describing the favorite cafe of a writer I much admire, Eduardo Galeano, who lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. Stamberg’s conversation with the brilliant and controverisal writer is worth a listen.  And here’s […]

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Grand Rapids Press Sunday Profile features Cindy

Grand Rapids Press Sunday Profile features Cindy

Cindy: Our local newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press (Mich.) runs a weekly feature called the Sunday Profile that provides a lengthy biography of someone in the community that has a passion for what they do. Earlier this summer I was surprised by Lynn’s collusion with one of the reporters who has covered our library exploits […]

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Today’s video break: My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare
By August 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s video break: My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare

Now there’s a title that will catch the attention of Shakespeareans and slackers alike – and a just $5.95 special deal on iTunes! Jess Winfield, cofounder of the comedy troupe Reduced Shakespeare Company, talks about his debut novel My Name is Will and the process of recording of the audiobook in this video. I love […]

Let the man talk

Let the man talk

and the next guy, and the next guy, and the next one. That’s what this men-only book  group in Columbus, Ohio prides itself on. Oh, sure, there’s wine and cookies, but there’s also hefty sandwiches and conversation to go along with it. Now in its 11th year, this nameless book group reads many of the […]

Free audiobook short stories
By August 21, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Free audiobook short stories

Joe Hill, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Neil Gaiman, Marcia Talley, and Edward P. Jones are the featured authors in HarperAudio’s “Summer of Books” promotion. Click here to download the audio MP3 files for your Labor Day weekend drive or final lazy days on the beach. Or grab Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, his Hugo and […]

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