Archive for October, 2009

Film Review: Where the Wild Things Are

Film Review: Where the Wild Things Are

In an essay entitled “The Splendors of Crap,” published in his new book Manhood for Amateurs, Michael Chabon, shares his distaste for contemporary kids’ movies: “The new studio-made CGI products are like unctuous butlers of the imagination, ready to serve every need or desire as it arises; they don’t leave anything implied, unstated, incomplete. There […]

Posted in: Likely Stories
But We Digress!, Pt. 1
By October 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

But We Digress!, Pt. 1

I was nervous as the meeting of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group at Williamsburg Regional Library started earlier this week. Our theme this month was mad scientists and evil geniuses, but a quick scan of my readers indicated that several hadn’t finished a book and others were not happy with the book they […]

Bill Ott's The Back Page: Book Party Like It's July 2009
By October 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Bill Ott's The Back Page: Book Party Like It's July 2009

You may recall that, way back in the middle of last summer (or thereabouts), Time Out Chicago hosted a book launch party for Bill Ott’s new book, The Back Page. Well, Daniel Kraus, whose fingers must be smoking from all the videos he’s been editing of late, put together a nice overview of the event. Unfortunately […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Shiver
By October 22, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Shiver

In honor of Ian’s great interview with Maggie Stiefvater, I bring you a very special episode: A Tale of Two Trailers. First up is the more-or-less “official” trailer for Stiefvater’s werewolf romance Shiver. The content portion of this video is barely 30 seconds and constrains itself to elements found on the book jacket. Not especially […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Video, YA
THE HISTORY OF LOVE
By October 21, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

THE HISTORY OF LOVE

Today the Readers’ Advisory Section of the Wisconsin Library Association discussed a great book for our purposes: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. This book is such a complex overlaying of issues that to try to explain the plot becomes a challenging enterprise. Let me say that it involves Leopold Gursky, an old man […]

Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis

Lynn: I’m convinced that our house has a sign clearly visible to all animal species that says, “Hopeless sucker lives here.” A mind-boggling array of creatures have wandered in over the years and many of them stayed. So with that and the fact that one of my sons served in Iraq, I knew I might […]

Nobody Puts Backlist in the Corner
By October 21, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Nobody Puts Backlist in the Corner

Here’s a blog concept that voracious readers and book groupers should get behind. Shelf Renewal (http://www.shelfrenewal.com/) is a new project by Chicago-area librarians Rebecca Vnuk and Karen Kleckner. I stole their cheeky tagline for the title of this blog entry. Fighting the stream of publicity for new books that are already getting plenty of attention, […]

E. Lockhart's 2009 Printz Speech

E. Lockhart's 2009 Printz Speech

Author E. Lockhart isn’t afraid of a good argument, as she made clear in her acceptance speech for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks at the 2009 Michael L. Printz Awards (administered by ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by Booklist).  Readers have had wildly different responses to the book’s title character, a prep-school sophomore […]

Years of Dust:  The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin

Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin

Lynn: There have been many outstanding books about the Dust Bowl but Marrin’s Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl (Penguin/Dutton, 2009) is a book that belongs in every public and school library in this country. Even in this year of extraordinary nonfiction, Marrin’s new book stands out with its exemplary writing. Marrin, […]

Maggie Stiefvater Interview
By October 19, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Maggie Stiefvater Interview

This past summer I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk to fantasist-turned-romancer Maggie Stiefvater, whose recent book, Shiver, is providing vampire-addicted teens a welcome dose of literary lycanthropic methadone. But just how did the author of seriously ass-kicking faerie tales (Lament, Ballad) turn up the heat and find herself writing books with actual […]