Archive for November, 2009

Neil Gaiman Asks: Heard Any Good Books Lately?
By November 30, 2009 6 Comments Read More →

Neil Gaiman Asks: Heard Any Good Books Lately?

Audiobooks were featured on NPR’s Morning Edition as part of the Open Mic series today – an awesome program  featuring two of the best author / narrators, Neil Gaiman and David Serdaris, both winners of the Audio Publishers Association’s Audie Award.  Also part of the program are host Renee Montagne; professional narrator Martin Jarvis, who […]

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I CAN STAND ANYTHING I’VE GOT TO STAND
By November 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

I CAN STAND ANYTHING I’VE GOT TO STAND

Way back on December 22, 2008, I posted a column on The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett.  Hammett is one of the newer additions to The Big Read but the title selected for that enterprise is The Maltese Falcon.  My local mystery fiction book discussion group had me do my PowerPoint on the history of […]

Other Public Figures Palin Comparison
By November 30, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Other Public Figures Palin Comparison

Just when it seemed Palinfest 2009 had run its course, comes the news, via a thought-provoking press release, that Sarah Palin has “achieved something else few public figures have: heroine status in a children’s book.” Really? Never seen a book on Eleanor Roosevelt? Sacajawea? Harriet Tubman? Amelia Earhart? Golda Meir? Hillary Clinton? Sandra Day O’Connor? […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull

Cindy: My sixth grade students research scientists and inventors every year and Philo is on their list of choices, so I’m delighted to have Kathleen Krull’s new picture book biography of his life and work. The Boy Who Invented TV (Random/Knopf, 2009) starts with black and white end pages full of photos of various television […]

Books our BBYA teens want most

Books our BBYA teens want most

Cindy: The hunt for holiday gifts has begun in earnest, and our teen BBYA club members have long lists that include books that they want Santa to deliver. Our group is so big this year that we’ve begun dividing them into two groups for more discussion opportunity at our meetings. Last week I had the […]

New York Times Notable Books 2009
By November 28, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

New York Times Notable Books 2009

The list of 100 Notable Books has arrived at the New York Times website. It won’t appear in print until next weekend, December 6th. As usual, you’ll find very little genre fiction and the nonfiction is mostly confined to biography, history, and political works, but if you accept those limitations, it’s always an interesting list. The annual […]

Today’s video break: LibriVox
By November 27, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s video break: LibriVox

Thousands of free audiobooks, multiple languages, a vibrant volunteer community. If you haven’t explored LibriVox, take  time to watch this wonderful three-minute introductory tutorial by Dan Capistan. There will be an entire series of videos posted on YouTube, walking interested listeners and readers through downloading and creating recordings of public domain titles. You can find […]

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Inside the Audiobook Studio: Ed White
By November 25, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Inside the Audiobook Studio: Ed White

Life-long learner? Try Recorded Book’s The Modern Scholar for over 120 in-depth presentations by top professors, on a wide array of topics including Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Waking Dragon: The Emerging Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the World and Masterpieces of Western Music. It’s just like carrying a college lecture on your […]

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Put It On the List by Kristen Darbyshire

Put It On the List by Kristen Darbyshire

Lynn: There is nothing more irritating than pouring a bowl of cereal and discovering there is no milk. Not only is the chicken family in Put It On the List (Penguin/Dutton 2009) out of milk, they are also out of syrup, diapers, cheese, jelly and, worst of all, toilet paper. Something has to be done! […]

Food for Thought, or Restaurant in Peace
By November 24, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Food for Thought, or Restaurant in Peace

One of my groups goes out to eat after each meeting. We have to vacate our library meeting room by 9 p.m. It makes for a late meal, but by continuing at the restaurant, we turn a rushed evening into a leisurely event. This practice has three major side benefits. First, if off-topic conversations start during the […]