Archive for March, 2010

Reading the Screen: A Flash(Forward) in the Pan?
By March 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: A Flash(Forward) in the Pan?

So FlashForward, the ABC series based on the 1999 Robert J. Sawyer novel, is back, after a hiatus that probably made most of us forget the show ever existed. There’s nothing tragically wrong with the show, but there’s nothing especially right about it, either. I understand why ABC had to make some of the changes […]

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Book Group Toolbox #76: Real Lives Revealed

Book Group Toolbox #76: Real Lives Revealed

Every time I canvas my book groups for suggested reading, at least half say they want to read more biographies or memoirs. Memoir is a nonfiction genre that is perennially popular with readers and one that BGBloggers enjoy writing about. Biographies, on the other hand, while just as popular with readers, are a little trickier […]

Book Spine Poetry – Ode to Basketball

Book Spine Poetry – Ode to Basketball

Lynn: This is just waaay too much fun! Here is my promised poem – an Ode to Basketball in honor of the upcoming Sweet Sixteen. My Purdue Boilermakers survived two rounds but have to play Duke Friday. Gulp.

Book Trailer Thursday: Gone

Book Trailer Thursday: Gone

Australian Paul Murphy is a freelance producer who creates three to four book trailers per month. He’s also an avid reader of Book Trailer Thursday, and he contacted me recently to show off his latest work, a teaser for Mo Hayder’s fifth Jack Caffrey thriller, Gone. We get all kinds of self-promotion here at Booklist, […]

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Hans Christian Andersen Award

Hans Christian Andersen Award

I was so pumped up about that Forbes article this morning that I forgot to post the exciting news that author David Almond from the United Kingdom and illustrator Jutta Bauer from Germany are the winners of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award, sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People. The news […]

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Dogs by Emily Gravett

Dogs by Emily Gravett

Lynn: “I love dogs,” says the unseen narrator and so will every reader by the end of this humorous look at our canine friends. In Dogs (S&S, 2010) Gravett uses a warm palette with perfectly placed splashes of color on a creamy background, depicting dogs of all sizes and shapes. Big dogs and small dogs, […]

Young Learners Need Librarians

Young Learners Need Librarians

Just read an excellent article on the importance of librarians in Forbes. Don’t miss Mark Moran’s Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google if you haven’t already seen it.

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Reading the Screen: Tolkien Adaptations Can Be Hobbit Forming
By March 24, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Tolkien Adaptations Can Be Hobbit Forming

You’ve probably heard that Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, is making a movie out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit (1937). You might not know that somebody already made a movie out of the book. Rankin/Bass, the studio that brought us the Christmas classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty […]

Ye Gods!

Ye Gods!

Although I’ve read most of the rest of his work, Neil Gaiman’s 2001 masterwork American Gods eluded me until now. When my library picked up the audiobook, with the excellent George Guidall providing narration, I figured it was time to give it a try. I’ve not been disappointed. Gaiman is a great choice for readers […]

Nothing ‘Mystic’ about this discussion

Nothing ‘Mystic’ about this discussion

Gary was right, Mystic River by Dennis Lehane is probably the best crime novel out there for discussion groups. My lunchtime group recently discussed this title and all of them laughed when they realized they were going to be late getting back to work as we were completely caught up in the conversation. When asked […]