Archive for April, 2010

2010 Edgar Award Winners Announced

2010 Edgar Award Winners Announced

Nine authors were honored last night at a banquet in New York and took  home a bust of Edgar Allan Poe. Writers usually have no problem knowing what to do with a cash prize, but a few will probably feel ill at ease with their creepy little statuette. The uncertain would do well to turn to last year’s Best Young Adult Book winner John […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories, YA
Partridge and Winter win Jane Addams Peace Association Prize

Partridge and Winter win Jane Addams Peace Association Prize

Top honors for the Children’s Book Award were named by the Jane Addams Peace Association. Elizabeth Partridge’s Marching for Freedom:  Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary won in the older readers category and Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan,  by Jeanette Winter, took the younger readers category. For a complete list […]

Posted in: Awards, Kidlit, Likely Stories, YA
A book discussion for all ages

A book discussion for all ages

No, not Harry Potter, although one of the most entertaining book discussions I ever led was for the Harry Potter books. I didn’t really need to do anything more than advertise it. Parents brought children, teens brought friends, staff shirked the desk, and all I did was ask, “What do you think?” This time the […]

Reading the Screen: L. Ron Hubbard — No, Seriously, L. Ron Hubbard
By April 30, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: L. Ron Hubbard — No, Seriously, L. Ron Hubbard

This May marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Battlefield Earth, one of my very favorite bad movies. If you haven’t seen it, here are Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper chatting about it: I agree with everything they say about the movie, but I still love it, the same way I love Plan 9 […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
Discussion Questions, Pt. 1

Discussion Questions, Pt. 1

Sometimes the questions created by publishers for book discussion are a bit odd. They can read too much like essay questions from college literature classes. Often, they are so specific that they fail to inspire interest. Individual readers might well consider such questions to help clarify their thoughts before they attend book group, but for […]

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Lynn: OK – let me just get this out of my system at the start. I am furious with Philip Reeve! I have PILES of books that I need to read, review deadlines and a blogging partner who was wondering quite vocally why I hadn’t passed Fever Crumb (Scholastic, April 2010) along to her. It […]

Boy, do I want to see this movie!
By April 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Boy, do I want to see this movie!

(Via Galleycat.)

Book Trailer Thursday: Basher Books Series

Book Trailer Thursday: Basher Books Series

Vampires, serial killers, faeries, romances–if you want book trailers for these subjects, I’d like to introduce you to a website called YouTube. Say goodbye to the rest of  your work week. But trailers for series nonfiction books for youth? Inconceivable! Despite being one of the few segments of publishing that seems to keep growing, their […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Video
Mieville wins Arthur C. Clarke Award

Mieville wins Arthur C. Clarke Award

The third time is a charm, as were the first and the second time, for China Mieville. He is the first ever 3-time winner of the Arthur C. Clark award, on this occasion for The City & The City. Some wonder if his book really qualifies as science fiction, being more fantasy than sci-fi, and […]

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A short book long on discussion

A short book long on discussion

Not long ago I was invited to lead discussion on a classic in the mystery genre, Chester Himes’ A Rage in Harlem. We had what I call “an elite group” (read small turnout ). This is a great book for groups that clamor for mysteries and also want something short. It was a good choice […]