Archive for May, 2010

Exciting News – LA Times Book Prize!

Exciting News – LA Times Book Prize!

Lynn: I have awesome news to share on this Memorial Day. Cindy has just been appointed as one of the three judges on the Young Adult Literature Panel for the Los Angeles Book Prize. She will serve for 2010 and 2011. Huzzah! I am really excited! Cindy will be awesome and my book-nagging can kick […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit, News
APAC & Audies update

APAC & Audies update

Here’s a round-up of links for audiobook fans who missed the big events in NYC that served as a perfect beginning to the bustle of Book Expo America. It was every bit as fun as that big grin on Hachette Audio’s Anthony Goff‘s face shows – and check out the Audies in his hands for […]

Reading the Screen: Jim Thompson in Pictures

Reading the Screen: Jim Thompson in Pictures

The Killer Inside Me, the new movie with Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba, is based on the 1952 novel by Jim Thompson (1906 – 1977). I was going to say he was the best of the 1940s and ’50s pulp novelists, but maybe that’s not true. It’s one of those subjective things: he’s my favorite, […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
Discussion Questions, Pt. 5

Discussion Questions, Pt. 5

This is the final post in a five part series about how to write your own discussion questions instead of depending on those provided by the publisher or other sources. The first four posts provided general advice and questions for dealing with characters, plot and story, and settings and other frames. I’ll finish the series with ten […]

Some Grownups Aren't Nice

Some Grownups Aren't Nice

A reivew of one of the books in the new Helping Hands series by Sarah, Duchess of York, will appear in the Back to School Roundup in the August issue of Booklist. But this entry in the series caught my eye: Ashley Learns About Strangers. A red-headed girl gets lost in a store. All ends […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories, News
Animal Rescue Team Series by Sue Stauffacher

Animal Rescue Team Series by Sue Stauffacher

Lynn: How about these ingredients: fascinating animals, an urban animal rescue team, a group of resourceful kids and a lively family? Yup, cannot miss for kid appeal. Add well-written stories based on actual events and you’ve got a winner of a new series for middle grade readers. I read Gator on the Loose! (Random/Knopf, May […]

Reading the Screen: Innocent, Presumably

Reading the Screen: Innocent, Presumably

Innocent, the new novel by Scott Turow, is the sequel to 1987′s  Presumed Innocent. It was Turow’s first novel and it was something of a sensation, mostly because you could read the book, really pay close attention to it, and still not be sure whether its central character — “hero” sure ain’t the right word — […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
Possible Pick:  All Is Vanity by Christina Schwarz

Possible Pick: All Is Vanity by Christina Schwarz

It’s my turn to pick a book for the next local discussion group I’m in, and I’ll admit to taking the lazy way out – I’ve picked a book that not only have I read already… but I’ve also already led  discussions of it  – at three different libraries.  But in my defense, since I […]

Audiobooker takes the Mic!

Audiobooker takes the Mic!

Chicken? Nope! A visit to Weston Woods Studios set me squawking in the sound booth egged on by Director of Productions Paul Gagne. After a week that included an informative day of panels at the Audio Publishers Association Conference, a fantastic day of learning at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, the star-studded evening at […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
Around the World in 8 Book Discussions

Around the World in 8 Book Discussions

It is that melancholy time of year where my crime fiction book discussion group is winding down another year together.  We have had a lot of fun this year with our theme, Around the World in 8 Book Discussions. Tonight’s book is no exception.  We are in Istanbul, Turkey, tonight discussing the first book in […]