Archive for May, 2010

Book Trailer Thursday: The 2010 Moby Awards

Book Trailer Thursday: The 2010 Moby Awards

This is my beat, I realize that, but I’d never heard of the nascent Moby Awards until suddenly they were announcing their winners! The call for entries for the best trailers of the year went out in April, and on May 20 at a “a formal, red carpet ceremony” (!!), winners were announced in each […]

Posted in: Book Trailers
McEwan Wins Wodehouse Prize

McEwan Wins Wodehouse Prize

Solar the pig owes his new moniker to Ian McEwan’s P.G. Wodehouse win. The Atonement author also gets some champagne and collection of Wodehouse works for his comic work, Solar, and on Friday he’s set to meet his newly dubbed piggy friend. Aw.

Posted in: book awards
My Favorite Web Sites: Overbooked

My Favorite Web Sites: Overbooked

The Internet is a fickle place, with this month’s regular stop often succumbing to a new favorite. Sites find a sweet spot and then fade away, capture our attention and then wither as we work through their best content or become tired of the format. As a writer on two blogs, I’ve come to appreciate […]

Posted in: book groups, book news
Reading the Screen: Just in Case

Reading the Screen: Just in Case

I read on joblo.com that The Genesis Code (1997), a thriller by John Case, is being turned into a movie. David R. Ellis, who gave us the splendidly wacky Snakes on a Plane, is set to direct. Whether this means Case’s story about murder, conspiracy, DNA research and the Roman Catholic Church will be turned […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Bloated Books – It's Time for a Diet!

Bloated Books – It's Time for a Diet!

Lynn and Cindy: This month Booklist was featuring mysteries so we think it’s time to investigate a real-life mystery that has been puzzling and frustrating us! Where did all these bloated 500+ page books for teens come from? YA novels used to be trim, slim and just big enough to fit nicely in a purse […]

Audies Awards 2010

Audies Awards 2010

What a great night of festivities celebrating the best in the audiobook industry! Here’s the complete list of winners: AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela, narrated by a full cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Mirren, Don Cheadle, and Alan Rickman (Hachette Audio) DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION The Help […]

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Reading the Screen: Aron Ralston's 127 Hours

Reading the Screen: Aron Ralston's 127 Hours

Danny Boyle, director of such diverse fare as 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave, and Slumdog Millionaire, is working on 127 Hours, the true story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who, in 2003, amputated his own arm after he was trapped by a boulder. You probably read about the story in the newspaper, but there’s […]

Lost Booker: Troubles by J. G. Farrell

Lost Booker: Troubles by J. G. Farrell

Recently, a “Lost Booker” award was announced. J. G. Farrell’s Troubles won the Lost Booker prize from 1970. Here is a link to the Guardian article about J. G. Farrell’s posthumous win. Here is a link to why 1970 was considered a “lost” year. How are the holds lists in your libraries for this newly […]

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The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell is one of those surprisingly riveting literary novels that will have you in tatters when you turn its final pages. It’s a novel about motherhood and madness and, not surprisingly, family secrets. O’Farrell’s novel has two storylines, one in the past and one in the present. […]

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Vote today!

Vote today!

Cindy and Lynn: It’s time to vote for your favorite Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday blog post from yesterday! The variety of entries was inspiring, and if you haven’t taken a look, please do. There are many fun ideas for book sharing among the entries. And if the dizzying array of options leaves you indecisive, then VOTE […]