Archive for November, 2010

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

Lynn: Talk about an early holiday gift!  One of my favorite literary characters, Bartimaeus, is back!  Bartimaeus –   snarky, egotistical, irreverent, utterly disrespectful of authority and just as utterly unable to control his smart mouth, king of the footnotes, djinn of the Fourth level – is back.  Hurray!  In The Ring of Solomon (Hyperion […]

Better Book Selection through Balloting
By November 19, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Better Book Selection through Balloting

It’s the time of year when many book groups set the calendar for the upcoming year. I’ve had good luck with balloting as a means for selecting themes or titles. Ballots give democratic input to the selection process while still allowing group leaders to retain some measure of control. Here’s how: First, filter which books or […]

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Reading the Screen: London Boulevard Approaches
By November 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: London Boulevard Approaches

A while back I alerted you to the impending movie adaptation of Ken Bruen’s excellent novel London Boulevard. The trailer is online, and it looks really good, appropriately stylish and violent. Check it out:

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OverDrive promo poster
By November 18, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

OverDrive promo poster

If your library features downloads via OverDrive, take advantage of this great printable poster to promote the services available for your patrons. Add in the eBook Device Cheat Sheet for staff members who are fielding questions about eReaders compatable with OverDrive  library downloads, plus this Cheat Sheet comparing the major eBook readers from librarian Matt […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
National Book Award Winners Announced
By November 18, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

National Book Award Winners Announced

The National Book Awards ceremony was full of surprises, with Jaimy Gordon’s win the foremost. She was met with shocked silence from most of the audience, which mirrored her own reaction. In her speech she stated “I am totally unprepared and I am totally surprised…” So, prepare yourselves, for the winners are: Fiction Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon […]

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Book group shoe-ins

Book group shoe-ins

The National Book Award winners were announced last night and facilitators and book group suppliers can expect high demand for these titles. I’ve been reserving a space in three different book groups for the winner and other finalists and I think I’m going with these three. Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon for Downtowners, my […]

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Say It Ain't So, Jane

Say It Ain't So, Jane

Was Jane Austen a sloppy writer? That’s the claim made by Oxford professor Kathryn Sutherland, and she’s posted more than 1,000 pages of Austen manuscripts online that she says prove her point. In fact, Sutherland has concluded that Austen’s celebrated style is really the work of an unknown editor. The claim has generated  publicity and even controversy; in an NPR […]

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More on Starting Thematic Groups
By November 17, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

More on Starting Thematic Groups

Rebecca has been exploring genre groups in her recent posts and I wanted to add my two cents. When first starting as a librarian, I had the windfall of encountering a group of science fiction and fantasy fans–some members of a previously failed book group and others among the organizers of the annual local SF/fantasy […]

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More about Harlan Coben Than Is Strictly Necessary
By November 17, 2010 3 Comments Read More →

More about Harlan Coben Than Is Strictly Necessary

Three years ago, I made a public vow (well, it appeared on this blog, anyway) to read a book by Harlan Coben. I had read a profile of him in the Atlantic (“Paperback Writer,” by Eric Konigsberg) that, while not damning him as some have damned James Patterson, did portray Coben as being a guy who cared as […]

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Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T. R. Simon

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T. R. Simon

Cindy: “It’s funny how you can be in a story but not realize until the end that you were in one.” Zora and Me (Candlewick, 2010) spins the story of author Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black town in America. Told from best friend Carrie’s perspective, the novel begins with […]