Archive for January, 2011

The Hoax is on Readers

The Hoax is on Readers

I’m always looking for something fun to share with my book groups and Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds by Melissa Katsoulis is the latest. Katsoulis takes this subject seriously as she examines the financial, cultural, and professional effects literary fraud can have on an author and the publishing industry. The James Frey […]

Digital Synchronicity through enhanced audiobooks
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Digital Synchronicity through enhanced audiobooks

Are libraries being left behind in the shift to digital media? Much of the buzz at ALA Midwinter concerned eBooks, as highlighted in the  AL Inside Scoop “Capacity Crowd Talks Ebooks” blog post by Greg Landgraf, which includes this quote from Sue Polanka: “The market is going very fast, and it’s leaving us behind.” In […]

Pastiche Play
By January 26, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Pastiche Play

I’ve been browsing through Bernard A. Drew’s Literary Afterlife. It’s essentially a bibliography of works in which one author has used the characters created by another.  It strikes me that it might be fun to devote a book group meeting to reading such pastiches. Don’t get me wrong. For the most part, these are not […]

Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen

Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen

Cindy: “Men, I have a great idea.” When Henry launches into one of his great ideas, Riley starts taking scientific notes and Reed starts wondering how bad he will smell after the execution of this latest idea! One of my favorite Gary Paulsen books is How Angel Peterson Got His Name. This new offering, Masters of Disaster […]

Possible Pick:  The Good Daughters
By January 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Possible Pick: The Good Daughters

Are we ourselves, or our we a product of our families? Is life nature vs. nurture or is it more complex than either? The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard is the story of two girls, born on the same day, to entirely different families. Ruth is sensitive and artistic and can’t seem to understand her […]

BGB Shout Out!
By January 25, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

BGB Shout Out!

Along with my colleagues David Wright and Abby Bass, I am co-teaching a class online at the Information School at the University of Washington called “Adult Reader Services in the Public Library.” In preparing my lecture on book groups, I have reflected on how much I have learned from the greater community of readers’ advisors, […]

The L-Shaped Room: Offensive Content in Older Books
By January 25, 2011 3 Comments Read More →

The L-Shaped Room: Offensive Content in Older Books

I decided to read Lynne Reid Bank’s popular 1960s novel, The L-Shaped Room, after it kept popping up as a book I might like as I searched online. Customer reviews made it sound like a good read. I knew that it was about pre-Pill, pre-abortion England and that in it a young girl becomes pregnant […]

Free audiobook: Bill Pronzini’s Booktaker
By January 25, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Free audiobook: Bill Pronzini’s Booktaker

One week left to grab Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Pronzini’s tale of The Nameless Detective and his quest to solve a mystery involving an antiquarian bookstore and purloined rare volumes. Download the story from AudioGo before the end of January, and enjoy Nick Sullivan’s voicing of the every-man sleuth. Be sure to check […]

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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists have been announced: Fiction A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen To the End of the Land, by David Grossman Comedy in a Minor Key, by Hans Keilson Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray Nonfiction Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick Empire of […]

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Reading the Screen: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock?
By January 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock?

I’m not sure how I missed this, but apparently there’s going to be a movie based on Stephen Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (1990). I’ve read the book. It’s splendid, and could make a fine movie. And get this: according to this story at The Hollywood Reporter, Anthony Hopkins is “in talks” to […]

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