Archive for May, 2011

New Ideas for Discussion Groups

New Ideas for Discussion Groups

Recently I’ve become aware of a couple of discussion groups that are slightly different from the norm, and I thought I’d share information about them with Book Group Buzz readers.  Who knows — you may like these ideas and decide to adapt them into similar groups at your library, or just among your friends. “Novel […]

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A book and a matching drink…

A book and a matching drink…

Many women’s magazines feature some sort of book recommendations, and More magazine takes it one step further:  their feature, called “Eat, Drink, Read”, showcases not only a discussable book, but a custom cocktail to go with it.  You can enjoy a “Little Miss Princess” cocktail with Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter, or perhaps a […]

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Stephen King’s Summer Reading List

Stephen King’s Summer Reading List

Stephen King stopped being a regular Entertainment Weekly contributor last year. I really miss his monthly essays about all things pop culture. I think my only nitpicky issues with his columns involved his habit for calling himself “Uncle Stevie” and any of his writing about music (which, I thought, always pigeonholed him as being a […]

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Crime talks

Crime talks

In the last post I talked about resources for book group leaders in selecting titles for discussions. For those facilitators in a hurry, here’s a short list of titles recently published that would make excellent choices. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin–a quiet portrait of a boyhood friendship and the choices young men make […]

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Happy Birthday, Dear Dashiell . . .

Happy Birthday, Dear Dashiell . . .

As the Writer’s Almanac reminds us, today is the birthday of Dashiell Hammett. Even if you think you know his story, give it a read: In 1931, Hammett began a 30-year affair with a script girl who would eventually become a playwright: Lillian Hellman. Their relationship inspired the characters of Nick and Nora Charles, the […]

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Get Blitzed!

Get Blitzed!

Connie Willis has won the latest Nebula Award for her two novels Blackout and All Clear, which together form a single story. These books are an exciting return to form from a writer who had not turned out a novel in years. But it’s not the first time that Willis has explored the Blitz years of […]

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The Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier

The Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier

Lynn: Eleven-year-old Suzanna Snow has a busy schedule!  Her parents who manage the swanky Rosemount Hotel in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, are intent on training Zanna to someday run the hotel.  Zanna is busy all day doing everything from fetching the day’s catch from the docks for dinner to delivering tea and helping out in […]

Audiobooks on NPR

Audiobooks on NPR

The 2011 Audies Awards featured on Talk of the Nation today, with Arnie Cardillo (Live Oak Media), narrator George Guidall, and Janet Benson, president Audio Publishers Association, the guests. Cardillo spoke about about his production Here in Harlem, by Walter Dean Myers, the winner of this year’s Distinguished Achievement in Production award, and mentioned ALA’s […]

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Treasures of the Library

Treasures of the Library

Last week my colleague David Wright and I presented for our library’s Volunteer Appreciation event. We decided to frame our presentation around the “treasures” of the library–those books that librarians love to tell patrons about, the ones that they send to the volunteers to tape and glue and keep limping along year after year. David […]

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Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Cindy:  It’s no mystery that fans of the National Book Award Winner, What I Saw and How I Lied, will line up for Judy Blundell’s latest historical mood-saturated drama, Strings Attached (Scholastic 2011). Kit Corrigan learns the hard way that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Seventeen and struggling to make ends […]