Archive for May, 2011

Tana French Recommends a Book That Has Everything

Tana French Recommends a Book That Has Everything

The authors we’ve been hearing from this month are all very accomplished but, if I’m not mistaken, only Tana French can boast that she’s batting 1.000 with Booklist. Three books—In the Woods (2007), The Likeness (2008), and Faithful Place (2010)—three starred reviews. Oh, and she won the Edgar for Best First Novel, too. Of the […]

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The Last Little BLue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little BLue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Cindy: While Lynn is booking a real trip to Europe this summer, I have to pacify myself with a virtual trip through The Last Little Blue Envelope (HarperTeen 2011).  Those of you who followed Ginny’s European scavenger hunt in the first book, Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, will remember that her backpack was stolen in Greece […]

Possible Pick:  The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard

Possible Pick: The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard

In Erin McGrath’s The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard, readers meet the beguiling Nell Platt.  Nell grows up poor in rural Kansas.   To escape her bleak life, she marries at 17,  but finds she’s traded one sad situation for another. A talented seamstress, she decides to leave her husband and two baby daughters behind to run […]

Writers of the Future Winners

Writers of the Future Winners

Most of the awards we post here on Likely Stories are for book-length works of fiction and nonfiction—and most of the winners are not first-time authors. But there are some contests for beginners, too. The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest is designed to give an early-career boost to aspiring sf authors […]

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Frequent Flier Miles for Armchair Travelers

Frequent Flier Miles for Armchair Travelers

Having grown up in a family of teachers, summertime always gets me in a travelling mood. I’m staying put this year, but here’s a nice list from the Telegraph of 24 books that will send readers on a trip around the world. I like the idea of travel-themed book group meetings. Instead of fighting with […]

Prosecutor Marcia Clark on Guilt by Association

Prosecutor Marcia Clark on Guilt by Association

Debut novelist Clark’s legal expertise forms the foundation of her thriller (you remember her as the lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson murder trial), but it’s the fresh wit that has earned her hot new mystery Guilt by Association multiple starred reviews. I’ve got an exclusive  video below of Clark chatting with narrator January LaVoy […]

Marcus Sakey on Rude Beginnings and Mad Game

Marcus Sakey on Rude Beginnings and Mad Game

Reviewing his debut, The Knife Itself (2007), Booklist called Marcus Sakey “a writer to watch.” Watchers—and readers—have been rewarded with a string of intelligent and compulsively readable thrillers that seem to be getting better and better: next month’s Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes earned Sakey his first Booklist star. (Thomas Gaughan calls it “an insightful, emotion-packed, suspenseful, and […]

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Elephant Talk by Ann Downer

Elephant Talk by Ann Downer

Lynn: Quick quiz!  What are hovering and whiffling, rumbling, ear flaps and trunk curls?  All these are among the many ways elephants communicate.  In Elephant Talk:  The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication (Twenty-First Century 2011) Downer presents not only the story of the complex story of elephant communication but also the scientific processes behind these […]

2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominees Announced

2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominees Announced

The 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award nominees have been announced. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) aims to  recognize authors and illustrators “whose complete works have made an important and lasting contribution to children’s literature.” The finalists, representing 33 countries, include Author Paul Fleischman and Illustrator Chris Raschka for the US, Author Eoin […]

Ted Dekker Identifies the Consummate Thriller

Ted Dekker Identifies the Consummate Thriller

Ted Dekker used to be a big name in the Christian-fiction market, and now he’s a big name in the fiction market, period. With more than five million copies of his books in print, he’s got big sales and big readership—and critical plaudits, too. David Pitt’s Booklist review of The Priest’s Graveyard begins, “Dekker’s new thriller […]

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