Archive for June, 2011

#JIAM Get Caught Listening winners announced

#JIAM Get Caught Listening winners announced

Love audiobooks? Watch these great videos from fans who won a total of $8000! Here’s the press release from the Audio Publishers Association, with the three videos embedded below: APA Announces the Winners of the 2011 Get Caught Listening Video Contest After receiving 32 video submissions and narrowing the field to 10 impressive finalists, APA […]

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer

The last book of our crime and mystery fiction book discussion season was The Ghost Writerby John Harwood.  For me, it was the ideal way to go out–with a bang.  Or a whiteboard. Once before my book discussion group encounter a convoluted novel with an enormous character list and it required me to use the […]

Gateway

Gateway

Frederik Pohl’s Gateway is psychological science fiction, taking us as deep into the psyche of its main character as it takes us into space. The unfortunately names Robinette Broadhead, who otherwise goes by Bob, meets up with his robot analyst, whom he calls Sigfrid von Shrink, to talk about and avoid his past. Bob is […]

Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin

In preparing for an upcoming book group that will look at the theme of travel, I decided it was time to get acquainted with Bruce Chatwin. I’m glad I did. He’s a fascinating subject. An English writer and adventurer, Chatwin got his start as an art expert at Sotheby’s, but work-related eye problems sent him on […]

Bookends in New Orleans

Bookends in New Orleans

Cindy: What is it about dieting that makes you see tempting food everywhere? New Orleans is probably one of the worst places to go while trying to avoid sweets and carbs but when even the books start making you salivate things are bad! Lynn and I are wrestling with post-ALA-Conference stupor this morning but wanted […]

Minority Report: Broader Perspectives for Young Black Men

Minority Report: Broader Perspectives for Young Black Men

With the frenzy of another school year ended, I’ve had the time to reflect on the past year – one where I was fortunate enough to be able to send both my sons abroad. The 8th grader went to Barcelona with his Spanish class, the college senior went to Tanzania in a semester abroad program. […]

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2011 Locus Award Winners

2011 Locus Award Winners

The 2011 Locus award winners have been announced: Science Fiction Novel Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis Fantasy Novel Kraken, by China Miéville First Novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin Young Adult Novel Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi Novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang Anthology Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin […]

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Literature Is Illuminating!

Literature Is Illuminating!

Here’s a very cool do-it-yourself reading lamp from HOWTO (via BoingBoing, via Red Ferret).  

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Reading the Screen: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Reading the Screen: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

There’s really no way to talk about film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo without assuming you’ve read the book. If you haven’t, you might want to close your eyes while you read the rest of this. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — the 2009 Swedish film, obviously, since David Fincher’s version […]

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Tina Fey’s Rules of Improv

Tina Fey’s Rules of Improv

I recently read Tina Fey’s memoir, Bossypants, and I found it a fantastically funny, entertaining read. Told in episodic essays, Fey relays her unexpected rise in the ranks of theater to improv to “Saturday Night Live” to her show “30 Rock.” But what has stayed with me the most, and what has been much discussed […]