Archive for July, 2011

Man Booker Long List Announced

Man Booker Long List Announced

The long list for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, one of literature’s premier prizes, was announced earlier this week. Although most of these titles are still awaiting American distribution, book group leaders should seek them out in hardback in preparation for forthcoming release in more club-friendly formats. These are likely to be among the year’s most buzzed-about books. […]

More Tweets for Book Clubs

More Tweets for Book Clubs

Back in February I mentioned some Twitter feeds I follow for book news and possible selections for book groups. Here’s another small batch of book tweeters who post pithy tweets about book groups, reading, book news, and other items of interest to readers. EarlyWord @earlyword– is the twitter handle for the favorite website of many […]

Debt: Everybody Does It

Debt: Everybody Does It

Really America? Has Suze Orman taught us nothing? If you get another credit card you will be paying off interest with money that should be going into your retirement account (which you must NEVER touch.) Honestly, Congress. There’s plenty of recent nonfiction about the debt crisis in America. Why not sprinkle a couple of novels into […]

Kristen Tracy and Funny Books

Kristen Tracy and Funny Books

Lynn: Cindy and I may differ on our favorite genres but we are in complete agreement about funny books.  It is REALLY hard to write funny books and we LOVE them.  Kristen Tracy writes really funny books and today we are going to talk about two of them.  I get to start with The Reinvention […]

Bringing Back the Buzz, Pt. 1

Bringing Back the Buzz, Pt. 1

Every book group in which I’ve ever been involved has gone through cycles. In the boom times, every discussion is fascinating, every book choice clicks, and the readers turn out in droves and get along swimmingly. But then perhaps a couple of books in a row will prove to be unhappy choices, a couple of […]

News You Can Use

News You Can Use

AudioGo has merged with Audio Bookshelf, publisher of award-winning audiobooks for children since 1992. AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks America) will expand their catalog to include a growing roster of new AudioGO Children’s imprint titles, incorporating Audio Bookshelf’s diverse catalog of children’s and young adult titles now recorded, packaged and distributed by AudioGO.

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Inside the Audiobook Studio with Maureen Johnson and Nicola Barber

Inside the Audiobook Studio with Maureen Johnson and Nicola Barber

Report on  The Name of the Star, the newest from Johnson, as recorded by Barber in the Brilliance Audio studios, featured in this post by Sarah Debraski on “The Hub,” YALSA’s literature blog.  I especially liked Debraski’s observations on being inside the audiobook studio: There were really so many interesting things I learned about audiobooks, […]

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2011 Eisner Award Winners Announced at Comic-Con

2011 Eisner Award Winners Announced at Comic-Con

The best of the best in comics, er…graphic novels for you literary types, were announced at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Here’s a sampling of the winners circle: Best Continuing Series Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory Best Limited Series Daytripper, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba Best Publication for Kids Tiny Titans, […]

Book Groups turning more to e-readers

Book Groups turning more to e-readers

In yesterday’s Booklist webinar “Book Group Buzzing,”  moderator/panelist Rebecca Vnuk discussed trends in reading groups. One of them was the growing number of participants  attending book group with an e-reader in hand. I know I’ve seen a growing number of my book group attendees bring e-readers to the discussion. Recently Reading Group Choices released the […]

Book Discussion Web Site Roundup

Book Discussion Web Site Roundup

During yesterday’s Book Group Buzzing webinar, a question came up asking for  good websites for book discussion groups.  I promised that I would address that here on the blog.  I’ve compiled a list of recently mentioned websites from my fellow BGB bloggers, as well as added some of my personal favorites.  I hope they are […]