Archive for July, 2011

Something Different: Online Short Stories

Something Different: Online Short Stories

Is your book group looking for something new and different and, well, cheap? Why not try selecting and discussing some short stories online? My colleague Jared Mills started a book group called The Seattle Futurians Book Club and for their first meeting they discussed three short stories available online. Kij Johnson’s “Ponies,” “The Other Amazon” […]

Accessable audiobooks: a Learning Ally for all

Accessable audiobooks: a Learning Ally for all

Free audiobooks by request for those with print disabilities? Find out about Learning Ally – formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, a service that has assisted all ages since 1948 – in this great Chicago Sun-Times story “Learning Ally Records Texts for Students Who are Visually Impaired” by Mike Nolan. I was reminded of […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
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25th Annual Anthony Award Nominees

25th Annual Anthony Award Nominees

When the 25th annual Anthony Award nominees were announced way back on May 10, I meant to get a blog post done right away. Unfortunately, amidst the mayhem of Mystery Month, I lost track of the draft post until just the other day, when I finally had time to link the titles to their Booklist reviews. But […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories
Funny ’cause it’s true, unfortunately

Funny ’cause it’s true, unfortunately

I have no doubt that many authors have horror stories similar to Nancy Lauzon‘s experience as a visiting author to a book group. However, I do hope that subsequent book group visits were more pleasant and the conversation more stimulating for both Nancy and any other author who suffered a less-than-stellar discussion. Nancy, author of […]

Blackout by John Rocco

Blackout by John Rocco

Lynn: What happens at your house when the lights go out?  Shrieks of dismay?  Frantic calls to the power company?  John Rocco’s wise and funny book Blackout (Disney/Hyperion 2011) shows us that it can also be a great opportunity to slow down and appreciate our world and the people in it. On a normal summer […]

“Twinning” your group

“Twinning” your group

Has anyone ever thought of “twinning” your book discussion group? According to  Opening the Book, a library consultant group in the UK, twinning is when you “twin with a local group and exchange opinions on books by email/post/library courier; twin with a national or international reading group and talk about reading habits and preferences by email […]

News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Blackstone Audio offers simultaneous download of  digital MP3 audiobooks without waiting lists or holds through their Max Access collection of best-selling titles available through OverDrive. Keep up with what’s new from Blackstone on their blog here. I’ll be hearing more about this feature and plenty more at OverDrive’s Digipalooza, their International User Group Conference, later […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, News
Morality and “Immortality”

Morality and “Immortality”

Many book groups have discovered the special qualities of Rebecca Skloot’s prize-winning book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It has a riveting story, complex and realistic characters (including the author), and a lively pace in spite of all the science. Not to mention numerous angles that make the book a great fit for most […]

Fall Crystal Ball: The Night Circus

Fall Crystal Ball: The Night Circus

This time I am borrowing a post title from Kaite! And in this case a crystal ball prediction is rather appropriate. One of the books with the most buzz at BookExpo this year was Erin Morgenstern’s debut The Night Circus. A couple of colleagues of mine let me know that it was a highly anticipated […]