Archive for August, 2011

EW does RA

EW does RA

In the latest print issue of Entertainment Weekly 9/2/11 , you will find a great example of readers’ advisory on the Letters page. It starts with “If You Love The Help…” and two readers of EW made the same suggestion for a readalike, Like One of the Family: Conversations From a Domestic’s Life. EW staff […]

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Keir’s Reading Resolution: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
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Keir’s Reading Resolution: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

In a few hours, I’ll be out the door and on my way to a four-month sabbatical leave. Before I go, I’m pleased to report that I managed to knock off another title from my New Year’s resolution reading list. As Likely Stories and REaD ALERT readers know, earlier this year I decided to get […]

Bringing back the Buzz, Pt. 6

Bringing back the Buzz, Pt. 6

It’s time for part six of my big list of ways to bring some variety to a book group that’s become too mundane. 18. GOOD DEEDS, GOOD READS How about combining some service with a book group meeting? There are several ways you might provide useful help. See if a local childrens’ hospital or retirement […]

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Partnerships

Partnerships

You may have already come across this recent ABA article on bookstore and library partnerships, but it’s worth putting out there again because it really drives the point home – if you are lucky enough to have a bookstore in your community, see how you can work with them to promote your events and serve […]

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A Debate – The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies

A Debate – The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies

Lynn: We believe in unbiased reporting here at Bookends and in presenting ALL sides and opinions.  It’s not easy to pursue this noble goal in book reviewing and sometimes the cost is high.  In my case that cost has been domestic harmony.  Yes, faithful readers, the focus group and I have been engaged in a […]

Goodnight Irene

Goodnight Irene

I’ve spent the last five days preparing for, riding out, and then trying to pick up after the passage of Hurricane Irene. Here in the Hampton Roads of Virginia, we’re becoming wary of “I” storms. Eight years ago, just as I started at Williamsburg Regional Library, we got walloped by Isabel. For a while, Irene looked like […]

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Tatjana Soli Named James Tait Black Prize Winner

Tatjana Soli Named James Tait Black Prize Winner

The University of Edinburgh recently named Tatjana Soli the winner of the James Tait Black award for her novel The Lotus Eaters. Read what Booklist has to say about her debut work at the link below! The Lotus Eaters By Tatjana Soli

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People will talk about people

People will talk about people

Along with all the great new fall fiction, book group facilitators can look forward to fascinating nonfiction that will please devotees of “the real story.” Steve Paul, senior writer and arts editor at the Kansas City Star, added his two cents to the crop of autumn reads with a round-up of the most intriguing nonfiction. […]

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Wideness & Wonder by Susan Goldman Rubin

Wideness & Wonder by Susan Goldman Rubin

Lynn: “I have used these things to say what is to me the wideness and wonder of the world.” – Georgia O’Keeffe.  Rubin has chosen this most appropo of quotations for the title of her latest biography, Wideness and Wonder:  The Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffee (Chronicle 2011).  It is an absorbing book and […]

Fall books for book groups

Fall books for book groups

With Labor Day right around the corner, I’m feeling a little wistful that summer will soon be over. But with Labor Day right around the corner, I’m also feeling artistic, musical, and literary anticipation. Because the Fall Arts calendar will soon be in full swing. New theatre, new exhibits, new opera and symphonies, and the […]

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