Archive for October, 2011

Swirl by Swirl:  Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Lynn: Talk about a dream team!  Caldecott winning illustrator Beth Krommes teams up again with Joyce Sidman, winner of three Newbery Honor medals in the exquisite Swirl By Swirl:  Spirals in Nature (Houghton 2011).  The result is just what you would expect – another brilliantly crafted book.  This time the subject is the ” spiral: […]

Happy Halloween!
By October 31, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Happy Halloween!

Creepy blast-from-the-past spoken word horror LPs featuring the voices of your favorite movie monster? If you read Eerie magazine back in the 60s & 70s, you might remember these ads – I think I have a vague recollection of ads in the back of comic books. Makes me want to haunt eBay to try and […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Discussing Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun
By October 29, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Discussing Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun

Earlier this month my book group discussed Dave Egger’s Zeitoun. A work of nonfiction, Zeitoun takes a look at Hurricane Katrina and how one Syrian-American man and his family are swept into a terrible storm of a different kind in the aftermath of the natural disaster in New Orleans. The book fostered a wonderful discussion […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Ellen Hopkins
By October 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Ellen Hopkins

Author video: Audiobooks are THE way to experience poetry. Watch YA novelist Ellen Hopkins as she reflects on the audiobook version  of her newest title Triangles in this video from Simon & Schuster Audio. Hear her reaction to the decision to use four narrators, how audio actors absorb an author’s intent and breathe out the […]

Secrets from My Shelves: The Bob Tower Power Hour
By October 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Secrets from My Shelves: The Bob Tower Power Hour

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) This is the rarest book I own. How rare? Only one copy was ever made. Its monetary worth is […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Let’s Get Critical
By October 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Let’s Get Critical

My wife and I usually go to the movies on Friday night, so an essay at The Millions struck my attention this morning. It touts the new Library of America compilation of the film criticism of Pauline Kael, The Age of Movies: Selected Writing of Pauline Kael. It also argues that passionate debate about films is yet another item […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
The Great Race by Kevin O'Malley

The Great Race by Kevin O'Malley

Lynn: I’ve always cheered for the underdog (as can be seen by my life-long support of the Chicago Cubs) and I think a lot of kids share my tendency to root for the little guy.  The tortoise and the hare is a favorite tale for both me and the focus group and The Great Race […]

A Sweet Success Story
By October 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

A Sweet Success Story

There’s something downright charming about a small independent publisher hitting it big with an honest-to-God best-seller, the kind of success—complete with ancillary sales—that enables a struggling company to stabilize its finances and, hopefully, move on to even greater things. And, call me a bit warped, but I like the story even more when all that […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Tumultuous Awards Season!
By October 27, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Tumultuous Awards Season!

This fall has brought a lot of controversy to book awards—accidentally nominated authors, rage over readability—my Google alert email was certainly exciting to read every morning! Here’s a roundup of some book award news worth noting: Lauren Myracle withdrew her book Shine from its place on the National Book Award shortlist (at their request). The […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: That Is All
By October 27, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: That Is All

Book Trailer Thursday switches gears this week from puppies to apocalpyse with John “I’m a PC” Hodgman’s That Is All. Lighten up the gloomy (in Chicago, at least) day with this hilarious trailer, which boasts more celebrity cameos than BTT has seen in a long while along with perhaps the most annoying song ever written. […]

Posted in: Book Trailers