Archive for October, 2011

Crimes In Southern Indiana
By October 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Crimes In Southern Indiana

I am sure our colleagues in Southern Indiana will rise to the defense but the new collection of connected short stories by Frank Bill with the name Crimes In Southern Indiana is not going to be used to attract tourists or new residents to that area. Each story in this collection is brilliantly presented.  They […]

Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Book to Screen)
By October 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Book to Screen)

Before there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — a splendid movie, why didn’t more of you go and see it? — there was Cowboys & Aliens the graphic novel, published in 2006 by Platinum Studios and created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. With words by Andrew Foley and Fred Van Lente, and terrific artwork by Dennis […]

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Cindy: Can I just steal Daniel Kraus’ review for my blog post of  This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (Simon & Schuster 2011)? Okay, not the whole thing, I need to earn my keep, but how about the opening? That Victor Frankenstein must’ve been a handful as a teen, eh? The latest entry […]

A+ Audio: Dead End in Norvelt
By October 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

A+ Audio: Dead End in Norvelt

Jack Gantos: amazing author and outstanding narrator. Read my interview below, first printed at BooklistOnline, to hear what Gantos thinks about the value of audiobooks, the power of a male voice, and the need for more humor in literature for kids & teens. And be sure to listen to the audiobook of Dead End in […]

Silver Sparrow: A Story in Two Voices
By October 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Silver Sparrow: A Story in Two Voices

Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow has a great first line: “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” As soon as I read the first line, I wanted to know this girl’s story. Narrated by two voices, Silver Sparrow tells the story of a secret, ‘outside’ daughter, Dana, and Chaurisse, the ‘real’ daughter who is unaware of […]

Oh, the Horrors
By October 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Oh, the Horrors

What scares you? In the staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library, we were asked to choose books that might scare us. Here are some of the adult and young adult titles that our readers brought to the meeting. Melissa likes Victorian stories, so she chose a collection of ghost stories from that era written […]

When Bob Met Woody by Gary Golio

When Bob Met Woody by Gary Golio

Cindy: When my oldest daughter first took guitar lessons, she struggled as the instructor made her pluck out the notes for “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” My brother was disdainful of that method. He said, “I can teach her three chords and she’ll be able to play any Bob Dylan song she wants, and what more would she […]

For Anita Hill, Serenity is the Best Revenge
By October 24, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

For Anita Hill, Serenity is the Best Revenge

It’s been 20 years since Anita Hill had the temerity to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. It took a lot of nerve for her to come forth with allegations of sexual harassment against a man who was lined up to be the second African American male to serve on the Supreme […]

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Paolini talks Inheritance with audiobook narrator Doyle
By October 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Paolini talks Inheritance with audiobook narrator Doyle

Here’s a video for Eragon fans awaiting the release of the 4th book in Christopher Paolini’s fantasy series. The marvelous narrator Gerard Doyle discuss the recording of the final book Inheritance, which will be released Nov. 8th, with author Paolini in the Random House Audio studio. And for those fans wondering what Paolini will be […]

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Lynn: Everyone has a theory about Harris Burdick, but Lemony Snickett, never known for his lack of opinions, asserts in his introduction to The Chronicles of Harris Burdick (Houghton 2011) “that these are the actual stories written by Harris Burdick, given by Burdick to the various authors who are pretending to write them.”  Well, I’m always […]