Archive for January, 2012

Nightwoods
By January 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Nightwoods

Some times publicity works in reverse. I am probably the only person on this site who has nor either read Cold Mountain or seen the film.  I have no excuses, just stating the facts.  When I read the reviews for this novel, I knew the appeal factors contained within those raves made this book a […]

2012 ALA Youth Media Awards
By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

2012 ALA Youth Media Awards

In case you missed the hubbub on twitter this morning, today was the big announcement of this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards. In an awards ceremony that clipped by at just over an hour, nearly 20 awards were announced — that’s about 1 every 3 minutes! Here’s a list of selected winners: Newbery Medal Dead […]

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2012 Printz Award Announced
By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

2012 Printz Award Announced

More award news from ALA Midwinter! Next up, the Printz Award: Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley

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2012 Alex Award Winners Announced!
By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

2012 Alex Award Winners Announced!

ALA Midwinter is atwitter with excitement over this year’s Youth Media Awards (literally: my twitter feed is moving at lightning speed)! First up, the Alex Awards. Here are the 10 winners: Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys […]

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Reading and Empathy
By January 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading and Empathy

Today, I came across an interesting article about reading at the Harvard Business Review of all places. It explores how reading novels can make one more successful in the business world. I’m not terribly interested in the business aspect, but the fundamental argument of the piece is that reading novels makes one more empathetic to […]

Web Crush of the Week: Beth Fish Reads

Web Crush of the Week: Beth Fish Reads

Beth Fish reads, ya’ll. It’s her life, her love, her url: http://www.bethfishreads.com/. “Ms. Fish” is a book lover and freelance book editor and book reviewer. Her blog features book reviews, author guest posts, and other bookish content (with a soft spot for Pennsylvania authors.) One unique feature is her Imprint Awareness Project, currently spotlighting Harper Perennial, Pamela […]

Look to the East: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Look to the East: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Facilitators looking to add some international flavor to their reading groups should have a look at the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. This prestigious award will be presented at the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. The award’s short list was announced last October and on January 21, the second annual prize will be given in […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Flame Alphabet
By January 19, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Flame Alphabet

Today we have a creepy, artist-created trailer for Ben Marcus’ The Flame Alphabet, a novel which Donna Seaman writes in her starred review “[offers] incandescent insights into ancient alphabets and mysticism, ostracism and exodus, incarceration with Holocaust echoes, and Kafkaesque behavioral science.” Too brainy for a Thursday? Not brainy enough? You tell us. To find […]

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What Would YOU Pick?

What Would YOU Pick?

Cindy: As I write this, Lynn is winging her way to The American Library Association Midwinter Meetings in Dallas…propelled as much by excitement and nerves as she is by Delta Airlines. Her 2012 Newbery Award deliberations start tomorrow and I am left behind to work for two more days before I can leave town and […]

Analyzing the ABBC: Biographies
By January 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Analyzing the ABBC: Biographies

The compilation of all the best-books-of-2011 lists and awards continues, and the latest version of the resulting ABBC (All the Best Books Compilation) can be reached via my other blogging home at Williamsburg Regional Library’s Blogging for a Good Book. While the compilation is a work in progress, trends are beginning to emerge, and I […]