Archive for February, 2012

Web Crush of the Week: The Center for Fiction

Web Crush of the Week: The Center for Fiction

Want to know what Philip Roth is recommending? Or hear Margaret Atwood talk about Science Fiction and the imagination? Let me introduce you to the Center for Fiction. The Center for Fiction was founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library by merchants and their clerks before the advent of public libraries. By the mid-nineteenth century, […]

Posted in: Backlist
Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title
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Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title

I’ve been on the awards beat at Booklist for about 6 months now, so I’ve seen my fair share of distinguished writers take home prizes and laurels. I’ve also written my fair share of dry introductory paragraphs—hey, it’s not always easy coming up with something witty to say about the LA Times Book Prize. But […]

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Nancy Pearl Interviews: Stewart O’Nan and Jo Walton
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Nancy Pearl Interviews: Stewart O’Nan and Jo Walton

There are two new Nancy Pearl Book Lust interviews for the Seattle Channel posted that book groups should know about: Stewart O’Nan and Jo Walton. Nancy Pearl spoke with Stewart O’Nan about his new book, The Odds, but they also discussed his varied career, the authors and books he loves to share and how he approaches writing. You […]

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Maps and Legends
By February 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Maps and Legends

Now Joyce Saricks will know that people are listening when she speaks.  At a talk she gave at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies she mentioned a collection of essays by Michael Chabon called Maps and Legends. Chabon is one of the those people I would like to have read but… […]

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Just for fun: You, translated into Dewey
By February 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Just for fun: You, translated into Dewey

Convert your name into a Dewey Decimal Number! http://spacefem.com/quizzes/dewey/ gives this description: This will convert your name to a class listed in the Dewey Decimal System. That’s right… somewhere between 000 (Generalities) and 999 (Extraterrestrial worlds) you have a place, and through the magic of internet we can find it through random arbitrary letter decoding. Plus this […]

Posted in: audiobooks
So That's What She's Been Up To
By February 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

So That's What She's Been Up To

Almost as soon as Harry Potter et. al. took their final ride on the Hogwarts Express in 2007, readers began to speculate what the next big project was for J.K. Rowling. Now we know. She has finished an adult novel, though the publication date is still under wraps. What was disclosed in a press release is that […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
By February 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Tuck in your bib and flip that tie over your shoulder–you’re about to drool. Here’s a worthy toothache of a trailer for the forthcoming The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day, owners of “the best little bakery in the South” and American scratch-baking enthusiasts. With this as our guide, we […]

Posted in: Book Trailers
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Cindy: Grab your tissue box and some popcorn and settle in to read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Harper 2012). I initially picked this up based on the cover art and out of a curiosity for what Animorphs author Applegate was up to these days. I was not prepared for what I […]

Analyzing the 2011 ABBC: Young Adult Fiction
By February 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Analyzing the 2011 ABBC: Young Adult Fiction

The end of compilation is in sight as I continue to combine all of 2011′s best-books-of-the-year lists and awards into one spreadsheet that shows every book that was mentioned by every major source and documents how many times each of those works has been mentioned. Here at Book Group Buzz, I’ve been analyzing some of […]

Making Toast: A Memoir about Loss, Love and Family
By February 22, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Making Toast: A Memoir about Loss, Love and Family

It is impossible to read Roger Rosenblatt’s memoir Making Toast: A Family Story without crying at least once. Rosenblatt, known to many for his work with PBS and Time, faced the toughest experience any parent can face when his middle child, his daughter Amy, died suddenly at the age of 38, leaving a husband and three […]

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