Archive for March, 2012

Classic Books Made into Films, Pt. 1

Classic Books Made into Films, Pt. 1

The staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library selected books made into films as the theme for our March meeting. Our readers normally choose recent titles, so it was fun and surprising to see that most of the choices this month were classics. James M. Cain maybe the most frequently adapted writer that modern readers […]

Back to Nature

Back to Nature

In a recent post  on the New York Times blog, Motherlode, KJ Dell’Antonia referenced a study led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s J. Allen Williams Jr. that found a sharp decline in illustrations of the natural world in the pages of Caldecott Medal-winners. It’s a interesting question: do today’s picture books focus less on wilderness […]

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Fantastic Audiobook Club How-to

Fantastic Audiobook Club How-to

Food, drinks, friends gathered around for a read-aloud: Book Club 2.0. Here’s a great how-to for libraries or traditional book clubs looking for a new twist. Apartment Therapy blogged about a novel way to share books in this post “Reinvent the Book Club: How to Host Your Own Audiobook Gathering“. I love the suggestion to […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced the winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. The prize-winning writer will be in heady company—past winners include Philip Roth, John Updike, E. Annie Proulx and Don DeLillo. Here’s the winner, followed by the finalists, with links to Booklist reviews. The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka Finalists […]

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Dusty Book: Like Water for Chocolate

Dusty Book: Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel is a yummy little intro to magical realism, Latin American fiction, and the sensualization of domestic chores. Tita is the youngest of three daughters in a turn-of-the-century Mexican ranching family, raised to live at home and take care […]

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert

Cindy: In celebration of Booklist’s always fabulous Graphic Novel spotlight, we have a gn to share that sheds new understanding on the most famous of all teacher-pupil relationships. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Hyperion 2012) really capitalizes on the graphic storytelling format to communicate the difficulties Annie faced in her work with […]

Monstress: Stories

Monstress: Stories

Lysley Tenorio’s debut collection of short stories, Monstress, explores the lives of Filipino Americans and Filipinos with a universal grace. Tenorio’s voice is gentle and strong as his stories delve into lives on the fringes. In the title story, “Monstress,” Reva and her filmmaker beau arrive in Hollywood to collaborate with another monster movie director; Reva gets to […]

Hostile Questions: Libba Bray

Hostile Questions: Libba Bray

Libba Bray dashed off some NYT bestselling books called the Gemma Doyle trilogy–well, don’t that beat all?  She also won the Michael L. Printz Award for a book called Going Bovine–sooooo impressive, right? Mostly she goes around writing fancy things and expecting people to read them. But let’s see how fancily she writes after I’m […]

So there’s this little movie that just came out…

So there’s this little movie that just came out…

Perhaps you’ve heard of it, The Hunger Games? Normally here on Shelfrenewal we like to create read-alike lists to go along with what’s happening in pop culture, but heck, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, since so many fab YA librarians have already done so. Instead I’d we’ll just showcase some of those lists […]

Some of the Hunger Is Missing from "The Hunger Games"

Some of the Hunger Is Missing from "The Hunger Games"

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]

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