Archive for April, 2012

Do awards matter?

Do awards matter?

Over at Books & Such blog, Rachel Kent asks this question. It’s a good one to ask in light of the recent news surrounding book awards. In the U.S., the Pulitzer board couldn’t name a clear winner from three very deserving nominees. In Australia, the Queensland Premier has announced no winners for the Queensland Literary […]

Hunger Games…

Hunger Games…

Cindy: I finally scraped together a couple of free hours with my husband in town so we could go see The Hunger Games movie. I’ve long since gotten over expecting movies based on books to live up to my standards, but I have to admit that this one fared well. Within the obvious limitations of […]

Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs

Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs

Hey! You! Ransom Riggs! What, you think you can just explode upon the scene with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and dangle the film rights before Tim Burton and then cruise around the country all successful and whatnot? Sure, you’ve been on the bestseller charts for 45 weeks. But guess how long it’ll take […]

Prize announcement: Good news and bad news

Prize announcement: Good news and bad news

On the eve of the announcement for the call for entries for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Premier announced the cessation of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Both awards are two of Australia’s most valuable and noteworthy awards for literary achievement. Due to budget cuts, the Queensland Premier’s government is no longer funding […]

Ellen Degeneres to narrate 50 Shades of Gray??

Ellen Degeneres to narrate 50 Shades of Gray??

E.L. James’ blockbuster as audiobook? Laugh your way through Ellen’s video that perfectly illustrates (not!) what we audiobook reviewers call “narrator match.” Just in case you’re wondering, you CAN listen to the real thing: The 50 Shades of Grey audio from Random House is read by Becca Battoe. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

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My Night at the Edgars
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My Night at the Edgars

I’d been to the Edgar Awards, honoring the finest in mystery fiction, a couple of times in the past, but this year was different: an invitation to sit at legendary crime fiction editor, publisher, and bookstore owner Otto Penzler’s table is not to be passed up. The room was crawling with big-name authors, including a […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories
Hit Lit Crit Kit

Hit Lit Crit Kit

In crime writer James W. Hall’s new book Hit Lit, he argues that most bestsellers, and in particular twelve mega-sellers that he examines, share some common characteristics. Like many experienced readers, Hall became frustrated with the quality of the books that made the bestseller list. But teaching a course on bestsellers began to change his […]

Edgar Award Winners Announced

Edgar Award Winners Announced

The Edgar Awards ended, fittingly, much like an Agatha Christie novel: the suspects  gathered in the parlor (the Grand Hyatt hotel at Grand Central Station) in black tie and finally learned whodunit . . . won the award, that is.  No word yet on whether anyone made one last, desperate attempt to flee before getting […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Audible.com

Web Crush of the Week: Audible.com

Yes, it’s a commercial site. Yes, it’s owned by Amazon. Yes, you purchase content there. You also have the opportunity to check out their really good lists (based on popularity, genre, what their editors are listening to…) and get ideas of what you and your patrons might like to listen to next. With over 100,00 […]

Summer 2012: Random House Highlights

Summer 2012: Random House Highlights

Yesterday I went to an event at a local independent bookstore to hear two Random House representatives talk about forthcoming summer releases. Here are some of the ones that stood out: Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson: The story of a young man’s journey from Ethiopia to the kitchens of New York City. It’s […]