Archive for April, 2012

"What rough beast slouches at your keyboard?" and Other Brutal Rejections
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"What rough beast slouches at your keyboard?" and Other Brutal Rejections

These people keep sending me the harshest rejection letters—but I guess I’m asking for it. I should never have submitted to them. Dear Writer, The void awaits us all, but your prose was a gaping hole of premature death. From your submission darkness seeped, the groaning collapse of the inept, in throes. It shocked us […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Cat Daddy

Book Trailer Thursday: Cat Daddy

Book trailer hunting yielded a myriad of exciting results this week, truth be told. But then I found the trailer for Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy. Redemption story? Tattooed man showing his sensitive side? “Ah-HA!” moment? CATS?! Sorry, every other book trailer in the world. You’ll have to wait until next week, for today we […]

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Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Cindy: Since 2002 one of the National Poetry Month celebrations includes “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” You can read the details and history at that link, and get print-ready poems and other ideas, but don’t overthink this. Find a poem, write it down or print it out and put it in your pocket. Pull it […]

Awards Roundup: An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Awards Roundup: An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Covering book awards is sometimes like trying to find a snack in the pantry after not visiting the grocery store for a few weeks. But this month has been a trip-to-Costco-with-a-minivan kind of month for book awards. From the Pulitzer, to the Orion Book Awards, to short-list announcements for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the […]

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Getting Steamed

Getting Steamed

I met with the Science Fiction/Fantasy group at Williamsburg Regional Library last week to discuss steampunk. There’s a real surge of popularity for steampunk in fandom and among designers lately, driven by retro-future romanticism and the fact that steampunk, with its mix of Victorian high style and gleaming gears, glistening clockwork men, blimps, and goggles, […]

Pete Hautman wins the L.A. Times Book Prize for YA Literature

Pete Hautman wins the L.A. Times Book Prize for YA Literature

Cindy: I am still recovering from a fun weekend in L.A. attending the L.A. Times Book Prize and Festival. That article will give you an overview of all the fun I had at this festival that draws 140,000 visitors to celebrate the world of literature. Families, aspiring authors, teachers, and book lovers of all sorts […]

This Commute Is Not Recommended: Booklisters Review Their Trips to Work
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This Commute Is Not Recommended: Booklisters Review Their Trips to Work

We review a lot of books, audiobooks, and databases—but if you think that’s all we review, think again. As proven by these evaluations of our trips to work, once the book-critical part of the brain has been activated, it’s impossible to turn it off. Bookman versus the Train Weasels For a commute with such a provocative title, this 45-minute ride […]

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City of Orphans

City of Orphans

“People are freer in America.  But there are more tears.” The sentence above, a quote by Mama Geless, a Danish immigrant in the book City of Orphans. does a nice job of summarizing the theme of this story.  Unintentionally, I have been reading books with similar themes lately including Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn […]

Music icon Carole King

Music icon Carole King

On recording the audiobook of her memoir A Natural Woman: “Acting, and writing, and singing without the music.” Wish I could embed the short exclusive Entertainment Weekly video where Ms. King reflects on creating the audiobook version of her life story. Click here to read Stephan Lee’s descriptive snippit and to play the video – this Hachette […]

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Hostile Questions: Melissa de la Cruz

Hostile Questions: Melissa de la Cruz

If you find yourself going mano a mano with Melissa de la Cruz, act sharp or you’ll find yourself bedazzled by her otherworldly credentials. She’s conjured up more bestsellers than boxers have teeth, including books in the Blue Bloods and Au Pair series, not to mention her adult novel Witches of East End. Can de […]