Archive for September, 2012

Celebrating Peter S. Beagle
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Celebrating Peter S. Beagle

Peter S. Beagle is a master of the fantasy fiction genre, but his story lines set trends instead of following them, and his lyric voice gives his writing qualities that make his work beloved even by those who don’t normally gravitate to speculative fiction. Beagle is best known for The Last Unicorn, and sadly for […]

A World Away by Nancy Grossman

A World Away by Nancy Grossman

Lynn:  I was intrigued by this book the minute I picked it up out the box and read the PR copy on the back of the galley.  Sadly it wasn’t till the Labor Day weekend that I got to settle down and read A World Away (Hyperion 2012) and I’m sorry it took me so […]

Dusty Book:  The Crimson Petal and The White
By September 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: The Crimson Petal and The White

In Michel Faber’s stunning saga The Crimson Petal and the White,  ambitious prostitute Sugar navigates the seedy underbelly of Victorian London in pursuit of a better life. The starred Booklist review called it “breathtaking,” and noted that “The large themes that intertwine the characters with one another—religion, health, sexuality, death, and, reluctantly, love—are juxtaposed against […]

The Long and the Short of It

The Long and the Short of It

Junot Diaz is one of those writers who can slip between the world of the novel and the short story with nary a misstep. His new book This Is How You Lose Her is receiving rave reviews, delighting fans of his debut collection Drown and his Pulitizer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar […]

Hostile Questions: Courtney Summers
By September 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers lives in Canada. Now, it’s true, I’m not a quote-unquote “expert” on Canada, but I’m pretty danged smart so let me paint you a picture of her writing life. Somewhere in the frozen, unforgiving Canadian tundra squats an ominous black cabin stinking of yak hide and bear piss (aka “the smell of fear”). […]

Hot Stuff
By September 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Hot Stuff

Red-hot romances read aloud? Fifty Shades of Grey and other steamy audiobooks are the focus of my current “Hot Topics” column in Booklist.  I interviewed Amanda D’Acierno, vice president and publisher, Random House Audio;  Kaite Mediatore Stover, director of Readers’ Services at Kansas City (MO) Public Library and Booklist reviewer and columnist; and  Teri Lesesne, professor at Sam Houston […]

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Making Those Common Core Connections

Making Those Common Core Connections

Lynn: Many Bookends readers have noticed that we’ve started adding Common Core Standards and teaching suggestions to our Nonfiction Monday posts.  We’re had a lot of comments and questions so I knew Cindy was right on target when she suggested using this Monday to talk about our efforts and suggest other helpful resources. The Common […]

One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer

One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer

Cindy: Bringing a new baby home is always One Special Day (Disney/Hyperion 2012) and preparing the older sibling for the fragile baby’s arrival is an important part of the process. Schaefer and illustrator Jessica Meserve have combined talents to create a special delivery of their own. Spencer is a boy and you know what that […]

Web Crush of the Week:  Nathan Bransford’s Blog
By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Nathan Bransford’s Blog

Our Web Crush for this Friday is the blog of one Nathan Bransford: Literary Agent Extraordinaire (as far as we’re concerned).  For anyone interested in how a book gets published, this guy tells all. There is a whole sidebar of links to posts such as “How to Write a Query Letter,” “How to Format Your […]

Mapping a Successful Meeting
By September 21, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Mapping a Successful Meeting

The good folks at Lawrence Public Library in Kansas have designed a great new reading map for people who like, for many different reasons, Winter’s Bone, a gritty bit of country noir driven by a fantastic female heroine. The map suggests appropriate books for people who like all of the many successful aspects–setting, tone, characters–of […]