Archive for November, 2012

Rudolph in the Dark

Rudolph in the Dark

Cindy: I arrived at one of my middle schools to find that the elves had been in to decorate in my absence. My secretary, Val, surprised me with two new bulletin boards and several other displays including a reprise of the wrapped gift display case that we shared here previously. But this Rudolph in the […]

12 Days of Christmas Meeting Ideas
By November 30, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

12 Days of Christmas Meeting Ideas

A December meeting is always tricky for book groups. Readers are busy and can’t get through the book or give priority to another holiday event. My answer to this dilemma can be summarized this way: Go big or stay home. I don’t like the idea of staying home. If your book club is succeeding, your […]

Freebie Friday
By November 30, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday

Win a copy of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature! Celebrate the 5th birthday of Audiobooker with a book freebie for audiobook fans, librarians, and teachers, as strangely enough, there’s no audio edition of this title. The best things about my book are the personal reflections and interviews with incredibly knowledgeable narrators, producers, and audiobook experts. […]

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Web Crush of the Week:  Reading Group Guides.com
By November 30, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Reading Group Guides.com

I love Reading Group Guides.com.  They have over 3000 book discussion guides available, across all publishers. Click on “Find a Guide” at the top, and you can choose by category, with plenty of fiction and non-fiction categories to choose from. You can also search by title or author. The best part of all?  The “What […]

Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher: Good Title or Bad?
By November 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher: Good Title or Bad?

I haven’t seen the movie yet, of course, but here’s my thinking on the title-change from One Shot to Jack Reacher: It’s a bad idea. Here’s why. One Shot, Lee Child’s title for the 2005 novel, is a great title for a thriller; that, plus Tom Cruise, plus some good ads, should be enough to lure people […]

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A Fleet of New Science Fiction

A Fleet of New Science Fiction

Lynn:  Huzzah!  This has been a terrific year for YA science fiction.  The publishing gods have been smiling on those of us begging for  more REAL science fiction and please please something besides dystopias!  Well, as I said, Huzzah!  Here’s some highly entertaining titles that docked in my sector recently. A Confusion of Princes (Harper […]

Web links for Book Discussion Groups
By November 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Web links for Book Discussion Groups

I had the honor of delivering the program “Not Your Mama’s Book Club” for the Chicago-area Reference Librarians Association Continuing Education committee yesterday, and noted several websites of interest to book discussion leaders. Here are the links: Washington Post article on Magazine Discussions Book Riot (book trailers) LitLounge, a joint group from the Skokie Public […]

"Lincoln": Lessons for Historical Fiction
By November 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

"Lincoln": Lessons for Historical Fiction

As an abiding student of history, I hold our sixteenth president in the highest regard. Lincoln is my greatest hero because I am a son of Lincoln Land, born in Vandalia, the second capital of Illinois,  where he served in the state legislature, and raised in Mattoon, only a few miles from the farm wrested by […]

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Hostile Questions: Sam Weller
By November 26, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Sam Weller

When you think Ray Bradbury, what do you think of next? Well, yeah, Martians, but after that? Yeah, OK, futuristic book burnings, of course. But after that? Anyway, somewhere not too far down the list is Sam Weller, the world’s leading expert on the late legend. Weller’s indispensable biography, The Bradbury Chronicles, was followed up […]

News You Can Use
By November 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

News You Can Use

A roundup of audiobook freebies and links for fans & librarians. The NYT has another wonderful audiobook feature in the Sunday Book Review, “Sound Check “ by John Schwartz:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/books/review/sound-check.html?pagewanted=1&ref=books&_r=1& School Library Journal’s “Now You’re Talking! Your Collection Won’t be Complete Without These Must-Have New Audiobooks for Tweens and Teens” has top titles for fans […]

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