Archive for August, 2013

R.I.P., Seamus Heaney

R.I.P., Seamus Heaney

Why are poets only in the news when they die? How I wish I heard the name Seamus Heaney this morning on the air waves because he had a new book coming out, or because he was reading poems at the United Nations, trying to bring some sense and sensibility to world affairs. Alas, the […]

Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay

Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay

Cindy: Who says readers who always have their nose in a book miss out on the real world? Those cynics need to meet Stella. For that matter, everyone needs to meet Stella. If you have somehow missed the delightful Stella and Sam series, start here and now with Read Me a Story, Stella (Groundwood/House of […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark Between

Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark Between

No, you’re not still wearing your sunglasses–this is just one dark book trailer. Appropriately dark, that is, for Sonja Gensler’s latest, The Dark Between, which explores early-twentieth-century psychic research and spirit photograhy in Cambridge’s seedy underbelly. Historical fiction incorporating paranormal and romantic elements? I see a long request list.

March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Lynn:  This has been terrific summer for graphic novel fans.  I’m happy to write about another especially noteworthy book that published Aug. 13th, March, Book One (Top Shelf 2013) written by the Civil Rights hero, now Congressman John Lewis, his aid Andrew Aydin and Eisner-winning artist Nate Powell.  This is the story of Lewis’ early […]

Salinger-Inspired Fifties Fever

Salinger-Inspired Fifties Fever

David Shields’ biography, Salinger, is slated to be one of the hot books this September. If you’re already pushing classics with a back to school display, do some cross-over promotion with these 1950s stand-outs. A Death in the Family by James Agee The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren Go Tell It on the […]

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Hostile Questions: Robin Wasserman

Hostile Questions: Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is neither a “robin” nor a “wasser” nor a “man.” Discuss. Just who do you think you are? From all appearances, the person least likely to write a book with so much axe/chainsaw/Molotov cocktail/blowtorch-killing in it. (Unless you ask my third grade teacher, who was the repository of so many death stares from […]

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina

Lynn:  I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it took me a while to work Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick 2013) up to the top of my reading stack.  I know how important the subject of bullying is but shamefully my escapist-reader tendencies kept diverting me this summer.  Fortunately I was getting […]

Newspapers: Decline and Fall

Newspapers: Decline and Fall

Tom Rachman’s novel in stories, The Imperfectionists, is sure to start a conversation on a subject that is important to readers: the decline and fall of the newspaper. It’s set at an English-language newspaper in Rome over 50 years, and follows the paper from its eccentric beginnings (readers discover why its wealthy publisher suddenly became […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Pop Culture Nerd

Web Crush of the Week: Pop Culture Nerd

The Pop Culture Nerd‘s “Books & Writing” page has great reviews and info about popular crime fiction. It also has the Stalker Awards! You know, for those books that you’re totally obsessed with. Categories include: Novel You Shoved Most Often at Others Lead Character You Most Want as Your Friend Most Scene-Stealing Supporting Character Most […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Speech

Book Trailer Thursday: The Speech

Wednesday, August 28th will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the annual March on Washington takes places this weekend. Vanessa Bush reviewed Chicago publisher Haymarket’s timely The Speech in our August issue. She writes, “[Author Gary Younge] details the long, sleepless night of preparation, the dramatic […]

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