Archive for March, 2014

I Met a Dragon Face to Face…

I Met a Dragon Face to Face…

Cindy: March is Reading Month is winding to a close but before it does I want to share a creative project made by our video productions teacher at Harbor Lights Middle School, Heather Postma. Heather and her students support the library and reading often with interviews, book talks, and other literary features but she outdid […]

Audiobooks in the News

Audiobooks in the News

A roundup of links for audiobook aficiandos. Great coverage on the changing world of audiobook production & publishing in Book Business magazine. Check out pages 20-25:  http://digitaleditions.napco.com/publication/?i=201308&p=20 Slate magazine continues its outstanding Audio Book Club with this enlightening print & podcast interview with author Bruce Holsinger and narrator Simon Vance:  http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2014/03/audiobook_narrator _simon_vance_and_author_bruce_holsinger_discuss_audio.html Vogue magazine highlights TV and […]

Howdy, Pilgrim

Howdy, Pilgrim

It is not down on any map; true places never are. – Herman Melville Sometimes I read a book with such memorable and delicately honed prose, such surpassing charm, that the less said about it, the better.  These are books where I miss the characters when I close the cover for the last time, and find myself wondering, […]

Vin Scully: play-by-play during earthquake “like he was narrating an audio book”

Vin Scully: play-by-play during earthquake “like he was narrating an audio book”

Just had to share this great quote from the Sporting News’ coverage of an earthquake during a Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels exhibition game. There are many terrific broadcasters across the wide spectrum of college and professional athletics. There are good ones. There are great ones. And there is Vin Scully. On Friday night, a […]

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Booklist Editor Donna Seaman Moonlights for a Better Earth
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Booklist Editor Donna Seaman Moonlights for a Better Earth

How Donna Seaman does it, I’ll never know. In addition to her prodigious reviewing load for Booklist, our adult books senior editor finds time for many fascinating outside projects. In what is merely her most recent, she guest-edited the spring issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, reading nearly 450 essays submitted for the theme “The Human Face […]

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Freebie Friday: Best of the BBC, featuring Hamlet

Freebie Friday: Best of the BBC, featuring Hamlet

Great streaming audio for your listening pleasure! BBC Radio 4 is a treasure for listeners looking for the best in spoken word. Amazing productions are performed live, and then archived for limited-time streaming access. There’s a range of genres, from children’s classics to 15 Minute Drama, humor to literary New Wave. Check out the playlists […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

Book Trailer Thursday: I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

Do you know where you’ve seen (or in some cases, heard) Judy Greer before? Well, she doesnt, and she wrote a book about it. In the Booklist review of I Don’t Know What You Know Me From (Doubleday), Kristine Huntley writes, “Greer’s bubbly best-friend personality and self-deprecating anecdotes will have readers rooting for her, and […]

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Lynn:  “Ophelia did not consider herself brave but she was very curious.”  So Karen Foxlee introduces the heroine of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Random/Knopf 2014), eleven-year-old Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard.  Ophelia and her older sister Alice have accompanied their father to his new job as curator on an important upcoming museum exhibit in a strange […]

Mothering and Daughtering

Mothering and Daughtering

I have recently developed an interest in adolescence. Until now, I was just trying to forget it ever happened to me.  I am not alone in thinking back on those years of hormone-fueled drama with regret and bewilderment. Just the word “puberty” makes people shudder.  Try it; bring it up in a group and there will be […]

A Reprint with a Revival: “Stoner” by John Williams

A Reprint with a Revival: “Stoner” by John Williams

About two years ago was the first time that I heard about John Williams’s novel Stoner. Like many New York Review of Books reprints, it was mentioned in reverent tones. “You have to read this,” people said, “it’s a masterpiece.” In the Guardian, author Julian Barnes called Stoner the “must-read novel of 2013″ and went on […]