Writers and Writing

A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

As news of Maya Angelou’s passing quickly spread, we find ourselves contemplating her tremendous accomplishments and universal resonance. The list of awards bestowed upon poet, writer, performer, professor, and activist Maya Angelou in recognition of her groundbreaking work and commanding persona is long and distinguished. Angelou received The National Medal of Freedom from President Obama […]

Hostile Questions: Rainbow Rowell

Hostile Questions: Rainbow Rowell

We at Hostile Questions HQ have been tapping the phones of thousands of authors since we founded our operation in 2012 and it’s time to go public with yet another bombshell. In March 2013, General Rowell (Codename: “Rainbow”) launched a frontal assault against the young-adult world with the Printz Honor-winning (and also Everything-Else-winning) Eleanor & […]

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

The world responded instantly to the news of the death of Gabriel García Márquez, a Nobel laureate and a writer read and cherished by millions of readers everywhere. High praise for the artistry and humanity of his 15 novels and short story collections, from his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, reviewed for the Washington Post  […]

ILA names new "Soon to be Famous" Author

ILA names new "Soon to be Famous" Author

Librarians have not always been willing to embrace self-published authors. It’s hard to spend limited dollars on an unproven book, and when it’s an e-only title, it’s even harder to add the book to the collection. But we can’t ignore self-publishing for long—last year, self-published books made up 32% of the Amazon best-seller list.  How […]

Tim Federle on narrating his audiobook, with a shout-out to ALA’s Odyssey, Notable Children’s Recordings & Stonewall Awards

Tim Federle on narrating his audiobook, with a shout-out to ALA’s Odyssey, Notable Children’s Recordings & Stonewall Awards

I love video interviews with authors and narrators, and this one is doubly-good, as Broadway star author Tim Federle gives an insider’s looks at the his self-narrated audiobooks Better Nate Than Ever and sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  The first title racked up three American Library Association recognitions – an Odyssey Honor, a place on the Notable Children’s Recordings […]

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 […]

Poetry and Film: An Evening with Bidart and Franco (yes, that Franco)
By February 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Poetry and Film: An Evening with Bidart and Franco (yes, that Franco)

On Wednesday, February 19th, Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman, and editorial assistant Courtney Jones went to see poet Frank Bidart and actor James Franco discuss poetry and film at an event during the Chicago Humanities Festival. Here’s what they had to say: Donna says: Lots of literati have been making fun of James Franco’s venture into […]

The Long and Short of Writing Longhand
By February 7, 2014 4 Comments Read More →

The Long and Short of Writing Longhand

That’s me, age 10, working on Foul Play, a novella about an evil pro baseball team. I’d been writing stories, longer and longer ones, for a good five years by then, and though my pencils, sharpener, and spiral-bound notebooks had held me in good stead, I could not transition quickly enough to our family’s brand-new, […]

2013′s best audiobooks, part one
By December 7, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

2013′s best audiobooks, part one

The Spoken Word Grammy nominations are announced! Here’s the full list of 2014 Grammy Nominations, a great tool for finding the year’s best recordings and creating patron lists & displays. Congratulations to audiobooks recognized in the Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, […]

Flappers and Button Men: Touring the World of "Dollface"
By October 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Flappers and Button Men: Touring the World of "Dollface"

I don’t usually write about book launches, but then again, the most interesting thing I could say about most book launches is that a lot of people stood around drinking cheap wine from plastic cups and wondering why the cheese is always cut into those little cubes. Last night, however, I joined a group of […]