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Freebie Friday

Request a FREE CD that includes audio clips from award-winning Civil Rights titles, just in time for The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 on TV. It’s been 50 years since the tumultuous events surrounding America’s struggles in the 1960s, and the included interviews with Watsons author Christopher Paul Curtis and narrator LeVar Burton highlight […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hostile Questions: Sean Beaudoin

Hostile Questions: Sean Beaudoin

Sean Beaudoin is one crafty son-of-a-goat. He comes at you like “Hi, my name is Sean,” but it’s spelled S-e-a-n, which we all know should be pronounced Seeeeen, and then he’s all like, “My last name is Bwadowuhoin,” and it’s all like French or something, and you’re confused–is he like a voodoo priest or just […]

Just for Fun

Just for Fun

Pick the audiobook narrator who’ll portray Tobias in Veronica Roth’s Allegiant – an Animorph inspiration! HarperAudio has a cool crowd-sourced contest where listeners hear audition sound clips from four actors, and then choose the voice of Tobias on the Allegiance audio. Roth announced last week at ComicCom that the last book in the series is told from two points […]

Pseudonymous

Pseudonymous

When I reviewed J. K Rowling’s book, The Casual Vacancy, in September, 2012 for Booklist Online, I noted Rowling said she’d considered publishing the book under a pseudonym. Had she done so, I wrote,  “Rowling probably would have learned what it’s like to be a midlist author—unpublicized, unnoticed, and unhappy.” As everyone knows by now, Rowling did publish a detective […]

ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni

ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni

A young woman leaves Calcutta to attend college in Chicago. She will live with an aunt and uncle she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Her expectations run high; she is shocked by how difficult their lives are. Yet when she steps out on the narrow balcony outside their humble apartment, she sees, “The skyscrapers […]

Hostile Questions: Kami Garcia

Hostile Questions: Kami Garcia

Perhaps you don’t live in one of the 50 countries where the books were published, or perhaps you don’t speak one of the 39 languages in which they were translated, so Imma gonna help you out: Kami Garcia is one half of the writing team that brought you the world-devouring Beautiful Creatures series. Apparently unfazed […]

#JIAM MORE Audio at ALA

#JIAM MORE Audio at ALA

Audiobook narrators take the stage at the American Library Association Chicago conference this weekend. The Pop Top Stage in the McCormick Place Exhibit Hall will feature all things audio on Saturday, June 29, thanks to the support of the Audio Publishers Association during June is Audiobook Month. Here’s the line up, in day two of my […]

Hostile Questions: Caitlin Kittredge

Hostile Questions: Caitlin Kittredge

The information superhighway would have us believe that Caitlin Kittredge has published 16 fantasy novels since 2008, including the recent Iron Codex series, which puts the “steam” in “steampunk.” (Boom! Book Reviewing Award, please.) But I’m sorry, 16 novels in five years? That dog don’t hunt. So I launched the latest in my series of […]