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New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

Cindy: I so enjoy coming home to new boxes of books but sometimes I don’t know what to make of the occasional extra special promotional book shipments I receive from publishers. Lots of packaging, cool gimmicks, a bit of a hard sell . . . they sometimes make me feel guilty. But last spring I […]

Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

The third annual Chicago Writers Conference will be held this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Just kidding, it’s in Chicago. It’s a small and well-run event that stresses practical advice for aspiring authors—founder Mare Swallow is not a fan of empty platitudes or back-slapping from presenters. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing from authors such […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How Many Words Is a Videopoem Worth?

How Many Words Is a Videopoem Worth?

(Get it? Wordsworth?) If a picture is worth a thousand words, then videos, at a minimum of 24 frames per second, should easily assume valuations rising to millions of words. And yet poetry is an art form typically marked by an extremely economical distribution of the laureate Sarah Palin called “verbiage.” The poet Richard Fox has released a […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
For Bold Book Groups: A Gritty, Historical Country Noir

For Bold Book Groups: A Gritty, Historical Country Noir

When a novel begins with a grandmotherly type passing the family tradition of drowning puppies in the river on to her beloved adopted son, you know it’s going to be dark. That’s the start of Tom Franklin’s 2003 masterpiece, Hell at the Breech. It’s a gritty historical work of country noir, a fictionalization of turn-of-the-nineteenth-century […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Book Trailer Friday: The Book with No Pictures

Book Trailer Friday: The Book with No Pictures

If a Book Trailer Friday is the very thing you expected least today, it’s only in keeping with a trailer for a book you’d expect even least-er. Because it’s a picture book! With no pictures! B.J. Novak’s The Book with No Pictures (Dial) indeed contains zero pictures. Instead, it has a whole bunch of silly words and sounds […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Freebie Friday: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Audio

Freebie Friday: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Audio

Washington Irving’s classic tale gets the celebrity treatment in this atmospheric audio narrated by Tom Mison, star of the Sleepy Hollow TV series. Click this link to download to your Kindle Fire, mobile device, tablet or computer’s Audible app. At just over an hour, this makes a great family in-the-car audio or a classroom listen-aloud to connect classic literature […]

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