Archive for July, 2008

Penney Wins the Theakston's

Penney Wins the Theakston's

Speaking of Theakston’s, Stef Penney’s The Tenderness of Wolves (2007) has won yet another accolade: Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Said Penney: “I feel a bit of a fraud,” she said, “as it is only my first book, and I don’t really feel like a proper crime writer, but I am delighted to have won.” […]

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Journalist Slights Novelists

Journalist Slights Novelists

Likely Stories was less story-filled than usual last week because I was home with a sick kid–interestingly, he felt well enough to demand that I build train tracks for him most of the time he was awake. Fortunately, a lot of people seemed to enjoy the Booze and Books post. Keep the comments coming! In […]

Do You Know About NoveList?

Do You Know About NoveList?

Book group leaders who have access through their libraries to the superb reading resource database NoveList are probably already familiar with the book discussion guides it offers.  Those who don’t know about NoveList should check with their libraries to find out if the library makes it available and if they can view it (there is an […]

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Rereading & Agee Revisioned

Rereading & Agee Revisioned

  Rereading has been the topic of numerous essays and books.  Anne Fadiman edited an anthology of essays about rereading, entitled Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love.  Or there’s Wendy Lesser’s Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering.  I was reflecting on this topic the other day when a woman in my book group, […]

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Capturing Reality in Cartoons

Capturing Reality in Cartoons

  I’ve just been crying over the new collection of Yoshihiro Tatsumi stories. It’s called Good-Bye – nine unflinching, realistic portraits of postwar Japan told in the style of my childhood comic books. All I did was open the lovely new book from Drawn and Quarterly and read the first page of the first story. […]

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Bookaholics Anonymous

Bookaholics Anonymous

No, this isn’t a 12-step support group for people who read too much and the folks who love them. But it would be an interesting name for a book group that put the “lib” in “libation.” Over at Omnivoracious they’ve been speculating on pairing books with beers. Quite a few writers weighed in the topic […]

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Variations on the Theme

Variations on the Theme

Here’s why I love a thematic approach to book groups: one of my groups met last night. The topic was immortality and rejuvenation. We’re a science fiction and fantasy group, but my readers are a perversely quirky bunch with strong penchants for picking the surprising book and following the conversation wherever it may go. Bud, our […]

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Kaite’s Crystal Ball

Kaite’s Crystal Ball

Way back in May, Kaite wrote a post about a book that would make perfect August reading. Well August is almost here, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is starting to get a lot of buzz.  It was featured on NPR as part of Booksellers’ Suggestions for a Summer Afternoon, and an article […]

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Booze and Books

Booze and Books

I received this link from a number of sources–Book Club Girl‘s Bastille Day pairing of books and French wine–but I kept deleting it. The commercial tie-in turned me off, for starters, and the list just didn’t seem that great, either. The Count of Monte Cristo? Mon dieux! Then the ever-watchful George Eberhart sent the list to me, […]

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What I Looked Like at My Summer Conference

What I Looked Like at My Summer Conference

While I was reading at the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in Anaheim, out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone taking my picture. (And this despite the strict “no paparazzi” clause in my contract.) Although the picture-taker lacked the multi-pocketed safari vest and pants that are the uniform of the working photographer, […]

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