Archive for October, 2008

Trying to Talk about Nothing, er, Nada
By October 28, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Trying to Talk about Nothing, er, Nada

  In five years of hosting a reading group, I’ve never seen anything like it. Slowly I watched the faces around the table last night losing their confidence as we waded deeper and deeper into our discussion of Carmen Laforet’s Spanish classic, Nada. It was like discovering you had read the wrong book. One person […]

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Judging Books by Their (Made-Up) Covers
By October 28, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Judging Books by Their (Made-Up) Covers

At Likely Stories, we cover book covers, with a little help from our friends. First, you can test your skill at judging books by their covers–it’s a shameless but quite clever way to drum up a little revenue from Amazon’s associates program. (Thanks, Ben!) Second, Bookninja has a funny book-cover contest. (Thanks, Dan!) Hope no one […]

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Two Likely Stories
By October 28, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Two Likely Stories

Well, I’m back. I had a great time at the Montana Festival of the Book. There were many memorable moments, but I’ll restrict myself–due to fatigue and an imminent conference call–to two. First, during the “When Commerce and Controversy Collide” panel, devoted to discussion of Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina, the panelist seated immediately […]

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Mission Control

Mission Control

I’m on a mission. I’m not certain what the point of the mission is. But I want to see where the journey takes me. I am going to visit as many of Kansas City’s book clubs as possible and record the experiences here for posterity. I’m hoping to gather some new rejuvenation tools, new titles […]

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UNCOMMON PLACES
By October 27, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

UNCOMMON PLACES

Stephen Shore.  Uncommon Places:  the Complete Works.  Aperture, 2004. One of my passions is photography and I took a continuing education course recently that included a stop at the Haggerty Museum of Art on the campus of Marquette University to see a traveling exhibition called Biographical Landscape:  the Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969–1979.I realized as […]

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Choosing the Right Book #2: Fun Home
By October 26, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Choosing the Right Book #2: Fun Home

  Yesterday two different designers showed me their layouts for the postcard announcing the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. Both postcards were handsome, and both hammered home to me the same message: these particular books and these particular dates were about to be written in stone. Once the postcard goes to press, I’m committed […]

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Choosing the Right Book #1: The Howling Miller
By October 26, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Choosing the Right Book #1: The Howling Miller

I’ve been frustrated and irritable all week. Our bookstore’s part-time cashier actually asked if he was annoying me. Sure, he’s a noisy chatterbox and I’m frantically reading in between customers, but it was more than that. I should have known at the beginning of the week my November book, and I didn’t. What book would […]

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Questions:  One Book, One City
By October 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Questions: One Book, One City

I have never planned or coordinated a “One Book, One City” discussion program, although I have participated in such an event as a discussion leader.  Now that these programs have been around for a while, I’m wondering if any research and reporting have been done in regard to the experiences of participants — both leaders and […]

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The Many Faces of Fantasy
By October 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Many Faces of Fantasy

Tomorrow, I’m giving a talk at the annual Virginia Library Association conference called “The Many Faces of Fantasy.” It’s a talk I’ve given in a previous form to the Connecticut Library Association as well. Fantasy is a complex genre with enough different kinds of books to both please and annoy any individual reader. It’s not, as […]

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A little biblio-libation never hurt anyone

A little biblio-libation never hurt anyone

Over at the Book Examiner, they’re taking their reading and drinking very seriously. Face it, people will always eat and drink while they read. And what better way to start a conversation at a party or a bar than to start talking about books? Someone’s taking a pull off a pint o’ Guinness? Ask if […]

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