Archive for December, 2008

Do the Holidays Make You Depressed, Too?
By December 23, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Do the Holidays Make You Depressed, Too?

Bah, humbug! On Salon (“Read it and weep“), Jason Boog writes about “the end of days” for the publishing industry: “There were hedge fund guys with no background in publishing buying up publishing houses,” says André Schiffrin, founder of the New Press and author of “The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing […]

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WTFuture?: Teens on Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
By December 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

WTFuture?: Teens on Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Piggybacking on Neil’s recent “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” post, and my book group’s recent readings of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Jose Saramago’s Blindness, I have also noticed that post-apocalyptic fiction is all the rage. Our Teen Center Advisors and Teen Librarians recently weighed in on the trend. They […]

9 in 2009
By December 23, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

9 in 2009

I just found this cool approach to list and resolution making at one of my favorite new blogs, so here are my 9 books I intend to read in 2009 in the categories set up for the “9 for 09″ challenge: Long: The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning (It is so pretty on the shelf, […]

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Book Into Film Pairings, Pt. 4
By December 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Book Into Film Pairings, Pt. 4

My last posting on upcoming film adaptations and the books upon which they were based covers films with release dates in the last four months of 2009. Chances are that several of these release dates will shift and that other adapted films will be added to the schedule before the upcoming year is finished, but these […]

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Perls of Wisdom
By December 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Perls of Wisdom

On Slate, Erica S. Perl offers a spirited defense of the premier award in children’s literature (“Captain Underpants Doesn’t Need a Newbery Medal“): But literary awards should do more than simply affirm books that are easy to love and would likely find fans regardless of a medal. They also serve as inspiration for authors to […]

Doing It Yourself
By December 22, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Doing It Yourself

I’ve long defended the traditional route of publishing (as opposed to self-publishing) as a flawed but extremely useful vetting process. I feel that way as both a book reviewer and a reader–there are just so many books out there that the often-ruthless decisions made by publishing houses improve the odds that the book you pluck off the shelf will be […]

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Maybe He's Isolating Himself
By December 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Maybe He's Isolating Himself

Horace Engdahl, who earned the admiration of the literary world with his embrace of good writing, regardless of the country it comes from, has resigned as permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy (“Swedish Academy Secretary to Step Down in June,” by Steven McElroy, New York Times). Or maybe I should say that he has become the impermanent secretary of […]

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YOU’LL TAKE WHAT’S COMING TO YOU
By December 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

YOU’LL TAKE WHAT’S COMING TO YOU

  If you want to try a book discussion on a title that will be relevant to today’s political situation, including any juicy scandals that might be occurring in your home town (or state), how about trying a book that was published in 1931:  The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett.  The book’s main protagonist is […]

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The Argentinean Mini-Novels of Cesar Aira
By December 20, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Argentinean Mini-Novels of Cesar Aira

Jaded, long-time readers are always looking for the unusual book they haven’t read yet, those literary oddities and narrative rule-breakers that aren’t just cookie cutter imitations of hundreds of other books. One would have to say that Cesar Aira creates those kinds of originals – in this case, short, shocking little tour de forces of […]

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Mock Odyssey Award – Cast your vote!
By December 20, 2008 14 Comments Read More →

Mock Odyssey Award – Cast your vote!

Last year at this time, I was tethered to my headphones, constantly listening to the best audiobooks of the year as chair of the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. This year, I can indulge in the speculation about which titles will be under discussion behind locked doors in Denver. And I can’t wait […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book Awards