Archive for March, 2009

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 7
By March 25, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 7

(Previously on the Young and the Nerdy.) Given another choice of category, I suggested we try Movies, but my Brave New Partner shamed me by saying, “I feel like ‘movies’ is cheating.” Category: Novels, 1950-Present In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, […]

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Green Alert: Orion Book Award

Green Alert: Orion Book Award

Donna Seaman here, with my first Green Alert. As an eco-minded reader and reviewer, I’ll be watching for news about environmental books and web sites and other eco-lit matters of interest. Spring is the right season for new green actions, and along with crocuses and robins, we have a green book short list. Yes, it’s time […]

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Tamer Institute Wins Children's Literary Award

Tamer Institute Wins Children's Literary Award

The Tamer Institute for Community Education received the $619,061 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for twenty years of work with children in Gaza and the West Bank. The prize is given annually to an author, illustrator, or an organization that promotes reading. Read more about the win in the Guardian.

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Despereaux Measures

Despereaux Measures

I had a ball chatting with Ingrid Law, and Gillian Engberg seemed thrilled to be talking to Ann Brashares, but for sheer frequency of giggling frivolity, it looks like Ilene Cooper has us beat. She had a pow-wow recently with author Kate DiCamillo and before it’s over they both sound like they’re about to hyperventilate […]

Good Books from the Great Lakes
By March 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Good Books from the Great Lakes

If you’re located in the Great Lakes area and want to explore regional literature with your book goup, keep an eye on Great Lakes, Great Reads,  a new program of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers  Association.   GLiBA plans to choose several new books of regional interest a month, and promote them with author visits and marketing materials. […]

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Getting Even

Getting Even

Just because I was the last one picked for dodgeball doesn’t mean I don’t have a competitive nature, and I’m totally bummed that no one invited me to the Booklist editors’ gaming session at Jake’s (see the “Dark & Stormy Afternoon” posts for more info). So rather than get mad, I’m getting even. To distract Likely Stories readers from the play-by-play […]

A Dark & Stormy Afternoon: Round 6
By March 24, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

A Dark & Stormy Afternoon: Round 6

(Previously on As the Nerd Turns.) Category: Movies No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and […]

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Hunting and Gathering

Hunting and Gathering

After Mary Ellen’s post on some recent French fiction garnering a lot of buzz, I thought about another French novel I read recently that would be perfect for book groups. Anna Gavalda’s Hunting and Gathering is a winsome novel about a group of misfits who find one another in Paris. Camille is an artist who […]

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Mother and Child Rebellion

Mother and Child Rebellion

Recently, six readers gathered at the Kansas City Public Library‘s Plaza Library as part of the joint book group effort between KCPL and The Kansas City Star.  This month’s selection was the second novel from Lawrence, Kansas author, Laura Moriarty‘s The Rest of Her Life. Comments and perceptions focused on the realistic and sympathetic, but not always likeable, characters. […]

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A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 5
By March 23, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 5

(Previously on Nerd & Nerder.) Category: Mystery Given a choice of category, Ian suggested we try Mystery, to take advantage of my “mystery expertise.” “That’s torn it!” said Lord Peter Wimsey. “I’m more of a crime fiction guy than sleuthing,” I protested. “You know, books with shotguns in them.” Nonetheless, although the name Wimsey rang a […]

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