Archive for January, 2010

Something a Little Different
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Something a Little Different

At my most recent book discussion, I tried something new.  At the start of the meeting, I asked everyone to take a minute and think about the book (which was Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman) and prepare to share a brief comment beginning with “What I liked about the book was…” or “What I didn’t […]

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Survey time!
By January 30, 2010 5 Comments Read More →

Survey time!

Audiobooks as a physical format: dead or alive? BookScan reports a 19% drop in the purchase of audiobooks in 2009. A recent Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot showed that physical sales of audiobooks took a hard hit, while print format sales had only a mild drop in the poor economic climate. Was this a […]

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DOUBLE TAKE
By January 29, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

DOUBLE TAKE

What can someone who is only twenty five possibly have to say that is so significant they are encouraged to write a memoir? Perhaps it starts with the fact that Kevin Michael Connolly was born without legs.  Then after discovering that leverage is needed to be a successful wrestler, he moved onto to hurtling his […]

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Best of 2009: The Ultimate List
By January 29, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Best of 2009: The Ultimate List

Zoinks! I might be just a little bit crazy (but in a good way). I’ve been toiling since late November to build my annual aggregated compilation of last year’s best books. It’s not just the best according to one source, or even according to ten sources. So far, it’s the best according to 74 different authoritative […]

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Louis Auchincloss R.I.P
By January 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Louis Auchincloss R.I.P

The death of J. D. Salinger (see Dan Kraus’ post on Likely Stories) has overshadowed the fact we lost another literary figure this week: Louis Auchincloss. Described in New York Magazine as “the last of the gentlemen novelists,” Auchincloss was an old-fashioned writer whose novels and stories depicted an increasingly arcane and antique-seeming world: that of  […]

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Free books? Did someone say "Free books?"

Free books? Did someone say "Free books?"

Cindy: At the end of each publishing year and after the announcement of YALSA’s BBYA list and the Printz, Newbery and other awards, we purge our temporary BBYA collection and give the advanced reader copies away to our hard working teen BBYA book club members as a reward for sharing their opinions and their enthusiasm […]

J.D. Salinger, R.I.P.
By January 28, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

J.D. Salinger, R.I.P.

Literary deaths don’t get any bigger. J.D. Salinger, 91, died at his home on Wednesday, January 27, leaving behind one of the most mysterious and pervasive legacies of any great writer of the twentieth century. When John Updike passed, when David Foster Wallace died, word spread among the hallways pretty quickly at Booklist. But this […]

Edgar Nominations Announced

Edgar Nominations Announced

It’s that time again. The behemoth Edgar Nominations list  has been released to the public. Hold on to your hats: Best Novel The Missing, by Tim Gautreaux The Odds, by Kathleen George The Last Child, by John Hart Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, by Charlie Huston Nemesis, by Jo Nesbø, translated, by […]

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Gross wins 2009 TS Eliot Prize

Gross wins 2009 TS Eliot Prize

Philip Gross’  The Water Table won the £15,000 TS Eliot prize for poetry, beating out Christopher Reid’s Costa-winning A Scattering. Read more about Gross’ win in the Guardian.

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Calling all authors!
By January 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Calling all authors!

Advocate for audiobooks! Writers who love the spoken word are invited to lead their support of the audiobook publishing community. Here’s the details from the Audio Publishers Association: June is Audiobook Month: Author Advocate Initiative Tapping into the already broad pool of authors who love audiobooks, the APA Communications Committee is launching a widespread media […]

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