Archive for June, 2010

Book Trailer Thursday: The Enemy

Book Trailer Thursday: The Enemy

Okay, you’re an author – is it a good idea to put yourself in a trailer? Maybe. Maybe not. Especially dull, though, would be to sit yourself down a stool and simply describe the plot of your book. Unless, of course, during the course of that description, your face began to, well . . . […]

Goal! by Mina Javaherbin

Goal! by Mina Javaherbin

Cindy: “Left is clear/Right is clear. The streets are not safe here.” Ajani and his friends keep a careful eye out for bullies who threaten their football game, but the game must go on in this moving picture book, Goal! (Candlewick, 2010). The boys are thrilled with Ajani’s new leather federation-size ball that he earned […]

PEN’s New Online Book Group
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PEN’s New Online Book Group

PEN has announced the launch of a new online book group, PEN Reads. The inaugural title is The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector, and a post by Colm Toibin will kick off the discussion on July 6. PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, announced […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Reading the Screen: An Atlas Shrugged Movie? (Shrug)

Reading the Screen: An Atlas Shrugged Movie? (Shrug)

I can scarcely believe it, but after nearly 40 years of “development hell,” it looks like someone is finally making a movie out of Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand’s mammoth novel, published in 1957, is brilliant, complex, thought-provoking, and — in my opinion — utterly unfilmable. But I wish them well. Apparently, according to this report […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
ALA in DC?

ALA in DC?

Mingle with the best in audiobook narration & production at the FREE Odyssey Award reception Monday June 28th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, in the Washington Convention Center room 145B. Join the celebration at ALA Annual in DC which will include the presentation of the gold medal to Odyssey winner Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken. […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book Awards
Mockingbirthday

Mockingbirthday

In a recent post, Neil reminded us of the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book is a great summer selection for a book group. It’s short, accessible, and most of us have read it at least once. There is also little likelihood that book group members […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Join Us as We Explore…the Future of Book Reviewing!

Join Us as We Explore…the Future of Book Reviewing!

If you’re coming to the American Library Association’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC (and if you haven’t decided yet, you’d better hurry), please be sure to add the Booklist Online program, “Everyone’s a Critic: The Future of Book Reviewing” to your calendar. It will be held Saturday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the […]

Posted in: Libraries
How Much Does Format Matter to Your Group?

How Much Does Format Matter to Your Group?

At one of my recent discussions, as soon as I announced the next book, one woman whipped out her Kindle and immediately downloaded the title.  Everyone else,  of course, crowded around to start asking her questions about her Kindle and were fascinated that she had the book instantly, and could start reading it that evening. […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
J. A. Jance on Book Groups and Genre

J. A. Jance on Book Groups and Genre

I just read this Seattle P. I. blog post, “The Book Club Dilemma,” by mystery author J. A. Jance about her “checkered past” with book groups. In the article Jance talks about her own relationship to book groups as a genre writer and how she feels about groups that insist they only read “literary” books. This […]

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Family audiobooks on the go

Family audiobooks on the go

Need a list of vacation suggestions that appeal to all ages? Here’s the list of great discussion starters, fantastic fantasy, historical heroes, and just plain fun from my “Voices in My Head” column in this month’s Booklist. I selected many of my favorite recent youth and young adult audiobooks that hold lots of  interest for […]

Posted in: Audiobooks