Archive for January, 2011

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

Cindy: We have a tradition in our house of trying to remember to say, “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit,” on the first of each month to have good luck for the month. It is based on a British superstition that has many variations (gotta love Wikipedia). The friend who taught it to me years ago said it […]

A Clockwork Orange
By January 31, 2011 3 Comments Read More →

A Clockwork Orange

On occasion it can be rather depressing to think that we are making no progress in solving any problems in society.  For me as a reader, this was driven home when I realized that A Clockwork Orange was written in 1962.  The same terrible issues raised when Anthony Burgess wrote this novel could be debated […]

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Exploring “The Known World”
By January 30, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Exploring “The Known World”

The Known World is the first (and so far, only) novel by Edward P. Jones.  It was published in 2003 and received high praise from many critics.  It then went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize.  But is it a good book […]

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Do You Have Any Good Books?

Do You Have Any Good Books?

Cindy: So many of our middle school students walk in the library and ask this question: “Do you have any good books?” My flip comment to them is always, “No, we only buy bad books for the library…” and then I wait for them to laugh, but many of them just look disappointed and start to walk […]

Megalist Eats New York! 2010’s Best Books
By January 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Megalist Eats New York! 2010’s Best Books

I’ve continued to update my 2010 Megalist, my annual compilation of best-of-the-year lists. This week’s additions included some big players, such as the New York Times and The New Yorker. The 2010 Megalist is up to 60 sources, with more to come, and can be downloaded from my other blogging home, Blogging for a Good […]

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Battle Bullying with Books

Battle Bullying with Books

In the wake of this week’s Booklist Online webinar, “Battle Bullying with Books,” we compiled a few of the many excellent questions from attendees and asked the presenters to respond. Michelle F. Bayuk from Albert Whitman and Miriam Gilbert from Rosen kindly offered some answers, which appear below. Special thanks go to the sponsors of […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Bigger World
By January 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Bigger World

Yes, I know it’s Friday, but news of this caliber does not wait. Behold: the greatest book trailer of all time, for Noelle Kocot’s The Bigger World. You’re going to have to click through to see it. (Via PWxyz.)

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Some Thoughts on Format
By January 27, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Some Thoughts on Format

At a recent meeting of the Adult Reading Round Table book discussion group, one of the members mentioned that she can only select titles for her seniors book club that are available in regular print, large print, and audiobook formats, and this factor sometimes limits her choices if she is looking for a particular kind […]

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Squawking with pride!
By January 27, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Squawking with pride!

Weston Woods gave me the chance to be part of  an ALA Notable production! You might remember my post about recording the background clucks and squawks for Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley’s Chicken Little, hilariously narrated by the reboubtable Walter Mayes. Connie Rockman & I had a complete blast behind the mic providing the “voices” […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book Awards
Derek Walcott wins T.S. Eliot Prize

Derek Walcott wins T.S. Eliot Prize

81-year-old Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott beat out Seamus Heaney to win the T.S. Elliot Prize for poetry. He will take home a $24,000 cash prize for his work,  White Egrets. Visit The Telegraph website for more on his win.

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