Archive for February, 2011

He’s reading and talking

He’s reading and talking

When book groups make the news it’s for one of two reasons.  Either Oprah is reading or men are. Anytime Oprah opens a cover, publishers salivate. Book groups across the nation are about to make an overnight bestseller. Anytime men gather to talk about reading material that does not require power tools, it’s time to […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

Cindy:  The full subtitle of Wheels of Change (National Geographic 2011) describes the book perfectly: “How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way).” There are no “flat tires” in the research, writing, and design of this thorough presentation of the bicycle’s importance to women in the late 1800s. […]

Music Model

Music Model

Over at his blog, author Nathan Bransford has some suggestions for the survival of bookstores that he’s culled from the way music stores have responded to the digital revolution. They all make sense and we’ve seen some of them in practice already. The indie bookstore in my town, Rainy Day Books, is putting their energies […]

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Today’s Video Break: Toy Grit
By February 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s Video Break: Toy Grit

Give an Oscar to this mash-up of True Grit & Toy Story! From Breanne’s YouTube Channel

Posted in: Audiobooks
Free Bill Pronzini Audiobook
By February 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Free Bill Pronzini Audiobook

You have three days left to grab Mystery Grand Master Pronzini’s The Ghosts of Ragged Ass Gulch – a free download from AudioGo. This one-and-a-half  hour tale featuring The Nameless Detective looks to be the perfect accompaniment to a stuck-inside bad weather weekend. Grab the MP3 files from the download page and add to your […]

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Goodreads Updates
By February 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Goodreads Updates

For those of you, who like me, maintain a free account there, recent upgrades at the Goodreads reading social networking site are worth noting. If you’re not tracking your reading with Goodreads, the new improvements might convince you to give it a try. The Goodreads site, like Library Thing and Shelfari, allows one to create […]

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Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

Lynn: “Can a girl get a job fighting death,” asks 16-year-old Prudence Galewski in her diary.  It is 1906 and Prudence sees death everywhere in New York City, wonders how illness occurs and how it can be conquered.  Deadly (S&S/Atheneum 2011) is a riveting historical novel told in the diary entries of a young girl […]

Online Class Book Discussion & One Book, One Community Programs
By February 24, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Online Class Book Discussion & One Book, One Community Programs

I am in the midst of my section of an online class in readers’ advisory in public libraries. My section focuses on book-talking and book groups. One of my assignments is to have students participate in an online discussion of Chris Cleave’s Little Bee, which is also the 2011 Seattle Reads selection. In addition to […]

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Audies Finalists Announced
By February 24, 2011 4 Comments Read More →

Audies Finalists Announced

2010’s top audiobook titles, selected from a field of over 1,000 entries. The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists that will vie for the 2011 Audies Awards, to be named at the Audies Gala in New York City on May 24th. As an Audies judge, I can attest to the difficult task of narrowing […]

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2011 Audies Finalists Announced
By February 24, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

2011 Audies Finalists Announced

The Audio Publishers Association announced finalists for the 2011 Audies. The list of potential winners includes Laura Bush and Alfre Woodward in best solo vocal performance. In the fiction category we have the following nominees: Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen, Narrated by Hope Davis, Simon & Schuster Audio Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett, […]

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