Archive for May, 2011

Craig Johnson Invites You to Travel the Spirit Road

Craig Johnson Invites You to Travel the Spirit Road

I’ve been a fan of Craig Johnson ever since I read the first Walt Longmire mystery, The Cold Dish (2005). I called it, “A thoughtful page-turner, wry and sober in good measure, that proves there’s more to Wyoming crime fiction than just C. J. Box.” (His next one, Hell Is Empty, comes out next month.) And […]

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Reading the Screen: The Thin Man

Reading the Screen: The Thin Man

In case you didn’t hear the news, Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall are working on a movie based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1934 novel The Thin Man. You might be tempted to think there were a series of Thin Man novels. But it was a stand-alone (Hammett’s […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Awards Round Up: Locus, Christopher, Independent Publisher Awards

Awards Round Up: Locus, Christopher, Independent Publisher Awards

There are five contenders in the Fantasy novel category for the 2011 Locus Awards presented by the  Locus Science Fiction Foundation: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay Kraken, by China Miéville Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross The Sorcerer’s House, by Gene Wolfe Winners in fifteen categories, including science […]

Posted in: Book Awards, Young Adult
Middle Eastern Journeys, Pt. 1

Middle Eastern Journeys, Pt. 1

The staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library met today to discuss books with Middle Eastern and South Asian settings. Over a great potluck lunch of Mexican food (our meeting was originally scheduled for Cinco de Mayo but got postponed) our readers pulled out their usual variety of interesting choices. Laurie from Youth Services had […]

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The Oprah Effect

The Oprah Effect

As Oprah is ending her syndicated show, The Nielson Company has compiled statistics on the effect her book club has had on book sales over the past 10 years. You can find the full story here.

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
New Out of the Box: We Were Wonder Struck!

New Out of the Box: We Were Wonder Struck!

Cindy and Lynn: We always love when publisher boxes show up on our doorstep and have wished we could share some of that joy with the rest of you. Last week the book fairies from Scholastic sent a particularly intriguging package so we thought it might be fun to share the fun with our Bookends readers. […]

Olen Steinhauer: This Book Isn't Lost in Translation

Olen Steinhauer: This Book Isn't Lost in Translation

Two days ago I wrote that Tana French was the only author on Likely Stories this month to bat 1.000 with Booklist starred reviews. But, just now, I looked up Olen Steinhauer‘s track record and realized that Ms. French is not alone. Of the six Steinhauers we’ve reviewed (I regret to say we missed one), six received stars. […]

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Lynda La Plante on a Truly Inimitable Writer

Lynda La Plante on a Truly Inimitable Writer

Not content with her success as a writer and producer of popular British TV shows (Prime Suspect just for starters), Lynda La Plante started writing books, many of which have become international best-sellers. Her Anna Travis series has been consistently strong (see Silent Scream, 2010) and, though we won’t run our review of the next entry, Blind Fury, […]

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Sync Audiobook Awesomeness!

Sync Audiobook Awesomeness!

Classics paired with hot YA literature – FREE downloads all summer! Feature this promotion on your library website, in your school summer reading materials, for your book club members, and pass along to your social media connections. You just can’t get any better than Sync – sixteen terrific titles at no cost, in a easy […]

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Keir's Reading Resolution: Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Keir's Reading Resolution: Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

My new year’s resolution was to read more widely, even wildly; I asked REaD ALERT subscribers what I should read and received many strong suggestions. From these suggestions I created a short list. Given my reviewing duties at Booklist, I was sure it had to be a short list, and I was right; it wasn’t until my […]

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