Archive for June, 2011

#JIAM James Lee Burke & Will Patton = audiobook love

#JIAM James Lee Burke & Will Patton = audiobook love

Today’s video: Author Burke shares his admiration for narrator Patton’s creation of Dave Robicheaux and the Lousiana of Burke’s Edgar Award-winning mystery series for Simon and Schuster Audio. An ideal listen on your way home from #ALA11 in New Orleans! ?

Posted in: Audiobooks
#JIAM Memiors + audiobook = awesome

#JIAM Memiors + audiobook = awesome

Today’s video: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on Rockers and Rollers, his memior recorded for Harper Audio, a great example of “My Life, My Words, My Life, the title of my “Voices in My Head” column in this month’s Booklist. If you are attending #ALA11 in New Orleans, stop by the Booklist booth 1334 to grab a FREE […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
You Can Go Holmes Again

You Can Go Holmes Again

I always wanted Sherlock Holmes for a hero, but frankly he annoys me. As a kid, I was rather proud of my brain, and I badly wanted to join in the celebration of the detective who champions the power of the mind. Then and now, something always gets in the way: I don’t really like the stories. My gripes […]

Posted in: Book Groups
#JIAM Shiver by Stiefvater + Romeo & Juliet FREE

#JIAM Shiver by Stiefvater + Romeo & Juliet FREE

SYNC has 2 audiobooks for you every week this summer – all free, all easy MP3 downloads ready to add to your phone, iPod, or other media device. But each pair is available for ONLY one week. So get the whole scoop about this great program to promote audiobook listening in my previous post about all […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Discussing “Little Bee”

Discussing “Little Bee”

Misha’s recent posts about the “Seattle Reads” program involving Little Bee prompt me to write about my own experience discussing this powerful novel with the Adult Reading Round Table Literary Fiction group. Here are some of the aspects of the book that intrigued our circle of readers:  Chris Cleave’s ability to create the voices of […]

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#JIAM Audiobook session at #ALA11

#JIAM Audiobook session at #ALA11

Join me at “How Audiobooks Have Been Used to Engage Readers” if you are attending the American Library Association conference in New Orleans. Michele Cobb, recently elected President of the Audio Publishers Association, will moderate the discussion with audiobook experts Sharon Grover & Francisca Goldsmith. I’m honored to join these ladies on the panel, for […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
My Poetry Experience Not Lyrical

My Poetry Experience Not Lyrical

This morning I attended the dedication ceremony for the new Poetry Foundation headquarters building (which Blair Kamin gave a great review in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune). My presence was due to a trickle-down invitation: several higher-ups at ALA had been invited first but, as they were already en route to New Orleans and I’m not leaving until tomorrow, […]

Posted in: Libraries
#JIAM Jim Dale fans rejoice

#JIAM Jim Dale fans rejoice

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is coming soon from Random House Audio. Here is a sneak peek video of the opening words of title to be released September 13, 2011…

Posted in: Audiobooks
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan

Cindy: I have found a kindred spirit–someone who loves baked goods as much as I do in Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake (Dial 2011)! When Betty Bunny is first offered some chocolate cake, she isn’t so sure…she hasn’t had it before and she’s not very good at trying new things. But then she tastes it […]

Stark Gets Starker

Stark Gets Starker

I was a long-time fan of Donald Westlake until his death in 2008. His Dortmunder novels–funny, shaggy-dog heist stories that read like the extended version of Murphy’s Law–are classics of the genre, probably the best caper series ever written. I’ve always intended to try them, but I’ve never cracked the books of Westlake’s pseudonymous alter […]

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