Archive for August, 2014

Coming Soon! The Booklist Reader

Coming Soon! The Booklist Reader

Cindy and Lynn: Changes are afoot at Bookends. Booklistonline is redesigning its bevy of blogs into a new one new blog presence called The Booklist Reader. Bookends will still exist but we will function as a department within the larger blog alongside your other favorite Booklist blogs. Keir Graff explains the change in more detail […]

Raising Your Spirited Badger

Raising Your Spirited Badger

I revisited a bit of family lore the other day, regarding my oldest daughter’s first encounter with Russell Hoban’s Frances series.  I was reading Bread and Jam for Frances aloud, when her violet eyes grew wide with forbidden pleasure as she said in a scandalized voice, “Frances is naughty!” Yes, she absolutely is. Frances may be a badger, but she is us.  When I was recalling all this to […]

Coming Soon to an Event Near You: Audiobookmobile
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Coming Soon to an Event Near You: Audiobookmobile

How cool is this? The Audio Publishers Association is taking the show on the road. What a great opportunity for public libraries to highlight their audiobook collection. The initiative was announced on Shelf Awareness, with a listing of five upcoming locations. I’ll get the whole scoop for you ASAP, along with contact information for libraries […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book News
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
By August 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Over the years both Gary and I have written about author Emily St. John Mandel as a young author to watch. Well, it’s time for another reminder because her latest book, Station Eleven, will be out early next month. While St. John Mandel’s first three works could be characterized as literary novels with mysterious twists, […]

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Coming Soon: The Booklist Reader
By August 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Coming Soon: The Booklist Reader

It’s going to be pretty quiet here at Likely Stories for the next couple of weeks—but that’s because big changes are in the works. After 8 long years and nearly 2,200 posts (over half of them written by yours truly), the blog is about to undergo major surgery. Actually, ALL of the Booklist blogs—Likely Stories, […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

Lynn:  When I first heard about The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus (Eerdmans 2014) I KNEW I would love it.  The winning team of Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet AND the story of Peter Roget – a shy boy who loved words and made lists!  I’ve now read the book in falling- apart galley […]

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Cindy: Last week we linked to Edith Pattou’s fairy tale East in our blog post about Margi Preus’ new book West of the Moon and now this week we have a new book, hot off the press, by Pattou. In Ghosting (Skyscape 2014) she has left the frightening world of fairy tales and set this […]

Web Crush of the Week: Tales from the RAT Queen

Web Crush of the Week: Tales from the RAT Queen

No, she’s not actually a rodent (she’s really a quite nice librarian). Lucy Lockley, Booklist Editorial Board member and collection development manager for the St. Charles City-County Library District in Missouri, coordinates the district’s Readers’ Advisory Team, also known as the RATs. Hence, she is the RAT Queen. The RAT program uses a combined book-discussion […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Earth Space Moon Base

If you, or a reader you know, are in the mood for a scary/silly outer-space treat, look no further than today’s BTT for picture-book debut Earth Space Moon Base (Random). The bleepy-boingy soundtrack and effects are sure to cause giggles in children of all ages.

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
By August 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Janet Mock became a media sensation when she went head to head with Piers Morgan earlier this year. Janet Mock, a transgender activist, clarified with Piers Morgan how to let trans women speak for themselves and how to respect and honor them by using the pronouns that are real for them. She further clarified that […]

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