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Archive for July, 2013

Mon, July 29th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Sean Beaudoin
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Sean Beaudoin is one crafty son-of-a-goat. He comes at you like “Hi, my name is Sean,” but it’s spelled S-e-a-n, which we all know should be pronounced Seeeeen, and then he’s all like, “My last name is Bwadowuhoin,” and it’s all like French or something, and you’re confused–is he like a voodoo priest or just […]


Thu, July 25th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Shut Up, You’re Welcome
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s BTT gives a little taste of Annie Choi’s Shut Up, You’re Welcome. Choi, who our reviewer Patty Wetli says “has only just begun to scratch the surface of her talent,” and I might share a first name, but I come nowhere near sharing her profound feelings about musical theater. Let her explain: “If a […]


Mon, July 22nd, 2013
Talking about the Great Liberator
Posted by: Brad Hooper

The illustrious historical figure Simon Bolivar is often referred to as the George Washington of South America.. The parallels between the two men, while not complete, do offer a compelling comparison. Washington led the touch-and-go independence movement of the English North American colonies from the mother country, while Bolivar, some time later, stood at the […]


Fri, July 19th, 2013
Pseudonymous
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

When I reviewed J. K Rowling’s book, The Casual Vacancy, in September, 2012 for Booklist Online, I noted Rowling said she’d considered publishing the book under a pseudonym. Had she done so, I wrote,  ”Rowling probably would have learned what it’s like to be a midlist author—unpublicized, unnoticed, and unhappy.” As everyone knows by now, Rowling did publish a detective […]


Fri, July 19th, 2013
ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni
Posted by: Donna Seaman

A young woman leaves Calcutta to attend college in Chicago. She will live with an aunt and uncle she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Her expectations run high; she is shocked by how difficult their lives are. Yet when she steps out on the narrow balcony outside their humble apartment, she sees, “The skyscrapers […]


Thu, July 18th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Bully
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The trailer for Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Bully, out this August, is a lot like the book itself: “visually and verbally pared down to essentials, making it accessible to a wide age range.” Be a friend, not a bully!


Mon, July 15th, 2013
2013 Thriller Awards
Posted by: Amye Day Ong

The suspense is finally over! The International Thriller Writers (ITW) gathered in Gotham last week for ThrillerFest VIII and capped off four days of pulse-pounding panel discussions with the announcement of their 2013 award winners. Thrillmaster Award Anne Rice, author 31 novels, including The Vampire Chronicles, Songs of the Seaphim, and the new Wolf Gift Chronicles. Silver Bullet […]


Mon, July 15th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Kami Garcia
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Perhaps you don’t live in one of the 50 countries where the books were published, or perhaps you don’t speak one of the 39 languages in which they were translated, so Imma gonna help you out: Kami Garcia is one half of the writing team that brought you the world-devouring Beautiful Creatures series. Apparently unfazed […]


Thu, July 11th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: & Sons
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Before you wrack your brain for the title of your favorite A.N. Dyer novel, or any A.N. Dyer novel for that matter, I’ll save you the anguish (and embarrassment): he’s not real. He’s the reclusive writer at the center of David Gilbert’s & Sons, and all of these people–Brooke Shields most emotionally–have something to say […]


Mon, July 8th, 2013
Reading the Screen: American Sniper
Posted by: David Pitt

This looks promising: Steven Spielberg has announced (see this story at the Guardian’s website) that he’ll be directing a movie based on Chris Kyle’s 2011 memoir, American Sniper. Kyle, you might remember, was the Navy SEAL and sniper who was shot to death, by a fellow combat veteran, at a gun range in February 2013. Bradley Cooper’s […]





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