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Archive for August, 2013

Fri, August 30th, 2013
R.I.P., Seamus Heaney
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Why are poets only in the news when they die? How I wish I heard the name Seamus Heaney this morning on the air waves because he had a new book coming out, or because he was reading poems at the United Nations, trying to bring some sense and sensibility to world affairs. Alas, the […]

Thu, August 29th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark Between
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

No, you’re not still wearing your sunglasses–this is just one dark book trailer. Appropriately dark, that is, for Sonja Gensler’s latest, The Dark Between, which explores early-twentieth-century psychic research and spirit photograhy in Cambridge’s seedy underbelly. Historical fiction incorporating paranormal and romantic elements? I see a long request list.

Mon, August 26th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Robin Wasserman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Robin Wasserman is neither a “robin” nor a “wasser” nor a “man.” Discuss. Just who do you think you are? From all appearances, the person least likely to write a book with so much axe/chainsaw/Molotov cocktail/blowtorch-killing in it. (Unless you ask my third grade teacher, who was the repository of so many death stares from […]

Thu, August 22nd, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Speech
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Wednesday, August 28th will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the annual March on Washington takes places this weekend. Vanessa Bush reviewed Chicago publisher Haymarket’s timely The Speech in our August issue. She writes, “[Author Gary Younge] details the long, sleepless night of preparation, the dramatic […]

Thu, August 15th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Monkey Ono
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Ono? No, “Oh no!” Monkey Ono got left behind on Beach Day. Will he make it, resourceful little monkey that he is?

Thu, August 8th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Boxers & Saints
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Breaking a complex story into two–a bloody conflict told via young protagonists on its opposing sides–and then putting it back together for a one-minute teaser couldn’t have been easy, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s BTT. The trailer for Printz winner Gene Yuen Lang’s simultaneously released companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints is simple […]

Thu, August 1st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Rainstack!
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s trailer is labeled REJECTED, but I did us all a favor and un-jected it for this fine blog. Thursday is always a good day to learn about respect, manners, and the effects of name-calling.

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