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Wed, December 5th, 2012
Me and Oprah
Posted by: Donna Seaman

  It’s funny how, when you spend your life immersed in books, unbidden thoughts of a book can presage an event. We’ve been focusing here at Booklist on the best books of 2012 for our Editors Choice list, but a 2013 title kept popping up in my mind. This morning it surfaced again, and I found […]

Fri, July 23rd, 2010
Weeklings: Tess Gerritsen, Orlando Figes, Patrick Bateman, Shirley Jackson, and Nancy Pearl
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Murderati, Tess Gerritsen asks, “Why the hell won’t they review my book?!!!” and pretty much answers her own question. My visit to the Inquirer was a sobering look at how tough newspapers have it these days, trying to keep up with all they have to cover.  Every author wants attention, but one look at […]

Thu, February 19th, 2009
A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

In January, AMC aired (or should I say “cabled”?) a short segment on Freebird Books‘ post-apocalyptic book club. And, no, that doesn’t mean the book club itself takes place after the apocalypse, merely that they’re discussing–wait, you’re way ahead of me, aren’t you? Anyway: great idea! Our own Ben Segedin is sort of a one-man post-apocalyptic […]

Mon, December 8th, 2008
Book-Group Battleground
Posted by: Keir Graff

Usually I leave the book-group beat to Book Group Buzz, but since I also patrol the feudin’ and fussin’ beat, I’m going to poach this story. Sorry, I mean, share this story–I’d love to read some of their front-line observations on the topic. But Joanne Kaufman’s New York Times article, “Fought Over Any Good Books […]

Thu, October 2nd, 2008
Share the Joy of Shared Reading
Posted by: Keir Graff

Book Group Buzz, Likely Stories’ sibling blog, is the official partner blog of the WNBA’s NRGM. That would be National Reading Group Month. And that’s the Women’s National Book Association, not the Women’s National Basketball Association. (And just when I finally got the whole WWF/WWE thing figured out, too.) Writes Mary Ellen Quinn: Book Group […]

Tue, August 19th, 2008
The United Kingdom’s Jonathan Franzen, Sort Of
Posted by: Keir Graff

In a scenario that will sound familiar to U.S. readers, Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan has said that popular English TV hosts Richard and Judy treat their book club followers as if they were “stupid” (“Richard and Judy ‘treat their readers as stupid,’” by Senay Boztas, The Observer): ‘We have an industry where we have a Richard […]

Tue, July 15th, 2008
Booze and Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

I received this link from a number of sources–Book Club Girl‘s Bastille Day pairing of books and French wine–but I kept deleting it. The commercial tie-in turned me off, for starters, and the list just didn’t seem that great, either. The Count of Monte Cristo? Mon dieux! Then the ever-watchful George Eberhart sent the list to me, […]

Mon, March 17th, 2008
Love It
Posted by: Keir Graff

Say hello to The Long Goodbye, Chicago (“Crime thriller ‘The Long Goodbye’ selected for ‘One Book, One Chicago,’ by Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune): “The Long Goodbye” by crime-genre master Raymond Chandler is the 14th and latest book selected for the Chicago Public Library’s “One Book, One Chicago” program. Twice a year, in the spring and […]

Wed, January 30th, 2008
Now That’s the Oprah We Know
Posted by: Keir Graff

Oprah just announced her new pick–perhaps a pick-me-up for any lingering hangovers from reading The Road? Best-selling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle has been inspiring readers since his first book, The Power of Now. In A New Earth, Eckhart provides practical teachings for waking up to a new, enlightened mind-set. If you’re seeking a […]

Fri, January 4th, 2008
Fiction vs. Nonfiction Factionalism
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been enjoying the posts at Book Group Buzz. Yesterday, Misha Stone’s “When Fiction and Reality Collide” addressed–well, you’re probably one step ahead of me on that one. Says Stone: As a Fiction Librarian, I often get a little annoyed when patrons distinguish the difference between fiction and non-fiction as "fake" versus "real." As a […]

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