Conan Doyle

May 22nd, 2015

From Goodreads: Little known facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Inspirations to Rowling

May 21st, 2015

ICaptureTheCastleFrom Goodreads: 16 books that inspired J.K. Rowling

Why liberal?

May 20th, 2015

The Charlotte Observer gives a fantastic response to the question “Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” Makes ya feel good all over. (Thanks to Daily KOS for the link.)

No gender break in good kids’ books

May 19th, 2015

From entertainment news: Hey, let the boys read books with girls in them. Girls read books with boys in them, don’t they?

Comics are books, after all

May 18th, 2015

From the “Duh” file: Kids love comics, and they introduce them to other books.

Author has new 3-book deal

May 15th, 2015

From Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of the best-selling “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” fantasy trilogy has a new three-book deal.

Laini Taylor has signed with publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to write three young-adult novels.

The publisher announced Thursday the first book will be called “The Muse of Nightmares” and is scheduled for fall 2016. It says the book is a “high fantasy” work about a clash between humans and the offspring of gods.

Taylor’s “Lips Touch: Three Times” was a National Book Award finalist in 2009. Two years later she began the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” series, which ended last year with “Dreams of Gods & Monsters.”

Film rights to the trilogy have been acquired by Universal Pictures.

PEN/John Galbraith Award

May 14th, 2015

From Associated Press:

Book on hospital after Hurricane Katrina wins $10,000 award

NEW YORK (AP) — An author whose book “Five Days at Memorial” tells of a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina has won a $10,000 prize for nonfiction.

The literary and human rights organization PEN announced Wednesday that Sheri Fink had won the PEN/John Galbraith Award for a book of “notable literary merit” that highlights an important contemporary issue.

Joshua Horwitz’s “War of the Whales” won the $10,000 PEN/E.O. Wilson prize for science writing. John Branch’s “Boy On Ice” won the $5,000 PEN/ESPN award for sports writing.

Anna Whitelock’s “The Queen’s Bed” received a $5,000 prize for biography. And Saeed Jones’ “Prelude to Bruise” won the $5,000 PEN award for poetry.

Inspirational children’s stories

May 13th, 2015

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From The Guardian: Children’s stories that inspired writers

Heart-breakers

May 12th, 2015

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From Buzz Feed: 13 books that perfectly describe heartbreak. (Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.)

Parkman Prize awarded

May 11th, 2015

From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the top honors for historians, the Francis Parkman Prize, has been given to Danielle Allen for a close and modern take on the Declaration of Independence.

The Society of American Historians told The Associated Press that Allen had won for “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.” Previous Parkman winners include Robert Caro, David McCullough and Eric Foner.

The society also announced Monday that David Levering Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize- and Parkman-winning historian, received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for lifetime achievement. The biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction went to Jacinda Townsend’s “Saint Monkey” and Justin Leroy’s “Empire and the Afterlife of Slavery” received the Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation.

The society is based at Columbia University.

Books I can’t stop thinking about

May 8th, 2015

Books Kristin HannahDescentHere’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column, Books I can’t stop thinking about.

RIP Ruth Rendell

May 7th, 2015

rendellruthRIP Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine), pioneer of the psychological thriller, who died May 2 at age 85.

Here’s a link to the NPR obit.

Amazing bars

May 6th, 2015

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From The Telegraph: Amazing bars to drink at. (Shown: a bar in Mumbai)

Noms de plume

May 5th, 2015

From Electric Lit: A history of pen names

May 4 remembered

May 4th, 2015

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Photos from the annual commemoration of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State. (Photos by Amanda Woolf, Record-Courier)

Books for Mom

May 1st, 2015

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Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Books for Mom on Her Day.

Fictional bookstores

April 30th, 2015

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From Bustle: Fictional bookstores we wish existed.

The Giver

April 29th, 2015

From Mental Floss: Things you may not know about “The Giver.”

Holiday time

April 28th, 2015

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From The Guardian: Top 10 books about vacations (shown: “The Talented Mr. Ripley”)

Hope

April 27th, 2015

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My Kindle shows that I now have a copy of “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland” by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. I started reading it this morning during my coffee break. Wow!

I also have a new corporate-approved coffee mug to replace the one that sprung a leak!

X is coming out!

April 24th, 2015

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This just in! Sue Grafton’s “X” is coming out August 25!

Survivors to speak

April 23rd, 2015

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Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus will be featured on ABC’s “20/20″ next week. The two kidnap survivors have written a book.

Eiffel penthouse?

April 22nd, 2015

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From Slate: Did you know Gustav Eiffel had a secret apartment in the Eiffel Tower?

Pulitzer Prize

April 21st, 2015

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Among the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prize is Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” which won in the fiction category. If you haven’t yet read this book, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It is absolutely stunning. (Click the link for the list of winners.)

Regina Brett coming to Kent

April 20th, 2015

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Ravenna’s own Regina Brett is coming back to the area for a couple of local appearances. (Photo by Bruce Hennes)

Royal baby

April 17th, 2015

The royal baby is due any day now, and pundits are betting that it will be a girl and that she will be named Alice.

I’m throwing in my idea for a baby girl’s name:

MLnameIt’s appropriately royal, and it hasn’t been used in a long time. And Mary was William’s great-great-grandmother’s name. (I think that’s enough greats.) What do you think? Princess Mary Louise. Has a nice ring to it, no?

RIP Günter Grass

April 14th, 2015

From The Washington Post:

Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of “The Tin Drum” and other novels that made him known around the world as the moral conscience of 20th-century Germany, a reputation that faltered when he belatedly revealed that he had served as a young soldier in Hitler’s SS, died on April 13 at a hospital in Luebeck, Germany. He was 87. …

Color this!

April 13th, 2015

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From Chronicle Books: Coloring books for grownups

Bookstore photos

April 7th, 2015

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From Chronicle Books: “This is my bookstore” photos — Get me a ladder, somebody!

Optical illusions: Rubin’s vase

April 6th, 2015

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What do you see? a vase? or two faces? Wikipedia explains this phenomenon.