Monday Fun Day! (6/11/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (6/11/2012 Edition)

We're giving you a totally exclusive, never before seen, behind the scenes look into our twitter feed this week (you lucky librarians, you!). So much good stuff is going on, so instead of paraphrasing, we're serving it all up fresh straight from the tweeters' mouths. Enjoy!

We'll start with some tweets about the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share:

 

 

 

 

And here are some people we really like tweeting about books we really like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are a few things to read on your lunch break:

 

 

 

 

And, of course:

 

 

[...]

Read More...

Wednesday Fun Day! (5/30/2012 Edition)

Wednesday Fun Day! (5/30/2012 Edition)

It's Wednesday already?! Oh, Time, you sure are a fickle creature!

I hope you all had a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure you all set aside at least one of the days to properly celebrate MY BIRTHDAY!! I know I did!

Here's a few fun links to get you excited for the rest of this short week:

- The New York Times Books Section recommended some Books for Basking including GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH by Colin Cotterill, BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel, MOST TALKATIVE by Andy Cohen, and LOVE, LIFE, AND ELEPHANTS by Dame Daphne Sheldrick

"This year 'GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH' is the best beach title around, and its author, Colin Cotterill, isn’t even pandering." Ha!

chuck - Debut mystery writer Chuck Greaves, who will be livin' it up at the Pop Top Stage at ALA Annual, wrote a heartfelt love letter to libraries and librarians. He writes in part about his impressionable years checking out copies of Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein and also about the twenty years he served on the board of directors of the Pasadena Public Library Foundation. Read his post here

- The GeekDad section of Wired.com featured John Scalzi talking about his latest novel, REDSHIRTS

"So how can we take these tropes that everybody knows, jump through all these hoops that everybody knows... and still put something in there, structurally speaking, that does the job that we’re supposed to do as storytellers? The real challenge for a storyteller is to take that ‘nudge-nudge-wink-wink’ thinking and simultaneously subvert and fulfill it." See the full article here.

- Also, if you're going to be at ALA Annual in Anaheim, don't forget to pack your Unshelved swag because Saturday is officially Unshelved Day @ ALA!

[...]

Read More...

Starred Review for Redshirts

Starred Review for Redshirts

If you notice any of your patrons loitering around the stacks wearing something like this or this or definitely this, stop them at once and give them REDSHIRTS! It's what they're looking for anyway. 

It's the future and Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the prestigious Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. Andrew is thrilled with the assignment... that is, until he discovers that low ranking crew members such as himself have an suspiciously high mortality rate during away missions. If he doesn't figure out what's causing the deaths and stop it, he might be the next to die!

Booklist gave REDSHIRTS a starred review and said, "Scalzi takes the reality-versus-fiction idea in a new and decidedly mind-bending direction. It’s hard to imagine a reader who wouldn’t enjoy this one."

Library Journal called it "humorous and thought-provoking" and said it will "appeal to fans of sf (especially Star Trek devotees) who like a good laugh along with their big ideas and space action."

Sound like something you want to start now? Download the first four chapters for free

[...]

Read More...

Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

This afternoon during Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz (3pm Eastern, #ljadultbuzz), I'll be discussing all of the super fabulous upcoming titles listed below!

Join me, Virginia from HarperCollins, Kelly and Erica from Random House, Elenita from Perseus, and moderator Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal for an hour-long book buzz webinar party today! Register now

A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR | Suzanna Joinson | 978-1-60819-811-5

SHINE SHINE SHINE | Lydia Netzer | 978-1-250-00707-0

BENEATH THE SHADOWS | Sara Foster | 978-0-312-64336-2

THE LAND OF DECORATION | Grace McCleen | 978-0-8050-9494-7

A SIMPLE MURDER | Eleanor Kuhns | 978-1-250-00553-3

DEAD SCARED | S. J. Bolton | 978-0-312-60053-2

KILL YOU TWICE | Chelsea Cain | 978-0-312-61978-7

THE OTHER WOMAN | Hank Phillippi Ryan | 978-0-7653-3257-8

BRING UP THE BODIES | Hilary Mantel | 978-0-8050-9003-1

WHERE WE BELONG | Emily Giffin | 978-0-312-55419-4

MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND | Matthew Dicks | 978-1-250-00621-9

THIS IS NOT A TEST | Courtney Summers | 978-0-312-65674-4

REDSHIRTS | John Scalzi | 978-0-7653-1699-8

GLAMOUR IN GLASS | Mary Robinette Kowal | 978-0-7653-2557-0

THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER | Paula Brackston | 978-0-312-62168-1

AMONG OTHERS | Jo Walton | 978-0-7653-2153-4

CHINESE WHISKERS | Pallavi Aiyar | 978-1-250-01448-1

PAW PRINTS IN THE MOONLIGHT | Denis O'Connor | 978-0-312-66829-7

[...]

Read More...

Aaand We’re Back!

Aaand We’re Back!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Austin was a blast!

I'm delighted to report that there wasn't a single disaster, fiasco, or catastrophe and all the Texan librarians I met were sweet as peaches! We hosted some fantastic author events and signings. A huge thanks to C.C. Hunter, Jason Goodwin, David Levithan, Linda Castillo, Jonathan Maberry, and John Scalzi for joining us in the booth and on our discussion panels.

Talia got the opportunity to chat about her favorite upcoming Spring titles during the publishers' Book Buzz event and she also hosted a riotous adult mystery panel. Our old buddy Ben hosted Beyond Earth's Boundaries, a sci-fi panel that turned into a thorough discussion about the function and nature of genre.

We gave away a ton of stellar galleys at the booth, the most fun of which were the YA ARCs picked up by high schoolers on Teen Day. And after all that? We were (and still are) exhausted!

Our schedule may have been jam-packed with TxLA awesomeness, but don't worry, we still managed to grab some amazing carnitas tacos and a pile of the most delicious ribs I'll ever have the pleasure of inhaling.

TxLA 2011

[...]

Read More...

io9’s Spring Title Parade!

io9’s Spring Title Parade!

io9, that great hub of all things science and science fiction, announced which spring titles are making them wiggly with anticipation. Six of the must-haves are available from Tor:

      THE GRAVITY PILOT, by M.M. Buckner
      DEATHLESS, by Catherynne M. Valente
      AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, by Carrie Vaughn
      ALL THE LIVES HE LED, by Frederik Pohl
      FUZZY NATION, by John Scalzi
      THE QUANTUM THIEF, by Hannu Rajaniemi

Having just finished Carrie Vaughn's AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, I can only agree that this modern heroine story is an April must. It's the kind of book that lives in front of your face making getting off the bus at the right stop or pouring coffee in the cup, instead of all over the counter, impossible. Next up for me from this list is Hannu Rajaniemi's debut, THE QUANTUM THIEF, a hard sci-fi May release handed to me by our old buddy Ben. [...]

Read More...

css.php