Yesterday Talia “the troublemaker” Sherer highlighted her favorite titles during Booklist‘s Book Clubs Abuzz webinar. If you were lucky enough to listen in you chuckled at her jokes and cringed at her awful songs. If you missed out, don’t worry—we’ve got Talia’s top picks and a link to the archived webinar below. Fiction: For Women, […]
Our weekend involved authors & kittens.
What more is there to life, really?
Talia attended local bookstore events for Louise Penny (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) and Wilton Barnhardt (LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY) at Flyleaf Books and McIntyre's Books. All were smash hits as you can see from the standing room only pictures.
Meanwhile, Anne hit the Rockaways and found kittens living under the boardwalk. She (of course) wanted to take all seven of them home that instant! Fear not! a neighborhood kitten wrangler is keeping an eye on them. Phew!
We hope your week is off to a good start!
We love Wilton Barnhardt's LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY and are thrilled to see the latest great praise from the New York Times Book Review:
“Lacerating but affectionate, as exuberant as it is shrewd, LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY is a Southern novel so sure-footed the only real question for Barnhardt is, 'What took you so long?' The book is all about its characters, each of them delightfully flawed. Southern literature is full of humor but strangely short on satire. Barnhardt gleefully leaps into this gap like a man with a very long to-do list.... LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY is that rare thing: an excellent long novel that’s not long enough.” (An Editor's Choice selection!)
More reviews are still to come from People Magazine and the Wall Street Journal (among others), and it’s a September Indie Next pick.
And don't forget you can send your friends some sassy Southern-style e-cards (especially if they wear white after Labor Day).
It's Monday again, librarian friends, and we're kicking it off with one of our classic collections of digital bits and bobs.
- First things first, keep your eyes locked to LibraryReads.org tomorrow mid-morning to see the very first LibraryReads monthly recommendation list! LibraryReads is a new program, launching tomorrow, which harnesses the value of 'library staff picks' into a single nation-wide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must-reads. So exciting!
- Publishers Weekly included SALINGER on a list of page-to-screen adaptations to be aware of that are coming this fall. The film SALINGER based on SALINGER: A Biography by Paul Alexander will premiere in September. If you're subscribed to Publishers Weekly you can read the full article here.
"As LET ME GO opens, it's both Halloween Weekend and Archie's birthday. Obviously the combination of these auspicious occasions primes us for Gretchen's return to Archie's life, which has at this point reached some modicum of normalcy, though not for long. [...] LET ME GO also reveals a side of Gretchen that we very rarely see and I won't spoil the surprise for you; you'll have to read the book to see what I'm talking about."
The exquisitely smart and talented Chelsea Cain has a fantastic new book out this week. I highly recommend that... http://t.co/QosXBDEjiL
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) August 12, 2013
- Flavorwire posted "50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read."
- Finally, if you're into Southern-style sass served ice cold, check out these cheeky e-cards based on Wilton Barnhardt's LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY:
More! Sassy! E-cards!
- - A little tactlessness every now and then can be strategic—but there's never any excuse for tastelessness.
- - We have had the misfortune in this family to enjoy privilege and to enjoy fortune but, inconveniently, not at the same time.
- - If you don't know how to sustain the simplest of white lies, you have NO place in High Society!
The following books have been selected as "Great Reads from Booksellers You Trust."
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
BITTER RIVER by Julia Keller
THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS by Amy Grace Loyd
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
You'll also see A HUNDRED FLOWERS by Gail Tsukiyama in the "NOW IN PAPERBACK: Indie Next List Selections Come to Paperback" section.
I'm back in New York and wishing you all a wonderful National Library Week! I'm wearing my very best yellow, plaid skirt and evergreen sweater combo in tribute to you.
In book news:
- CURSE OF THE JADE LILY by David Housewright is the winner of the 25th annual Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction! The honor is awarded by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Paul Public Library, and the City of Saint Paul. See the full list of award winners on Shelf Awareness.
- And speaking of good books, Kirkus Reviews gave an exalting review of Wilton Barnhardt's latest novel, LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY.
"Barnhardt’s fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century. [...] Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an abundance of humanity and grace." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Finally we wish all the best for the victims, families, and friends of those affected by the bombings in Boston. We were relieved to hear that the Boston Public Library next to the finish line was closed on Monday in observance of Patriot’s Day. Stay safe, Boston friends.
— BostonPublicLibrary (@BPLBoston) April 16, 2013
Happy post-St. Patrick's Day Monday! I know, I know. I'm not actually all that happy about being awake either. So let's get straight into the good stuff going on this week.
Good thing #1: Library Journal is hosting a totally rad webinar tomorrow at 3pm (EDT) that you must sign up for called "Editors' Picks: Hot Summer Titles from HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Random House." Details! Register!
Good thing #2: We have all sorts of awesome new e-galleys up on Edelweiss ready for you to download, including:
ALWAYS WATCHING by Chevy Stevens
THE HIGHWAY by C.J. Box
WITHOUT A SUMMER by Mary Robinette Kowal
THE HUMAN DIVISION by John Scalzi
THE DEVIL IN HER WAY by Bill Loehfelm
HER LAST BREATH by Linda Castillo
DEATH OF A DYER by Eleanor Kuhns
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
Good thing #4: You can finally get the Sweet Valley sisters on your claws (see below).
New on Etsy: Sweet Valley High Nail Decals: "pure 1980s kitsch" pwne.ws/YGAjDL
— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) March 17, 2013