Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The driver of the car crash that killed David Halberstam last year has been sentenced to 5 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, 2 years of probation and will have his license suspended for 1-3 years.
Philippa Gregory's next historical novel will be released in September of this year. The Other Queen will focus on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. The movie version of her book The Other Boleyn Girl, will be in theaters this Friday!
Target's latest book club pick is Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Target has a book club?
The Man Booker prize, which is awarded every year for best original novel written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth and Ireland, has announced a Best of the Booker prize in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The award will honor the best overall novel to have won the prize since it was first awarded in 1969. A panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 6 titles, from which the public will be invited to help select the winner.
James Frey (author of the controversial A Million Little Pieces) has a new book coming out in May called Bright Shiny Morning. Wisely, it is being published as fiction.
Stephenie Meyer, who is known for her widely popular young adult series (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), will publish her first adult novel in May titled The Host.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I've never read Richard North Patterson before, but I picked this up on a recommendation from a library patron. Although it is a mystery/suspense novel, it's meatier than many in this genre. Patterson weaves quite a lot of the Palestinian/Israeli history into the story, and for those like me who know little about this conflict, it provides a good unbiased background. As I mentioned before, the book is quite long and a few times I found myself thinking "get on with the story" but it's very well written and the plot will keep you hooked!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I did ask Larson if he could tell us anything about what he is working on. During his talk he made comments that the next book would be darker and would take place in a different time period than Devil and Isaac's Storm, but would not divulge any more information. He said that writing is very nerve-wracking and if he told us the topic and we weren't enthused, he would be discouraged and it would make it difficult to continue writing. I guess we'll just have to wait.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
the dreaded slump.
I call it a reading slump. Once in a while I just can't seem to find a book I like. I can't finish anything. I am easily distracted and nothing holds my interest-not a thriller, not a historical novel, not a non-fiction book. I have some theories as to why this happens, but no good solutions. I broke out of my last slump with Sophie Kinsella, but since I have read all of her books and her next won't be here until March, I've got to find something else.
Do any of you ever have reading slumps? What do you do? Any sure bets to bring me out of the slump?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
"My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip."
"Call me Ishmael."
"Marley is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that."
Twitterlit.com is a fun website that will email you opening lines from books. It's fun to see if you can guess any of them. My favorite so far has been:
"There are two kinds of people in this world: Greeks and those who wish they were Greek." from Sofie Metropolis by Tori Carrington.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
O. J. Simpson's former sports agent, Michael Gilbert is adding his two cents with his new book How I Helped O. J. Get Away With Murder. Great. Just what we need- another O. J. book.
J. R. R. Tolkien's estate and Harper UK is suing New Line Cinema, claiming they have not recieved over $6 billion in proceeds from the Lord of the Rings films. Aside from seeking monetary damages, they are seeking a declaration from the court that the plantiffs have the right to terminate any further rights to works, including The Hobbit. No!! We must have a Hobbit movie!!
Marlena de Blasi will be publishing her first work of fiction, a historical novel set in WWII era France and Poland, to be titled Amandine. Marlena de Blasi is known for her memoirs of life in Italy in A Thousand Days in Tuscany, A Thousand Days in Venice and The Lady in the Palazzo.
Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones is said to be the Spanish Pillars of the Earth. Set in Barcelona in 1320, the novel has been a huge hit in Spain, selling over 1.5 million copies. The novel is set to be released in the U.S. in April.
The Coen brothers, whose recent film, No Country For Old Men, has earned several Oscar nominations, have signed on to adapt and direct Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
Alexandria, VA is the most romantic city in the U. S.?? Amazon rated the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in America, based on sales data of romance novels, relationship and sex books since Jan. 1, per capita in cities with more than 100,000 residents. Probably all those politicians sneaking out to the burbs to get their trashy romance novels.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Sami Rohr prize for Jewish literature was awarded to Lucette Matalon Lagnado for The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World. The Sami Rohr prize is awarded each year, alternating fiction and non-fiction, to an emerging writer whose work, of exceptional literary merit, stimulates and interest in themes of Jewish concern. The winner recieves a $100,000 prize.