November 2010

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Author On the Bookcase: Jillian Cantor, author of The Transformation of Things

Author on the Bookcase
Jillian Cantor

Jill CantorI'm excited to welcome Jill Cantor, author of The Transformation of Things, to On the Bookcase. Jillian has crafted a truly fantastic novel about a complicated life made even more complicated. Jennifer Levenworth's husband, a judge, is indicted on bribery charges and her "friends" aren't that supportive. Then the dreams begin. When Jennifer sleeps, she swears she can see—and hear—her friends' and family's most private moments though her dreams.

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Poetry Reading Group Program

The Poetry Book Society of the U.K. has just launched a new reading group program based on the shortlist for the 2010 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. They are hoping to persuade fiction reading groups to try poetry, using the work of the poets shortlisted for the Prize.

Reading groups can download three poems from each book, together with reading group notes on the poems, a biography and photo of each poet from The Poetry Book Society website. The website will also offer readers the opportunity to vote for their favourite poet online and to take part in discussion of the shortlist.

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Contest to Win Video Interview with Yann Martel

Enter to win a contest for an video interview with Yann Martel, author of Beatrice and Virgil and Life of Pi.

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Jane Eyre Movie Trailer

This is a must-see! 

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2010 National Book Awards Winners

 

The 2010 National Book Awards were announced today.

Here are the winners. Congratulations to all!

Young People's Literature
Kathryn Erskine
Mockingbird
Poetry
Terrance Hayes
Lighthead

Nonfiction
Patti Smith
Just Kids

Fiction
Jaimy Gordon
Lord of Misrule

Have you and will you read of one of the NBA awards?

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Reading Group Choices Gift Books e-newsletter

Gifts for your family and friends! And, pick some up for yourself.

Reading Group Choices Gift Book E-newsletter 

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Author On the Bookcase: Debra Ollivier, author of What French Women Know

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Debra Ollivier

Debra OllivierI'm so thrilled to welcome Debra Ollivier, author of What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind, to On the Bookcase. Debra writes that French women don’t give a damn. They don’t expect men to understand them. They don’t care about being liked or being like everyone else. They accept the passage of time; celebrate the immediacy of pleasure; embrace ambiguity and imperfection; and prefer having a life to making a living. American women might learn the basics of the liberating alternatives from the land that knows how to love. 

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