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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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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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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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Teaser Tuesday 10/19 The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Grab your current read, open to a random page, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  
Share the title & author, too,

I have to cite one paragraph instead of the standard two sentences. The last sentence is so good and so true!

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It's Monday! What are you Reading? Three Books -- oh no!

                  Monday, What Are You Reading?

 

This meme is hosted by Sheila from One Person's Journey Through a World in Books.

I'm reading three books this week.

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy (November 2010, Doubleday)

Publisher's summary: The incomparable author of such classics as The Great Santini and Beach Music, celebrates the books that have changed his life.  Pat shares stories about the books that he views as the most important influences on his life as a boy, a man, and as one of America’s most gifted writers.

My Reading Life

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2010 National Book Awards Finalists

 

National Book Awards Finalists

Author Pat Conroy announced the twenty Finalists for the 2010 National Book Award on Wedneday. The list includes a previous National Book Award Winner, two previous Finalists, thirteen women--the largest number of women Finalists in a single year in the Awards' history--and six books from small, independent presses.

Fiction
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
Nicole Krauss, Great House
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel

Nonfiction
Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
Patti Smith, Just Kids
Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
Megan K.

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Man Booker Prize Winner Announced

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson has won the Man Booker Prize beating out the favorite, C by Tom McCarthy.

Sir Andrew Motion, Chair of the judges, made the announcement. Motion comments, "The Finkler Question is a marvellous book: very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle. It is all that it seems to be and much more than it seems to be. A completely worthy winner of this great prize."

From everthing I've read, The Finkler Question is a great reading group choice. Identity, ethnicity, justice, relationships are great conversation topics.

The Finkler QuestionPublisher summary: Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends.

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Teaser Tuesday October 12: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read, Open to a random page, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, and share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My Reading Life"Whatever prize I brought out of the woods, my mother could match with a book from the library. She read so many books that she was famous among the librarians in every town she entered.

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Carla Cohen, awesome bookseller

Rest in Peace, Carla Cohen. An awesome bookseller and champion of writer, founder and co-owner of the Washington, DC Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse. You will be missed.

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Author On the Bookcase: Jennifer Vanderbes, author of Strangers at the Feast

Author On the Bookcase
Jennifer Vanderbes

Jennifer VanderbesI'm thrilled to welcome Jennifer Vanderbes, author of the new book, Strangers at the Feasts, to On the Bookcase. On Thanksgiving Day 2007, three generations of the Olson family gather. While the Olsons navigate the tensions and secrets that mark their relationships, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend Spider set out from the nearby housing projects on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these two worlds ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone's life.

Jennifer writes stories that "attempt to answer certain questions." A simple "what if" question started the story that became Strangers at the Feast.

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