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Author On the Bookcase: Susanna Kearsley

The Rose GardenSusanna Kearsley, author of The Rose Garden, tells us about what writing is like for her as a reader. Welcome to On the Bookcase, Susanna!


Fill a room with writers, and you’ll find we all work differently. There’s no “right” way to write. Just as a garden can have many paths that all meet at the same central fountain, we each have our own process for finding our way to the end of a book. Some like planning, and some work to music, while I work in silence and fly by the seat of my pants.

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Author On the Bookcase: Alan Cheuse

Author On the Bookcase
Alan Cheuse

Alan CheuseI'm so thrilled to welcome Alan Cheuse -- writer, professor, NPR book reviewer -- to On the Bookcase! I met Alan at the 2011 Virginia Festival of the Book, again at the 2011 Gaithersburg Book Festival and then at the St. John's College The Art of the Book. We keep bumping into each other!  

What does the word "browsing" mean to you? A computer term? Alan shares his idea of browsing -- "a form of dreaming."

The Pleasures and Necessity of Browsing 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a browser. But it didn’t begin for me with books.

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Reading a Good Book Video

It's going to been a hot one again. Check out this video about reading when it is steaming hot! Thanks Regulator Books for this fun and music video.

  

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Author On the Bookcase: Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara

Author On the Bookcase

Heather Barbieri

Heather BarbieriI'm thrilled to welcome Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara. to On the Bookcase. Heather tells the story of her grandmother, Esther, and her mother, Michelle, and the joy of reading they shared with her. As a result, Heather's childhood was filled with books as Heather read from "quiet corners—behind the Christmas tree (the lights were particularly magical to read by) or the sofa (not on the sofa, behind it, right by the heat register)"

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Heather!

"Who instilled a love of reading in you? A teacher? A parent?

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Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention

I'm packing to go to New York City for my annual trip to Book Expo America (BEA) -- leaving tomorrow. I discuss with publishers and authors their reading group picks for the new year. It is plenty of work but great fun -- seeing old friends and meeting new. Throughout the summer, I will let you know some of the interesting gems I picked up.

This year, there is something new and I'm really thrilled about it.

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One Book, One Twitter

About a month ago, Jeff Howe, the mind  behind the crowdsourcing phenomenon, announced a new project called “One Book, One Twitter”. The program aims to have the world read a book together and discuss it online.  “One Book, One Twitter,” is a book club for everyone, powered by the Internet. Participants are invited to tweet their thoughts on the yet-to-be-determined title.

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Breaking a Book to Read Another

Booking through Thursday

 

Question of the Day.

Do you take breaks while reading a book? Or read it straight through?

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Reading a Book You Hate?

My Friend Amy asked an interesting question a few days ago -- do you read books that you think you will hate? And, she was influenced by a post from Laura Miller.

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BTT 2/25 Reading Books=Insufficient Life??

Booking Through ThursdayBooking Through Thursday is hosted by http://btt2.wordpress.com/

This week's question, suggested by Janet, asks:

"I’ve seen this quotation in several places lately.

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Flap Copy -- Important to You?

(Booking Through Thursdays is hosted at the BTT blog).


Today’s Booking Through Thursday question (suggested by Prairie Progressive) asks:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

I always read flaps an

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