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The Late Movies: Book Trailers, This Year’s Winners and Losers

The same week I enjoyed Ransom’s beautiful book trailer, I heard about the Moby Awards — which, in addition to recognizing great book trailers, points out awful book trailers. Below, I’ve collected some winners…and losers. I’ll be curious to see whether Ransom gets a nod next year! Worst Performance By An Author Jonathan Franzen: “This might be [...]

Do You Book Club?

I know, I know — the first rule of Book Club is, don’t use Book Club as a verb! But seriously, I never thought I’d say this: I joined a book club. A sit-around-in-someone’s-living-room-sipping-brandy-discussing-Jonathan-Franzen book club. For years, I didn’t see the point; I had spent four years talking about books with groups of people [...]

Which Novels of 2010 Can Stop a Bullet?

(Video Link) A book may be able to save your life. Specifically, it may be capable of stopping a bullet. Which novel of 2010 is the most protective? Is it Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom? Or Joshua Cohen’s Witz? Or will it be something on the high-tech Kindle? The people at Electric Literature decided to find out. Alas, [...]

At the Libraries: The Most Expensive Book

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Get your checkbooks ready – the world’s most expensive book is going up for sale. Any guesses as to what it is? Here’s a hint at [...]

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, Oprah!

Yes – the world’s most powerful woman (according to some reports, anyway) is celebrating the big 5-6 today. Even if you’re not a big fan, you have to admit, the woman’s done pretty well herself. Oprah hasn’t kept too many secrets about herself over the years, so I’m avoiding the big shockers that she has [...]