Archive for June, 2011

Thursday Quote of the Night

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

-Mark Twain




Thursday Evening Book Reviews

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The National Post has a look at WANDERLUST: A LOVE AFFAIR WITH FIVE CONTINENTS, by Elisabeth Eaves.

Author Ransom Riggs will be pleased by the reception given his book, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, over at The Chicago Sun-Times.

Patrick French’s INDIA: A PORTRAIT impresses in San Fransisco, as Mr. French’s work is most often wont to do.

Because I’ve poured him a beer and found him delightful company, I’m thrilled to see Jeffrey Deaver’s CARTE BLANCHE (his invitational continuation of the James Bond franchise) well-received in DC.

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Happy 40th birthday, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (The Rumpus)

Amazon pulls its affiliate program out of California after Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new law enforcing sales tax for online retailers. (GalleyCat)

Robert McCrum cringes at the state of the Booker prize. (The Guardian)

Can an American Booker be far behind? (The Literary Saloon)

British writer Alexander Fiske-Harrison recounts his experiences running with the bulls. (The Independent)

Anna Marie Sewell is Edmonton’s new poet laureate. (Edmonton Journal)

Germaine Greer says that the English “don’t write great novels.” (The Telegraph)

Jessa Crispin speaks out “in defense of the other woman.” (The Smart Set)

“On this day in 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was published. It had been extensively promoted, chosen as the July selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club, and so gushed about in pre-publication reviews — “Gone With the Wind is very possibly the greatest American novel,” said Publisher’s Weekly — that it was certain to sell, and to provoke parody.” (Today in Literature)

Wednesday Quote of the Night

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

“There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know:  to touch words and have them touch you back.”

-Jim Fiebig




Wednesday Evening Book Reviews

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


USA Today covers MY YEAR WITH ELEANOR: A MEMOIR, by Noelle Hancock.

The Los Angeles Times keeps up with Ms. Sookie Stackhouse and her latest adventure in Charlaine Harris’ DEAD RECKONING.

The Economist enjoyed Amitav Ghosh’s second in his planned series, RIVER OF SMOKE.

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Maud Newton talks “male mused and inner dicks” with Kate Christensen. (The Awl)

Margaret Drabble fights for the preservation of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize. (Guardian Books Blog)

An outcry from international literary figures fail to save the home of famed Australian novelist Christian Stead from major renovations. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Are “tiny books” the next wave of the future? (Irish Times)

Philip Roth’s Booker win goes into the history books with a dull thud. (The Independent)

Peter Stothard rounds up a new batch of books representing ‘the best of Brit lit.’ (The Daily Beast)

Check out an extract from Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child. (The Telegraph)

A new collection of essays by Levi Asher hits the Kindle. (Literary Kicks)

Jason Boog looks at the potential of Google+ as a tool for writers and publishers. (GalleyCat)

“On this day in 1613 The Globe playhouse, of which Shakespeare was part-owner, burned down, the fire ignited by cannon sparks during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry the Eighth. Today’s Globe was reconstructed 200 yards from the 1613 Globe, and is as close in design and materials as scholars and building codes could manage – though some want it re-reconstructed based on new research.” (Today in Literature)

Tuesday Quote of the Night

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

“Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’”

-Helen Exley




Tuesday Evening Book Reviews

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The New York Times harvests a crop of children’s books that feature animals and action down on the farm.

AN ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING, by Anuradha Roy, works well with only a slight hitch at the end over at The New York Times.

Monsters & Critics finds an excellent primer in Joe Nickell’s, TRACKING THE MAN-BEASTS: SASQUATCH, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES, AND MORE.

The Denver Post very much appreciates Karin Slaughter’s latest, FALLEN.

Afternoon Viewing: Dark Days of Supernatural Tour

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The ladies from Girls in the Stacks interview Harper Teen authors Veronica Roth, Ellen Schreiber, Tara Hudson, Amy Plum & Aprilynne Pike during the Dark Days of Supernatural Tour:

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tea Obreht talks ‘about death and (Balkan) breakups.’ (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Mark Sanderson returns with a new batch of writerly tidbits in this week’s installment of ‘Literary Life.’ (The Telegraph)

Stuart Walton looks at the varieties of posthumous works. (Guardian Books Blog)

Levi Asher has some photos from the wedding of novelist Larry McMurtry and Faye Kesey, widow of Ken Kesey. (Literary Kicks)

Little, Brown will crank out seven new Muppets books before November’s The Muppets film. (GalleyCat)

Amazon charts the year’s best books… so far. (Publishers Weekly)

Pauls Toutonghi introduces readers to six compelling Egyptian writers. (The Millions)

Adam Ross suggests some breezy summer reads. (The Daily Beast)

R.I.P. Cynthia Barton Rabe, author. (OregonLive)

“On this day in 1915 Henry James wrote to the British Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, to inform him of a “desire to offer myself for naturalisation in this country.” James was 72 years old, and 40 years a resident in England; this grand gesture in the early days of WWI was his way of “throwing into the scale of [England's] fortune my all but imponderable moral weight — ‘a poor thing but mine own.””" (Today in Literature)

Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, June 27th, 2011

“In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation.”

-Stéphane Mallarmé




Monday Evening Book Reviews

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Guardian covers SHOSTAKOVICH AND HIS FIFTEEN QUARTETS, by Wendy Lesser.

TOLSTOY AND THE PURPLE CHAIR: MY YEAR OF MAGICAL READING, by Nina Sankovitch, falls a bit short of a warm reception at The Christian Science Monitor.

The Anniston Star reviews John Vaillant’s THE TIGER: A TRUE STORY OF VENGEANCE AND SURVIVAL.

BookPage gives three of five stars to Keith Donohue’s CENTURIES OF JUNE.

Sunday Quote of the Night

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

“Books had instant replay long before televised sports.”

-Bern Williams

Sunday Evening Book Reviews

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Author John Fea assembles the facts for the question: WAS AMERICA FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION?: A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION.

David Ignatius’ latest spy novel, BLOODMONEY, is a hit in Dallas.

Marjorie Sandor’s memoir, THE LATE INTERIORS: A LIFE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, is on tap at the Star-Tribune.

LUCKY FOR GOOD by Sue Patron fares well at

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Joanna Briscoe talks about treading into the “sensitive territory” of her brand of erotic suspense. (The Independent)

Carolyn Kellogg looks back at Aldous Huxley’s ‘psychedelic life’ in Los Angeles. (Jacket Copy)

Nicole LaPorte profiles novelist Chad Kultgen. (NYTimes)

Does money make the literary contest? (The Literary Saloon)

Tim Adams chats it up with Salman Rushdie. (The Observer)

Iraqi writers have petitioned the government for medical treatment for the poet and playwright Mohammed Ali al-Khafajy. (UPI)

David Sessions offers up some of the week’s best reads. (The Daily Beast)

“On this day in 1284 the Pied Piper lured the children away from Hamelin, to something better or worse, depending on which legend, poem, play, film, song, scholar or physician you consult — the documents ranging in date and format from a stained glass window made shortly after the event to Jethro Tull’s Too Old to Rock ‘n Roll, Too Young to Die album.” (Today in Literature)

Saturday Quote of the Night

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

“I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”

-Charles de Secondat




Saturday Evening Book Reviews

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

James Patterson lends his name to a new mid-grade hit, MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE.

ORIENTATION AND OTHER STORIES, by Daniel Orozco, meets a warm welcome at The San Fransisco Chronicle.

Younger readers will find an adventure story to their likely somewhere on this page that Kirkus culled and compiled especially for them.

And Library Journal refreshes their list of web-exclusive Xpress Reviews.

Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

The new Mark Twain stamp (the 27th in the US Postal Service’s ‘Literary Arts Series) will be launched at a first-day-of-issue ceremony today. (USPS)

Nicolette Jones talks to this year’s Carnegie Medal winner, Patrick Ness. (The Independent)

Go behind the scenes of one of America’s great rare book repositories, The Morgan Library and Museum. (NYTimes)

Zoe Williams explores what 21st century books tell us about the state of feminism. (The Guardian)

Emily Gosden explains how two aspiring authors games the system to push their eBook to the top of the UK bestseller lists. (The Telegraph)

Jan Dalley profiles Philip Roth. (Financial Times)

Elizabeth Gumport takes on book reviews… (n+1)

…M.A. Orthofer counters. (The Literary Saloon)

Alison Flood examines ‘how self-publishing came of age.’ (The Guardian)

“On this day in 1857 Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal was published. Critics now regard it as the one of the most important and influential collections of 19th century poetry, but the newspapers of the day thought it full of “all the putresence of the human heart,” and the courts excised six poems found to be “in contempt of the laws which safeguard religion and morality.”" (Today in Literature)

Friday Quote of the Night

Friday, June 24th, 2011

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”

-James Bryce




Friday Evening Book Reviews

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Self-Publishing Review (produced by friend to AuthorScoop, Jane Smith) finds a winner in the slushpile and gives an rarer-than-she-wishes enthusiastic review of Christine Todd’s debut novel, PINS.

The Chicago Tribune hosts a whole page of summer romances.


And in San Jose they’ve taken a moment to feature books and writers from Northern California.