Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I've finished eleven out of twenty-two, and it seemed like a good time for a progress report!
- The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
- Cyberia, by Chris Lynch
- Dork In Disguise, by Carol Gorman
- Totally Confidential, by Sally Warner
- Go Big Or Go Home, by Will Hobbs
- The Savage, by David Almond
- The Perfect Cat-Sitter, by Ann Whitehead Nagda
- The Fire Within, by Chris D'Lacey
- The Shakespeare Stealer, by Gary Blackwood
- The Volcano Disaster, by Peg Kehret
- Danger Boy, Episode 1: Ancient Fire, by Mark London Williams
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. Named for eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery, the purpose of the Newbery Medal was stated as follows: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."History.com celebrates the Newbery
Newbery Medal Winners, 1922 - Present (list)
Our all-time favorite Newbery winners (& honored books) are The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, The Grey King by Susan Cooper, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff, Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater & A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. What are yours?
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.
-from the JBF website
Awards are given for books, TV shows, restaurant design, journalism, &, of course, chefs! 2010 winners include:
- Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas (book)
- Serious Eats (blog)
- Tom Colicchio (outstanding chef)
Local eatery Mary & Tito's won the America's Classics Award for restaurants with timeless appeal, beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Establishments musthave been in existence at least 10 years and be locally owned.For a full list of 2010 winners, visit the JBF website.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
-from the Wikipedia article
- it was started in 1954 by John Ryan (artist & entrepreneur) & writer Flann O'Brien
- in 1956, poets Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath were married on Bloomsday
- in Mel Brooks' 1968 film The Producers, Gene Wilder's character is named Leo Bloom in an homage to the character created by Joyce
- punk band The Minutemen have a song called "June 16th" (on the album Double Nickels on the Dime)
- long-running show The Simpsons has an episode where the family goes to Dublin & Lisa mentions Bloomsday
- U2 have a song called "Breathe" that references events on June 16th (on the album No Line on the Horizon). Lyrics include: "16th of June 9:05, door bell rings, man at the door says if I want to stay alive a bit longer, there's three things I need you to know...")
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
International Association of Crime Writers/North American Branch awards The Hammett Prize annually for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the US and/or Canada. The winner receives a "Thin Man" trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.
This year's nominees were:
- Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott
- Devil's Garden by Ace Atkins (not in ABC Libraries' catalog)
- The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
- The Long Fall by Walter Mosley
- The Way Home by George Pelecanos
Congratulations to the winner, Jedediah Berry's The Manual of Detection!
Monday, June 14, 2010
About the author & the translator:
Ninni Holmqvist was born in 1958 and lives in Skåne, Sweden. She made her debut in 1995 with the short story collection Suit [Kostym] and has published two further collections of short stories since then. She also works as a translator. The Unit marks Holmqvist's debut as a novelist.
Marlaine Delargy works as a translator and adult learning support tutor. She has translated novels by Åsa Larsson and Johan Theorin, among others, and serves on the editorial board of the Swedish Book Review. She lives in Shropshire, England.
Bookreporter has a brief interview with the author. I also found a Swedish interview with her that Google translate is mostly able to translate on a site called Författarcentrum Författarförmedlingen.
Some things to think about as you delve into your reading:
If any of you have read Margaret Atwood or Marge Piercy, does this book remind you of their works? Is Ninni Holmqvist a modern George Orwell or Aldous Huxley?
Has anyone read Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, which has a plot involving children raised to be organ donors?
Consider issues of translation as brought up in the Guardian article "Why translators deserve some credit".
We also found quite a lengthy study someone named Eric Repphun did called "Dysenchanted Worlds: Rationalisation, Dystopia, and Therapy Culture in Ninni Holmqvist’s The Unit" which might be of interest. We didn't want to read too closely, in case it contained spoilers, but it seems to compare Holmqvist & her novel with both other Scandinavian works & movies like Logan's Run & The Island.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
If you are looking for a fresh, new series, this would be a good novel to check out! Not a heavy or dark read, the mystery was well thought out & readers learn a bit about archaeology in the bargain.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
We'll be posting author biographies, reviews, our thoughts, & other ephemera on the blog during this time & looking for your feedback! If you have questions or want us to look up anything in particular about the book or authors, please don't hesitate to let us know. Additionally, we have created forums for your commentary-on the sidebar, click on the 'abcreads book banter' link to get to the forums. Feel free to comment there at will & add new topics-we only ask that you be courteous to each other in your posts & try to avoid posting spoilers (if you must post spoilers, please add a *SPOILER ALERT* to your post). We encourage you to post all summer long on any of the books.
Magic for Beginners & Going Bovine also got a lot of votes, so while we don't plan to post about them on the blog, we'd like to invite those interested in reading the two books to do so, & comment freely in the forums. We are interested in finding out more about those two books, but we just can't commit to adding anything more to our summer reading load!
We here at abcreads look forward to spending the summer reading together!
As I posted on an earlier date, my goal is to read a book from each shelving section in juvenile fiction, and review the books for you.
And the first book review is...
The Mysterious Benedict Society!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 32; Chris Adrian, 39; Daniel Alarcón, 33; David Bezmozgis, 37; Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, 38; Joshua Ferris, 35; Jonathan Safran Foer, 33; Nell Freudenberger, 35; Rivka Galchen, 34; Nicole Krauss, 35; Yiyun Li, 37; Dinaw Mengestu, 31; Philipp Meyer, 36; C. E. Morgan, 33; Téa Obreht, 24; Z Z Packer, 37; Karen Russell, 28; Salvatore Scibona, 35; Gary Shteyngart, 37; and Wells Tower, 37. Click on any of the highlighted authors to see titles in the ABC Libraries' catalog.
The New York Times Book Review has a good article about the awards if you'd like to read more.
Additionally, in May the new Nebula Award winners were announced. Paolo Bacigalupi won for best novel with The Windup Girl. For award winners, visit the Nebula website.