Literature

Literature

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes to work with a mysterious assassin in The Fixer by T. E. Woods.

Title: The Fixer

Author: T. E. Woods

Pages: 267

Publisher: Alibi

AISN: B00EBRU0OY

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Magazine and screenwriter Amy Talkington's novel Liv Forever debuts this week. We talk about how she got started on the book, what kinds of supernatural experiences led (or didn't lead) to this paranormal thriller, and how she feels about doing an elevator pitch for a novel.

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On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin catches up with Melissa Joan Hart in the audio version of Melissa Explains It All.

Title: Melissa Explains It All

Author: Melissa Joan Hart

CDs: 6 (7 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1250032836

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

  JA Jance will be in Columbus with the Thurber House on March 10. We talked about how she got started, why she doesn't like the word "prolific," and why you shouldn't plan even fictional murders in restaurants.

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A few years ago, Morning Edition interviewed President Obama at the White House. At the time, it was a major news story, but there was another story going on behind the scenes.

Madhulika Sikka, now the executive editor of NPR News, had accompanied the team to the White House, and while NPR's Steve Inskeep was talking to the president, Sikka was waiting on a phone call from her doctor. She had been warned a few days before that the news might not be good.

Researcher danah boyd is obsessed with how teenagers use the Internet. For the legions of adults who are worried about them, that's a good thing.

With a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters from MIT, and as a senior researcher with Microsoft, boyd is something of a star in the world of social media. For her new book It's Complicated, she spent about eight years studying teenagers and how they interact online. She says she wrote the book in part to help parents, educators and journalists relax. "The kids are all right," she says.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin races toward the thrilling conclusion to Anders de la Motte’s Game trilogy with Bubble.

Title: Bubble

Author: Anders de la Motte

Pages: 468

Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books

ISBN: 978-1476712949

                                  

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, in Pittsburgh.

"Yeshivish Judaism life is defined by religious law," Vincent tells NPR's Arun Rath. "We keep extra-strict laws of kosher, observe the Sabbath every week, maintain a separation of the sexes and a degree of isolation from the outside world."

When she was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend. Contact with men is forbidden in her sect, and she was cast out from her community.

Pulitzer-prize finalist Chang-Rae Lee tells me about his latest novel, working with students, and the potential for going into writing as a money-making career (his advice: don't).

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On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin views international politics through the eyes of a teen with J. C. Carleson’s The Tyrant’s Daughter.

Title: The Tyrant’s Daughter

Author: J. C. Carleson

Pages: 150

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0449809976

                                  

Book News: Slam Poet Maggie Estep Dies

Feb 14, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

On July 4, 1913, Robert Frost wrote to his good friend John Bartlett, describing his strengths as a poet: "To be perfectly frank with you I am one of the most notable craftsmen of my time. ... I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense."

Frost was 39 years old when he wrote those words. Despite the hubristic and self-assured tone, he had published one book of poetry, A Boy's Will, and was relatively unknown in literary circles.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin journeys through space with Star Road by Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala

Title: Star Road

Author: Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala

Pages: 326

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 978-1250013224

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

Book News: Fragment Of Jane Austen's Handwriting Found

Feb 4, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin battles an icy queen with Karen Foxlee’s Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.

Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Author: Karen Foxlee

Pages: 151

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0385753548

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

For the historical novelist, the past sometimes seems like one great filing cabinet of material that may lend itself to successful novelization. And in the case of France's so-called "Belle Epoque," the gifted English writer Robert Harris seems to have opened the right drawer. His latest novel, An Officer and a Spy, is set during this period of peace and prosperity between the end of the Franco-Prussian war and the lead-up to the First World War.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin is matched up with A Taste of Chocolate, a short e-book by Vonnie Davis.

Title: A Taste of Chocolate

Author: Vonnie Davis

Pages: 38

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press 

ISBN: 978-1-61217-907-0

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

Update: On Jan. 27, the American Library Association awarded the Caldecott Medal to Locomotive by Brian Floca. Three Caldecott Honor books were also named, including Journey by Aaron Becker and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner.

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