Literature

Literature

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).

First person to comment at the Craft website gets two free books!

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

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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One of the world's most beloved books is The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.

If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Try Long Island — as in Long Island, N.Y.

When the late Nikos Kefalidis bought the house on Beven Road in Northport, Long Island, in the late 1970s, he knew that 30 years before, Saint-Exupery had written and illustrated part of Le Petit Prince in that house.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes back to high school with Lisi Harrison’s Pretenders.

Title: Pretenders

Author: Lisi Harrison

Pages: 212

Publisher: Poppy   

ISBN: 978-0316222440

                                  

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

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin disconnects with Anders de la Motte’s Buzz.

Title: Buzz

Author: Anders de la Motte

Pages: 322

Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books    

ISBN: 978-1476712918

                                  

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

Ishmael Beah was just barely a teenager when his town became engulfed in Sierra Leone's civil war in the mid-1990s. In his 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone, Beah describes how, after he lost his parents and brothers to the conflict, he wandered the countryside with a band of boys and was recruited as a child soldier by government forces. The memoir describes the hellish atrocities committed by child soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

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