Lynn: Have you ever hit one of those periods where nothing you pick up to read is quite up to scratch? If so, I have a suggestion that is a sure cure. The delightful and highly unique Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer (May 2015), by Kelly Jones, may be eggsactly what you’re looking for.
Congratulations to the six titles selected for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Shortlist! The American Library Association (ALA) announced the finalists for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction today, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S.
Cindy: It’s March. That means a basketball post (or three) from Bookends. Faithful readers will know that Lynn and I cheer on our Big Ten teams this time of year … she the Purdue Boilermakers, and me the Indiana Hoosiers. My team can shoot threes and drive inside but we’ve sure had our ups and downs this season.
I’m not exactly sure when my fascination with the circus started. I never went as a child; I was more concerned with getting on Broadway than running away with Ringling. Still, over the past several years I’ve been drawn to the circus aesthetic—its daring, inherent otherness. I can pore over vintage posters, sideshow banners, and cabinet cards for hours. I’ve read histories and novels. I’ve watched documentaries and horror movies. I may be the only avid fan of the failed HBO series Carnivale—how was it supposed to end?!
What You Can Do to Get Noticed by a Comics Publisher
Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the ninth post of our Publishing U series, Gina Gagliano, Associate Marketing & Publicity Manager for Macmillan’s graphic novel imprint, First Second Books, outlines some of the unique avenues available to graphic novelists, and explains how traveling them helps attract the attention of publishers.
Podcasts about books and reading are gaining in popularity. They are a great way to find new books to read for yourself or your book group. But podcast conversations can also provide the same kind of delights that a book group can provide—the joy of hearing another person’s perspectives on a book and the ways in which you learn about someone from their reading.
With National Book Mobile Day, World Book Night, National Library Week, School Library Media Month, National Poetry Month, and so many other commemorative events, April might leave you feeling too exhausted to plan May’s library programming. But have no fear, Mystery Month is here!
This sweet trailer for Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith, takes advantage of the medium to do and show what the book can’t; birds chirp and fly and dust motes float through the air. Still and all, though, don’t expect any words.