Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Spooky Reads on Display in the Library

"Chilling Reads" by writers Anne Rice, Anne Rivers Siddons (The House Next Door), Stephen King, Jodie Picoult (Second Glance), Mary Roach (Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife) are on display at the Waycross College Library as Halloween approaches.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Oke Book Club Selections 2007

January 19
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Atchafalaya Houseboat: My years in the Louisiana Swamp by Gwen Roland

April 20
Under Orders by Dick Francis

May 18
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

June 15
Digging to America by Anne Tyler

July 20
Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole by Jerri Nielsen

August 17
The Pact by Sampson Davis et al

September 21
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

November 16
The Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour

Monday, October 22, 2007

Library Conference Theme: Beaches, Blogs, and Books

I had the pleasure of attending a Georgia COMO library conference with the theme Beaches, Blogs and Books. I really enjoyed Claire Matturo's presentation on Chick-Lit, Pink mysteries, Chickton, Dick-Lit and Tart-noir.

So what exactly is the popular Chick-Lit? Taken from my notes at Matturro's session, this is the pattern for Chick-Lits:
  • Targets female readers

  • Mystery with romance, no sex

  • Young heroine, 20 – early 40 age group, she’s hip, fashionable, perfect hair and figure

  • Heroine relies on wits not weapons, not violent

  • Heroine is amateur sleuth, smart, competent

  • Heroine is sassy

  • Fast paced, snappy dialogue

  • Humorous tone

  • First person narrative

  • Urban, big city setting

  • Female friendships critical or gay male friend

  • Bad guy is likeable

Pink mysteries are similar yet different:

  • Targets female readers

  • Romance novels with a dead body

  • Book cover is pink

  • Book begins and ends in paperback

  • Women are quirky

Claire Matturro's new book is Sweetheart Deal.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mayor Peyton's Book Club

What a cool idea to promote reading and literacy! Read about the Jacksonville, Florida program to attract young readers here. These are what the young book clubbers are reading:

• Big Dog ... Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
• Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros
• Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
• A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
• We're Going to the Beach! by Fran Peacock Coker

Friday, October 12, 2007

Book Awards Nominees

USA Today's Book Buzz says Christophe Hitchens' God is Not Great, Edwidge Danticat's Brother I'm Dying and Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA are among the finalists for the National Book Award for non-fiction.

Oprah's Book Club selection, Love in the Time of Cholera, will have its film version out in November. Watch for it!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

All About Scandalous Harry

Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex by Andrew Wilson is featured in USA Today's October 8 issue. The Daily Mail also has an interesting article on raunchy Robbins.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Oprah's Pick: Love in the Time of Cholera

The Oprah book club pick has a strange title, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I like the character guide on Read an excerpt.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Women's Murder Club series Fans

Women's Murder Club Series by prolific writer, James Patterson can now be watched on ABC starting Friday, October 12 at 9:00PM (channel 5 in Waycross).

Remember we read The Pact recently by three doctors from Newark? Well read an interesting article in USA Today (Oct. 3) on their new book, The Bond. Kathy is on her way to meet the three doctors next week in Atlanta as they promote this new book. The website of their foundation is www.threedoctorsfoundation .org