This week was particularly exciting in the literary world, with several events over the long weekend and a few more still coming up. A few new bookstore blogs (and even a library blog) have also been added to the Indie 100 blogroll, including Book Passage, Kepler’s Books, The Henry Miller Library, and Green Apple Books! Welcome!
Events: This weekend’s Decatur Book Festival was a huge success. Marc participated in two different panels, and A Cappella Books displayed some of their rarest books, hosted a few book signings, and had a huge sale for the weekend.
Bestselling author Michelle Moran’s newest book Cleopatra’s Daughter will be released on September 15th, coinciding with a literary treasure hunt at 60 different independent bookstores, including Book Passage.
“Beginning Sept. 15, Moran will post a clue, a famous line from literature, next to the listing for Book Passage at http://www.michellemoran.com/treasurehunt.htm. Readers must identify the title and author of the book, go to Book Passage, and find the copy of the book that has the winning red ribbon inside. The first person to take the ribbon to the register will win a box of prizes.” (Book Passage Blog)
Prizes include signed copies of the new books and Cleopatra-related goodies. Each bookstore will have its own clue, so keep checking Moran’s blog if you’re interested in participating.
Of course Chop Suey Books has another $2 of the week sale: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the first in the popular Precious Romatswe series by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a quick and fun read about a female detective in Botswana. The informative descriptions of life in Botswana and memorable characters are what make this book a truly intriguing read.
New Literature: Green Apple Books blogs about some great books for boys that will keep even the least literary of children entertained by stories about giant robots, loveable pups, and of course, magical adventures.
Ru Freedman’s A Disobedient Girl, a novel about an unhappy and rebellious Sri Lankan servant, is reviewed at TheRumpus.net, recommended by Newtonville Books Blog. Ru Freedmen will be visiting Newtonville Books at Sunday, September 13th.
Odyssey Books Blog discusses the wide variety of great young adult books that most adults are missing out on and recommends two: one, a futuristic sci-fi in which 24 teens are chosen to fight to the death for entertainment on reality tv, and another written from the point of view of a comatose seventeen-year-old girl who must choose to stay on earth alone or move on to be with her family. These two excellent books show how young adult can tackle serious themes, sometimes more successfully than novels for adults.
Other: Titcomb’s Bookshop was featured on C-SPAN2 on Book TV this Saturday. Lawrence McDonald and Patrick Robinson discussed their book A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers at the store. If you missed it, you can watch the clip online here.
Powell’s Books interviews Barbara Epler, publisher and editor-in-chief at New Directions Publishing, one of the most successful and long-lasting publishing companies, about the past, present, and future of the company.