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Lauren Nemroff insists on carrying her own bag (purse, suitcase, backpack, or beach bag). Not because she thinks chivalry is dead, but because it usually contains several pounds of books. The contents: new fiction, the latest art and photography books, mysteries and thrillers, a section of the Times book review, and a vintage Amazon bookmark (ca. 1998).

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Authors at Comi-Con: Besides the usual Hollywood studio events, authors are generating big buzz at Comi-Con 2010--the massive annual comics industry convention held in San Diego. Guardian blogger Ryan Gilbey's account of preview night underscores the draw of authors like China Miéville and Daryl Gregory-- who will go 1:1 to discuss breaking genres, and Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles and the upcoming The Search for Wondla) who will share insights about the creative process and building imaginary worlds.  

Meltzer mixes it up:  Bestselling author Brad Meltzer reveals his musical side on his blog this morning. A store-bought gift just wouldn't cut it for his wife's 40th b'day bash, so he decided to go deep, deep into his creative psyche to "reassemble" a former sonic masterpiece: "Please Meltz Don't Hurt Em--Greatest Dance Mix to Humankind."   With tunes like "IT Takes Two,"  "Shoop," and "Going Back to Cali," you know folks were hitting the dance floor. Check out the full playlist, but clear some space on your iPod first.

Moving and shaking:  The nostalgic kids' novel, The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth cracks our Movers & Shakers list after it gets a shout out in NPR's "All Things Considered" feature on Summer Comfort Reads

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Spartacus sparks more reviews:  The praise keeps coming for TLS editor Peter Strothard's The Spartacus Road, a history of the great gladiator-turned legendary leader of a Roman slave rebellion. Michael Korda in a review for The Daily Beast, adds his praise of to that of earlier reviewers in The Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal.

Top authors at TED: To mark the annual TED conference/mind meld of inspiring pioneers (in what I think used to be called "the Arts & Sciences"), The Huffington Post has posted a mini video archive of author talks from this week's TED conference in Oxford, England as well as ringers from years past. Watch clips of Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce, Chimamanda Adichie on "the danger of a single story," Emily Pilloton on the design revolution, and Matt Ridley on "how ideas have sex."

Please call her Shirley:  Does the publication of Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories in the iconic Library of America series ensure that the late great author of The Lottery, among other masterpieces, is now a member of the pantheon of America's literary gods?  Laura Miller of Salon.com considers Shirley Jackson's legacy and weighs in on "The Literary Greatness Sweepstakes."

Setting sail for readers: To promote the paperback release of Border Songs, author Jim Lynch has jettisoned the traditional landlubbing tour in favor of a tour-by-sea. According to The Wall Street Journal, he has hoisted the sails of his boat "Shibumi" (named after the novel by Trevanian) and embarked on a book tour powered by the winds of the Puget Sound

Moving and shaking:  No surprises here--The Power, the just-announced sequel to The Secret, hits today's Movers & Shakers list.

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Literary pub crawl: Author Richard Francis demonstrates that some of the best places in England to throw one down the hatch can be found between the pages of a book. While researching his latest novel, The Old Spring (just released in the UK)--which follows the events of a single day in a contemporary pub--Francis read up on the best literary pubs memorialized in English lit.  See his Top 10 list in today's Guardian.

Re-thinking the Puritans: In today's The New Republic, David Wallace-Wells British author and former banker Nick Bunker's new economically-infused history of the Mayflower pilgrims, Making Haste from BabylonRead our Q&A with the author. 

Gwyneth's go-to cookbooks: Actress and taste-maker Gwyneth Paltrow talks summer cooking and cookbooks in her lifestyle blog Goop. Revealing that she's a cookbook junkie who "used to take them to bed and read them like you would a novel," Paltrow whips up a fine list of seasonal cookbooks with heavy emphasis on Amy Pennington's tasty and thrifty Urban Pantry.  Check out Pennington's tips and recipes, especially for Simple Sour Cherries and Summer Honey Drinks which are like, totally mouthwatering. 

Moving and shaking:  Don Winslow's new crime thriller, Savages moves way up on today's Movers and Shakers list after receiving high marks from New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin who calls it "the one that will jolt Mr. Winslow into a different league."   Yowzah.

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A mother's lasting tribute: According to PW, the paperback edition of Mary Tillman's Boots on the Ground, a tribute to her son Pat Tillman, the former NFL player and Army Ranger killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, will be released on July 31.  Blurb, the San Francisco-based publisher who is releasing the work two weeks before the release of the new documentary, The Tillman Story, will donate part of the proceeds from the sale of each book to The Tillman Foundation, a veterans' assistance organization. 

Horrid Henry goes from book to stage to screen: The breakout children's chapter book series, Horrid Henry, by author Francesca Simon and illustrator Tony Ross will hit the big screen in a live-action 3-D flick in 2011.  Ranked second in popularity among UK kids (after Potter, of course), H.H. has already morphed into a t.v. show, stage production, and video game.

Moving and shaking:  No Way Down: Life and Death on K2, journalist Graham Bowley's heart-stopping account of the tragic 2008 climbing accident on K2 (among the world's most challenging ascents) gets reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and quickly makes tracks up our Movers and Shakers list.

 

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Gaiman's Graveyard collects the Carnegie: British author Neil Gaiman, best known for his science-fiction and fantasy novels and short stories for adults and young readers, has just been awarded the 2010 Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book. The Carnegie is the most prestigious literary prize for Children's books in the United Kingdom.  With this win, Gaiman becomes the first author to win both a Newbery Medal and a Carnegie Medal for the same book.  He was awarded the Newbery in 2009.  Gaiman was particularly thrilled to win this prize noting:

"...[The Carnegie] was the first literary prize I was ever aware of as a kid. When I was seven I got the Narnia books for my birthday. I had read a couple before, but I got the box set, and I got to The Last Battle and it said winner of the Carnegie medal. I thought wow," said Gaiman. "It was a couple of years later that I bought A Wrinkle in Time and became aware of the Newbery. They are the first literary awards of any kind I was ever aware of and I've got both of them - it's amazing. When I won the Hugo my 14-year-old self exulted, but if you can make yourself aged seven happy, you're really doing well – it's like writing a letter to yourself aged seven."

Seasonal picks from this summer's hot authors:  A trio of this summer's hottest authors (Justin Cronin, Lisa Scottoline, and Paula Froelich) offer up some "book slump"-busting choices for the Today show.  Cronin, author of The Passage--a summer 2010 blockbuster read and our Best Books of the Month spotlight pick--offered a few surprising picks which included Larry McMurtry's beloved novel Lonesome Dove (which celebrates its 25th anniversary) and Alan Furst's latest WWII espionage thriller, Spies of the Balkans.

New Reviews for Hepburn (Kate) bio and Bret Easton Ellis novel:  Janet Maslin reviews Imperial Bedrooms, the new novel from Bret Easton Ellis, and finds curious and not altogether praiseworthy parallels to Ellis' 1980s bestseller Less Than Zero.  She seems to admire Chip Kidd's striking jacket designs for both booksd. For another review, check out Donna Tartt's exclusive guest review. She calls it the "most Chandleresque of Bret's books."

Speaking of Chandlers, Hollywood biographer Charlotte Chandler spent decades interviewing and earning the trust of the notoriously private Katharine Hepburn for I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography, a revealing, and according to customer reviews, controversial accounts of the the legendary star of the silver screen.  According to Kevin Thomas, whose review of the book appears in today's LA Times, Chandler is a master of the art of the extended interview: 

Typically, Chandler gets her interviewees to provide her with more substance than they gave to their own memoirs, and she also gathers insights into Hepburn from Cukor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cary Grant, James Stewart, Christopher Reeve, Laurence Olivier and Ginger Rogers, among others.

Moving and shaking:  Prolific Brit journalist and longtime India sojourner, William Dalrymple discusses his new book Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India on NPR's Morning Edition.  His fascinating remarks on the country's diverse spiritual cultures and practitioners elevate the book on our Movers and Shakers list.

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The skine on Kindle:  Those clever designers at Moleskine have created a perfect case for the Kindle.  Get this, it features the groovy-feeling Moleskine leatherette on the outside and a paper notebook tucked inside! It's like the Reese's peanut butter cup of reading:  "hey, you got your digital in my physical, and you got your physical in my digital."

Pretty little cameo: Sara Shepard, author of the bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, will be making a cameo appearance on the July 20 episode of the hit t.v. series based on her books. [via PW]

Bissell's got game: Tom Bissell's, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, the much-anticipated new book on gaming culture, gets an early read and review from the Columbia Journalism Review.  

Moving and shaking: NPR book reviewer Maureen Corrigan shares her travel notes from reading about the adventures of Tamsen Donner of the eponymous Donner Party.  Corrigan's review sends Gabrielle Burton's two books on the subject, Searching for Tamsen Donner and Impatient with Desire, to the top of our Movers & Shakers list today. 

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The "Summer of Genji":  The ambitious and curious readers at The Quarterly Conversation and Open Letters Monthly have joined forces and selected one big summer read for 2010.  It's a grand one in every sense of the word: The Tale of Genji [Genji Monogatari] by Lady Murasaki Shikibu of the eleventh-century Heian court.  Episodes from the story have been the subject of countless Japanese screen and scroll paintings over the past millennium.  The QC and Open Letters Monthly editors are calling it "The Summer of Genji" and are inviting readers to join the conversation in this summer long book club event.  According to the reading schedule they're recommending 90 pages per week. That seems do-able, and still allows readers ample time to devour Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.

Stead reaches another milestone:  Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me has just been named the winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the Fiction category.  Stead's outstanding middle-grade fiction novel also topped this year's list of Newbery winners. Check out all of the Horn winners:

Fiction and Poetry: 

Nonfiction:

Picture Books: 

Moving and shaking:  Pandora's Seed tops today's Movers and Shakers on the heels of author-geneticist Spencer Wells's chat with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.

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Never a Late Fee:  Maybe George Washington couldn't tell a lie, but he did forget to return a library book, and the overdue fees have racked up over the past 221 years. Back in 1789, the first president borrowed a copy of The Law of Nations by Emer de Vattel from the New York Society Library, but he never returned it.  At Mount Vernon, the first president's former home, the staff realized it had another copy of the book and generously decided to settle accounts by giving its copy to the library.  In today's dollars, the library fine would have amounted to $300,000.  [Reported on both sides of the Atlantic by The Guardian and Reuters]

Tanks for the Books:   Argentinian artist and peace activist, Raul Lemesoff is traveling his native country in an old tank which he has transformed into a mobile library.  Check out photographs and a video of the book tank, which Lemesoff calls a "weapon of mass instruction."  [The Huffington Post]

Pendulum on the Dance Floor: The great mystery underlying the French scientist Leon Foucault's pendulum might remain unsolved since the giant brass instrument was irreparably damaged at the Musee des Arts et Metiers (Museum of Arts and Industry) in Paris. The scientific instrument, which was used to demonstrate that the Earth revolves on it's own axis became the subject of author Umberto Eco's bestselling novel, Foulcault's Pendulum. The events which caused the accident are clouded in mystery as well.  According to an article in Times Higher Education

"The museum regularly hosts cocktail parties in the chapel that houses the pendulum, and [museum curator] Mr Lalande admitted that several alarming incidents had occurred over the past year. In May 2009, for example, a partygoer grabbed the 28kg instrument and swung it into a security barrier."

Upon seeing the news, one reader commented that "Mythbusters could totally fix that." 

Specialize to Survive:  According to optimistic zoologist and author Matt Ridley, we humans are in it for the long haul thanks to some unique behaviors (no, it wasn't our big brains that got us this far).  The New York Times reports on Ridley's surprising theory, elaborated in his new book The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

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Four Million Lost Symbols:  The paperback edition of Dan Brown's mega-bestseller, The Lost Symbol, will be available on October 19. According to a press release from the publisher, Anchor Books, the book's first printing will be four million copies. The hardcover edition which has sold 5.5 million copies to date. On November 2, The Lost Symbol Special Illustrated Edition, a gussied up edition replete with art historical detail, will be released.    

Al's Kick-&$$ Pick:  On this morning's Today Show, Al Roker selected the first book in the sleeper hit Kiki Strike series as his next Al's Book Club pickInside the Shadow City--a genre defying action-adventure mystery meets dystopian novel--has been a customer favorite since it first published back in 2006. The buzz is building for author Kirsten Miller's upcoming novel, The Eternal Ones, which arrives August 10.

Crichton's "Flag" Breaks Auction Record: At yesterday's Christie's auction of 80 pieces from the late Michael Crichton estate, the sale of  "Flag" (1960-1966) by Jasper Johns brought in the record price of $28.6 million.  This is the highest price ever paid for a Johns painting at auction.  According to the LA Times, the painting formerly hung over a fireplace in Crichton's bedroom.

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From Moody to Movie:  According to Variety, the bestselling Judy Moody children's book series, authored by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, is going to be adapted into a movie. The husband-and-wife producers of the Oscar-nominated film "Precious" will be working with the author and a screenwriter to adapt the humorous heroine--a wise-cracking third-grader--for the big screen.  Seems the producers got wind of the books by way of some in-house talent scouts, namely their young daughter, who is a fan. 

The Medical Revolutionary:  In today's Daily Beast, Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning author, Tracy Kidder discusses the heroic life and work of Dr. Paul Farmer on the occasion of Farmer's new book, Partner to the Poor

Moving and Shaking:  Excerpts from journalist David Kirkpatrick's soon-to-be-released expose of Facebook and co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Duskin Moskovitz in Fortune's online magazine sends The Facebook Effect to the top of today's Movers & Shakers list

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"Tortoise" Wins Canadian First Novel Award:  Author Jessica Grant has won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award for her debut work of fiction, Come, Thou Tortoise about a woman who returns home to St. John's Newfoundland after learning that her father has died in an accident. In her Globe & Mail review,  Diane Baker Mason described the work as "a little bit Alice in Newfoundland," and "extraordinary, original and simultaneously both deep and lightheartedly charming." Stuart Woods--head First Novel Award judge and editor of Quill and Quire magazine -called the book "a heartfelt tale full to the brim with warm sentiment and the gentle absurdities of contemporary life."  Check out all four finalists for this year's prize and learn more about past winner's including Joseph Boyden, Nino Ricci, Michael Ondaatje, and Gil Adamson.

Bush in the Hand Is Worth Two Bios:  Michiko Kakutani reviews former First Lady Laura Bush's  memoir Spoken from the Heart (available May 4) in today's New York Times. Kakutani observes that the single volume is actually two very differently conceived and written biographies. The first part, which covers Bush's early years in Texas, is a "deeply felt, keenly observed account."  The second half, which covers the years as a politican's better half, is as one might expect, "filled with the sort of spin and canned platitudes common in political autobiographies."  

11 (Not 10) for 39 Clues:  Although the 10th and final book in the bestselling 39 Clues middle grade series, Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix releases on August 31, fans will have another book to dive into this fall. The 39 Clues:The Black Book of Buried Secrets will be released Oct. 26 (we'll keep you posted when the Amazon page goes live). The new book will feature an introduction by Rick Riordan, who established the story line for the entire series and penned Book 1: The Maze of Bones. The energetic Riordan is very busy these days with the upcoming launches of two new series The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 (May 5) about ancient Egypt, and his Percy Jackson spin-off, The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) (available October 12).

Moving and Shaking:  Author Kelly Corrigan exchanges memories on motherhood this morning with Today show-host, Meredith Vieira.  Their heartwarming chat lifts Lift into the #8 spot on our Movers & Shakers list.

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Grisham Sneak Peek:  John Grisham fans (young and old) can dip into the first chapter of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, the author's soon-to-be-released new series.  The book hits shelves and backpacks on May 25. 

Worst Book of the New Decade?Yann Martel, author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller and Booker Prize-winning novel, The Life of Pi, is rolling with the punches these days according to the National Post.  His latest work, Beatrice and Virgil is getting hammered by top-flight critics including Edward Champion, who has cast it--perhaps prematurely--as a contender for worst book of the decade.  At last check, the book's Amazon ranking was #218--not bad, considering all the bad press. Martel, who is currently on his North American book tour, has maintained a healthy philosophical attitude about the thrash:  "The only unhelpful reaction is the non-reaction, the shrug," he says. "You either want something to be positive or negative. You don't want indifference, because that means you haven't stirred them in any way."

Books for the Big House:  New York Public library intern, Jamie Niehof blogs about her experiences working the book cart at the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. She describes the "correctional services program" which fulfills the diverse reading requests of detainees in solitary confinement and other cell blocks.  Niehof notes that James Patterson thrillers, among others, are especially popular. [via Shelf Awareness]

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Poetic Longevity:  Congratulations to Eleanor Ross Taylor, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday and has just won the 2010 Ruth Lilly Prize. Taylor, who was featured across the pond in yesterday's Guardian,  has published six collections over the past 50 years, including the anthology Captive Voices. The Ruth Lilly Prize is considered one of the most important literary prizes in the U.S., and past recipients include John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, and Maxine Kumin, and W.S. Merwin. 

John Schoenherr (1935-2010)The New York Times has reported that the Caldecott Medalist and Hugo Award-winning illustrator and author John Schoenherr died on April 8. Schoenherr's meticulous artwork was an essential element of many favorite children's books including Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.  He was also reknowned for his illustrations for Frank Herbert's Children of Dune, stories which were serialized in the journal Analog.  

Banville's Black Is Back:  Author Richard Rayner reviews Elegy for April, the third installment of the atmospheric crime novels featuring the Irish pathologist Quirke.  In case you don't know, the series is written by the Edgar-nominee Benjamin Black (aka the Booker Prize-winning author John Banville). 

Moving and Shaking:  Security expert Gavin de Becker's chat with Oprah sends his book, The Gift of Fear, to the top of our Movers & Shakers list.

Omni Crush: "Lyle Walks the Dogs"

Fans of the beloved Lyle the Crocodile children's books have endured an unbearably long stretch since the eighth book in the series, Lyle at Christmas, was published back in 1998. Author and illustrator Bernard Waber was busy with other books, including Courage and Evie & Margie.  Thankfully, he and daughter Paulis Waber have teamed up to reprise the adventures of everybody's favorite urban reptile. Oh, who doesn't love Lyle?  He's sweet and funny, hard-working, and a big, bright, Zen presence making his way down the cacophonous streets of Manhattan. When he's not earning his keep, he's chilling out on the chintz furniture in the family's quaint brownstone on East 88th Street. The cheery ink and watercolor illustrations of this upright crocodile in his unusual surroundings have charmed kids for decades. 

The Waber's new book, Lyle Walks the Dogs, fits seamlessly into the collection. In this installment, Lyle gets a job as--what else!--a dog walker, and quickly loses control of his pack, which seems to grow larger with each passing day.  With some quick thinking and patience, Lyle gets a handle on the situation and demonstrates the utility of that very important skill--counting.  For early readers in need of a fun and interactive counting book, this is a good choice.  For those completely unfamiliar with the world of Lyle the Crocodile, why not start at the beginning with The House on 88th Street?  This classic from 1965 feels as fresh as ever.

--Lauren

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Authors Gab the Gadget du Jour: Author Jay McInerney informally considers the iPad from a writer's perspective in today's Book Beast. Since he couldn't get a connection, it acknowledges that "I would still carry a Rhodia notebook and pen if I were on the job reporting." And Cory Doctorow goes in depth on the subject today on Boing Boing

Audio for Meyer Novella: Stephenie Meyer fans will get to listen to her new novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner on audio on June 5--the same day as the physical book's release. The audiobook narrator is Emma Galvin, an actress who is currently appearing in the Broadway production of Our Town. (We'll keep you posted when the product page is live on Amazon.)

Moving & shakingJohn Steele Gordon's New York Times' review of Russia Against Napoleon (available April 15) puts Dominic Lieven's dramatic and "rattling good history" of the French forces v. the Cossacks at the top of today's Movers & Shakers list

Omni Crush: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand"

The Amazon product page for the new novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, has a greater concentration of stars swirling about it than the swag table at a Hollywood benefit luncheon. This isn't particularly surprising given how witty, well-plotted, and entertaining newcomer Helen Simonson's debut effort is.  It was selected as an Amazon editors' Best Book of the Month for March. I'd like to pile on another helping of praise in this Omni Crush by declaring Simonson a true disciple of her countrywoman Jane Austen.  Fans of the great Austen's comedy of manners will enjoy this contemporary take on English country life and attitudes.  

From the very first chapter, readers fall for the title character, the seemingly bone dry, yet deeply romantic widower Major Ernest Pettigrew. The Major epitomizes the Englishman with the "stiff upper lip," who clings to traditional values and has tried (in vain) to pass these along to his yuppie son, Roger. The story centers around the elder Pettigrew's fight to keep his greedy relatives (including his son) from selling a valuable family heirloom--a pair of hunting rifles that symbolizes much of what he stands for, or at least what he thinks he does. The embattled hero discovers an unexpected ally and source of consolation in his neighbor, the shopkeeper Jasmina Ali. On the surface, the Major and Ali's backgrounds and life experiences couldn't be more different, but they realize that they have the most important things in common.

This wry, yet optimistic comedy of manners with a romantic twist will appeal to grown-up readers of both sexes. Kudos to Helen Simonson, who distinguishes herself with Major Pettigrew's Last Stand as a writer with the narrative range, stylistic chops, and poise of a veteran. 

--Lauren

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Your Brain on Fiction:  Literary scholars have teamed up with evolutionary biologists, cognitive psychologists, and other brain researchers to figure out the suprising reasons behind why we enjoy fiction, how it stimulates our brains, and what it can tell us about evolution. [The New York Times]

Booker Prize Do-Over
:  Great novels of the 1970s are getting a second shot at fame and glory thanks to the Man Booker Prize committee which has created a one-time "Lost Man Booker Prize."  Several prominent authors have made a compelling case for six titles that they feel deserved the coveted British literary prize back in the day. Check out the six shortlisted titles below.  Readers can cast a vote by April 23. The winner will be announced on May 19. [The Guardian]

The "Lost Booker" shortlist:

The Birds on the Trees by Nina Bawden
Troubles by JG Farrell
The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard
Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault
The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark
The Vivisector by Patrick White

Early Review of Riordan's Egyptian Adventure:  Check out the first word on The Red Pyramid, the kickoff title in Rick Riordan's new Egyptian myth-focused series for kids (available May 4).  The Kane Chronicles is the next blockbuster series from the author who created the perfect concoction of action-adventure and Greek mythology in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  Riordan has also wrote The Maze of Bones, first book in the popular 39 Clues series.  [via Shelf Awareness]

--Lauren

At Home with Ray Bradbury

I've never gotten too far into science fiction.  I've read mostly YA novels like A Wrinkle in Time and more recently, Rebecca Stead's Newbery-award winning novel, When You Reach Me.  But, after reading author Tom Nolan's cozy at-home interview with Ray Bradbury--posted in today's Wall Street Journal--I'm inclined to go where this reader has never gone before. I'm going to dip into The Stories of Ray Bradbury, a perfect chunk of a book from the Everyman's Library (available April 6). This classic collection of 100 stories has it all--Bradbury's science fiction, fantasy, and even his mystery tales and a novella written over a career that spans a half-century.  What got me willing to give Sci-Fi a try?  It must have been Bradbury's response to Nolan's question about how he writes a story:

"If it exploded in my mind and something came to me, I wrote it. I never thought about it. I don't believe in thinking about stories; I believe in doing them...Everything I do is passionate...It's all from the heart. All my stories are me." 

--Lauren

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Gere-ing Up for Role as Emperor?: The Wrap reports that director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") has been tapped to turn Claire Messud's bestselling novel, The Emperor's Children (an Amazon Best of the Year Pick in 2006) into a film. Actor Richard Gere, Keira Knightley, Eric Bana will likely take leading roles. Although unconfirmed, it seems likely that the silver-maned Gere will play the role of the Upper West Side literati "emperor" Murray Thwaite--a limousine liberal journalist who is struggling to find his next great literary success. (The Wrap via Shelf Awareness

Hans Christian Anderson Medalist 2010: The biennial prize that has sometimes been referred to as Sweden's "Little Nobel" for the category of children's literature has just been awarded to British author David Almond and German illustrator Jutta Bauer.  The HCAA is considered the most prestigious international award for this category.  The announcement was made at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair. [PW]

Big Bank for The Wind in the Willows: The Guardian reports that a first edition of The Wind in the Willows, signed by the author Kenneth Grahame to the daughter of a friend who inspired the character of Ratty, has sold at auction for a whopping 32,000 pounds (about $48,000)--apparently ten times what it was expected to fetch. More affordable is children's lit expert Seth Leher's fascinating annotated edition of the classic (published last year by Harvard's Belnap Press).  A personal favorite, it's the ultimate guide to Grahame's masterpiece and features E.H. Shepherd's original illustrations.  

Moving and Shaking:  Brooklyn artist and blogger Bill Zeman's Tiny Art Director bounces into the top spot on today's Movers & Shakers list thanks to some additional exposure from BoingBoing. This hysterically funny and touching book is a follow up to Zeman's Tiny Art Director blog, and captures Zeman's creative endeavors as dictated by his toddler daughter Rosie. 

--Lauren

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Nuts About Almond:  The Guardian interviews British author David Almond just a week before the announcement of the Hans Christian Anderson prize, one of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Almond made the shortlist for this prize as well as the Astrid Lindgren memorial award. The awards will be announced on March 23 and March 24, respectively.   Almond is best known for his beloved and bestselling YA novels Kit's Wilderness, which was the 2001 Michael A. Printz award winner and Skellig, which was a Printz honor book for 2000 and the winner of the Carnegie, Whitbread and Costa award.  

Review of Picoult's Latest:  Globe and Mail reviewer Carla Lucchetta cuts through the "saccharine" to find the heart and soul of the prolific Jodi Picoult's 17th novel, House Rules.  

Posthumous Poetry from Silverstein: Fans of Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree will have a fresh new book of Shel Silverstein poetry to share with young readers next year. HarperCollins has announced that in the fall of 2011 it will posthumously publish a collection of previously unknown works by the author who died in 1999.  [PW]

Moving and Shaking:  Readers appear to be banking on Pamela Yellen for financial advice. Her forthcoming book Bank on Yourself (which comes out March 23) hits the top of today's Movers & Shakers list.

--Lauren

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