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Winter Readalong ~ Harry Potter Series

Sheila at Book Journey is hosting a winter readalong of the Harry Potter series. As my regular readers are probably aware, I’ve never read the Harry Potter series. It was one of the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of this year. I had even toyed with setting up a challenge similarly […]

Books on Sale: Three Lisa Kleypas Historicals at $2.99

NB: I’m including Audible links by reader request, though the price varies depending on whether you’ve bought the Kindle version, if you’re an Audible member, etc. So I can’t always guarantee the sale price is valid, but since buying the digital often drops the price of the audiobook there, I wanted to include it.

9 Tips for Dealing with the Emotions When Writing a Memoir

Writing a memoir is much like going through your trunk of family treasures and keepsakes. At times the memories may be fuzzy, just like the ink on the pages of that 70-year-old journal your great-grandmother kept. Sometimes the memories may be painful, much like the ring your father gave you before he passed away. Show More Summary

Galway Kinnell Passes Away

“To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Galway Kinnell, whose Selected Poems won a Pulitzer in  1983, passed away Tuesday.

My Life on Two Wheels and Two Continents

The first bike I ever loved was stolen from the ground floor of the building I lived in in Beijing in 1999, where she had been locked only to herself, the same as all other bikes in China. She was a beauty, a Flying Pigeon 2000, silvery and smooth with a ride to match. Show More Summary

See the cover for Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, ‘Saint Anything’

Sarah Dessen is synonymous with contemporary YA fiction. Similarly, Dessen’s book covers have a distinct look indicating you’ve got a

Literary Philadelphia: The Highs and Lows

While researching my new book, "Literary Philadelphia," Greg Gillespie of Port Richmond Books lent me three novels by three Philadelphia novelists, now long dead and not well known to the general public. The first novel, "Steps Going Down," by John T. Show More Summary

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Marie Myung-Ok Lee reviews Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle today in Rumpus Books.

The Laughing Monsters Excerpt

Recommended reading: An excerpt from Denis Johnson‘s upcoming novel, The Laughing Monsters, is available from Work in Progress.

5 Best Zombie Lit Books

October can mean so many things, such as fall festivals, candy apples, and crisp weather, but more than anything October is the month of zombies. Goblins and witches have had their moment in the spotlight, but now zombies are America's latest creepy infatuation. Show More Summary

Built For Speed: How Flash Fiction Stole My Heart

When I read Augusto Monterroso's very, very, very short story, I was hooked. It consists of a single line: "When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there." All day the possibilities of those nine words glowed for me like uranium, canceling even the possibility of normal discourse. Show More Summary

The Best Locked-Room Mysteries: When Impossible Crimes Aren't

I don't care how old we get -- as long as we retain a sense of wonder, we'll stay young and live a happier life than those too-cool-for-school cynics who have a weary, ho-hum, is-that-all-there-is response to magic shows, fireworks,Show More Summary

Fast Art, Fast Money

On February 20, 1909, Filippo Mariinetti and Umberto Boccioni declared a new aesthetic of speed in their Futurist Manifesto. "We say the world's magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty; the beauty of speed." The cult of speed is a modern invention. Show More Summary

Secrets of the Club Ladies

The Clubwoman’s Manual Monro and Monro 1957 Ladies of the club, please come to order. This really is a book from another time.  These clubs have a long tradition of promoting education and charity.  More than one public library out there owes their existance to a ladies clubs. ( The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has […]

Welcome to SBTB 4.0!

It looks a little different, right? But different is good! Especially in this case – different is faster, with better search capabilities and new Ladies. Welcome! If you look over yonder at Ye Brande Newe Welcome Page, you’ll find a lot more information about what’s new and what’s different, and what’s coming with the continued... Continue reading ?

Heart O’Scotland

As a devoted reader of historical romance and Jane Austen, I prefer to read stories set in England during the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. But with the recent news of the Scottish Independence Referendum and the overwhelming resurgence in … Continue reading ?

The Restless Dead: On Hadrien Laroche’s Orphans

In this meeting ground of living and dead, can anyone find comfort?

Spooktacular Spooktacular! 13 Picks from the Master of Cult Cinema

Who's up for some scary movies? I am. So is Danny Peary. Peary established his bona fides as an expert in weird cinema with his Cult Movies series from the early 80s: three volumes packed with wisdom on off-beat movies...

Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Evil Librarian is a fun YA with a charming romantic thread (although I wouldn’t call it a romance novel, strictly speaking).  It’s a great read for Halloween, a holiday which in my mind extends through October and November and runs straight into Christmas, pausing only to filch a couple of pies from Thanksgiving. Evil Librarian... Continue reading ?

Philharmonic Cellist to Join Detroit Symphony

Wei Yu, a member of the New York Philharmonic's cello section, will join the Detroit Symphony as its principal.

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