Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tidbits for June 12

From the ShelfTalker blog - This week's wearable entertainment comes compliments of where you can (yes) buy this awesome t-shirt.

From Publisher's Weekly

If you haven't heard it already, Jane Friedman, CEO of HarperCollins, has resigned. Friedman will be succeeded by Brian Murray.

EW has an entertaining and wry interview with David Sedaris, the humorist behind the new collection ''When You Are Engulfed in Flames''. Head on over to Asylum, if you want to win this book.

Enjoy Mike Meyer's (I'm thinking not the Love Guru, but I could be mistaken) "Learning to Speak Olympics" article in the New York Times Book Review last week.

J.K. Rowling's "storycard" prequel to the Harry Potter series, which sold for £25,000 (US$48,910) at a charity auction this week, is now available for viewing online at Waterstone's website, along with contributions by 12 other authors.

In the L.A. Weekly, Thomas Perry analyzes why suspense novels keep us glued to the page.

From Powell Books - Out of the Book films deliver engaging portraits of writers and their work. More expansive than traditional readings, these compelling short films generate spirited discussion about great new books and their impact on readers' lives.


I thought I'd share some of the books on my wish-list :

The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski, Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
This is a children's book which features Petra, a girl whose Father is blinded by a Prince after he's created an unique clock. To get them back this courageous girl goes to a castle in Prague, having many an adventure along the way. This is the first book in a series.

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich, Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, Publisher : Little, Brown
In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths.

Shining City by Seth Greenland, Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
When good guy Marcus Ripps takes over his black sheep brother’s lucrative dry cleaning business, he has no idea what he’s in for. Before long, he is running one of the most popular escort services in West Hollywood.

Currently you can also enter to win a signed galley at the author's website.

The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner, Publisher : Dutton
An ongoing string of high-profile and very public murder-suicides have rocked San Francisco. Enter forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett, hired by the SFPD to cut open not the victim’s body but the victim’s life, who discovers all the suicides belonged to something called the Dirty Secrets Club.

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton, Publisher : Putnam
The 20th Kinsey Millhone crime novel (after 2005's S Is for Silence), a gripping, if depressing, tale of identify theft and elder abuse, displays bestseller Grafton's storytelling gifts.

Sail by James Patterson, Howard Roughan, Publisher : Little, Brown
Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.

The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond, Publisher : Bantam Discovery
Photographer Abby Mason stops on San Francisco's Ocean Beach with her fiancé Jake's six-year-old daughter, Emma, to photograph a seal pup; by the time Abby looks up, Emma has disappeared.

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo, Publisher: Atria
It's the story of Julie Jenson, single New Yorker turned anthropologist. After a historically bad night out with her friends, Julie decides to cash it all in and hit the road. From Paris to Brazil to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai and Reykjavik, Julie travels the world to find out if anyone has a better idea how to handle this whole “single” thing.

The Punch by Noah Hawley, Publisher: Chronicle Books
David believes that at heart, people are inherently rotten. Scott, his brother, believes that his life is going to fall apart. Doris, their mother, believes that she has nothing to lose by revealing a 60-year-old family secret. This hysterically biting and ultimately redeeming novel proves them all right and wrong while answering some of life's biggest questions.

Have you read any of them? Do share!

Want Free books?!
Tasha Alexander giveaway. Ends June 15.
David Baldacci Book Giveaway which also ends June 15.
Father's Day Giveaway - St.Martins (3 books to win). Ends June 30.


  1. I have been meaning to start reading the Grafton series, but because I NEED to read in order I will be a long way behind the actual series! LOL!

    I too am looking forward to the new Evanovich. Hopefully it won't take too long to get to me from the library.

  2. Me too! I used to love those Grafton books. Then either she took a break or I did - I forget which.

    RE. Evanovich - Can't to read that one :) Sounds hilarious as usual.

  3. Thanks for the link about Harry Potter. I guess I'm out of the loop on this one but I'm on my way to go check it out.

  4. I miss Harry! Are you looking for something to fill the Potter gap too?