I have a few book-news related items to post about. Please read on, check out the links, and enjoy what you find!
Here they are in no particular order:
Congratulations to Marlon James for winning the Man Booker Prize!
The Sea Beach Line, by Ben Nadler, has finally been published!
Moment Magazine is accepting applications for its Short Fiction Contest.
Thirteen Ways of Looking, by Colum McCann, is out!
Read about Jewish Book Council’s “Raid the Shelves“!
Rachel Kushner has a thought-provoking interview/article-read it here.
One of my favorite quotes: A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. -Chinese Proverb
A popular online bookseller has picked their 100 best books of 2014. You can read their list, right here.
I have read a few of the books on the list, which is quite varied as far as the list’s genres go.
Right now, I am reading a book entitled The Day of Atonement, by David Liss. It does not appear to be on the bookseller’s list. Nonetheless, I am totally enjoying it, so far. I will read any novel he writes, as they are, in my opinion, compelling and masterfully written.
Here is a slide show of re the New York Times best illustrated books.
The Los Angeles Times has their bestseller list up.
The New York Times article regarding the theatrical production revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, was an interesting read. I have read the book a few times, seen the film but have not seen the play.
I enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes details, and about some of the challenges producing the play presented.
Go and browse what is new in the book world at the L.A. Times.
The New York Times Sunday Book Review has some compelling looking books on their list this week.
I am an avid reader of W.G. Sebald’s works. Joshua Cohen wrote a review entitled “Points of Departure“, regarding W.G. Sebald’s book, A Place in the Country. I will definitely be reading this compelling sounding book.
Marcia Gessen has reviewed Molly Antopol’s book, UnAmericans.
If you like basketball, you might want to read the review of Seth Davis’ Wooden.
The Sunday Book Review of the NY Times has some interesting food for thought.
The L.A. Times offers a splendid book review of And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini.
Visit here, to read a review of The Woman Upstairs, by Nora Eldridge.
See the latest best sellers.
NPR Books gives us several reviews to ponder.
Hoping your week is bookalicious.
I am eagerly looking forward to Khaled Hosseini’s upcoming novel, And The Mountains Echoed. It will be released on May 21, 2013, in the U.S.
I read both of his other novels, The Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
I remember an incident about four months after his novel, The Kite Runner was published. I was in a book store, browsing the tables. One table had The Kite Runner on it. I was looking at a book next to it. Beside me stood a man, and he picked up The Kite Runner.
He asked me if I had read it, and I told him that I had, and that I highly recommended it. He told me that he had already read it, and was wondering if I knew if the author had another book, or if a new one was coming out. I told him no, to both of his questions.
He then said to me that he sure hoped that a new book would be published by him, because he was extremely touched by The Kite Runner. He said that sections of it moved him to tears. I, myself, almost cried listening to him choking up, by the thought of the novel.
There are moments in life when books touch our very souls, when stories cross borders, ethnic backgrounds/cultures, genders, religion, etc. Those are the books we never forget. Those are the books that bring a bond, a commonality between two strangers.