Thursday, August 13, 2009

Literary News: Week of August 11, 2009

I'm feeling a little under the weather this week, which is just as well with this Seattle-like rain we have here in New Jersey. On the up side, I'm getting a lot of reading done while I rest. On the down side, I haven't really been able to pick my head up off the pillow long enough to write. I'm starting to feel better, though, so don't worry, I have lots of reviews coming. In the meantime, I thought I would hook you up with some news around the book industry. I think I may have to start a weekly News post...what do you think?
Pat Conroy is making a limited number of appearances and book signings for his new novel, released this week, South of Broad. You can view his upcoming speaking engagements here.
South of Broad has also been listed on the Indie Next list for August 2009.

Also, on Pat Conroy's website, you will find the new reader's guide.

Coming September 15th is the much anticipated The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. You can enter to win a free copy of The Lost Symbol from Doubleday here. has listed The Glister: A Novel by John Burnside as one of the 25 Books You Can't Put Down. You can read the first chapter here, as well as the reader's guide.

Also on this list is one book already on my To-Read list - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. To browse through the rest of the list, visit O Magazine.

And, last but not least, let's not forget about the children in our lives. You know how much I rely on the IndieNext book lists to find my next great read. Well, they also have a Kids' Next List. They have four separate lists: a general Top 10 Ages 4 to 8, Ages 9 to 12, and Teen Readers. Since I am an equal-opportunity reader, I must admit that I read books in all of these categories. I have only one suggestion: please read the Young Adult books before passing them to your teens (or read a book review!). I'm finding that some of the content in these novels might not be appropriate for some readers.
For those more mainstream, feel free to check out the NYTimes Bestsellers ListNYTimes Bestsellers List. I'm one of those crazy people that loves to look at this list on Sundays to check against my bookshelf. I'm doing well this week. Still, too many books, too little time!
Happy Reading!
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