Books, Personified

July 28, 2008
Emily with Beige, by Cecil Castelluci

Emily with Beige, by Cecil Castelluci

Emily (who I had a fantastic time with at BEA, and is also on the Emerging Leaders Council) and the folks over at Skylight Books have stumbled across an awesome new way to demonstrate their love of books, and started a whole new blog, Corpus Libris, dedicated to it. What I’m wondering is, how long does it take to get the book lined up properly? Do you stand there for five minutes with the camera, saying “A little to the left! No, back to the right… Ok, up two millimeters….”

As soon as the Breaking Dawn madness is over, I fully intend to hunt up a good book and take my own picture. I’ll let you know how long it takes. In the meantime, head over to Corpus Libris for more pictures–or send them your own!

Guest Blogger | Ann Cannon on Loser’s Guide to Life and Love

July 18, 2008
Ann Cannon at The Kings English Bookshop

Ann Cannon at The King's English Bookshop

So TKE hosted an event for my new young adult novel, The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love, and seriously I felt like a debutante at my own debutante bowl, except that I’m 52. And also I wasn’t wearing a corsage.

Anyway, it was a GREAT evening (thanks, Jenn!) with all kinds of amazing and personal touches–from the dragonflies on the banner to the icy cold cans of Dr. Pepper to the readers’ theater (the kids were amazing!) to Anne Holman’s sweet and funny introduction.  Plus there were actual people in attendance. PEOPLE!  No kidding. I’ve had events in the past for other books where nobody came.  So thank you, everybody, for being there.

Sometimes readers ask which of my books I like the best.  It’s a hard question to answer because your books are like your children:  you love them all equally but some days (truth be told) you like the kid who cleans up his bedroom without being asked better than you like the kid who just totaled your new car.   I will say this, though.  I never ever had more fun writing a book than I did writing Loser.  I think that’s because I wrote about things I love: summer nights in Salt Lake City, my Avenues neighborhood, the moon (and Goodnight Moon, too!), sweet and silly teenage boys, overly affectionate cats, old movies, party food, flowers, romance.  I call Loser my happiness book, and while I don’t know if it’s the best book I’ve ever written, it certainly holds the distinction of being closest to my heart.

Blog on Blogs

October 19, 2007

One of our favorite librarians has just released another string of reviews. I’m particularly thrilled about this because I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me that Into the Wild is worth picking up (I’ve got too many ARCs at home to add anything not already certified as readable to my pile). My excitement knows no bounds! If you’re a parent, teacher, librarian, or kids’ bookseller, then Cindy’s got you covered.

Which brings me to some other people I’d like to introduce you to. As you probably noticed, we take this blogging thing pretty seriously, and that’s partly because we’re so inspired by our fellow book bloggers. Without further ado, here are some of my favorites:

  • The Lit Blog Co-op: I can’t imagine a nobler mission than theirs. Not to mention that if you’re a poster on the Lit Blog Co-op, then you’ve made the big time.
  • Powell’s Book Blog: Their Book News is a must-have for any bookseller. Not to mention they are an amazing independent success story.
  • Salon | Books: I don’t always agree with their reviews, but I almost always find out something important that I can use to impress people who don’t know I steal my information from Salon. I suppose this isn’t technically a blog, but it’s got a feed, so that’s close enough for me.
  • Wordsmith’s Books: Coming to you from Decatur, GA. I aspire to the level of wit that they seemingly effortlessly achieve on their blog.

Blog Action Day | Books, the Environment, and You

October 15, 2007

We’re proud to be a part of something as ambitious and exciting as Blog Action Day! Especially because it gives us a chance to highlight some of the amazing books out there that both celebrate nature and remind us of how easily it could disappear. If you’ve been in the store lately, then you’ve seen some of these books on display; if not, they’re worth a look.

Voices of the Land

Voices of the Land
by Jaimie Purinton, with a foreword from Michael Pollan

A visual and written tribute to our land, Voices of the Land brings together a diverse community of people who speak out for greater stewardship of our well-loved landscape. Each author, whether ecologist, farmer, chef, mushroom gatherer, architect, or writer, share of their own unique relationship to the land. Together with evocative photographs that detail the intricacies of nature, Voices of the Land encourages homeowners to remain responsive to the existing character and ecology of the land is it becomes a home.

Vanishing World

Vanishing World
Published to coincide with the International Polar Year, Vanishing World is an unprecedented visual record of life in the Arctic. Five years in the making, this book is both a celebration of the wildlife that inhabits this harsh and unforgiving climate and a cautionary tale of global warming. Rising temperatures have put areas such as the Artic at risk and the livelihoods of the animals that live there are increasingly threatened.

Set against a dramatic landscape of ice floes and ragged mountains, readers will see the polar bears, foxes, seals, walruses, and reindeers who now struggle to live in this vulnerable climate. Images of a polar bear mother as she takes her newborns out for their first hunt, a seal pup only hours old, the spectacle of the polar night, and the majesty of the glaciers and pack ice are a reminder of what is at risk.

Mireille de la Lez’s stunning photographs are accompanied by text that explains the precarious nature of life in this dramatic climate. No one who sees the images of this vanishing world will be unmoved.

Amazing Rare Things

Amazing Rare Things
by David Attenborough et al

From the fifteenth century onwards, as European explorers sailed forth on grand voyages of discovery, their encounters with exotic plants and animals fanned intense scientific interest. Scholars began to examine nature with fresh eyes, and pioneering artists transformed the way nature was seen and understood. In Amazing Rare Things, renowned naturalist and documentary-maker David Attenborough joins with expert colleagues to explore how artists portrayed the natural world during this era of burgeoning scientific interest.

The book focuses on an exquisite selection of natural history drawings and watercolors by Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Mark Catesby, and from the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo–works all held in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Attenborough and his coauthors offer lucid commentary on topics ranging from the 30,000-year history of human drawings of the natural world, to Leonardo’s fascination with natural processes, to Catesby’s groundbreaking studies that introduced Europeans to the plants and animals of North America. With 160 full color illustrations, this beautiful book will appeal to readers with interests that extend from art and science to history and nature.