The New York Times sent many libraries off on a hunt recently after the debut of Beyonce’s HBO special and announcement that she would release a new album called “Lemonade Stand”. During her special, she read poetry by Somali-British writer and activist Warsan Shire, and now her poetry anthology entitled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is being sought out by Beyonce fans.
While it’s not available on Amazon, many libraries are receiving requests for the book (no, we don’t have it at our library, I’m afraid), so be patient if you’ve put a hold on the book. You can heard the author reading some of the poetry right here:
The world is a small place, and book boosts can come from anywhere, can’t they?
This year, during class visits from St. Mary’s Catholic School, we’ve been reading THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier. It’s a dark, wonderful tale, and the kids have been enjoying it so much, I’ve even had children stop me in the grocery store begging me to tell them a few secrets from upcoming chapters. (I don’t.)
So when I came across an interview with Auxier that uses questions from eight other children’s book authors, I was super interested to hear what he had to say. You can read the full interview by clicking here.
If my group of writers doing Camp NaNoWriMo could take away one great piece of advice from this interview, I think it would be regarding distractions. Auxier doesn’t even have INTERNET ACCESS on his phone or computer! Wow. That’s dedication to writing.
It was 20 years ago that Stephen King released his now famous book THE GREEN MILE in a monthly serial format. Readers had to wait for the next tiny chapter to be published…or until the entire book was put together into one novel…but they didn’t seem to mind. It was an old way of releasing a book, but new to most of King’s fans. And boy, did we read!
Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of the wildly successful book, S & S/Scribner is taking it all back and re-releasing the book in serial format to a new set of readers, and this time they’re going digital! THE GREEN MILE is one of the many books that appeals to readers who might not otherwise be fans of Stephen King (doesn’t everyone think all he writes is horror?), and these small chapters in eBook format will appeal to readers who want something short to read, but feel like they’re taking part in something bigger.
Right now, you can read a sample of the first chapter THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, on OverDrive.
What do YOU think of serials?
BookNet Canada has released a fun infographic detailing book sales in Canada in 2015. I must say, I was a little surprised about the statistic on non-fiction books, even though adult colouring is a pretty big thing right now. What does this say about us right now, though?
Calling all young writers in Grades 7 – 12….it’s the 2016 CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie Challenge!! No, they don’t want you to take a photo of yourself dressed like Shakespeare…they want you to do a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best ideas….the soliloquy! After all, Shakespeare was doing his best to speak to his audience through them, just like young people do with their camera phones today.
Drop by the website, click on the link, and download the topic PDF. Then, write 200-400 words on the subject, and you’re on your way! There are great examples on the site, so you won’t be wondering just how to do this, and you’ll even get to know the judge a bit. Did I mention there is an iPad mini up for grabs for each age group? Why are you waiting? Go and do this now!
Find out everything at the CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie Challenge website.
Now, go forth, and write thee a soliloquy!
We have lots of participants in Camp NaNoWriMo again this April. Many of our library writers have done this before, but we also have three new people who are going to do their best to write books this month. It’s a hard task, but it’s also a very rewarding challenge!
And later this Spring, we’re hoping to debut a fun new aspect of our library writing group. (Hint: you’ll get to “meet” them and see what we’re all about.) So, stay tuned for more fun happenings at the library this month. And if you happen to see someone working on a book while you’re at the library, cheer them on. They’ll appreciate it!
If you follow “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, you’ll likely have hear about her Lenny Letter website. You can subscribe to get your Lenny Letter in your inbox twice a week, filled with meaningful essays, quotes, and more from celebrities, great thinkers, and usually, the cool people. In this month’s Lenny Letter, there was a heartfelt essay by author Jessica Knoll regarding her book LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, and the most talked about scene in the book—a gang rape.
If it sounds like this isn’t for the faint of heart, you’re probably right. And even Knoll would have told you it was “just fiction” not too long ago. But in her Lenny Letter, she reveals that this scene was written from personal experience, something she couldn’t even admit to herself for many years. The resulting “shaming” she endured from those who said she was at fault, kept her from opening up about it….until now.
While this book is being talked about all over the web, it is not only for the truth in it, but that it deals with a difficult subject in such a frank manner. We have a copy here at the library, so place it on hold….it’s going to be a popular read.