MediaMonday: In Between the Lines at Amazon
This week in #LitChat MediaMonday we’re discussing Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” an essay by George Packer in the New Yorker dated February 17, 2014. Join us for this session of #litchat on March 10, 2014 at 4 p.m. E.T.
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Occasionally Catholic and Accidentally Well-Intentioned
I reject the notion authors are born, not made. At the age of twenty-one, I was a business major whose writing resume amounted to little more than a few dozen poems and letters I wrote in high school and college, all of which were conceived with the sole purpose of getting laid. Read more here.
Guest Host: Gina Frangello
Gina Frangello visits #litchat on March 5, 2014, from 4-5 p.m. E.T. Follow the convo in Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.
In Gina Frangello’s new novel, A Life in Men, the friendship between Mary and Nix has endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunite for a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip instigated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would inevitably cut her life short. Read more here.
Collaborative Novels: Half the Work?
In this week’s #litchat MediaMonday we’re discussing collaborative novels. Collaborative meaning two (or more) authors writing a single title. Resource media for the discussion is this piece in the Glimmer Train Bulletin by Beth Ann Fennelly, as well as the December 20, 2013 #litchat conversation between Beth Ann and her husband Tom Franklin about their experience writing their novel The Tilted World.
Follow this #litchat in Twitter on February 3, 2014, from 4 to 5 p.m. E.T., or login to our dedicated channel at www.litchat.com.
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Ingrid Persaud, author of IF I NEVER WENT HOME, will guest host #litchat on February 18, 2014, from 4-5 p.m. E.T. Follow #litchat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.
Set between Trinidad and Boston, If I Never Went Home, explores themes both universal and regional through the eyes of two Trinidadian women, 29-year-old Bea and 9-year-old Tina…. Tina’s story alternates with Bea’s story, seasoning the narrative with colorful Caribbean characters both likeable and pathetic. How these two women intersect at the end is foreshadowed for a satisfying conclusion, yet still ambiguous enough to leave readers wondering. Read more here.
A love charm gone both right and wrong, a murder of the key member of a magical family, decades-old secrets and resentments brought to light, and a world-changing talent restored— mix these all up and put them in a setting steeped in centuries of history and you would have something approximating this debut novel by J. D. Horn.
Mercy Taylor is the unmagical “disappointment” of a powerful family in Savannah tasked with intervening magically for the benefit of humanity, maintaining the “Line” of the title. Read more here.
Reviewed by Robyn Hugo McIntyre
ArchetypeI recently read a book review in the New York Times wherein the reviewer wrote, “North American readers care inordinately that fictional characters be likable.” That struck me, for I’ve discovered if I don’t like the characters in a story, I have less interest in reading the work. The reviewer wondered if those of us who feel we have to be able to invest in a character aren’t missing good books. Is it not more important that the character be interesting? Read more here.
Reviewed by Lisa Carden.
It takes audacity for a 21st-century writer to claim to know the real Jane Austen. Yet this is a book that answers the question “Why should I read another book about Jane Austen?” I could hardly put it down.
Paula Byrne does an excellent job of researching Austen and her times (20 pages of notes!) and presenting fascinating information in a way that continually moves us forward despite the lack of any overarching plot. Read more here.
Reviewed by Christian Roulland Kueng.
Thirteen year-old Piper Linney is an orphan living in Scrap Town Number Sixteen in the Merrow Kingdom but she longs to see the world. She survives by scavenging and digging out whatever the meteor storms bring from faraway places to her world. She has an unusual gift for fixing small machines that she finds in the debris in the meteor fields and sells the items at the Trade Consortium. Her talents as a scrapper and machinist are put to the test when, in the aftermath of one particular meteor shower, she rescues an amnesic girl who has a tattoo of the dragonfly on her arm. Read more here.
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