Jan 18

We finally announce the list of authors who’ll be joining us at the Retreat in April; An overview of memoirs with recipes; Two books we can’t wait for you to read

BOTNS Weekend Retreat Author Announcement!

First up, it’s a quick reminder to join us on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 9PM EST for our Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Online Book group.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The list of authors appearing at the Books on the Nightstand Weekend Retreat in April!

We think we’ve got a great combination of established authors and new names, and we’re so thankful that they’ve all taken time out of their schedules to join us! In the list above, I’ve included only the author’s most recent book, but in many cases they have published multiple books. As always, we encourage you to support your local bookstore, and also to support Northshire Bookstore who is hosting many of the Retreat events. They have set up a page exclusively for Books on the Nightstand listeners. It includes all of the books published by the authors, with the exception of John M. Thompson’s The Reservoir, which won’t be published until June. Northshire Bookstore is also offering a 10% discount and free shipping to all BOTNS listeners! (Use coupon code botns2011). You can choose to have the books shipped to you right away, held for you to pick up at the store the weekend of the retreat, or held until the retreat, signed by the author, and then shipped to you. We encourage you to pre-order your books even if you are attending the retreat. This will give the store a better idea of how many books to order. We’ll be announcing details of the Retreat Reading Challenge soon, but in the meantime, start reading!

Memoirs That Will Make You Hungry (13:12)

Many thanks to Beth, who emailed us with a perfect topic idea: memoirs with recipes. Some of her favorites were Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl, Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser and Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet by Lora Brody. Ann recommends Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey, The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I,too, loved the Kingsolver and still make a zucchini and squash recipe from there every summer. I recommend another local eating book, Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, along with My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado and Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (22:19)

Ann’s favorite novel from last year, The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, will be out in paperback on January 25. If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect time to read this saga about Hungarian Jew Andras Levi and his experiences before and during World War II. For those of you who love short stories, or those who want to read more short stories (maybe as part of the +11 in ’11 Reading Challenge?) I’m recommending Freedom, a collection which was recently released by Amnesty International. In it 30 major writers (people like David Mitchell, Henning Mankell, Kate Atkinson, Paulo Coelho and Joyce Carol Oates) have each written a story inspired by one of Universal Declarations of Human Rights. This is a difficult, but important, collection.

  • Another memoir that will make you hungry is The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick.

  • So excited about going to the Books on the Nightstand retreat! This is the best book podcast ever.

  • Patricia Snyder

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

  • Book buying ban now officially over — heading to Northshire’s website tonight! Great selection of authors — I’ve only read Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian so everything else will be new to me and I can’t wait.

    A great food memoir I’ve recently read is Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard. Very tasty-sounding recipes are included at the end of each chapter and there are many anecdotes about eating in Paris.

  • Rachel

    A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg is another great book to make you hungry. Check out her blog Orangette for a taste.

  • Just read a review (old) of Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk. Sounds like it belongs in this category. I haven’t read it, but it sounds “tasty”.

  • Anonymous

    The book that you mention about a couple eating a 100-mile diet, The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, was made into a reality show over the summer of 2008, in which James and Alissa recruited 5 families from the Mission, BC area to participate. Among them where one of my cousin’s and her family. At the time, her husband ran a local grocery store that helped out in making sure that the families got the right types of food that was needed, including grain that was grown locally. My cousin’s husband tried to grow wheat in June, but I believe it was unsuccessful, but he was able to find lemons and limes that were being grown in Sannich, BC. One of the participants even dug up chickory to make coffee! It was a really interesting show, especially when one has to boil large amounts of sea water in order to get just a small amount of salt. If you are in Canada, you can view re-runs of the show on Global at 7 pm on Saturday; it originally ran on Food Network Canada.

  • Cozyintexas

    Great theme.

  • Hcolby

    Melinda Blanchard’s A Trip to the Beach is her story of opening a restaurant in the Caribbean. The Caribbean corn bread in here is totally unique and one of my favorite indulgences.

  • Simcha

    I love reading food related books and enjoyed hearing all of your recommendations. I recently read Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, which I enjoyed so much that as soon as I finished it I ran out to buy her memoir, Tender at the Bone.

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