Oct 29

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International publishing questions; World Book Night 2014 titles announced; recommendations for new books by Rob Delaney and Pat Conroy.

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International Shenanigans

Two questions from our Q&A form:
Bonny from Adelaide, Australia wonders why books are often published at different times in different countries around the world. Linda from Ohio wonders why series books are sometimes released out of order when translated into English.

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worlds strongestThis week’s selection, chosen by Michael:  The World’s Strongest Librarian, written by Josh Hanagarne and narrated by Stephen R. Thorne. You can find Josh’s blog here.

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World Book Night 2014 (15:15)

WBN2014_ApplyAd_300x250April 23, 2014 is World Book Night and the organizers just announced the list of titles available for giveaway. (You can find the UK site here) It’s a wonderful list of books to choose from, including books by three Booktopia Petoskey authors: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Lighthouse Road, and The Dog Stars. Other titles we mention include Same Difference, Hoot, Bridge to Terabithia, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Code Name Verity, Kitchen Confidential, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Wait Till Next Year, Where’d You Go Bernadette?, 100 Best Loved Poems, Bobcat, When I Was Puerto Rican, Catch-22, and Wild. You have until January 5, 2014, to apply to be a World Book Night Giver, but don’t wait!

Two books we can’t wait for you to read (27:03)

I refer to Rob Delaney’s book – full title: Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. – as 80% frat humor and 20% thoughtful recollections of the important events in his life. It is hilarious, it is heartbreaking, it is raunchy, and it is real.

Pat Conroy famously said that he would never write about his father – the inspiration for The Great Santini – until he had passed away. Now, we get The Death of Santini, the memoir of his relationship with his volatile father, and how that man affected Pat and his siblings.

  • Carol Kubala

    World Book Night – Being a giver is fun and can be very rewarding. Last year I gave away the book City of Thieves by David Benioff. I chose this as I thought it would appeal to both men and women and was adventuresome, and though serious it was balanced with enough humor as not to depress. I gave these away at our local Dunkin’ Donuts. One man wrote me a note to tell me how he plays poker with a group of men and after reading the book, which he loved, he decided to get the group to read it and have a discussion. These are non-readers or light readers mind you. They all enjoyed the experience and many have continued to read and talk about what they have read. He also bought and gave the book to many of his family members. Imagine! This is the power of World Book Night, giving books, enticing new readers and you can be a part of the experience.

  • Mary Grace Tablarin Camacho

    I would love to try and join in the World Book Night. Sad to say though that I have only read Bridge To Terabithia and it is an awesome book! Another on the list that I want to read is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. The rest of the list, I haven’t read it yet. Michael, you have to read Bridge To Terabithia, it’s a children’s book but a lot of adults love it and the movie version wasn’t so bad, of course, the book was way better like always.

    • Carol Kubala

      Mary, The first year I participated I picked “The Book Thief” by Mark Zusak. I chose this as I hadn’t read it but had heard raving reviews. WBN gave me the excuse to read this excellent story, perhaps a bit risky but worked out just fine. The WBN choices are chosen by a panel of librarians and independent booksellers, a good endorsement. Take a look at the list again. Try Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. It has been a favorite of many book groups. Go for it! I think you’ll be glad you did!

      • Mary Grace Tablarin Camacho

        Carol, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is definitely in my To-Read list and I can’t wait to get around to reading it!

        • Carol Kubala

          Great – Do let us know what you thought…

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