Jan 19, 2011
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
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!
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.
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.