May 24, 2010
In this episode we announce a special event for April 2011, and discuss the phenomenon of hearing about a previously unknown book several times within a few days. In segment 3 Michael tells us about the graphic novel Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire, and Ann recommends The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.
Announcing the first Books on the Nightstand Weekend Retreat! On April 8, 9 and 10, 2011, we'll be gathering at the Inn at Manchester in Manchester Center, VT and we hope many of you can join us! We still have a lot of details to nail down and things to plan for the weekend, so there will be much more to come, but we wanted to get dates to you all so you can start planning! We've set up a dedicated folder over at our Goodreads Group. That will be your destination for discussion on lodging, events, travel plans and more, though we'll give occasional updates on the podcast as well.
Books on the Nightstand listener Hope called all the way from Australia to tell us about The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, a book that Ann then heard about on the Sword and Laser podcast and in the news when it won a Nebula Award. I had a similar experience with Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth. Two people recommended it to me in the span of week and it took that second recommendation to make me stop and learn more about the book - which ended up being something I really want to read! We'd love to know your thoughts on this topic; how many times do you need to hear about a book before you take notice?
I'm back in graphic novel mode, recommending Sweet Tooth, a book that is both written and drawn by Jeff Lemire. It's been called "Bambi meets The Road," which, believe it or not, is a remarkably apt description. Ann tells us about The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, which is the story of Rose Edelstein, a 9-year-old girl who can taste, in food, the emotions of the person who prepared her meal.
Don't forget, you still have a few days to vote on my and Ann's Summer Reading!