Feb 6, 2012
A mish-mash of things we want to tell you about. Connecting
with a stranger over the shared love of an obscure book. Raves for
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and History of a
Pleasure Seeker by Booktopia VT author Richard Mason
Odds and Ends
Segment one this week is a cornucopia of bookish news:
- Check out this line of bookmark greeting cards: In My Book, with lovely illustrated fronts that can
be detached and used as bookmarks, has been around for over ten
years. They are new to me, but not a new line of cards as I
mistakenly say in the podcast. They're very cool and you can
probably buy them at a store near
- Many folks attending Booktopia have started
a The Sense of an
Ending read-along. They'll read the book
now, then discuss it at the Booktopia events (so far we have
attendees for VT and MS reading along). We've decided to expand the
event into a sort of "One Podcast, One Book" and we encourage you
all to read the book and share your thoughts at our Goodreads group! (For more info on the
three Booktopia events, click here.)
- Last week I told you about Quiet by Susan Cain, who will be
joining us at Booktopia VT. Since being published, Quiet has been
anything but. It's been getting tons of attention and Susan is
scheduled to appear on The Colbert Report on 2/16.
Set your DVRs!
- A recent article in The Guardian
alerted Ann to The Library Book, a very cool
sounding collection of "famous writers on libraries real or
imagined, past and future; why libraries matter and to whom." It's
a book that's only available in the UK, as far as we can tell, but
we're sure hoping it will published in the States so we can check
it out as well!
- Some folks are using The BOTNS 12 in '12 Reading
Challenge as a way to visit 12 bookstores they've always
meant to see in person. In that vein, we'd love for everyone to
call our voicemail line (209.867.7323) and briefly describe your
favorite bricks-and-mortar (i.e. physical) bookstore.
Kindred Spirits (12:00)
Ann has been geting back into knitting, and recently
discovered 2 Knit Lit Chicks, a podcast that is
half about knitting and half about books. When Barb, one of the
women on the podcast, recommended The Sex Lives of
Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost, Ann actually
cheered out loud. It was that exciting moment when you find out
that someone else shares your love of a less-than-well-known book.
For me, it happened recently when someone friended me on a social
networking site and his favorite book listed
was Pfitz by Andrew Crumey, a book I
sadly thought I was the only person in the world to have read.
In the comments below we'd love to hear what obscure book would
make an instant connection between you and another fan.
And Two Books We Can't Wait For You to Read (21:44)
Behind the Beautiful
Forevers by Katherine Boo is an intimate,
revealing and heartbreaking look into the lives of the residents of
Annawadi, a small slum on the edge of Mumbai's international
airport. I feel quite certain saying this is a book that will
garner widespread attention and will win awards.
Set in 1907, History of a Pleasure
Seeker by Richard Mason, follows Piet Barol a
young tutor brought into the home of a bourgeois Amsterdam family.
It's a book that Ann lost herself in and she's thrilled that the
author will be continuing Piet's story in future books. For more on
Richard Mason, check out this great interview.