Apr 17

Master historian Nathaniel Philbrick will release Bunker Hill on April 30. Viking Books, his publisher, is offering a giveaway to readers of Books on the Nightstand (US residents only). Simply comment on this blog post to be entered. Tell us about your favorite history book, whether by Mr. Philbrick or not. Please have your comment in by Tuesday, April 23 at 5PM Eastern.

bunker hill

In the meantime, here’s a fascinating video in which the author explains his interest in the story and his research process.

Aug 24

In this week’s podcast, featuring Kevin Brockmeier from Oxford Booktopia, I mentioned Kevin’s amazing Top 50 lists. This file has the 7 lists he passed out in Oxford: Books, Children’s Books, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Stories, Works of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Movies, and Albums. If you complain about us recommending too many great things, you may want to think twice before reading Kevin’s lists!

 

 

Thanks to the fine folks at Macmillan Audio, we are pleased to present this clip of the first chapter from the audiobook version of Matthew Dicks’s Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. The first chapter gives you an immediate feel for Budo’s voice and I think the narrator (Matthew Brown) does a wonderful job!

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Audiobook Clip

 

Jul 08

City of Bohane, Kevin Barry   Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson   Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter    End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe   The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin    2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

and two audio books:

Macbeth, William Shakespeare, performed by Alan Cumming   Gold, Chris Cleave, narrated by Emilia Fox

Jul 03

Oops

 

Disaster!

After 4 years of podcasting, we have run into our first unsolvable technical difficulty. The file containing Michael’s side of the conversation is corrupted and not recoverable. So unfortunately, there will be no BOTNS this week. Sorry to disappoint all of you who take us along on your walks, runs, drives and dog walks.

In the meantime, here are our two recommendations: The Absolutist by John Boyne is an incredibly emotional and compelling novel of humanity, set during World War I. Michael and I both recommend The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, which is a coming-of-age story set in a world where fraught with change — the days are getting progressively longer and society is trying to cope with what that means. Both novels are stunning, and available now.

We will be back with a new episode next week, if it kills us.

 

 

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Feb 25

                                        

and, last, but certainly not least

Before any of you fans of The Passage start sending me hate mail, though I want to read The Twelve right now, I can’t. The manuscript isn’t quite ready, but I do hope to have my grubby little hands on it within the next month or two. You can start the hate mail then.

Oct 28

Please join us Tuesday, November 1st at 8:30pm Eastern Time for a live online book chat about Wendy Clinch’s Double Black. Many of you had the chance to meet Wendy at the BOTNS retreat, or heard her retreat talk on BOTNS podcast episode #127.

We’ll discuss the book from 8:30 – 8:45, then Wendywill join us for 45 minutes and we can ask her questions.

We will be using the service Talkshoe, which allows you to interact, either via computer or telephone or both.

Tuesday November 1st
8:30pm EST

  • Go to www.talkshoe.com and search for BooksOnTheNightstand (no spaces) or click here.
  • Click on the “Join Now” button. A new window will open.
  • If you have a computer headset with a microphone, or any computer microphone at all, you will be able to talk.
  • You can also talk via telephone: the call-in info (724-444-7444, Call ID 87944) appears at the bottom of the new window.
  • You can also click the widget that should appear below — you can use the same widget to listen to our last call (Steve Himmer’s The Bee-Loud Glade).

The most fun way to participate is to be at your computer and on the phone (or headset) at the same time. Then you can see the chat window and hear on the voice conversation as well. However, if you prefer to just listen along, you can “Join Now” and then don’t call in. You’ll be able to listen to the audio portion of the call through your computer’s speakers. You can interact with us via the text chat window.

If you’re not near your computer, you can still call in by using the phone number and Call ID number shown above.

I hope that you have some time in your schedule to join us. We’ll have a great discussion!

Aug 19

Please join us Tuesday, August 23rd at 9pm Eastern Time for a live online book chat about Elizabeth Stuckey-French’s The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. Many of you had the chance to meet Elizabeth at the BOTNS retreat, or heard her retreat talk on BOTNS podcast episode #124.

 

 

the revenge of the radioactive lady, elizabeth stuckey-french

We’ll discuss the book from 9 – 9:15, then Elizabeth will join us for 45 minutes and we can ask her questions.

We will be using the service Talkshoe, which allows you to interact, either via computer or telephone.

Tuesday August 23rd
9pm EST

  • Go to www.talkshoe.com and search for BooksOnTheNightstand (no spaces) or click here.
  • Click on the “Join Now” button. A new window will open.
  • If you have a computer headset with a microphone, or any computer microphone at all, you will be able to talk.
  • You can also talk via telephone: the call-in info (724-444-7444, Call ID 87944) appears at the bottom of the new window.
  • You can also click the widget that should appear below — you can use the same widget to listen to our last call (Steve Himmer’s The Bee-Loud Glade).

The most fun way to participate is to be at your computer and on the phone (or headset) at the same time. Then you can see the chat window and hear on the voice conversation as well. However, if you prefer to just listen along, you can “Join Now” and then don’t call in. You’ll be able to listen to the audio portion of the call through your computer’s speakers. You can interact with us via the text chat window.

If you’re not near your computer, you can still call in by using the phone number and Call ID number shown above.

I hope that you have some time in your schedule to join us. We’ll have a great discussion!

Aug 03

In case you’re wondering,
that’s 4,052 pages worth of reading.

Jul 25

Please join us Thursday, July 28th at 7:30pm Eastern Time for a live online book chat about Steve Himmer”s The Bee-Loud Glade. Many of you had the chance to meet Steve at the BOTNS retreat, or heard his retreat talk on BOTNS podcast episode #131.

We’ll discuss the book from 7:30 – 7:45, then Steve will join us for 45 minutes and we can ask him questions.

We will be using the service Talkshoe, which allows you to interact, either via computer or telephone.

Wednesday July 28th
7:30pm EST

  • Go to www.talkshoe.com and search for BooksOnTheNightstand (no spaces) or click here.
  • Click on the “Join Now” button. A new window will open.
  • If you have a computer headset with a microphone, or any computer microphone at all, you will be able to talk.
  • You can also talk via telephone: the call-in info (724-444-7444, Call ID 87944) appears at the bottom of the new window.
  • You can also click the widget that should appear below — you can use the same widget to listen to our last call (Jon Clinch’s Finn – sadly, I forgot to hit record when we discussed Ellen Meeropol’s House Arrest).

The most fun way to participate is to be at your computer and on the phone (or headset) at the same time. Then you can see the chat window and hear on the voice conversation as well. However, if you prefer to just listen along, you can “Join Now” and then don’t call in. You’ll be able to listen to the audio portion of the call through your computer’s speakers. You can interact with us via the text chat window.

If you’re not near your computer, you can still call in by using the phone number and Call ID number shown above.

I hope that you have some time in your schedule to join us. We’ll have a great discussion!

 

Jun 21

Welcome to those of you who heard about Books on the Nightstand from Michael’s June 21st appearance on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

We’re thrilled to have you here, and hope you stick around for a bit.

About Books on the Nightstand

 

On Point with Tom AshbrookBooks on the Nightstand is a weekly internet audio show that focuses on books and reading. our goal is to keep book lovers excited about reading through great book recommendations and insights into the publishing industry. Listen to our most recent episode: BOTNS #133: We Have Opinions

Our shows average about 30 minutes, and we publish on Wednesday mornings. Most episodes follow our usual format:

  • Segment 1 is a brief conversation about something topical in the world of books and publishing.
  • Segment 2 is a longer discussion about a particular topic, such as “our favorite mysteries.”
  • Segment 3 is our most popular; we call it “Two books we can’t wait for you to read.” There, we each tell you about one great book that we recommend, usually a book that has just been published or will be published in the coming weeks. We feature a rather eclectic assortment of book recommendations, and don’t stick to any one particular genre.

You can listen to our weekly shows from this website, or you can sign up to receive new episodes via email. You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and other podcast services.

It’s a conversation

We love to hear from our listeners via our voicemail line [(209) 867-7323] and blog comments, and we love the Books on the Nightstand communities that have developed on GoodReads and Facebook. If you’re looking for book lovers who understand your obsession with reading, you’ll meet them through Books on the Nightstand. Some of us have even met in person: our first ever Books on the Nightstand Weekend Retreat was held last April in Manchester Center, Vermont, and was attended by more than 75 BOTNS listeners and 9 authors. Stay tuned for news about our plans for gathering in 2012.

About Michael and Ann

Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman are friends and colleagues who work for Random House, Inc., the world’s largest trade publisher. We spend most of our days in New England bookstores. That means that we talk about books all day long to other people who love to talk about books. Books on the Nightstand is an independent project, and we talk about books we love, no matter who publishes them. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that someone loved one of the books that we have recommended. Learn more about us here.

We believe that you can learn a lot about someone from their favorite books, so we are pleased to share with you our favorite books published in 2010:

Michael’s Top Five

Ann’s Top Five

We’d love to have you as part of the Books on the Nightstand community. Many thanks to the folks at On Point for inviting Michael to share his book recommendations!

 

 

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