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Booktopia 2015 announcements, Many graphic novel recommendations, and a new segment, “Don’t You Forget About Me.”
It’s our 300th episode! We can hardly believe it ourselves.
Finally, the announcement so many of you have been waiting for… Booktopia 2015 dates and places:
A few notes about those dates. You’ll notice these Booktopia events only span 2 days, not the usual 3. Right now, these are the days we are sure there will be programming. For Vermont, events may be added on April 30 and May 3. For Petoskey, events may be added on September 20. Also, you’ll notice Booktopia Petoskey runs on a Monday and a Tuesday. This was done to dramatically reduce the hotel prices we secured for Booktopia guests.
Registration for both of these events will occur early in 2015. Be sure to join the Booktopia mailing list to find out when those dates will be.
And now, the bad news: Our two Booktopia events in 2015 will be the final Booktopia events for the foreseeable future. We do hope that some of you out there will continue to gather together to talk and celebrate books, and we’d love to see book stores adopt the model of bookish weekends featuring multiple authors. But, for us, the simple fact is that there aren’t enough hours in the day. That’s the short answer; please listen to the podcast for our full discussion of why we’re ending Booktopia.
Audiobook of the week (12:25)
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, narrated by Mare Winningham, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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A Whole Mess of Graphic Novels (16:15)
I seem to have read a ton of graphic novels over the past few months (and will be reading more because of the Coursera course I’m taking). Here are some of the titles I’ve loved recently. The first and last titles are perfect for people who haven’t graphic novels before.
Don’t You Forget About Me (31:17)
It’s the debut of a new, monthly segment where we look back, sometimes way back, at books that have been out for awhile, what in the industry is termed “backlist.” Once a month, we’ll each highlight a book we love that you might have missed the first time around, or might have completely forgotten about.
I recommend The Alienist by Caleb Carr. These days, historical thrillers with real-life figures of the past solving mysteries seem a dime a dozen. But, when The Alienist was published in 1994 that was not the case. This mystery, set in 1896 NYC, features then police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, and still feels as fresh and exciting as the day it came out.
Ann recommends Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore, a literary memoir of his family, his dysfunctional parents, and the legacy of crime, adultery, child abuse, and murder, that led to the creation of Mikal’s brother, murderer Gary Gilmore, who was executed in 1977 at his own request.