Aug 23, 2011
Print books evolving digitally, some recent faves, now in paperback, and hearty recommendations for The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.
Two bits of housekeeping: Regarding Retreat Author Reading Challenge Book Discussion calls, in September we'll discuss John Milliken Thompson's The Reservoir and in October, Wendy Clinch's Double Black. Exact dates to come. Interested in attending Booktopia 2012, the Books on the Nightstand retreat? Click here to join the mailing list, and you'll be kept up to date with all announcements!
Everyone's talking about all of the new things e-books can do, but Melville House, an independent publisher is revitalizing print books with their Hybrid Books Program. Think of it as DVD extras for your book. Via a scannable QR code, you can access extra documents, maps and illustrations related to the book. The first five Hybrid Books are all part of The Art of the Novella series and are all called The Duel (by five different writers including Joseph Conrad and Giacomo Casanova).
Sometimes, when we really love a book, we'll tell you about it again when it comes out in paperback, and that's what we're doing this week.
Ann recommends To the End of the Land by David Grossman (a book President Obama brought on vacation with him) and The Tower, The Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. I rave, again, about Gail Caldwell's Let's Take the Long Way Home.
Ann started reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, knowing very little about it. But she fell completely in love with this story of Victoria, a woman who has "graduated" out of the foster care system and now needs to take care of herself. (For more information on the author's organization, visit camellianetwork.org)
Embarrassingly, I've never read a book by Tom Perrotta before, but I'm so glad that I finally have. I listened to the audio of The Leftovers (on sale August 30), a look at a family and community in the wake of the "Sudden Departure," a Rapture-like event that saw millions around the work disappear in the blink of an eye. Ann's in the middle of reading this too and loves it as well!