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A Month of Letters Challenge

So, when I took the parcel I was going to send out for the first day of the 2016 A Month of Letters Challenge to the local post office, I was the 10th or 11th person in line.  There was only one person working at the counter, and she was off in the back looking […]


Gimbling in the Wabe – In Praise of Letters

I promise, I won’t make this a diatribe on the lack of personalization in society today, nor will I bemoan the loss of the art of letter writing, or even shed a tear at the passing of cursive writing.  That’s something my grandmother would do, and even though I loved her dearly, I don’t want […]

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J. K. Rowling, Michael Pietsch to receive PEN American Center Awards

The PEN American Center has announced that author J. K. Rowling has been named as the recipient of the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award “for the extraordinary inspiration her books have provided to generations of readers and writers worldwide.” Of the award, PEN President Andrew Solomon wrote: “Through her writing, Rowling engenders imagination, empathy, humor, […]

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Have you ever watched The People’s Choice Awards, rooting for your favorite movie or television show, and wondered, “Why isn’t there a People’s Choice Award for books?”  Sure, there are lots of literary awards for “the best”, but how about an award for a book simply because we really liked reading it?

Well, now there is!

The People’s Choice Awards have teamed up with respected literary website The Reading Room to launch the first ever Favorite Books 2016, and you can be part of the process!  Five books have been nominated in each of six categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, Crime & Mystery, Young Adult, Fantasy, and Romance).  All that left now is for you to vote!

But you have to do it quickly – voting ends on January 28, 2016.  That’s only two days!

So what are you waiting for?  Click on the link and vote!

LitStack Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted Naomi Novik Del Rey First Edition:  May 19, 2015 ISBN 978-0-8041-7904-1 Agnieszka is a girl who lives in a quiet village in a green valley.  She is sweet natured, and indistinguishable from the other children save for the fact that she always seems to be disheveled and dirty, constantly spattered with mud or with […]

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Gimbling in the Wabe – Winter and Reading

The bulk of this Gimbling in the Wabe came from one I had posted three years ago; it’s also, I think, my favorite “winter” installment of this feature.  So, since I’m running short of time and inspiration this week, I thought I would run it again, albeit with a bit of adjustment from the original.  […]

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2016 Edgar Awards Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America announced the finalists for their 2016 Edgar Awards on January 19.  The nominees include: BEST NOVEL The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr Life or Death by Michael Robotham Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy Canary by Duane Swierczynski Night Life […]

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LitStack Recs: Stoner & Speak Easy

Stoner, by John Williams John Williams’ 1965 novel went out of print after selling only 2,000 copies, but since its re-release by Vintage in 1995, this novel of a Midwestern academic’s insular life has appeared on bestseller lists in Europe and Israel and sold over 100,000 copies. Stoner seems at first an unlikely candidate for […]