Litstack Rec: The Goldfinch & Doctor Sleep

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The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt The reception Donna Tartt garnered for her third novel—it washer first in twelve years—was called a phenomenon and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 (among other honors). The story centers on the childhood and youth of Theo Decker, an ordinary boy living in New York City with his mother, until [….]

LitStack Rec: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer & Private Diary of Mr. Darcy

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Vivian Maier: Street Photographer by Vivian Maier (Author), John Maloof (Editor), Geoff Dyer (Contributor) For forty years, Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago and took photographs on her days off. That may not seem extraordinary, but her work is quickly proving to be our era’s preeminent artistic discovery—the kind that comes along once [….]

LitStack Review: Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

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Vacationland Sarah Stonich University of Minnesota Press Release Date:  March 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-8166-8766-4 Vacationland is a book that grabs you, not because of some harrowing drama or gripping plot twist, not due to a flamboyant cast of characters or unexpected turn of events or even because ordinary people have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances.  [….]

LitStack Review: “The Bookstore” by Deborah Meyler

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The Bookstore Deborah Meyler Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) Publication Date: August 20, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4767-1424-0 Anyone who frequents a (no doubt) small, independent bookstore (and I hope that means everyone who may read this review) knows that there is so much more to it than the books on the shelves.  These bookstores are also [….]

LitStack Review: Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay

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Sight Reading Daphne Kalotay Harper Collins First Edition: May 21, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-224693-6 Sight reading occurs when a musician is asked to perform a piece of music off a written score without ever having seen it before; without rehearsal.  Often used as a test for musical acuity, students hope to muddle through without making too [….]

Ekaterina Panikanova’s Amazing Book Art

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We love this post from The Huffington Post: Ekaterina Panikanova’s beautiful book art is absolutely mesmerizing and we can’t stop looking at it. Her work was recently shown at the Z2O Gallery in Rome, so it has been circulating on the Internet. Panikanova was born in St. Petersburg, and graduated at the top of her [….]

LitStack Featured Author Review: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

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We are thrilled to feature Mary Robinette Kowal as our March Featured Author.  A Hugo-award winner, Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while two of [….]

Neil Gaiman’s Calendar of Tales

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Hugo-winner Neil Gaiman is asking for the help of his millions of fans for a unique art project. Earlier this month Gaiman took to Twitter asking fans questions like “Why is January so Dangerous?” or “Where would you spend a perfect June?” The responses, according to Gaiman were: Personal, honest, imaginative, glorious, surprising, strange, unexpected, [….]

‘Interview With a Vampire’ from Claudia’s POV

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File this one under “Oh, yeah, that is pretty freakin cool.” From i09: We will never get tired of reading about baby vampires. And now the queen of all tiny fangers, Claudia, is getting her very own graphic novel, penned by her creator Anne Rice. The comic retells Interview With The Vampire from the perspective [….]

Flannery O’Connor, Cartoonist

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Barry Moser of The New York Review of Books posted a very cool piece about Flannery O’Connor  and the linoleum cuts she created. As Moser points out, and as many of her beloved readers know, O’Connor wasn’t a typical creative person nor was she simply a writer. For example, she “kept a pet chicken when [….]