Lending a Hand – My Conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi

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One of the reasons I jumped at the chance to attend the recent NerdCon: Stories convention was the opportunity to meet a number of authors that I have admired for years.  One of those authors is Paolo Bacigalupi. I first encountered Mr. Bacigalupi’s writing in 2010, after his book, The […]

Kirkus Prize Shortlists Announced

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Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been “an authoritative voice in book discovery” for over 80 years.  The associated  Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books prior to their publication, and releases book reviews to consumers on a weekly basis.  The Kirkus Star icon […]

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

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The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for their 2015 awards, as well as the recipients of three annual awards. Take a look! AUTOBIOGRAPHY The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick Bettyville by George Hodgman Negroland by Margo […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Endings and Beginnings, For Better or Worse

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There are two conventions prevalent at the turn of the New Year of which I am highly skeptical:  “Best Of” end-of-the-year lists and New Year’s resolutions.  “Best Of” end-of-the-year lists because how can anyone say that their highly subjective and often dubious rankings of all the books that have been […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Baker’s Dozen from a Notable List and Whatnot

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Recently, the New York Times came out with their list of 100 Most Notable Books for 2014, and the literary world took notice. I certainly will admit to taking notice.  I immediately ran down the list and counted up how many of the books on the list I had read.  […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – To Read or Not to Read: What Really is the Question?

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We’ve all seen the adage, “So many books, so little time!”  I myself find this to be so very true – there are indeed many, many wonderful books available to most of us, too many to be read in one lifetime.  So where does someone who loves books draw the […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Favorite Reviewed Books of 2013

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Over this past year, I have reviewed 73 books for LitStack.  Many of these books have been absolutely fantastic; a few not so much.  I’ve read a number of other books, too, but was not able to write a review for them (often they were library books I couldn’t keep […]