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 Windup Girl, won both 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 affixed to selected reviews signifies [….]

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 Jefferson H is for Hawk [….]

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 issued over the last year [….]

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.  I was pleased to see [….]

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 line?  How do we gauge [….]

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 long enough to write an [….]