24/8 Book Club


We bow our heads today to remember John Updike
January 28, 2009, 10:22 am
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Most everyone has heard of this prolific author and many were fans.  He will be missed as his voice and pen are silent today.  But we are so fortunate to have a body of work that will live on.  Bob Minzesheimer did a nice piece for USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2009-01-27-updike-obit_N.htm?csp=34

Thanks Brad and John you will be missed and remembered for your literary contribution to our lives.



Newbery Medals and Honor Books are announced
January 27, 2009, 10:29 am
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes, Posts at Other Sites

2009 Medal Winner

The 2009 Newbery Medal winner is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean, and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.  You might recognize this name as he is the author of Coraline which is just about to open on the big screen. 

A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens.

 “A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising,” said Newbery Committee Chair Rose V. Treviño.

2009 Honor Books

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Underneath the canopy of the loblolly pines, amid the pulsating sounds of the swamp, there lies a tale. Intertwining stories of an embittered man, a loyal hound, an abandoned cat and a vengeful lamia sing of love, loss, loneliness and hope. Appelt’s lyrical storytelling heightens the distinguished characteristics of this work. 

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt & Comapny)

The Surrender Tree utilizes compelling free verse in alternating voices to lyrically tell the story of Cuba’s three wars for independence from Spain. Combining real-life characters (such as legendary healer Rosa La Bayamesa) with imagined individuals, Engle focuses on Rosa’s struggle to save everyone–black, white, Cuban, Spanish, friend or enemy.

 Savvy by Ingrid Law (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC

This rich first-person narrative draws readers into a wild bus ride, winding through the countryside on a journey of self-discovery for Mibs Beaumont and her companions. Newcomer Law weaves a magical tall tale, using vivid language and lively personalities, all bouncing  their way to a warm, satisfying conclusion.

After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers)

This tightly woven novel looks back on two years in a New York City neighborhood, where life changes for two 11-year-olds when a new girl joins their game of double Dutch. Bonded by Tupac’s music, the three girls explore the lure of freedom and build a friendship that redefines their own identities.

To learn more about the Newbery Awards and Honors visit, http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm.



Popular Turkish Delight Mystery Author Coming to America

Turkish author, Mehmet Murat Somer author of the popular Turkish Delight Mystery series will be at Centuries & Sleuths in Forest Park on Thursday, January 29th at 7:00 pm.   Mehmet’s  hero/heroine is a computer security expert by day that channels Audrey Hepburn at night when this unnamed transvestite becomes as hostess at a club that she has a small ownership interest in.     

The Kiss Murder, the second in the series that are bestsellers in Turkey, is bringing Mehmet to the US.   If you like something on the edge but with humor these are the books for you.  It takes place in Istanbul and it is lesson of geographic and social culture. 

Details regarding the appearance go to Memhet’s page on the Penguin website,  http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Events/EventSearchProc/1,,sapid_1000074171,00.html or Centuries & Sleuths, http://www.centuriesandsleuths.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp;jsessionid=bacyx0D_kBDTA4PrZAq8r?s=storeevents.

24/8 is proud to be a partner with Penguin and will be giving away books this week to celebrate the series arrival here in the US.  Please check under Blue Plate Specials for the details.



Author Brook Noel Is Giving You The Chance to Change your Life

The Change Your Life Challenge  is a way to make those resolutions come true in 2009.  But that’s not all, starting next week Brook is hosting a virtual tour, where she’ll be giving a week-long FREE workshop beginning Monday, January 26, that take the ideas and tips to make a change in your life, and help you put them in action.   

Brook has tools to share to help women manage their time, get organized, decrease stress, live by their priorities, and get 2009 off to a balanced and exciting start. For more info and to register for the free program, visit http://www.maketodaymatter.net/tour.htm, or Brook’s Facebook page: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54952104896&ref=nf.

 

Additionally, anyone who buys her book at Target or Costco stores nationwide can submit their receipt and in exchange they’ll receive a free month-long membership to Brook’s Make Today Matter Life Coaching System!  It is a win win proposition you have nothing to loose, and so much to gain.

   

By leaving a comment, you have the chance to win a copy of Brook’s book, The Change Your Life Challenge! Let us know what you think of your own resolutions, or what has helped you change your own life over the years. Thanks to our friends at Source Books, One Lucky Commenter registered at 24/8 mail, will win a copy of the book and can jumpstart the challenge to make today matter! 



Inkheart opens at theaters this Friday
January 22, 2009, 8:04 am
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It has been a great season for movies for the whole family  This Friday is no exception as the book INKHEART will premiere on the big screen.  This movie was once again adapted from a brilliant book by author Cornelia Funke.  

Description:One cruel night, Meggie’s father, Mo, reads aloud from INKHEART, and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction, landing instead in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie’s in the middle of the kind of adventure she thought only took place in fairy tales. Somehow she must master the magic that has conjured up this nightmare. Can she change the course of the story that has changed her life forever?

“Beguiling…the story seems to have been sprinkled with some magical fairy dust.”–The New York Times Book Review

Hollywood take care to preserve the mastery that authors are bringing to the written word as it has and will continue to supply the rich material for so many of the pictures on the big screen. 



For Thriller Lovers Everyone Get in on Jordan Dane’s Second Triology Series
January 21, 2009, 12:29 pm
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Jordan Dane debut novel, No One Heard Her Scream, was chosen as one of the ‘Best Books of the Year’ in 2008 by Publishers Weekly.  The trade publication raved, “Dane crafts this debut murder mystery with tight plotting and smooth prose, and adds a few sparks to create a story that appeals to mainstream thriller readers as well as romantic suspense fans.”

Her second trilogy, SWEET JUSTICE,  starts with Evil Without a Face (Avon, On Sale: 1/27/2009, ISBN 13: 9780061474125, $7.99), a new series about three powerful women—a bounty hunter operating outside the law, an ambitious vice cop, and a former international operative with a mysterious past.  
 
Ripped from the headlines, Dane’s gritty suspense plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. A thrilling ride of mystery and suspense.  There a many upcoming opportunities to see and join JD on a blog site coming up, http://www.jordandane.com/appearances.php.


Readers and fans of author Michael Grant Jaffe
January 17, 2009, 11:54 am
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are in for a treat tonight on the Hallmark TV channel.  A Cool, Dry Place is presented tonight, check your local listings.  This 1998 movie adapted from the novel Dance Real Slow by Michael Grant Jaffe.  The movie stars  Vince Vaughn, Monica Potter, Joey Lauren Adams and Bobby Moat. 

Remember Hollywood, so many ideas for movies are adapted from novels so it is essential to keep this artform as strong as possible or it will hurt your industry.  So many good books so many good reads.