24/8 Book Club

Glenn Beck is launching his book for the holidays
November 17, 2008, 1:20 pm
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THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, with a unique multi-media  blitz.  The television and radio personality has thought of everything, it is available as a book right now in stores, as an audio book, collector’s autographed edition and you can see Glenn as he tours the country in THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER bus, go to his website to find out more about the tour’s upcoming stops, http://www.glennbeck.com.

But that is not the end of the multi-media claim.  Across the nation Glenn Beck is bringing this story to life in play format with a ten piece orchestra and a broadway gospel singer too.  To find out more about the book and his play schedule visit this link, Glenn Beck’s Play Tour Schedule and if you cannot make a live show then you can attend a filmed version at your local theater across the nation.


A nationwide chat with the author of LACE READER on November 5th

The beauty of this event is that you can attend in your pjs and favorite bunny slippers too. The choice is yours via the phone or Webcast as well.  On Wednesday, November 5th at 8:00 pm EST join author Brunonia Barry as she holds a book club chat with friends and fans. 

To learn more about this event and find out how to participate, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=4864134.  It is a good idea to print off the instructions so you will be ready to go on Thursday.  You can even suggest a question prior to the event or during the event. 

What a great concept and a fun way to spend an hour with this author.  But if you can’t schedule this time into your day you can still listen to the event anytime after by following the directions for the webcast at the link above.

HOLES is celebrating its tenth anniversary
October 14, 2008, 11:49 pm
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Author Louis Sachar will be making a stop at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to celebrate the 10th anniversary.  HOLES might sound familiar to you if you have had children or grandchildren in your life during the last decade. HOLES as also adapted for the big screen so it should not be a unknown. 

On Monday, October 20th author Louis Sachar will stop by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL at 7:00 pm.  to find about more about this event visit www.andersonsbookshop.com.  If you did not have kids that were age appropriate for HOLES and now you do take them by to meet Louis and to buy an autographed copy, you and the kids will enjoy this read.

Something Wicked is being released for publication today

The third installment in the Gregory Maguire unique Return to Oz books is available for purchase today.  A LION AMONG MEN is the cub that was rescued by Elphaba’s story.  The first book WICKED was the inspiration for the long running Broadway and touring musical WICKED.  The second book SON OF A WITCH continued that story and now A LION AMONG MEN is the third installment in THE WICKED YEARS series.   

If you have seen the stage production of WICKED you should read the book because they are not the same.  Starting with the first of THE WICKED YEARS books WICKED is a great way to return to Oz for those of us that grew up there.  But remember this is a very different tale conjured in the mind of author Gregory Maguire do not expect the story you read in Frank Baum’s books. 

To learn more about Gregory Maguire visit his website, Gregory Maguire.  With release of the new book Gregory is on the move so visit his website to see where he will be over the course of the next two months, Gregory Maguire Appearances. If Oz is not your thing don’t give up Gregory has explored other tales such as SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA too.

People Magazines sponsors Family storyteller this Saturday

in Walnut Creek, CA.  Author and artist Todd Parr will be featured at Barnes & Noble at 1149 S. Main St. at 1:00 pm to read from his upcoming book THE I LOVE YOU BOOK.  This book will not be available till next year so it is truly a sneak peek. 

It is always a great treat to meet an author but on Saturday you and your children or borrowed children can hear Todd read his new book with is a double scoop.  There will be many other Todd Parr books on sale as there over 2o in print. 

Your children might be familiar with his TV show as well so instead of dragging them to the bookstore you might find they are going to drag you Mom.  To learn more about Todd you can visit his site, http://www.toddparr.com/todd/.

On Friday Oprah announced her much anticipated next Book Club pick
September 22, 2008, 3:38 am
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First of all have we all told Oprah we are glad that she is still doing so much for the book world.  When she speaks people listen and that is good for the publishing world.  Thanks Oprah.

Just in case you have not been near the Internet or TV her next pick is EDWARD SAWTELLE.  It seems like she is jumping on this bandwagon because this book has received rave reviews from all over the place and is expected to appear on many best of lists for ’08. 

Congratulations David Wroblewski, great things always happen to authors that Oprah picks.  Already the buzz is on, it is ranked #1 at Amazon for book sales.  To view other news on the book and its author, http://www.davidwroblewski.com/.

If anyone in our 24/8 community has read this book please let us know what you liked or didn’t like.  Share with us why we have to put this book on our reading list.  If anyone knows David that reads this blog, we would love to hear from you!  David has some upcoming events if you are lucky enough to live in Nashville, Madison or Miami, http://www.davidwroblewski.com/events.html.

Michael Harvey has unveiled his new
September 2, 2008, 1:47 pm
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book, THE FIFTH FLOOR.   This Chicago author has done it again with his second book.  He is the creator, writer and producer of TVs Cold Case and has many stories in his head to share with us.  Michael is touring with the release of this book and you should make time to stop by and say hello at the Borders in Oak Brook, IL on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm. 

Come out and rub elbows with this Chicago author and who knows you might get discovered.  He is the producer and writer of Cold Case after all and and can pretty much drop you in the show.  To find out more about The Fifth Floor visit Michael’s author page at Random House, http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307266873

Stephanie Kuehnert writes for your teens
September 1, 2008, 1:20 am
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Chicago author Stephanie Kuehnert will read from her new teen novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. The program is free and open to the public but is a PG-13 event. For more information, call (708) 246-0520.

Stephanie’s book has received rave reviews so if you have a teen that likes to read by all means do not miss this night out.  If your teen has not gotten the reading bug, maybe a trip to this event to meet Stephanie and hear about this hip read will do the trick.  Either way you should plan to come out. 

To learn more about Stephanie, her debut novel go to her website at, http://www.stephaniekuehnert.com/home.html.  The website is very cool so make sure to take your teen there.  Incidentally, this is just one of her upcoming appearances highlighted, can’t make this one? Be sure to check out her other appearances: http://www.stephaniekuehnert.com/gigs.html.

Author Marcus Sakey will be at Borders Bookstore in Oak Brook, IL on Thursday, August 28th
August 25, 2008, 4:38 pm
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With the release of his third book Marcus is just getting comfortable with his role as writer.  He is a great guy and we can assure you if you head out to meet him at Borders in Oak Broolk you will be glad you did.


The fun starts at 7:30 pm and he will stay till he signs every copy of GOOD PEOPLE purchased.  Come out and meet this author before Hollywood calls and you can say you knew him when.  His books have been optioned by some pretty impressive production companies in Hollywood.  How exciting! 

To learn more about Marcus and his new book GOOD PEOPLE go to his website, www.marcusakey.com.  He is always having contests and inviting people out for drinks.  Do stop by Borders on Thursday, August 28th at 7:30 pm. 


Rick Kogan has something to say about two Chicago crime writers

If you are a fan of Rick’s then you have already seen this piece from Sunday’s Chicago Tribune  Magazine.  If you do not read Rick’s regularly,  then treat yourself to this piece which is found on the web. 

In the process you will most surely want to run out and buy a book penned by Marcus Sakey and/or Sean Chercover.  At the very least you will be scouring bars to find out where these two guys hang out to listen to what has to be some lively conversation.

Check out the link to the Chicago Tribune on line to read Rick’s article entitled, Author Author A Marriage of Convenience between two Chicago crime novelists, http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/magazine/chi-mxa0817magcrimeaug17,0,5796261.story.  While you are browsing the net visit www.marcussakey.com and www.seanchercover.com to learn more about these authors.