24/8 Book Club

Once you have voted go to the bookstore
November 4, 2008, 12:39 pm
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to pick up the new book from football great Frank Gifford, it will be out in the stores today. This would be a great gift idea for those die hard football fans, sports historians or just those that love the history of sports in your life.  It takes a great one of the game and one of their own to open the doors  to those players that made the game great so many years ago. 

The book, GLORY GAME, is about the 1958 NFL Championship game.  Frank will be out and about signing books if you are located on the East Coast.  It is a great holiday idea and to have an autograph and meet the great Frank Gifford an added bonus for the gift giver. 

To find out more about Frank’s appearances click on the link provided to Kathy Lee Gifford’s site for  the details,   http://www.kathieleegifford.com/lamb04/messages/102408glorygame.php.


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/.

October 2, 2008, 10:49 am
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On this very special Thursday, October, 2nd, children from all over the United States will be treated to a reading of the same book. This year’s selection is Corduroy by Don Freeman.  this book  has been part of so many of our childhoods and now it will be read, heard, enjoyed and bought by another generation. 

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a campaign designed to bring attention to the importance of early education.  By encouraging hundreds of thousands of children and adults to read the same book on the same day, Jumpstart aims to break a world record and to make early education a national priority.

To learn more about Jump Start and how you can put a book into the hands of a child go to, http://www.readfortherecord.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_main.

Looking for a great book activity and adventure with the kids?
September 26, 2008, 9:46 am
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This weekend in Hyde Park just south of downtown Chicago is the annual 57th Street Children’s Book Fair.  The parade features your young children’s favorites: Curious George, Clifford the Red Dog, Medeline and Winnie the Pooh too.  They will be able to hear stories and participate in activities and meet authors and have books signed especially for them.  There are new books and used books so there are books galore.  For more details visit the website, http://www.57cbf.org/about.htm.

The weather is going to be great, maybe our last 80 degree day so grab the kids and come out to this celebration.  It is not too soon to think about a book for this holiday season for your child, nieces and nephews and grandkids.

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.

Still time to join us for the free movie screening this Thursday

Yes 24/8 is thrilled to have been selected by Warner Brother’s to offer this fun night out to all of those in the 24/8 community and their friends and our new friends.  Please join us on Thursday, September 18th at the AMC Loews Theater located at 600 N. Michigan Avenue at 7:00pm for a screening of the movie NIGHTS IN RODANTHE. 

To attend the screening following the instructions at our September 10th post, simply go to the website,  www.gofobo.com and then enter BOOK5888 as your RSVP code when prompted and the rest of the instructions are easy to follow.  You can not only get one pass but you can get one for a friend as well.  You must register with gotobofo to be able to print your passes. 

Richard Gere and Diane Lane star in this adaptation of the book written by Nicholas Sparks.  I think it goes without saying that Richard just gets better and better as the years go on.  So print some passes and grab and friend and join us at the free screening.

A new book giveaway at 24/8 Book Club
September 16, 2008, 9:10 am
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24/8 has three copies of Amanda Foreman’s book, THE DUCHESS, which has been adapted for the big screen and premieres this Friday, September 19th.  Amanda has written other period novels as well and you should definitely take a look at her site to learn more about her work as author and historian.

To win the contest you must take the quiz in Blue Plate Specials.  The first three individuals that answer the questions correctly that are registered with the 24/8 site will be eligible to win a copy of this beautiful and powerful historical novel.   

To watch a clip of the movie visit the official movie website, http://www.theduchessmovie.com. To obtain more information about the author and the story visit the author’s website, www.amanda-foreman.com.

Congratulations to Amanda and we hope this is the first of many big screen projects.  Thank you to Random House for partnering with 24/8 to celebrate the release of this new film.

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week
September 15, 2008, 7:09 am
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September 15th launches BBWA and it is a week of blogging, book giveaways and just a paradise for those that are already reading divas.  So be sure to go to the sites that are hosting these fun events and participate to win.

The schedule for events can be found at: http://literatehousewife.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/bbaw-award-presentation-schedule/.  There you will find what is going on each day at the different book blog sites and links to check out the fun.

Special Thanks to My Friend Amy blogger as she was the organizer of this concept and talks about it on her site: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2008/08/book-blogger-appreciation-week.html.