Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Book Review: Breaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living through Chemistry
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'The Time Traveler's Wife' now out as enhanced e-book
From a news release:
New York, NY (September 23, 2013) – Marking the 10th anniversary of its publication, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by New York Times bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger is available today for the first time as an e-book, enhanced with 25 new pages from an upcoming sequel.
THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE is the story of art student Clare Abshire and librarian Henry DeTamble, who meet when he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Though Henry has never met Clare before, Clare has known Henry since she was six – impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live a normal life together are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
The pages from the as-yet-untitled sequel focus on Henry and Clare’s daughter Alba, who as an adult finds herself caught between her real-time husband, Zach, and her other husband, Oliver, a fellow time-traveler and musician.
“It’s been intense to revisit the world of THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE after ten years; Alba’s life has complications and delights that surprise even me. It’s funny how the imagination works quietly, secretly, just waiting to be asked for more story and serving it up as though it’s been there all along. I hope readers will be pleased, both with the new story and with Zola," said Niffenegger. "I am excited to be working with Zola Books; we are all are eager to give both readers and writers the best possible e-book experience and to benefit the community of book shops and publishers, too."
How to buy THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE e-book ($8.99):
1. Visit zolabooks.com/book/the-time-travelers-wife
2. Download the Zola Books app in the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zola-books-read.-share.-discover./id563294598?mt=8
3. To read, tap the Zola app on your iPad or iPhone. Swipe left to see your purchased books. Tap the book cover to download the book into your app. (This step can take a few minutes because the book files are big).
I didn't know a sequel was on the way, so I'm pretty excited about that news! Though I am disappointed this release is not available in Nook format, which is my e-reader of choice.
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
How Book Banning Works
If you want to control the masses, control what they read. After all, books are seeds that germinate new points of view. As a result, the struggle against banning books is contentious and continual. Learn more about banning books in this episode.You can stream the episode or download it.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Happy Banned Books Week!
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.Looking for ways to observe Banned Books Week? Check out the American Library Association's Schedule of Events for Banned Books Week 2013 to see what the organization has going on, including Google hangouts with authors, the Banned Books Week 2013 Twitter Party and virtual read-outs.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.
Wondering what books are challenged or banned? Check out ALA's page on Frequently Challenged Books, which includes this awesome timeline of the past 30 years of banned books, the list of banned and challenged classics, the list of frequently challenged books of the 21st century, the list of 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, and more. Seriously, you could spend all of Banned Books Week just making a list of books you will want to read.
My favorite banned or challenged book is "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. What's yours?
-- Cheryl Sadler | firstname.lastname@example.org | @nhcheryl
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Author Expo 2013 at Willoughby Hills Community Center
Local authors will be available to chat, and you'll be able to purchase books and have them signed. (Cash, check, credit card and debit card will be accepted.)
Participating authors include:
- Deanna Adams ("Rock love story first novel for Mentor rock and roll nonfiction writer" by Janet Podolak)
- Patricia Averbach
- James Badel
- Dan Coughlin
- Casey Daniels
- Michael DeAloia
- Alan Dutka
- Euclid Beach Park Now
- Dick Goddard
- John Gorman
- Michael Heaton
- James Hopkins (a member of The News-Herald's Community Media Lab, Looking Back at Several Hills) ("1850 shipwreck memorialized at Lakefront Park in Willowick" by Caitlin Fertal)
- Cathy Jo
- Christine Kriha Kastner
- Chris Lambert (a member of The News-Herald's Community Media Lab, Comics: Don't Get Me Started)
- Scott Longert
- Brian McClellan
- Rick Porrello
- James Renner
- Les Roberts
- Calvin Rydbom
- Laura Taxel
- Jane Ann Turzillo
- Thrity Umrigar
- Cathi Weber
- Mary Ann Whitley
- Neil Zurcher
Visit the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library's website for more information.