This past Friday, the 29 of November, wasn’t just a day for leftover turkey sandwiches and football. It was also the birthday of two fantastic authors, Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis!
On Thanksgiving Thursday, we clink our pumpkin-infused beverages and give thanks. For our family, for our friends, for our health and for the Kimye music video
. And although Thanksgiving means a lot of things to a lot of people, a quick office poll* suggested that the thing we're looking forward to most is a big, home-cooked meal. So this pre-Thanksgiving Thursday, we decided to throwback to our favorite meals in books, although we did get a little carried away by our enthusiasm for all things mouth-watering (of the food variety, not the Hemsworth variety). So, much like our post-Thanksgiving waistbands, the theme was expanded to include any book that prominently features food. Before you willingly enter into a turkey coma next week, check out our TBT, and have a happy, delicious Thanksgiving!
*I'll admit, I did initiate the conversation around lunchtime, so the data may be slightly skewed.
That’s right, fellow tributes, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
hits theaters this weekend. The first film was released in March 2012, and if you’re like me and haven’t re-read the series since then, you probably need a refresher. No shame, even Jennifer Lawrence, in the midst of all her interview quirkiness, has been fuzzy
on what’s in which movie and where we are now. To prep for the release, we’re reviewing what you need to know before you see it. Consider it part of your training. Don’t know what I mean? Then you definitely need to read.
Last Wednesday night, I attended the HarperTeen Author Dinner at the National --- a super chic bar and restaurant in midtown east --- as a representative of The Book Report Network, specifically TeenReads and 20SomethingReads. Now, I’ve been to author events before (how glamorous am I?), but I’d never been to a full-blown dinner before. The natural first step in preparing for a dinner honoring three people who have written books is to actually read their books, which I did with pleasure.
This week, we’re going big. Really, really world-changing big, and I don’t mean world-changing as in it touched the hearts and minds of millions and inspired a little girl somewhere in rural Kansas to become an English major (no one should need inspiration for that anyway). This week I’ve picked 10 books that caused significant, widespread and lasting change to the world we live in. Ten books that cover politics, religion, philosophy, advanced physics and everything in between. Ten books worth knowing about.
Hundreds of fans --- mostly in their 20s --- gathered to hear Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DROWN, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, and THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER) interviewed by Publishers Weekly and PW Comics editor Calvin Reid on Friday night in New York City. The gorgeous United Palace in Washington Heights hosted the event, which was sponsored by community bookshop Word Up.
The bat signal shines against the orange pillar of the Golden Gate Bridge as Gotham City’s villains traveled west to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting City by the Bay. Thankfully, in the far reaches of Siskiyou County, the message was received, calling forth Batkid from his secret lair in Tulelake. For this pint-size superhero, fighting crime alongside Batman is a dream come true.
The question on everyone's mind this Throwback Thursday is whether or not there's a non-cheesy way to post a picture of the sun setting over the city to the Internet. Well, friends, I may have found history's greatest loophole! There's nothing that inspires nostalgia quite like a lovely, late-autumn sunset, and today's was no exception. So enjoy our short and sweet** throwback as the sun goes down here and wherever you may be. And enjoy my picture of the setting sun, and try to pretend I'm not a dork.
The release of Ender’s Game
(based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel of the same name
) on November 1st brought another big-budget sci-fi flick to the big screen. As excited as I am about this movie (and I am very excited about this movie), it’s still only one facet of the reactor core lithium-ion crystal that is the genre of science fiction.
Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day! That's as much of a thing as I think it is, right? Either way, we've decided to dedicate this TBT to our favorite bittersweet books (hold the almonds --- we may be nuts, but we're not that nuts). Thankfully, our YA reading through the years has been filled with plenty of sweet and sad books that have marked us indelibly. Whether they were about discovering love, finding out what you're passionate about, or even confronting death, these books had us alternately smiling and sobbing --- and always, always expanding our horizons. I could expand my "horizons" with some bittersweet chocolate just thinking about it.