On this week’s show we celebrate the Oscars! This year there are no less than 4 movies competing for the Best Picture award that are based on books and last year 6 out of the 9 contenders were all inspired by best selling books!
We also discussed Book Riot’s new book “Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors”. This book (only available in eBook format at this time) lists authors from Sherman Alexie to Herman Melville to David Foster Wallace and provides you with background information and a reading plan to help you choose their best or most influential works and helps you determine in what order they should be read.
On this week’s show we discuss the best books of 2012 including the best audio books and comics and graphic novels categories, changes to the National Book Award, the demise of the brick and mortar book stores. I share with you my weird obsession as a kid and what that reveals about me (maybe!).
Finally, we discuss whether book and mortar bookstores are on their way out. Barnes and Noble is slated to close an average of 20 retail stores per year over the next 10 years even as they continue to push the sales of their e-Reader, the Nook. Are eBooks the wave of the future for readers or not? If brick and mortar bookstores are no more where will you find out about new books? (Maybe podcasts like this one? Hint, hint!) The link to the article about Barnes and Noble can be found here.
Happy 2013 and welcome back to The Book Nerd Podcast! We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus working on getting some new equipment and, generally, just trying to make this the best show possible for all of our listeners.
On this week’s show I review two books, discuss the most depressing books ever written and end on a high note and list some of the most anticipated books being published this year.
The first book I discuss is HHhH by Laurent Binet. HHhH or “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich”, translates into “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich” and is a novel that tells of real historical events. Reinhard Heydrich, known as “The Butcher of Prague” was second only to Himmler in Hitler’s cabinet and, possibly, more dangerous. Two men, recruited by the British secret service, ambushed his motorcade in broad daylight in the middle of Prague, forever changing history. It is a novel, but with many details about events as they actually took happened.
I also discussed The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. In a small English town called Pagford a Mr. Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly and unexpectedly leaving his seat vacant in the parish council. How this affects the citizens of the town and their families is a the subject of the author’s first novel for adults after her wildly successful Harry Potter series of books.
If you’d like to be a guest book reviewer send me a comment on our Facebook page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some books of interest: Sutton by J.R. Moeringer, The 12 Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
If you’d like to suggest a book in any genre that you think is a must read please let me know!
I’ve tentatively titled this week’s show “It was a Dark and Stormy Night” edition. Hope you are all staying safe and warm and dry!
Topics covered on show #5 include:
Short Fiction – The Art of the Short Story. I talked about the panel of short fiction writers I attended at Litquake in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Some of the writers on the panel included Catherine Brady, Thaisa Frank, Kathryn Ma and Lysley Tenorio. I was inspired to read short stories by such esteemed writers as Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov and John Cheever. Do you have any short stories or short story writers to recommend? Please share in the comment section below!
With Hurricane Sandy in the news I shared hopes that everyone in the path of the storm to stay safe and, while riding out the storm or any other stormy or rainy days we’re sure to have this season I shared a Stormy Weather Reading List from Flavorwire.com written by Emily Temple.
I talked about some recently published books and shared Poets and Writers “Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin” blog where the first lines of new books are shared with readers. New books by Chinua Achebe, A.M. Homes, and Orhan Pamuk are featured.
Finally, I shared an exciting bit of news about an upcoming, much anticipated (at least by me and my book group!) novel by Kahled Hosseini. The third novel by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will be realeased next May 21st and the title is And the Mountains Echoed. You can read the AP article here.
What kind of reader are you? Do you fall into a category created by Jen Doll at The Atlantic? Are you a Promiscuous Reader, A Hate Reader, A Chronological Reader or something else? Click here to read the full article.
Finally, I shared some information about LitQuake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival being held from October 5 – 13th at various locations in the city. You can download a schedule, list of authors, events and more at the website www.litquake.org. The festival culminates in the ever popular LitCrawl happening on Saturday, October 13th in San Francisco’s Mission District. You can get information and maps at the LitCrawl website www.litcrawl.org.
If you’ve read any of these books and would be willing to review them for The Book Nerd Podcast please contact me! Send an email to email@example.com or through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/booknerdpodcast. Thanks!