Happy Monday, librarians! I trust you all had a loving Father's Day weekend.
We're busily wrapping up all the loose ends before ALA Annual. Until then, I've posted a few fun bits and bobs below. Enjoy!
- NPR's Fresh Air posted the 1/2 hour audio clip of their segment "Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'." And Terry Gross asked the question that we've all wanted to ask Mantel,
"You wrote [...] about the French Revolution, and now you've written about Henry VIII, and there are several beheadings in these books. So excuse me for asking this, but if you had to be beheaded centuries ago, would you have preferred the guillotine, or the axe or sword customarily used in England?"
Mantel opted for—drumroll, please—the guillotine! Listen to the full interview now.
- Michael Kelley from Library Journal has called for submissions for Library Cat of the Month! The inaugural kitty, Emma from Lyme Public Library, is featured in the June 15th edition of Library Journal (p. 17) and she's a real beauty! Submission details here.
Download The Bone Season Now! | Macmillan Library http://t.co/iO2PTvcP0R— Bloomsbury (@BloomsburyPub) June 14, 2013
An aspiring writer discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. An accomplished surgeon meets a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon’s jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. The fates of these and others converge in the dark web of Yoko Ogawa's REVENGE.
Alan Cheuse raved about REVENGE on NPR saying, "So, really, it's not just Murakami but also the shadow of Borges that hovers over this mesmerizing book. And in that telltale heart, one may detect a slight bow to the American macabre of E.A. Poe. Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind—it does in mine—as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience." Read the full review here.
"Ogawa’s writing is simple and effective, and her technique for merging the tales demonstrates her mastery of the written word. [...] the author paints each tale exquisitely." -Kirkus Reviews
"Weaving together the morbid tales of 11 unnamed narrators, prolific Japanese author Ogawa, a Shirley Jackson Award winner, [...] makes it count with her precision and dedication to bringing the vision full-circle." -Publishers Weekly
Watch the book trailer for REVENGE here. IF YOU DARE!Read more
Happy Monday, librarian friends!
- First and foremost, the RSVP deadline has been moved back for Wednesday's rockin' publisher book buzz in Philadelphia. Please come join us for lunch and a sneak peek at upcoming titles! Contact Anne Silvers Lee at leea-at-freelibrary.org.
- And Ryan Gosling is asking you what the classification number is for love at first sight...Read more