We're off to PLA on Tuesday, so this will be our last post until next Monday. If you're also going to be in Philly this week, please stop by our booth (#1540) and join us for our many wonderful author signings and events! We want to see you! See our full PLA schedule under Conference Info.
And take a peek at Talia's slides for the Book Buzz presentations with Nancy Pearl (link).
While we're away, take a minute to enter the Jackie Collins "Pink" Collection Giveaway for a chance to win some excellent signed Jackie Collins books and audio books!
Three of our excellent titles were longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan, TIDES OF WAR by Stella Tillyard, and THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman! See the full longlist here.
Take another look at the letter we posted last week from author and librarian Eleanor Kuhns to librarians (link). Also, our buddies at Minotaur Books are running an A SIMPLE MURDER Advance Readers' Edition Sweepstakes right now! Enter here for a chance to win a galley.Read more
Eviction Notice by K'wan
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Excellent picks, Library Journal! If you readers want to see all of Library Journal's great picks from 2011, you can see their "best of" lists right here.Read more
In an audio clip (found here), Tillyard offers some insight into her process of deciding to write pure fiction,
"Although I've made a living as a writer of history and historical biography for the last 20 years, I was not trained as a historian, but in literature and art history. I studied English at Oxford and then wrote a PhD about art criticism. After that, I went for a year to Harvard and ended up staying in the U.S., teaching first at Harvard and then at UCLA. In LA I began the book that became ARISTOCRATS about four 18th century sisters. So first and foremost, I've always been a teller of human stories. The history came along with the people I wrote about. After three historical biographies I thought, why not tell a pure story? And also, you've always longed to write fiction and if not now, when?"
"Tillyard is at her best with historical figures and when depicting the era; readers share Harriet’s discovery of the waltz, Jane Austen, and ice cream, and witness cutting-edge battlefield surgeries under real-life Surgeon Gen. James McGrigor." -Publishers Weekly, on TIDES OF WAR
"Told in a somewhat elevated style that simultaneously honors and updates the rhetorical heights of classic Greek histories, Hanson’s novel is both old-fashioned and lively. Given his notable body of work, it’s no wonder that his first fiction effort is rich in authentic detail and narrated with a confident authorial voice. His vigorous narrative not only offers insight into arms and armor, but also into the hearts of the men who bore them." -Publishers Weekly, on THE END OF SPARTARead more