“Crystal Gardens” by Amanda Quick

“Crystal Gardens” by Amanda Quick

Categories: Historical romance; Paranormal romance; Romantic suspense;  Series: The Ladies of Lantern Street #1 Book source: Public library According to a recent interview with debut novelist Beatriz Williams , Jayne Ann Krentz is trying to “untangle” her three pen names now that she is done writing the Arcane Society novels. … Read more »

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Quote for the day (5/10/2012)

Quote for the day (5/10/2012)

There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion.        — Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)  “Reading Magic,” a $8,500 bronze sculpture by Julie Jones of Fort… Read more »

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Farewell to Maurice Sendak

Farewell to Maurice Sendak

Illustration from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Lovers of children’s books mourn the death of bestselling children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died today in Danbury, Connecticut, at the age of 83.  Sendak is best known for Where the Wild Things Are, the story of young… Read more »

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Review: Pottermore

Review: Pottermore

Now that my work project is completed, I’ve had a little time to get onto Pottermore and play.  My overall reaction is one of mild disappointment oddly coupled with mild enthusiasm.  The additional material is interesting (for instance, the backstories of Vernon and Petunia Dursley and Prof. McGonagall, respectively), and… Read more »

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Announcing the Malice Domestic Convention, 2013

Announcing the Malice Domestic Convention, 2013

Malice Domestic, the convention for mystery authors and readers held annually in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced the dates and  guest list for the 2013 conference. This is the convention which chooses the prestigious Agatha awards.  The convention will be May 3-5, 2013.  Laurie R. King will be the Guest of… Read more »

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Reading Aloud to Children

Reading Aloud to Children

There are lots of ways to help young people develop a love of books.  But the most important begins at home, by showing children the fun and the magic of books.  If you have a child or young adult in your household or family, read to them!  Read every day… Read more »

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These Are Your Kids on Books

These Are Your Kids on Books

Isn’t this a great poster?  It was designed by Mike Anderick for Burning Through Pages, a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to getting kids reading and talking about books.  The poster has gone viral on Facebook. You may have seen it; I’ve shared it myself.  Burning Through Pages gives young readers… Read more »

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