- Review: 'The Road Back to Sweetgrass,' by Linda LeGarde Grover
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 02:47 PM
FICTION: A companion to the award-winning collection “The Dance Boots,” this debut novel follows the lives of three Ojibwe women in northern Minnesota.
- Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes
Washington Post, Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 04:47 AM
Literacy organizations from Oregon to Turkey are among the winners of this year’s Library of Congress Literacy Awards, announced Saturday at the National Book Festival in Washington. The prizes are funded by Washington-based philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. Read full article >>
- ‘The Language of Houses’ by Alison Lurie often speaks in paper-thin generalities
Washington Post, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 06:48 PM
THE LANGUAGE OF HOUSESAbook with the premise of decoding the unspoken language of houses, written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, certainly has all the makings of an architecture geek’s summer beach read. All the more so because it shies away from an exhaustive summary of materials and styles (parsing the difference between Doric and Corinthian columns is kept to a minimum) and instead takes a broad look at the design of museums, residences, schools, prisons and restaurants — to name a few of the featured categories — and how they have evolved over time.
- Paperback Row
New York Times: Books, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 10:49 AM
Paperback books of particular interest.
- ‘The Derek Smith Omnibus,’ by Derek Howe Smith
Washington Post, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 02:47 PM
THE DEREK SMITH OMNIBUS Whistle Up the Devil; Come to Paddington Fair; Model for Murder; The Imperfect Crime By Derek Howe Smith Locked Room International. 621 pp. Paperback, $29.99 Read full article >>
- James McBride to headline the fall English @ Minnesota series
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 12:47 PM
The free writers series at the University of Minnesota hosts five readings and a conference.
- New romance novels from Kristen Callihan, Rachel Gibson and Monica McCarty
Washington Post, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 04:47 PM
When it comes to love, the English language bears no shortage of cliches. Somewhere between “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “Love is blind” is the old chestnut “Love strikes when you least expect it.” Anyone who has tried to meet a sweetheart online knows that this adage can be more fiction than fact, but there are great rewards in the unexpected love story: spilled coffee in a crowded elevator, eyes meeting on the Metro, sheepish acknowledgment as two single parents pick up their kids on the first day of school.
- Children’s Books: ‘Viva Frida’ and ‘Frida & Diego’
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 11:20 AM
Two new books present the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in striking ways.
- Reviews: 'The Objects of her Affection,' by Sonya Cobb, and 'The Family Romanov,' by Candace Fleming
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 08:47 AM
- Edward Hirsch’s ‘Gabriel’ and the poetry of lamentation
Washington Post, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 06:47 AM
For a couple of years in the early 2000s, Edward Hirsch wrote a popular column for Book World called “Poet’s Choice.” Every week, with great intelligence and wit, he taught us how to appreciate poems from around the world. Read full article >>
- Time for a Woman to Run the Pentagon
Wall Street Journal: Books, Saturday - 08/23/2014 - 12:47 PM
Essay: The U. S. could well have its first female commander in chief before it gets its first female secretary of defense.
- National Book Festival: Special events and signings
Washington Post, Friday - 08/22/2014 - 02:47 PM
10-10:45 Valerie Miles, an American writer, editor and translator who lives in Spain, is the co-founder of Granta en español. An English translation of her book “A Thousand Forests in One Acorn” — a collection of works by and interviews with influential Spanish-language authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa and Carlos Fuentes — will be published in Sept.
- ‘Whatever Happened to the Metric System?’ by John Bemelmans Marciano
New York Times: Books, Friday - 08/22/2014 - 01:40 PM
Most of the world is on the metric system; why isn’t America?