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Jeff Kinney packed the house (and the parking lot)!

Estimates varied, but consensus seems to be around 800 people... The line went through kids, down through the cafe, through the middle level, down through the old part of the store and out the door. Here is a picture of the end of the line around 6:30... Many happy kids and many new faces!


The irrelevant moon

Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers at night Can become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the moon is full and bright.

Except in The Wolf Gift.

There were a lot of things that I didn't like about Anne Rice's new novel. What I particularly disliked was her chronic disregard for the rules and regulations of wolf lore. I know that Ms. Rice is a justly celebrated author, but that doesn't mean she can completely jettison the guidelines that existed in the Sacred Werewolf Handbook long before Lon Chaney, Jr. was born. Rice may have given vampires a new lease on life, but her spin on lycanthropes is more loony than lupus.

Imagine, rendering the moon impotent! Pronouncing that shining orb in the night sky irrelevant in a story about a werewolf is like saying that Russia was inconsequential to Doctor Zhivago. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780307742100
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Published: Anchor - January 29th, 2013

Long Walk

Back at Christmas, I wrote about a favorite Christmas title by Linda Sue Park. Recently I found her latest novel, Long Walk to Water. Based on a true story, Park follows Nya in 2008 and Salva in 1985. While they come from warring tribes they have one thing in common. They walk. This may not seem like an unusual thing, but it is the why they walk that is important. Park tells the story of the Sudan with the words of two children, close in age but very different, in parallel stories.

Salva is what will become known as a “Lost Boy” of the Sudan. During school one day, the gunfire is heard. His teacher, trying to protect the boys, tells them to hide in the brush, do not go back to the village. This starts his journey of many different, but all equal treacherous and dangerous “walks.” He walks away from the fighting of the rebels of the south and government of the north. He walks away from hunger, pain and suffering only to find himself in refugee camps. Only to realize there is little here for him as well. It is not until his name is placed on the list of boys to go to America does his life change. It is here that he finally realizes how he can help his war torn nation. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780547577319
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2011

Report from New Orleans

I ordered a tropical drink. No umbrella. Well that was fun.

It's been a week since Chris and I returned from Winter Institute, the American Booksellers Association's annual education-oriented, non-trade show event. I'll say this. New Orleans is about as unlike Vermont as you can get and still be in this country. I went to a club that played only 80's music while projecting an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie on a screen as two people of indeterminate gender danced on either side of the stage. I experienced the sublime pleasure of hearing Ellis Marsalis's quartet at the legendary Snug Harbor. I rode a trolley. I ate po' boys, boudin balls, and Krispy Kreme bread pudding from a truck.  And on my last morning there, comfortable in a short-sleeved shirt, I dined outside on beignets and coffee. Only to return that same night to a frigid and windy welcome home. Somehow I was glad to be here.

Surprisingly, my time in New Orleans wasn't all about music and eating. There were hundreds of booksellers there with the common purpose of trying to learn how to be better booksellers. In these tumultuous times, the mood was hopeful, if not positive, if not downright buoyant.  Across the country bookstores of all sizes, serving all kinds of markets reported having great holiday seasons. Smart and creative people abound in the world of independent bookselling and if you don't learn something of value while spending three or four days in their midst, well, you have to be really hung over.

In addition to our bookselling peers, publishers and authors were at Winter Institute in force. There was tremendous buzz about Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son which is now available and getting stellar reviews. If this novel piques your interest in fiction about North Korea, author and Winter Institute attendee  Brandon Jones will publish All Woman and Springtime this May. Of Jones's first novel, Alice Walker says, "One of the most absorbing, chilling, beautifully written, and important novels I've read in many years."   I continue to carry the flag for Buzz Bissinger's Father's Day, the amazing story about his remarkable son due in May. It was a pleasure meeting Richard Ford whose Canada (June) Alden reviewed here last week. Since leaving Louisiana, I have immersed myself in this long-awaited new novel from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author whose last book, The Lay of the Land, was a favorite of mine in 2006. I'm also excited about Capital, by John Lanchester (also due in June) whose The Debt to Pleasure made a literary splash in 1996. (READ MORE)


The sparks fly upward

Aloneness isn't the same as loneliness. It is much more terrifying. Richard Ford's new novel, Canada, is about the kind of aloneness that can only be experienced by someone who is very young.

Dell and Berner Parsons are 15-year-old twins. They live in Great Falls, Montana with their oddly-matched parents. Their father, Bev, a gregarious, handsome country boy from Alabama, seemed an unlikely choice for Neeva Kamper, a short, intense woman tending a blossoming disappointment with life that her husband only succeeded in fertilizing, both literally and figuratively. A physical attraction the night that they met left Neeva pregnant and Bev, a sucker for old fashioned values, with no choice but to do the right thing. The attraction was short-lived and, from time to time, Neeva has thought about leaving him and her suffocating existence in Montana. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780061692031
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Published: Ecco - January 22nd, 2013

Baby it's warm outside.

Winter is here and some of us are not the outdoors type. We are the “go-to-the-bookstore-to-stock-up- on-goodies” type.  We get books, toys, even book lights for when the day starts to turn night. For us curling up under a blanket with good books help make the winter chill a little chilly.

Starting with a gem for you, our intrepid page-adventurer, we have Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer.  Bet you did not know that winter is the actually the warmest season we have. The young narrator of this delightful picture book explains why. Beautifully illustrated on watercolor paper, the simple, yet fantastically warm, text shows why you just might have to dream about summer to cool off from all the wonderful warmth that winter creates. So, grab a hot cup of chocolate, snuggle up by a burning fire, put on your pajamas with big warm feet and enjoy!

Perhaps you wish to stop thinking of snow and start thinking beach…and bats.  Are bats a beach going crowd? They are in Brian Lies book Bats at the BeachWhat do bat families do when it is a nice summer evening? (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780152049676
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2006


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