I hope they go in this direction…
We’ll debate about books under-noticed or too much noticed, and celebrate writers we’ve returned to again and again. We’ll recommend and we’ll theorize.
However I hope they’re not going down the road of the New York Review of Books, which seems to have less to do with books than the people writing the essays.
By the way, we hope you realize that “Site of the Week” really means “Site of Whenever We Get Around to It.” (It was much easier to type that sentence than redo the graphic!)
Young Bill Young and I are trying to get back to some normal posting schedule. Unfortunately, we have this thing called a “job” that gets in the way sometimes.
Happy reading, everyone!
“Poetry videos, short story videos, live readings, spoken work performance, audiobook links, animated storytelling videos, documentaries about writers, book trailers, author interviews, and anything else you can think up that combines literature and other media. “ (quote from GalleyCat)
Here’s an example from Reddit’s LitVideos (and it doesn’t hurt that there is a Cat on the page).
You’ll enjoy Joe Lansdale if you haven’t already.
It was only a matter of time before Literary Kitty found a way to make I Can Has Cheezburger the Literary Site of the Week. Funny thing is, my Facebook friend Jay also found the site’s hilarious post featuring “16 classic novels reimagined with cat-centric titles and covers.”
We are having a hard time deciding which book jacket and title are our favorite, but we nominate Catlas Shrugged, The Girl with the Kitten Tattoo, and A Tale of Two Kitties for the grand prize. And surely Litter Box Five would get an honorable mention!
It’s a new year with new dreams and we hope all of our Okie Reads visitors have a great 2012. Don’t forget to have fun. And, please, don’t forget to share loads of love with any furry creatures in your life.
P.S. We can’t guarantee it, but we suspect even a dog-lover like Carrie Coppernoll might appreciate this! LOL
Literary Kitty is happy that we’re getting back on track with our Okie Reads posts, but he has a problem with us. Why, oh why, he wonders, didn’t we include this wonderful list in our last post? Well… gosh. Literary Kitty says “good job!” and then starts his criticism all over again.
He’s right, of course. (He always is.) Time Magazine’s 100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to 2005 is a great list. (Why 1923, you ask? That’s the year Time magazine was born.) More than anything, the list is a great conversation starter. Is the list what you would come up with? What’s missing? Why did Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo come up with these titles? Well, you can find out on Time’s site, but you’ll have to navigate through the 100 one title at a time to read their commentary.
I don’t know whether to be happy or embarrassed by the fact that I’ve only read 12 titles on the list. Of those 12, I can give a thumbs up to:
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
- A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Okie Reads post on Lolita)
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Okie Reads post on Watchmen)
As far as the other four titles, I can probably tell you I was too old to fully appreciate J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and that I was too young to fully appreciate Lord of the Flies, Portnoy’s Complaint and Rabbit Run. Or maybe I just wouldn’t have liked any of them, no matter what my age.
I suppose I should be a little ashamed that I haven’t read many of the classics on the list, such as Catch-22. (My friend Layla is re-reading that book right now.) But I’m really more perplexed why I’ve never cracked Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. I mean, what kind of a sci-fi fan am I, anyway!?
OK, it’s your turn! What do you think about the list? What’s missing? What shouldn’t be there?
Literary Kitty points us to the venerable New York Times web space to illustrate our sites of the week: 100 Notable Books of 2011. Yes, believe it or not, it’s time for those ubiquitous end-of-the-year lists. “Paws” also says these other lists are also great!
Expect to see many more lists as the year winds down.
Literary Kitty also dropped off some other interesting URLs that we’re passing along. Time Magazine’s Veterans Affairs story for their latest issue is titled “For romance readers, a hardy man is good to find.” It’s about the trend away from paranormal Romances in favor of love tomes about our men in uniform. An accompanying video takes us to a Romance Novel cover shoot. (That one’s for you, Tory!)
The web editor at the Hillsdale (MI) College Collegian tells you why she thinks print books are better than e-books.
And, Cult of Mac says “Farenheit 451 Finally Comes to iBooks in a Format that Can Never Be Burned!” OK, there’s some interesting info on Ray Bradbury’s stance on e-books in this article, but we just want to point out…
Literary Kitty is so mad at me and Kitty! He’s been bringing in site suggestions for weeks, and we haven’t been able to get to them because we’ve been running around organizing events, dealing with staff shortages, and putting out fires. (I am happy to report that no books were burned during this flurry of activity.)
Anyway, it’s time to get back on track and make nice with our favorite literate feline.
First up: Vulpes Libris, simply described as “a collective of bibliophiles writing about books.” What kind of books, you ask? We’ll let the site tell you:
With a range of reviewers of such diverse interests, there is very little that Vulpes Libris is not interested in. We cover everything: from picture books to literary fiction; from chicklit and thrillers to works of philosophy and political writings – you name it, we write about it.”
Sounds like Okie Read’s mantra. If it’s between two covers, has printed pages, and we like it, we’ll tell you about it.
Yep, you’ll find it all on Vulpes Libris. Reviews of non-fiction works, adult novels, children’s books, fantasy, and even… gasp!… “serious” literature. Plus there are fun posts like Books: Does Size Matter, and essays of interest, like Steve Jobs: Shedding a tear for someone I didn’t know. The site even has posts celebrating the International Year of Astronomy. And don’t tell Literary Kitty, but we especially enjoyed an entry titled: Dogs in Literature. (We suspect our four-pawed friend dropped the site off because he was especially smitten with this post.)
So there you have it. Many mea culpas to LK, and many happy reads to our Okie Reads family.
The site is big and bold, filled with enough information to make any sci-fi/fantasy fan drool. The book reviews are thoughtful and professional, and there are exclusive interviews with authors in the field. Spotlights is a feature which focuses on notable books coming out each month, although it appears they lost interest in including graphic novels a few years back. Upcoming Releases is a detailed listing of titles that are heading our way. (It’s like the biggest buffet ever!)
Or, you may want to start with their substantial Best of Lists, produced by Fantasy Book Critic’s contributors. The feature includes End of the Year Best of Lists, Best of Genres, Best of Upcoming Releases, and any other Best of Lists.
As with many weblogs, the search function isn’t up to par with the best search functions on traditional websites, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring this great site. It gets a Literary Kitty stamp of approval. Meow!
An interesting little book just crossed my desk, A Year in the Life of Oklahoma. For example, on this day, August 5th, 1903, JOE “IRON MAN” MCGINNITY of McAlester, Oklahoma pitched and won both ends of a doubleheader for the major league baseball New York Giants. He earned his nickname working in coal mines in southeast Oklahoma. He had two 30-win seasons and eight 20-win campaigns in ten years in the majors. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.
This book is written by Oklahoma historian, Bob Burke and I can see that it would really come in handy for teachers, writers, history buffs, and a fun book for kids.
Just got my e-newsletter from University of Oklahoma Press. Looks like interesting new arrivals and recent releases. My favorite is by John Wooley, Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema. You probably recognize his name from his very popular book on Oklahoma music, Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Colors of Oklahoma Music.
And since I just found this website and want to put it up on our links list, Here’s a literary kittie moment,
Go to ShelfAwareness. This blog hosts two newsletters, one for Readers and one for folks (like librarians and booksellers) in the book trade. You can get the newsletters sent to you directly or just stop by for a read. The Book Trade newsletter comes out each morning with essential information for booksellers, librarians, book buyers at nontraditional stores, members of the media, marketers, salespeople, publishers, including news about titles coming out now, titles getting buzz in the media, authors on major shows movie tie-ins, sleepers, news about the business, tips on how to sell, etc.
The Readers newsletter comes out Tuesdays and Fridays with the best 25 books coming out in the week as selected by industry insiders.
Articles, reviews, author interviews and events. Latest from twitter followers. This is a great find.
It’s 110 in the shade! You need something to cool your body and your head! The ungodly hot weather is the inspiration for this week’s Literary Site. Literary Kitty has been panting the last few times he’s brought in the weekly selection. (You know it’s really hot when a cat looks like a smiling dog. Pant, pant!) So, obviously, something refreshing was called for.
Nordic Noir Book Club is just the ticket. I just finished reading Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman (review to come later this week), and I have to tell you that one of the things I enjoyed most about the book was its cold, icy setting. Summer really is the perfect time to pick up a mystery from the Nordic countries. Brrrr! Happy reading!
It was a hot Memorial Day weekend, so I was inside flipping channels and happened on BookTV. A friend of mine said he thought BookTV was an oxymoron. I used to watch it but got really tired of an abundance of war books and gloom & doom economy tales.
Literary Kittie and I settled down, with beverage in hand, to watch a fascinating discussion by Gwen Ifill and Michele Norris on the topic, “Does Race Still Matter?” And it looks like BookTv is going to replay it, (fortunately for you)
June 13th, 4:00 (ET)
Approx. 55 min.
2011 Annapolis Book Festival: Does Race Still Matter
Gwen Ifill has written The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, and her friend Michele Norris, wrote The Grace of Silence: A Memoir. As a result of their many book tours and subsequent conversations with each other, they became aware Americans have a hard time talking about race. I know as a white person I’m always afraid of saying the wrong thing or appearing racist if I blunder into some unknown territory.
I think it was Michele Norris who said the important idea we need to take away from talking about race is: Race is not the same as Racism. We should be able to share our diversity and learn to have open conversations with each other even if it starts out uncomfortable. (Of course if you listen to the playback you’ll see she says this much better than I am).
Then we watched Janny Scott, “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother.” http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Janny Stanley Ann Dunham sounds like a fascinating woman, who we know very little about except for some campaign soundbites. Ms Scott has brought great enthusiasm to the telling her story.
There was a BookExpo panel from the folks at Library Journal and some other librarians. I’m so glad the video is available because I missed a little bit at the first of it and I didn’t have a chance to write down titles. The “Books for Dudes” guy is hysterical. See also Earlyword.com
And for even more diversity of topic, Sam Brower was discussing his soon to be released (October 2011) book Prophet’s Prey. It’s about his investigation into the Fundamentalist Church of the Later Day Saints and Warren Jeffs.
I think that was what made my visit back to BookTV so engaging this time around. Lot’s of different books and topics. Literary Kittie and I will visit more often. (We’ve also discovered the BookTV schedule, duh)