SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session. SYNC is in session this year from May 30 – August 21, 2013.
For those of you in and around Central Ohio, Jeff Shaara, author of A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg, is coming to The Thurber House. Details: Monday, June 03, 7:30pm at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Cost: $20 for adults; $18 for students and seniors
Anne Applebaum compares and contrasts books by Sheryl Sandberg and Hanna Rosin with interesting results. It seems clear to me that Applebaum is arguing for less celebrity based inspirational books by and for women and more well researched books and ideas about how to actually address the very real problems men and women are facing.
Entertainingly exemplifying the maxim that “All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means,” The Human Division is the type of intelligently crafted and inventive military-political science fiction that reminds us that though we might be able to pinpoint a genre’s takeoff point, nobody can predict how far it will fly.
Speaking of Modesty Blaise, see last post, here is the trailer for the 1966 film. It struck me as unintentionally funny but perhaps I was just a litte stir crazy on a Friday afternoon.
An interesting glimpse into the culture and issue of the time. Tracing a character from comic strip to movie to novels over the course of decades. The novel Modesty Blaise (1965) was O’Donnell’s novelization of his (mostly ignored) screenplay for Joseph Losey’s 1966 film of the same name. The warm critical and popular response to Modesty in novel form led to a long-running series. Modesty rarely engaged in Cold War themes, but in The Impossible Virgin she does.
In an effort to support “March into Literacy” Month and youth, USC Rossier Online has created a fun and informative infographic, “The Most Loved Children’s Books,” recounting their favorite books as a way to celebrate children’s literature throughout the years.
For those open to it, I think Bell offers some fresh ways of talking about the way we see the world and what we think we know. And about how the way we see God in history impacts our actions and perspective. I would think it would be a great conversation starter for those who are not open to more conventional approaches to God and church. And that is no small thing.
This Infographic/Poster explains Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure for screenwriting but how applicable is it to novels and/or storytelling in general? Applicable across medium and genre?
Dan Green has an interesting post up at The Reading Experience on The Standard of Literature. Responding to a piece by Alison Walsh on Why writers still need gatekeepers, Dan argues that what is needed is not more gatekeepers but more critics: Editorial gatekeeping is at best a hopelessly subjective …