Author Sue Monk Kidd Pens Second Novel

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Sue Monk Kidd had modest expectations for her first novel. She hoped it would be liked, might find an audience and, perhaps, make some small contribution to the literary world.

She never anticipated anything like the success of "The Secret Life of Bees."

Read the YAHOO! Article HERE

May 2, 2005 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Apple Retaliates Over Jobs Biography

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Computer Inc. has retaliated against the publisher of an upcoming unauthorized biography about chief executive Steve Jobs by removing dozens of other technology books sold by the publisher from Apple stores around the world.

Apple removed the books last week from all 104 of its stores after failing in a monthlong attempt to persuade John Wiley & Sons not to release "iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business," which is to go on sale within the next six weeks, the publisher said.

Read the AP article HERE

The typically secret Apple company has been recently cracking down on unauthorized releases of information by taking legal action.

April 27, 2005 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Steinbeck's Hometown Battles to Keep Libraries Open

From NPR's Morning Edition

Residents of Salinas, Calif., raise more than $500,000 to keep its public libraries open. Last fall, the hometown of John Steinbeck said it would close its three libraries due to a budget shortfall, which would have made it the largest U.S. city without a public library. The libraries will stay open for now, but their fate is still uncertain.

Listen to the Audio report HERE

This is really depressing. Pennsylvania is also facing a library budget crisis.

April 26, 2005 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Oprah, save us, we can't get by without you

NEW YORK (Reuters)

That's the message from a group of published and award-winning novelists in an open letter to influential television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, begging her to resume picking new novels for members of her popular book club. See the entire news article for details. The letter and a list of signatures can be found HERE.

April 26, 2005 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

BookBrowse.com announces Annual Book Awards

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April 25, 2005. BookBrowse.com, one of the most popular book sites on the internet, announced today the results of its annual awards for the top books of 2004.
Voting was limited to BookBrowse subscribers, who rated each shortlisted book they had read on a 5 point scale. More than 5,000 total votes were cast, and the results were calculated as a function of both quality and popularity.
The winners are: The BookBrowse Diamond Award, Most Popular Book: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult The BookBrowse Sapphire Award, Most Popular Debut: Love In The Driest Season by Neely Tucker The BookBrowse Ruby Award for Most Popular Category Winner: The Enemy by Lee Child.

April 26, 2005 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Currently Reading - Madam Secretary

I'm currently reading the tome "Madam Sectary: A Memoir" written by former Sectary of State Madeline Albright.  I don't often read biographies, especially political ones. In most political autobiographies, it appears that author has an ax to grind. This is definitely not the case with this book. 

Mrs. Albright's Memoir shines a light international political negotiations that the public never seems to hear about.  This book is at times humorous and self effacing and it has renewed my interest in biographies.  I recommend this book.

April 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)