Posts Tagged ‘Indie’

26th September
2013
written by ReedenWright

Finding God in a Bag of Groceries

I went to the Christian Products Expo (CPE) in Murfreesboro TN last weekend for my “other job,” as the Executive Director of the Episcopal Booksellers Association.  There were lots of Christian booksellers, publishers and giftware sellers. Laura Lapins Willis was the speaker at our annual dinner meeting. She wrote the book Finding God in a Bag of Groceries, about her experience running a food pantry. Laura is a wonderful speaker and her book is truly great. Though she is a Christian and the book is about finding grace in service to the Lord, it is not preachy or boring!

Read all types of nonfiction globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore (or your favorite church-affiliated bookstore) and keep more revenue in your community.

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10th September
2013
written by ReedenWright

Since its 2003 publication, Dragonology, or “Ology 1,” as it is known in-house, has sold three million copies worldwide, and six million including its companion titles. Altogether, the 11 books that make up the core series and their spin-offs have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide in 42 languages. A 12th title, Dinosaurology: The Search for a Lost World, is due to be released next month with a 100,000-copy first printing.

The Complete Ologies, So Far:

1. Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (2003)
2. Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris (2004)
3. Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin (2005)
4. Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter’s Companion (2006)
5. Mythology (2007)
6. Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts (2008)
7. Spyology: The Complete Guide to Spycraft (2008)
8. Oceanology (2009)
9. Vampireology (2010)
10. Alienology (2010)
11. Illusionology: The Secret Science of Magic (2012)
12. Dinosaurology: The Search for a Lost World (Sept. 2013

 

Read all the Ologies globally, but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

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4th September
2013
written by ReedenWright

A new Hercule Poirot novel will be published next year, nearly 40 years after the publication of the final book featuring Agatha Christie‘s famous detective.

Sophie Hannah will write the fully-authorized Poirot novel, and William Morrow will publish the “diabolically clever murder mystery” September 2014. Hanna has written eight crime fiction novels, nine books of poetry and several children’s books.

Christie wrote 66 detective novels, introducing Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold 4 billion copies.

Christie introduces Poirot in her first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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22nd August
2013
written by ReedenWright

What would make facing nights of homework so totally worth it? Winning 21 books in a Teenreads.com tote bag, of course! Including The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White, Asylum by Madeleine Roux, and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

In our very first Back to School Book Bag Giveaway five winners will win just that, with the ability to swap them with your friends bet ween classes or get on the librarian’s good side by donating them to your school’s library! Fill out this form before Monday, September 9th to enter to win!

Read YA globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

 

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19th August
2013
written by ReedenWright

JOURNEY

Journey (Candlewick Press) by Aaron Becker – in this debut (wordless) storybook a lonely girl escapes the boredom of a sepia-toned world by drawing a doorway to a magical realm. For ages 4-8.

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Ike’s Incredible Ink (Candlewick Press) by Brianne Farley - Ike wants to write a story, an incredible story. He’s all ready to go, but even after cleaning his room and calling his best friend, he somehow can’t seem to get started. And then Ike realizes what’s missing — he needs new ink. His very own ink, made from just the right ingredients. Now what can Ike find that is velvety, dark, and sneaky, just like ink? How far will he go to get it? Ages 3-8.

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Dinosaur Kisses (Candlewick Press) by David Ezra Stein - Can Dina figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first? Ages 2-5

Read children’s books globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

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3rd August
2013
written by ReedenWright

The Fifth Annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is now open. Deadline is September 1, 2013.  This year’s contest will be judged by Sean Lovelace, an English professor at Ball State University.

All entrants will receive a one year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in September.

Read and write Nano Fiction globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

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3rd August
2013
written by ReedenWright

Blue Mesa Review(BMR) is a literary magazine published annually by the creative writing department at the University of New Mexico. They accept submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

The 2013 Fiction contest will be judged by Sherman Alexie, a poet, writer and film maker who has won an American Book Award, a National Book Award and the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

The 2013 Poetry contest will be judged by Michael Dickman, an American poet who won the 2010 James Laughlin Award.

Please read the submission instructions and get your entries in by August 31, 2013.

Read and write fiction and poetry globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.  

 

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30th July
2013
written by ReedenWright

 

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Bobbi Dumas has initiated National Read a Romance Month for August 2013. There are 93 romance writers lined up to participate. Along with these writers and several publishers  there will be contests and giveaways. The grand prize is a iPad Mini and 31 Grand Central Forever e-books.

According to Bobbi, “Romance matters.  Romance novels amuse, entertain and allow us to escape into worlds of passion, intrigue, fantasy and Happily Ever Afters. They touch us, make us laugh and cry, and sometimes remind us that we are capable of more than we give ourselves credit for.”

The authors participating are a Who’s Who of Romance. Included are Jayne Ann Krentz, Barbara Delinsky, Christina Dodd, Robyn Carr, and Mary Kay Andrews.  See the entire list here.

 

 

Read romance globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

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25th July
2013
written by ReedenWright

From GalleyCat:

John Espinosa Nelson, a former inmate is raising funds on Kickstarter to get his memoir published.  Nelson says the memoir, Where Excuses Go to Die, is “not a plea for sympathy for criminals and convicts.” It is about “the discovery of personal ethics.”

He says that having access to books was one of the things that saved him while he was in prison.  He gave the following list of places that will accept book donations.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

UC Books to Prisoners

Athens Books to Prisoners

The Prisoners Literature Project

Women’s Prison Book Project

Read Between the Bars

Left Bank Books/Books to Prisoners

Prison Book Program

There are many other organizations that send books to prisoners. There may be one in your community.

Read globally but buy and donate books from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

 

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23rd July
2013
written by ReedenWright

From an article in the Daily Beast:

The committee for the Man Booker Prize, the prestigious British literary award that has been criticized in the past for elitism, is touting “the most diverse longlist” in the prize’s history. Seven of the 13 longlisted authors are women, and seven different countries are represented on the list. Eleanor Catton, 27, is the youngest author on the list, with her 832-page novel, The Luminaries. Only two of the nominees—Colm Tóibín and Jim Crace—have been shortlisted before. The winner of the 2013 prize will be announced on October 15.

Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire

NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

Jim Crace, Harvest

Eve Harris, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (to be released 9/13)

Richard HouseThe Kills

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

Alison MacLeod, Unexploded

Colum McCann, TransAtlantic

Charlotte MendelsonAlmost English

Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart

Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary

 

Read award-winning literature globally but buy from your local indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.

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