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Rebecca Rasmussen's *The Bird Sisters* takes wing today!

Today is launch day (flight day?) for Rebecca Rasmussen’s debut novel, The Bird Sisters.

The story of The Bird Sisters is inspired by Rasmussen’s grandmother, who felt a loneliness early in life, with the death of her parents and a tenuous relationship with her sister.  The author reimagines the sisters’ relationship in the tale of Milly [...]

Potentially embarrassing photo and a Slim-Fast giveaway

I’ve mentioned on this blog that at the end of May I’ll be going to New York for BookExpo America.  Yay, I can’t wait for this annual event – “hot titles, cool authors, new connections, old friends …” and … getting lost in Central Park … let’s hear it for tradition!

I’ll wear “business casual” clothes [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: fun incentive to shine a spotlight!

This is FUN!  Have you read any of the Spotlight on Bookstores posts here and thought, “hey, I’d like to tell people about A Wonderful Bookstore!”?  Well, here’s your chance!

Do you read The Olive Reader, the blog of Harper Perennial?  It’s a great place to get info on up-and-coming titles, fun videos (not all relating [...]

Book Giveaway: *My Name is Mary Sutter* by Robin Oliveira

Robin Oliveira’s debut novel, My Name is Mary Sutter, is being published next week. 

Set during the Civil War, the novel is the story of a young midwife’s struggle to become a doctor.  This should appeal to readers interested in history, historical fiction, women’s studies, etc.

Follow this link to enter a giveaway for a signed copy [...]

*The Threadbare Heart* Mother's Day Mini Essay Contest

Jennie Nash is sponsoring a Mother’s Day Mini Essay Contest in celebration of the publication of her latest novel, The Threadbare Heart.

The prizes are fantastic — sure to be a hit with readers, book groups, and anyone who enjoys a tasty treat!

Find all the details here.

Brief thoughts on *Brief Interviews with Hideous Men* by David Foster Wallace (audiobook)

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
Unabridged audiobook; approx. 4 hours on 4 CDs
Publisher: Hachette Audio (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1600247378

Back-of-the-box blurb:  David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In this exuberantly acclaimed collection he combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that [...]

Book Giveaway: *The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott* by Kelly O'Connor McNees

Read it!  Loved it!  Won’t post my review until the end of the month … You can buy it on April 1, or enter my ARC giveaway of Kelly O’Connor McNees The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott … click over to my Giveaways page for details.

(update 4/24/10: the giveaway has ended, this post is [...]

Giveaway: 500 business cards

Uprinting is sponsoring a giveaway for 500 business cards; absoultely free (including shipping!).

Head over to this post on my Giveaways page to read the details and enter the giveaway.

Children's Book Giveaway: *S is for Shamrock* by Eve Bunting

Head over to my Giveaways page to enter to win a Eve Bunting’s S is for Shamrock.  This lovely picture book is an illustrated book of Irish culture, for ages 4-104.

(update:  the Giveaway has ended, and this post is now closed to comments)

Giveaway: *Finn McCool and the Great Fish* by Eve Bunting

We really are enjoying this picture book about the legendary Irish giant. 

Click over to my Giveaways page to enter to win a copy of Eve Bunting’s Finn McCool and the Great Fish.

I have a very cool photo of an unusual rock formation, and another legend to share with you … Céad míle fáilte …