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RAUNCON asks: Where do you learn about books?

When librarians registered for this year’s Unconference, we asked them: Where do you learn about books? Many librarians, especially those new to RA, are overwhelmed by the sheer number of books in the world, and we wanted to make a helpful list of resources that are actually used on a regular basis. Here, in order of how often they were named, is where the several dozen RAUNCON librarians learn about books:

Feel free to add your own to the list, or to register–registration for Friday’s Unconference closes today!

Hey Tumblr fam. Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle, the sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World, is available in the United States TODAY! You may remember Vivian from back in January, when we all reblogbookclubbed about Book One, took sledgehammer selfies, made road trip playlists, and screamed in hysterical delight at Simini Blocker’s gorgeous fanart. Well, now Viv, Harp, and Peter are back in the continuation (and end) of their story, and Kirkus says that Coyle (that’s me) “adeptly handles an exceptionally multifaceted plot, easily segueing from snarky social criticism to heart-pounding action to stomach-fluttering romance, creating a breathless whirlwind that keeps the pages flying until the very end.” FLYING PAGES! FEMALE FRIENDSHIP! EVIL CORPORATIONS! DREAMY BLUE-EYED BOYS! A LOT OF JOKES! ACTION SEQUENCES! FEMINISM! These are just some of the things you can find in the Vivian Apple duology.

I’m excited. You’re excited. We’re all excited! But let’s keep our eyes on the prize. Here are some places where you can buy Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle:

Probably more places, too! I don’t even know! You’re smart; figure it out!

If you’ve already bought my books, thank you. If you’re planning to buy my books, thank you. If you’ve heard about my books and not read them yet but think that at some point in the future you’d consider checking them out from the library and then possibly buying a copy if you really really like it, thank you. Writing books is a strange, often lonely, always tenuous business, but it is made magical and so fun if and when anybody actually reads the books you’ve written. My job for the last year has been pretty damn magical and fun, and I can’t really express how much that comes down to you.

I will be very much around the internets these next couple of days to chat with you guys and reblog pictures of you holding my books if you’re so inclined to post them. LET’S DANCE!

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Reviewing Humility

Kirkus Reviews Blog: Young Adult: Reviewing Humility

I hesitated to link to this earlier lest it seem too self-congratulatory, but I really do want people to see it, because Vicky Smith has some good thoughts about reading here, particularly about reading to review for young readers.

I was also really touched by it– it’s always wonderful to hear that your thoughts have given someone else thoughts of their own, and I hadn’t thought about humility (and, as Smith says, “an open and generous mind”) and its relationship to reviewing, since I’m not a reviewer myself.

If you want to read the speech that this article refers to, you can do that here. (Thanks to the Divergent Examiner! May her hands take a good long break.)

As press for my upcoming graphic memoir, Tomboy, start trickling in, I am very excited to announce that it has received a coveted Starred review in Kirkus Reviews!

Every time this book gets a good write-up, I breathe a hugh sigh of relief: I have never written anything so personal, and to find that other people relate to the book, and think it is a important voice about gender, is hugely satisfying.  Writing a memoir is terrifying, laying yourself bare is a big risk; hearing that the book’s intended result is intact makes it all worthwhile.  Hopefully this is just the first of many enthusiastic reviews that the book will receive, but for now, I’m on cloud nine.  Click here to read the entire review,  and be sure to request Tomboy from your favorite local bookstore and library so that you can get a copy when it is released on September 2nd! 

Mavis Gallant, 1922–2014

Photo: Mavis Gallant and Aleksandar Wat, Venice, July 1957 © Aleksander Wat; NYRB Classics also publishes Wat’s memoir, My Century.

We were very sad to hear of the passing of short-story writer Mavis Gallant yesterday. Her spirit will be missed.

We’ve pulled together some of our favorite pieces on Gallant from the last two days (as well as one oldie) below:

  • Mavis Gallant’s Art of Fiction interview in The Paris Review
  • Kirkus’ lovely tribute to Gallant’s life–and that photo! “She lived ‘on bread, wine, and mortadella’…”
  • The Leonard Lopate Show’s tribute reprise of their 2006 interview with the author and a celebration of her as “one of the few who did succeed” in finding fame when she moved to Paris as a young writer.
  • The Globe and Mail’s excellent obituary for Gallant, a Canadian.
  • Though you need to be a subscriber to read all but one, The New Yorker’s list of stories by Gallant from the magazine is nonetheless a wonderful reminder that, though she led a somewhat quiet career, she was a force to be reckoned with.

Mavis Gallant’s story collections Paris Stories, Varieties of Exile, and The Cost of Living are all available as NYRB Classics.

You know that feeling of an amazing song on repeat?

Well I’ve been feeling that for the past 3 days. Power Glove on repeat in the car, at home, in my mind everywhere else. I can’t get enough of that intro, I’m tellin you. Been putting me in such a mood.

Deh.. duh deh duh dehh duhh dehhh duuhhhr..pdd-DDdd-Dd-dd-dD-d shhheewwwuuwwhh.. rrwwweehh I love the power glove….the power glove.

Audience engagement is crucial to me. I imagine it from the moment I begin writing. This work of written language, it’s utterly social. So to me these other ways of bringing poems into the world—whether over the phone, face to face, in a printed book or through Skype—are very logical extensions of the act of putting words down on a sheet of paper. I know that my voice and body are one means of transmission, and that I only get so long to use it, so I want to participate in that transmission as much as I can for now.
—  Heather Christle, interviewed by Jessa Crispin for Kirkus

I am lazy this morning and I am watching this scene in bed over and over again… You might call me crazy, my hubby would if he would be here… *smiles*
Do you realize that she is alread smiling when he addresses her? So cute… You can tell me what you want, but the way they are acting around each other in this tiny scene shows me, that something has indeed happened that was not displayed to the audience. I want this next movie!!!!

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HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL by Robin Herrera

Debut author Herrera deftly combines family drama with a school and friendship story.

Kirkus reviewed my book and was not totally mean about it! (Can I say that?)

CHOICE QUOTES:

“The author handles the Mackie family’s financial and domestic situation with delicacy and respect, allowing readers to gradually get to know the difficulties her characters face.” SO DELICATELY

“…the poems and ideas shared by Star and the members of her Emily Dickinson Club are intriguing and inspiring…” INTRIGUING and INSPIRING are two words that start with ‘I’!

“Well-constructed, thought-provoking and appealing, this first effort bodes well for the author’s future…” MY FUTURE BODES

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Sluggo, KirKus, Lank - We Kill Everything (Liquid Stranger Remix)

Man, this is huge. You like Rottun, you like it ;)