New England Publisher Spotlight: Candlewick Press

Posted August 23, 2016 by Lory in publishers / 7 Comments
New England Publisher Spotlight: Candlewick Press

Within the clean-lined, warmly-hued facade of a one-story building located near the bustle of Somerville’s Davis Square shines one of the brightest lights in independent publishing today. Founded by the British Walker Books Group in 1990, Candlewick Press opened its doors with only six employees. Today, that number is nearly one hundred, all working hard […]

Divider

How do you follow other blogs?

Posted August 21, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 38 Comments
How do you follow other blogs?

I was not a follower before I became a blogger; I only became aware of the enormous number of wonderful book blogs once I started writing one myself two and a half years ago. Once I did learn of this abundance, I had to find some way to navigate it that made sense for me. […]

Divider

Reading New England: Two freedom fighters

Posted August 19, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
Reading New England: Two freedom fighters

Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain (1942) M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (2006, 2008) A few weeks ago, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where there is a room full of portraits of prominent Boston revolutionaries. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and others — […]

Divider

New Release Review: Carry On

Posted August 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
New Release Review: Carry On

Lisa Fenn, Carry On (2016) At the rare times when I watch sporting events (mostly during the Olympics), I’m less drawn in by the goals and records scored than by the human interest stories that sportscasters concoct to tug at our heartstrings and make us feel the emotions we have in common with these amazing […]

Divider

Reading New England: Children’s and YA

Posted August 2, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 15 Comments
Reading New England: Children’s and YA

As a child, I always welcomed summer because I could finally enjoy lots of uninterrupted reading time — so August seemed to be the perfect month to celebrate books for children and young adults in the Reading New England challenge. And there are plenty of books to celebrate. New England has long been a favored […]

Divider

Month in Review: July 2016

Posted July 31, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 27 Comments
Month in Review: July 2016

Book of the Month This month, I was most impressed by The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. It’s a fantastically-written revisionist view of the American War of Independence, largely from the point of view of a slave who has grown up as the subject of experimentation by his white masters. I’ll […]

Divider

Away in Quebec

Posted July 26, 2016 by Lory in announcements, blog housekeeping / 7 Comments
Away in Quebec

And now I’m off for a week visiting friends in Quebec — including a jaunt to Quebec City, setting of one of my favorite books from last year, Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather. Of course, I need to reread that now… Things will be a bit slow around here for a while, what […]

Divider

Link Love: July 2016

Posted July 24, 2016 by Lory in links / 12 Comments
Link Love: July 2016

Review of the Month This month, I had to pick a review that simply made me laugh: Jenny’s hilarious tear-down of The Little Paris Bookshop at Shelf Love. There’s no accounting for taste, as this has been an international bestseller with some rave reviews — but I think I’m going to trust Jenny’s opinion and […]

Divider