- A Win-Win Situation: Enter Powell's Books Sci-Fi Sweepstakes for a chance to win — ready for this? — a signed, first edition of the it book of the summer, Justin Cronin's The Passage.
Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin's The Passage. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."
Find the entry form on Facebook, then start wishin' and hopin' and dreamin'...
- The Big Two-Oh: Though the title, I Curse the River of Time, of Indiespensable's latest feature may imply otherwise, we actually couldn't be more pleased to see our baby turn 20! To celebrate, we bring you this newest novel from one of Norway's most notable, award-winning writers, Per Petterson.
Reading a Petterson novel is like falling into a northern landscape painting — all shafts of light and clear palpable chill."
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- Epistolary Experimentation: Ben Greeman's new story collection, What He's Poised to Do, delves into the art of the letter, in its traditional sense as well as its place in fiction. And now, Harper Perennial wants your letters! The idea is to write to a fictional character of your choice and the best, most interesting, strangest, and most moving letters will be collected on LettersWithCharacter.blogspot.com. I'm envisioning a lot of letters like: Dear Edward, I'll die without you! and Dear Jacob, You're so hot! Personally, I don't think that's exactly what they're looking for.
- Baking for a Cause: Powell's is lucky enough to employ enormous culinary talent — much to the delight and benefit of all. Today, we've got even more reason to glut as we support the Powell's Bookers bike team in their fundraising efforts for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with an in-house bake sale. Though we can't share the baked goods, you can get information on events and donations, by visiting the team page on the MS Society's Oregon Chapter website.
Here's just a taste of the amazing concoctions donated by the local talent...
Book News Round-up
- Janet Evanovich as graphic novelist? Okay.... Troublemaker hits the shelves soon, and Dark Horse comic editor Sierra Hahn is just a little bit excited about it.
- When someone starts talking about remaking Stephen King's It, knowing, as we do, that it was one of the few movie adaptations of his novels that didn't totally suck, the adage "Quit while you're ahead" handily presents itself. But, we'll see.
- Concerns that the Internet will soon cause the death of the novel are spreading faster than a computer virus, but as the Telegraph logically points out, "Certainly the internet is a threat to novels, but only to the boring ones." Oh, snap!
- The Onion passes on a story about a New Zealand gentleman who suddenly dropped dead during an evening showing of Eclipse. Autopsy results have not yet been released. (Insert slightly humorous but mostly inane, over-told jokes about bad acting here). But, seriously, maybe just a reread of the book while waiting for Breaking Dawn would suffice. Just sayin'.
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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Powells.com. Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling her four-year-old daughter, cuddling her three month old son, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.
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