Lost Fans Tune into PowellBooks.Blog
Living Lost author J. Wood Analyzes Weekly Episodes
February 12, 2007, Portland, OR On Thursday, February 8, Powell's Books, the revolutionary independent bookseller, welcomed Living Lost author J. Wood to the bookstore's increasingly impressive blog line-up. During Wood's sixteen-week residency, the author will track literary allusions and other elusive details in each new episode of the hit ABC television series Lost.
In Thursday's debut, Wood dissected the show's season premiere, titled "Not in Portland," connecting dots between Lost's characters and drug guru Timothy Leary, the cult film A Clockwork Orange, and Gene Wilder's famous run as Willy Wonka. Each Thursday through the end of Lost's third season, Wood will offer an eye-opening analysis of the previous night's episode, highlighting details that may have been missed in a single viewing and fueling speculation about the fate of the Lost characters. Devoted fans can check the Powell's blog to stay abreast of detailed show information and to join in the lively discussion.
J. Wood's insight and understanding of Lost is shared in his book Living Lost, released in January 2007. "We're grateful that Powell's provides this amazing platform to extend the ideas in Living Lost," said G. K. Darby of Garrett County Press. "The positive response from Powell's customers has us doing cartwheels."
Powell's Books launched its blog in November 2005. Hosted by the passionate employees at Powell's and featuring a lively cast of guests that includes New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, independent recording artist Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave), and designer Chip Kidd, PowellsBooks.blog delivers a variety of timely news, reviews, and commentary, seven days a week.
In creating the blog, Powell's director of marketing and development Dave Weich wanted to share information about literature, the book industry, and authors that does not easily fit into other areas of the Powells.com website. "We have access to information that our customers may not find through traditional media channels," said Weich. "Visiting authors and up-to-date book news, more recommendations than a person can handle — the blog is meant to be a window to that world."
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