Tag: books

Women and Children First's Top Sellers

Once again it’s time to check in with Jac Jemc and the local shop Women and Children First to see what books are finding good homes this week. 1. Year of Cats & Dogs by Margaret Hawkins 2. Half the Sky – Nicholas Kristof 3. Where We Find Ourselves – Miriam Ben-Yoseph 4. Just Kids... Read more »

Scary reading from around the Web

To help usher in that scary, spooky, creepy Halloween feeling, here are some links to lists of top scary stories, compiled around the Web: Chicago Tribune’s 10 best horror graphic novels for Halloween gallery Amazon.com’s Top scariest books list CNN’s The scariest books of all time list GoodReads’ Best horror novels list Horror Writers Association’s... Read more »

Lit/Tech: Refocusing book signings in an e-reader world

Books aren’t going anywhere, at least not any time soon. However, as technologies rise to deliver literature in many ways, and as we expand our libraries to include e-reader devices and mobile apps, I wonder what the future holds for book signings. Maybe we’ll adopt the screen-and-stylus method used by package-delivery drivers. Perhaps the simple... Read more »

Bookshelf system: How does your library go?

October is National Book Month, and today, I want to talk about how we store our books on our bookshelves. More specifically, I want to see your books on your bookshelves. This weekend, I had an interesting conversation about both creative types of bookstorage (inspiration?) and the many ways people arrange their bookshelves. By color,... Read more »

National book month kicks off with anniversary of Golden Books (remember them?)

Today marks the first day of National Book Month, so it’s like kid-in-candy-store mode here at Subtext. Know what else it is, speaking of kids? Not Chicago, but in nearby Wisconsin, the first twelve Golden Books were first introduced by Western Printing Company on this day in 1942. Remember Golden Books? Which was your favorite?... Read more »

Uncomfortable literary plot summaries

Monkey Muck, a blog I’ve followed for quite a long time now, wrote this hilarious post of uncomfortable literary plot summaries. I particularly like, “The Razor’s Edge: Upper class British twit gets sick of drinking and partying and discovers Buddhism” and “The World According to Garp: Wrestling obsessed writer with a one-eyed son befriends transsexual... Read more »

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is out today. Discuss.

The Lost Symbol, the latest novel by author Dan Brown, was officially unveiled today in bookstores around Chicagoland and online. In a previous post, I discussed Brown’s promotion of the book on Twitter, and since so much of his attention seems to be in that area, I thought I’d follow-up to get some reactions on... Read more »

Dan Brown's 'Lost' marketing opportunity

Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol, is set for release on Tuesday and was described by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos in a note on Amazon’s homepage last week as “one of the most anticipated publishing events of all time” and insists the company is keeping its stash of yet-released copies of the book “under 24-hour... Read more »

The meeting of books and decor

Walk into the home of a reader or writer and you’ll know it right away. Our books aren’t exactly an afterthought. Personally, I have books on my nightstand, books on my living room shelves, books in my home office, books on kitchen shelves and books lining the dining room buffet cabinet. Do I decorate with... Read more »

The questionable future of the book jacket

The future of book jackets is being discussed on NY Observer today, with special attention paid to such jacket-less books as No Impact Man by Colin Beavan, Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne, and The Adderall Diaries by Stephen Elliott, a Chicago native, all due out in September. It’s a small thing, the book jacket, but... Read more »