Fabulous Fiction Firsts #60

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison, the 5th in her paranormal mystery Hollows series just made it onto the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers. A hardback debut, it features a Rambo-esque Rachel Morgan - witch and bounty hunter who is assigned to protect an ancient artifact from demons and from Piscary, the vampire master.

With a serial killer on the loose and her werewolf pal being the prime suspect, growing tension at home with vampire roommate and boyfriend Kisten, Rachel’s high-octane supernatural adventures will leave you spellbound and breathless.

This series with a sexy, urban, kick-ass tough female protagonist will appeal to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's erotic Anita Blake (federal marshal, vampire executioner, raiser of the dead) series. and L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legend series with African-American runaway Damali Richards and her eclectic band of guardian protectors/evil vampire fighters. Erotic, pop-fiction gritty and action-packed.

Another first - many authors and publishers are making a splash in the internet. Check out Kim’s spot on MySpace.

Stories From the Sky

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One of the latest additions to NPR's StoryCorps is the story from a flight attendant who took to the skies in the 1940s and loved every minute of her job. Read more about flight attendants in Georgia Panter Nielsen's From Sky Girl to Flight Attendant.

Storytime Scoop

Go wild at the last preschool storytime of the session at Downtown and Pittsfield
with stories filled with jungle animals and jungle noises!

Babymouse!

Jennifer L. Holm has teamed up with her brother Matthew to create Babymouse, an adorable and imaginative comic starring a school-aged mouse and her best friend Wilson the Weasel (who both happen to love monster movies and cupcakes). Anyone who has been through grade school can relate to Babymouse and her problems with meatloaf lunches, lockers, and the incredibly mean Felicia Furrypaws. She gets through it all with the help of her friends and her favorite books. Drawn very simply in black and white with some pink thrown in for flair (and I could have sworn I saw some Ed Emberley animals roaming the school halls).

Kid Bits - Pirates Ahoy!

AAaaargh !!! READ to ME! Melinda Long has made another picture book for land-lubber kids following How I Became a Pirate. Set your telescope for Pirates Don't Change Diapers and begin to make a new treasure map. You might explore pirate facts in books like Daring Pirate Women and Imagine You're a Pirate while you're at it.

Challenges of growing up

Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall offers insight into growing up through her advice-filled personal narrative of Being a Girl. Candid discussion is offered on topics such as developing self-esteem and a positive body image; discovering one's own sense of style; the importance of good nutrition, exercise and sleep; plus coping strategies such as understanding dynamics among family members and friends, dealing with "toxic cliques" and the "queen-bee mentality," and dating and sexuality.

2007 Orange Prize for Fiction - Shortlist

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Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, announces the 2007 shortlist

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk (A perosnal favorite)

The Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.

The Observations by Jane Harris

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

This year’s shortlist honors both new and well-established writers and reflects the international reach of the prize with authors from Nigeria, China, India and America represented. Your vote?

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/15/07)

The allure and mystery of Shakespeare. The world's most famous playwright. THE genius of Western literature. And we know almost nothing about him. A few years ago Stephen Greenblatt wrote a speculative biography Will in the World, lively and informed by years of scholarship. Now Michael Gruber has written a fantastic thriller about a lost, unknown Shakespeare play. Critics have lobbed a few beanballs at The Book of Air and Shadows but many readers are loving it. It enters the List tied for #15 this week.

The four other new entries are all thrillers, too (Obssesion by Jonathan Kellerman, The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag, Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson, and Hunter's Moon by Randy Wayne White)

2007 Pulitzer Prizes announced

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The much-coveted Pulitzer Prizes for 2007 were announced Monday, April 16, 2007.

Among the winners in more than a dozen categories are:

Fiction
Cormac McCarthy for The Road, his dark post-apocalyptic vision of a world gone mad, as a man and his young son journey to the sea, with only their wits, two bullets, and a devolving immorality standing between them and destruction.

History

Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, co-authors of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation won for their riveting account of the best that American journalism used to be, when reporters dug out the truth and brought to light wrongs that needed to be righted.

Biography or Autobiography

Debby Applegate wrote The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother, Henry, was a powerful minister, abolitionist, and intellectual who gripped the public’s interest as much for his beliefs as for his weakness for women.

General Non-Fiction

Lawrence Wright, for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Stunning, carefully researched masterpiece that highlight’s one desperate FBI agent’s desperate race to stop 9/11 before it happened.

RARRARG!*

* Patrick the Wolf Boy

Patrick is a young boy who likes to do all the things that young boys do, only with his own flair—Patrick is a werewolf. He communicates by growling, but his parents and friends understand him just fine. Artist Art Baltazar and writer Franco Aurelian have created a cute and amusing character drawn in a style that pays tribute to 1950s Charles Schulz (Patrick’s shirt is even an invert of Charlie Brown’s).
If you would like to meet the artist, Art Baltazar will be making an appearance at the Motor City Comic Con May 18-20.

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