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Posts Tagged ‘Lucy Knisley’

NPR Books Reveals Book Concierge App to Help Navigate Best Books of the Year

nprappNPR Books has released a new web app designed to help readers discover what they might like to read among NPR’s best 200 books of the year. The Book Concierge lets you mix and match from 21 different categories of reading. You can combine your moods to come up with what will fit.

When you launch the app, you are greeted with view a visual feed of book covers for all of NPR’s top books of the year. Then on the left hand side bar you can pick and choose tags. For instance, mix “Cookbooks & Food” with “Comis & Graphic Novels” will result in the recommendation that you check out Relish by Lucy Knisley. If you mix “Seriously Great Writing,” with “Memoir & Biography” and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, Fosse by Sam Wasson, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman are among the recommendations. You can link to reviews of the books after you’ve made your choices and see who at NPR recommends the book.

Try it out, it’s a fun way to browse the “best books of the year.”

 

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Howard Kaylan, Lucy Knisley, & Children’s Poets Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Novelist Taiye Selasi will appear at the Center for Fiction to discuss her new book, Ghana Must Go. Hear him on Monday, April 1st starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Howard Kaylan, lead singer of The Turtles, will celebrate the launch of his new memoir, Shell Shocked, at the Grammy Museum. See him on Tuesday, April 2nd starting 7:30 p.m. (Los Angeles, CA)

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Harry Potter Cartoon ‘Summharry’ on Free Poster

Over at The Burrow’s Studio Blog, artist Lucy Knisley has published a massive poster that summarizes the complete plot of the Harry Potter series in a single poster. Follow this link to download and print the free poster.

Knisley has created intricate cartoon stories recapping the story in eight posters (one poster for each film). If you are interested in printing a “Summharry” for a single book in the series, visit this page for individual links.

Here’s more about the art: “For a limited time, I’m offering free downloads of large-format printable versions of all 9 comics, for your own use, and to print a copy for your pleasure at home/at a print shop. Barring stumbling into me in person and asking if I have a bunch of leftover copies (which I do), this will be the only way you can get print versions of these. Please PLEASE don’t use these large-format images in any commercial way (IE: printing them in your publication without my permission, selling posters or t-shirts or lunchboxes using any part or the whole of them).” (Via io9)

Are You a Book Hoarder?

National Post books editor Mark Medley (pictured, via) labeled himself a “book hoarder” in a new essay.

Here’s an excerpt: “I am unable to get rid of any of them. I own some terrible, terrible books — you wouldn’t believe how many crap books get published in this country — but cannot, for the life of me, part with a single one. I am a book hoarder, which, in my line of work, is a troublesome problem to have … Just now, I walked over to the part of the office where mail to me is delivered and counted 15 large containers filled with packages; these have come in the past three or four days. My first impression, upon seeing so many new books in one place, is to dive into them headfirst, like Scrooge McDuck into his vault of gold bullions.”

Do you share his affliction? Twitter research revealed that Medley is not alone. Author Robert Wiersema admitted that he rented a basement suite to use as a study and it now contains “piles of books on the floor and every horizontal surface.” Freehand Books editor Robyn Read regularly shops at garage sales to add to her collection.