Earlier in the year, we encouraged Eagle area kids to participate in a cat calendar contest being run by Baker & Taylor, one of our book vendors. We received about a dozen entries and proudly sent them in. The list of winners has been released, along with the winners' drawings. It's an international group, with one Canadian winner and one from India. Take a look at the winners here. Honorable mention winners are here.
We all studied the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World--the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, etc., etc. Most of those have been swept away over the course of the last several millenia and are no longer available for swarming around with digital cameras. Now we need new Wonders of the World! Here's your opportunity to vote! New Seven Wonders, gives people the opportunity to vote on what the Seven Wonders of the World ought to be.
Author Alice Munro has published a new collection of short stories, The View from Castle Rock: Stories. Powells has posted a review, written by Deborah Eisenberg. Fans of Ms. Munro will enjoy the stories; those who've not yet made Ms. Munro's acquaintance will be intrigued.
Readers will find the familiar joys of Munro's writing -- the breathtaking accuracy of observation; the apparently casual narrative that turns out to have led inexorably to some inescapable juncture; the disarming directness of expression; the author's ability to captivate us immediately and draw us gradually into strange, intense, lingering states of mind; the flashes of deadpan satire; the penetrating social vision; the inimitable blend of cool scrutiny and profound empathy. But The View From Castle Rock is not only every bit as beautiful and substantial a work as Munro's readers might hope for; it is also a work of dizzying originality. In fact, it creates an entirely new category of book into which only it can fall.
Looking for a special book or two for the children on your gift list? Here are results of a survey of independent booksellers about children's books that are exciting them the most this holiday season.
This link is courtesy of Tasha of Kids Lit, who points out that a list like this is a much different animal that a best-seller list or any other "best of" listing.