Wednesday, October 28, 2009

THE Bookish Woman

Congratulations to Hailey, the winner of our Face of Bookish Women contest! Her super cute picture of herself, her baby, her book, and her food won many of our hearts. She won a Bookish Women tote bag and a copy of Kate Umansky's SOLOMON SNOW AND THE SILVER SPOON (a fabulous middle-grade novel). Katie and Hilary took second and third places in our contest and also won tote bags. All three of these gals will look sooooooooo stylin' when they go to the library, don't you think?

One side of bag (I need to figure out how to flip images!):

Other side of bag:

April did a great job of leading our discussion on Elie Wiesel's NIGHT and Livia Bitton-Jackson's I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS, two non-fiction Holocaust accounts. Thanks, April! And thank you, everyone who came. The company, conversation, and autumn drinks were all very good.

In other news, Katie L. is going to lead our discussion of Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest." Mark your calendars for November 19th from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Note that this is a Thursday! Location will be announced a little closer to the date.

As always, even if you don't get the chance to read our book club books, there is so much that can be learned from out get-togethers. Plus, we have a lot of fun. So please come!

FYI: I've included the notes from our book club discussion of PETER PAN on the post with the September date.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Location for Book Club

Book Club will be held in the back room at Sisters Brew (218 S. Main Street) this Wednesday, the 28th, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Sisters Brew is a nice coffeehouse serving plenty of hot drinks, not just coffee. I love their caramel steamers. They also serve cider, hot cocoa, herbal tea--even sandwiches.

We will be discussing Elie Wiesel's NIGHT and Livia Bitton-Jackson's I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS. Even if you haven't read the books, the discussion promises to be very enlightening. Please join us!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Great Minds Think Alike

Katie L. just sent me her picture, and because I think it's so cute, I've decided to add it to this post (though it won't be a contender in our contest). Also, I'm adding a photo from my author website, which, you'll notice, is in a similar style. Katie and I get along just too well! Loves to you, Katie-girl!

Voting Time!

Only three people sent me their pictures, so we have our "Face of Bookish Women" contest winners! All three gals get a tote bag for their library books. However, we need to decide on the first prize winner of the contest. She alone will have her mug on our blog. You have until October 28th, at 12:00 AM, to vote. Our winner will be "crowned" at book club that night.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Everybody Likes Free Stuff...Right?

Okay, so I know I was pretty strict sounding when I said that I needed your Bookish Pictures by October 21st at 8 p.m. Well...I'll give you until Saturday, midnight. :) Thank you to everyone who sent me photos already! They are SO CUTE. I can't wait to put them up on the blog!

And speaking of contests and free stuff, my friend, the children's book librarian at the Moscow Public Library, just announced a contest on her uber-cool blog. The winner gets a free spooky book! Check it out: Words World and Wings

Great List of Classics

We've cast our votes for the plays and novels we'll be reading in Book Club, but I will keep this list of classic novels on the website in case anyone wants to refer to it for additional reading.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller - 1953 - American author - New World Salem Witch Trial setting (1692)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde - 1895 - British author - British setting of about the same time period

Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw - 1913 - British author - British setting of about the same time period; basically the story of "My Fair Lady"

Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare - 1597 - British author - Italian setting (though Shakespeare always feels overtly British to me); you've seen the movie, but have you read the play?


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain – 1884 – American author – U.S. (pre-abolishment of slavery) southern setting

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll – 1865 – British author – Fantasy setting; not the story you thought you knew from the Disney movie

Anne of Green Gables, L.M Montgomery – 1908 – Canadian author – Canadian setting of about the same time period

Arabian Nights – Scholars suggest this collection of stories came together around 800 A.D.; if we read these stories, I suggest everyone getting the same translation—maybe the Barnes and Noble classic (2007) version, just because it’s readily accessible

The Call of the Wild, Jack London - 1903 - American author - Yukon gold rush late 1800s setting

Emma, Jane Austen – 1815 – British author – British setting of about the same time period

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley – 1818 – British author – European and Arctic settings; this book is not the story you thought you knew

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – 1939 – American author – U.S. Depression Era setting

Heidi, Johanna Spyri – 1880 – Swiss author – Swiss and German setting of about the same time period

Ivanhoe, Walter Scott – 1819 – British (Scottish) author – 12th century English setting; historical fiction (with many make-believe characters)

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte – 1847 – British author – British setting of about the same time period

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, from “The Chronicles of Narnia,” C.S. Lewis – 1950 - British author – British WWII and fantasy world setting

Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder – 1935 – American author – U.S. late 1800s Midwestern setting based on the author's life

My Antonia, Willa Cather – 1918 – American author – U.S. Midwestern pioneer setting

Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi – 1883 – Italian author – Italian fantasy setting (talking animals, talking puppet)

Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter – 1913 – American author – U.S. (Vermont) setting of about the same time period

Ponder Heart, Eudora Welty – 1954 – American author – U.S. southern setting of about the same time period

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier – 1938 – British author – British setting of about the same time period; some consider this novel to be very similar to Jane Eyre

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe – 1719 – British author – takes place in the latter half of the 1600s on a tropical island near Venezuela; this novel is considered by some to be the first novel in English

Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1909 – Author is British by birth, but wrote the story after immigrating to the U.S. – Indian and British setting of about the same time period

Silas Marner, George Eliot – 1861 – British author – British setting (fictional location)

Swiss Family Robinson, Johann Rudolf Wyss – 1812 – tropical island (East Indies) setting

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe – 1958 – African author – African setting

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – 1960 – U.S. deep south Depression Era setting

The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas – 1844 – French author – French 1600s setting

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – 1883 – British (Scottish) author – British, maritime, and tropical mid-1700s setting

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith – 1943 – American author – U.S. (Brooklyn) pre-WWI setting

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe – 1853 – American author – U.S. (pre-abolishment of slavery) southern setting

Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne – 1926 - British author – British fantasy setting (talking animals); witty, charming writing—much cleverer than Disney adaptations; if we choose this book, we ought to read others in the series, as they are so short

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum – 1900 – American author – U.S. (Kansas—1889) and fantasy setting

Friday, October 16, 2009

Great Deals on Great Books

One of our lovely Bookish Women bought all four of our novels for Book Club for $15 at TJ's Books, here in town. That's another great benefit of choosing classics--they're so readily available and often very inexpensive, as opposed to new and trendy books, which can cost so much more and are sometimes harder to find. Anywho, TJ's is a fun bookstore, if you haven't been in there, as is Bookpeople of Moscow (downtown). Hastings also carries new and used books and sometimes they're used books are at a steal of a price. Occasionally you can find some used books at the thrift stores in town, but I've found that usually they're bodice-rippers and not classics....

Does anyone know of any other stores in town (or nearby--Pullman, Troy, etc.) that carry the books we'll be reading? If so, post in the comments, PLEASE!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Votes Are In!!!

Thank you, everyone who voted! I tallied the votes tonight, and the results are as follows:

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

Arabian Nights
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Silas Marner, by George Eliot
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

Please view our calendar (on the left side of this blog page) to see which month we'll read which book. Thanks again, and we'll see you all on October 28th for Book Club! Hillside Village Clubhouse, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Book Club

Next Month's Reading: A Classic and a parallel book...
*Night: By Elie Wiesel (1958)
*I Have Live A Thousand Years: By Livia Bitton-Jackson (1999)

These are great examples of Holocaust memoirs: one from a young man, the other from a 13 year-old girl. I have both if someone would like to borrow them. ~ April

Plan on meeting October 28th from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Hillside Village Clubhouse (1126 N. Polk Extension--I really will reserve it this time!). Don't forget to enter the Bookish Women contest! ~ Kim