Monday, April 21, 2014

A Title for this post, written by me

Well folks, it was a really great weekend. Good Friday was actually pretty great and Easter was on a Sunday this year.

In case you missed it (or don't want to scroll down a few posts) we were able to corral a couple of authors to come join us for some hijinks on Friday.

There are some photos on this young woman's website:

It was a great night and if you weren't able to attend you really missed out and there isn't really anything I can say to you that can make you understand what you now lack. I will leave some space between this paragraph and the next one so you can reflect on that.

The question came up at breakfast: Who is next? The brain trust that orchestrated part of the Great Friday has a shortlist, it is as follows:

William Faulkner
Don DeLillo
Thomas Pynchon
Jonathan Franzen
Jeffrey Eugenides

This is obviously not an inclusive list, but it is a start. We need to talk about this at the next meeting.

I don't remember what we're reading next, but it has a great cover and they have it over at the Raven. It is also titled Silence Once Begun and was written by Jesse Ball. Here is his website 
or perhaps it is this one

Monday, April 14, 2014

Throwback post to The Circle book selection from last month ....

Reference material!

Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness

"To pay close attention to published photos, controlling who sees or who likes or comments them, hoping to reach the greatest number of likes is a symptom that 'selfies' are causing problems"

Whoooooaaaaaaa there, friend. Criticizing sharing? That is theft, plain and simple! 

Duckface selfie

Acceptable selfie!

Ok, back to Chiba the Lightning Catching cat!

And don't forget to check out our in-house two author event co-sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library at 7 pm at The Roost in downtown Lawrence  this coming Friday, April 18th -  Scott McClanahan (of Crapalachia fame) and Sam Pink (Rontel).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Selection: Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat

Two years and I finally get posting power. HEYO!

Even though I'm a dog person, I've selected The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide as the April selection. Why? Because I read an NPR review titled "Even Dog Lovers Should Read 'The Guest Cat'" (and, apparently, a few million other people read it, too).

Honestly, I haven't started the book so I don't have much to tell you. It's about an unhappy couple who moves into a huge house and makes friends with a cat who lives nearby. And then something happens ...

It's gotten a lot of positive reviews, but there are some haters on Amazon.

It's short and sweet, so even I'll have it finished.