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March 21, 2012

Daisy Goodwin: How I Shelve My Books

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Daisy Goodwin, author of THE AMERICAN HEIRESS --- which release in paperback on March 27th --- doesn't have a system for organizing her books, but she did learn a very important lesson --- do not let your friends shelve your books for you.
With THE HUNGER GAMES movie practically in our grasp, it may seem a bit odd to be anxiously awaiting the release of the second film in the franchise, CATCHING FIRE. Soon enough we will all have seen THE HUNGER GAMES for the first time --- and many times after that --- and we will have a long wait until the second book in the trilogy comes to life on screen. Here are my top 10 things to look forward to in the adaptation of CATCHING FIRE from book to screen. Warning- spoilers ahead!
March 20, 2012

20 Questions: A Day in the Life of…Andrea Kayne Kaufman

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Andrea Kayne Kaufman, author of OXFORD MESSED UP, shares her daily routine, including the pleasure she gets from embarrassing her kids, the new book she is working on PARENT OVER SHOULDER, and why sometimes it's okay to make your bed without hospital corners.
As soon as it was announced that THE HUNGER GAMES would be made into a movie, there were rumblings about how Hollywood would be able to transfer the world of Panem to the big screen and secure a PG-13 rating, while maintaining the credibility of the book. Casey Scieszka, co-author of the book TO TIMBUKTU ---  and uber fan of THE HUNGER GAMES --- weighs in on this, sharing her insights into just how this might be possible.
March 19, 2012

Movie Casting for The Hunger Games

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When I read fiction, I conjure up the essence and general looks of each character in my head; but unlike some of my friends and family, I don’t match a specific face to each name. One of my friends recently told me that she assigns celebrities or well-known faces to each character --- others don’t have any images of the characters in their heads at all, focusing instead on the characters’ inner lives.
March 19, 2012

20 Questions: A (Wednes)Day in the Life of...Andy Selsberg

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  Andy Selsberg, author of YOU ARE GOOD AT THINGS: A Checklist, let us in on what a Wednesday is like for him. From teaching composition classes at John Jay College, to being inspired to go for a run by our questionnaire find out what it's like to be Andy Selsberg.
This month my book club is reading FRACTURE by Megan Miranda. With elements of fantasy blended with science, Miranda’s debut novel is full of suspense and beautiful writing. The story focuses on Delaney Maxwell and what happens after she falls through the ice on Falcon Lake. After eleven minutes under the water, Delaney should have died. But she didn’t. And nothing is the same after the accident.
March 15, 2012

An Unexpected Love Affair with a Virtual World of Words

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  Claire Bidwell Smith is the author of the memoir THE RULES OF INHERITANCEShe lives in Los Angeles where she is a therapist specializing in grief. 
Cinna’s designs made Katniss a star, and now readers of THE HUNGER GAMES can recreate some of his brilliant designs too! From Effie Trinket’s pink hair to Caesar Flickerman’s suit and of course Katniss and Peeta’s fiery costumes, there are so many choices!
March 14, 2012

The Books Behind The Book by Pamela Redmond

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  One of the best things about writing a historical novel like my new book THE POSSIBILITY OF YOU, which is set in 1916 and 1976 along with the present, is that you have to do a lot of reading.  Having to do a lot of reading in the name of research is good because it delays the actual writing.  Instead, you can lie on the sofa, surrounded by pillows and covered by a nice soft blanket, and tell yourself that you’re working.