Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lost and Found

A ring which was left behind after our What Light poetry reading on January 5 is still unclaimed. If you are the owner, please contact the store at 612/822-4611 or stop by and ask at the register.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

2007 Newbery Medal Winners

The 2007 Newbery Award winner (recognizing excellence in books for young adults) is The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron.

Newbery Honor books are Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm; Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson; and Rules by Cynthia Lord.

2007 Caldecott Medal Winners

The 2007 Caldecott Medal winners (recognzing excellence in illustrated books for young children) have been announced. The medal winner is Flotsam by David Wiesner. It's a book without words, picturing life underwater.

2007 Honor books are Gone Wild by David McLimans (an alphabet book whose letters are endangered animals) and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Kadir Nelson.

Doctor, Doctor

Joyce Chen, author of Final Exam, was on NPR this morning. Her book is on the first table as you come into the back room, on the right.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Support Your Local Poets

Did you know that both St Paul and Duluth have designated poets laureate? On January 27, you can hear them both at Magers and Quinn. (Minneapolis doesn't have a poet laureate. Don't get David U started...)

Carol Connolly is poet laureate of St. Paul. In conjunction with SASE, Carol runs monthly readings at the University Club and is a regular columnist for Law and Politics Minnesota. She is the author of the much praised and much reprinted poetry collection Payments Due.

Barton Sutter, Duluth’s poet laureate, teaches at the University of Wisconsin at Superior. His most recent book of poetry is Farewell to the Starlight in Whiskey. Two of Bart’s other books, Cold Comfort and My Father’s War, have been published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Sacred Games excerpted

NPR has posted an excerpt from Vikram Chandra's second novel Sacred Games. You can also hear him read from the book's opening paragraphs.

It's still early, but this may well be the Bollywood crime potboiler of the year.

The Annointed One

The new selection of the Oprah Book Club has been announced. It's The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobigraphy by Sidney Poitier. We have copies in stock. Don't miss out. Oprah has spoken. Hop to it.