Celebrating Banned Books Week in BookKids!

On the eve of Banned Books Week, YA author Patrick Ness spoke to an enthusiastic audience at BookPeople about the inspiration behind his new book, Release. He talked about the impact Judy Blume’s Forever had on him-- its raw honesty and accurate portrayal of teenagers and sexuality was previously unheard of, and for those reasons, … Continue reading Celebrating Banned Books Week in BookKids!

Found in Translation: Snow by Orhan Pamuk

  by Razieh Snow (Kar) by Orhan Pamuk Snow is a novel of many different layers. It is a mystery, a portrayal of a socio/cultural change of a country en route to modernization, and a challenge of different political/religious popular views. There is also an interesting layer of symmetry in original title “Kar”, the protagonist’s … Continue reading Found in Translation: Snow by Orhan Pamuk

The Nightmare Factory Celebrates The Fear Of Growing Old With Peter Straub’s GHOST STORY!

Peter Straub's Ghost Story opens with a question: "What's the worst thing you've ever done?" The Nightmare Factory Book Club would like to answer that question with one of its own: "How much time you got?" For the last six years, The Nightmare Factory has met around the campfire at BookPeople every month to tell each other … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Celebrates The Fear Of Growing Old With Peter Straub’s GHOST STORY!

Found in Translation: The House of Spirits

by Amy Schakel   If you’ve read Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits you probably remember the opening line, “Barrabas came to us by sea…” It is a line that immediately ensnares and excites the mystery of what is to follow through the book. It follow the lives of three generations of the Trueba family and … Continue reading Found in Translation: The House of Spirits

The Romance Bookshelves: ‘Tis the Season for Romantic Suspense

post by Cathy Maxwell It is finally growing cooler in Austin and this is the time of the year when Romantic Suspense moves to the forefront. This category of Romance takes all we love about a gripping suspense novel and heats up the relationships of the characters. It is also known for series with recurring … Continue reading The Romance Bookshelves: ‘Tis the Season for Romantic Suspense