Wednesday, March 26, 2008

PW Praises Nellie Hermann's Debut Novel

Publishers Weekly has some very nice things to say about THE CURE FOR GRIEF, which Scribner will publish this summer:

The only girl in the strong, loving Bronstein family, nine-year-old Ruby anchors this adept debut from Hermann. Ruby has always felt both admiration for and rejected by her three charismatic older brothers; she is similarly intrigued by her Holocaust survivor father, whose observance of Jewish customs persists despite his professed loss of faith. Ruby's own sense of faith, family and self will be sorely tested over the next 10-plus years: her oldest brother Abe's schizophrenic break, a truly frightening event to 10-year-old Ruby, is but the first in a series of crises. The well-developed chapters have a tendency to read like individual stories, but Hermann keeps the novel's themes of loss and resiliency constant. Foreshadowing and symbolism get heavy, but what could have become a litany of family pain is tempered, in Hermann's eminently capable narrative, by young Ruby's concurrent journey toward self-discovery.

Friday, March 21, 2008

April Tour Dates For Libby Fischer Hellmann

Bleak House Books will publish her novel EASY INNOCENCE in April, so Libby Fischer Hellmann is hittin' the road!

April 1st
Mystery Lovers Bookshop
Oakmont, PA

April 2nd, afternoon
Upper Arlington Library Tea
Upper Arlington, OH

April 2nd, evening
Foul Play Mystery Books
Westerville, OH

April 3rd at 1pm
Joseph Beth Books
Ann Arbor, MI

April 3rd, evening
Aunt Agatha's
Ann Arbor, MI

April 4th at 11am
Kazoo Books II
Kalamazoo, MI

April 4th at 6:30pm
The Book Stall
Winnetka, IL

April 5th at 10am
Mystery One
Milwaukee, WI

April 5th at 1pm
Booked for Murder
Madison, WI

April 6th at 1pm
Palatine Public Library
Palatine, IL

April 8th at 7pm
Schaumburg Public Library
Schaumburg, IL

April 10th at 7pm
Orland Park Library
Orland Park, IL

April 12th at 2pm
Peoria Public Library
Peoria, IL

April 13th
Wauconda Public Library

April 16th at 7pm
Naperville Public Library

April 19th at 2pm
Palatine Public Library
workshop on writing

April 25th at 7pm
Mysteries to Die For
Thousand Oaks, CA

April 26-27
LA Festival of the Books
Appearing at Crime Time Books/Sisters in Crime booth
LA Mystery Bookstore
Book 'Em
Mysterious Galaxy

April 28th at 1pm
Book Passage
Corta Madera, CA

April 29th at 7pm
M is for Mystery
San Mateo, CA

April 30th
Stacey's Bookstore
San Francisco, CA

Check back later for more dates in May and June!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PW Praises Blood Trail

Publishers Weekly reviews C.J. Box's latest Joe Pickett novel, BLOOD TRAIL, in its current issue:

Writing beautifully about the mountain West and its people, Box takes care to present both sides of the controversial issue of hunting. The narrative alternates between the searchers and the killer, whose identity will keep readers guessing up to the surprising climax.

The full review, along with more praise, may be found here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chicken Soup For The Disgraced Governor's Soul

We're having a hard time working today here at ARLA with the Eliot Spitzer scandal keeping us glued to every blog in town. So, in a desperate attempt to keep things literary, we've come up with a gift basket of books to soothe Governor Spitzer's soul:

SERILDA'S* STAR, by Olive Cook
O ALBANY!, by William Kennedy
THE CLIENT, by John Grisham
MAYFLOWER, by Nathaniel Philbrick
and (anticipating his resignation)
PATERSON, by William Carlos Williams

(* "Silda" is a version of the German name "Serilda")

Monday, March 10, 2008

Better Renew Your Membership!

The Book of the Month club has chosen Nellie Hermann's THE CURE FOR GRIEF (coming this summer from Scribner) as an alternate selection for its August catalogue. 

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lehane On NPR Weekend Edition

This Saturday, Dennis Lehane will speak with Scott Simon on NPR's Weekend Edition about "The Wire." Dennis is a writer for the show and is responsible for some of our favorite episodes. Check your local stations for details!