Friday, May 30, 2008

Meena in Sri Lanka

Prabha Manuratne, an English Language lecturer at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, recently produced a Sinhalese translation of Melody Ermachild Chavis's book MEENA: HEROINE OF AFGHANISTAN.

Meena founded RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, when she was just 20, in the late 1970s. She dedicated herself to bringing healthcare and education to the women of her country. As the fundamentalist movement grew and war broke out, she stood firm for a democracy; anti-Communist, she warned that life would be worse under the Mujahedeen. Both sides considered her dangerous, and in 1987, when she was thirty, Meena was assassinated.

Sri Lanka is in the midst of a ethnic conflict that has lasted almost thirty years, so Prabha and a group of other committed activists decided to publish "a series of books that will help Sri Lankan people to rethink their situation and become more socially aware, not only of the realities of war, but also of the impact of capitalism, sexual exploitation, and violence upon countries like ours."

Because it is too dangerous to discuss their country's own political situation for fear of persecution, Prabha and her colleagues decided to let Meena's story illuminate their own. Prabha says, "As a woman, I...felt the need to assert the possibility of a political feminist tradition. Meena's character, and your book provided the inspiration and courage that is much needed in times such as these."

We're very proud to share with you some pictures from the book launch.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Blood Trail Book Tour

C.J. Box hit the road to promote BLOOD TRAIL, his latest Joe Pickett novel. Catch the man in action at bookstore near you!

Tuesday, May 20th at 6:30pm
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX

Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm
Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ

Thursday, May 22nd at 5pm
Murder by the Book
1574 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO

Thursday, May 22nd at 7:30pm
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO

Friday, May 23rd at 4pm
City Newsstand Bookstore & Coffee
1722 Carey Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

Friday, May 23rd at 7:30pm
Chickering Bookstore
203 2nd Street
Laramie, WY

Saturday, May 24th at 1pm
Ralph's Books
215 S. Montana Avenue
Casper, WY

Sunday, May 25th at 1pm
Cody Newsstand
1121 13th Street
Cody, WY

Monday, May 26th at 12pm
Sheridan Stationery
206 North Main Street
Sheridan, WY

Monday, May 26th at 7pm
Barnes & Noble
530 S. 24th Street West
Billings, MT

Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm
Once Upon A Crime
604 W. 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday, May 28th at 7:30pm
1500 16th Street
Oak Brook, IL

Thursday, May 29th at 7pm
Mystery One Bookshop
2109 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Friday, May 30th at 7:30pm
Schuler Books & Music
1982 Grand River Avenue
Okemos, MI

Saturday, May 31st at 2pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle, Suite B1
Lexington, KY

Sunday, June 1st at 6pm
Davis-Kidd Booksellers
2121 Green Hills Village Drive
The Mall at Green Hills
Nashville, TN

Monday, June 2nd at 6pm
Davis-Kidd Booksellers
387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN

Tuesday, June 3rd at 7pm
Barnes & Noble
5231 East 41st Street
Tulsa, OK

Wednesday, June 4th at 7pm
Watermark Books
4701 East Douglas
Wichita, KS

Thursday, June 5th at 7pm
Barnes & Noble
Country Club Plaza
420 WEst 47th Street
Kansas City, MO

Friday, June 6th at 6pm
8702 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE

Blue Heaven Continues To Shine

We were very pleased to find this nice review from Down Under:
The master of the regional western thriller, C.J. Box departs from his irresistible Wyoming game warden series in this new stand-alone novel. And it's as classy, elegiac and as affecting as any of those wonderful Joe Pickett stories. Two children witness a murder in North Idaho at an idyllic place called Blue Heaven, named by certain Los Angeles cops because so many of them have retired there. Sixty-three-year-old rancher Jesse Rawlins, divorced and battling to hang on to his property but still the conscience of the valley, is their unexpected saviour.
Heartbreak and redemption in a gorgeous western setting.

And it seems that The Australian isn't the only one who's keen on BLUE HEAVEN -- it's going to be a Book Sense Notable selection in June!

The Given Day Is The Given Book Of The Given Month

The Book-of-the-Month Club has selected Dennis Lehane's forthcoming novel THE GIVEN DAY as a main selection in October.

The book will also be Featured Alternate Selection of History Book Club, The Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and InsightOut Book Club.