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Reviews and conversation is still ongoing on Club Read 2017 until the end of the year.
If you are putting down roots here in 2018, don't forget to go to the "Introduce Yourself" thread and, well, introduce yourself!
The quarterly "best of" thread is now up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/288748
Funny, I was just looking at this thread yesterday wondering if I should post something to bring it back up from the abyss....
I have a ticket to see Jesmyn Ward speak next week, at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday. I noticed that Laura from the 75 Books group will also see her speak next week, in Philadelphia, so I suspected that she may be on a book tour this month, and that is the case. Next week she'll be in Cambridge on Monday, Brooklyn on Tuesday (at St Francis College), Philadelphia and Washington on Wednesday, and Atlanta on Thursday. After that she'll go to Chicago, Austin, Houston, New Orleans and Pass Christian in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here's a link to her schedule, with more details:
My ticket cost a little more than $18, but it does include a signed copy of the paperback edition of Sing, Unburied, Sing.
Curbed has a series out now Celebrating the 300th anniversary of New Orleans with several interesting short and longer form pieces.
>9 janemarieprice: Oh cool, thanks! I'm going to be in New Orleans in June—it'll be a work trip, but hopefully I'll have a little time to explore. I haven't been there since 1984, which I think is a long time in New Orleans years.
>9 janemarieprice: Sweet. Thanks, Jane! NOLA was my home for three years in the late 70s and early 80s, so I'll definitely read these pieces.
Did anybody see this on pbs? http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home
I really enjoyed watching this and testing to see how many on the list I read. :)
>12 avidmom: Dang! The quiz is no longer available.
There is a list, though. There are some I wish I had NOT read--A Confederacy of Dunces and Game of Thrones (though I confess I made it through only the first two of George R.R. Martin's series.).
Mostly a good list, though I wish Shogun had been in there. I remember enjoying that a lot.
>13 nohrt4me2: I just went to the website, and the quiz is there (although it took me a second to figure out how to submit the thing and get my score!). I've read 44 out of 100.
Some rather odd choices on there, though, if you ask me.
>14 bragan: OK, yes, quiz there now. Maybe my tablet didn't want to take me there. Agree some odd choices--Flowers in the Attic was puzzling. And some works left off--where were Hawthorne, Poe, Auster, Roth, and Willa Cather?
I sometimes think that they should quiz you on which authors you've read rather than on specific works.
> Only 38 for me though it felt like I clicked more. And a lot on there actually that I'll never read so... Totally agree with you about authors read though.
Best Reads for the 2nd quarter thread is up HERE. Please join us, if you haven't already, in listing your faves of the last 3 months (whether it's just one book or a dozen).
*thanks to Sassylassy for putting the thread up.
For those in the UK, Penguin have a 99p offer on Amazon for today only across quite a few modern classic titles:
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