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Book Review: Kill the Messenger

October 29, 2014Kevin Daney 0

The release of the new movie Kill the Messenger, a biopic based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and detailing the life of journalist Gary Webb, has renewed interest in his life and the shocking piece Webb wrote in 1996 claiming that the CIA was involved in drug running. There are many things about Webb and his big scoop that are unclear and tenuous but if there is a thrilling and explosive story to make into a movie it is Webb’s.

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Favorites for Fall

October 17, 2014Marika Gofman 0

Fall is the holiest of book publishing seasons—it’s what book lovers look forward to all year long. Whether you love fiction or non-fiction, YA or kids, are looking for the latest in your favorite series or are searching for a brand-new voice, there is something for every listener (or reader)!

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Author Interview, Mary Downing Hahn, Part 3

October 8, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

In Part 3 of my interview with Mary Downing Hahn, the acclaimed children’s author shares her thoughts on the process of writing and how publishing has changed in the more than three decades she’s been writing. If you missed them, get caught up with Part 1 and Part 2. On the Process of Writing and […]

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Author Interview: Mary Downing Hahn, Part 2

October 7, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Enjoy Part 2 of my interview with acclaimed children’s author Mary Downing Hahn, in which I finally learned how my favorite childhood book, Wait Till Helen Comes, came to be. If you missed Part 1, On Childhood and Libraries, you can read it here.

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Author Interview: Mary Downing Hahn, Part 1

October 6, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

If you didn’t catch my story about reconnecting with my old library’s copy of Wait Till Helen Comes in preparation for interviewing my favorite childhood author, Mary Downing Hahn, you can read it here. I had the privilege of meeting Hahn at her home in Columbia, Maryland, where we talked for two hours and I could have easily listened to her for two more. With a sharp sense of humor, the 76-year-old Hahn quickly made me feel at ease, and we laughed often. She indulged my many questions and I have done my best to condense our lengthy conversation into digestible pieces for you here. Please enjoy all three parts, On Childhood and Libraries, On Writing Wait Till Helen Comes,and On the Process of Writing and Publishing.

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Findawayers Celebrate Banned Books Week

September 25, 2014Allie Heeter 0

This week, the last week of September, is a time where libraries, booksellers, and many more celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual event where we highlight the value of free and open access to information and to all content. In order to bring awareness this year, we’ve talked to some of our own Findawayers about one of their favorite books on a Banned Books list.

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For the Love of a Book

September 15, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I read Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes. My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Kearney, recommended it to me and when I finished it that first time through I went back for more Mary Downing Hahn. But I loved none quite so much as Wait Till Helen Comes, that perennial favorite ghost story still in print nearly 30 years after it was first published. When, as an adult, I had the opportunity to meet Mary Downing Hahn, I knew I wanted that particular copy from my old elementary school library to take to her to sign. Memory is a funny thing and books—not just the words within them, but the specific combination of tree pulp and glue we’ve held in our hands—are sacred objects, and I wanted my copy, the one my small, eager hands had thumbed so many times, not a pristine version off the bookstore shelf with no yellowing pages, no cracked spine.

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Librarian Recommendations for Book Discoverability

September 12, 2014Marika Gofman 0

More books than ever are being published. With subscription models touting tens of thousands of titles and libraries housing tens of thousands of books on their physical and digital shelves, discoverability has become increasingly important in the book world. The perfect combination promotes both librarian recommendations and discoverability—lucky for us, this exists.

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The October To-Read Pile

September 2, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Oh, October, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It seems almost unfair to all the other months to add the mania of new titles held onto all year for the coveted fall release. There are so many blockbusters coming out in October—Grisham, Picoult, Macomber, Stuart Woods, John Sandford—that I couldn’t possibly mention them all, so I’ll stick to a tiny handful of ones to watch for.

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