Here are some of the other mug designs currently available at Paperchase along with the previously menttioned Sleep Owls design. There are colourful ponies, a parrot and peacock, The Owl & the Pussycat and a gold winged horse from the Cosmic collection.Add a Comment
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Yeah, at first I read "Oscar Pistorius". I come from another century!
The colourful ponies design see on a mug in the last post also feature on a 2015 diary at Paperchase. Scroll down for a selection of next years diary designs which include designs in all tastes and sizes.Add a Comment
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I've decided that the girl's name is Keiko. Haven't come up with a name for the baby yet, though.Add a Comment
As Theodoros Grigoriadis reports at his weblog, they've announced this year's winners of the Greek Athens Prize for Literature, with Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena winning the best translated category (dominated by translations from the English; see the shortlist, which included titles by Coetzee, McEwan, Banville, and Hollinghurst) and Tηλέμαχος Κώτσιας' Kώδικας Τιμής taking the Greek novel prize (see also the Ψυχογιός publicity page).Add a Comment
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by andye I Was HereBy Gayle FormanHardcover: 288 pagesPublisher: Viking Juvenile (January 27, 2015)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until . . . they weren‚Äôt anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything‚ÄĒAdd a Comment
In The Los Angeles Times Frank Shyong describes how To Survive in the U.S., Chinese Bookstores Evolve Way Beyond Books.
Internet competition has forced bookstores across the nation to close, but in the San Gabriel Valley, they've evolved. Chinese bookstores ship packages, repair laptops, supply lottery tickets. One bookstore became a classroom, another a convenience store.Sadly:
As for books, they mostly gather dust.Add a Comment
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Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders‚Äôs words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today‚Äôs most influential and original writers.This is, honestly, another addition to the list of short motivational books that people publish and promote around graduation time in order to make some money. You can find the full text online or even watch Saunders deliver the actual speech, but I am a total sucker for gift books, especially when I can get them from the library. I'm also a sucker for Saunders, so of course this immediately went on my holds list as soon as it was available.
I loved the message and the idea of finding ways to be kind to everyone in every situation. It's a good, very short read, and I'd recommend finding a copy to look through. It's not going to take you more than half an hour tops and it's full of great thoughts and brilliant writing. As far as spending $14 to own a copy - I'd stick to picking it up at the library, unless you're enough of a Saunders fan that you just have to own everything he prints (which is totally acceptable).
You‚Äôve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.This one may be pushing it as far as being considered short form, but I need to fit it in somewhere and I think this is the closest I've got. It IS a very short, very easy to read book. I think I read it in just one sitting over the course of an hour or two, if that long. It's set up as a series of very short (half a page to three page) essays answering questions that Naoki and his family are commonly asked about autism.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: ‚ÄúWhy do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWhy do you line up your toy cars and blocks?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWhy don‚Äôt you make eye contact when you‚Äôre talking?‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs the reason you jump?‚ÄĚ (Naoki‚Äôs answer: ‚ÄúWhen I‚Äôm jumping, it‚Äôs as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.‚ÄĚ) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights‚ÄĒinto the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory‚ÄĒare so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
For a book that was written using an alphabet grid, this is amazingly well done. The translation is also flawless. I understand that some reviewers see this as a sign that the book isn't really written by Naoki, but I refuse to accept that autism means someone can't have a well-developed interior mind and life. It's beautiful and enlightening and you need to read it.
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prominent writers of her generation, and she is fearless when exploring the most disturbing corners of human nature. In Evil Eye, Oates offers four chilling tales of love gone horribly wrong, showing the lengths people will go to find love, keep it, and sometimes end it.It's hard to come up with much to say about this one that isn't covered by "four novellas of love gone wrong." There's a reason Joyce Carol Oates is known for her short fiction - most of the time it's amazing. This is a great example of a collection that I found riveting and disturbing in all the best ways. If you're a fan of the darker side of things, Gillian Flynn style, this is a good collection to pick up.
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The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Diego De Silva's I hadn't understood.
The second in De Silva's series is about to come out -- My Mother-in-Law Drinks; see the Europa editions publicity page, or pre-order your cppy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk -- but I figured I should get to this one first.
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Today we look at the work of Alexandre Diboine, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!Add a Comment
Last week I got to visit a school in my neighborhood to talk about my book, The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya. The kids had excellent questions about parrots and muffins and writing. One boy wisely chose to email me. He knew that his question would spoil part of the story for others. And so, if you haven't read the book ...... please be advised.
SPOILER ALERT! (I've always wanted to say that.)
With his permission, I'm going to share his emails to me and my answer.
My name is Johnny and I'm nine years old.
I loved your book! I really loved the adventure Zeno was on and how he had to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. I also liked when Alya climbed the six steps. There was so much tension and excitement.
I was hoping Zeno and Bunny would stay friends. I know sometimes characters die in books, so I was just wondering why you chose him to die?
I'm glad that you loved my book. But I'm really grateful that you asked me such an important question. I had to think a lot about why I chose to let Bunny die.
First, I wondered did any of the characters really have to die? I think the answer to that is yes. If a book is realistic, then the events that the author describes should have real consequences. I think that Zeno's dangerous journey over the ocean is more exciting because you knew that bad things really might happen. Without real risks and real dangers, his accomplishment wouldn't mean as much.
Hawks do kill pigeons. They don't do it to be cruel. They do it because they need food. I think you can accept that the hawk would attack a bird. But you want to know why did that bird have to be Bunny?
I could have let the hawk attack a different pigeon. But Zeno is so selfish, he wouldn't have helped anyone except Bunny. All of Zeno's adventures teach him important lessons. First he learns that a friend needs to fight for a friend. But he won't really learn how important that friendship is until he loses Bunny. Zeno has to learn the hard way.
If Zeno hadn't learn those lessons, he wouldn't have been there to help Alya when she needed it. That would have been sad too.
Like you, I hoped that Zeno and Bunny would stay friends. I do know that Zeno remembers everything that Bunny taught him. And, in that way, Bunny lives on.
Thank you again for asking me such a great question.
Thank you for writing back to me. What you said made a lot of sense because Bunny was such a good friend and Zeno cared for Bunny and when Bunny died, it changed Zeno and made the story better. It was sad, but I realize why it had to happen.
I can't wait to read your other books.
I am grateful to Johnny for letting me share his thoughts on my blog. I'm lucky to have a reader who is willing to journey with my characters, over the Atlantic Ocean or up the six steps to a Brooklyn brownstone. And willing to think about why those journeys are important.
I'm humbled to be reminded that my characters matter to my readers. Writing novels for kids is a privilege‚Äď‚Äďand a responsibility. Sometimes bad things have to happen to good characters‚Äď‚Äďbut there better be a very, very, very good reason.
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Hoping to emulate the success of the African Writers Series -- see, for example, my review of James Currey's history of The African Writers Series and the Launch of African Literature, Africa Writes Back -- the Association of Nigerian Authors.has launched a Nigerian Writers Series, now announcing the first ten titles (from fifty total and thirty-eight 'valid' submissions) that will be published by a variety of Nigerian publishers.
See also Henry Akubuiro in The Sun on the New dawn for Nigerian writers this might facilitate.
Sounds like a good idea, in any case, and I hope to eventually see some of these titles.
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Check out the recent post by guest blogger Sangeeta Mehta on publishing expert Jane Friedman's blog. Mehta, a former acquiring editor of children's books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster who runs her own editorial services company, interviewed agents Kate McKean and Kevan Lyon for answers to key questions on self-publishing children's books.
What do you think about the pros and cons of self-publishing? Please share your experiences.
We are having a week of celebrating Paperchase here on Print & Pattern and today begins with their new 'Sleepy Owls' collection. Rows of graphic owls, all asleep with their eyes closed feature on notebooks stationery, cards, wrap, and mugs. The colour palette is reminiscent of mid-century modern with turquoise, orange and yellow most often used on a neutral stone ground. Available in stores andAdd a Comment
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Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
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After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she's married to rich playboy Blake Worthington‚ÄĒthe guy she has loathed the past four years. Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family.
Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens---she finds herself falling in love with Blake.
Can they overcome the past? Or will it end their future before it even starts?
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Here's what I'm giving it:
Amanda's and Blake's past played a huge role in their present interactions and also brought new meaning to the "put your past behind you" adage. The contrast between their families was well done and made me grateful for the family I do have.
What I didn't like was how long Amanda held on to her grudge/stubbornness. Granted, I do know/have known people who are "stubborn as a mule" before, but I think it was just a little bit overdone and got to be very irritating.
The other thing was how Amanda was in denial or reality even after getting a good slap of it. That also annoyed me.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, especially for those who are looking for "clean" romances.
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Last month I attended the world's friendliest convention, AKA Bristolcon. It's one of my favourite events of the year, full of good-natured, liked-minded people all coming together because they like stories. What could be better?
He's written for Doctor Who, Skylanders, Judge Dredd, Angry Birds, Adventure Time and Warhammer 40,000 among others. He also writes Roger the Dodger and Bananaman for The Beano as well as books for reluctant readers of all ages.
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Royal Dinosaur Family!
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Wow, I can't believe we're already to Black Friday weekend--seriously where has the year gone??????
But deadline panicking aside (MEEP!), it's also time for my annual Black Swagday Giveaway!!!
Since this is the time of year where everyone has gifts on their minds--and I personally feel that signed books are THE BEST gifts anyone can give--I have a nice handy way for you guys to make your gifts even more special.
If you buy any of my books (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Let the Sky Fall, and/or Let the Storm Break) this weekend--which just so happens to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year, between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday--and fill out the form at the end of this post, I will send you the corresponding swag pack below.
And in case you can't tell, that's:
- a signed (and personalized) bookplate
- 4 Team Stickers
- 1 5x7 character art print (featuring the awesome illustrations by Courtney Godbey)
(*whispers* if you buy more than one KEEPER book, I *might* throw in some other goodies as well... #justsayin')
And if you buy either of the SKY FALL books, I'll send you the corresponding swag you see in this pic (for each book purchased):
All of this swag is exclusive--only available here--and hand signed by me!
**Please note** This giveaway ONLY applies to books purchased between 11/26/14-12/1/14, and does NOT include books previously purchased. Of course I super-appreciate if you've bought my books before now, but I've also done previous giveaways for many of those purchases that you would've had a chance to take part of (sorry if you missed them). So this is only for new purchases, and if you are desperate for the swag you could always buy a book to give as a gift (what better gift could there be, really? Plus then you can get your friends/family/teachers hooked on the books so you have someone to talk about them with) and keep the swag for yourself--I won't tell! :)
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Good News! The day is finally here. My book tour begins today. Please complete a raffle through BK book tour and win a chance to get a free e-book of Ignition: AN Educator's Journey. Good luck everyone!
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