Interview With Writer John Irving

This morning as I was driving to work, NPR played a wonderful interview with novelist John Irving.  Mr. Irving has long been a favorite of mine, and A Prayer for Owen Meany is a particular favorite.  Avenue of Mysteries also promises to be an excellent read and the NPR interview is a great way to preview the newest offering from Mr. Irving.  Relax a few moments and just listen.

Interview With Writer Lawrence Block

Last Thursday morning as I was driving to work, NPR played a wonderful interview with crime fiction writer Lawrence Block.  I have to confess that I haven’t read any of Mr. Block’s novels, but am interested.  The interview is such a treat though, relax a few moments and just listen.

An Expression of Thanks

Robert Krulwich of posted the most wonderful article about the phantom sculptor of Scotland.  The article includes a link to additional information.  Please don’t miss this story about a wonderful expression of thanks for the continuing existence of libraries, museums and books in Scotland.

Our First Book Giveaway

This giveaway has ended!  Winners will be notified shortly…

The Random House Publishing Group has been kind enough to provide two copies of Gail Caldwell’s bestseller Let’s Take the Long Way Home for our first ever book giveaway!

From the back cover of the book:

They met over their dogs.  Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (author of Drinking: A Love Story) became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men.  Walking the woods of New England and rowing on the Charles River, these two private, self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen.  Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer.

This book was named as one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year by Time Magazine and was selected as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, O: The Oprah Magazine, and others.  You can read more about the book at

Now for the giveaway!  There are two ways to enter, first you can leave a comment on this post letting me know the name of your favorite memoir.  The second way to enter is by subscribing to this blog.  My current subscribers are already entered!

I will use to choose two winners and will contact them by email.  It is important that you leave your email address if you leave a comment.  Note:  There are a maximum of two entries per person.  The giveaway ends on Thursday, September 1st and the winners will be contacted by email on Friday, September 2nd.

Good luck!

The Future of Books

National Public Radio has an interesting article today about the future of books.  I encourage my readers to check out the story.  You can find it here:

Also, you may want to read my previous post about Vooks or my post entitled “Do You Love Books or Do You Love Reading? “

The Smell of Old Books

A couple of days ago there was an interesting post on’s “Monkey See” blog.   Linda Holmes the author declares that her books don’t smell like anything!  Read the rest and read the comments – they are great!  You can read the blog post here:

Laredo, Texas to Lose Its Only Bookstore

Booklovers in Laredo, Texas are about to lose their only bookstore.  That would make Laredo the largest U.S. city without a bookstore.  When the Laredo B. Dalton bookstore closes, the nearest bookstore will be 150 miles away in San Antonio.  Many more mid-size cities are going to find themselves on the losing end, but do we really need bookstores with the internet and e-books?

You can read more about the store closing at  There is also an audio version of the story available at the’s Website.