Monday, January 17, 2011
Sitting in the Blenz coffee shop on Broadway and Maple in Vancouver I'm waiting to meet Canadian poet and performer Leanne Averbach. In she comes with her beehive faux fur hat, auburn tresses and a large smile. Over the bustle and noise of the baristas tamping coffee, the customer chatter and canned music we discuss her life and career. As a bi-coastal resident of New York and Vancouver with lots of stops in Toronto to keep track of family, Leanne leads an interesting life. After earning her MFA in creative writing at a New York University she traveled extensively. While studying in Florence she attended the Perugia Jazz festival and was emboldened to cobble some musicians together to accompany a sultry reading of her own poetry. The fusion performance created something of a sensation and attracted the local television media. Since then Leanne's been hooked on performing live and does so in a variety of locations from Jazz bars to book shops. What's her stuff like? Sultry, sexy, political. The title of her first book and CD derives from Peggy Lee's classic jazz standard Fever, a favorite of mine. It's track 2 of the 12 track recording and her rendition accompanied by great saxiphone makes me feel like I'm in a smoky bar in Soho sitting in a banquette drinking a very dry martini. Her 2nd book is Come Closer. Join me for this interview with Leanne Averbach then go to her website, view her award winning car wash clip and download her audio files and books. West coast and Whistler - stay tuned - for a performance by Leanne and Astrid Sars et al in May 2011! After that you'll have to catch her in Paris, Amsterdam or Barcelona. Click on http://www.bookbuffet.com/audio/Leanne_Averbach.mp3 for our interview. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
While satellite Internet has come to the farm, the rest of my audio gear didn't. So instead of processing one of our own author interviews as the feature podcast this week, I've instead scanned the web for sources of other people's author interviews to share with you. (Don't forget our past BB Podcasts) Let's begin with Barnes and Noble. You might think that B&N is just a brick and mortar chain store selling books. But they have an impressive website with all the latest technology applications. Why not listen to a favorite author or discover someone new by downloading a B&N "One on One: Meet the Author" podcast from their series? Each interview lasts about 30 minutes—enough time to get into sufficient depth and still hold the listener's interest. Online browsers are famously capricious. I scanned the list to find authors I know, and of course took a special interest in the interviewer's style. (Hey, it's my summer vacation - might as well learn something!) Here's what I discovered.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The Whistler Writers and Readers Festival takes place September 14-16th. This year event organizer Stella Harvey and her Vicious Circle team invited Whistler Reads to take part. Sign up for a class. Don't miss our readers and writers mixer, Saturday, Sept 15th, 8-10 pm at Millennium Place.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The RAND Institute is the original socio-political and scientific think tank. Everyone who read A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, or saw the movie based on the book, is familiar with the story of the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, John Nash. Nash worked at RAND, the scientific think tank established in 1946.
An acronym for "research and development," RAND is a non-profit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Much of this research is available to the general public through the institute's publications.
Residents in Whistler, BC are being treated to a visit by Graham Fuller - CIA and RAND Corporation Expert Sunday July 22 Spruce Grove Field House Public Talk and Forum at 4:30 Friends of the Forum BBQ at 6 pm. This event is being hosted by The Whistler Forum for Dialogue.
Don't miss it, and come prepared with some light pre-reading material. (Click title for details)
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Romance novel sales last year were an astounding 1.4 billion dollars. Statistics show romance readers are predominantly middle class, educated and married. BookBuffet was intrigued to speak with a talented new writer, Ami Silber who is an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate who writes romance under the pseudonym Zoe Archer. Listen to the interview and discussion on the genre, her literary roots and of course her new book Lady X's Cowboy (Dorchester)
Thursday, February 24, 2005
BookBuffet lists the movies nominated this year that were adapted from books or available as original screenplays. We hope you will read the work that inspired the film. Click on titles or images for links to purchase.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Exactly what happens at a writers festival? BookBuffet attended the opening dinner of the Third Annual Whistler Writers Festival this past November kicking off informal relations between participants, invited speakers and guests. Held at Spruce Grove Field House, which has a view of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, it was a fascinating experience from multiple perspectives: the people, the process, and the product. Kudos to Stella Harvey who spearheaded the event, which promises to grow like a snowball rolling down adjacent ski-hills.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
From the National Book Awards to the Whitbread Awards, here are the prize winners of 2004. (Arranged by country and category)
Thursday, September 09, 2004
If you have read at least 25 of "The Random House Top 100 Novels," have a burning love for literature and communicating it, become a BookBuffet Moderator!
Friday, December 26, 2003
From the National Book Awards to the Whitbread Awards, here are the prize winners of 2003.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
The third film of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien opens today in theaters nationwide to cheers by moviegoers and readers.
Monday, December 15, 2003
A recent article in Toronto’s Globe and Mail ran the headline, “Readers Still Want Sex”. That’s Sex, as in Madonna’s infamous photography book published in 1992 and long since out-of-print.
Sunday, December 14, 2003
What do Jane Eyre, Don Quixote, John Steinbeck, Marcel Proust, and the Little Mermaid have in common? According to Newsday, they are all “players in the hot new-retro trend”—classics.
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Here’s a “Not the Bestseller List”—a list of the most reviewed books since September courtesy of Publisher’s Lunch.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Here's our highly subjective list of the best books for gift-giving this holiday season. Don't forget to wrap one up for yourself!
Sunday, December 07, 2003
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775...
Friday, December 05, 2003
Are you a techno klutz? It's time to make the nano-jump. Here are four items that will make you totally hip. Give any for holiday gifts - you can't go wrong!
Friday, November 28, 2003
Janet Warner's first novel, Other Sorrows, Other Joys: The Marriage of Catherine Sophia Boucher and William Blake, (St. Martin's Press) is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that is being compared to Girl with a Pearl Earring. BookBuffet spoke to her in October and held back the interview to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of visionary poet and artist William Blake and the book launch. (Author Reading 3:53 min).
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Last night the winners for the National Book Award for 2003 were awarded their prizes. Shirley Hazzard who has twice before been nominated won for the fiction category for "The Great Fire" (Farrar,Struas & Giroux) "It is a love story set in...
Saturday, November 15, 2003
It's not all superheros and biff bam boom. "The best graphic novels outstrip much contemporary fiction in their wit, inventiveness and sheer fun." So says Sam Leith in his article in the Arts.telegraph.uk
Monday, November 10, 2003
December is the month by which films must be released in order to qualify for Oscar consideration. Accordingly, launch dates have been delayed or rushed to coincide with this busy release season. The latest book-to-film adaptations include a few popular book group titles as well as some modern classics.
Saturday, November 08, 2003
Since 1983, Marion Ettlinger has immotalized literary greats from Truman Capote to ZZ Packer. Why specialize in portraits of writers?
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Our hearts were with Ann-Marie MacDonald (The Way Crow Flies), but this year's prize went to M.G. Vassanji for his book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lali.
Monday, November 03, 2003
Amazon has announced a new search capability that will allow users to both see and search the inside of every page of more than 120,000 books!
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Candace Lombardi will be hosting and guiding the online conversation on The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles.
Saturday, November 01, 2003
At lunch the other day, my companion mentioned that she's read all of Coetzee's books—and didn't like any of them.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Bookbuffet takes the pulse of this city's literary scene during the week that topped the weather charts for the most rain in the shortest period—this century! But such is the hardiness of Vancouverites...
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Philip Roth is an acclaimed novelist and short story writer who has defined Jewish American writing. His novel, The Human Stain, was adapted to film and will be released this month. It is already receiving critical acclaim and will draw new attention to this talented writer and his body of work.
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
A morning press conference drew over 100 media and members of the publishing industry October 2, 2003 as the jury named the finalists.
Monday, September 29, 2003
The Stand In by Mary Mackey is the story of a movie star who longs to get back to a "normal" life when she meets a store checkout clerk who looks exactly like herself.
Saturday, September 27, 2003
When Barnes & Noble outbid traditional publishers for the rights to re-issue Dow Mossman's forgotten and obscure 1972 novel The Stones of Summer, the publishing industry reacted with a boycott of the book.
Monday, September 15, 2003
How do you follow winning a Pulitzer Prize for your first novel? If you're Jhumpa Lahiri you do it with The Namesake, a novel that intimately tracks thirty two years in the life of a Boston born son of Bengali immigrants.
Sunday, September 14, 2003
...when their recipe for a stress-busting cocktail calls for 1 carton of Blue Bell Cookies, 1 carton of Blue Bell Ice Cream which you add 1 bottle of W.L. Weller Special Reserve, blend with a hand held mixer, and drink with a straw!
Saturday, September 06, 2003
Depicting Jewish communities in over 40 countries, Frederic Brenner's opus is the culmination of 25 years of photography.
Thursday, September 04, 2003
Occassionally, just looking at or hearing a writer's name doesn't tell you whether they're a "he or she". According to a team of computer scientists, however, there are plenty of clues in the writing style.
Monday, September 01, 2003
Whether you're heading back to school, writing technical articles, working on the next great novel, or updating your web site, here is a list of the best reference books.
Thursday, August 28, 2003
What do Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common?
Sunday, August 24, 2003
At the end of summer each year I catch my husband slinking off to the outdoor camping cupboard to organize his gear for his upcoming wilderness adventure.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Professor John Carey stated, "This is a strong and diverse longlist, with a pleasing component of new names..."
Monday, August 18, 2003
If you believe that how and who we love says as much about a person as anything can, then you'll want to read Kathi Diamant's new book, Kafka's Last Love.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Looking for a source of books on public policy and international issues? The Cato Institute is a place to start.
Sunday, August 03, 2003
The Bride Stripped Bare written by Nikki Gemmell is "more a case of the author stripped bare" according to Jason Stegler of the Australian daily, The Age.
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Had enough of summer blockbusters based on comic books? As summer draws to a close, look for these literary films coming to a theater near you.
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Throughout the summer, Weekend Edition (NPR) is talking with well-known people from various professions about their reading life.
Monday, July 21, 2003
The firing of Ann Godoff, from her position as editor in chief and publisher of the Random House Adult Trade Group division, by Chairman and CEO, Peter Olson caused a rift in the book publishing world that has put people up in arms.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Is publishing a book today a literary lottery? This week's issue of New York Magazine features an article on how publishers are betting big on first time authors and gambling on success—and authors' careers.
Sunday, July 13, 2003
A new survey ranks the top 64 U.S. cities in terms of literacy. Number one is Minneapolis...
Thursday, July 10, 2003
Treat yourself to a "literary vacation" this August! Enter now for a chance to win a goody bag of great beach reads!
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Leave it to the British to launch a competition to find aspiring stars—of literature!
Sunday, July 06, 2003
BookBuffet kicks off a summer of classic reading. Join us this summer and win free books for your book group in September!
Friday, July 04, 2003
BookBuffet interviews Alan Eisenstock, the author of Ten on Sunday: The Secret Life of Men, a memoir that promises to let you listen in to what guys talk about when "hanging" over a regular Sunday game of basketball, offering deeper insight into the very nature of men's intimacy and relationships.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
Oprah brings back her Book Club with John Steinbeck's epic novel that follows the destinies of the Hamilton and Trask families as they re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Print-on-demand technology has made getting published an attainable—and affordable—goal for many aspiring authors.
Sunday, June 08, 2003
Property wins out... American writer Valerie Martin is the surprise winner of the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction, which recognizes women authors.
Thursday, June 05, 2003
Visiting the Nation's Capital is an awe-inspiring experience. Bookbuffet president and founder, Paula Shackleton, spent some time taking in the sights and taking the literary pulse of our nation's capitol.
Sunday, June 01, 2003
BookBuffet interviews Lynette Brasfield, the author of Nature Lessons (St. Martins Press) a novel set in her homeland South Africa during aprtheid that works on many levels: as a mother-daughter story, a political story, as a story about mental illness, illuminating the fragile balance between truth and fiction.
Win 10 free copies of Lynette Brasfield's Nature Lessons for your book group.
Saturday, May 31, 2003
Looking for one or more books for your summer vacation? The New York Times Book Review has put together a summer reading list that's worth a look.
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
"In the end, the Reader's Guide is only as successful as the reader who uses it," writes Jennifer Tedford, book group facilitator and author of the Reader's Guide for Lynette Brasfield's Nature Lessons.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
With summer approaching, Hollywood blockbusters are dominating the theaters. Still, the savvy viewer can find some worthwhile literary films.
Monday, May 19, 2003
A recent story in The New York Times looked at the unprecedented growth of creative writing programs at universities across the country.
Sunday, May 18, 2003
A critically acclaimed book vanishes, its author forgotten. For one reader, the end of the book becomes the beginning of the story in the documentary Stone Reader.
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
It's been said that the pen is mightier than the sword, but is the pen crueler? Authors may think so, especially when the pen in question is wielded by a reviewer.
Monday, May 05, 2003
Each year the Mystery Writers of America select the best works in the genre and present The Edgar Awards.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
The 2002 Nebula Prizes, sponsored by the Science Fiction Writers Association, were awarded to five works. At the same time, the 2003 Hugo Award nominees, sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society, were announced.
Monday, April 28, 2003
This past Saturday at the Festival of Books, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded to some expected and unexpected books and authors.
Friday, April 25, 2003
When Jonathan Safran Foer was 19, he journeyed to the Ukraine with only a photograph to assist him in finding the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He didn't find her, but Foer turned his journey of non-discovery into a novel that brilliantly imagined what might have happened. BookBuffet interviews the author of the critically acclaimed Everything Is Illuminated, (Penguin) a novel that he says is "...an invitation or more of the beginning of a conversation."
Friday, April 11, 2003
Sabina Murray's novel has been chosen by her peers for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Americas largest peer-juried prize for fiction.
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
In the "Letters" category, five books were awarded The Pulitzer Prize.
Monday, April 07, 2003
What are the top picks for book groups? Independent booksellers have put together a list...
Thursday, March 27, 2003
BookBuffet hosted a night of "Getting Your Book Group Online" with independent Palisades book store owner Katie for local book group members. The evening was a great success and we thank everyone who attended and contributed to the discussion.
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Over 150 authors have signed a letter opposing the war against Iraq.
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
"[T]hey write as survivors of a lost world, and in their books that world comes to life in all its terrible splendor."
Friday, March 07, 2003
Seen all the Oscar-nominated films? Here are three provocative literary films coming to a theater near you...
Sunday, March 02, 2003
After almost a year's hiatus, Oprah Winfrey announced that she is reviving her book club with a new focus: classics.
Saturday, March 01, 2003
Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6, 1928 in Aracataca, Columbia...
Friday, February 28, 2003
Over 700 book reviewers voted to name the top books published in 2002 in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism.
Thursday, February 27, 2003
As an online company we take great pleasure in meeting people in person. Here is a list of events we have on the calendar for March and April. If it happens to be in your area—we'd love to see you!
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
This week's issue of Newsweek offers an interesting theory on young singles and the allure of book clubs.
Monday, February 24, 2003
CityWide Reads Involvement Opportunities
Be a volunteer Book Discussion Group Leader for your area. In California, Santa Monica's Inaugural Citywide Reads program has selected Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.
Saturday, February 22, 2003
I just returned from Steinbeck Country and cannont think of a more perfect way to increase appreciation for an author and their body of work than to visit the countryside or city they lived in and wrote about!
Sunday, February 16, 2003
Publisher HarperCollins and its authors are reaching out to book groups via the telephone.
Saturday, February 15, 2003
The portrayal of the writer Virginia Woolf in the movie The Hours has some Woolf aficionados up in arms.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Claire Tomalin wins the Whitbread Book of the Year award over her playwright and novelist husband, Michael Frayn.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Considered the Academy Awards of children's book publishing, the Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners were announced by the American Library Association this past weekend.
Sunday, January 26, 2003
Comprised of diverse professional women, this book group has been meeting monthly since September 1989—that's 135 books in 13 plus years!
Sunday, January 19, 2003
The 1984 bestseller Cold Sassy Tree has been transformed into an opera and the Opera Carolina is offering book club members a special offer.
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
The National Book Critics Circle has announced their award nominations for fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism.
Saturday, January 11, 2003
January is a quiet month for new film releases, but there's still lots to see—and read.
Wednesday, January 08, 2003
Every decade the literary journal Granta anoints the top 20 British writers under 40, and this list sets the literary agenda for a generation.
Thursday, January 02, 2003
Utne, the progressive magazine that provides the best of alternative media, has launched an online book club.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
"Once, you devoured novel after novel, only to find your literary passions wane with age..."
Friday, December 06, 2002
I'm looking out the window of my hotel in Vieux Montreal at the Notre Dame Cathedral with a dusting of snow. Below, a man in fur wraps is driving a horse buggy...
Thursday, December 05, 2002
The movie Adaptation promises to be one the most intriguing films of the year.
Sunday, December 01, 2002
Bookbuffet.com staff favorites for your book gift ideas this Holiday Season.
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Three Junes by Julia Glass is the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction 2002. From the publisher: "Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. "
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
"We're forty years this side of The Feminine Mystique, but at this point it has become impossible to figure out which group of American females is in the biggest funk."
Monday, November 18, 2002
Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939, Ottawa, Ontario.
Monday, November 04, 2002
Catch Autofocus, based on the book about the murder of TV star Bob Crane.
Sunday, October 27, 2002
The cable channel Bravo has launched a new TV series, Page to Screen, focusing on novels that have been adapted into films.
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Rolling Stones bass guitarist, Bill Wyman had a combination birthday party and book launch at the Chateau Marmont Bar in Beverly Hills, California. Autographed copies of Rolling with the Stones were handed out in DK Publishing bookbags to all the guests.
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
"In Life of Pi we have chosen an audacious book in which inventiveness explores belief. It is, as the author says, 'a novel which will make you believe in God'—or ask yourself why you don't."
Friday, October 11, 2002
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2002 prize is awarded "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history".
Thursday, October 10, 2002
"'Pure Evelyn Waugh.'" The expression evokes a riotously anarchic cosmos, in which only the outrageous can happen..."
Friday, October 04, 2002
The Forsyte Saga begins Sunday, October 6 on PBS.
Thursday, October 03, 2002
The University of California's satellite television channel is tying in with the state-wide The Grapes of Wrath reading campaign.
Friday, September 27, 2002
Read the book! Watch the movie! Current and upcoming films based on books.