Wednesday, December 7, 2011
From NPR - Best Books of 2011 (lots of genres)
From Brainpicking - The 11 Best Art and Design Books of 2011
From New York Magazine - Author Recommends
From the Wall Street Journal - Gift Guides (scroll to bottom left side of this page) include books on science, humor, movies, wine, cocktails Christmas mysteries, photography, art, history and biography)
And Fiction for Non-Fiction Lovers
From the LA Times - Holiday Books & Gift Ideas
From Salon.com - Best Fiction of 2011
And - Writers Choose Their Favorite Books of 2011
From Time - Best of 2011 Fiction and Nonfiction
BONUS - Our Friend Lev Grossman's Seven Books to Look Forward to in 2012
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Preston makes an appearance at Flyleaf Books on Friday, 11 November at 7:00 pm.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Art of Fielding may be my second favorite baseball book ever. One reason I love it is the setting. At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball introduces us to unforgettable characters striving for perfection and falling short. The impossibility of achieving perfection in life or in sport are the lessons learned at Westish.
"That baseball rewards languid virtuosos and frothing monomaniacs about equally is one of the game's weird fascinations. That Academe does the same would not be useful information in the hands of a hack. But The Art of Fielding marries the national pastime to the life of the mind, takes off running, and never flags. Chad Harbach's pen shatters stereotypes like fastballs shatter bats. His sentence-making keeps things fluid and tense as a September pennant race. When the best shortstop alive sounds believably like a Tibetan lama, and when a thrown ball striking a shovel head at dawn leaves your own head ringing with certainty that truth and friendship have triumphed, you know you're in the hands of a writer you can trust."
-David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
And then there's the story. A murder of crows kidnaps Prue McKeel's baby brother from the park while he is under Prue's care. Wild adventures ensue as Prue and her friend Curtis go into the Impassible Wilderness outside of their Porland, OR neighborhood to rescue the child. Meloy creates a wonderful alternate world where animals and humans talk to and negotiate with one another. While reading this treasure I couldn't help but think what a great read aloud bedtime story this would be for the brave at heart.
The subtitle of the book is The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I. I will be anxiously awaiting Book II.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Just off winning the Campbell Award for Science Fiction's best new writer during the Hugo Awards ceremony recently, Lev Grossman took time to sign books and chat with fans last night at Flyleaf Books. Thanks to those who came to hear Lev read from The Magician King and answer readers' questions. It was a wonderful event and a great turn out.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
LG: Read everything. As much as with literary fiction, writing a fantasy novel (or whatever) places you within a tradition. You have to have read deep into the past of the tradition you're writing in if you want to extend it into the future.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Magician King is darker than the first book and focuses on Julia’s story in great depth. It also describes what happens when Quentin becomes bored with being a King in Fillory, the land of magical beings and the magicians who find themselves there. Quentin seeks an adventure, one that will make him a hero, but realizes the costs too late.
Lev Grossman is reading at Flyleaf on Tuesday, 20 August at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for an online interview coming soon.
And while I’m on the topic of magic, there is another book about magic that you will want to read called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It comes out in a month (13 September). This book is going to get a lot of attention. It has already been optioned for a movie.
The Night Circus is the story of two young magicians, Celia and Marco, pitted against each other by their malevolent mentors. But Celia and Marco are not the most interesting characters in the book. The night circus has a life of its own and is by far the most enchanting character. The circus is created using magic and is the field of the challenge for Celia and Marco. The two magicians enhance the circus and test one another’s magic skills through the circus. Performers and visitors are largely innocent bystanders. My vision of the circus while reading was a cross between steampunk and Victorian architecture with magic woven in. Morgenstern does a masterful job describing the intricate beauty and frightening aspects of the circus. There is an undercurrent of danger throughout the book due to the contest between Celia and Marco and the mystery of the circus itself.
Monday, August 1, 2011
- The Bat Man (Flaggermusmannen - 1997)* NT
- The Cockroaches - (Kakerlakkene - 1998)* NT
- The Redbreast - 2006 (Rødstrupe - 2000)*
- (Karusellmusikk - 2001, short stories) NT
- Nemesis - 2008 (Sorgenfri - 2002)*
- The Devil's Star - 2005 (Marekors - 2003)*
- The Redeemer - 2009 (Frelseren - 2005)*
- The Snowman- 2010 (Snømannen - 2007)*
- Headhunters (Hodejegerne - 2008) NT
- The Leopard- 2011 (Panserhjerte - 2009)*
- Gjensyn - 2011 *
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Perhaps you’re wondering what it’s like to work in a bookstore during National Poetry Month. Does everyone speak in iambic pentameter? Do the folks behind the registers grimace, swig glasses of scotch, and mumble existential verses? Do the booksellers shake their fists and curse to the heavens when someone can’t tell the difference between a Petrarchan and Spencerian sonnet? Well, no, no, and no.
We encourage vandalism.
Next time you’re in our store, check out our National Poetry Month table. Flyleaf bookseller and Staff Poet Laureate Michael C. Peterson has a ton of great recommendations on display. And while you’re meditating over a villanelle or alexandrine, go ahead and write your favorite poetic lines on our table. Yep, you read correctly. Inspire others by writing lines from the poets who have inspired you: Maya Angelou, Li Po, Dorothy Parker, John Keats, Omar Khayyam, Shakespeare, Shel Silverstein, or Michael C. Peterson.
We’re eager to see what you’ll write!
Friday, March 18, 2011
For those of you have not yet met Sally, she’s the petite, super cool bookseller who probably knows everyone in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. (One day during the holiday season, Land and Mike kept a running total to see how many customers she knew – they lost count). Seriously, Sally is like sunshine; she’s always upbeat and has such a great personality. But before she was a bookseller, Sally sold her jewelry at Flyleaf not only in glass displays, but also during her Kitchen Jewelry Trunk Show. Her next show is this Saturday, March 19th from Noon-4:00pm and she’ll have exquisite jewelry in addition to some pretty nifty and chic handbags and clutches. All the jewelry is specialty made by artists from all over the world. Here are a few pictures of jewelry, handbags, and clutches she’ll be selling on Saturday. Hope to see you there!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Meet Tom Angleberger, the author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda -- Monday, March 14th at 7:00pm
Let’s face it: school can be tough, especially when your classmates designate you as the grade-school pariah. That’s what Tommy thinks of Dwight, the goofy and awkward kid of McQuarrie Middle School. One day, Dwight creates an Origami Yoda and the Origami Yoda suddenly offers profound – and correct! – advice for Dwight and Tommy’s classmates. But Tommy is left wondering whether these words of wisdom are really coming from Yoda… or if Dwight is a misunderstood genius.
Stop by Flyleaf on Monday, March 14th at 7:00pm and meet Tom Angleberger, the author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. As you can see, the Flyleaf staff is very excited about this event. Hope to see you there!