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2018 Grammys: Carrie Fisher, Bernie Sanders and Bruce Springsteen Contend for Best Spoken Word Album

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Nominees for the 2018 Grammys were announced today and people are still talking about how this is quite possibly the most diverse list of nominees with women and people of color dominating the top categories.  Leading those nominations in all the music categories is no surprise to many: Jay-Z for his 2017 release 4:44, with eight.  While many of us tune in to the Grammys for the performances and to see if our favorites will walk away with the trophy, there are other categories that we don’t often see televised, but garner awards as well. Of interest to us is the category where books are mentioned! Audiobooks! The official category title since 1998 is “Best Spoken Word Album,” but the…

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And the Award Goes to…Us: It’s Emmys Week at BookTrib.com!

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The 69th Emmy Awards will air on September 17th and we are so excited to see all our favorites on the red carpet! To celebrate the Emmys, BookTrib.com will feature a piece each day with an Emmy spin. Today’s feature is about classic books that were turned into award winning movies. Later this week we will have pieces on books that will give you ideas and tips on how to throw an epic Emmy night party and on Emmy firsts.  All of this will lead up to an exclusive BookTrib interview on Friday with dancer and author Marjorie Goodson, whose father Mark Goodson won the Emmy’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1990.  Marjorie’s book MG features 153 images that demonstrate…

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5 Puzzle-Themed Novels Inspired by Popular Escape Rooms

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After watching Leonard and the gang conquer an escape room on The Big Bang Theory, I knew I had to check it out. I also knew there was no possible way I’d be as fast as them (I mean, they’re ridiculously good):   Regardless, it still looked like fun. So when I heard about an escape room opening near me, I jumped at the chance to go. Guys, let me tell you: it was SO. FUN. I was locked in a room with five other people and we had to solve our way out of it. Like The Big Bang Theory, we had a premise — ours was that we’d been kidnapped — and there were a series of clues set…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Scorpion Edition

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I do not understand why more people aren’t talking about CBS’s crime drama, Scorpion. Funny, smart and quick, it’s one of the best serial crime shows on TV right now. Which is not something I say lightly. Scorpion combines thrilling action with whip-smart characters and a cast that’s both charming and fun. It’s like an ensemble version of Sherlock. The show stars Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien, a hacking genius with an IQ of 197. He’s based on the real life Walter O’Brien, who claims to have hacked into NASA servers when he was only 13 years old. On the show, Walter and his buddies get recruited to help out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Together they form Scorpion,…

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Comic Books Collide: Does Superman Have Any Place in Supergirl’s World?

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Yesterday, The CW announced that Tyler Hoechlin is joining the cast of Supergirl as her famous crime-fighting cousin, Superman. This follows the news that the female-driven show will be moving from CBS to The CW to join the Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow DC family. There are already plans in place for an epic crossover event with all four shows. We. Can’t. Wait. But in the meantime, we’re still trying to digest the news that Superman is becoming a permanent fixture on the girlpower-centric Supergirl. Hoechlin is best known for playing Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, and there’s no denying that he has the type of chiseled jaw we’ve come to associate with one of the most famous superheroes of…

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Have Lunch with Stephen Colbert on Us

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“I’m trying to drop a few pounds…so I’m practicing portion control. I’m only eating small-sounding foods,” says comedian Stephen Colbert as he removes a Little Caesar’s pizza, a box of Thin Mints, and some baby back ribs to wash it all down. Now, just nearly a month and a half before he takes over the reins for David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show, Colbert is doing everything in his power to reintroduce his sharp-featured mug to the American public. This week, he’s hosting a five-installment lunch series officially titled, “Stephen Colbert has Stephen Colbert’s Daily Lunch with You, Starring Stephen Colbert.” The first and second installments have been posted and are, as you’d expect, wildly funny. My favorite bit from…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with John Dixon, Author of Phoenix Island

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Phoenix Island The inspiration for the CBS TV show Intelligence—a thrilling adventure that’s “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack). The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be made for him. A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island. …

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