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Women’s History Month: Authors Tweet Support of Women’s March National School Walk Out

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Women’s March is planning a national school walk out on Wednesday, March 14 in solidarity with the students in Parkland, Florida who have organized a National School Walk Out for March 24.  The purpose of both marches is to bring awareness to the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and to advocate for common sense gun laws that help keep both our children and our schools safe. Another walk out is scheduled for March 24 and is being organized by March For Our Lives, the organization started by Stoneman Douglas survivors. Wednesday’s March, organized by Women’s March youth group EMPOWER, will begin at 10:00 am EST and last 17 minutes— one minute for each of those lives lost at Stoneman Douglas…

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BookTrib Fictional Bookshelf: Diabolically Funny Reads for Michael of ‘The Good Place’

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Uncommonly good and diabolically funny, The Good Place is filled with more twists and turns than we can see coming. Based on the idea that sometimes, Hell really is other people, Michael, played to perfection by Ted Danson, is the standout character who is enjoying every second of not only his life, but the lives (or afterlives) of the people around him. After last season’s shock finale, we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next. The Good Place returned to NBC this fall for it’s second season, and is already living up to everything we loved about the first season. Smart, funny, and kind of evil, Michael is one of the most humorous and twisted characters to ever hit…

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The Latest Trend: 8 Book Trends from 2017 You Absolutely Can’t Miss!

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It’s one thing to write a popular novel, but it’s another thing for a novel to hit ‘trending’ status. Whether it’s due to a scandal or strong word-of-mouth, these are the books that create so much online buzz that it drives readers straight to the bookstore. We’re definitely interested in what makes something trend, which is why we’ve rounded up 8 of our favorite ‘trending’ books from 2017: Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman  With 2.6 million follows on Twitter, Gaiman certainly has a large fanbase. So when he announced that he was releasing a new book that dealt with the Norse gods and their stories, his readers went wild. It doesn’t hurt that the book has echoes of American Gods, Gaiman’s…

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10 Books Inspired by Television’s New Fall Season

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Next week, fall premieres begin! All our favorite shows will return for yet another season of laughs, drama, unexpected cliffhangers and celebrity guest appearances. We are so excited that most of the shows we love are returning. Some of our favorite new shows from last year return for their sophomore seasons, and some we have loved for years will have their final run. Inspired by the relationships, drama, humor, and plot twists, here we’ve put together a list of ten books that remind us of our five favorite returning TV shows. This Is Us (NBC) The Emmy-nominated show has become one of our favorites – and it’s easy to see why. This drama focused on the Pearson family has drawn…

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Starz’s American Gods Must Have These Five Neil Gaiman Elements

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American Gods premieres on Starz on April 30, and we couldn’t be more excited. Based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, one of our favorite authors, American Gods became an almost instant classic when it was released in 2001. Now, 16 years later, we’re finally seeing a version hit the small screen. The trailer that was released looks amazing: Part road trip adventure, part epic con, and part modern mythology, American Gods is one of those rare stories that defies convention. It blends Gaiman’s gift for magical realism with mythologies from all over the world, playing with our concepts of reality, technology and how Gods are created in the first place. Shadow Moon (played by The 100 alum Ricky Whittle)…

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March’s Author Crush: Neil Gaiman’s Twisted Storytelling is One of a Kind

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Usually, my author crushes tend to be romance writers. I can’t help it: I just love reading about love. But I recently got my hands on Norse Mythology (W.W. Norton, February 7, 2017), the latest novel by Neil Gaiman, and I’m already hooked. Full of Gaiman’s trademark wit and twisted storytelling, it’s reminding me again of why I’ve always been such a huge fan. So this month, instead of diving back into my regular romance rotation, Neil Gaiman is my official author crush for March. At this point, Gaiman is practically an institution. And for good reason. From writing Dr. Who episodes to crafting bestselling children’s books and graphic novels, he might be one of the most versatile writers around. But…

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These Top 10 February Books Will Fight that Winter Fatigue!

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We’ve finally reached the shortest month of the year – and possibly the most romantic one, with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and the snow still steadily falling outside our windows. Still, despite the romance we might all be getting a little sick of winter at this point, which is why it’s also the perfect time to get over seasonal fatigue with a new book or two. Or 10. There are just too many awesome new releases to choose from this month. Here are our top 10 February books to take your mind off the never-ending ice and snow: February Books Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (W. W. Norton & Company, February 7, 2017) Neil Gaiman + Norse Gods? Sign us up.…

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The 100’s Ricky Whittle Cast as Shadow Moon in American Gods

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The mythological creatures who immigrated with our ancestors still walk among us, and boy, are they pissed. Maybe this will calm them down. Finally, there’s news about Starz’s highly anticipated TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s much-loved modern-day, epic mythology, American Gods. After the announcement that the show was being developed by Gaiman and television veterans Bryan Fuller and Michael Green in 2014, fans have been waiting with bated breath for any information about the project. Well, on January 28, it was announced that Ricky Whittle, of The CW’s The 100, has been cast as the lead in American Gods. Whittle, who is also known for his performances in Austenland (2013) and British soap Hollyoaks, will play Shadow Moon, the novel’s mysterious,…

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Books! The Perfect Gift for the Most Difficult People on Your List

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You want to pretend that you’ve been hunting for the perfect holiday present for months, but we both know the truth—you have no idea what to get at least half of the people on your list. Don’t despair—you have lots of company! This is why we have all kinds of suggestions for book lovers including Christmas-y fiction, books that would make great movies for Hanukkah (but are also awesome reads), books that can change the world, and the best books of 2015. But some of the people on your list are REALLY hard to shop for. Finding the key to world peace would be simpler. No worries! Get ready to make your list. We’ve got what you need; books are…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books Deserving of Their Own Category

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Have you ever had a completely random pile of books that you’re dying to read but don’t know which one to start first? That was my dilemma this week for Heat Index. Each of the books that I picked is fabulous in its own right, but I just didn’t have a category that each one fit in. That is, until I had five of them and the category made itself! From a magical and dystopian world, to WWII, to love a second time around, there’s something here for everybody. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine, Alex Brunkhorst (MIRA Books, September 22, 2015) “Brunkhorst’s story is full of memorable characters and contains a first-rate plot; the latter will delightfully surprise the reader.…

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Authors Reveal Their Canine Muses for National Dog Day

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Ernest Hemingway might have had his cats but here at BookTrib HQ we know the truth–dogs rule. In fact,we have two of them on our staff, acting as furry muses and occasionally distracting us with their cuteness.   That made us wonder about the canine friends of famous writers. As it turns out, we’re not alone in enjoying a dog’s company. E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little fame had a dachshund named Minnie, who the New York ASPCA mistakenly claimed was unlicensed. Ironically, Minnie was licensed — in Maine. When the association demanded her vital information White took the liberty to respond for her: “You asked about Minnie’s name, sex, breed, and phone number. She doesn’t answer the…

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Mind-bending Plots for Your Midsummer Binge

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When it comes to television, I love to have my mind twisted in weird ways. I want epic, sweeping plots with complicated storytelling that’s just this side of confusing. Time travel? Yes, please. The whole thing was a dream? Bring it on. Which is why I was so excited by the new Doctor Who trailer that premiered at Comic Con:   More creepy aliens! Awesome guest stars! I’m getting goose-bumps just thinking about it. So here are three shows (and one book) with mind-bending plots for your binge-watching pleasure. And no, Lost isn’t among them. Sure, it was awesome, but all those loose threads and polar bears? It might have been too complicated even for me. Doctor Who After years…

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Long time, no publish? Authors who are worth the wait

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When Lorrie Moore released Bark: Stories (Knopf) in February of this year, it was with much ballyhoo. After all, 15 years had passed since her last collection of short stories—Birds of America, which garnered wide praise for its insight and humor, and was named a New York Times bestseller. If anyone expected Moore to miss a step after a long hiatus, that misguided reader was surely disappointed. It’s not uncommon for authors to go years between book releases. The creative process may account for some delay, and then there’s the business of selling a book: copyediting, jacket design, the sale of foreign rights, and the slow drumbeat of social media. That said, certain writers take more time than others. Here’s…

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Six literary worlds to visit with your tax refund

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Tax day is upon us and if you’re one of the lucky few then you’re getting an awesome refund right about now. Instead of blowing it on a new summer wardrobe or a trip to Costa Rica, why not visit some of the best imaginary worlds from your favorite books? This is your chance to see far-off lands, mythical creatures, or just relax with some Hobbits on a grassy knoll. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate tax day then to step out of this world and into one that has never heard of Turbo Tax. The Center of the Earth from Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth  What’s brilliant about the Center of the…

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How will YOU celebrate National Library Week?

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April 13th marks the first day of National Library Week, a celebration sponsored by the American Library Association that has been observed since 1958. The week-long celebration is aimed at promoting the use and support of libraries. According to the “State of America’s Libraries Report” released last year during National Library Week, 53% of Americans reported visiting a library or book mobile in the past year. Whether you count yourself among those 53% or not, this week is a good time to step back and appreciate what our public libraries have to offer. Robert Dawson’s new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, April) is a good place to start. The book includes photographs taken by Dawson over…

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