listen, read, watch

Prepare for the Perseids.

Posted in general by Ellen Bard on August 11, 2010

David H. Levy. David Levy’s guide to observing meteor showers (2008)

Robert Lunsford. Meteors and how to observe them (2009)

Francis Reddy and Greg Walz-Chojnacki.  Celestial delights : the best astronomical events through 2010 (2002)

Fred Schaaf.  The 50 best sights in astronomy and how to see them : observing eclipses, bright comets, meteor showers, and other celestial wonders (2007)

The next meteor shower is the Perseids on the night of August 12.


Elvis Fiction

Posted in general by Ellen Bard on August 10, 2010

Steve Brewer. Lonely street (1999)

William F. Buckley, Jr. Elvis in the morning (2001)

Steve Carlson. Almost Graceland (2007)

Mark Childress.Tender : a novel (1990)

Carole Nelson Douglas. Cat in a jeweled jumpsuit : a Midnight Louie mystery (1999)

Leanna Ellis. Elvis takes a back seat (2008)

Laura Kalpakian.Graced land (1992)

Daniel Klein. Blue suede clues : a murder mystery featuring Elvis Presley (2002); Viva las vengeance (2003)

Robert S. Levinson.The Elvis and Marilyn affair : a Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner novel (2000)

Jonathan Lowy.  Elvis and Nixon : a novel (2001)

Javier Marías ; translated by Esther Allen. Bad nature ; or, with Elvis in Mexico (2010)

Kathryn Stern. Another song about the king : a novel (2000)

Diane Coulter Thomas. The year the music changed : the letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs & Elvis Presley (2005)

Elvis Week is August 10-16.

August is National Golf Month

Posted in general by Ellen Bard on August 9, 2010

August 2-6 is Psychic Week

Posted in general by Ellen Bard on August 6, 2010

Joseph Gangemi. Inamorata : a novel (2004)

Iris Johansen. Pandora’s daughter (2007)

Richard Matheson. A stir of echoes (2004)

The men who stare at goats [DVD recording] (2010)

Miyuki Miyabe ; translated by Deborah Stuhr Iwabuchi. The sleeping dragon (2009)

Natasha Mostert. Season of the witch (2007)

Amanda Quick. Burning lamp (2010)

Lani Diane Rich. The fortune quilt (2007)

Evie Rhodes. Expired (2005)

Dolores Stewart Riccio. Divine circle of ladies making mischief (2005)

George D. Shuman. Second sight : a Sherry Moore novel (2009)

Peter Straub. A dark matter : a novel (2010)

Gary Lee Ward. Two from Tennessee (2005)

Karen White. The girl on Legare Street (2009)

Susan Wilson. The fortune teller’s daughter (2002)

The Working Poor

Posted in nonfiction by Ellen Bard on August 5, 2010

Shark Week!

Posted in nonfiction by Ellen Bard on August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Martha.

Posted in nonfiction by Ellen Bard on August 3, 2010

The first week of August is Simplify your life week

Posted in nonfiction by Ellen Bard on August 2, 2010

2010 Eisner Awards

Posted in awards,graphic novels & stories by Ellen Bard on July 30, 2010

Best Short Story
“Urgent Request,” by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Captain America #601: “Red, White, and Blue-Blood,” by Ed Brubaker and Gene Colan (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series
The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)

Best Limited Series or Story Arc
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best New Series
Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)

Best Publication for Kids
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz hc, by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best Publication for Teens
Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication
Scott Pilgrim vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)

Best Anthology
Popgun vol. 3, edited by Mark Andrew Smith, D. J. Kirkbride, and Joe Keatinge (Image)

Best Digital Comic
Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart,

Best Reality-Based Work
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from Another Work
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Graphic Album—New
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzuccheilli (Pantheon)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Absolute Justice, by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithewaite (DC)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Bloom County: The Complete Library, vol. 1, by Berkeley Breathed, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures deluxe edition, by Dave Stevens, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefe`vre, and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer
Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Daredevil, Marvels Project (Marvel) Criminal, Incognito (Marvel Icon)

Best Writer/Artist
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction
Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan/Holt)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse); Magic Trixie and the Dragon (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Best Cover Artist
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)

Best Coloring
Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, BPRD, The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, Umbrella Academy, Zero Killer (Dark Horse); Detective Comics (DC); Luna Park (Vertigo)

Best Lettering
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon (

Best Comics-Related Book
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)

Best Publication Design
Absolute Justice, designed by Curtis King and Josh Beatman (DC)

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Judges’ Choices:
– Burne Hogarth
– Bob Montana
– Steve Gerber
– Dick Giordano
– Michael Kaluta
– Mort Weisinger

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Jeannie Schulz

Bill Finger Award for Achievement in Comic Book Writing:
Otto Binder, Gary Friedrich

Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award:
Marian Churchland (Beast, published by Image)

Read more on the Eisner Awards here:

Man Booker Long List

Posted in awards by Ellen Bard on July 29, 2010

A total of 138 books, 14 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ longlist of 13 books.

The longlist includes:

  1. Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)
  2. Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan – Picador)
  3. Helen Dunmore The Betrayal (Penguin – Fig Tree)
  4. Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Books)
  5. Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)
  6. Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Publishing Group – Headline Review)
  7. Tom McCarthy C (Random House – Jonathan Cape)
  8. David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet  (Hodder & Stoughton – Sceptre)
  9. Lisa Moore February (Random House – Chatto & Windus)
  10. Paul Murray Skippy Dies (Penguin – Hamish Hamilton)
  11. Rose Tremain Trespass (Random House – Chatto & Windus)
  12.  Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Grove Atlantic – Tuskar Rock)
  13. Alan Warner The Stars in the Bright Sky (Random House – Jonathan Cape)

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