Saturday, November 03, 2012

Bits and pieces

Happy weekend!

The winner of the giveaway for Mary Sharratt's Illuminations is Shelly W.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  I've notified Shelly, and her copy of the book is en route.

Sarah Nagle, Collections Librarian at Carver County Library in Chaska, MN, has put together a great "World War II in Fact and Fiction" handout with two of her Minnesota library colleagues; it accompanied their program at the MN Library Association conference on October 5th.  If you haven't been able to find enough wartime fiction for yourself or your library's patrons, check out their thematically-arranged list... I'm sure there will be some that are new to you.

Reviews from the Historical Novels Review's November issue are up - all 305 of them. Over 30 reviews of indie titles are online as well.  The Historical Novel Society was founded in 1997, and for the cover story, a small number of longtime members shared their perspectives on the HNS on the occasion of its 15th birthday.  It was fun compiling that piece and hearing everyone's thoughts.

The next big thing in the book blogosphere is a meme called... The Next Big Thing.  Actually, it's been spreading for the last two months or so.  Authors, including many historical novelists, have been tagging one another to describe what their work-in-progress is about.  Here's a short collection of these posts. Check them out to see what's in the works.

M.M. Bennetts
Nancy Bilyeau
Debra Brown
Sandra Byrd
Michelle Cameron 
Christina Courtenay
Stephanie Cowell 
Heather Domin
Christy English
Elizabeth Caulfield Felt
Kate Forsyth
Jean Fullerton
Sandra Gulland
Liz Harris
Tinney Heath
Susan Keogh
Victoria Lamb
Lilian Nattel
Sophie Perinot
Teralyn Pilgrim
Kim Rendfeld
Julie K. Rose
Susan Spann
Deborah Swift
Kris Waldherr 
Lisa J. Yarde

If I'm missing any posts (of the historical fiction persuasion, that is), let me know in the comments!


  1. Thanks for posting the link for the WWII handout from Sarah Nagle. I always find them so useful.

    1. It's a list that'll keep me busy for quite a while. I've only read a few.

    2. Anonymous11:51 AM

      Hi Alex, I'm glad you liked it! I don't have an account or Facebook (I know, I know . . ) so I post here as:

      Sarah Other Librarian

  2. Hi! Lisa J. Yarde also did a post for this challenge -

  3. Anonymous11:53 AM

    I also see that the "Forthcoming" guide on HNS website is updated, probably as a result of all of the catalogs you got at the conference - now I can plan my reading and ordering for the next several months. Thank you!!

    Sarah Other Librarian

    1. I *knew* there was something else I meant to post about, but I couldn't pin down what it was. The forthcoming books listing was it! I finished the update last week, with the help of Edelweiss (I love that site) and online publishers' catalogs.

  4. Anonymous12:04 PM

    After reading the various NBTs, it appears that Daniel Radcliffe, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Natalie Portman could be inundated with scripts in the next few years . . .

    Sarah Other Librarian

  5. Hi Sarah
    I was also a participant in the Next Big Thing blog meme - here's the link :)'s_Blog/post/BITTER_GREENS_THE_NEXT_BIG_THING!/



    1. Thanks, Kate, I've added the link! I hope everyone you tagged decides to participate too :)