Post image for Thoughts: ‘Miracle Beach’ by Erin Celello

My last books article before I left Madison was a a combo interview and review with Erin Celello, a Madison-area author who just published her debut novel, Miracle Beach.

On the whole, Miracle Beach is a pretty good book. It’s told from three points of view — Macy, Magda, and Jack — and I was impressed with how well Celello was able to differentiate between them. I also liked that each of them was flawed, and Celello wasn’t afraid to make them behave badly when the situation warranted. Grief can make people do awful things, and the book accepts (maybe even embraces) that fact.

So, I have some big news: I took a new job. In about three weeks Boyfriend and I will be moving nine hours away so I can take it. It feels enormously big and terrifying and exciting and awesome all at the same time.

The job is to be the editor of the newspaper in the town where I went to college, Morris, MN. I was actually living in Morris when I started this blog about three years ago, but shortly after moved to Madison to start grad school. I went to grad school in order to get a job exactly like this one, so this new job is a great opportunity for me. I know this is a job that I can do really well, and I can’t wait to get started. On the other hand, I love Madison and am going to be really sad to leave here. Emotionally, I’ve been up and down about everything all week, but mostly up :)

Today has not been a great day for reading. I feel like that’s becoming a refrain around here!

This morning my friend Erin and I went biking for Ride the Drive, a twice-yearly event in Madison where many of the major streets get shut down to cars and opened for bikers. It was one of the things on my Day Zero project list, so blogged about it with photos more over there.

Post image for Review: ‘But Not for Long’ by Michelle Wildgen

One Sentence Summary: “What is the apocalypse comes gently, this memorable book asks, not with a bang or blaze but with the silence of refrigerator no longer buzzing and the ‘fuzzy dandelions of candlelight floating past the curtains’?” — Rebecca Tuhus-Durrow, The New York Times Book Review.

One Sentence Review: Wildgren’s book is set in a slightly unfamiliar Madison, which was one if the most interesting aspects for me, but leaves me unsure about what others might think of the book.

Video of the Week

Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome gave a sweet TED Talk about the three A’s of awesome: attitude, awareness, and authenticity.

Additionally, his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, featured one of my favorite awesome things: the smell of a library.

Post image for In Which I Attend Some of the Wisconsin Book Festival

Today I’m in Minnesota for the Twin Cities Book Festival. In order to not get too far behind with my book festival wrap-up posts, here’s the bookish news from the Wisconsin Book Festival, which I went to a few weeks ago.

Unlike years past, I actually got out and attended some events. I’m usually the kind of person that prefers to spend free time in sweat pants on my couch, so this was a big deal. I didn’t take many any pictures, so it’ll just be a wordy wrap-up.

The Wisconsin Book Festival is Here!

by Kim on September 30, 2010 · 17 comments

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Starting yesterday, literary folks in Wisconsin have gathered for the Wisconsin Book Festival, an annual event that celebrates books and writing and all of those fun things! I missed the festival the first year I was in Madison, but managed to go last year and wrote up about a few events.

I’m actually traveling for work today and quite busy this weekend with a birthday party, but I’m hoping to get to at least a few events. If you’re a reader in the Madison area, these are some of my recommendations for things that should be interesting. The full schedule is also available online.

Other Writings on the Interwebs

by Kim on May 3, 2010 · 8 comments

This semester I’ve been working with two other students and a professor to put together Corkboard, an online journal of literary journalism. Our first issue went live today and I would love it if you headed over to take a look.

Vote for My Books on the Bus

by Kim on March 17, 2010 · 21 comments

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This weekend I’m heading home to celebrate my dad’s birthday. I don’t have a car in Madison right now, so I’ll be making the five-ish hour trip on the MegaBus. While I always intend to do work on the trip, I inevitably end up reading instead — who wouldn’t use an excuse for hours of uninterrupted time when you can’t be expected to do anything else?

I used to let people vote for one book I’d read each month, but had to stop at some point when reading obligations (book club, school, review copies) got to be too much. But since this is a special occasion, I get to bring the voting back!

Review: The Poisoner’s Handbook

by Kim on February 19, 2010 · 14 comments

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One Sentence Summary: In 1920s New York, two forensic scientists started a cat and mouse game with criminals to detect and prove the use of poison for murder.

One Sentence Review: Blum’s book combines murder, mystery, and easy-to-understand chemistry into an easy to read package.