I never formally reviewed Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell, but I’ve read it twice and recommended to friends who like to read and friends who like to cook. In fact, it inspired me to read Julia Child’s My Life in France, as well.
I’ve been hearing murmurs about the upcoming movie for a while, but kept forgetting to look for trailers. I just did, and found out that the trailer was released on April 29th, and the movie is coming on August 7th, just ten days before my birthday. I shall consider it an early birthday present, especially as it stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.
I’ve been a follower of Jen Lancaster’s blog since before her first book was published, though I’m not a very good blog visitor these days, so when I got an email with the link to the trailer for her new book – coming in May – I HAD to share it.
Watch! Then go buy Pretty in Plaid. You know you want to do it.
First, I won’t be reading or reviewing much this month, as I’m writing up a storm. I’d say that I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, but I’m not, exactly. I’m cheating. For details, please read this post at my regular blog. The post in question has a link to fragments and snippets and suchlike.
Second: Interviews with Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Julia Holden will be posted this month. Both of them. Really.
Third: I’ve finished Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason (who is turning out to be a great correspondent as well as a kickass novelist. Go buy her stuff and then read it), so a review will be posted soon-ish.
Fourth: I’m currently reading Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis and What They Don’t Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies for Making Your Own Movies No Matter What by Camille Landau and Tiare White, which was recommended to me by The Fabulous Clay, and is, as well as being helpful to moviemakers with no money, one of the best writing books I’ve ever encountered.
I just received the emailed interview from Julia Holden, and while she doesn’t talk about fictional Las Vegas homes for sale (or trailers stashed behind hotels or casinos, for that matter) the subjects do include Paris, pseudonyms, future plans, and the Folies Bergere.
The authors who’ve been contacted are picked because they’re fairly accessible – with websites, blogs, etc., – as well as because I like their work, or think my readers will appreciate what they have to say.
So far, everyone I’ve contacted has been really gracious and returned the questionnaire much quicker than anticipated, which is really good for me.
Ms. Holden’s interview won’t be posted until November, most likely, but I wanted to let you all know it was coming.
Just a brief list of what’s coming to Bibliotica during the rest of October:
– Review of the season premiere of Blood Ties
– Reviews of Rises the Night and The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
– In Their Words: Emailed interview from Keith R. A. DeCandido, who apparently never sleeps. This will go up either Tuesday or Thursday of this week, and should not be missed – some of his responses made me wish I had protective underwear.
– More site changes. You may have noticed the new layout, but I’m working on one that will spotlight featured pieces a little better.
I’ll also be re-reading the original Dracula by Bram Stoker and posting a list of my favorite fictional vampires.
Just a brief note about what will be happening on the blog in the next few weeks.
REVIEWS include: One Dance in Paris by Julia Holden, a quirky tale about a young woman from Massachusetts who chases the dream of the mother who died when she was young first to Las Vegas and then to Paris after a mysterious package arrives at her door.
Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster, sequel to her first memoir Bitter is the New Black.
And Interviews (In Their Own Words text interviews) with
Keith R. A. DeCandido
11 Feb 07 Upcoming titles: 27 February – Shopaholic & Baby, hardcover; 3 April – The Good Ghoul’s Guide to Getting Even, trade paperback; 15 April – The Earth Knows My Name, trade paperback; 1 May – Bright Lights, Big Ass, trade paperback; 5 June – The Harlequin, hardcover; 3 July – Demons are Forever, trade paperback; 21 July – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hardcover.