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Bookrageous Episode 6; The ‘Best American’ Series

Episode six of the Bookrageous Podcast is live! This time out, Jenn (of JennIRL fame) and I were again joined by Paul Montgomery, host of the Fuzzy Typewriter podcast. Jenn, Paul and I chat about what we’ve been reading and discuss the yearly Best American series of books, get geeky, and talk about what we love about collections and anthologies. Enjoy, subscribe, and let us know what you’d like to see in future episodes!

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Bookrageous Episode 4; MOCKINGJAY!

Episode four of the Bookrageous Podcast is live! Jenn (of JennIRL fame) Rebecca (from The Book Lady’s Blog) and I got the Bookrageous gang back together to talk about Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay. Along with the standard look at what we’ve been reading, we spend a good long time talking about out likes, dislikes and reaction to Mockingjay – with voicemails from Bookrageous listeners mixed in for good measure. Enjoy, subscribe, and let us know what you’d like to see in future episodes!

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Book and a Beer with Phoebe Potts

Earlier this month, I raved about Pheobe Potts’ upcoming memoir, Good Eggs.

I LOVED this book. In Good Eggs, Phoebe Potts writes (and draws) candidly about her life – and specifically about her struggles to conceive and start a family with the husband Jeff. It’s now among my favorite graphic memoirs, right up there with the work of Jeffrey Brown and Alison Bechdel. Potts manages to be personal, honest and touching, yet possesses a great sense of humor that a lot of memoirs lack. Where other books are droll or drab, Good Eggs is lively. A story about fertility and trying to conceive isn’t something I’d necessarily think of for a 25-year-old guy like me, but this one proved me wrong.

I’m not the only one that loved the book, and I’m thrilled that it’s finally going to be available to the public on Tuesday.

With Good Eggs’ release only a day away (pick up the book at your local independent bookstore on September 21), Phoebe was kind enough to make a book and beer related comic for Brews and Books. In a single page, the comic does a great job showing the author’s cartooning style, along with Potts’ great vivacity and humor. Be sure to click on the image below for the full-size, easily-readable version.


Many thanks to Phoebe for drawing this comic! Be sure to check out Phoebe’s website and the Cape Ann Brewing page.

Genretastic – What Comes After Vampires?

No doubt about it – vampires are huge business. A day at the store isn’t complete unless I’ve sold at least one Stephanie Meyer book. Charlaine Harris isn’t far behind, and at this point more people have seen Sookie topless than have read a Michael Chabon book. On top of that, there are plenty of imitators similarly vampire-obsessed books (Vampire Academy, House of Night), parodies (Nightlight, Dick and Jane and Vampires) … hell, there are even vampire-obsessed hit squads. These books might even be changing the way teen brains work. I’m not a huge fan of the books I’ve mentioned so far, but I even got in on the fun with Justin Cronin’s The Passage.

But maybe you’re feeling a little vampired out. You need something new to read, and you’ve proven you don’t mind getting a bit of the supernatural into your fiction. However, jumping into some of the popular genres of genre fiction – horror, fantasy, sci-fi – can be super intimidating. What’s a guy to do, or where’s a girl to start?

Have no fear, gentle reader. There are plenty of awesome genres out there, and even more great jumping-on points. Scroll on down for a look at a couple fantastic species of stores, good books to get your feet wet, and where to go from there.



The Pitch; The dead live! The rules vary from book to book, but generally speaking we’re looking at undead (or, optimistically, re-alive) monsters with poor motor skills and a thirst for brains.

Start with; World War Z by Max Brooks. In his “oral history of the zombie war”, Brooks details the outbreak and spread of a virus (Solanum) that turns the living into flesh-hungry undead. WWZ is a big book with lots of ideas, and by writing it as an oral history Brooks is able to explore the political, environmental, and cultural impacts of an undead plague – along with all the action and tension you’d expect in a zombie movie.

Then read; The Walking Dead and The Reapers Are The Angels. In his ongoing comic series The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman basically looks at what happens in a zombie movie after the credits, exploring how a group of survivors could continue to function over a long period. In The Reapers Are The Angels, Alden Bell does his best Cormac McCarthy impression with a story of a 15-year-old girl struggling to survive in a crumbling US that isn’t dissimilar from the nation in The Road. Continue reading

An Interview with Nathan Sanborn of Rising Tide Brewing

This week, my column on the Hop Press features an interview with the founder of Rising Tide, Maine’s newest craft brewery.

What were the driving factors behind you opening your own microbrewery?

I kind of fell into a job in book design and letter-press printing when I came back east in 1998. That lead to working for a publisher for a number of years, and finally to running my own graphic design and web development business after I was laid off by the publisher in 2003. The trouble was, I was never really that interested or passionate about working in design. When I started brewing again after my son was born I started mulling the idea of opening a brewery. Not in any serious way, but I did a bit of research and was constantly getting pressure from people who tried my beer. Having someone try your beer and say that they like it is one thing; having someone try your beer and ask why you haven’t opened a brewery is a little different. Combining those factors eventually led me to more serious consideration of the possibility of opening a nano-brewery. The final push came after having lunch with Dan Kleban of Maine Beer Company. He and his brother were doing pretty much exactly what I was considering and he was both positive about his experience and supportive of my loose plan. That was in, I believe, November of 2009. By February of 2010 I had my business plan well under way and I signed a lease in late March.

Ultimately, the factors that lead to the opening of the brewery were a feeling of disenchantment with what I was doing combined with a passion for craft beer. I suppose that’s not a very original sentiment, but it’s a fantastic feeling to finally be working at something that is truly personally exciting and fulfilling.

Read the complete interview over at Ratebeer.

Bookrageous Episode 3; Genre Fiction, Literary Fiction and Space Camp

Episode three of the Bookrageous Podcast is live! This time, Jenn (of JennIRL fame) and I were joined by podcaster extraordinaire Paul Montgomery, host of the Fuzzy Typewriter podcast and staff writer for iFanboy. In the extra-double-super-duper-sized episode, Jenn, Paul and I chat about what we’ve been reading and discuss genre and literary fiction, and Rebecca and Christina (author of Stacked) pop by to talk about space camp and space books. Enjoy, subscribe, and let us know what you’d like to see in future episodes!

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Bookrageous Calendar is GO FOR LAUNCH!

bookrageouscalIf you happen to follow me, Jenn Northington and Rebecca Schinsky online (and really, why wouldn’t you?), you’ve noticed that we’ve been posting a lot about Bookrageous. Bookrageous is our shorthand for really cool, exciting and unique things going on in the world of publishing. One of the ideas that led to the creation of the term, and the one we’ve been writing about feverishly lately, is the Bookrageous Calendar.

As of today, the calendar is launched and on sale over at Zazzle. You can – and should – buy the hell out of it.

We talked quite a bit about the calendar on the first episode of the Bookrageous podcast, but here’s the gist of it if you didn’t listen to the show. The Bookrageous Calendar is an 18-month (Jan 2011-Jun 2012) calendar featuring pictures of booksellers, book bloggers and other ever-lovin’ book nerds with a book or books. Think your typical swimsuit or charity calendar with a serious twist of literate-ness. There are topless photos (at least two!). There are men and women. There are a ton of good books. The calendar clocks in at a not-too-spendy $25, which buys you a whole year and a half of lovely literati and offbeat omnibuses. None of the people in the calendar make anything off the sale, as all proceeds go to First Book, a nonprofit that gives books to children in need.

So GET TO IT! If you wanna see this guy, or this gal, or pictures like this, you gotta buy the Bookrageous calendar. If you want to support a good cause and keep books fun, get the calendar. If you want to crush on the lovely models, buy the calendar.

In the meantime, check out the #Bookrageous social media leviathan (links on the left side) and stay tuned for the next Bookrageous podcast.