Thursday, April 12, 2012


Hey, Oregonians! COME SEE ME TOMORROW (April 13) at POWELL'S BOOKS at Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR (503/228-4651)) from 4:30-5:30 PM. Author Rosanne Parry, some talented young performers and I will discuss writing about the performing arts, sign books and all that jazz!

NOW, more importantly, the Bookanista business!

Kim Culbertson, the author of SONGS FOR A TEENAGE NOMAD and INSTRUCTIONS FOR A BROKEN HEART (don't you just love her titles?) has published a terrific e-book novella, THE LIBERATION OF MAX McTRUE

Recently, I've spoken to several authors who have chosen to make shorter, novella-length works available as e-books.  I'm getting increasingly excited by this concept because (1) it enables fans to read more without having to endure the sometimes very-long wait between traditionally published books and (2) it's a way for authors to share pieces that just don't fit easily into a full-length book model. Hence I found myself reading this e-charmer by Kim Culbertson..

MAX McTRUE is a boy you know--a seemingly ordinary boy who appears to be perfectly content with the course of his life.  Until one day: The day this story takes place.  Culbertson manages to be both achingly honest and brightly entertaining in her depiction of the enormity of the journey Max takes in merely hours.  You'll read the novella that quickly, too, and finish, maybe tearing up a bit, maybe smiling ruefully, but surely reflecting on what it means to be a teenager facing the challenge of "growing up."

Definitely at the top of my "downloads that stopped me from being an e-book skeptic" list. It'll be on yours, too.  Is there an e-book or two that got you excited about this mode of publication?  Lemme know!

And, for more Bookanista goodness, click along...
Christine Fonseca gives a shout out for REGRET

Carrie Harris swoons for STRUCK
Corrine Jackson cries heaps over STORY OF A GIRL
Katy Upperman delights in GRACELING
Tracy Banghart shares some CLARITY and PERCEPTION
Jessica Love cheers for THE SCORPIO RACES
Hilary Wagner hosts a Guest Post by Author Aaron Kato on YA Voice

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