Category Archives: Authors

Off topic | Free reading: Magic for Beginners

Kelly Link is offering a free download of Magic for Beginners, her book of short stories (the only stories not included in the free download offer are “The Faery Handbag” and “Magic for Beginners” ) in celebration of her new book, Pretty Monsters. Click here.

PS – you can also read a story from Pretty Monsters, “The Wrong Grave”

PPS – Kelly Link and Holly Black will be at Flights of Fantasy in Colonie on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m.


More on Joshua Ferris, and getting started

If you’re enjoying Then We Came to the End, you might appreciate a few author interviews with Joshua Ferris:

Joshua Ferris interview with Penguin Books

“Then We Started Hearing About Joshua Ferris”:’s David Weich talks to Joshua Ferris

“Joshua Ferris is Not Close to the End,” an interview by Ronald Sklar at

What do you think of the book so far? Do author interviews help your understanding of the book or do you prefer not to read them as you’re reading a book?

Thanks for reading Garden Spells with me

The days are getting noticeably shorter and I’m glad I got the chance to read Garden Spells while it was still summer, what with all the gardening and flowers and that cheeky apple tree. Thanks for reading Garden Spells with me. I thought it was a nicely written story if a little shallow on the subplots. It’s definitely piqued my interest in cooking with edible flowers though; I’ll have to try some of those recipes from the last post.

The nice folks at BelleBooks were kind enough to send a copy of Sarah Addison Allen’s In My Dreams, an audio collection of short stories that’s due out Nov. 1. Watch the blog for a review of the audiobook and a special giveaway to come!

If you liked Garden Spells, you might want to try:

Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate

Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic

Sarah Addison Allen’s The Sugar Queen

Morag Prunty’s Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Judith R. Hendricks’ Bread Alone

Bharti Kirchner’s Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries

Feel free to leave your final thoughts (or any edible flower-cooking stories!) in the comments section below.

Join me during the month of September as I read Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. More to come tomorrow!

More about the author

If you are enjoying Garden Spells, you might like to find out more about the author and the book. Here’s a brief biography of and an interview with Sarah Addison Allen. If you want more, there are some great FAQs on her website (Are there plans for a Garden Spells sequel? Are Claire’s recipes available anywhere?) and some tall tales as well. Enjoy!

Love Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books?

Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under”) is interviewed on HBO’s website about the new series he’s working on, “True Blood,” that’s based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books. Anna Paquin is playing Sookie Stackhouse. The series premieres Sept. 7 on HBO at 9:00 p.m.

Off topic | Free reading: Katherine Neville’s The Eight

Katherine Neville is offering readers a free download of her 1988 novel The Eight in celebration of the October release of her sequel, The Fire. You’ll have to act fast though, the invitiation expires at midnight on August 18! (via LJ’s In the Bookroom, which recommends Katherine Neville’s book for fans of Dan Brown who can’t wait for the next installment of his Robert Langdon series)

If you’re interested in reading The Fire, you don’t have to wait until October to reserve your copy. Click here! You can also get a sneak peak at the first chapter here.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

Nobel-prize winning Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn passed away on Sunday at age 89. His works include One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, and The Cancer Ward.

NY Times: “Solzhenitsyn, Literary Giant Who Defied Soviets, Dies at 89”

NPR remembers Solzhenitsyn

LA Times: Short excerpts of Solzhenitsyn’s works