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Winners of Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

April 13, 2011 – 9:45 pm |
Winners of Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

My two randomly selected winners are:

Nora
Kathy P

Congrats! You each will receive an ARC from Viking, so please give me your address via this contact form. If I don’t hear from you by Saturday, April 16, …

WRITE MORE GOOD

April 10, 2011 – 11:48 pm | 10 Comments
WRITE MORE GOOD

Some of you might know I freelance as an editor (I’m working on a fantastic manuscript right now), which requires me to be familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook.  …

Book Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

April 7, 2011 – 11:47 pm | 9 Comments
Book Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

Thanks to the generous folks at Viking, I get to give away two galleys of Geraldine Brooks’s latest novel, Caleb’s Crossing. Brooks is the Pulitzer-winning author of March and People of the Book.
Here’s the description …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 9 Rock Out

April 7, 2011 – 10:22 am | 9 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 9 Rock Out

This post is by guest blogger Poncho, an expert on AI and many things pop culture.—PCN
Even with the theme being “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the episode had little rock and less roll. …

Authors’ Bios as Marketing Tool

April 6, 2011 – 9:56 pm | 5 Comments
Authors’ Bios as Marketing Tool

When deciding which books to read, I usually ask myself some of the following:

Is it by someone whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past?
Does the plot seem interesting?
Is the concept unique?
Does the lead character sound …

Beverly Hills Film Festival

April 6, 2011 – 10:53 am | 2 Comments
Beverly Hills Film Festival

L.A. folks, did you know the Beverly Hills Film Festival starts today and runs through this Sunday, April 10th? The festival showcases independent films and tonight has the West Coast premiere of Conception, which was …

Strong Female Protags in THE KILLING & BODY OF PROOF

April 5, 2011 – 11:46 pm | 5 Comments
Strong Female Protags in THE KILLING & BODY OF PROOF

I’ve had my nose buried in the grindstone on a couple of fun projects but wanted to pop in here for a few minutes to discuss two new TV shows I found worth watching. The …

Ask PCN

April 1, 2011 – 12:00 am | 16 Comments
Ask PCN

From time to time, I’d get emails asking me questions about pop culture and random things I cover here. I usually answer privately but thought I’d try running a collection of questions that amused me. …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 11 Perform Elton John Songs

March 31, 2011 – 12:16 am | 6 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 11 Perform Elton John Songs

I haven’t been posting American Idol recaps this year because I haven’t been home most nights the show is on. Finally found myself with a little free time yesterday evening so I tuned in, though …

Winners of Kate Atkinson Prize Packages

March 30, 2011 – 8:52 pm | 5 Comments
Winners of Kate Atkinson Prize Packages

I’m happy to announce my 5 winners of Kate Atkinson prize packages. Each set includes the four Jackson Brodie books: Case Histories (trade), One Good Turn (trade), When Will There Be Good News? (trade) and …

Book Review: Manuel Muñoz’s WHAT YOU SEE IN THE DARK

March 29, 2011 – 11:32 pm | 3 Comments
Book Review: Manuel Muñoz’s WHAT YOU SEE IN THE DARK

You know this book is unusual when it begins by drawing you in with a second person narrative. Right away, you’re in Bakersfield, CA in 1959 as the tragic love affair between locals Teresa and …

It Gets Better

March 27, 2011 – 9:28 pm | 29 Comments
It Gets Better

Last week saw the release of the book version of It Gets Better, the outreach project spearheaded by Dan Savage and Terry Miller as a reaction to news of bullied youths killing themselves. Many of …

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