An Interview with Markus Zusak, author of “The Book Thief”

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“Markus Frank Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian author. He is best known for his books  The Book Thief and The Messenger (published in USA as I Am the Messenger), which have been international bestsellers. 

Zusak is the author of five books. His first three books, The UnderdogFighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards. The Underdog, his 1st book, took seven years to publish. The Messenger, published in 2002, won the 2003 CBC Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America.

In 2005, The Book Thief was released and is now translated into over 30 languages. As well as receiving awards in Australia and overseas, The Book Thief has held the number one position at Amazon.com, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in Brazil, Ireland and Taiwan. It has been in the top five in the UK, Spain, Israel and South Korea, and is still set to be released in many other territories.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/KcU9TP

To view the  4:12-minute video interview of Markus Zusak, visit:  http://bit.ly/1izBuOA

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Harper Lee’s 2006 Birmingham Acceptance Speech

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“Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel  To Kill A Mockingbird which deals with issues of racism that the author observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee’s only published book, it led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Lee has received numerous honorary degrees, but has always declined to make a speech.”  Wikipedia, http://bit.ly/1lzHkPG 

This 4:02-minute video is a photo montage of a day with Harper Lee in Birmingham where she was honored at a Birmingham Pledge foundation for low-income children in 2006.  Pay particular attention to 3:02 where she states that her heart was “foo full” to make her prepared speech.  Enjoy!  http://bit.ly/19HCTg8

Happy New Year!

And yet another way to market your book … Book Trailers

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For those of you looking for innovative ways to market your published books, here’s an idea.  How about a book trailer for your latest release to be shown on the Barnes & Noble book video page?   Or for those of you looking for previews and synopses of books, new or old, what better way to get an overall picture than to look at a book trailer.  No, this is not an endorsement for Barnes & Noble, however, you can see just how many book videos they have to offer, including the finalists in the Kirkus review of book trailers.  Not too shabby! For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1e1ksWC  or you can see them on You Tube at:  http://bit.ly/1e1lYYK

For those of you interested in making FREE book trailers, here’s some more video info:  You Tube:  http://bit.ly/1hv4c2G

Or another option might be:  http://bit.ly/1cJJozQ

Merry Christmas!

“Why Writers Write” – End of the Year Message from C. Hope Clark . . .

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“Voracious readers appreciate writers. Occasionally a writer publishes such a phenomenal tome that most people appreciate him, or at least his work. But I dare say that most readers do not understand writers.” – C. Hope Clark   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1cSl3LE

Merry Christmas!

Mark Twain’s Love Letter . . .

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On November 27th of 1875, the great Samuel Clemens — known to most as Mark Twain—wrote the following love letter to his dear wife of almost 6 years, Olivia, on the occasion of her 30th birthday. They remained married until her death, 29 years later.  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1bcRIa9

On another note, we finished out the year with a great writer’s group meeting today.  Rosemary and I thank all of you who have worked so hard to make the group(s) successful during this past year.  We appreciate it so very much.  

The next writer’s group meeting – WIN!2 – will be on Tuesday, January 7, 10:30AM – Noon, at the Community Room, of the Clayton Municipal Complex.  

In the meantime, we wish all of you a very ….

Merry Christmas!

 

Video queries to one of the Southern masters, Pat Conroy . . .

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Thirty-seven years ago, Pat Conroy introduced the world to one of the most dysfunctional families in Southern literature—his own. This fall, he closed the chapter on the saga with his autobiography, The Death of Santini. During a recent book tour stopover, Conroy and his wife Cassandra King—a bestselling novelist whose latest release, Moonrise . . .   “ For more, visit the 5-minute video at: http://bit.ly/195CN58

WIN! Writer’s Group Meeting

Day:                               Tuesday, Dec. 17

Time:                              10:30AM – Noon

Place:                             Prater’s Main Street Books

Please bring your current WIP, paper/pen/pencil

& Muse Notebooks.

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