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The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera

"... likewise 86 year old Czech-French novelist Milan Kundera’s new work of fiction, The Festival of Insignificance, which was published last week by New York based publisher Harper in Linda Asher’s fine English translation from the Kundera’s French, is a 128 pp. novella that revisits its author’s recurring themes but in a shorter format." -- from my examiner article. Also see my New York Journal of Books review.
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gender bias at The Times Literary Supplement

The Vida count: Gender bias in book reviewing - New York NY | Examiner.com


Women authors and reviewers continue to face gender bias.

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The Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award are considered the triple crown of American book publishing. Although I am a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle I have not read any of these books (see my previous article 2012 Books Retrospective for the 2012 books I have read and reviewed). My own book reviewing schedule leaves me little time to read books that have already been published with my eyes, but I do have time to listen to audiobooks and will keep the above list for future reference.

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In my New York Journal of Books review I describe the book as  “. . . a plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose via an engagingly intelligent third-person narrator. . . . an auspicious debut” and recommend it to both adult and precocious young adult readers.  via the late examiner.com

Former NPR correspondant Anna Solomon's debut novel, The Little Bride, is published today by Riverhead Books, a division of New York publisher Penguin USA. In my New York Journal of Books review I describe the book as “. . . a plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose via an engagingly intelligent third-person narrator. . . . an auspicious debut” and recommend it to both adult and precocious young adult readers.

The title character is a late Nineteenth Century Russian-Jewish teenager who immigrates to this country as a mail-order bride and joins her new husband as a pioneer homesteader on the Great Plains. Ms. Solomon based the story on the memoirs of at least two Nineteenth Century Jewish women pioneers in the American west, but the plot and characters are the product of her imagination.





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"Reviewers interpret, declare, dismiss and augment--creating the discussion space that books need in order to live. Reviews are the oxygen books breathe."--Joseph Mackin

Book Reviews: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

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Press release:

New York, NY, October 11, 2010 — Book lovers everywhere now have an exciting new resource for book reviews they can trust. The New York Journal of Books (www.nyjournalofbooks.com

) launched on October 6 to meet the need for original online reviews of the same quality as disappearing print reviews.

 

 

“We intend to fill the gap that has resulted from the contraction, and in some cases the total elimination, of esteemed print book reviews,” says founder Ted Sturtz. “Unrestrained by page counts and printing costs, we are dedicated to delivering the most comprehensive detailed book reviews in North America written by credentialed reviewers whose knowledge, insight, voice, and measure of the written word permeate our book profiles.”

 

Thanks to the broad expertise of the NYJB’s team of reviewers, the free site features an eclectic selection of titles sourced from independent publishers as well as imprints of the largest publishers. To help readers make their book selections, reviews are enhanced with rich media, such as video, audio and book browsing.

 

Visitors to NYJB will also enjoy the immediacy possible only online. Going forward, reviews will be posted at midnight on the date a book is released. When users discover books they want to read, they’ll find that the ability to purchase is conveniently a click away for a truly one-stop experience.

 

NYJB Publisher, Lisa Rojany Buccieri, author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, lead author of Writing Children's Books for Dummies, and owner of Editorial Services of Los Angeles, noted “fierce attention to the editing and newreviewer selection process will ensure that, as the volume of reviews grows, the quality of reviews will be maintained.”  She added, “At the same time, we also take great joy in the panorama of reviewers on our panel and their truly unique voices.  They don’t simply judge books. They engage, inform, and even entertain our readers.”                                                                    

 

Advertisers on the site have the choice of appearing on major landing pages to reach a broad audience, or appearing in specific genres (for example, romance or military) that reach a highly targeted demographic or enthusiasts and professionals (for example, cooking, wine, or technology).

 

For more info: media@nyjournalobooks.com

 

About NYJB Reviewers

Our more than 130 credentialed reviewers have published: 4,000+ book reviews, 500+ books, 500+ short stories, 20,000+ articles, 12+ screenplays and 24+ playsThey have received more than 75 literary and professional awards.


 

My reviews are here: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/reviewer/david-cooper

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Not only are we told to anticipate The End of Books but now we hear that Blogs are Dead. But most Twitter users continue to blog in long form and link to their blog posts in their tweets: thanks to friendfeed links to my LJ posts appear as tweets.
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Not only are we told to anticipate The End of Books but now we hear that Blogs are Dead. But most Twitter users continue to blog in long form and link to their blog posts in their tweets: thanks to friendfeed links to my LJ posts appear as tweets.

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