Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"It never really occurred to me that when it comes to talking funny, people don’t just sound different, they speak differently, using different words to say the same things. So, a list, of things people say in Cajun Louisiana." —Ken Wheaton

"It never really occurred to me that when it comes to talking funny, people don’t just sound different, they speak differently, using different words to say the same things. So, a list, of things people say in Cajun Louisiana." —Ken Wheaton






Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Bastille Day!

"Joanne and I intended to be back in the Massif Central on July 14, Bastille Day, to repeat one of the most memorable picnics we’d known. It was in the village of Calvinet. The day ended at the salle des fêtes, the village hall for events, when people danced the old-fashioned bourrée to an accordion, a flute, and a cornemuse, a version of a bagpipe. Old hat folklore if you like, but both young and old were doing the thing they do. Before that, there was the simplest of delicious feasts.


The aroma of grilling local sausage filled the air around the meadow where the crowd gathered, while a handful of men with long wooden pestles pounded the contents of big, charcoal-fueled cast iron portable stoves. What they were pounding, to eat with our sausage, was called aligot. It was quite delicious, and sui generis. The bellies of their stoves were full of a combination of potatoes, cream, and tome fraîche. They pounded their potatoes, butter, and cream to a purée of a consistency they knew was neither too thin nor thick; then they added the chopped cheese, and the pounding soon became a circular motion, until their pestles drew up long strands. That was the aligot they heaped on our plates of sausage. No longer potato purée, but something with the consistency of taffy. It melted nicely in your mouth. The cheese hadn’t garnished the potato purée. They’d mated and become something new like nothing else.


Delicious.”

-Gerry Dryansky, Coquilles, Calva, and Crema: A Love Affair with French Food






Sunday, July 13, 2014

It’s National Embrace your Geekness Day! And look, we have your ticket to Geekness right here: http://bit.ly/1qlK3BR






Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Word from Jane Friedman on Sophie’s Choice

More than five years ago, the idea for Open Road was born when I couldn’t find a physical copy of William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice to buy for my son while visiting him in law school. Today, 35 years after it was first published, this iconic title landed at #1 on Amazon AND Barnes & Noble as an Open Road ebook.  

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Back to the future, 

Jane

Book cover comparison: 1995 to today.
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Book cover comparison: 1995 to today.

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The Droods are back: http://bit.ly/VKLYV2

The Droods are back: http://bit.ly/VKLYV2

Some Words of Wisdom from the World’s Most Charming Pug: Gracie Davis

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“Humans have never been able to crack the code of dog-speak. (They’re a little unevolved that way.)”

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“I’m very good at making humans laugh – everyone says so. I think that’s probably why God made pugs – He knew the world needed more laughter.”

 

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“Nothing makes a girl feel better than strutting down the sidewalk knowing that she seriously rocks.”

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“People stop in their tracks, stare in admiration; they ask my name and then they ask to pet me.  They coo and fuss and tell my mother how adorable I am.  Like, duh – we know that.”

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“On Planet Pug the pugs get to do whatever they want whenever they want. So there!”

Check out Gracie’s new book  The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie for more adorable pictures and sage advice

 






Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Be prepared to be blown away with this week’s new sci fi launches by John Barnes, Simon R. Green, John D. Mimms and Paul Di Filippo.

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Be prepared to be blown away with this week’s new sci fi launches by John Barnes, Simon R. Green, John D. Mimms and Paul Di Filippo.

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Check out the new edition of The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo!
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Check out the new edition of The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo!

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