Friday, October 31, 2008

Signing 11/13: Light by David Campano

On Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 7pm, local author David Campano will be joining us here at the Book House to sign his new book, Light: A Book of Solace.

We don't have too much information about the book yet, as it's not yet available. However, here is the quote from the back of the book:

"A beloved cat who teaches a life lesson. A crystal necklace with magical powers. The gateway to eternal life through ones’ breath. The power of nature, and the beauty of art. These are just a few peeks into the world of Light: A Book of Solace, a collection of joyous literature celebrating the joys of animals, nature, spiritual thought, and numerous other things the reader is sure to enjoy.

"David C. Campano has spent over ten years writing various forms of literature, including short stories and a novella. Aside from a budding writing career, he works as a Spiritual Advisor in the Capital District area of New York. He hopes to someday write full time. He lives in Schenectady, New York with his frisky cat, Luna, but he swears he’ll be living near palm trees sooner rather than later. He is currently working on his next book, and looks forward to releasing it soon."

We hope you'll join us in welcoming David Campano to the Book House on November 13th!

Signed Copies of Champlain's Dream!

David Hackett Fischer, well-known historian and author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Washington's Crossing, among many other books, was at SUNY's Writers Institute last night. He graciously signed some copies of his newest book, Champlain's Dream, for us! We only have a limited supply, so come and get your copy soon!

The book is an in-depth study of Champlain's life, focusing on his exploration of America. Not only is it interesting, but it's beautifully written, making it a pleasure to read. It's a book with plenty of local appeal as well. Christmas is right around the corner...a signed book would make a great gift!

We also have a few copies of two other of Fischer's books, Albion's Seed and The Great Wave. Come on in and check them out!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Signing 11/8: The Narcotic Farm by Nancy Campbell

On Saturday, November 8th, 2008 from 1:00 to 3:00pm, Nancy Campbell, author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts will be at the Book House for a signing.

The book tells the story of the United States Narcotic Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, over the span of 40 some years during which it was operational. Full of fascinating photographs, informative text, and historical documents, The Narcotic Farm offers an absorbing portrait of this unique establishment.

On the back of the book, David Courtwright, author of Dark Paradise, Addicts Who Survived, and Forces of Habit, is quoted as follows:

"The Narcotic Farm works its magic by recapturing, in images and words, the lost world of 'Narco,' the sprawling federal prison-hospital for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky. It's the details that get you, from the disheveled misery of withdrawal to the uninhibited joy of performing in the house jazz band."

The book, published by Abrams, is $29.95 in hardcover and is available now at the Book House.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Nancy D. Campbell to the Book House on November 8th!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Signing 1/24: Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich

Have you ever wondered about keeping bees? How about dreamed of eggs fresh from the chicken every morning? Maybe imagined making your own clothes? Jenna Woginrich did. Not sure where to start? Jenna can help. Her new book, Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life is just what you need.

The setting: a farm in Idaho. The cast: two working huskies, a hive of bees, a tiny flock of slug-eating chickens, a couple angora rabbits, an encouraging homesteading mentor, and one girl who longs to farm. The plot:'ll just have to read it!

The book is set up in sections, with one for each of the homesteading skills discussed. First, Jenna tells the story of her own experience of trying her hand at the skill. Immediately following, you'll find a how-to section so that, if you are inspired by her example (and it's hard not to be), you can jump right in and give it a go yourself. There's also a fantastic appendix at the back listing all sorts of further reading on your topic(s?) of choice.

From gardening to sewing, from the kitchen to the barn, if you're looking for a taste of the simple life and some inspiration, this is the book for you. And there's no need to wait until spring to get started. There are plenty of projects in the book that you can start in on right away.

Interested? Jenna Woginrich will be at Market Block Books from 11:00am to 12:00pm and the Book House on Saturday, January 24, 2008 from 1:30 to 3:00, so you'll have plenty of chances to pick up the book and meet the author. The book will be published at the end of December and will be available at both stores (Storey Publishing, $20.95 in hardcover).

Please join us in welcoming Jenna Woginrich to the Book House and Market Block Books!

Signing 12/7: The History of the Snowman by Bob Eckstein

On Sunday, December 7th, 2008, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Bob Eckstein will be at the Book House signing his delightful wintry book, The History of the Snowman.

From the publisher's comments (you can see more by clicking on the link above):

"Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted?"

Curious? We are. For the answers to these questions and many more, stop in on December 7th and talk to Bob Eckstein!

Signing 11/20: I'm Going to Dance by Erika Kirtoglou

On Thursday, November 20th, 2008, at 7pm, local author Erika Kirtoglou will be signing her memoir, I'm Going to Dance: A Memoir About Traumatic Brain Injury.

In August of 1993, Kirtoglou was involved in a head-on car collision that left her in a coma. I'm Going to Dance is her story of the crash and its aftermath, which still affects her today as she lives with post-traumatic brain injury. It is an honest look at her journey through recovery.

Her website,, includes the following quote from Liz Tuccillo, author of He’s Just Not That Into You and Staff Writer for "Sex in the City":

"This is indeed a story about the triumph of the human spirit. Yet, Erika tells it with an unflinching honesty and humor that makes you unable to put her book down. This is the real deal, not the sugar-coated version, and we, in the end, are left dreaming Erika's dreams with her."

Please join us in welcoming Erika Kirtoglou to the Book House on November 20th!

Signings 11/15: Buy Local Day!

On Saturday, November 15th, 2008, Capital District Local First will be sponsoring Buy Local Day, a day that encourages shopping locally and supporting area businesses. In honor of Buy Local Day, the Book House will have three local authors signing their books throughout the day! All books will be available for purchase the day of the event. Please help us in welcoming the following local authors to the Book House:


From 1:00 to 2:15pm, Christine Auclair will be signing her two books. One of her books is geared toward adults and one is written for children.

Living in New York as a Red Sox Fan: Tips & Topics from Within Enemy Lines is packed with pictures, quotes, and stories that will bolster any NY resident/Boston fan's resolve. Inside the book you'll find everything from merchandise to children's drawings, tips to tidbits, all in support of cheering for the Red Sox. Funny, sarcastic, and informative, this one belongs on any Red Sox fan's bookshelf.

You Can't Find a Rainbow in the House, teaches children the joy and importance of being outside. Accompanied by drawings and photographs, the book discusses all the wonderful things you can do outside. A portion of the proceeds go to The Magic Foundation, which offers help to children dealing with rare diseases.

COLEEN PARATORE: 1:30-3:00pm

From 1:30 to 3:00pm, Coleen Paratore will be signing her books. A local favorite with the middle reader age group, Paratore has written both picture books and chapter books. Among her many titles are the following:

In Willa By Heart, Willa (from The Wedding Planner's Daughter) and her boyfriend, Joey, seem to be the obvious choices for the lead roles in the town's production of Our Town. However, competition from a talented new girl, combined with some dancing under the stars, shake things up for Willa and Joey.

In The Funeral Director's Son, Kip Campbell longs to move far away from the family's funeral home business. The problem is that the dead talk to him, telling him what must happen before they can move on. When someone offers to pay him his weight in gold for discovering what old Billy Blye needs before he can rest in peace, Kip can't refuse!

26 Big Things Small Hands Do is one of Paratore's picture books. It works its way through the alphabet, listing all sorts of kind, friendly, generous, and helpful things little hands can do. The sweet story is accompanied by Mike Reed's beautiful illustrations.

WINIFRED ELZE: 2:30-3:30pm

From 2:30 to 3:30pm, Winifred Elze will be signing her new book, The Borgia Prince. It's a mystery set in Schenectady, NY, where a murder in the local theatre during opening night of "The Borgia Prince" leads one box office employee into a potentially dangerous confrontation.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

October Mystery Extravaganza

With Halloween just around the corner, it's a great time to read a gripping mystery! Here are the most popular mysteries on our shelves this month. Clicking on the title will take you to a page with more information, a picture of the cover, and an opportunity to order the book(s) for in-store pick-up!

1. Where Are You Now by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, $25.95 in hardcover)
2. Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, $24.00 in hardcover)
3. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Local author! Staff pick! St. Martin's, $6.99 in paperback)
4. Friends in High Places by Donna Leon (Penguin-Putnam, $7.99 in paperback)
5. Now and Then by Robert B. Parker (Penguin-Putnam, $9.99 in paperback)
6. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King (St. Martin's, $14.00 in paperback)
7. A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Local author! Staff pick! St. Martin's, $6.99 in paperback)
8. Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (Penguin-Putnam, $9.99 in paperback)
9. Sweet Revenge by Diana Mott Davidson (Harper-Collins, $7.99 in paperback)
10. I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Local author! Staff pick! St. Martin's, $24.95 in hardcover)

In addition, our booksellers have some favorite mysteries of their own. Here are some of our series picks:

Arnaldur Indridason's Reykjavik thrillers
This international mystery series starts off with Jar City, followed by Silence of the Grave and Voices, all available in paperback. The fourth in the series, The Draining Lake, is now available in hardcover (St. Martin's, $24.95). Marggie's could be, too!

Ariana Franklin's "Mistress of the Art of Death" series
Susan T. and Erin adore this historical mystery series. The best way we can describe it is 12th century CSI! Follow Adelia, a female physician from Salerno, as she solves mysteries for the King of England. Mistress of the Art of Death is the first in the series, followed by The Serpent's Tale. And look for the third, Grave Goods, coming in March from Penguin-Putnam ($25.95)!

Jacqueline Winspear's "Maisie Dobbs" series
Looking for a good British mystery series? Lots of Book Housers would show you Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. After serving as a nurse during World War I, Maisie starts working as a private investigator. There are five books in the series so far, with the sixth due out in February. From second to last (the first being Maisie Dobbs, link above), the series runs: Birds of a Feather, Pardonable Lies, Messenger of Truth, Incomplete Revenge, and Among the Mad.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Event 11/14: SUNY English Department Party

On Friday, November 14th, 2008, from 6-8pm, the SUNY Albany English Department will be holding their annual party at the Book House. The following authors will be in attendance, with the following books being available:

Author: Branka Arsic
Book: Passive Constitutions; or, 7 1/2 Times Bartleby
Publisher: Stanford University Press

Author: Glyne Griffith, et. al.
Book: Color, Hair and Bone: Race in the Twenty-First Century
Publisher: Bucknell University Press

Author: Helene Scheck
Book: Reform and Resistance: Formations of Female Subjectivity in Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Culture
Publisher: SUNY Press

Author: Charles Shepherdson
Book: Lacan and the Limits of Language
Publisher: Fordham University Press

Author: Alifair Skebe
Book: El Aqua Es la Sangre de la Tierra: The Water is the Blood of the Earth
Publisher: Finishing Line Press

Signing 10/30: No Room for Democracy by Richard Rosenbaum

On Thursday, October 30th, 2008, at 7pm, local author Richard M. Rosenbaum will be at the Book House signing his new autobiography, No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego over Common Sense. Born in upstate New York in the '30s, Mr. Rosenbaum has spent many years in politics. As a former New York State Republican Party Chairman and State Supreme Court justice, Mr. Rosenbaum has plenty of stories to tell.

The book is published by Cary Graphic Arts Press in Rochester, NY. The publisher has the following kind words for Mr. Rosenbaum's book on its website:

"Dick Rosenbaum narrates each moment with his characteristic booming enthusiasm and candid anecdotes, while sharing thoughtful insights derived from witnessing the shakeups of some 45 years of American political life. Rosenbaum’s journey is a unique portrait of self-made success."

In addition, Sam Roberts of the New York Times recently reviewed No Room for Democracy. Roberts recaps a portion of the book:

"Mr. Rosenbaum recalls flying over South Dakota on Mr. Rockefeller’s private jet in 1974, eager to see Mount Rushmore, but disappointed when the plane arrived after dark. Mr. Rockefeller left his seat briefly, and by the time he returned, the monument was bathed in floodlights. 'One of the most powerful men in the country,' Mr. Rosenbaum remembered, 'had just worked a miracle of sorts for my pleasure.'"

You can find the rest of the review here. Scroll down below the political cartoons to read the relevant review.

No Room for Democracy is now available at the Book House for $17.95 in paperback. We hope you will join us in welcoming Richard Rosenbaum to our store next Thursday night!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Looking for a spooky read? You'll find it in the Graveyard. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is a deliciously chilling, yet also quirky story. Nobody Owens escaped death by a hair's breadth as a baby, saved by the denizens of the nearby graveyard. He is raised by kindly if unconventional guardians who teach him the ways of their world. The graveyard has its own dangers & pitfalls that Nobody needs to learn to navigate as he grows older. His greatest peril, however, comes from the mysterious and deadly man Jack who never quite gave up the hope that he would be able to find and deal with Nobody. Neil Gaiman, (who also wrote Coraline, Stardust, & The Anansi Boys-to name a few of my favorites) is such an incredible storyteller. His worlds are an enthralling mixture of suspense, humor, and adventure that are filled with engaging characters. This particular adventure of Nobody Owens is good for 10 & up.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Guest Post: Adam Shepard

As of today, Adam Shepard's book Scratch Beginnings is available for purchase! We're thrilled to have him joining us at the Book House a week from tomorrow, on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 7pm. If you missed our first announcement about the event, you can check it out by clicking here.

In preparation for the signing, and to help us launch our new blog, Shepard has written a guest post for us. Here's what he has to say in anticipation of his night at the Book House:

"Man, a lot of people in my generation are spoiled. A lot of us got EVERYTHING we wanted growing up, most of us turning a blind eye to the great opportunities that we’ve been given.

"Rather than continuing to debate about it, though, I decided to act. After reading Nickel and Dimed, a well-written but flawed account of Barbara Ehrenreich’s own search for the American Dream, and after taking a good, hard look at the materialistic individualism that appeared to be brewing around me with my peers, I decided to go out and test the theory of this “American Dream” on which our great country has been founded. I started with $25 and the clothes on my back in a randomly chosen city to see if, in one year, I could have $2500, a car, and a furnished apartment at the hands of hard work and frugality.

"And, of course, things didn’t go as planned from the start. I spent 70 days in a homeless shelter, got hurt, got sick, and got my butt kicked by my roommate. Maybe I reached my goals, maybe I didn’t, but that turned out to be less important than the journey itself that I took—the process of taking control of my future every morning when I woke up, or not—and the people I met along the way. Given $25, am I going to stand up, face adversity, and fight to reach my goals or am I going to dig a hole, crawl in, and wait for somebody to come rescue me?

"Of course there is PLENTY of criticism for this story, and when I come to the Book House on October 22nd, I’m going to be ready and willing to address it.

"But, for now, I’m relishing the idea that my generation, in particular, has to step up. Put down the Playstation controller, suck it up, and go out there and make something of your life!"

We all look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at the Book House!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Signing: Weeping Under this Same Moon by Jana Laiz

On Saturday, November 1st, 2008, at 3pm, Jana Laiz will be at the Book House to sign her new novel, Weeping Under this Same Moon. Laiz has also written a beautiful children's picture book, Elephants of the Tsunami.

Weeping Under this Same Moon tells the story of two teens from different cultures. Mei, an artist in Vietnam, is forced to escape as one of the refugees known as "Boat People." Hannah, a student in America, learns about the refugees' struggles and feels she must help. The two girls are ultimately brought together across cultural lines.

From the back of the book: "Weeping Under this Same Moon is a testament to the power of love and the spirit of volunteerism; affirming that doing for others does so much for one's self."

Please join us in welcoming Jana Laiz to the Book House!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Presidential Election (Fictional)--2 Wonderful Novels

If you're not already registered to vote (you are, aren't you? the deadline in New York is tomorrow, October 10th), do so immediately or forfeit your right to complain for the next 4 years!

After you've done that, pick up one of these worthy novels about fictional elections. Both have pie-in-the-sky, idealistic, impossible-to-realize visions of how politics, government and society could be run, but if we want our country and the world to be a better place, don't we need to imagine and work for the changes that will get us there? In the words of George Bernard Shaw:
"Some men see things as they are and ask why? I dream dreams that never were and ask why not?" Why not indeed?

American Savior by Roland Merullo has a simple premise. Jesus has returned to 21st century America because he is worried about the direction the USA is taking and how his words have been used to support various political agendas, none of which have anything to do with faith, hope or charity. His solution? He decides to run for President of the United States. Narrated by a cynical television reporter who becomes the security chief for the campaign, we hear all the reasons why Jesus can never win--he won't fight dirty, he won't badmouth the other candidates, he won't hire a PR firm to produce glitzy television commercials in swing states. You know, he runs a clean campaign, just like our current candidates . And yet--somehow, Americans are listening to his message, understanding his solutions, and finding the best in themselves, which translates into supporting the surprise 3rd party candidate. I recommend this book--I think McCain and Obama should both read it, too. Yes, it is a political fairy tale, but don't fairy tales exist because they illuminate our archetypical desires? Read this and aspire to a better country.

Janet Tashjian is a young adult author who has written 3 books about Larry, the alter-ego of a young man named Josh. Josh's life ambition is to contribute and make the world a better place.
The first book, The Gospel according to Larry, is the story of Josh's (Larry's) Web site, in which he posts anti-consumerist sermons. It's great--read it! This post concerns the second book, Vote for Larry. Josh is back in business and looking for a new way to contribute, so he decides to run for President. (Do you sense a theme here?) Yes, he is too young to be elected, but he wants to bring attention to the issues that really matter to kids his age--the environment, the war, unemployment, education, social justice. His campaign starts with himself, his best friend Beth (on the ticket as Vice President), her boyfriend Simon, and his stepfather Peter as campaign manager. After a disastrous beginning, the campaign starts to pick up steam, and soon Josh is speaking to huge crowds of supporters across the country and his Peace Party campaign is s power to be reckoned with. Interspersed with the story (love triangle, campaign skulduggery, general angst), are pages of factoids about the environment, the increasing gap between rich and poor, quality of life, America's youth, and quotes from well-known iconoclasts from Edward Abbey to Martin Luther King, Jr. NOT JUST FOR TEENS!! If you are feeling hopeless about politics and convinced nothing will ever change, read this book--it will inspire you to be the change you want to see, right here, right now.

Keep inspiring, educating and entertaining yourself--READ!

Your vote is your voice--the only person who can silence you is you.
On November 4th, be radical--VOTE!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Renovations Continue!

The renovations continue at the Book House & Little Book House. The Book House's new counter is looking sharp with its new lights (we think they look like cheesecakes...yum!):
Meanwhile, the Little Book House is getting a new coat of paint in all kinds of fun colors!

Stop in and see us (and the renovations!)...we'd love to see you!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Book House staff wanted to do a special post with some related news and, of course, books.

First off, the news: Marggie of the Book House recently returned from San Francisco, where she walked in the Breast Cancer 3-Day with her two daughters. They, along with almost 2,000 other participants, walked a total of 60 miles over the 3 days of the event. Together, their team of 15 (the Boob Brigade) raised $43,308, and the entire event raised $4.8 million to fight breast cancer!

Now, on to the books! There have been many breast cancer memoirs published over the past few years. We here at the Book House wanted to highlight a few.

Erin's pick is It's Not About the Hair by Debra Jarvis (Sasquatch Books, $16.95), which just came out in paperback this fall. Jarvis works as a chaplain in the general oncology department of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The book tells of her experience of going through treatment for breast cancer while helping others undergoing similar experiences. Erin's Staff Recommendation card for the book in the store reads: "I read this book and passed it along to my mother, who read the first 50 pages and promptly bought 2 more copies for friends before finishing it herself. It's warm and honest, funny and heartbreaking. I'd recommend this book to anyone dealing with, affected by, or interested in a survivor's experience with breast cancer."

Rachel's favorite is Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto (Random House, $22.00). It's a graphic memoir, told through cartoons, about battling breast cancer while living in New York City. Rachel's Staff Recommendation card reads, "This is a wonderful memoir, filled with biting humor and poignancy, of cartoonist Marisa Marchetto's battle with breast cancer in graphic novel form. I really loved it!" You can browse Marchetto's website by clicking here.

In addition, the Little Book House staff has some favorite children's books that deal with cancer. Here are two of their recommendations:

The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco (Penguin-Putnam, $16.99) is, as Kathleen writes, is "a look at how cancer affects a classroom--both students and teacher--as only Patricia Polacco can tell, with grace, sensitivity, and humor." When both a student and the teacher are diagnosed with cancer, their classroom comes together to support them. Kathleen continues: "Once again, Polacco delves into her rich history to share with us a beautiful, life-affirming tale--be sure to have Kleenex on hand!"

Hair for Mama by Kelly Tinkham (Penguin-Putnam, $16.99) is described by Rachel as being "simply lovely!". She goes on to say that "Marcus' mom doesn't want to be in the family photograph this year because she has lost her hair to chemo. Marcus' solution doesn't come out the way he thinks bus is the perfect answer!" It's a touching story about a child struggling to understand his mother's illness and to find a way to express his love.

Signing: The River Lock by Stephen Haven

Author Stephen Haven will be joining us here at the Book House on Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm to sign copies of his memoir The River Lock: One Boy's Life Along the Mohawk.

A few lines from the inside jacket flap:
"After a fourteen-year absence from his home in Amsterdam, New York, Haven returns in the week before Easter, 2003, to the town that molded his character....Through memories of adolescence, Haven reveals how a growing understanding of art, culture, friendship, spirituality, family, and class melded to create a man able to live fully in two distinct worlds."

The River Lock was published in hardcover earlier this year by Syracuse University Press.

Haven has also written several books of poetry. He is currently the director of both Ashland University's MFA in creative writing program and the Ashland Poetry Press.

Signing: Bikeman by Tom Flynn

On Saturday, October 25 at 2pm, Tom Flynn will be at the Book House to sign copies of his book Bikeman: An Epic Poem. The book is based on his experiences with September 11, 2001:

"On September 11, 2001, journalist Tom Flynn set off on his bike toward the World Trade Towers not knowing what he was riding into. Bikeman is one man's journey back to the horrors of that day and to the humanity that somehow emerged from the dust and the death. Both heartbreaking and haunting, his words will stay with you like that 'forever September morning.'" (Meredith Vieira, NBC's "Today")

The book published by Andrews McMeel Publishing was released in September. The publisher has an excellent press release online about the book, which you can read here. The same web page also includes a brief bio about Flynn.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Tom Flynn to the Book House!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Signing: Mordicai Gerstein

On Friday, October 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm, children's author & illustrator Mordicai Gerstein will be at the Little Book House to sign copies of his many books! He will be in town for the Children's Literature Connection's Fall Symposium (The Art of the Book), as well as several school events, and is graciously spending some time at the Little Book House as well.

Gerstein's best known children's book is probably The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, which he both wrote and illustrated, and for which he received the Caldecott Award in 2004. The book tells the story of Philippe Petit, a French funambulist who, on August 7, 1974, walked a tightrope wire stretched between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The story is accompanied, of course, by beautifully rendered illustrations.

Another older but still popular book by Gerstein is The Mountains of Tibet. It tells the story of a Tibetan woodcutter who, at the time of his death, is given the choice between remaining in heaven or returning to a new life. The words I found most used in reference to the story were "gentle" and "tender." You can read what two people had to say about it by clicking on the title link above.

My personal favorite of the books Gerstein has illustrated is one that came out just last December. It's How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird, written by Jacques Prevert and exquisitely illustrated by Gerstein. The story is one in which reality mingles with a child's imagination, and Gerstein's whimsical illustrations capture the magic perfectly. Just glance through the pages and you'll fall in love--I did!

Gerstein has also written and/or illustrated a slew of other books. You can check out the full list on his website, here. Other well known titles include Leaving the Nest and Three Samurai Cats.

We invite you to join us in welcoming Mordicai Gerstein to the Little Book House on October 24th!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Signing: Encountering Faith in the Classroom by Miriam Diamond

Please join us in welcoming Miriam Diamond, editor of Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement, to the Book House on Thursday, October 2 at 7pm for a signing! The book is a compilation of essays on the topic, as the title suggests, of what happens when faith comes up in a classroom setting.

From the back of the book:
"The purpose of this book is to explore what happens--and what can happen--in the higher education, and even secondary school, classroom when course content meets or collides with students' religious beliefs. It is a resource that offers ways of conceptualizing, engaging with, and responding to, student beliefs."

In an age when people of so many varied backgrounds come into contact with one another on a daily basis, the topic of this book is certainly a relevant one. We look forward to hosting Miriam Diamond and hearing more from her tomorrow night, and we hope you can join us!