Follow Twitter #LitChat session with Josh Malerman

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 29th of October 2014 is Josh Malerman. He will talk about his novel ‘Bird Box’ (synopsis below):

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

‘Bird Box’ by Josh Malerman

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

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Follow Twitter #LitChat session with Bridgett Davis

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 22th of October 2014 is Bridgett M. Davis. She will talk about her debut novel ‘Into the Go-Slow’ (synopsis below):

It’s 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years before—Nigeria. She retraces her sister’s steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d’état.

At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria’s infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric—Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.

‘Into the Go-Slow’ by Bridgett M. Davis

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

The Man Booker Prize 2014: The Winner

The Man Booker Prize award for this year goes to Richard Flanagan for his wartime novel, ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’.

Dorrigo Evans is an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife. He journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan

Mr Flanagan was announced the winner on Tuesday at London’s Guildhall. He was presented with a trophy from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a £50,000 cheque from Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive of Man Group. Furthermore, he also received a designer bound edition of his book, and a further £2,500 for being shortlisted.

Click here to read more about his win. You could also watch this video of him talking about the book.

Join #simonteenchat with Ellen Hopkins & Stephen Chbosky on 15th October

Are you a fan of these bestselling Young Adult fiction authors, Ellen Hopkins and Stephen Chbosky? Join them in a Twitter chat organised by Simon & Schuster teen books:

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky; 'Rumble' by Ellen Hopkins

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky; ‘Rumble’ by Ellen Hopkins

Date: 15th of October 2014
Time: 5:30 pm USA Eastern Time
What’s in store? Writing, reading & all things on YA literature

To join the chat, follow @simonteen and send your tweet(s) using the hashtag #simonteenchat.

If you don’t have Twitter, you could still submit your question. Complete this form here and come back during the chat to see if your question gets answered!

Follow Twitter #LitChat session with Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 15th of October 2014 is Nicholas Sansbury Smith. He will talk about his novel ‘Orbs’ (synopsis below):

They have come for our most important resource…

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing—to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winton’s team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren’t the only thing missing. The planet’s water is gone, too.

As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn’t until they uncover what’s inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.

‘Orbs’ by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

Follow LitChat moderated chat with Ruth Moose

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 8th of October 2014 is Ruth Moose. She will talk about her debut novel ‘Doing It at the Dixie Dew’. Here is a synopsis of the book:

Beth McKenzie’s attempt to turn an old Southern mansion into a Bed and Breakfast called The Dixie Dew is thwarted when her first guest is found dead in bed. Murdered, it turns out. Three days later a young priest is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is abuzz, and Ossie Delbardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved  controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders.

With her barely opened B&B in danger of failing, and aided by her friend from high school and trusty handyman, Beth sets out to discover the truth of the murders. Littleboro has its share of characters, some of which are helpful and others misleading. There’s Crazy Reba who lives in a tree, bathes in any bathtub she finds empty, and dumpster dives; Verna, the town know-it-all and affectionate owner of Robert Redford, a huge white rabbit; and Miss Tempie Merritt, music teacher and organist who always wears hat, gloves, and lace-trimmed white socks. When Beth herself is attacked, there’s no more time for baking muffins and stencilling pineapples on the porch. She’s in a race to uncover her neighbors’ secrets before her hometown becomes her burial ground.

‘Doing It at the Dixie Dew’ by Ruth Moose

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel athttp://www.nurph.com/litchat(recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

Penguin USA Twitter Book Club: Chat with Elizabeth Little

Did you know that Penguin USA has a Twitter Book Club? Like any other book club, there is a book assigned for discussion every month.

‘Dear Daughter’ by Elizabeth Little is the chosen book for the month of October. Here is a glimpse of the story:

Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.

Janie makes her way to an isolated South Dakota town whose mysteries rival her own. Enlisting the help of some new friends (and the town’s wary police chief), Janie follows a series of clues—an old photograph, an abandoned house, a forgotten diary—and begins to piece together her mother’s seemingly improbable connection to the town. When new evidence from Janie’s own past surfaces, she’s forced to consider the possibility that she and her mother were more alike than either of them would ever have imagined.

As she digs tantalizingly deeper, and as suspicious locals begin to see through her increasingly fragile facade, Janie discovers that even the sleepiest towns hide sinister secrets—and will stop at nothing to guard them. On the run from the press, the police, and maybe even a murderer, Janie must choose between the anonymity she craves and the truth she so desperately needs.

A gripping, electrifying debut novel with an ingenious and like-it-or-not sexy protagonist, Dear Daughter follows every twist and turn as Janie unravels the mystery of what happened the night her mother died—whatever the cost.

‘Dear Daughter’ by Elizabeth Little

If you have read/are reading the book, why don’t you participate in “mini book club meetings”? @penguinUSA has organised 2 Twitter chat sessions with @elizabethlittle on these dates:

  • Tuesday, 7th of October
    2 – 3 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (2 am to 3 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)
  • Tuesday, 21st of October
    2 – 3 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (2 am to 3 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)

Join the chat and tweet your question(s) to the author! Make sure to include hashtag #readpenguin in your tweet(s).

For more details on the book club, please visit this page and/or Twitter.