Armchair BEA: Interview with Kate Barber, Book Artist

A musician friend of mine (Hi, Patrick!) came through town a few weeks ago, and I had the opportunity to get to know his wife a bit better. Kate just finished up a degree in something I think most (if not all) of us book lovers will find absolutely fascinating: Book Arts. Visit Kate Barber's website to see stunning examples of her work. You can also visit her blog, Between the Pages, which is chock full of photos and descriptions of some of the processes involved in creating books. Today we are free to choose our own topic for Armchair BEA, so I asked Kate if I could interview her with all many of the questions I had swimming about in my…

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Armchair BEA: Beyond the Borders

Design by Amber of Shelf NotesIt’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! To me, reading diversely means being brought into the experiences of characters who are different from me, whether that difference is one of race, culture, or even socioeconomic status.…

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Armchair BEA: Novellas & Short Stories Recommendations

Design by Amber of Shelf NotesToday we're giving love to those little stories in our lives. These are my recommendations for short story collections and novellas by genre. I'm a huge fan of shorts, so I got a little carried away when working on this topic. (Also, I promise I don't work for CCLaP or anything! They just publish a lot of short works, and I've enjoyed everything I've read so far). I've divided my recommendations into three categories: coming of age literary fiction, sci-fi and speculative fiction, and quirky reads with elements of surrealism and magical realism.Adé: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker - American & Swahili Muslim fall in loveWomen Float by Maureen Foley - complex female relationshipsfour sparks…

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Dr. Seuss and the Art of Musicality

My local music teachers association had its first meeting of the year last Saturday. Our guest speaker was violist Hillary Herndon (pictured right) from the University of Tennessee School of Music. She presented a fascinating and interactive program titled Dr. Seuss and the Art of Musicality. This program was outstanding! My mind has been whirling all week with further thoughts and ideas. There are so many applications and considerations from a variety of perspectives: that of a musician and a music teacher, but also a reader and a listener. Herndon often asks her students to find excerpts from literature to bring back and read aloud in front of the class. They are told to present their readings in character. She found…

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Armchair BEA: Children’s Literature

Design credit: Nina of Nina ReadsChildren's LiteratureI am so excited that children's literature is one of the Armchair BEA topics this week! This is something I've been wanting to post about for a while, especially since I get a lot of requests to review children's books.When it comes to children's literature, there is a word that describes what I avoid:Now, before you protest: Dr. Seuss books, Edward Lear's nonsense poems, and the like are not examples of twaddle! These works employ clever word plays, rhyming schemes, and use of rhythm. They don't talk down to children; they encourage and stretch their growing minds.Author Catherine Levison says, ". . . dumbed-down literature is easy to spot. When you’re standing in the…

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Armchair BEA: Non-Fiction

Design credit: Nina of Nina ReadsNon-FictionI'm definitely a fan of non-fiction! I usually have a fiction and a non-fiction book going at the same time. Here are some of my favorite non-fiction titles.Classical music and music history books are obviously at the top of my list. I barely needed to attend music history class as an undergrad simply because I'd read so much, even devouring CD liner notes. My top five classical music books:Music, My Love by Jean Pierre-RampalEvening in the Palace of Reason by James R. GainesBeethoven's Hair by Russell MartinWhat to Listen For in Music by Aaron CoplandChopin's Funeral by Benita EislerBut there are so many more types of non-fiction I enjoy!Popular science books like Malcolm Gladwell's Blink…

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Armchair BEA: Ethics

Design credit: Nina of Nina ReadsEthicsFor today's Armchair BEA discussion on ethics, I'd like to share some thoughts on plagiarism. I know it's naive to believe that plagiarism doesn't exist in the book blogging community. We are such a supportive, friendly, and honest community! Unfortunately, I've seen a few Twitter exchanges to know that blatant plagiarism does occur. That aside, though, it is possible for plagiarism to unintentionally sneak in. An idea can stick in your head, and your mind can trick you into believing a clever thought is your own.Once I was improvising a bit while working on an arrangement of a hymn tune. A lovely 16-measure section came forth... at first, I was excited about how beautiful it…

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Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

Design credit: Nina of Nina ReadsBlogger DevelopmentI'm still new to the book blogging community, but two places have especially helped me to develop as a blogger:1. Bloggiesta. This is blogging marathon that focuses on improving your blog, checking items off your blogging to-do list, and learning new things from other bloggers. The main event occurs twice a year, with mini-events occurring quarterly and Twitter chats monthly in between. I've learned about writing review policies, SEO, using a spreadsheet to help organize my reading/reviewing (and oh boy, that  one has been a godsend!), and more. Friday, June 21 at 9:00 pm EST is the next Bloggiesta chat. Simply use the hashtag #bloggiesta and join in! (Using Tweetchat or Hootsuite makes these chats a bit…

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