House of Earth by Woody Guthrie

You'll remember when I first mentioned this amazing book earlier this month here on Novel Chatter, well now we have an update about the CD for the highly anticipated Woody Guthrie novel HOUSE OF EARTH  - the publisher has  " moved the on sale from 2/5/13 to 3/19/13. Sad to say, Johnny Depp is not be reading. But the good news is that the fabulous Will Patton is."

And the same source, Harper / Bookselling. says that:

Rolling Stone is running an interview with Nora Guthrie and Doug Brinkley in the current issue. People and USA Today will be reviewing in early February and USA Today  included the book in their “Top 10 Winter Reads.” NPR’s Morning Edition will interview Nora Guthrie and Doug Brinkley on February 5th.
Also, for those of you who ordered the CD, we’ve moved the on sale from 2/5/13 to 3/19/13. Sad to say, Johnny Depp is not be reading. But the good news is that the fabulous Will Patton is.
House of Earth (9780062248398) by Woody Guthrie. $25.99 hardcover. 2/5/13 on sale. 
House of Earth CD (9780062276063). $34.99 unabridged audio. 3/19/13 on sale.


The Edgar®Award nominees have been announced!

Here's the info directly from the Edgar® site! 

I've included a cut and paste below of what I think are the main categories, ones that the average reader will know.

Please check out the official site for all of the amazing nominees here.

I have to give a great shout out to one of my favorite books from 2012 - Mr. Churchill's Secretary!   Susan  Elia MacNeal's opening chapter for this book is one of the BEST openings of a book that I've ever read, talk about grabbing your attention!  It'd get my vote...if I was voting.

The 2013 Edgar® Nominees    

Best Novel
The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Group USA - Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishers)
Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Sunset by Al Lamanda (Gale Cengage Learning - Five Star)
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane (HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow)
All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley (Penguin Group USA - Riverhead Books)

Best First Novel
The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay (Random House Publishing- Ballantine)
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (Minotaur Books - Thomas Dunne Books)
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Random House Publishing- Bantam Books)
The Expats by Chris Pavone (Crown Publishers)
The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Reagan Arthur)
Black Fridays by Michael Sears (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Best Paperback Original
Complication by Isaac Adamson (Soft Skull Press)
Whiplash River by Lou Berney (HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow Paperbacks)
Bloodland by Alan Glynn (Picador)
Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn (Simon & Schuster - Atria Books - Emily Bestler Books)
The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)

Best Fact Crime
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French (Penguin Group USA - Penguin Books)
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King (HarperCollins Publishers - Harper)
More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answeredby D.P. Lyle, MD (Medallion Press)
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre (Crown Publishers)
The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry (Farrar Straus & Giroux Originals)

Best Critical/Biographical
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed by John Paul Athanasourelis (McFarland and Company)
Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke (Simon & Schuster - Atria Books - Emily Bestler Books)
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien (Oxford University Press)
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler (Smart Pop)

Best Juvenile
Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger (Abrams - Amulet Books)
13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau (Abrams - Amulet Books)
The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Abrams - Amulet Books)
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Penguin Young Readers Group - Dial Books for Young Readers)

Young Adult
Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Roaring Brook Press)
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Penguin Young Readers Group - Viking)
Crusher by Niall Leonard (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte BFYR)
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (Penguin Young Readers Group - Dutton Children's Books)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Publishing Worldwide - Hyperion)

All award info is  © 2013 Mystery Writers of America. 
Book cover images are copyright the respective owners. 

Golden Globe® winners come from books!!

The Golden Globe ® winners from Les Miz, thanks to Victor Hugo!

Ya just have to love it when books get recognized because the film version gets an award!  YAY!  You hope, cross your fingers, and think happy thoughts that maybe, just maybe someone might actually READ THE BOOK!  I know...what a concept!  ;)

Here's the main book-to-film winners last night:

Best movie musical or comedy went to Les Misérables and also to Best Actor Hugh Jackman in a movie comedy or musical and Best Supporting Actress to Anne Hathaway, in the same category.

Best movie drama and Best Director: Argo, inspired by the book by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.

Actor in a movie drama: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, based in part on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Actress in a movie musical or comedy: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, based on the novel by Matthew Quick.

For a complete list of nominees and winners click here for the official page.

Films from books get the Oscar© nominations again!

As usual, films based on books, plays or other written sources got a ton of Academy Award© nominations!!

Here's a quick over view of the nominated films and their forms of adaptations!  The "adapted" nominations are always my favorites because there's a fleshed out STORY behind the screenplay.

The great folks over at Disney released the following statements about LINCOLN:

Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy -
“We are absolutely thrilled and astonished with the 12 nominations. It is such a tribute to the work of those who joined us in this 12-year journey to bring LINCOLN to the screen. We humbly thank the Academy members who honored so many of us.”

Sally Field -
“I'm spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels.  To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself.  But now for us all  to receive so much recognition from the Academy I'm deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can't believe I got the role."

Tony Kushner - 
“I'm tremendously honored to be a nominee in the company of so many writers and filmmakers whose work I admire. I'm very grateful to Steven and Kathy, to Daniel, Sally, Tommy Lee and the whole cast, to Rick, Joanna, Janusz, Mike and John and everyone who made Lincoln happen. I'm overwhelmed by the Academy's response to the film.  I heard that I'd been nominated while waiting to take off on a plane from JFK to LAX. James Gandolfini, who's sitting in front of me, gave me a hug and a kiss, so I'm about as happy as can be. ”

Joanna Johnston - 
“I’m thrilled and honored to be nominated, it was an extraordinary experience with a remarkable team who are all part of this recognition.  It is my first nomination and I’m so happy to be part of this unique body of talent.”

Please note, the item below was found on SHELF AWARENESS PRO and it was too darn good not to share.

Oscar Nominees: Good Showing for Adaptations

Five of the nine best picture nominations for this year's Academy Awards, which will be presented February 24, are based on books, comprising an impressive reading list in Oscar's major categories:

Lincoln, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin'sTeam of Rivals, was nominated for best picture, best director (Steven Spielberg), best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner) and led the field with 12 nominations.

Life of Pi, based on the Yann Martel's novel, was nominated for best picture, best director (Ang Lee), best adapted screenplay (David Magee) and finished a close second with 11 total nominations.

Silver Linings Playbook, based on the novel by Matthew Quick, was nominated for best picture, best director (David O. Russell), best actor (Bradley Cooper), best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (Robert De Niro), best supporting actress (Jacki Weaver), best adapted screenplay (David O. Russell) and had eight nominations overall.

Les Misérables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, was nominated for best picture, best actor (Hugh Jackman), best supporting actress (Anne Hathaway) and earned eight nominations.

Argo, based on the book by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio, was nominated for best picture, best supporting actor (Alan Arkin), best adapted screenplay (Chris Terrio) and had seven nominations.

Other multiple-nomination book-to-film adaptations included Anna Karenina in four categories and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in three. 

House of Earth by Woody Guthrie


by Woody Guthrie is out next month and I am so excited!   HOUSE OF EARTH is due in stores and on e-readers February 05.

Here's what the publisher says about this amazing book, written in 1947 and never published before!

Available at last-legendary folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie's only finished novel: a prophetic and powerful portrait of two hardscrabble farmers struggling to survive the elements and other powerful forces of destruction during the Dust Bowl, introduced by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp

Finished in 1947, House of Earth is Woody Guthrie's long-lost and only fully realized novel-a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, filled with the homespun lyricism and authenticity that have made his songs a part of our national consciousness. It is the story of an ordinary couple's dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.

Tike and Ella May Hamlin struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle. Living in a precarious wooden farm shack, Tike yearns for a sturdy house that will protect them from the treacherous elements. Thanks to a five-cent government pamphlet, he has the know-how to build a simple adobe dwelling, a structure made from the land itself-fireproof, windproof, Dust-Bowl proof. A house of earth.
Though they are one with the the farm and each other, the land on which Tike and Ella May live and work is not theirs. Thanks to larger forces beyond their control-including ranching conglomerates and banks-their adobe house remains painfully out of reach.

A story of rural realism and progressive activism that is in many ways a companion piece to Guthrie's folk anthem This Land Is Your LandHouse of Earth is a searing portrait of hardship and hope set against a ravaged landscape. Combining the moral urgency and narrative drive of John Steinbeck with the erotic frankness of D. H. Lawrence, it is a powerful tale of America from one of our greatest artists.

The one and only novel written by Woody Guthrie, House of Earth was lost for more than sixty years. It is a singular look into the soul and passion of one of America's greatest artists.

HOUSE OF EARTH is the first book published by Johnny Depp's new Infinitum Nihil imprint with Harper Collins.  

2013 is here!

Happy New Year everyone!

I want to share some of my favorite books from 2012 with you. You all know that I had to step away from the blog for a few months, but ... I read a ton of books, good and not so good last year. Here are a few of my favorites...for what ever reason!  Some were sweet, some made me think, some made me cry, some made me frustrated and some just made me smile.

My favorites of 2012

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