This week's links include literate Canadians, podcasts and more.
As part of our Best Books of 2015 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.
Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Need a seasonal sweet to take to a gathering, but not quite up for the challenge of a pie? Try these spiced Molasses Cookies from Maggie Battista's Food Gift Love. They're also easy to handsomely package, so you can make a batch for your upcoming holiday gift exchanges as well!
We're reading The Pickle Index by Eli Horowitz.
Is there anything more personal than selecting a favorite book? OK, the answer is obviously yes, but for a true book lover, maybe not by much. Releases from seasoned pros as well as exciting new voices made for a competitive, thrilling 2015—and a “best” list that we’re proud of.
This weekend, a couple of us from the BookPage team made the short trip from Nashville to the Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis to attend Avon’s 6th KissCon event. The event featured romance rockstars Toni Blake, Cynthia Eden, Lorraine Heath, Sophie Jordan, Cathy Maxwell, Kay Thomas, Lori Wilde and Julia Quinn.
Most Americans will be pulling up a chair to a heavily laden table this Thursday in celebration of Thanksgiving. If your own family drama isn't enough for you, check out one of these tension-laden reads set during the holiday season—they'll make the relationship between the pilgrims and the Indians seem downright functional.
What an exceptional year for mysteries and thrillers! We've selected our 10 favorites, but we'd love to hear yours. Browse all our Mystery and Suspense coverage here, and share your 2015 favorite in the comments below.
James Proimos, author-illustrator of Waddle! Waddle!, takes us into a day in the life of a jaunty little penguin, who only yesterday made a new best friend who happened to be a spectacular dancer. But as bad luck would have it, our little penguin quickly lost his friend and has shed a number of tears.
Bruce the bear leads a quiet, orderly life. He is particular about his food (organic), his friends (none), and is a determined grouch. That is, until his dinner plans go way off quack—I mean, track. After a slight cooking mishap, Bruce’s dinner eggs become noisy goslings. Bruce tries to return the goslings to their nest, but his unfortunate dinner episode follows him home. There is little that Bruce can do to reclaim his comfortable existence. Like a goose to open water, Bruce’s new babies are sticking around.