Saturday, July 21, 2007

Upcoming Interview with Author Matt Ruff - You Can Participate

Many of you may remember Seattle writer, Matt Ruff from when he joined us for a discussion of his novel and bookstore favorite, Set This House in Order.

Matt has a fantastic new book, Bad Monkeys, coming out this week on July 24.

Matt has agreed to participate in an interview/ discussion with our readers, right here on the Square One Books Online Book Club. I'll be collecting questions from this blog and forwarding them all together to Matt.

Click on the comments button below to submit a question about Matt, his previous books or his forthcoming novel, Bad Monkeys.

In the interim, while you are waiting for the new book to arrive on Tuesday, July 24, you can read up on Matt and visit the super-secret Bad Monkeys web site.

We look forward to seeing your questions.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

I'm very excited about discussing this fascinating and moving story - but maybe not as excited as Mia, who emailed me her comments to post to the blog. Check out what she has to say about the story by hitting the Comments button below...