Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Books du Jours, Ep #204, "Of Crime and Roots" 03-25-15


Episode #204     “Of Crime and Roots”  broadcasting March 25th, 2015 

Only on LIFE 25 at 10: 30 pm

Logline: Whether based on real events or on the spur of the moment, crime stories never cease to fascinate readers: Bradford Morrow, Nina Darnton, Okey Ndibe.

Whether based on a real event or on the spur of the moment, crime stories never cease to fascinate audiences around the world. All of them boil down to a handful of simple premises: how is the criminal going to get caught? Who did it? And we, the readers, cruise through the pages to find out. The three books this week do not escape these cardinal rules.


Okey Ndibe, “Foreign Gods, Inc.” tells the story of Ike, a New York Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient Wa deity from his home village to sell it to a New York art gallery. Ike’s plan is fueled by desperation.  Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, Ike has a strong accent, which bars him from the corporate world.



Nina Darnton, “The Perfect Mother” explores the painful relationship between a beloved daughter who acts against her privileged upbringing and her devoted mother who experiences unimaginable fears. Inspired by the infamous Amanda Knox case, the novel examines the complex questions of how well do we know our children, and how far we would go to protect them.


Bradford Morrow, “The Forgers” starts with the death of a reclusive rare book collector, whose hands have been severed, then shifts to Meghan and her lover, who specializes in forging the handwriting of Sir Conan Doyle.  But when they receive threatening handwritten letters penned by long dead authors, a gripping tale of love and an exploration of the tenuous nature of authenticity follow.

Thank you CITY WINERY, NY for all their help.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Books du Jour, Ep # 203, "Mysterious Fluid Poetry" 03-18-15





Episode #203      “Mysterious Fluid Poetry”  broadcasting March 18th, 2015

Only on LIFE 25, NY at 10:30 pm

Ever since Adorno claimed that writing poetry after Auschwitz was impossible, poetry has persisted and flourished. The vitality of our three guests proves that writing more than ever is an integral part of life to share our experiences. Writing in different style and tone, their books convey the compelling energy of creativity and the much needed momentum for endless discoveries and growth.

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Marc Levy, “Replay” takes place on July 9, 2012, when NYT investigative reporter Andrew Stillman while jogging alongside the Hudson collapses in a pool of blood. When he regains consciousness, it is May 7, two months earlier. Stillman has now 60 days to find out who wants him dead. If only the past mistake could be fixed to alter the present.

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Paul Muldoon, “One Thousand Things Worth Knowing.” Smuggling diesel, a real trip to Havana, an Imaginary trip to the Chateau d’If, are just some topics of Paul Muldoons’ newest collection, which is exceptionally wide-ranging in its subject matter often within the same poem. If there is a theme to this collection, it is watchfulness.

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Chris Pavone, “The Accident.” Following the sensation with the “Expat,” which was influenced by his experience in Luxemburg, Chris Pavone has penned “The Accident” a masterful thriller that has all the hallmarks of suspense and high-end elegance in an international story of a dangerous manuscript resurfacing and creating havoc in the lives of the characters coming into contact with it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Books du Jour, Ep #202, "Authoress, Writeress, Nothing Less" 03-11-15


Episode #202     “Authoress, Writeress, Nothing Less”  broadcasting March 11th, 2015

Tonight on LIFE 25 at 10:30 pm

This week panel consists of women authors. Whether we call them Authors or Authoresses, these writers (or shall we say writeresses?), have strong feminine voices, even more so when writing fiction. Their characters may span a wide range of lives, from the evil-eyed memoir to the floundering of a movie star, but ultimately, they face tough choices, and must decide whether the long-coveted dream too long in coming is still worth chasing.

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In Amy Sohn’s “The Actress,” a young actress discovers that every marriage is a mystery and that sometimes the greatest performances do not take place on screen. Set in a tantalizing world of glamour and scandal, “The Actress” is a romantic, sophisticated page-turner about the price of ambition, the treachery of love, and the roles we all play.

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Stacey D’Erasmo, “Wonderland,” drops us into the life of an indie rock star at the moment when she’s deciding whether to go all-in or give up on her dreams. After taking a seven-year break, Anna gets a last chance to figure out whether the life she once had is one she still wants.


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Alice Eve Cohen, “The Year My Mother Came Back.” Thirty years after her death, Alice’s mother appears to her and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter decides to track down her birth mother, a, NYnd Alice herself gets a daunting diagnosis. A story of resilience, peace, and boundless love.


Thank you to City Winery

Looking forward to your feedback, The Books du Jour Team

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Books du Jour, Season Premiere, #201, "Of Dust, Data, and Words" 03-04-15

WELCOME to BOOKS DU JOUR. We are back with a brand new season. Season premiere is tonight on LIFE 25 at 10:30 pm, then every Wednesday thereafter.


Episode #201                        “Of Dust, Data, and Words”


Welcome to new season of BDJ. Today we will look into dusty rock, data collection, an strange bohemians, with Pamela Fiori, David Shafer, Justin Martin.

Host, Frederic Colier, introduces the first episode of the second season of Books Du Jour.  Whether deciphering an old parchment in some remote library or questioning the global culling of private data, authors always start with some treasure trove of information. Our first guests do not fall too far from the tree:


Pamela Fiori, “In the Spirit of Monte Carlo,” a colorful biography of Monaco, which depicts how a sun-baked desolate piece of rock clinging between France and Italy managed to become the must-place to live for the ultra riches.  Pamela’s story focuses on Monte Carlo, a district of Monaco.

  
David Shafer, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” In this darkly comic novel, three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems: boredom, authenticity, and a cloaked and omnipotent online oligarchy, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, on the verge of privatizing all information.



Justin Martin, “Rebel Souls, Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians” is
an extraordinary book about New York City’s Pfaff’s Saloon, a basement bar on Broadway, near Bleecker Street, where the young Whitman and his “circle of Bohemians,” such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain, among others, were able to foster their talent as poets and writers.

As always, we would like to thank you, audiences, publishers, authors and PR department,  for supporting us. Special thank you to City Winery.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Tyranny of Silence by Flemming Rose

In the brutal aftermath of what happened today in Paris at "Charlie Hebdo," you should all check the great book by Flemming Rose, "The Tyranny of Silence."



The book precisely deals with the cartoon, published by Danish newspaper, "Jyllands-Posten," in 2005 which ignited a global debate on the future of free speech, and what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and in a world increasingly multicultural, multireligious and multiethnic.  Flemming was the cultural editor of the newspaper. The book was published by the Cato Institute in Nov 2014.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Great news from Books du Jour and Book Case TV for 2015

Let's start the new year with not one but several bangs:

But first and foremost, best wishes from the Books du Jour and Book Case TV team. Thank you to all the people who helped us throughout the year to realize all our initiatives: authors, publishers, PR and Marketing Depts, and audience members sending us great feedback and financial pledges. Special thank you to Book-the-Writer for their tremendous shouldering, and of course the team at LIFE 25 and NYC Media for their massive logistic, technical, and emotional supports and trust in our program.

We look forward to another year of tremendous growth. Deeply grateful, because without your help, we could not make "it" happen.

What to look for early next year.

1 - You can watch Books du Jour on TV, online, and if that is not enough, you can also now listen to our program Podcasts (free).

2 -  Welcome to Christopher Carr.  Christopher is a thriller writer, and Book Case Engine will release his first novel "Mayday" in early 2015. The story takes a look at the shooting of Kent State students on May 4th 1970.

3 -  Starting late Spring 2015, we will launch the "Books du Jour Magazine," the online and print version of our TV series.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Last Days to Support our Campaign on Kickstarter

Dear Readers,

This is our last days to reach our goal.  We have progressed considerably this week but still not within reach of our main target.  Books du Jour needs  your help so it can move to PBS.  Please spread the word about our campaign and tell all your friends that we need their support.  To DONATE follow the link on picture below and find out what we offer.



Kickstarter - Books du Jour

We have great books and services to offer for your support.  Such as the list of authors below who will sit down with you for a coffee. Here are some of the authors who are participating in theBooks du Jour campaign: Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, Chris Pavone, Amy Sohn, Rick Moody, Sheri Fink, Jeanine Cummings, Joan Silber, Alice Cohen, Lodro Rinzler, Allan Topol, Jackson Kaguri, Scott Turow, M J Rose, T. Jefferson Parker, Boris Fishman, George Prochnik, Kerry Zukus, Edie Meidav, Caroline Leavitt, Heather Terrell, Anne Korkeakivi, Raymond Khoury, Gwen Edelman, and the list may just get longer . . .  Click on picture above to see the detail and DONATE.

The Books du Jour Team

Monday, October 6, 2014

Last Week for Books du Jour Campaign


Dear Readers,

This is our last week to reach our goal.  We are still very much a long way from it, and Books du Jour needs  your help to spread the word about our campaign and tell all your friends that we need their support to move on to PBS.  To DONATE follow the link on picture below and find out what we offer.

Kickstarter - Books du Jour

Well, if you are reading this it is because you have not clicked on the link.  We have great books and services to offer for your support.  Such as the list of authors below who will sit down with you for a coffee. Here are some of the authors who are participating in the Books du Jour campaign: Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, Chris Pavone, Amy Sohn, Rick Moody, Sheri Fink, Jeanine Cummings, Joan Silber, Alice Cohen, Lodro Rinzler, Allan Topol, Jackson Kaguri, Scott Turow, M J Rose, T. Jefferson Parker, Boris Fishman, George Prochnik, Kerry Zukus, Edie Meidav, Caroline Leavitt, Heather Terrell, Anne Korkeakivi, Raymond Khoury, Gwen Edelman, and the list may just get longer . . .  Click on picture above to see the detail and DONATE.

The Books du Jour Team