Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Books du Jour, Ep #207, "Queens and Spiritus Mundi" 04-15-15


Episode #207         “Queens and Spiritus Mundi”  (broadcasting April 15th, 2015)

Only on LIFE 25 at 10:30 pm

Textbooks only outline the key players of our socio-historical conflicts to better elevate their status and mythologize them within our ideological assumptions. This is what we called the “Grand Narratives.”  But what about the “little narratives”? The lives of those millions of people whose contributions have made the “Grand Narratives” possible? This week books look into personal accounts:


John Oller, “American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague” depicts the story of the charismatic and beautiful daughter of Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary who used her social graces and political acumen to make a name for herself in Washington and ran the show from behind the scenes, only to lose everything at the end and be forgotten.


M J Rose, “The Witch Of Painted Sorrows” moves to the backdrop of the Belle Époque in Paris.  When Sandrine Salome escapes an abusive husband for her grandmother’s Paris mansion, what she finds there is even more menacing. The house is closed and under renovation for mysterious reason. But Sandrine insists on visiting the dangerous mansion, where her “wild night of the soul” is forced to find expression and flight.


Alyson Richman, “The Garden of Letters,” follows Elodie, a young cello prodigy.  When Mussolini’s fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by a young and impassioned bookseller. “The Garden of Letters” is a story of love, courage, and the power of the human spirit to find hope against the backdrop of war.

Thank you to CITY WINERY, NY

The Books du Jour and Book Case TV Teams

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Books du Jour, Ep #206, "The Other Side of Others" 04-08-15

Episode #206     “The Other Side of Others    (broadcasting April 8th, 2015)

Only on LIFE 25 at 10:30 PM

Whether through scapegoats or martyrs, the dustbins of history are filled with conflicts born out of blaming others for one’s misfortune. The history of Others is also the history of acceptance  and differences. Why are we so determined to exclude those who do not resemble us? Punish moral dissents? Or turn a blind eye on those who fall prey to society’s ever increasingly disregard?



David Margolick, “Dreadful: The Short life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns” portrays the once-celebrated largely forgotten author of what’s arguably the first great gay novel in American literature. “Dreadful” retraces the breathtaking rise of a writer hailed as a worthy successor of Hemingway, John Dos Passos, only to vanish as quickly as he appeared, in just six years.




Jane Green, “Saving Grace” is about Grace Chapman who lives comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in picture-perfect farmhouse, until Ted hires the young Beth, who quickly threatened Beth’s marriage. Losing her center, Grace falls into a whirlpool of paranoia and psychotic drugs, as she is misdiagnosed with mental illness.




Jon Ronson, “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,” investigates the world of public shaming, where social media has made everyone a vigilante and where a poorly phrased tweet or comment can catapult a person to Public Enemy No 1 overnight. Ronson follows up with those whose lives have been left in tatters and questions those being most cruel in the anonymous internet playground.


Thank you to CITY WINERY, NY

The Books du Jour Team


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Books du Jour, Ep #205, "Super Fortuna Believer" 04-01-15


Episode #205     “Super Fortuna Believer”    (broadcasting April 1st, 2015)

Tonight on LIFE 25 at 10:30 pm

From time immemorial, mankind has feared the power of a boundless universe, sky falling, earth freezing, floods, and of course its wheel of fortune. But mankind’s main pursuit consists in making meaning, finding explanations and creating stories, which both sooth its fears and serve as moral compasses.



Caleb Scharf, “The Copernicus Complex” asks the big questions: What is our significance in the vast, ever-expanding universe of which we occupy such a small part? What at the chances we will one day detect life elsewhere in the cosmos? According to Scharf, there is compelling evidence that the Copernican Principle—the idea that the Earth is an insignificant, unremarkable speck in a boundless sea—is in need of an update.




Barb Schmidt "The Practice,” looks at how the mind has a way of interfering with personal happiness, often causing stress and doubt. Getting in touch with one’s inner source of peace and following its guidance over the mind often-unfounded concerns requires training and discipline. This guide is for people who are looking for confidence, less stress, and deeper meaning along life’s path.


Paul Strohm, “The Chaucer’s Tale” takes on the theme of rebirth. At the start of 1386, Chaucer was a middle-aged Londoner with a distasteful customs job and husband to a higher-ranking wife. By 1387, he was forced to leave London jobless, a widower, and without political allies. Strohm unravels how this calamitous year led to Chaucer’s rebirth as a literary celebrity.


Thank you to City Winery

As always, we look forward to your feedback.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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.




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.