Friday, September 23, 2011

Coffee with a canine: Jenny Hubbard & Oliver

This weekend's featured couple at Coffee with a Canine: Jenny Hubbard and Oliver.

The author, on how she and Oliver were united:
I saw his face on a website and knew he was the one. He had been in foster care for two months with Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas, who came and interviewed us for the job of Oliver’s parents. We’ve had the job for six months now and wouldn’t trade it for a hatbox full of...[read on]
Among the early praise for Paper Covers Rock:
“Guilt, loyalty, honesty, sex and the lines that separate them are all found in Alex Stromm’s journal. After the drowning death of his friend Thomas, Alex binds them all together with poetry written for his English teacher, a woman he’s obsessed with. But can he find the truth? Can he tell it? The lines Alex writes and walks are as thin and sharp as the pages of his book. Paper Covers Rock is dazzling in its intensity and intelligence, spell-binding in its terrible beauty.”
--Kathi Appelt, National Book Award finalist for The Underneath

"Following in the tradition of John Knowles's A Separate Peace, this eloquent first novel set in 1982 at an all-male boarding school explores circumstances surrounding the accidental death of a student.... A powerful, ambitious debut."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The poetry that Hubbard produces from Alex’s pen is brilliant, and the prose throughout is elegant in its simplicity…. Reminiscent of John Knowles’ classic coming-of-age story, A Separate Peace (1959), this novel introduces Hubbard as a bright light to watch on the YA literary scene.”
--Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist (starred review)
Learn more about the book and author at Jenny Hubbard's website.

My Book, The Movie: Paper Covers Rock.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Jenny Hubbard and Oliver.

--Marshal Zeringue