Lisa See's Shanghai Girls is a riveting book about two sisters who are "beautiful girl" models in pre-war 1930s Shanghai. When the Japanese invade, the sisters' lives are turned upside down and they are forced into arranged marriages and flee their homeland for America.
Watch Lisa See talk about the inspiration for her novel in this interview. The sequel to Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, is recently published and on the bestseller list.
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks is based on the true story of a man from Martha's Vineyard who became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard - in 1665!
Brooks, now a resident of Martha's Vineyard, talks about her inspiration and research for this book.
It happens all the time. You’re sitting in the movie theater with your friends, waiting for the show to start. The screen goes green with a preview message, then suddenly blasts alive with a trailer for an upcoming movie. It’s all over in less than a minute, but you know by that time that either a)you have to see it and are already mentally marking your calendar for the release date, or b) it looks like another lame romantic comedy/action-thriller/horror flick you’ve seen a hundred times before and you’re not wasting your money on that.
But what if you had the chance to tell the story? Oftentimes, a good trailer can make even a lame movie seem pretty appealing. People across the country, especially teens, are being given the chance to do just that, but for books through book trailer contests. And, because so many books are being turned into movies these days, it’s easy to find creative fodder for the aspiring teen film directors out there.
Published on August 1, local author Maggie Stiefvater's novel "Shiver," is already a hit, debuting on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It's your basic teen love story: Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. Boy is a werewolf ... fans of "Twilight," this is for you!
Watch the book trailer, created by Maggie (she's an artist too!) below:
Maggie is also author of "Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception" and "Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie" Check out Maggie's web site (http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/) and blog (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/), and follow her on Twitter, http://twitter.com/mstiefvater.