Some books make you laugh, some make you cry. This one makes you…itch!

September 7, 2011

Writer  Ben H. Winters, the sci-fi author who brought us Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, has a new book out titled Bedbugs in which a young couple find their dream apartment in New York city.  The rent is low, the location perfect. Sure, the landlady is little eccentric and the super mumbled something about a problem in the basement, but, hey, the deal was just too great to pass up. As you can imagine from the title, the dream becomes a nightmare.

Winters was interviewed yesterday on CBCRadio “Q” by host Jian Ghomeshi. The conversation and chat that follows is fascinating in that this relatively harmless insect (i.e., bedbugs do not cause lethal diseases like mosquitoes do) has become the archetypal symbol of urban paranoia. Needless to say, I’m itchin’ to read this one (groan).

Barbara L.

Book Trailer of the Week

December 22, 2010

This Book Trailer of the Week is in belated celebration of the great Jane Austen’s 235th birthday on December 16th.  Selected as one of 2009’s best book videos, the hilarious clip is for Ben H. Winters’ contribution to Austen mash-up mania, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.  So, enjoy the trailer, check out the Quirk classic, and don’t forget about Austen’s original.  Happy birthday, Jane!    


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