Well, here’s my first book-talk.  I chose to promote L.M. Montgomery’s classic finale to the Anne series, Rilla of Ingleside.  I had a tough time deciding what book to use.  I finally chose Rilla because it meant so much to me growing up – and still does.  I found it very difficult trying to figure out what tone to use.  It’s an older book, romantic, funny in an old-fashioned way, very serious in parts.  I decided to do an audio book-talk instead of a video book-talk.  I thought it might be more powerful to leave the visuals up to the listener’s imagination.  I worry that it’s a bit too slow and, err, “un-hip” to catch teens’ interest.  Despite it’s age, I do believe Rilla will appeal to readers…maybe not universally, but there are those out there who, like me, will fall in love with Ingleside, PEI, Rilla, Walter Blythe, Ken Ford, and (of course!) Little Dog Monday.

Suggestions, comments, questions, etc., are always welcome!

** In all the excitement caused by getting my booktalk finished, I forgot to credit the music!  The song I used is from The Pianist soundtrack, track one:  “Nocturne in C-sharp Minor (1830)”, Composed by Fryderyk Chopin, performed by Janusz Olejnieczak. **


4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! You really captured the scene! Your booktalk makes me want to read Rilla again. Great job!

  2. Posted by holliselizabethanne on March 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks so much! 🙂

  3. Posted by Rebecca on March 10, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I absolutely love the music choice. You did an excellent job… between the music, and your vocal inflections, the clip is fantastic.

  4. Posted by holliselizabethanne on March 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I’m blushing. 😉 Seriously, thanks so much for the positive feedback. I can’t believe how tough it was to demonstrate some creativity!

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