Tournament of Classics 2016: Elite Eight

We shouldn’t be surprised: Of course literature’s wickedest villains fight dirty! After a fearsome battle that left eight contenders in the dust, a leaner (by half) pool of players has clawed their way into the Elite Eight bracket of Bas Bleu‘s Tournament of Classics 2016. You know the drill: Vote in the polls below to determine who will advance to the Final Four of our literature-themed March Madness!

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Tournament of Classics 2016

Every March, as the country goes bracket-crazy for basketball, Bas Bleu celebrates March Madness with our own nail-biting, buzzer-busting, book-based Tournament of Classics! In years past, we’ve concentrated on the books themselves—novels, children’s stories, mysteries and thrillers. But this year, we’re taking the tournament to another level, diving deep into literature to pit our favorite villains against one another in a “big dance” for the ages!

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Spring 2016 Reading List

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Finally spring has sprung (at least in our neck of the woods), and with the daffodils and warm breezes come sun-drenched afternoons and longer days during which to read, read, read! But don’t panic if your To Be Read (TBR) list has dwindled over the course of a hard winter. Bas Bleu’s Spring 2016 edition is on its way to your door, and it’s blooming with plenty of fresh new books to brighten your season! Continue reading

Read, White, and Bleu: A Literary Presidential Primary

vote buttonIn January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We asked our readers for nominees…and boy, did you deliver! We were inundated with amazing suggestions for president and vice president, plus a number of wonderfully creative ideas for bookish U.S. Cabinet nominees. We’re delighted by your enthusiasm for our democratic endeavor, but your job as electorate isn’t over yet! Continue reading

The Distant Marvels: Q&A with Chantel Acevedo

As part of Bas Bleu’s 2016 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus material about our Bluestocking BAM selection to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Veteran readers know the power of a good story. We allow ourselves to be carried away every time we open a book, yielding our own realities to the events and emotions brewing between the pages. So it’s no wonder Bas Bleu’s March selection, The Distant Marvels, captivated our reviewer from the very beginning, when a gathering storm forces strangers to become allies, and a skilled storyteller is the only one capable of calming their fears during the crisis. Thus unfolds narrator María Sirena’s epic tale of growing up as the daughter of revolutionaries in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Cuba. Recently, author Chantel Acevedo took a break from her teaching schedule at the University of Miami to discuss her novel’s take on the Cuban War for Independence, her family’s storytelling legacy, and her childhood affection for Anne Shirley. Continue reading