My grandma has a tradition–every year, over cups of tea, she reads A Cup of Christmas Tea. While we do, at times, get tickled over her dramatic pauses, it is a lovely tale of what’s most important this time of year. Speaking of which, did you know December 15 was International tea day? True story. In honor of the occasion, The Guardian gives us Reading the Tea Leaves: Literature’s best brews (10 best references to tea, perhaps? Literary tea leaves? Anyway, tea in literature). So pour yourself a steaming cup of goodness, and read all about it.
In other bookish news . . .
Speaking of warm beverages, here’s an argument that states the only way for libraries to survive is if they become more like coffee shops: free Wi-Fi, warm beverages, and comfy sofas (The Independent). While I think these enhancements sound delightful, there’s no mention of actual books. That makes me twitchy.
Lest we lose all hope, Nielson reports that teens tend to prefer print books over ebooks. Like a little Christmas miracle, that.
Science Fiction author Neal Stephenson has announced he’ll be joining the mysterious startup Magic Leap, which intends to meld fiction with reality. His title: “chief futurist.” Intriguing, non? Although, it makes sense. Long before science fiction writers were known as such, they’ve been dreaming up (and paving the way for) technological advancements.
11 Books Strand’s Booksellers loved most in 2014 (courtesy of The Huff Post).
You may recall, Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. Well, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has announced they will publish an English edition of Modiano’s latest novel, So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood.
Judy Blume’s preparing to publish her first book for adults in fifteen years. Titled In the Unlikely Event, People Magazine gives us a sneak peak. People Magazine, I know . . . but the story’s premise sounds interesting. We shall have to wait and see . . .
According to Dick Cavett: “We’d all have been better off to have read half as many books. Twice.” (via The New York Times)