It’s safe to say, I inherited my love of reading from my dad. My dad, for better or for worse, always had his nose in a book. Once ensconced in a good tale, he was oblivious to the goings on surrounding him. Guests would arrive, he’d not hear the bell, the open door, or the subsequent hellos. Only when nudged back to reality would he put the book aside. Oftentimes it was a paperback–easy to throw in the back of his truck, stuff in a pocket, or stowaway in a toolbox. Naturally, there were stacks or two–and inevitably, those stacks would include a Tom Clancy or two.
No doubt you heard, we said goodbye to Tom Clancy this week. His books are such an indelible piece of my childhood, I almost feel as though I’ve lost a distant relative. Needless to say, of all the bookish bits from the week, I especially recommend the first . . .
NPR’s Lynn Neary remembers Tom Clancy.
The Guardian runs a live blog for Britain’s National Poetry Day. You’ll find a running list of quotes, readings, and tweets–interesting reading, no matter the day.
The British Library celebrates children’s book illustrators. One, I am a sucker for a good illustration; two, I love the story behind Paddington Bear:
“Paddington was inspired by a teddy bear Bond bought as a stocking-filler for his wife [. . . ] ‘I know this sounds like something out of a children’s story’, Bond apologises – and in the toy section of Selfridges [. . . ] he saw one small bear alone on an empty shelf. ‘I walked away and then thought: I can’t just leave him alone there all over Christmas.’ He bought the bear, and the rest [. . . ] is literary history.”
I’ve yet to read Harvest by Jim Crase–he’s been shortlisted for the Booker prize, you know. After reading this article about the man, I definitely want to read the work.
9 reasons we might have been a suspect in the Salem witch trials? Let’s just say I’m glad I wasn’t alive in 1692.
Barnes and Noble posts The 25 Best Author Acknowledgements (Lauren Passell). Any you’d care to add?