As you read this, I hope you’re preparing for a long holiday weekend. I certainly am–in between gatherings, and gardening, and miscellaneous projects I hope to get in some good reading. Seems it shall be a face-off between Dorothy Whipple’s The Priory and Shusaku Endo’s Deep River (book club, you know–once again I skid at the last minute).
Now, this week, in bookish news . . .
We now know what Shakespeare really looked like–thanks to a 400 year old botany book. The intrigue. (BBC)
Seems Mark Twain and Helen Keller were friends. The way they spoke of one another . . . we should be so lucky as to have such friends.
There’s always hullabaloo surrounding one book or another in the school system. The thing I love about this story concerning the Kite Runner, is this student’s response: “If they expect you to choose your future, you should be able to choose your own books” (Skye Satz). Perfect, non?
We’ve talked of the Future Library, before–and Margaret Atwood shall be placing her book in the time capsule next week. While it’s highly unlikely any of us will be around in a hundred years to read it, we can watch the live stream of the encapsulating ceremony.
Oh, and in case you’re curious, here’s the most popular book set in each state, according to Good Reads (via The Stand).
Finally, here’s what Bill Gates’ beach reading list looks like.