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Isn’t it lovely? It simply must be preserved.

I’ll admit, in recent years I’ve been a bit leery of checking books out of the library—germs and questionable stains and all that. Of course, if I had children it would be a whole other matter entirely; we’d march right back through those doors at least once a week. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you: because the doors to our public library hold some of my fondest memories; I don’t want my children missing out. Which reminds me, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo is set to help the struggling library of Gloversville, New York—the library he visited as a child; the library he credits with helping decide to become a writer. “I do think I have a debt to pay, and I’m happy to engage now in paying it back,” he says. If you have time to read one article, why don’t you go ahead and read this one. It’s a good reminder of what makes our libraries great—and why we shouldn’t let them down now.

And here are a few other bookish bits from the week. . .

Poet Jane Hirshfield talks poetry—specifically, How To Read Poetry And Restore ‘Amazement’ (via The Huffington Post).

Neil Gaiman reminisces about Terry Pratchett (The Guardian).

 Erik Larson explains how he wants people to be able to sink into the past (The Guardian). So that’s why his novels tend to be so intriguing.

The cover for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman makes its debut (this links to the U.S. version, naturally).

The Berkeley Side gives us a glimpse at the first annual Bay Area Book Festival’s public art installation, to be made up of some 50,000 books. It looks and sounds pretty awesome . . .

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Teachers at Central School in Vanuatu, lay out books to dry.

After the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the people of the island nation of Vanuata  are left with the arduous task of cleaning up and rebuilding.  This includes rebuilding the library of the main school in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila. After the roof was torn off, many of the books were damaged beyond repair. Teachers and administrators put salvageable books out to dry–now they’re asking for our help.

In other bookish news . . .

Ayaan Hirsi talks books (The New York Times, By the Book).

A Bookkeeper’s tale (Central Florida Future, A Gannett Company).

There are rumblings of another Harper Lee book? The story sounds intriguing. But I don’t know; it seems as though maybe we should just let her alone.

I guess we should also leave George R.R. Martin alone as well. Word on the street is he’s skipping Comic-Con to finish his next book.

Traditional book stores in the Bronx have dropped like flies, but comic book stores seem to flourish (NY City Lens).

An aside: The Paris Review is looking for their next Writer-in-Residence. If you currently have a book under contract, it’s worth the look . . .

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Yesterday was World Book Day, you know. Hopefully you caught a bit of the fun on Twitter—people of all ages and backgrounds were tweeting books. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Waterstones Oxford Street kindly posted the ‘handy spotters guide.’ Needless to say, I do believe the celebration should continue the whole weekend through.

To get us on our way, here are some bookish news items from the week:

India’s new comic book heroine fights rape.

Paul Beatty, Author of ‘The Sellout,’ on Finding Humor in Issues of Race (The New York Times).

Kazuo Ishiguro on Memory, Censorship and Why Proust is Overrated (Maddie Crum, The Huffington Post).

The Game of Thrones on Business, and other lessons from literature (The Guardian Books).  Disclaimer: I’ve not read the book. But my initial reaction: business is cutthroat enough without throwing The Game of Thrones in the mix. Egads!

Guidelines for Handling William Faulkner’s Drinking During Foreign Trips From the US State Department (1955) (Open Culture). Awesome.

The Book Thieves of London. Also awesome.

Astrid Tuttle Winegar gives us a Narnia-inspired recipe: mainly, A Faun’s Favorite Sugar Topped Cake.

There have been quite a few studies as of late that prove print books are better than eBooksThe Huffington Post kindly compiled a list.

Here’s a 1906 novel that imagined present day New York (The New Yorker).

Here’s the 2015 Scottish Children’s book award winners. Winners of the 2015 Scottish Children’s book awards have been announced.

And here’s a bargain: Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby is half off, this week only (McSweeney’s).



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From the funnest author we ever met!

Last year was something of a pathetic reading year for me. All the worse since I have a book blog.  Needless to say, this year I have determined to do better. Even still, the question remains–which makes the list? In that regard, David Carr once explained his reading hierarchy: “Books I’d like to read, books I should read, books I should read by friends of mine and books I should read by friends of mine whom I am likely to bump into.” Except for the last bit, I can totally relate. So far, I’m an equal opportunity reader. You?

With that, here are a few bookish bits from the week (emphasis on few):

Princeton University has been bequeathed a rare book collection worth $300 million.

Dr. Seuss has a ‘new’ book coming out July, 2015. And by Dr. Seuss, I do mean Dr. Seuss.

Barnes and Noble gives us 10 reasons they’re inviting Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler to their next dinner party (as if they need to give reasons).

The Guardian takes a look at John Updike.

Abe Books explains how movies can inspire a search for first editions and other fine books. So long as the book truly exists and it goes to a good home, it’s all good.

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That’s right–tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! In case you’re looking for a fun little something to give those you love, how about these Zendoodle Bookmarks?  After all, you’re never too old to color. And you can never have too many bookmarks. With that, I hope your weekend is full of all your love–including books. Lots and lots of books . . .

The Guardian gives us a looks at the joy of sex, 1684-style. Mmm, hmm.

Rob Dunn explores The Hearts of Mary Shelley (The Huffington Post). It is the question with emerging technologies, is it not–shall it result in horror or a happy ending? Only time will tell . . .

The Millions is at it again–judging books by their covers. This time they’re comparing U.S. vs. Netherlands. From a strictly aesthetic perspective, the Netherlands has my vote. You?

Gabrielle Emanuel gives us a peek at Tiptoeing Along a Balance Beam: Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book (NPR).

TIME releases their list of 100 Best Children’s Books. You know how we feel about best lists, right? Also, am I the only one annoyed with lists in slide form?

Alison Flood explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tips for saving money (The Guardian). Good to know if you have so much money you routinely lose track of thousands of dollars.

Scott Porch introduces us to The Man who Wrote Every Rock Star’s Book (The Daily Beast).

The New Yorker visits Richard Flanagan in his writing “shack,” on the island of Tasmania. May I just say, it warms my heart to hear the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction admit:

“There are no distractions; in the end all that stands between me and writing the book I wish to write is my own mediocrity and complete lack of talent.” — Richard Flanagan

The moral of that story: even if you feel you’ve no talent whatsoever, if you love to write–write!

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