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Archive for August, 2007

Sun, August 19th, 2007
Curtain Call
Posted by: Kaite

Wait, wait! I have one more thing! I’m not trying to have the last word. Frank had all the best last words (and I’m jealous, Frank. YOU got to see Keir). But I just read this intriguing little biblio-tidbit while in the car to Joplin, MO today. It’s from Service and Style: How the American […]


Sun, August 19th, 2007
Rowling keeps rolling, and so do I
Posted by: Frank

Never one to rest on her considerable laurels, J.K. Rowling is reportedly haunting the coffee shops of Scotland and working on a post-Harry Potter mystery novel. Never one to rest on my not-quite-so-considerable laurels, I’m heading back to my two blogs and podcast in anticipation of Keir’s imminent return. I enjoyed seeing him last weekend in […]


Sat, August 18th, 2007
Saturday Book Suggestions
Posted by: Neal

Two books to consider: Rengen by Patricia Martin Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Besides having a flat-out fantastic name, Patricia Martin’s book explores a very interesting idea about a cultural shift in America: the creation, rise, and influence of a cultural consumer. … individuals who are hungry for innovative ideas and ways to […]


Sat, August 18th, 2007
Walkin’ and Readin’ and Cursin’ and Smashin’
Posted by: Kaite

I don’t have a lot of patience for those crepe-hangers who like to bemoan the fate of the book. Faced with the looming onslaught of technical devices with which to read, they wring their hands and clutch their beloved copies of Great Expectations to their heaving bosoms, vowing never to let ear buds invade their […]


Fri, August 17th, 2007
What They Teach Us
Posted by: Neal

In my readers’ advisory (RA) class, I often include an assignment that asks students to visit any book store they wish and look around. What I hope they will see are examples of RA in action – in a different setting than their library. The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, N.C. offers some great RA moments […]


Fri, August 17th, 2007
But I do stand ready to help revive the Matt Helm series…
Posted by: Frank

The Financial Times examines how the estates of late authors pump out new ghostwritten works and otherwise keep their brands alive. I found this quote particularly telling: “Often an author already has an extensive literary canon to exploit. Dahl and Dahl Ltd, which handles the estate of the children’s author Roald Dahl, has refused to […]


Fri, August 17th, 2007
Prison libraries might be the most popular libraries of all
Posted by: Frank

That’s the sense one gets from reading this Seattle Weekly piece on the trouble inmates have getting books from the outside unless they come from “approved vendors”: “While Washington state isn’t alone in only allowing new books (Oregon also only allows books from publishers and major national distributors like Amazon.com), its adherence to the approved […]


Thu, August 16th, 2007
How does a change of scene fix a case of the critical blahs?
Posted by: Frank

That’s the question I had after reading the New York Observer article on James Wood’s move from the New Republic to the New Yorker, in which the critic states: “In recent years… I had felt that I was repeating myself, that the pieces were becoming a bit automatic, a bit inevitable.” If the beat stays […]


Wed, August 15th, 2007
O.J. book sinks to the bottom of the publishing bin
Posted by: Frank

The O.J. Simpson book that proved too hot for tabloid titan Rupert Murdoch has been picked up by New York-based Beaufort, a publisher that’s served as a vanity press in the past. As Publishers Lunch reports today: “…as of recently Beaufort described themselves this way: ‘Beaufort offers an intriguing alternative to the traditional publishing model. We […]


Tue, August 14th, 2007
So You Think You Can Write
Posted by: Kaite

I was looking over all the reality television offerings and realized that aside from C-SPAN’s BookTV (a televised book report), there are no “real” shows that appeal to the bards and scribblers among us. Every other art form has secured its own small screen showcase, how about one for writers? Here are my pitches for […]





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