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Archive for February, 2008

Fri, February 29th, 2008
Book Hacking: Not as Terrifying as It Sounds
Posted by: Keir Graff

More timely old stuff: lifehacker’s 13 Book Hacks for the Library Crowd. Most of us spend a lot of time in the virtual world these days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good book every now and then. From your local library to the classroom to the bookstore, there are a lot of tools […]


Fri, February 29th, 2008
Works So Rare You Should Use White Gloves When Reading Them at Your Computer
Posted by: Keir Graff

This has been stuck in my in-box for a staggeringly long time, but these books are timeless, so I forgive myself. The Rare Book Room offers, well, here: The “Rare Book Room” site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the […]


Fri, February 29th, 2008
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominees
Posted by: Keir Graff

Nominees for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. I don’t have time to list or link them all, so I’ll just do the fiction: Fiction The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz (Riverhead) Be Near Me, by Andrew O’Hagan (Harcourt) Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O’Nan (Viking) […]


Thu, February 28th, 2008
Shepard Wins the Story
Posted by: Keir Graff

Jim Shepard has won the 2008 Story Prize for his 2007 collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway. Runners up were Tessa Hadley (Sunstroke and Other Stories) and Vincent Lam (Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures). Details and video on Galleycat.


Thu, February 28th, 2008
Personal Libraries by the Book
Posted by: Keir Graff

How could I have missed this? On Nerdworld, Matt Selman offers The Unabridged Rules of Library Management. (Personal libraries, that is.) RULE #1: THE PRIME DIRECTIVE – It is unacceptable to display any book in a public space of your home if you have not read it. Therefore, to be placed on Matt Selman’s living […]


Wed, February 27th, 2008
If I start now, I can be done by December 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

More free stuff: books (well, some of them are free), in your in-box, in little bits (or, if you will, bytes), from Dailylit.com. But, asks Graeme Allister (“The book is dead… Long live inboxed gobbets!” theblogbooks, The Guardian), do we really want to read War and Peace in 675 sittings? Despite this flexibility, there’s a certain sterility in […]


Wed, February 27th, 2008
Another Free Book
Posted by: Keir Graff

February must be Give Away a Book Month. Why, here’s another one: Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children (Random House). But is free publicity worth a potential drop in sales? And did I really just display their whole ad in my blog post? Why, it must be worth it! Giving something away for free in order to help you […]


Wed, February 27th, 2008
The 2008 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year Shortlist
Posted by: Keir Graff

…has been announced. Visit the Bookseller.com to vote for your favorite. I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen How to Write a How to Write Book Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues Cheese Problems Solved If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From […]


Wed, February 27th, 2008
The Age of Awards
Posted by: Keir Graff

Jerome Weeks (who you may know as book/daddy) on the plucking of the Quills–and on awards in general: More than any critic or well-meaning organization, publishers have helped inflate the profile of book awards, although there’s relatively little evidence they influence sales much (beyond the Pulitzer). And I’m certain the vast majority of readers couldn’t […]


Wed, February 27th, 2008
William F. Buckley, Jr., 82
Posted by: Keir Graff

William F. Buckley, who, despite his myriad activities, still found time to write books (The Rake, 2007; Last Call for Blackford Oakes, 2005), has died. From the Associated Press, via the Chicago Tribune (“William F. Buckley Jr. dies“): “I am, I fully grant, a phenomenon, but not because of any speed in composition,” he wrote in The New […]





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