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Mon, November 10th, 2008
“You took this book out in 1971.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

Between a monumental morning meeting and a looming deadline for REaD ALERT, I’ve hardly had a moment to read or write about book news. But I did find time to watch a clip forwarded by Valerie Hawkins, the American Library Association’s own library reference specialist. Seinfeld’s OK, but Philip Baker Hall is terrific. For some […]


Mon, October 20th, 2008
News about ALA’s News Source
Posted by: Keir Graff

Three things you need to know about American Libraries. First, they now have their own blog! Called Inside Scoop, here’s how it’s described by editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel (A Polish Son in the Motherland, 2005): While I don’t expect to blow the ALA website out of the water with Inside Scoop, I do expect to offer up-to-date […]


Tue, September 30th, 2008
A Good Reason to Visit the White House
Posted by: Keir Graff

Warm congratulations to the good people at the Kansas City Public Library (“Kansas City Public Library wins 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Services,” by Joe Robertson, Kansas City Star): The creative partners behind the Kansas City Public Library know they have been on a roll. And now they have the nation’s highest honor […]


Thu, September 4th, 2008
Quickly: Meanie, Medina, Authoritarianism, Wao!
Posted by: Keir Graff

For authors and would-be authors, a valuable reminder that, when basing your characters on real-life people, you should change more than just the names. Like their gender, for instance. Or your mean-spirited worldview. (“Director: Library Diaries Author Invaded Patrons’ Privacy,” American Libraries) Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina will be published after all, in Britain […]


Thu, September 4th, 2008
Interesting Timing
Posted by: Keir Graff

In Time (“Mayor Palin: A Rough Record“), Nathan Thornburgh’s examination of Sarah Palin’s political past turns up a noteworthy allegation: Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language […]


Thu, August 7th, 2008
Many Voices, Much Singing
Posted by: Keir Graff

I had kind of been congratulating myself for my bravery in singing a few bars at the Booklist Forum, but after watching the recap of the Many Voices, Many Nations program, I’m in awe. Surely that was the year’s most musical discussion of books, writing, literacy, librarianship, and the fundamental unity of the global human […]


Mon, August 4th, 2008
I’m Sorry, That Format Is Not Recognized
Posted by: Keir Graff

Remember when people thought that putting newspapers on microform meant that they would be preserved forever? This kind of makes me think of that (“At Libraries, Taking the (Really) Long View,” by Andy Guess). But as libraries shift more of their resources to holdings that either originate as digital or become digital through scanning, it’s […]


Mon, August 4th, 2008
Judging Books by an Extremely Narrow Portion of Their Covers
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at Under the Covers, Lisa Chellman takes a look at a rarely discussed aspect of book design: the spine. She makes an excellent point that publishers would do well to heed: In libraries and bookstores, where face-out shelving is at a premium, readers’ first impression of a book isn’t the cover. It’s the spine.


Tue, July 29th, 2008
Looking Back on the Pre-Post-Apocalypse
Posted by: Keir Graff

With post-apocalyptic tales capturing our imaginations of late, it seems high time to revisit an earlier take on the subject. (Would that make it a pre-post-apocalyptic work? Or am I getting ahead of myself?) It’s Tomes and Talismans, a LibraryVenture! (Thanks, Carlos, for reminding me about this!)


Mon, July 14th, 2008
Dastardly Plan Foiled by Librarians
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t know why, but this made me think of Michael Gruber’s excellent Book of Air and Shadows. Oh, wait, I know why. (Although this is more Donald Westlake than Gruber.) New tag: Life Imitates Art. (Although we know where Art gets his ideas.) From the Guardian (“Man held over theft of Shakespeare first folio,” by […]





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