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Archive for the 'Reading' Category

Mon, June 28th, 2010
Minority Report: Writers Grow, So Do Readers
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I’m not exactly sure when I read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. It might have been in college as part of a black literature course or after college as “required reading” for any young black person with any level of race consciousness. But I have certainly come to know Ellison more through reading about him, particularly […]


Tue, April 20th, 2010
Stocking School Libraries
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Colleen Mondor is one of Booklist’s many ardent, expert, and versatile freelance reviewers. I rely on Colleen to cover all kinds of topical nonfiction, with a strong emphasis on books about nature and environmental concerns and Alaska, where she lived for a decade or so after college. Colleen grew up in Florida, not far from […]


Thu, April 8th, 2010
Green Alert
Posted by: Donna Seaman

April brings Earth Day and The Orion Book Award .  Established in 2007, the award celebrates books “that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about our relationship with nature, and achieve excellence in writing.” I served as chair of the selection committee last year, and had I served this year, I would have nominated several of […]


Wed, January 27th, 2010
Won’t Anyone Please Think of the Comics?
Posted by: Ian Chipman

So, the iPad is here (yes yes, total namefail) and all the geeks are mad because it does what everyone’s been conjecturing it’ll do for months if not years, but fails to do anything that no one thought of. Do people think that Apple has people coming up with ideas from different dimensions? Is it supposed […]


Tue, January 26th, 2010
What to Read at Work
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Toby Lichtig bemoans bad weather’s effect on workday reading: when you can’t go outside at lunch, just where and how are you supposed to get any reading done? He also identifies five books not to read on your lunch break – because they bring with them “a horrible sense of deja vu”: […]


Thu, January 21st, 2010
Minority Report: Library is the New Cool
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I was thrilled to read the review of This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson and see how the image of librarians may be shifting into cool. Anybody who loves books and libraries doesn’t need to be convinced that librarians are cool. I particularly hope the news […]


Fri, December 18th, 2009
“His skin is blue and there is no breathing” – Merry Christmas from Barry Gifford!
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you like Christmas, but you’re not so fond of jollity, then here’s a stocking stuffer for you: “The Starving Dogs of Little Croatia,” a heretofore unpublished story by Barry Gifford (The Stars above Veracruz, 2006). ALA’s very own Rob Christopher, who brought the story to Chicagoist, sets the scene: Picture, if you will, a vanished […]


Wed, December 2nd, 2009
Read Books via E-mail (for Free)
Posted by: Keir Graff

When I wrote my editor’s note for the most recent issue of REaD ALERT, spelling out my lack of enthusiasm for e-readers, I forgot to mention something: I am reading War and Peace via e-mail. A grievous omission? Perhaps. But the break from more mundane business has become so integrated into my morning routine that, truly, it slipped my […]


Wed, October 28th, 2009
Web(kinda)comics Wednesday
Posted by: Ian Chipman

A coupla-three week ago I wrote about using my brand-new iPhonish-like device to read comics. Well friends, it’s become a verifiable obsession, and it seems like every day there’s a new reader app or comic designed specifically for mobile devices. Of the applications, comiXology seems to have the frontrunner, offering comics from some pretty reliable indie […]


Tue, June 30th, 2009
Vindicated
Posted by: Mary Ellen Quinn

My favorite novelist is Anthony Trollope, and for that reason I take a lot of ribbing from my Booklist colleagues.  Trollope seems to be  the poster boy for fiction that is stuffy, boring, and old fashioned.  So imagine my delight when I opened my copy of Newsweek yesterday–the one with “What to Read Now” on the […]





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