Archive for February, 2008

Book Hacking: Not as Terrifying as It Sounds
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Book Hacking: Not as Terrifying as It Sounds

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 […]

Works So Rare You Should Use White Gloves When Reading Them at Your Computer
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Works So Rare You Should Use White Gloves When Reading Them at Your Computer

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 […]

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Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominees
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Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominees

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) […]

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You Don’t Need to Read the Same Book, Pt. 1
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You Don’t Need to Read the Same Book, Pt. 1

Most book groups follow a model learned from high school classes or Oprah: a book is assigned, everyone reads it, and then it is (cue angelic choir) DISCUSSED. While this can be great, especially when discussion goes well and that rare thing we call DEPTH happens, a single book is not the only way to go. In fact, there […]

BRIGHT OF THE SKY
By February 28, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

BRIGHT OF THE SKY

BRIGHT OF THE SKY by Kay Kenyon  (Pyr, 2007, 9781591025412) One of the best things about our monthly staff readers’ advisory training is that we force ourselves to read outside our personal comfort zones.  The second coolest thing is that we spend the major portion of that training having a staff book discussion.  As a […]

Shepard Wins the Story
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Shepard Wins the Story

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.

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Personal Libraries by the Book
By February 28, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Personal Libraries by the Book

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 […]

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If I start now, I can be done by December 2009
By February 27, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

If I start now, I can be done by December 2009

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 […]

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Another Free Book
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Another Free Book

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 […]

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The 2008 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year Shortlist
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The 2008 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year Shortlist

…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 […]

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