Archive for April, 2008

Trapped in the Mind of a Woman
By April 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Trapped in the Mind of a Woman

 I love her writing, she’s perfect for book clubs, and no one knows who she really is. Elena Ferrante is currently a very popular Italian author whose identity remains unknown. Imagine, in this age of celebrity, an author who actually chooses to avoid the celebrity machine, and succeeds! Ferrante lives in Naples, and that’s all […]

Silver Screenwriter

Silver Screenwriter

I now know the depths of my love for a certain novelist. This morning on the way to work, NPR did an advance promo for today’s Fresh Air. Special guest Helen Hunt, four-time Emmy winner, Oscar winner and recently turned director, will be discussing her new film. It stars Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth in […]

Kicking Off with a Disclaimer
By April 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Kicking Off with a Disclaimer

I just finished reading Alan Black’s Kick the Balls last night–it’s very funny. And while many people have suggested that memoirs, especially humorous memoirs, should be assumed to have disclaimers, Black provides one anyway. I admire its economy: Some names and identities have been changed to protect the guilty. A little timing manipulation helped the flow […]

Ich mag diese Idee
By April 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Ich mag diese Idee

According to the CBC, the German publisher Bertelsmann AG is planning a print version of Wikipedia (“German publisher plans printed version of Wikipedia“). Well, the German part, and only the most-searched articles. Still, I hope shopkeepers are prepared for the people who show up with pens, scissors, glue, and alternate pages.

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April: More Than Just the Cruellest Month
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April: More Than Just the Cruellest Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading Ray Olson’s review of Fakhraddin Gorgani’s Vis & Ramin (Mage), or even the book itself, or some other book of poetry, or a single poem, or even by writing a poem. I’ll admit it, I’m a little behind in my celebrating, too, but, counting today, there are seven fulls days left in […]

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Seattle’s Own Pearl

Seattle’s Own Pearl

  Everybody loves Nancy Pearl.  Okay, well, anyone who loves books loves Nancy Pearl.  If I had my way that would be everyone! Nancy celebrates books in everything that she does.  And she has a masterful way of describing books that makes you want to run right out and buy, borrow or steal anything she […]

25 Ways Libraries Can Serve Book Groups

25 Ways Libraries Can Serve Book Groups

Libraries need to recognize book group readers as one of their core audiences, a population that deserves “extra-mile” service. Here’s my list of 25 ways that a library can support book groups. How many of these are available at your local library? Organize groups, provide staff leaders for those groups, or train community volunteers to […]

Literary Advice from Beyond the Grave
By April 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Literary Advice from Beyond the Grave

So Dmitri Nabokov will not be burning his father’s manuscript. From Die Welt (“Nabokovs “Laura” wird doch nicht verbrannt,” von Wieland Freund): Der Fall hielt die Literaturfreunde in Atem. Vladimir Nabokov wollte, dass sein letzter Roman verbrannt wird. Die Witwe brachte es nicht übers Herz, Sohn Dimitri Nabokov (73) hatte die Tat bislang immer mal […]

Bad Sex from Beyond the Grave
By April 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Bad Sex from Beyond the Grave

According to Page Six, researchers wishing to learn more about Norman Mailer’s sex life–and why would anyone would want to do that?–can contact Harvard: The storied Ivy League institution – where the Pulitzer-winning author received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering – has purchased a treasure trove of books, papers and letters relating to Mailer […]

Everybody into the Book Group!

Everybody into the Book Group!

They are a boisterous and creative lot at the joint Oregon/Washington Library Association conference. Last Thursday I presented a sesssion called “Book Group CPR: Breathe New Life into Your Discussion Group.” I thought I wouldn’t have enough material to give the audience and it turns out, they had plenty of material to share with me! […]