Archive for July, 2010

IndieBound

IndieBound

One of the great things about independent bookstores is that you will usually find bookstore employees who care about books and know their stuff. Not that these book people can’t also sometimes be found in big box or mall bookstores, but book knowledge isn’t the premium there (in my experience–but I will fully admit to […]

Sunday Smirk #37: Make Cosmopolitans

Sunday Smirk #37: Make Cosmopolitans

The Friends of the Invercargill Public Library have discovered an artistic way of dealing with all the donated chick lit novels as well as advertising the latest book sale.

What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Lynn: Summer means that I have my grandsons with me all day and I have been reminded daily of some of the universal truths about young children. I won’t bore you with an inclusive list but some that rise to the top in my world include: little boys are never bored with bugs, running through […]

Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]

“Poor” Books for Excellent Book Groups

“Poor” Books for Excellent Book Groups

As a librarian, I’m in regular contact with the working poor. They are rarely ragged or smelly. Unless one has an extremely keen eye, they look just like other Americans. My town is relatively well-to-do, so poor people are less common than in other parts of America, but there is still no shortage of people who struggle […]

OverDrive survey & State Library study

OverDrive survey & State Library study

Current conditions & future forecasts for digital downloads in libraries, both eBook & audiobook, hold interest for all who are trying to read the tea leaves in the bottom of the library budget cup. OverDrive posted some interesting numbers on their blog after surveying 5,000 users in June 2010: ~ 74% of users are female, […]

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Making Choices

Making Choices

Whenever book discussion leaders get together to exchange war stories, which they frequently do at meetings of the Adult Reading Round Table, the conversation turns to the topic of which titles have been good choices for recent discussions and which ones haven’t worked as well.  What I have to share is a little unusual, since […]

Men and their Dogs

Men and their Dogs

Earlier this month Neil provided ten themes for August book groups and one of those themes was dog books. He mentioned one of my favorites, The Art of Racing in the Rain and I have more titles to add for those groups full of animal lovers. It seems a man and his dog have been […]

No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve

No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve

Cindy: Dragons? Who cares about dragons? I was beginning to think there was no such thing as a tightly written adventure story with great characters, brilliant writing, and a well-paced plot anymore. Thank you, Philip Reeve, for No Such Thing As Dragons (Scholastic, 2010). Take one con-artist dragon hunter who doesn’t believe in dragons but […]

Alan Ayckbourn: Master of Marginalia

Alan Ayckbourn: Master of Marginalia

Plays are quick to read, can be read aloud by your group at the meeting, and are fascinating to discuss. More groups should put them on the agenda. Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a hugely successful English playwright, some say the most frequently performed since Shakespeare (although this is difficult to prove or disprove). Still, I’m […]