Archive for October, 2010

In My Google Reader: Guardian Online’s Books Page
By October 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

In My Google Reader: Guardian Online’s Books Page

I am becoming quite the Guardian Online junkie. I just love their coverage of book news, reviews and author interviews. They cover books and authors that you don’t always see in the usual places and, because it’s a British publication, come at things from a different perspective. Also, there is an online book group. And […]

All Facts Considered
By October 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

All Facts Considered

Click here & listen to a great interview with NPR librarian Kee Malesk, celebrating the publication of her book All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge. In her twenty years researching the mundane and the marvelous, Malesk has collected a vast store of tidbits gleaned from the stories filed by NPR’s reporters. Learn […]

In the Wild by David Elliott

In the Wild by David Elliott

Lynn: Looking for a book of poems that will instantly engage students while demonstrating poetic form? Or are you looking for a gorgeous eye-catching picture book for story hour? Or are you looking for a book to enhance a research unit on animals? Look no further because the stunning In the Wild (Candlewick 2010) will […]

Talk of War

Talk of War

When it comes to books on current events my discussion groups are divided. Some readers want the latest bestselling political nonfiction titles to discuss and others don’t want that much scholarly detail getting in the way of a good story. Recently, USAToday featured four young adult novels on the Iraq war that will also appeal […]

Reading the Screen: The Hobbit (Finally)
By October 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Hobbit (Finally)

Back in March, I talked about the upcoming movie version of The Hobbit.  Since then there have been some setbacks — the original director left the project, for example — but, according to this article at comingsoon.net, the movie’s back on, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson behind the camera. A good and […]

Discussing “Dragon Tattoo”
By October 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Discussing “Dragon Tattoo”

As promised, I’m writing to share some aspects of my library book group’s discussion of the controversial crime thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  You may recall that I wrote earlier about my concerns in approaching this particular title because of its violent sexual content, and readers of this blog reassured me that the […]

E-Books, DRM & Libraries
By October 22, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

E-Books, DRM & Libraries

Neil wrote a lovely post recently about how it’s hard to be bookish in these days where the demise of the printed book gets bandied about with faddish regularity. People are often spouting or simply repeating some death-knell proclamation they heard on the radio or somewhere about how books are going to die and libraries […]

Weeklings: Digitizing Our World, The Word Made Flesh, Short Book Titles, and the Quotable Tom McGuane
By October 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Digitizing Our World, The Word Made Flesh, Short Book Titles, and the Quotable Tom McGuane

On Treehugger, Jaymi Heimbuch rounds up “7 Major Ways We’re Digitizing Our World, And 3 Reasons We Still Want Hardcopies.” It’s the latter 3 that get to me–take THAT, people who claim that paper books are bad for the planet!–and more fuel for my fear of all my information going up in a . . […]

My Favorite Websites: The Millions
By October 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

My Favorite Websites: The Millions

Here’s another great websites for book groupers to add to their surfing schedule: The Millions. Editor C. Max Magee and a fine group of staff writers and guest contributors have put together a site with superb coverage of literature and the arts. The books that they feature tend to be the kind that would make […]

Book Group Toolbox #46: Read This Next

Book Group Toolbox #46: Read This Next

It’s not that I’m fickle, it’s that I run across so many good resources that help me pick out titles for the plethora of reading groups I assist. My latest treasure is the newly published Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark. The authors, both previously published novelists (but they didn’t include their […]