Books

The loss of NY\'s bookstores

Fiona writes \"Village Voice has an interesting article
on the death of independent bookstores in New York City at -
Rising rent seems to be the main reason for the closure of several stores.


\"Whatever the factors—rent spikes, chain domination, reading-allergic citizenry, publishers\' high price tags—it was hard for a bookstore lover not to notice all the closings in 2001. \"
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\'Unfortunate\' tales captivating kids

ZWire is running This Story on the \"Series of Unfortunate Events\" series by author Lemony Snicket.

They say Snicket\'s \"Series of Unfortunate Events\" and Rowling\'s \"Harry Potter\" are becoming a tag-team of sorts as children go back and forth, reading and rereading the series. Both are accomplishing what few others could since Dr. Seuss - they\'re making reading cool.

Library of Congress to Deacidify One Million Books

The Library of Congress has recently signed a five-year,
multi-million dollar contract, with a Pittsburgh, PA preservation company, to remove the acid from one million books. The project is focusing on books dealing with the United States. More

\'This late in history,\' what shall we choose to read?

The National Post has A Story on reading mortality, something that just got worse with all the books we just got for Christmas.

They say there\'s only so much time. And there are so many great books. And every year more books are published, some of which will be great. Reluctantly, the reader begins to acknowledge the appalling necessity of choosing to read certain good things and not other good things.

the top-selling books of all time

SoYouWanna.com has a list of the top-selling books of all time.

Top three are, The Bible, Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung, and American Spelling Book. Shouldn\'t the AACR II be there?

In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers

jen writes \"My favorite quote: Joining this pantheon is the likes of Nancy Luce, the \'Chicken Poet\' of Martha\'s Vineyard, who devoted herself to her hens and free range verse. She sold fowl
poetry at her front gate, where Victorian tourists could also purchase eggs, each inscribed with the particular mother-hen\'s name and date the egg had been laid.

Full Story:

In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers by Nick Page
Nick Page has done signal service by reading through mounds of undeserving crap deserving memorialization for their awfulness. The book is an amusing read and Page maintains a good sense of humor in his dog-work. He chooses to describe and cite selectively, rather than undertake the unappealing job of straight anthologizing. This is a humorous guide through the sewers of English and American literature, with the odd non-anglophone tossed in for multiculturalism. \"

12-Year-Old to Read 120 Books by September 2002

Someone writes...

\"In less than two months, 12-year-old Christopher Williams plans to read 30 books. By September, he\'s expected to read 120 books. What\'s he trying to prove? Is he looking to set a record? Does he want to become a scholastic jock?
Actually, Christopher loves to read. And that passion has led him to become one of the first two youths in the state of Connecticut to serve on the Nutmeg Children\'s Book Award selection committee. The selection committee\'s job is to narrow the initial list of 120 books to 10. The committee chair said she feels that \'it\'s a great thing to include kids\' opinions, rather than having a bunch of adults sitting around deciding what kids should read.\'\" More

Two Academics Share British Academy Book Prize

For The Guardian, Donald MacLeod writes...

\"An acclaimed biography of Hitler and an account of the medieval English \"empire\" shared the first British Academy book prize, announced yesterday.
The judges said both Ian Kershaw\'s second volume on the Nazi leader, Hitler: 1936-1945, Nemesis, and The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343, by Rees Davies, fully deserved the prize as works of impeccable scholarship which were accessible to the general public.\" More

For the Legions of Angling Bibliophiles

Bob Cox passed along this Times UK Story on \"of the most fascinating works of research in a century\".

The most distinguished angling historian writing in Britain has delivered, in two collectors’ editions, a book of essays and an investigation into the authorship of the first work on angling ever printed in English. They say is an utterly fascinating book, crammed with information and insights, as likely to be of as much interest to students of early literature at large as it will be to anglers.

Lost Worlds of Science Fiction

jen writes \"An article from the Chronicle about two monographics series which re-release early science fiction novels with commentary and correct translations.

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\"In a period of accelerated change, people may be looking back, at a subconscious level, to stories about inventions that were a lot less complicated,\" says Arthur B. Evans, an editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies

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