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\"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
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
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.
\"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
USA Today is carrying a piece in which the author compares the Taliban to groups of parents in the US. He criticizes parents who attempt to ban books from libraries and schools, based on their content, because he feels that their actions attempt to undermine independent thinking. More
Michael Owen Brown writes...
\"Political correctness has led to ethnic cleansing in the Enchanted Wood. In new Australian editions of Enid Blyton\'s famous children\'s books, golliwogs no longer inhabit the world of The Magic Faraway Tree.
They have been replaced by teddy bears, with computer art programs used to change the faces from the original illustrations. Another famous Blyton character, Dame Slap, has had to curb her penchant for violence against children.
She is now known as Dame Snap and administers discipline with caustic comments rather than corporal punishment. The changes were forced upon Australian publisher Hinkler Books by Chorion Intellectual Property, owner of the rights to Blyton\'s works since 1996.\" More from The Advertiser.
Everyone always asks librarians, students, and library staff how they perceive the future of libraries? Someone has decided to ask the kids, who are truly the future of the library. The answers are creative, some are entertaining, but they are all honest. See what kids from around the world have to say Here
Lee Hadden Writes: \" The Wall Street Journal has an article by Joanne Kaufman, \"A
Bibliophile with an Hypnotic Gift for Gab,\" about the radio talk show with
Michael Silverblatt. \"He understands the process of writing and he\'s able
to transmit his passion both to the audience and to the writer. I remember
Norman Mailer walking into my office and saying in his pugnacious way, \'Do
you know what a jewel you have here?\'\"
Read more about it in the WSJ, December 11, 2001, page A17.\"
Bob Cox passed along This One from The National Post on Today\'s most stylish home accessory being the hard-to-get book. They point out it seems ironic that, as the big chain bookstores offer their consumers an overwhelming selection, it\'s getting harder and harder to put together a decent library.
I can\'t wait till I\'m so rich my biggest worry in life is trying to have a library cooler than my neighbors.
\"Vogue then feted Cassavetes -- who is far more glamorous than your typical bookworm -- and other practitioners of this newly coined profession, as \"literary curators.\" This job, the magazine explained, is to locate editions one would never find in local stores.\"