Books

New Zealand appoints a minister of the Rings

jen writes \"Just how big a deal is \'\'The Lord of the Rings\'\' in New Zealand, where
native-son director Peter Jackson shot the three movies back-to-back? In
September, the government created a cabinet-level position to help the
tiny country piggyback on the films\' presumed success to lure more
tourists and filmmakers. The first \'\'Minister of Lord of the Rings\'\' -- as the
Kiwi press has dubbed him -- is Pete Hodgson, 51, who also serves as
minister of energy and of science, research, and technology.
Full EW Week Story \"

Pupils\' dreams of a better world win book contest

jen writes \"Months before the recent attacks on the United States, Hameeda Qadafi\'s students at Pershing Elementary School in University City wrote and illustrated a book about peace and how to make the world better.
Last week, representatives of Scholastic, a children\'s book publishing company, said that the book had been picked from 2,000 entries nationwide to win a national contest. The company has published 50,000 copies of the book, which will be sold at school book fairs and in bookstores.
Full Story over at SLToday.\"

South Carolina Reads

This Story is on the new program down south called \"South Carolina Reads\", similiar to all the other \"read the same book things\" you\'ve seen in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi and Oklahoma and the cities of Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Boise, Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Buffalo, N.Y.
So far they just have a list in mind for SC, what makes a good book for this type of thing?

, “It has to be more than a good book; it has to be a good discussion. It has to be a book that is character-driven, not plot-driven. And a character has to be making a difficult decision or going through a difficult time.”

You Are What You Read

In an opinion piece for The Daily Californian, Rebecca Meyer writes...
\"Don\'t read this. Don\'t eat another bite. Put down your mental spoon and pick up something that will feed your mind. You have to consider carefully whose prose you ingest, because in a literate society, you are what you read. Critical thinking is overrated. The real obstacle to becoming an informed, responsible global citizen is not a lack of skepticism but a lack of exposure.\" more

University Presses See Jump in Demand

From Publishers Weekly:

Costco is hardly the most likely account for Yale University Press. But since September 11, that\'s exactly what the discounter has become, ordering the house\'s Taliban by Ahmed Rashid in numbers that have helped send the book as high as number two on the New York Times paperback bestseller list.

After a decade of trying to move into the trade, university presses now find the trade moving to them. Authors like Princeton\'s Bruce Lawrence (Shattering the Myth) have made nearly 80 media appearances since the terrorist attacks, while Rutgers UP director Marlie Wasserman found packs of editors at Frankfurt clamoring for her attention.

\"Sometimes we labor in the vineyards producing books with good information while everyone else is doing celebrity bios. It\'s a real morale boost to know that people are still interested in what we do,\" said Wasserman.

More (registration required).

Independents to Join BookScan

The NYTimes Reports that more independants are signing up for BookScan.

This is the company that will be rewriting the bestsellers list soon, to show us what is really selling best. Under the new agreement, Bookscan will pay an undisclosed amount to the American Booksellers Association.
Remember when Soundscan started and everyone said \"Who the heck is Garth Brooks\"?

Could libraries gang up and do this for circ stats?

Chicagoans Get Together To Talk About Mockingbird

Val writes \"Chicago became one big book-club when the city initiated it\'s \"One book, one Chicago\" program, with Harper Lee\'s classic _To Kill a Mockingbird_ as the centerpiece.
The _Chicago Sun-Times_ brought together 6 artists and intellectuals to give their takes on the book. They reveal how the events of Sept. 11th have colored their reading and thinking about the novel.

Full Story \"


After a light dinner and some wine, the discussion began. What follows is an edited transcript of the conversation.

Librarians want book selection to be State Wide

Jen passed along This one on Missouri librarians that want the whole state to read the same book. The project is called \'Read MOre\" and the book is \"Farewell to Manzanar\" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston.

Early English Book

Lee Hadden writes: \"Annanova has a story where an Early English comic verse is offered to the British archives in lieu of inheritance taxes. \"The
Widow Edyth\" was written by Walter Smith, a servant in the house of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) in 1525, and part of the action of the story takes place at More\'s home in Chelsea. It has ribald humor that compares to
Chaucer\'s \"The Wife of Bath,\" and is one of the rarest of early English tomes. Almost all the characters in the book, with the exception of the Widow Edyth, can be identified as real people who lived in Tudor England,
and gives insights into \"the social manners and mores (sic) of the period.\"
Sir Thomas More was executed by King Henry VIII in 1535, and subsequently beatified in 1886, and canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
Read more about it.\"

Georgian Books

Lee Hadden writes: \"Georgia\'s Center for the Book will release today a list of the 25
books that every Georgian should read. These are either books by Georgian
authors, or set in Georgia. Culled for 1,500 entries and over 200 titles
(an interesting bibliography in itself!), these books are promoted in
colleges, schools and public libraries around the state. Similar programs
in other states were very successful in promoting reading, especially among
adults. Read more about it at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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