Bookstores, libraries see new interest in war topics

The Wausau Daily Herald Says Customers are streaming into area bookstores and libraries seeking the latest books on topics related to the war in Iraq.

The hottest books include those on Islam, the histories of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration and terrorism. Maps of Iraq also are selling well.


America's Biggest Readers

"Americans buy more than two and a half billion books per year—about nine each for every man, woman and child in the country. Most Book readers are bigger book readers than that, but what about those impressive few who read way, way more? They're the folks we sought out for our first list of America's Biggest Readers. We canvassed libraries and bookstores and publishing professionals and our friends, and we found ten people (well, eleven, really—you'll see) who plow through more books more quickly than just about anyone we know. It's a cross section of big-reading Americans, some of whom are absolutely the country's most voracious readers—we'd be nuts not to include them—while others are quirkier choices. Think you read more than than this crowd? Then maybe we'll see you here next time." (from Book Magazine)


Bookmarks share readers' tales

"Chandler library aide Marj Pals sees a lot more than words between the pages of returned library books."

"Fancy bookmarks, love letters, lottery tickets - even the results of a pregnancy test from a doctor - have been left as place markers, she said."

"The most colorful ones fill a wall behind her work area at the Sunset Branch Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, where she and other library workers have been collecting the items for about two years."

"When logging returned books, Pals dons black cotton gloves as protection from paper cuts and some of the unusual things she regularly finds between the pages." (from The Arizona Republic)


Huckfest takes readers to infinity and beyond

The seventh annual Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival at the University of Redlands last Friday and Saturday. They included such writers as Kristine O'Connell George, an award-winning poet from Los Angeles, and illustrator David Diaz, of Rancho Las Costa, who won the Caldecott Medal in 1995 for his work on "Smokey Night," awarded by the American Library Association for distinguished contributions to children's book illustration.
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"The world really first opens up to children in books," said La Tempa. "Very real places are described in books that are first imagined by children and later fondly remembered by adults."


Weston school to teach with computers rather than books

"Good morning, class. Please pull out your laptops, plug in your wireless network card, and click into your virtual organizer. You may want to cross-reference your data by reverting to the Web links you cut and pasted from your e-book yesterday. Any questions?"

"This is a likely scenario students will encounter at Sagemont Upper School in Weston this fall."

"The 300-student private school, known for its generous attention to technology, is taking a bold step: becoming the first school in South Florida to toss out its paper textbooks. Students will do all their coursework online using electronic textbooks." (from The Sun Sentinel)


New Oxford English Dictionary Words

Michael Foight writes "
The online OED (Oxford English Dictionary) quarterly adds a host of new words to the canon of what has become the standard dictionary of the English language(s). Out-of-sequence new entries
from across the alphabet start half-way down "This Page.

Some of the new words include, arse-licker, n.
ass-backward, adv., blog, v.
blogger, n.
blogging, n.
weblog, n.
weblogger, n.
weblogging, n.


For book clubs, Shakespeare and sugar cookies

"Armed with a Nancy Drew novel or other preteen reading fodder, I stepped into the book club circuit while attending elementary school."

"My concept was simple. When play dates arrived at my house, I gave them a book and continued reading mine. Of course, we were never on the same page, but I was able to entertain while keeping my nose in a book. Not surprisingly, ''club members'' were visibly relieved when my parents, hip to my self-centered literary schemes, confiscated my book and pushed us outside to play."

"These days, however, book clubs are much more sophisticated, especially when Type A business professionals are involved. And, typically, there's very little arm-twisting and lots of food as South Florida business professionals organize, analyze and schedule reading lists and meeting times." (from The Miami Herald)


In good faith with the King of horror

"In the summer of 1999, uberscribe Stephen King was struck by a van while walking on a rural roadside near his home in Maine. Begun in longhand during his painful recovery of that near-death experience, his best-selling, doorstop-of-a-novel Dreamcatcher pits four similarly cursed and gifted pals against unimaginable alien horror. Its big-screen adaptation, which, in true Kingsian spirit, suffers little from a dearth of gore and over-all creepiness, will debut Friday in theaters nationwide" (from The Chicago Sun Times)

Read more for an interview with the man himself.


Bronte novella gets its debut

Charles Davis spotted

This BBC Story

a novella written by Charlotte Bronte that has been published for the first time, having been stored in a
museum for years.

The 19th-Century author, who also penned Jane Eyre, wrote Stanliffe's Hotel in 1838 but the notes were
stored at Yorkshire's Parsonage Museum, the rectory where the family had lived.

The 34-page short story is described as "racy" and "witty" and was published in full in The Times newspaper
on Friday.


Inner pages of old books yield more than authors intended

\"I read this week about a California man who discovered two Pablo Picasso lithographs in a second-hand book bought at a Friends of the Library sale.\"

\"I\'ve loved stories like these even before PBS started airing \"Antiques Roadshow.\" Even before eBay harnessed the power to spin dross from the garage into gold on the Internet.\"

\"But more than the irrational exuberance inspired by a good story of hidden treasure, this speaks to the small pleasures of finding artifacts in books.\" (from The News Journal via Warrior Librarian)



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