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)


Books could help Welsh town to turn over a new leaf

Charles Davis points to This Guardian Story that
says In a bold experiment, to see if tourists can be
lured into an obscure south Wales town to buy books,
at least eight bookshops will open simultaneously in
Blaenavon in June.

"It'll work!" insisted butcher Wayne Lewis,
waving his cleaver. "I'm already wondering what we can
do to get them in here. Buy one book, get one sausage


Why are English books made so badly?

Metafilter pointed the way to This Slate
on the troubles with British books.

It\'s because American publishers sew their
bindings, and the cheapskate British publishers don\'t,\"
he says. \"They glue them. All glue dries, eventually.
When it dries, the book falls apart. That\'s why you sew
books.\" The tea-colored pages, meanwhile, are
explained by British publishers\' unwillingness to use
slightly more expensive acid-free paper.


Teachers Pore Through Stacks of Possibilities

"There were classics like "Goodnight Moon" and "The Berenstain Bears," trendy series like "Goosebumps" and "The X-Files," and lesser-known gems, including "Mia Alone" and "Adventure on Thunder Island." But the New York City public school teachers who attended the Project Cicero book drive over the weekend at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan were grateful for whatever they could get."

"Like most other teachers, Ms. Cowan had no classroom library to speak of when she began teaching fifth grade last year. "You need the books that will grab them, the ones that will get them to read," she said."

"Hundreds of teachers browsed the piles of books stacked high in boxes and on tables, eager to find anything to add to their classrooms. Project Cicero collects books from students at about 50 schools, most of them private, to donate to the city's poorest schools." (from The New York Times)


Unseen Picasso prints found in book

Bob Cox sent over This BBC Story on
an art book bought for $80 (£52) that has been found to
contain four original Picasso works.
The new owner intends to take the volume to
Christie's in Beverly Hills for auction, where he thinks
they can make £25,000 (£16,000).
Mr Floyd hopes to make $25,000 at auction, and he
plans to donate 10% of the cash to the Friends of the
Tustin Library.


Men are from Mars, women are reading?

"According to a British poll conducted for World Book Day, teenaged girls spend more than twice as much of their time reading for pleasure as boys do—4.5 hours a week compared with 2.3 hours for boys. Instead of reading, boys spend an average of 11 hours a week watching television and nine hours playing video games. The discrepancy in reading habits can be seen academically, with girls scoring higher in both primary and secondary schools." (from Book Magazine)


IMDB for Books?

"The Internet Book List (IBList) is a hobby project started by Patrik Roos in early 2003. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books, since Patrik considers the Book to be humanity's greatest creation."

Not that impressive...yet



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