County's 'One Book' program fizzling out

"A month after it was launched, the One Book, One Community program, which had hoped to get the whole county reading and discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird," is still struggling to take flight."

"While most of One Book's schedule focuses on discussion groups and film showings at libraries and bookstores, several events scheduled this month were aimed at drawing bigger audiences and they have been canceled."

"It just seems to be a nonevent," said Shelia Fisher, president of the Friends of the Carnegie Library and a member of the organizing committee. "It's just not making a big hit and that's too bad. It has a lot of potential." (from The Post-Gazette via Waterboro Lib Blog)


Stanford Libraries Create Saroyan Prize for Writers

"As the leader of the A-Team liked to say: "I love it when a good plan comes together." Or words to that effect. So I am happy to report that an institution where I enjoyed a too-brief, but most memorable learning experience will cosponsor an award bearing the name of one of my all-time favorite American authors."

"The new literary prize, officially titled the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, will be sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation. Aimed at encouraging new or emerging writers rather than established authors, it will recognize a newly published work of fiction or memoir with a purse of $12,300."

"The Saroyan Writing Prize (the monicker which I suspect it will be most commonly used) will be awarded every other year, with January 31, 2003 set as deadline for entries in the first competition. Entries are limited to works published in English in book form during calendar 2002 and available for purchase by the general public. Complete information, including entry forms and rules, are available at this website:" (from IOBA Standard)


Stephen King E-Book Headed to Big Screen

"The Stephen King novella "Riding the Bullet" is headed for the big screen three years after it was released as an e-book."

"Producer Brad Krevoy is set to turn the ghost story into a feature film through his Motion Picture Corp. of America shingle, with production financing provided by German backer ApolloMedia."

"Casting for the film is under way, with a tentative May start for shooting."

"In March 2000, Simon & Schuster released the "Bullet" novella in a strictly electronic format, with over 400,000 downloads recorded in the first 24 hours." (from Reuters)


Buzz about books spreads across Southeast

Bob Cox spotted This One on the S.C. Book Festival, opening its seventh annual celebration of writers and readers this weekend at the State Fairgrounds, has become South Carolina's biggest book event and one of the premier literary festivals in the Southeast.
More than 35 readings, panel discussions and special programs are on tap, along with some of South Carolina's most popular writers, including Dori Sanders, Bret Lott, William Price Fox, Sue Monk Kidd, George Singleton, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Darion McCloud, Nikky Finney, Janette Turner Hospital and Cassandra King.


Germans to create book in 12 hours

Jen Young noticed This One from over at CNN on a team of Forty German authors who are hoping to set a new world record by conceiving, writing and printing a book in 12 hours.
Stiftung Lesen, a foundation that promotes reading, will give the team of writers a topic at 7.45 a.m. on World Book Day, April 23. They aim to have the finished book on shop shelves in 10 German cities by the evening of that day.
Stiftung Lesen has a German Web site.


Brutal trade of rare books

An Interesting Article from Australia, on the rare book market, an antiquities market that, for some, has become more attractive than Wall Street.
Book brokers say they are always on guard against thieves and have to rustle through rare-book bins in competition with private buyers as some investors increasingly see rare books as a haven from sliding stock and bond markets.

"For collectors, books are nothing like paintings, Most buyers of fine art like to say how much they paid and display the painting. Reading is a private affair. Being secretive about the price and what's in your collection is part of the book game."


The Open Source Book

The Open Source Book project will be developing the book using open source tools such as LaTex and CVS. LaTex allows authors to concentrate on the content of the book, rather than the typesetting. Authors can use basic text editors for the book, rather than complex word processors. However, more complex word processors are available for LaTex.
The project aims to bring the case for open source together into a compelling and easy to read exposition. Such a book is needed to communicate with the decision makers - such as politicians, heads of departments, CIO's and CEO's. The Open Source Book Project intends to take the expertise of the open source community to write a book putting the case for open source, and explaining how to manage the migration to open source.


In a wide wired world people still want books

Here's A Neat Little Portlan Tribune Article on Phil Wikelund, owner of Great Northwest Books, a small shop with sales approaching $1 million.
For more than 25 years, he has been tracking down literary heirlooms and appraising rare book collections around the country. Before starting a Web Site seven years ago, about 80 percent of Wikelund’s sales were to walk-in customers. Now, they only account for about 20 percent of sales; the rest comes from Internet and catalog orders.
The current stressed economic climate, to some extent, is working to Wikelund’s advantage because many more cash-strapped people are unloading books to get grocery money.


Books worth millions of riyals trashed each year

Arab News takes a Look At a familiar sight at the end of every semester: Students destroying books and throwing them in the trash, including religious books containing verses from the Qur’an.
They say in addition to financial losses worth millions of riyals, the practice is a sign of the indifference with which many students view education.

“Destroying books must mean that there is a problem in the home or school,” argued a parent. “Students should feel that a book is a good friend and not their enemy.”


Valentine's Day Guide to Smutty Books

"Remember trading romance novels in middle school? If your friends were good friends, they would bookmark the good sex scenes so you could skip to them directly. Forget all of the "plot" points – pillaging pirates, unsatisfied virgins, a frigid intellectual – and get to the "throbbing member" and "heaving breasts".

"Well, we've done all of the hard work for you and bring you our Valentine's Day Romance Extravaganza. Especially on a holiday like this you want to skip through the plot and get right to the action. Jen dutifully scanned an array of romances, most available from for a penny, and bookmarks the sex scenes for you. We even outline what kind of scene it includes so you can better find the book that will suit your needs. (from Bookslut)



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