Canada's regional reading gap

News From Canada where a new poll on the country's reading habits shows that 15 per cent of Canadians aged 18 or older haven't read a book in the last six months, including one in four Atlantic Canadians and one in five Quebecers.
Most Canadians (56 per cent) have read between one and 10 books in the last six months, and nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) have read between 11 and 50 books.

The most avid readers hail from British Columbia, where the percentage of people who have read 11 books or more in the last six months (40 per cent) far outnumber those who haven't touched a book (seven per cent).


Books about Islam flying off shelves reports demand for books on Islam and its history has sharply increased in recent months, the owner of an Islamic bookstore says.
The demand for Islamic books increased dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, then declined for a few months - only to rise again as the current Iraq crisis grabbed the public's attention.


Throwing the book at police cell prisoners

Ender sent over This One from England where police running the cells at Parkside police station are on the lookout for some replacements for the warn out books available to prisoners in Cambridge's police cells. It seems the books are wearing out.

Top prison reads:
1. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky.
2.The Prisoner of Zenda – Anthony Hope.
3.The Count of Montecristo – Alexandre Dumas.
4. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie.
5.The Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde.
6.The Trial – Franz Kafka.
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling.
8. Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela.
9.The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
10.Anything by Jeffrey Archer.


Cuba Seizes U.S. Mission's Book Shipment

"Works by Martin Luther King Jr., John Steinbeck and Groucho Marx were among 5,101 books seized by Cuban authorities after being shipped in by the U.S. government, America's top diplomat in Havana said Thursday."

"American diplomats were told it was a "firm decision by the government" not to allow the books into the communist-run country for distribution to dissident groups, including independent libraries, U.S. Interests Section Chief James Cason said." (from AP)


LOA Launches American Poets Project

"To coincide with National Poetry Month, the Library of America, a nonprofit publisher of American classics, will launch the American Poets Project, a new series of books devoted to individual poets and anthologies exploring particular themes, genres, and eras. Edited by widely respected authors, the series will showcase the work of well-known poets along with those whose work has been neglected or whose popularity and reputations may be in decline, says Max Rudin, the Library of America's publisher." (from Poets and Writers)


When Your Life Is An Open Book, Find a Comfy Chair and A Really Good Lamp

SomeOne submitted this Nice Washington Post Article, By Doug Brown on how we read.
He wonders... Is there a model reading space? A perfect light? An unsurpassed chair?
And answers... there is nothing near consensus on the notion of the nonpareil reading environment. There are library or study people. There are bed people and bathroom people. There are anywhere people.
First lady Laura Bush, a librarian who travels the country touting the delights of reading, wrote in an e-mail that she and the president usually start their day together reading newspapers, and they end the day reading too. At the White House, she wrote, "the library is a great place to settle in with a good book, and at our ranch in Crawford, I like to sit on our porch and read."

So what's the best way to read, for you?


A New Phase for Gay Books

Jen Young sent over A New Phase for Gay Books, from the NYTimes, on Kensington Publishing, one of the largest general independent book publishers, and their new 15-page catalog proclaiming, "On the Cutting-Edge of Gay and Lesbian Publishing."
No large mainstream house has had a gay imprint since St. Martin's Press closed its Stonewall Inn Editions in January 2002, although it still publishes a number of gay and lesbian books.

"We are doing entertaining books that are not depressing," Mr. Scognamiglio said, "not about AIDS or suicide, but are positive and uplifting and fun."


Hooked on classics, Oprah revives book club

"Oprah Winfrey's book club is accepting new members."

"The talk-show megastar, whose endorsements have launched dozens of best sellers, said Wednesday that she is reviving the club after almost a year's hiatus. But this time, club members will read the classics."

"Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Hemingway. Those are the authors she's reading now — "It's a gift to myself," she says — and they'll likely make the list. The new round of reading tentatively is titled "Traveling with the Classics"; Winfrey will visit the settings of the authors' works." (from USA Today via Waterboro Lib Blog)


Old books, new endings

The Tennessean has a look at the world of altered books.
People are buying up old books and transforming them into journals and new works of art.
Artists have long been altering books with paint and collage and the Victorians used old books as scrapbooks, so this isn't necessarily a new idea. But, avid rubber stampers, scrap-bookers and book makers have refueled the art form in the last two or three years, said Katherine Sullivan of Nashville, who this month began teaching a monthly course in altered books.
Check out ISABA, ABAlteredBooks, or This Site for more.


Mapping the Literary Landscape of Los Angeles

Here's A Neat Project devoted to the phenomenon of Los Angeles Literature. Students at Mount St. Mary's College make a pretty compelling argument that a great deal of good writing has emerged and is continuing to emerge from Los Angeles.
The information gathered on the website has been amassed by first- and second-year undergraduate students, who devoted a great deal of time and effort to providing accurate, helpful, and interesting information.



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