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Foxnews has this story from ATHENS, Greece
It began with a small fire. About 200 religious zealots and ultra-conservatives fed the flames in January with copies of a book they call blasphemous because of passages about the possible sexual longings of Jesus Christ.
The book burning, however, was just kindling for a bigger confrontation. Political leaders, clergymen and scholars have been drawn onto the unstable ground between the nation\'s commitment to free expression and the Orthodox Christian heritage that figures strongly in Greece\'s ethnic identity. -- Read More
The NYTimes has a nice\"Story on a woman in Africa who still deals books the old fashioned way.
Oddly enough, there can still be romance in being a bookseller, an embattled yet ennobled calling these days. More accurately, let\'s say there can be passion and adventure in trafficking in books: buying, selling and bartering them, rather like dealing for salt along the old trade routes. A woman who owns a bookstore in Cape Town, South Africa, does just that. She bargains in books and jokingly refers to herself as \"the last of the great salt-trading people.\" -- Read More
This story from the LATimes foucuses on a different kind of book, all together.
Paging through old cookbooks published by women\'s organizations is more fun
than reading novels. Along with recipes, they offer tender memories of families
and friends, historical insights, unassuming humor, inspirational tidbits, practical
It\'s like peeping into other people\'s lives, at least the parts of their lives that
revolved around the kitchen and dining room. The bonus is access to treasured
family recipes, set down in print for what was probably the first and only time. -- Read More
BookWire has an interesting Story on the rash of rare book thefts. Keep your eye on the rare books room!
Copies of one of the world\'s rarest and most valuable books have been disappearing a rash of mysterious thefts that have perplexed police from the former Soviet Union to the United States.
At least seven of the 260 known copies of the 1543 edition of ``De revolutionibus\'\' have disappeared in recent years, including one copy each from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, according to Owen Gingerich, a professor at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. Five copies remain missing. -- Read More
I almost wanted to put this in Humor.
They\'re books, but they\'re not just for reading anymore.
\"Sometimes we have interior decorators buy books by the yard for customers,\" said Ray Walsh, owner of Archives Book Shop and the Curious Book Shop in East Lansing. \"It really does add a personal touch,\" he said.
\"Every once in awhile we get someone who has model homes who buys books for display so the house doesn\'t look empty,\" Walsh said. -- Read More
Books about Jesse James ride off library shelves into the sunset, while patrons who borrow wedding etiquette manuals often rudely fail to return the book after the ceremony. \"All kinds of books are not returned. But the ones that really don\'t come back are pregnancy and childbirth, wedding etiquette,witchcraft, cults or that type of thing,\" said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Library System. \"Jack the Ripper, anything on Jesse James, you can forget.\"
This Thursday, to coincide with World Book Day, culture minister Patricia Ferguson will begin the hunt. At a glittering ceremony, the minister will unveil a guide compiled with the Scottish Book Trust and the List magazine to the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time and invite the public to start voting for their favourite work from the list.
But the campaign has run into controversy just days before it has begun after a draft list obtained by Scotland On Sunday shows a number of peculiar omissions and inclusions.
The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August but if you think the arguments will end there, forget it â€“ with only one book allowed per author, the tome in question might not even be on Maleyâ€™s list. Whoâ€™s to say that Welshâ€™s Marabou Stork Nightmares wonâ€™t be preferred to Trainspotting? And who can discount the Harry Potter factor? Barry Didcock Says There could be a few red faces in Charlotte Square come August.
Anonymous Patron writes "USATODAY.com Rainbow Party, aimed at the teen market (ages 14 and up), has some booksellers and librarians wondering whether author Paul Ruditis sensationalizes the subject â€” and, more significantly, whether they should carry it on their shelves."
Anonymous Patron writes "Over @Slate, Stephen Metcalf asks Uncle Tom's Children - Why has Uncle Tom's Cabin survivedâ€”and thrived? We have here an interesting puzzle. How has Uncle Tom's Cabin survived, and thrived, if it proved so offensive to the 20th-century aspirations of the African-Americans it helped liberate in the 19th? Why isn't Uncle Tom's Cabin like Wittgenstein's ladder: Once climbed, it is obsolete, and we ought to throw it away?
The answer, he believes, can be found in an essay from 1978 by Jane Tompkins, a prominent feminist literary critic"