Pamela Ribon . Author notebook .

Bob Cox shares this nice entry from author Pamela Ribon about strangers helping strangers by donating books to a struggling library.
"In the past eight months, fans of have donated close to seven hundred books, CDs, DVDs, and magazine subscriptions, as well as time, money, energy, and support. Before this book drive I had heard criticism that teens, young adults and thirtysomethings don’t get involved with their community, and aren’t the type of people who donate their time and money to causes. If there’s one thing I’m most proud of in all of this, it’s that we left that notion in the dust."


Italian poet loses his head

Bob Cox writes " 22466106.html

Of all the world's great writers, Francesco Petrarch is the best known for losing his head. On Good Friday in 1327, the then 23-year-old writer and scholar fell madly in love with a woman he saw in a church congregation.

His bad luck, to become enamoured of a woman who did not return his affections, was the rest of humanity's good fortune. For, in seeking to express his feelings for the woman he called Laura, Petrarch gave definitive form to the sonnet and established himself as the first modern, Western poet.

Now, it seems, he has lost his head a second time."


Judy Blume, Girls' Friend, Makes a Move to the Movies

The NY Times is reporting that after many years of starts and stops that Judy Blume's novel, "Deenie" will be made into a movie.

The Judy Blume faithful are surprised only that it has taken this long for such a movie deal. "She perfectly identified emotions and created stories around them that validated your emotions and taught you the fundamentals of life, when your mother just brought out the box and the brochure, which is so scary," said Terri Minsky, creator of the "Lizzie McGuire" series, whose 9-year-old daughter listens to Blume books for younger readers on tape. "Judy Blume does it in a story, and it's like a gift. Why must we be subjected to `Agent Cody Banks' when there are Judy Blume books out there? It's not right."


'Little Prince' author's plane wreck found after 6 decades

The CBC Is Reporting diving team has found the wreckage of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's military plane, almost 60 years after it plunged into the Mediterranean near Marseille, French government researchers announced Wednesday.


Agatha Christie books to become video games

An Anonymous Patron writes "A Report Says enthusiasts of mystery fiction will have the chance to play detective when some of Agatha Christie's classic books are brought to interactive life in computer games.

Ms. Christie's grandson, Matthew Prichard, said Sunday that he has granted permission for his grandmother's work to be adapted for CD-ROM computer games."

Topic: - Pop icons ride on name to sell books

An Anonymous Patron writes "As much as we worship movies, little of that worship trickles down to the people who write the stories. That's sad, because writing can be a very solitary pursuit and writing even a very bad screenplay is hard work. Thankfully, we have the world of children's books to give credit where it's barely due and provide some welcome familiarity. Full Story"


Art or Harbinger of Violence? / Grisly Short Story Gets Student Booted from School

An Anonymous Patron writes " Before the week was out, the student was expelled and sent home, the instructor was fighting for her job, and many students and faculty were left wondering about issues of artistic and academic freedom in the post-Columbine era of heightened fear over student safety. The initial reaction was much less sensational. Full Story @"


Tolkien’s books auctioned

Anonymous Patron writes " Rare volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings� trilogy were the centerpiece of an extensive private book collection auctioned Wednesday for a total of $270,000.

The Tolkien books, including two signed second editions of the first two installments of the trilogy and an unsigned first edition of the third part, were sold to an anonymous bidder for $3,800.
Full Story"


Dr. Seuss' other sides on display

Bob Cox writes " says long before he showed American children that the 250 words of ``The Cat in the Hat'' could teach them to read far better than Dick and Jane, Theodore Seuss Geisel had explored Europe and seen his illustrations on the cover of Life magazine.

The Dartmouth College American literature graduate who became famous as Dr. Seuss had spent enough time working for a large corporation and in the Army to become a wryly cynical observer of life. And he wasn't afraid of putting a bit of the risqué into his work, either."


John Paul II's New Book Due Out in May

John Paul II's new book, "Rise, Let Us Be Going," a reflection on his experiences as a bishop, will be published on May 18, his 84th birthday.
Articles at Contra Costa Times, Catholic News Service, and Zenit News Agency



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