Exhibit shows Dickens as stage hound

Here's A CNN Story on an exhibit, "Best of Times: The Theater of Charles Dickens," at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts [WebSite].
Among 200 items on display are rare 19th-century broadsides, posters and programs from plays in which he was involved as an actor, playwright, director, librettist or other capacity.

"He was passionate about the theater all of his life," said the exhibit's curator, Bob Taylor. "Anybody who has read or studied his novels, you can't come away without recognizing the theatricality of them."


Tolkien manuscript struggle revealed

This BBC Story says Professor Michael Drout came across Tolkien\'s translation of eighth century epic Beowulf in an Oxford University library six years ago. He\'s had to contend with obsessive fans and \"strange\" lingering resentments to get it published, he has said.
JRR Tolkien 111th birthday was on Friday as well. The Tolkien Society was asking fans to toast the author, who was born on 3 January, 1892, at 2100 GMT local time.

They also say Everyone who sees The Lord of the Rings movies should read the books as well.


Authors Whose Audience Knows 'Em Like a Book

The Washington Post Says when it comes to publishing these days, it's all about the platform, as in, "Does the author have a platform to promote his or her book?"
Publishers now want authors to be previously published, a TV personality, a musician, an actor, or maybe a politician.
An author with a regular TV gig or a nationally syndicated newspaper column or a wall full of platinum records is worth way more to a publisher. Such a writer brings a built-in audience and untold opportunities for cross-promotion. Dave, Jay and Conan would just love to put him on the couch.


Don't close the book yet on big best sellers

The USAToday Says Overall book sales are down 7% this fall compared with a year ago, but some best sellers have been hit harder than others.
King is down 44% when comparing the first 11 weeks of sales of From a Buick 8 with those for Dreamcatcher, published last year. Clancy dropped 38%, Scott Turow is down 17%, Michael Crichton is up 27%, Nora Roberts is up 16%, John Grisham is up 24% .


What Dr. Seuss really taught us

Mary H. Musgrave points us to The New Yorker and a story on the story behind "The Cat in the Hat."
It turns out The Cat in the Hat was a Cold War invention.


Arthur Clarke — coasting along

Michael Nellis writes \"Nice little story here about Arthur C. Clarke. No mention of libraries, but I figured some of you must be fans. :-)

This article at focuses on his life in Sri Lanka. \"


$1m offered to save Thoreau house Says the co-owner of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers has offered to donate more than $1 million to save the deteriorating Henry David Thoreau birthplace in Concord.

''I want to do something that will benefit the community and give me pleasure as well,'' said Donald Saunders. ''It's a tragedy that this historic Thoreau home is threatened. I would be honored to be part of its restoration.''


Author Clive Cussler to Retire

Author Clive Cussler has decided it\'s time to pursue other interests. \"The imagination is still working, but the drive is just gone ... I can\'t explain it. I guess after 35 years of this stuff ... I\'m tired of it. And I have to push to try to maintain the quality because I don\'t want to cheat my readers...\" Read More.


Authors hit the road to push book sales

Deane passed along This One on the drawing power of authors who, like rock stars, are increasingly turning to the tour circuit. They say with the decline of traditional marketing methods, author appearances are becoming a key strategy in selling books.


Bush Administration Recruits American Writers

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"The Bush administration has recruited prominent American writers to contribute to a State Department anthology and give readings around the globe in a campaign started after 9/11 to use culture to further American diplomatic interests.

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