All That You Know Not to Be Is Utterly Real

The Center For Book Culture has a really neat Piece by Curtis White, who poses the television question, \"Are the Great Books great or not?\", and answers, the great works were and are great, whatever that means, and it means very little.

He goes on to say the real question is, of what does the greatness of the great works consist? And goes on with some very interesting answers in this dense and lengthy look at greatness.


Just One Book for This One City?

NewsDay has a Column that talks about the big problems they\'ve had in NYC trying to pick one book.

First it was to be a paperback fiction book with a living author that a large number of people would find interesting, then a book that children could read, people wanted to exclude potentially offensive titles, The bickering got so bad that at one point somebody said, \"The next thing you know they\'ll have us all eating Chicken McNuggets,.\"

\"Too many cook spoiled the broth,\" Susan Avery, the owner of Ariel Booksellers in New Paltz, said. \"You had too many political agendas, and the soup got spoiled.\"


Scholar\'s perseverance helps a slave woman\'s story finally be told

The ever helpful Charles Davis pointed to This One on \"The Bondwoman\'s Narrative\", and how Henry Louis Gates Jr bought what is almost certainly the first novel ever written by an African American woman.

\"The most important thing in my life has been the Encarta publication with Microsoft and I\'m not just saying that because I\'m in Seattle,\" Gates stressed in an interview last week. \"That encyclopedia was W.E.B. Du Bois\' great dream fulfilled, the black equivalent of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. But finding this novel ranks right up there with that.\"


French author wins 2002 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Charles Davis passed along this Story that tells us French writer Michel
Houellebecq has won this year\'s International
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world\'s
richest prize for a single work of fiction for his
cult novel Atomised.

Nominations for the award are made by public
libraries worldwide and administered by Dublin
City Library. Nominations for the 2002 Award
were made by over 120 libraries in 38
countries. \"


Book clubs are just get-togethers for sad middle-class women

Bob Cox sent over this Story in which she says book clubs are nothing to do with reading, they are just get-togethers for sad middle-class women.

\"Which begs the question: if the people who join book groups hate reading so much, why not just be honest about it? They\'d have just as much fun if they called it the \"I\'d like to meet other middle-class people just like me, please\" club.\"


Book News

Harry Potter... fans, prepare to shed a tear. JK is still writing the lastest installment. #5 isn\'t due out for a while, June 2003 perhaps.

The Wind Done Gone lawsuit has been settled. Houghton Mifflin will contribute an unspecified amount to Morehouse College in Georgia, and Mitchell\'s estate will leave them alone. So I guess we\'re allowed to parody.

Finally, I\'m sad to report that the Osbournes will be paid three million dollars for two books. Simon and Schuster will be giving them this money.

The full Harry story[cnn]

The full Wind story[SF Gate]

The full Osbournes story[yahoo]


Don Quixote is the world\'s best book

The Guardian Says 100 well-known authors from 54 countries voted for the \"most meaningful book of all time\" in a poll organised by editors at the Norwegian Book Clubs in Oslo.

Living writers were few and far between . Notable examples were Doris Lessing - whose Golden Notebook featured - and Salman Rushdie, Chinua Achebe and Toni Morrison.
Full list of the 100 best works of fiction.


Checking It Twice

Edwardo let us know about This Story from The Washington Post on Bookscan.

A similar service called Booktrack has already launched in Australia, and has changed the best seller lists. They point out Newspaper bestseller lists have long been a sore point, rife with charges of bias and skulduggery. No American newspapers have yet adopted its data for their bestseller lists, and, Bookscan currently only has 65 percent of national bookstores online, so its data still aren\'t complete.
Be sure to check out the discussion on Slashdot as well.


Stopping the book thieves

Someone passed over This BBC Story on some fancy new tags that contain a silicon chip which can carry a large amount of information and an antenna able to transmit that information to a reading device.

As well as combining a security tag and virtual barcode in one piece of technology, this makes it possible for a book to \"remember\" each transaction, from publisher to wholesaler, retailer to customer and (if the book is sold second-hand) beyond. Similarly, books borrowed from libraries could retain a record of every reader to have perused their pages.

They say the tags would give each book a unique serial number, as well as storing other details such as where it was shipped from and when.

\"It\'s like putting a licence plate on every book, and it means we\'d be able to track the movements of each and every title published.\"


Principal Hits the Roof After Students Meet Reading Goal

Students at the Washington School in Kansas have sent their principal to the roof. Literally. As a reward for students meeting their reading goal in the school\'s reading challenge, the principal will spend the night on top of the school\'s roof, with nothing more than a tent and a few good books. \"Thursday marked the fourth consecutive year Ennis has done something - well, a little out of the ordinary - to reward his students for meeting the goal he has set for his \"Reading Challenge\" program encouraging Washington children to read more.\"Read more Here.



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