Ray Bradbury mourns Acres of Books

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 12:06

Ray Bradbury spoke last week at the iconic Long Beach bookstore and railed about its threatened closure and the dearth of bookstores in certain areas around Los Angeles. was there and quotes Bradbury, who said of Acres of Books, "I love this place. I love the smell of it. When it used to rain...I'd come to Long Beach, I'd come here to the Acres of Books and I'd go in the back."

A book that really puts children to sleep!

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 19:32

The Dream Stowaway is no question one of the best bedtime books I ever read my child! From start to finish my child was at the edge of her bed waiting for the next verse to begin. The Dream Stowaway is 42 pages but reads like a 13 page book. It stars one of the cutest and most original characters I've seen in children's literature. A small boy that travels from house to house placing children to sleep..(and Santa Clause thought he had it bad). Much like the jolly red man, The Dream Stowaway will give your children something to look forward to not just for one night, but every night.

Read George Carlin's books for comedic brilliance

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 02:18

It's one of our favorite conversations. It starts as, "Who's the funniest person ever?"

I always correct the premise to, "Who makes you laugh the hardest?" There could be some guy in a dorm at Montana State University who does this hysterical routine about pizza boxes, and we just don't know about him.

Some of my friends say Richard Pryor. Some say David Letterman. I have one buddy who swears that Don Rickles cracks him up like none other.

My answer: George Carlin, with Moe of the Three Stooges close behind.

Bibliofuture Author Spotlight: Ann Petry (1908-1997)

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 06/19/2008 - 17:44

Ann Lane Petry was born on October 12, 1908 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She was the second daughter of Peter C. Lane and Bertha James Lane. She grew up middle class in a predominantly white community. Her parents both had a professional status in the community. Her father owned the local drugstore and worked as a pharmacist. Her mother was a licensed chiropodist, and worked also in many other occupations such as a hairdresser, a barber, a manufacturer, and an entrepreneur. This status helped to shield her from a somewhat hostile community environment.