A NOVELIST who was called to the stage as a Wales Book of the Year winner said he had a ‘cruel glimpse of hell’, when it emerged just moments later that there had been a mistake. “Frankly, last night was amateur, a national embarrassment, and I cannot be the only person to have thought so,” he added.
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. LBReport.com 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."
American University Librarian Emeritus James Heintze, who wrote the "Fourth of July Encyclopedia" published in 2007 by McFarland, traditionally visits the National Archives and watches the Fourth of July parade in downtown Washington. Here's Heintze's website on the subject that he finds perpetually fascinating.
Bad News For plans to make all children’s books carry age guidance were in tatters last night as JK Rowling came out in opposition to the move.
The support of the Edinburgh-based Harry Potter creator was welcomed by authors determined to sabotage moves to introduce age-banding on all children’s titles by the autumn.
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.
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.
Librarian / Author Scott Douglas, announced on his Blog (http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2008/06/wanna-know-secret.html) that he is giving away eBooks of a book he wrote. He encourages readers to go to the wiki page he set up, and change parts of the book they don't like, or add scenes and characters.
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.