This Time, Rumors of Demise May Be True

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 11:24

It was here in the third-floor billiard room where America’s greatest humorist used to hole up when the bustle of his house, and the nursery one flight below, became too great, leaving strict orders not to be disturbed.

Seated at a desk tucked behind the billiards table, he wrote and rewrote in longhand such masterpieces as “Huckleberry Finn,” often beseeching his editors to stop cleaning up his language and restore the earthier vernacular he preferred.

Bibliofuture Author Spotlight: Bess Streeter Aldrich

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sat, 05/24/2008 - 19:29

Author in "World Authors 1900-1950"

Bess Streeter was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State Normal School, she taught school at several locations in the west, later returning to Cedar Falls to earn an advanced degree in education. A writer since early childhood, she won a writing contest at age fourteen and another at seventeen.

In 1906, she married Charles Aldrich. They moved to Elmwood, Nebraska, where Charles, Bess, her widowed mother, and family friends invested and purchased a bank. They had four children--Mary, Robert, Charles and James.

From 'Love Kitten' to child literacy

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:04

At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever. Born in rural Ethiopia to an illiterate cattle merchant who insisted upon his son's education, Gebregeorgis had seen a few books in school. But it was the experience of having a book of his own that sparked a lifelong commitment.

Today, at 56, Gebregeorgis is establishing libraries and literacy programs to connect Ethiopian children with books.

Poet Bill Knott Does Some Weeding

Submitted by foetry on Wed, 05/21/2008 - 13:55

Maybe you don't know Bill Knott. Hell, maybe you don't know more than five living poets, and you work in a library. But you should pop over to Knott's blog, where he publishes his poetry, and rants against his former publisher, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and Pulitzer prizewinners alike. Now he turns his attention to librarians, or rather the stereotype of librarians. Is he serious? You decide.

Remembering Fleming, Ian Fleming

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 11:11
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Any writer who has struggled to “do the words” would take heart from the self-effacing assessment written for himself by Ian Fleming, the raffish Englishman born 100 years ago this month who became one of the most successful authors of his time through the creation of the world’s best-loved spy, James Bond.

Full article in the New York Times:…

Fake Movie Trailer For a Real Book

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 20:15

You know, for any other author, it'd be strange to make a movie trailer for a movie mentioned in the book. Then again, you could accuse Chuck Palahniuk of many things and normalcy really isn't one of them.

To promote his new book, Snuff, the author of Choke and Fight Club, Chuck had some folks make a trailer for a movie the character stars in. Now then, it should be noted that the character involved is an aging porn star so this trailer, while clean enough for YouTube, is so insanely not safe for work you'd be far better off watching it at home.