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Noteworthy Links #10

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Links and such items that I found amusing this past week.

  • The smartest machine on Earth – Meet Watson Did you watch Watson compete on Jeopardy Feb 9th, and see him outsmart his competition? Did you see him blank on the Harry Potter question, in which Voldermort was the answer? I did and I was highly amused. You can watch Watson on Jeopardy’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night’s games via Nova.
  • Library Mail!! For all librarians, there is now special USPS postage rates for packages
Content is limited to books, sound recordings, academic theses, and certain other items.
Advertising restrictions apply.
Each piece must show in the address or return address the name of a school or nonprofit organization.
  • If you’ve heard of the Library Hotel in New York, then I’m sure you’ll want to add its Parisian version Le Pavillon Des Lettres. I maybe not get to spend the night at this ritzy place ($300 Euros a night!) but I will definitely be traipsing through the lobby and various other rooms during my stay in Paris for my honeymoon this year.

In the image of the 26 letters of the alphabet, the rooms and suites of the Pavillon des Lettres reveal the beauty and poetry of the various authors.

  • Border’s filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy this morning. They are stated to close over 300 stores across the US. Click here to see if the one near you will make the cut.

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The 5 most interesting things I have stumbled upon online in the past few days.

  • Focus Booster – an online timer set to remind you to take a break every 25 minutes. Slowly step away from the computer, and take a walk to the water cooler. Remember, you are not glued to your chair, although it may feel that way at times.
  • E-readers > TV – More kids prefer to read via E-readers than watch TV. Could growing up with computer screens shoved in their faces from age 0 have anything to do with it?
  • E-Reader Bestseller List – The New York Times is preparing to debut its first bestseller list for ebooks this Friday. I’m surprised it took this long for an e-reader best seller list to make it to the New York Times.
  • Green Eggs & Dr. Seuss – Navigating social media websites with 15 useful tips from the beloved children’s author.
  • Hardly Written – insightful new book blogger. Despite the title, the blog is frequently written with new book reviews weekly.

Noteworthy Links #8

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Starting off the new year with a fresh batch of links for all your clicking pleasures.

The Good

  • Download a free e-novella by Prix Medicis award winning author David Vann – author of Caribou’s Island. The award winning e-novella, SUKKWAN ISLAND, is part of a larger compilation of stories, entitled LEGEND OF A SUICIDE.

You can read it for free online, or download to an e-reader. If you don’t have a reader, then you can download the necessary software from Amazon, Sony, etc to read the novella.

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Sukkwan-Island-Novella-Material-ebook/dp/B004H1U1UW/

Sony

http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/david-vann/sukkwan-island-free-novella-with-bonus-material/_/R-400000000000000323488

Kobo

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Sukkwan-Island-Free-Novella-With/book-fB2kqTTDI0m-OwhHIu1OXA/page1.html

It is also available in the iBookstore for Apple products, and should be available for the Nook shortly.

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The Fun

  • Best of 2010 with Neil Gaiman – The Golden Age of Comics

Anthology editor Neil Gaiman describes the joy and challenge of selecting The Best American Comics 2010. “It’s like the golden age,” he says of the increasingly diverse and prolific genre. – More at http://www.npr.org/2010/12/09/131937258/neil-gaiman-selects-top-american-comics-of-2010?ft=1&f=5&sc=17

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The Ugly

This announcement has sparked a twit-war on Twitter under the trending topic of “Huckleberry Finn.”

I have a few questions and concerns on this note.

1. Who decides what the offensive words are?

2. What will be the offenders be? – According to the article, the N word will be changed to “slave.” But will it stop there? Will there be more re-writes in this book’s future changing other words, phrases and even meanings and intentions of the story?

3. There is no guarantee that this sort of move will result in the unbanning of the book and I would like to argue that this is undermining the integrity of the book.

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The Random

  • Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, defends poetry in a wonderfully written op-ed for the Poetry Foundation. As one of my favorite authors, both for children and adults, I think everyone should read this statement and go out and find a book of poetry to read right away. I think I’ll start with Pablo Neruda…

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Find out what’s going on @ Your Library from this really awesome and informative website. Recommended books, music, library resources, and fun how-tos. A must-see for every library fan!

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A very, very funny interview with Samantha Bee of the Daily Show on NPR’s Fresh Air. She is promoting her new book I Know I Am, but What Are You?

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Photographic proof, that hot guys read!

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Featherproof is a great website for short story fans. Download free mini-books, read through a collection of thousands of short stories and stumble upon some new and wonderful creations.

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Die hard fans of Mark Twain have probably been counting down the months, days and minutes to the 100 expiration date set by Twain to have his autiobiography published. He didn’t want it published until 100 years after his death. The first of 3 volumes will be published in November. The original is being held in a vault at UC Berkeley.

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Fans of Lauren Mechling and Laura Mosser can now read their collaborated novel, My Darkling online at Slate Magazine. I reviewed Mechling’s novels, Dream Girl and Dream Life earlier this year. Both are very fun YA lit.

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If  you ever needed an excuse to read Neil Gaiman, here it is! American Gods has been selected as the One Book, One Twitter selection for 2010!

I for one, am psyched that American Gods is the selection. I loved this book and am probably due for a reread.

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Paper or plastic for those books you just checked out at the library? Baltimore is piloting a new program where you can purchase your groceries at the library.

patrons can order groceries online and pay with cash, credit or food stamps. The orders are filled by Santoni’s supermarket, a longtime Baltimore grocer. They deliver the items to the library the next day.

Talk about a great way to bring healthy habits into the library!

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Never one to fall out of the digital media rat race, Google will be coming out with its own Ebook store this summer. All you need a Google account because the service will work across a bevy of devices.

The company says the ebooks will work across multiple devices, and, unlike the ebooks of iPad and Kindle, any device with a browser will be able to view the books. Customers with a Google account will be able to access the service.

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The role of the graphic novel and comics in the literary lives of children today, one woman’s take. Jennifer de Guzman, one of the judges for the San Jose Public Library’s first annual Graphic Novel Contest discusses the role of comics and what she learned about life reading them.

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Forbes ranked the 15 richest fictional characters, and you can bet to see some familiar names on that list from Chuck Bass to Jay Gatsby. Who is the number 1 richest fictional character, you ask? Follow the link to find out!

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Home libraries make kids smarter (stating the obvious much?) Miller-McCune posted a great article about the benefits of encouraging literacy as early as possible in children.

This effect holds true regardless of a nation’s wealth, culture or political system, but its intensity varies from country to country. In China, a child whose parents own 500 books will average 6.6 more years of education than a comparable child from a bookless home. In the U.S., the figure is 2.4 years — which is still highly significant when you consider it’s the difference between two years of college and a full four-year degree.

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If you’ve ever accrued overdue fines from your local library, worry no more! You are just following in the footsteps of one our most heroic forefathers: George Washington. He apparently owes $300,000 for having never returned 2 library books! What did he borrow?

According to a ledger found in 1934, Washington borrowed the “Law of Nations,” a treatise on international relations, and Vol. 12 of the “Commons Debates,” which contained transcripts of debates from Britain’s House of Commons, on October 5, 1789.

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For fans of fashion and books, Marc Jacobs has plans to go into the bookstore business in New York’s West Village. The original bookshop Biography Book Shop is relocating and now Jacobs will be taking over the location. I love the name that’s been twittered around the web “Book Marc”

but now it seems Jacobs is retaining the library feel of the space, making it into his local empire’s first bookstore.

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ALA is out with its top 10 of the most challenged books of 2009:

There isn’t really anything new on the list (nothing that hasn’t been there before). I do however think the reasoning for #5 is amusing.

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

Seriously? Sexually explicit? Did they read the same book that I did?

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Don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, what’s wrong with you? You stand in the minority, and these 25 insane book covers prove it!

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Nostradamus makes history again as his Prophecies is the first French book to be archived by Google Books.

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This is a movie of a super-cool “painting” hanging in the basement of the British Library, in London. The author has done many such paintings, but this is the best (and all the others are very similar). It’s called “Paradoxymoron”, by Patrick Hughes

This is so awesome. I think its well worth a trip to London to visit the British Library (among other things)

Noteworthy Links #4

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The 2010 LA Times Book Festival will be gracing the UCLA campus next weekend, April 24th & 25th. General attendance is free, parking is $10 and doors open at 10am. Check out the full A-Z list of authors here to look for your favorites!!

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Neil Gaiman talks libraries for National Library Week. If you missed his interview, you can find it archived at NPR here.

You can also read his interview with Kate Pritchard at Bookpage.

A snippet of the interview:

KP: Do you have a favorite library?

NG: My very favorite library of all is fictional, because it’s the one that I made up in The Sandman. That’s the library of all the books that people dreamed of writing but never wrote, all the sequels that never happened, all that kind of thing.

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Catch up on your favorite author interviews and giveaways with Book Club Girl.

The next interview will be with Todd Johnson of The Sweet By & By on Friday April 26th at 4p.

She is also hosting a giveaway for book club members in honor of Rebecca Wells newest novel The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilly Ponder. You can find all the rules and information here.

The first 25 clubs to sign up will receive a Randazzo’s King Cake to enjoy during their Calla Lily discussion!

For those of you wondering what a King Cake is:

Sent directly to your book group from New Orleans’ own Randazzo’s Camellia Street Bakery, this King Cake is adorned with their famous gooey frosting and topped with purple, yellow and green sprinkles, and includes a unique Randazzo’s Mardi Gras theme bag, stuffed with beads, doubloons, the history of Mardi Gras and the king cake, a 2010 commemorative 11x 16 color poster, a beautiful feather mask, and a kings crown! What better way to jazz up your book club night!

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Not really book related, but its close enough for me. Polyvore is an awesome fashion website with adorable themed outfits. Its Anthro meets a library.  I just love their photo compilations of various styles.

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For those who want the book feel, but can’t afford all the merchandize… this might solve a few of your problems.

Noteworthy Links #3

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Do you have an interesting story about books you’d like to share? Send me an e-mail with links to your favorite news blurbs about anything bookish!

www.savelibraries.org

Save Libraries is a grassroots effort to compile information about libraries in need of our support. Save Libraries will aggregate information about current advocacy efforts, archive advocacy efforts, and provide links to resources for libraries facing cuts.

A very informative and useful website for anyone concerned about the state of libraries across the nation. You can check in daily for the latest batch updates on budget cuts, news links and much, much more. I highly recommend visiting this website and putting in your two cents on how valuable libraries are to you.

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Perhaps the greatest endorsement for libraries and librarians. In a most surprising interview, Rolling Stone’s guitarist Keith Richards reveals that had he not gone into Rock n’ Roll he’d be a librarian!

He is in fact an avid bookworm who has taken great pride in developing libraries inside his homes in Sussex and Connecticut.

Awesome…right?

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Sad times for school libraries is evidenced in this Google map tracking school library closures across the nation.

This map marks the cities, towns, communities, and states that have made the decision to either eliminate certified school library positions (indicated in blue) or require one school librarian to work with two (2) or more school library programs throughout the week (indicated in red).

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On the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about his views on life, war and family. You can read the interview here.

Matt Steinglass of the New York Times discusses what its like reading Tim O’Brien in Hanoi.

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Are you a fan of judging a book by its cover? This New York Times article takes an interesting look at how e-readers are making it harder and harder to accidentally come across that next perfect read.

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Don’t like your parents? Well neither do the authors of teen and children’s literature. This essay looks through a number of popular, classic and contemporary books and examines the role of the parents. Titles discussed include Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Twilight, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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www.booksalemanager.com

A wonderful drug for the book addict. This site will help you locate library book sales anywhere in the nation. A great way to map out an itinerary when traveling, or just for a day out and about in your own neck of the woods.

You can search by zip code, by state, and narrow the findings down to a specific date range. You can then click on a hyperlink for more information about the library. You’ll get the address, types of payment accepted, and any special notes about the sale (ie $5 for an all you can carry bag of books!).

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Do you have an interesting story about books you’d like to share? Send me an e-mail with links to your favorite news blurbs about anything bookish!

A very funny meme on NPR’s Monkey See Blog: How 10 Movies Would Be Different if They Came from Nicholas Sparks Novels. Movies listed include: The Karate Kid, Inglorious Bastards, and The Breakfast Club.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry may be caught in the middle of an international brouhaha between the US and Turkey. You can read the full article here.

The book has been banned by the Turkish Department of Education on what seems to be little to no evidence.

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The latest (and scariest) book trend: Reality TV stars cashing in on their 15 minutes of fame via publishing deals. Actually, the reality stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewive’s of New York City have taken their sass to the bookstores. How to Be a Jewish Mother by Jill Zarin is only the fourth book to be published by a New York Housewife, two books belong to Bethany Frankel.  Zarin is the third housewife of New York to publish a book, the first being Bethany Frankel with her Skinny Girl cookbook, followed by the Countess and her book of etiquette for the modern woman. Look for another book by Alex McCord and husband Simon van Kempen to also be released in April.

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Going to Book Expo America this year? Make sure to wake up bright and early to catch Jon Stewart at the Author Breakfast as he Emcee’s the event and introduces Condoleezza Rice Thursday May 27th.

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For those who cried themselves to sleep upon hearing that Stephanie Meyer negated all hope of publishing Midnight Sun (the 5th of the Twilight Saga). Well dry your tears and get your wallet ready, because The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse Novella is set to go on sale Saturday June 5th. The best reason to buy the book?

One dollar for each copy sold from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

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Wishing you all a Hoppity Easter (via my local Safeway store)

Hoppity Easter Greetings!