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message 1: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments On occasion I come across articles or news items about books and reading that I'd like to pass along to this group, but I'm never sure where to put them. So, I'm creating a new topic and we can lump things of that nature here.


message 2: by Betsy (last edited Feb 09, 2011 11:29AM) (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments Here's a great article from Laura Miller of Salon.com about the lack of gender parity in literature and publishing. It links to a VIDA report and a National Endowment for the Arts report that are also both interesting.

http://bit.ly/ikm0iS


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 986 comments Great article, Betsy! Thanks for creating this thread too. It's a wonderful idea. In fact, I ran across something today that fits right into "Bookish News".


message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 986 comments I just discovered a new book chat sponsored by Random House, called "Beauty and the Book Show". Each segment is about 11 minutes long, and includes an author interview and book discussion with a real book club. The host of the program owns a beauty shop/book store. So far, there have been 5 episodes; the fourth episode features Helen Simonson & "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand". I enjoyed the Fannie Flagg interview. I also enjoyed her book, "I Still Dream About You". I'm getting ready to view the newest episode with Susan Vreeland and her book, "Clara and Mr. Tiffany". I highly recommend this book! I will include a link to the website if you're interested in watching: http://beautyandthebookshow.com/


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 986 comments I have a serious case of lust after viewing this website:
http://bookshelfporn.com/


message 6: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) I love bookish news!!


message 7: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments Lisa wrote: "I have a serious case of lust after viewing this website:
http://bookshelfporn.com/"


I think I need to go take a cold shower!


message 8: by Tasha (new)

Tasha Betsy wrote: "Lisa wrote: "I have a serious case of lust after viewing this website:
http://bookshelfporn.com/"

I think I need to go take a cold shower!"


Hahaha, too funny!!


message 9: by Linda (new)

Linda Boyd (boydlinda95gmailcom) | 30 comments This is very cool Lisa, I love listening to author interviews - thanks for the information!!!!


message 10: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) Bookish/Movieish/Hotish(LOL) News...

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Colin-...


message 11: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 482 comments Becky wrote: "Bookish/Movieish/Hotish(LOL) News...

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Colin-..."


I love Colin Firth, especially in the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice". He is also good in "What A Girl Wants". I plan to see his new movie. Interesting collection of his favorite books....I will have to check them out on Goodreads. Of course, I will need to add some to the TBR list.

Thanks Becky for the link!


message 12: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) Cathy wrote: "Becky wrote: "Bookish/Movieish/Hotish(LOL) News...

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Colin-..."

I love Colin Firth, especially in the BBC production of "Pride and Pre..."


Loved Pride & Prejudice!! & The King's Speech is a wonderful movie!!


message 13: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments The Library of Congress has announced the National Book Fest, scheduled for September 24-25, will be two days this year. Whoopee!!


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 986 comments I'm making a promise to myself that this year I'm going, even if I have to go by myself!!!


message 15: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments Lisa wrote: "I'm making a promise to myself that this year I'm going, even if I have to go by myself!!!"

I'll be there too. I'll bet some others in the group will be there as well. We should think of a way to identify ourselves to each other (Buttons, name tag?)


message 16: by Barb (new)

Barb | 75 comments I will be there! Trying to figure out a way to do both days. I love the idea of meeting up somehow.


message 17: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments I've marked my calendar and will try to attend, too.


message 18: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) I would love to attend,I could get the train down & back


message 19: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1381 comments I was hoping to go, but this is the week prior to my library's book sale and that is "my" baby.


message 20: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments Just wanted to remind everyone that the National Book Fest is coming up September 24th & 25th(first time they've had it for two days) If anyone wants to go but has no one to go with, you would be most welcome to hang out with me and my friend, Donna. I really mean that so don't be afraid to speak up. Hope to see some of you there!


message 21: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments Nancy, I've marked it as tentative, but will let you know if I end up going. I would appreciate hanging out with you and your friend, Donna, if I end up going.

Many thanks!


message 22: by Barb (new)

Barb | 75 comments I will be going on Saturday, and will probably be by myself so I would love to meet you and hang out with you and Donna.


message 23: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments Great! looking forward to meeting you both. The Target Booth comes to mind for meeting up but we can firm that up later.


message 24: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments More Bookish News from Salon.com. Some of our favorite authors share what was on their summer reading list.
http://www.salon.com/books/feature/20...


message 25: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments The Friends of the Randolph Library just held their Fifty Book Challenge Celebration this past Sunday. Every January, FOL prints a flyer encouraging patrons to take the Fifty Book Challenge by making a conscious effort to try to read 50 books in a year. Try being the key word because this is strictly a personal challenge.
At the beginning of the next January, FOL celebrates the challenge with a catered lunch. This year we had about eighteen people participate. Everyone brings their list of books and we each get a chance to talk about one book we liked and one we didn't. We play literary trivia games and have a raffle for bookish stuff (I got a magnet that says Book Junkie). We had lively discussions about many of the books that we're brought up and just exchanged a lot of book ideas. FOL also xeroxes everyone's list and compiles a packet for each person to take home. Lots of fun had by all!


message 26: by Victoria (new)

Victoria (vicki_c) Nancy - that sounds great! What a nice thing for the Friends of the Library to do. I have no idea if there is that type of group around here or not - I will have to look into that.


message 27: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments Victoria wrote: "Nancy - that sounds great! What a nice thing for the Friends of the Library to do. I have no idea if there is that type of group around here or not - I will have to look into that."
When I first got involved with the Friends group, it was faltering a bit so about six of us got together and met once a month to discuss what kind of group we wanted to be and what we wanted to accomplish. It took about a year to feel we were completely back on track but we're really solid now. If you ever want to start your own Friends group, I'd be glad to send you anything I might have that would help.


message 28: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments That's awesome, Nancy! Thanks for sharing.


message 29: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (littlemel64) | 45 comments Nancy, I love this idea! I'm circulation manager at an area public library and am just finishing up my MLIS. I'm going to pass this idea along to the FOL at my library,

http://www.pvld.org/.

It's great that you and your friends decided to get involved and make a difference.


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (littlemel64) | 45 comments I just finished Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading and the author's blog, http://www.readallday.org/blog/, is a great source for book suggestions (as are all of you). Thought I'd pass it along.


message 31: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments I know there are some fellow listeners of the Books on the Night Stand podcast here. I don't know if anyone else checked out the Concord Free Press, but I did after hearing about it on the podcast and got my free book today.

For non-listeners, Concord Free Press gives away books on the condition that you make a donation to a charity of your choice, and that you pass the book forward. You can select from a few different books that you want. There is a disclaimer that you might not get one, but I got mine today: A Handbook of American Prayer by Lucius Shepard

Here is the web site for you who are interested: http://www.concordfreepress.com/


message 32: by Victoria (new)

Victoria (vicki_c) Thanks Betsy - I am woefully behind on my BOTNS podcasts (probably 2 months), but I will check this out. Although I think that might have been on an older podcast, because it sounds familiar.


message 33: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments Just in time for holiday wish lists! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/boo...


message 34: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments This is a great list, Betsy. I own a number of the books listed and realized that I had none of them this past year. That's something on which I need to focus.

A number of the books are ones that we had selected for our group reads. Maybe we can garner up some interest for a buddy read or two :)


message 35: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments What do y'all think of the news?! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03...


message 36: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1381 comments I don't like it for no logical reason. If it helps clear up some of the bugs I experience with Goodreads, it will end up being good, but...

I guess my objections revolve around Amazon becoming so big that many of us, myself included, have seen the demise of our local independent book store(s).

I had similar feelings about Microsoft (early on they "ate up" a small company in my hometown that soon was moved to Washington state - loss of local jobs.


message 37: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments Good Reads is my go to web site for reviews because it's readers like me doing the reviewing. I don't completely trust Amazon's reviewers. I just hope GR can keep the sense of community and fellowship that is at it's heart.


message 38: by LynnB (new)

LynnB I'm watching to see what happens, but I really don't like it. No matter what they say now, reality will be different when Amazon is in charge. I don't want our reviews to be merged with Amazon ... that would definitely lower the quality/honesty of overall review. Amazon seems to "stuff the ballot box" of reviews. If only Goodreads can keep a separate presence -- though that's unlikely.


message 39: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Motto | 450 comments My biggest concern as well. Agree 100%


message 40: by LynnB (new)

LynnB Just fyi, this review is revealing ... check out all the "I thinks" and other vague indications:
interview


message 41: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments As a Kindle user, I'm excited about some of the connectivity possibilities between the two sites, but I have the same concerns as others have already stated. GR is near and dear to my heart because it provides me with a community of people who love to read and from which I've been able to open up myself to reading possibilities of which I had never dreamed. I'll be seriously ticked if Amazon ruins that experience for me.


message 42: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) I just had a discussion on FB with a book store, they are telling everyone to delete their good reads accounts because Amazon will share everything & I asked a general question, not being sarcastic, I said-what if anything will they share.....I got a nasty reply(found out it was the store manager), very arrogant towards me & I told him I did not appreciate being talked down to....I was just asking a true question....I came back later & his comment is gone, but the "store" asked me how I know things won't be shared.....well I never said that....but I do think it is rather extreme for a store to be telling people on FB to remove their GR accounts.....


message 43: by Robin P (new)

Robin P Still a concern, whether selling will become more important than the community. I give the highest compliment to GR, that months after I had joined, I thought how amazing it was that the site has no ads. Then I realized it has ads, but I never minded them because they are for books (and are not annoying pop-ups).
It's kind of the same thing that happens with a lot of the internet, ebay is mostly professional sellers now, youtube has lots of commercial content, etc.


message 44: by Karen (new)

Karen Ng (karenand3) I'm a longtime fan of both Goodreads and Amazon. I own most of my present books in eFormat, but do purchase about 20% in hardbacks. My major concern is also the fake/professional reviews infiltrating Goodreads. I've always depended on Goodreads for reviews, now I'm a bit worried.


message 46: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments That's awesome, Tom!


message 47: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments Tom wrote: "http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrar...

Love it !!"


Very cool project!


message 48: by Victoria (new)

Victoria (vicki_c) What does anyone know about the 3M cloud reader app and service? It just showed up as a new choice for books on my library website. It doesn't seem like it has that many book choices but I didn't spend long looking at it. It does have some items though that the other e-library choice did not (Elegance of the Hedgehog being one I noticed).


message 49: by Victoria (new)

Victoria (vicki_c) PS- sorry if this doesn't fit this category, but I couldn't figure out where to ask it!


message 50: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1253 comments Victoria wrote: "What does anyone know about the 3M cloud reader app and service? It just showed up as a new choice for books on my library website. It doesn't seem like it has that many book choices but I didn't ..."

Mine too Victoria. I took a couple books out just to get a feel for the process. It's fairly easy to use after first downloading the app. I noticed different titles as well.


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