I love her writing, she’s perfect for book clubs, and no one knows who she really is. Elena Ferrante is currently a very popular Italian author whose identity remains unknown. Imagine, in this age of celebrity, an author who actually chooses to avoid the celebrity machine, and succeeds! Ferrante lives in Naples, and that’s all […]
Archive for April, 2008
I now know the depths of my love for a certain novelist. This morning on the way to work, NPR did an advance promo for today’s Fresh Air. Special guest Helen Hunt, four-time Emmy winner, Oscar winner and recently turned director, will be discussing her new film. It stars Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth in […]
According to the CBC, the German publisher Bertelsmann AG is planning a print version of Wikipedia (“German publisher plans printed version of Wikipedia“). Well, the German part, and only the most-searched articles. Still, I hope shopkeepers are prepared for the people who show up with pens, scissors, glue, and alternate pages.
Everybody loves Nancy Pearl. Okay, well, anyone who loves books loves Nancy Pearl. If I had my way that would be everyone! Nancy celebrates books in everything that she does. And she has a masterful way of describing books that makes you want to run right out and buy, borrow or steal anything she […]
Libraries need to recognize book group readers as one of their core audiences, a population that deserves “extra-mile” service. Here’s my list of 25 ways that a library can support book groups. How many of these are available at your local library? Organize groups, provide staff leaders for those groups, or train community volunteers to […]
They are a boisterous and creative lot at the joint Oregon/Washington Library Association conference. Last Thursday I presented a sesssion called “Book Group CPR: Breathe New Life into Your Discussion Group.” I thought I wouldn’t have enough material to give the audience and it turns out, they had plenty of material to share with me! […]