Archive for September, 2008

A Good Reason to Visit the White House
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A Good Reason to Visit the White House

Warm congratulations to the good people at the Kansas City Public Library (“Kansas City Public Library wins 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Services,” by Joe Robertson, Kansas City Star): The creative partners behind the Kansas City Public Library know they have been on a roll. And now they have the nation’s highest honor […]

Please DON’T Read the Books
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Please DON’T Read the Books

Every year for a week at the end of September and into the beginning of October (Sept. 27-October Oct. 4, 2008), libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week with posters, displays, booklists, community forums and events. Thanks to the ALA, Banned Books Week has practically (at least in my world) become a major holiday. It […]

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National Reading Group Month
By September 30, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

National Reading Group Month

  Book Group Buzz may not be doing much in October to observe Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month, National Kitchen and Bath Month, and Squirrel Awarness Month, but we’re definitely on board for National Reading Group Month, which was launched in 2007 by the Women’s National Book Association  (WNBA) “to promote reading groups and to celebrate […]

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Fiery Talk Fuels Firebombing
By September 29, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Fiery Talk Fuels Firebombing

Sadly, the talk of violence in the Jewel of Medina controversy was not just theoretical. The New York Times reported yesterday that Martin Rynja of Gibson Square, the book’s UK publisher, was the victim of something more than inflammatory speech. Thankfully, no one was hurt (“Attack May Be Tied To Book About Muhammad,” by Sarah Lyall): Early […]

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Tools of choice

Tools of choice

I received a delightful piece of mail today wedged in with fliers about upcoming conferences, my second ALA renewal notice, Demco catalogs, and a flask of window cleaner (Joey the Facilities guy has his mailbox above mine, I always get weird bits of metal and plumbing invoices by mistake). My favorite book group resource, Reading […]

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Rethinking Seattle’s Gay Book Club
By September 28, 2008 4 Comments Read More →

Rethinking Seattle’s Gay Book Club

Just how useful is the word classics? Until now the name of Seattle’s city-wide gay reading program, scheduled to begin in January at Dunshee House, has been the Gay Classics Book Club. I’m rethinking that. I’m suspecting maybe that word classics might be limiting, off-putting, might in fact be wisely dropped. In fact, I’ve been […]

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Quickly: A Tenured Writer, a Child Soldier, an Obscene Publisher, a Bad Poet, An Unhappy Critic, Two Depressed Writers, and a Fantasy of NASCAR
By September 26, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Quickly: A Tenured Writer, a Child Soldier, an Obscene Publisher, a Bad Poet, An Unhappy Critic, Two Depressed Writers, and a Fantasy of NASCAR

Boy, I’ve had a hard time keeping up lately. In the New York Times Magazine (“Those Who Write, Teach“), David Gessner asks, “what, if anything, does it mean for a country to have a tenured literature? It’s fine for writing teachers to talk in self-help jargon about how their lives require “balance” and “shifting gears” between teaching […]

Take Time Out for Time Out Chicago
By September 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Take Time Out for Time Out Chicago

The cover story of this week’s issue of Time Out Chicago, “Cultural Heroes,” includes five “page-turners“: Achy Obejas (Days of Awe), Stuart Dybek (I Sailed with Magellan), Joe Meno (The Boy Detective Fails), Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project), and Alex Kotlowitz (The Other Side of the River). (Check it out–five literary stars, five starred reviews.) Obejas […]

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Georgette Heyer: Classic Reprints
By September 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Georgette Heyer: Classic Reprints

   For years I have been hearing that Georgette Heyer is as close as we will ever come to Jane Austen. Fans of Heyer speak of her in reverant tones, and remember the first Heyer they read in their youth. Luckily, Georgette Heyer’s classic Regencies are being republished by Sourcebooks and Harlequin Books in trade paperback […]

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A Masterpiece Takes Sixty Years to Get Here
By September 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

A Masterpiece Takes Sixty Years to Get Here

When you read as many books as I do, you develop a special fondness for any novel that surprises you, that catches you off-guard with a new way of looking at things, that dares to be a little more honest, a little more daring. When I stumble on a new author with real insight or […]

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