It’s that sweet time of day when I can sit down with a cup of Maxwell House and type out a little news segment for the people of this blog. It’s been a good week for books; they managed to help a few cats down from trees with the local city fire department. Other not-so-local books were stamped by Discard labels which just means, we the people, need to do a better job of using our local public libraries before they are lost altogether by bigger and seemingly-better (to the government, and contractors) condo’s and luxurious apartment adobes. Consider checking out the next book you’d like to buy, and then buying it if there are sections you need to mark-up or quotes you need to highlight. If you’re like me and you need to have it on your forever-shelf, I completely understand…but that doesn’t mean you can’t start it at the library. If this doesn’t sell you, think of the crumbly old women with thick, gold-rimmed glasses who will help you find the book; the one. Save the books!
- Julianna Baggott talks about her writing process at BlueTownBillLit.
- We Are the Poets (documentary) is showing at Curzon (I always like to share where it gets showed because it’s a fantastic documentary that follows inner city youth who are chosen to compete at Brave New Voices (a slam poetry event).
Here is one of my favorite (ever) slams: Shake the Dust by Anis Mojgani.
- Daniel Nester’s Rules for Creative Writing Workshop. Pretty similar to everything I’ve known about Creative Writing Workshops, but I dare you to differentiate yourself. It may be a welcome change.
- Dear Wyoming – State of the Re:Union show. I really loved the letters from this particular NPR program and who ever hears about Wyoming unless you’re from the Northwest and you particularly like…hunting? Or rust? Maybe mountains?
- Rosamond Bernier: Charmed Oddly, she reminds me of Joan Didion.
- I listened to this program with Alan Bennett and he has the richest accent I’ve ever heard. It’s like listening to a man in a leather chair, smoking cigars, pocket watch in the pant side, speaking about his newest book (which is sexual, just a warning).
- NPR 2012 Poetry Review. (I will be perusing this in my free time a bit later).
- Native American Authors also being banned in Tucson. (Deplorable). If one more person bans Alexie, I swear.
- Princeton Review: The 10 Best College Libraries.
- You know I can’t resist a bit of news about Alice, dear.
- Mr. Fox review. I reviewed this book last year. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was unique. Check a Huffington Review here.
- How to Compete with Amazon (Indie bookstore edition). Personally, I don’t shop at Amazon.com, as I was just saying in an earlier blog from this week because they act like they own the whole world. Yes, I use a mac, so I have succumbed to the Apple world ownership, but I refuse to let two A-letter bigwig companies own me. And of course with this, you get an open-letter to Indie booksellers.
- This has already traveled the book blog road, but it’s so great that I couldn’t only share it on twitter.
- If you live in/around Chapel Hill, consider donating books to Flyleaf Books, book drive.
- The Public Library as an incubator of the arts.
- Bloomsbury E-book sales are up over 40%. Wow, ridiculous.
- The man who foretold the selling of e-books died at 86. At least he got to see his dream alive. Let’s think on the positive side. I hope it’s really not the case that books become obsolete…how am I to decorate my entire house?
- “Some of my Worst Friends are Books” – what a wonderful title for an article. Read away!
My review and countless ramblings on my latest finished book, The Happiness Project, will be coming to you soon. Right now, make some coffee/tea/hot chocolate and listen, or read a good news story, darling.