Thursday, September 29, 2005

One Book, One Land of Oz

Hey, Chatham, Massachusetts chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as their One Book for the whole community to read. Maybe we should choose that book for our One Book confab here in the Land of Oz, too! Follow the Yellow Brick Road!

Don't Try This With Library Books

Over at, they've noticed that folks are making purses out of books.

The "Moorish Girl," Laila Lalami, at Powell's

Wednesday October 5th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Marking the debut of an exciting new voice in fiction, Laila Lalami's Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping novel that "could well be the preamble to an important body of work" (Kirkus Reviews). This is the writer who has that wonderful Moorish Girl blog.

Scotiabank's Giller Prize

Canada's richest and glitziest literary award is the Giller Prize. The short list has just been announced. Only a couple of these are in print in the U.S. at this time, but the rest will be out by next March. And yes, Your Library will get all of them. If you can't wait, there's always

Your Fall Reading, Movies and TV Sports Plan

With the help of the San Francisco Chronicle's Book Review's fall preview, you can plan your weekends and "sick" days around some of the choicer entertainment options out there.

last gasp beach book

Want one more beach book before rainy season kicks in for good? "Dutch Uncle is a flashy crime caper abundant in nubile South Beach lovelies with tanned bodies and miniature dogs, dangerous Cuban thugs boasting arcane monikers and vengeful tempers, and a fashionista party scene straight out of CSI: Miami." Enjoy!

Mystery novels might keep you young

Hey, aging without losing your mind -- it can be done! "To reverse any decline that may occur, [this scientist guy Dr.] Foth explained, the best bet for seniors is to participate in mentally challenging activities they enjoy as part of their normal lives" -- like, for instance, reading a mystery novel!

Friday, September 02, 2005

catalog your books online

Hey, cool. You can catalog up to 200 of your books for free. LibraryThing mines the full Library of Congress catalog, "ideal for collectors and scholars." Lifetime membership only 10 bucks.
Did I say COOL already?