Thursday, November 17, 2005

Progress Report: Fiction Allsorts

Eight people at Fiction Allsorts this morning! YES! That's our storytime for adults. Folks who knit or do any kind of handwork come, but so too does anyone who likes to be read to. Today I read a story from If I Had My Life to Live Over Again, I Would Pick More Daisies, Joan Connor's "Broken Vows."

Anyway, we do this every third Thursday morning. 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Nancy Pearl, My Hero

Have I mentioned before how I idolize Nancy Pearl? She's the librarian who wrote Book Lust and also was the model for the famous Librarian Action Figure.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Half-Broken Things by Morag Joss

I'm halfway through Half-Broken Things (listening to the CDs in my car and reading the book at home) and it's pretty darn good. I love reading interviews with authors: here's one with Morag Joss.

Coffee! at Your Local Library

Come on down. Starting Friday, November 4, folks from Pacific Coast Coffee and Cookies will be serving up their liquid wares here at Your Local Library. This is a trial run. They'll pay the library a percentage of the profits and folks won't have to leave the premises to buy tasty java.

New Fiction: Mission to America by Walter Kirn

"At 12 years old, while living in Arizona with my patent-attorney father and registered-nurse mother, I answered the front door one afternoon and was confronted by two 18-year-old boys who informed me that they'd been sent by God to counsel, enlighten, and heal my family by converting it to the Mormon religion..." That's Kirn talking. Mission to America is his semi-autobiographical novel based on a fictional religion, the Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles.

New Thriller from Counterterrorism Guru Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke, long-time White House counterterrorism chief, says: "Fiction can often tell the truth better than nonfiction. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told." He's got a novel out now, Scorpion's Gate.

How to Start a Parent/Child Book Club

Step number 1: "Make sure that your child wants to participate. If your child is not really interested and willing, the book club may be a disappointment for you both. "

The Librarian of the Future

Technology-crazed or going the way of the dinosaur? Or...?

(Book With Wings by Anselm Kiefer See it Sept. 25 through Jan. 8, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215)

Rattawut Lapcharoensap's Sightseeing

"A book of short stories based on Thailand's tourism industry is the only work of fiction to make the shortlist for the Guardian's First Book award. " And lo, it is owned by Your Local Library!

More here about Rattawut Lapcharoensap's debut book of stories.

Book Club Struggling? Invite an Author

"Certainly with the writer in the room, even the worst procrastinator wouldn't be audacious enough to leave a book unfinished."

Don't try to get Maya Angelou, though...did you know she commands $35,000 a speech? Truly.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

On Beyond Google

There are times when using something other than Google might be best.

The James Patterson Page-Turner Awards

For the really big $25,000 award, nominate any person, group, company, or institution that spreads the excitement of books in an effective and original way. For instance:
A librarian, educator or bookseller who's promoted the joy of reading;
Anyone who's publicly highlighted the entertainment value of books;
A philanthropic group that orchestrated a unique event that drew attention to books and reading;
A book group leader, web site operator, or other person that singles out books in an exciting or unusual way.

There are other awards, too. Check it out.

James Patterson, of course, is the fellow who's written a whole string of bestsellers: Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Pop Goes the Weasel, etc.

NASCAR and Harlequin Books! Of Course!

Uhm, breaking news: here's the press release from the Harlequin romance novel folks on their new line of novels, by some of Harlequin's bestselling authors, which will have plotlines centering on NASCAR and will bear the NASCAR brand on their covers.

Harlequin, you will be stunned to hear, is the first publisher of women's fiction for NASCAR.

Wanna Know What a Librarian's Day is Like?

Check out the blog of the Feel-good Librarian.

The Future of Libraries?

The folks from the Da Vinci Institute have put together a list of ten key trends that are affecting the development of the next generation library.