Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Overlooked Gems

Slate asked a group of people who regularly read lots of fiction—literary bloggers and booksellers at some of the country's best independent bookstores—to recommend their favorite underappreciated novels and story collections from the past several years.

(the pic -- yes, totally unrelated to the subject of this post -- is apparently of a scherenschnitte booth at a German fair! How cool is that? Thanks, Magnetisch!)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

10 Greatest Detective Novels -- the List

Mr. Crime Fiction Dossier (aka journalist and novelist David J. Montgomery) reveals his favorites -- and so do his readers.

Coming Early in 2007

(photo credit to Mike Pedroncelli at Flickr)

Field Report from the London Library

Mrs. Bookworld takes it all in.

(photo credit to phodge100 at flickr -- that's the London Library during the Blitz)

America's Next Top Librarian!

Bookburger is running a search for America's Next Top Librarian! Nominations will be taken through November 15.

(photo credit to feaverish at flickr)

Not Quite Fiction, but Cool: Blackstock's Collections

Blackstock's Collections showcases the work of Gregory L. Blackstock, a retired Seattle pot washer who draws order out of all the chaos with a pencil, a black marker, and some crayons.

Bookburger, thanks for the heads up!

Needless to say, I am doing what I can to see that our library orders this!


Might as well mention Shelfari. Thanks, Beatrice.

Catching Up: Novelists Tackle the Middle East

Ruth Rendell's Splendid Wexford Series

I'm reading End in Tears and I've resolved to go back and read all of the books in Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series. Her characters are wonderful. Mystery writer Val McDermid agrees with me: read all about it.

Prize Watch: Booker and Nobel

The Powers That Be have announced the Booker Prize Winner (Kiran Desai) and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (Orhan Pamuk).

Friday, October 06, 2006

Remember Nancy Pearl's 50-Page Rule

If you're under 50, give yourself permission to read no more than 50 pages of a boring book. If the book doesn't grab you by page 50, life's too short (and there are too many good books!) to stick with it.

Are you over 50? Famous Librarian Nancy Pearl says after age 50, readers get even more of a break -- she's devised a formula to subtract your years over 50 from the number of pages. A 51-year-old reader, for example, can adopt a 49-Page Rule, and so on.

(photo credit to Moriza at Flickr)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

What's Happening with Reading These Days?

M. J. Rose asks, how do we reinvigorate the idea of reading? "We need to be fearless. Bold. Brave. Take crazy initiatives. Do audacious things. We need to shake up everything and get people thinking about reading. Because reading X leads to reading Y..."

(photo credit to Prio at Flickr)


BiblioTravel is a free online resource for identifying books set in distinct locales. And it's created by librarians.

(photo credit to Bisy Backson at Flickr)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson

"Book sales can have a curious alchemy. They have been spurred by all sorts of things, such as happenings in the news or mentions on Oprah, but seldom in the history of bookdom has one title ridden to new readership all because of a T-shirt from Texas..."