Tuesday, February 28, 2012
It was wonderful to see on the front page of the Globe this morning that Shannen's dream for a school in Attawapiskat was finally coming to fruition...Parliment has said that they would take steps to ensure that all first nations children would have the same quality of education as all Canadian children. As mentioned before, Second Story press has published a wonderful book on this story: Shannen and the Dream for a School.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Ian Rankin addresses that very issue in The Bookseller. PS: Just read The Complaints...awesome!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
There is a fun piece in today's NYT about books and reading on the plane. Dominique Browning talks about the pleasure of reading "low-brow" books on the plane...not junk reading but a nice balance of compelling and stimulating reads. I know I look forward to plane rides, just so I can get five hours of uninterrupted reading!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This is a hilarious piece that booksellers and librarians can relate to! My favourite is "If someone comes in and asks where to find the historical fiction, they're not looking for classics, they want the romance section".
Friday, February 10, 2012
My favourite new YA book for the spring season is called The Night Sky in My Head. It’s reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime because of the unusual perspective of the narrator, which in this case is 14 yr. old Mikey. He’s suffered head trauma in a terrible accident and has a big scar on his head, but he can’t remember what happened. However, since the accident Mikey has acquired the ability to go backwards in time. He’ll walk by a bus shelter, or beside the river, and see visions of particular events that happened there. These visions are clues to a mystery, one that involves Mikey’s absent father, his new friend Ralph and the unusual scar. The suspense builds as pieces of the puzzle start to come together until we finally understand the circumstances surrounding the tragic accident. It’s a gripping story that will challenge YA readers and lead to some interesting discussions.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Roger Smith Cookbook Conference...imagine a whole three days in NYC talking about cookbooks! The list of panelists is fabulous. There is a whole session on Libraries and Cookbooks:
Cookbooks in Libraries: Gateways to Food Studies”
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Quill and Quire, Canada's industry magazine for publishing, has started a series of podcasts in conjunction with The Walrus. This one is Henry Holt's President and Publisher Steve Rubin's keynote address at last years IFOA International Visitor's series. It's well worth a listen.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Jian Ghomeshi's Q debate was on the value of the independent bookstore. His panelists were Slate magazine's Farhad Manjoo and Type Books co-owner Joanne Saul. The debate is quite good...but I know which side I'm on! It is at the beginning of the show...about 5 minutes in: date January 31st. Another good piece on this topic is Richard Russo's op ed piece in the NYT.