WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser
Founder of the Threepenny Review, Lesser's "delectably sophisticated inquiry into why reading is a constant source of pleasure and provocation" (Booklist) is as much a memoir as it is about the craft of literature. Written in "erudite, beautiful passages," WHY I READ "will speak to booklovers of all types." – Publishers Weekly, starred review. If you're attending ALA Midwinter, make sure to meet Wendy Lesser in booth #622!
WHAT MAKE THIS BOOK SO GREAT by Jo Walton
This collection of Tor.com blog posts from Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Walton about her favorites works of sci-fi and fantasy is "...akin to a genre version of Nancy Pearl's BOOK LUST." (Library Journal, starred review) "For readers unschooled in the history of SF/F, this book is a treasure trove; for those who recognize every title, Walton evokes the joy of returning to a well-worn favorite." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE SHELF: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
No, this isn't reading while rappelling down a mountain like we hoped, but it is still an extreme library sport: to read through an entire shelf of library books. In Rose's case, her randomly chosen shelf of fiction from LEQ to LES contained a classic she has not read, a remarkable variety of authors, and a range of literary styles from mystery to humor. Perhaps it'll inspire similar challenges in your library!
Now that we're thinking about cats, here are 21 cats who are secretly excellent readers!Read more
We interrupt your Tuesday afternoon coffee break for a very important introduction.
Librarians, meet Siete, the cat with seven toes... on EACH of her front paws!
She's a Hemingway (polydactyl) cat, an evolutionary masterpiece, and the cutest little grocery bag spelunker EVER.
She lives with Michelle Campbell from our children's school and library marketing department. She has also been invited to live in our hearts forever.Read more
Happy Tuesday, all!
- Tupelo Hassman's debut GIRLCHILD has been shortlisted for the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize! This prize, awarded by The Center for Fiction and the American Booksellers Association, is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The winner will be announced on December 11th, 2012 at the Center for Fiction Annual Benefit & Awards Dinner. See all of the nominees here.
- We're celebrating 20 years of small-town Mysteries starring feisty amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin! Reviews for M.C. Beaton's latest (ehem, twenty-third!) Raisin Mystery, HISS AND HERS, praise Beaton for continued quality and fun in her long-running cozy series.
"Kudos to 20 years of sleuthing for Agatha Raisin, a standard-bearer for the cozy." -Library Journal
"This well-written series is still going strong and will appeal to fans of Sue Ann Jaffarian and Mary Daheim." -Booklist
Sign in to our Mystery community site CriminalElement.com to read an excerpt and enter to win the entire twenty-two volume set of Agatha Raisin Mysteries!
- Looking for the next 50 SHADES OF GREY read-alike? Try ANYTHING HE WANTS from from self-published phenomenon Sara Fawkes! The popular e-series will be available in a single paperback in November from St. Martin's Press. Read about the acquisition.
- There's news on the e-book lending front: "Macmillan Poised to Test Library E-book Model." (via Publishers Weekly)
- And your cat needs one of these:Read more
Welcome to a new week, biblio-buddies!
We put up a number of important and delightful posts last week that we don't want you to miss including:
- Sign up information for the Edelweiss Librarian Boot Camp which you should all add to your calendars.
- The list of forthcoming titles that Talia presented during the most recent Booklist webinar, Book Battle 2: this time it's personal!, and we included a link to her slides.
GalleyCat has your cat video fix covered with The Most Popular Literary Cat Videos of All Time.
But most importantly: Sunday was Talia's birthday! I stayed behind on Friday with Peter and Emily from Academic Marketing and we did that thing that everyone hears about, but no one actually does: we blew up hundreds of balloons to leave in Talia's office...
Total balloon count: 432.Read more
We want to give a little extra love to all of the mystical, sphinx-like kitties that were featured in this month's e-newsletter (missed out? View the e-newsletter here!).
From left to right:
Sphinx Tiger (caretaker: Stephanie Chase, Multnomah County)
Sphinx Peach (caretaker: Alene Moroni, King County)
Lazy Sphinx Cubby (caretaker: Erin Shea, Darien)
Sphinx Sasha (caretaker: Jessica E. Moyer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
The Late Sphinx Annabelle (caretaker: Dawn Rutherford, Sno-Isle)
Rest in peace, lovely Annabelle. As for the rest of you mysterious furballs, I have no doubt that you will continue confounding us with your adorable kitten riddles!Read more
It's our job. It's what we do best. We like to think we know where readers are (in our case, libraries!), and that's how we help our books. But sometimes, more and more recently, authors are helping us! Take Marshall Karp, author of Flipping Out. In these tough times, only our biggest stars get to go on nationwide book tours. However, inventive authors like Karp never cease to innovate! PW published an excellent article on Karp's 30 blog in 30 days tour.Read more