An article in today’s New York Times brings up an intriguing point about e-books—there’s no eye-catching book cover to inspire others to have a fling with whatever you’re reading. Cover design plays a big part in the book business, so what happens if readers start to favor e-books over “old-fashioned” hard copy? (Mary B., Reader’s Services)
Author Madison Smartt Bell writes about the “huge chunks of cultural heritage” at risk of being lost in the devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Haïti. Click here for information from the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and the global library community.
Check out this “library most can only dream of” reported in the New York Times.
Susan R., Reader’s Services
Yesterday I happened to read the editor’s introduction to the latest issue of Orion magazine. Orion is generally considered to be a “nature” magazine, and is usually shelved with similar titles at most newsstands and bookstores. But as the editor points out, Orion never intended to be viewed as any particular genre or fill any specialized niche within the magazine market. From Orion’s point of view, any writing anywhere that anyone is doing is in a sense “nature” writing. Since we all live in the natural world, any writing about people or place is in a way, writing about nature. Continue reading
Ms. Rosalyn Bosch has created a new film on the Vichy government’s roundup of 76,000 Jews during World War II, called La Rafle. I don’t think it is available yet in the states, but keep an eye out- it sounds very compelling and may fill in a rather neglected area of history. Heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
Shira S, Reader’s Services
Here’s a wonderful article by Booklist editor and publisher Bill Ott on the Stieg Larsson trilogy that’s taking American readers by storm.
Laura H., Reader’s Services
Click above for an NPR interview with David Rose, creator of the LRB's personal ads column.
Spring has officially arrived, and if you choose to believe the hype, love is in the air. Truth be told, however, the springtime air is also filled with pollen, mold, bees, and countless other love-inhibiting allergens and insects. So, if you’d rather not trust your love connection to a seasonal weather change, allow me to suggest a matchmaking option you may have missed: the London Review of Books.
Established in 1979, the London Review of Books is best known for its highly-regarded commentary on literature, film, art, and politics from such distinguished contributors as Martin Amis, John Ashbery, Julian Barnes, Christopher Hitchens, Hilary Mantel, and Susan Sontag. But make no mistake, the LRB isn’t all business. When advertising director David Rose joined the magazine in 1998, he spearheaded the creation of a personal ads column to help LRB readers with “similar literary and cultural tastes get together.” Rose envisioned “a sort of 84 Charing Cross Road endeavour, with readers providing their own versions of Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft finding love among the bookshelves.” The ads Rose received, however, were anything but expected.