Orson Scott Card on “Earth Unaware” and “Ender’s Game”

Publisher’s Weekly offers this interview with renowned author of the “Ender’s Game” series, Orson Scott Card, speaking about his latest work, “Earth Unaware.” It was just released as an audiobook. If you recall Ender Wiggins starts off as a brilliant six-year-old in Battle School and eventually is responsibile for leading the war to save Earth against the insectoid race (Buggers) from out of space, hence the Formic War.

Shira S.

The Blues: Book Signing and Music in Evanston

Bob Riesman, author of  “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” will appear with musician Billy Bob Arnold. They’ll be at Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Aug 10, 8PM.

For more information contact Miranda Sklaroff at (773) 702-1964 at The University of Chicago Press. EPL works on Broonzy. EPL material on the blues.

Shira S.

This is not a fake: Lt. Governor to declare July 31 “The Onion Day”

The Chicago Tribune reports today that Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is so delighted the satirical newspaper, The Onion, is moving its headquarters to Chicago and bringing 100 jobs to boot, that not only has she declared July 31st “The Onion Day,” but she also will sing and play the banjo performing a piece written in honor of the event.

(Um, no, seriously, this is for real. Yes, I know it’s a story about The Onion, and, yes, I know what they’re all about at that outfit, but hey, I saw this in the Trib for goodness sake, so it’s got to be the real McCoy.)

Barbara L.

Critic’s Review of Novel Leads to a Fictional Friendship

When NY Times critic Janet Maslin reviewed Patrick Somerville’s novel “This Bright River” her assessment was less than enthusiastic. However, she made a mistake. The error of confusing two characters added to her unflattering critique and may have proven disastrous for Somerville.

An editor at the NY Times, Ed Marks, decided to begin a fictional correspondence with the character to compensate for the error. NPR’s Neil Conan interviews Somerville about his piece in Salon.com “Thank You for Killing My Novel” and speaks about the effect people we don’t know can have on our lives.

Shira S.

Summer Camp for Book Geeks

Rare Book School takes place for 5 weeks each summer at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It brings together librarians, scholars, collectors, and “random book-mad civilians” for intensive courses in book history, bookbinding, etc – including one session dedicated to hand-marbled papers from the 18th century to the present, and another using tape measures and mini light sabers to trace pages to a “specific paper mold in a specific mill.” Students return year after year for this unique experience. Read the entire NYT article here.


Poetry 365

Poet Rebecca Lindenberg

This month for Poetry 365 we’re highlighting Rebecca Lindenberg’s highly anticipated debut Love, An Index.  Praised by National Book Award winner Terrence Hayes for “recovering, reclaiming, and remaking the elegy form,” this one-of-a kind collection serves as Lindenberg’s memorial to her late partner Craig Arnold, an acclaimed poet who disappeared while hiking a Japanese volcano in 2009.  At once plainspoken and uniquely musical, the volume stays fresh with forms both adopted and invented including prose poems, sparse free verse, and the lengthy title poem which appears as an index.  Beautiful, fierce, humbling, and human, this first title in the newly minted McSweeney’s Poetry Series  is simply not to be missed.  So make sure to sample an “index” poem below and don’t forget to stop back next month for Poetry 365.

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Apple Struggles with Recycling Policy

Are you using your favorite Apple device to read this post? Have you thought about what you will do with your old iPod after you buy the latest model? Interesting article and comments about Apple removing itself from the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) list of green companies. Apparently, it’s getting too complicated to dismantle and recycle all the various components.

Whoa! Update: Apple has reversed its decision to leave the EPEAT list!

‘Our commitment to protect the environment has never changed; today, it is as strong as ever,’ Apple Senior VP of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield.

For Apple’s recycling policy, click here.

In addition, see our books on recycling electronics, recycling, and green companies, and the environment.

Shira S.