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.

For Smart, Confident, and Courageous Girls

In April of 2012, A Mighty Girl website was launched by Carolyn Danckaert and Aaron Smith as a tool to help parents, teachers, librarians, and friends find empowering and inspirational books for girls. Their website states, “A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves!” Combining social media interaction, a blog, and a wonderful assortment of reviews and recommendations, the site is lively and engaging for both adults and kids.

Barbara L.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Waiting for the King

Writer Dave Eggers talks about his new novel A Hologram for the King with the NY Times.  Along with discussing his differing approaches to fiction and nonfiction, the Zeitoun author explores how Waiting for Godot, Willy Loman, and a visit to Saudi Arabia subtly influenced the book.

Superheroes for the Silver Screen

The Onion presents 21 comic book super teams perfect for the movies. Inspired by The Avengers’ blockbuster and this weekend’s Comic-Con, they lobby for bringing Alpha Flight, Doom Patrol, the Champions, the Thunderbolts, Seven Soldiers, and the Zoo Crew to Hollywood.

The Importance of Being Orwell

George Orwell’s diaries are dissected by the late Christopher Hitchens in this fascinating Vanity Fair feature.  Due out next month, the 1984 author’s personal writings shed light on how his years in Morocco and Spain in the 1930’s and ’40’s greatly influenced his political convictions.

Thank You for Being a Friend

Learn the art of bromance with this look at 11 great literary friendships.  Through inspiring highs and jealous lows, peek inside the complex relationships between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, and Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.

Woody Guthrie Centennial

To commemorate the centennial of folk singer Woody Guthrie’s birth, the Smithsonian Institution is releasing a three- CD boxed set of his work. “Woody at 100” includes performances from radio broadcasts, live shows, and six songs that have never been heard on record. Beginning with his most famous song “This Land is Your Land”, the set shows the artist’s range from country music and the blues to Appalachian ballad and whimsical children’s song. Much of the collection was bequeathed to the Smithsonian 25 years ago by the estate of Moe Asch, founder of Folkways Records. You can read the entire NYT article here. EPL will be purchasing this set for its audio collection soon.