Books

In Troubled Times, Kids Go for the Feary Tales

From The Washington Post.

\"For adults who think the national anxiety about terrorism and war have driven children to seek comfort in cheery stories with upbeat endings, a popular eight-volume series of stories with titles like \"The Vile Village\" and the \"Miserable Mill\" may come as a shock.\" More

Diversity Integrated Into Kids\' Books

From The Chicago Tribune...

\"More and more children\'s books appear to be incorporating different ethnic races into their stories. From one page to the next, black kids interact with Hispanics, hold hands with white kids or play together with Asians. \"It is self-evident that the need is there because the country is getting more diverse,\" explained Philip Lee, co-founder and publisher of Lee & Low Books, an independent children\'s book publisher in New York specializing in multicultural themes. Lee said schools and libraries make up more than half his clientele. \"We get a lot of requests because bookstores are not necessarily located in communities of color, but obviously schools and libraries are everywhere.\" More

Library Amnesty Purchased for a Dollar

From The Monroe Evening News.

\"Children younger than 12 with overdue books at the Monroe (MI)County Library System can now buy amnesty for $1.
The library system, through its circulation task force, has initiated the Kids Care Program, which allows anyone younger than 12 to return overdue books and materials for a $1 donation to America\'s Fund for Afghan Children.\" More

Black Author Hurls That Word as a Challenge

stuart yeates writes \"

A black Harvard scholar,Randall Kennedy has published a book on the word nigger. \"I think it is pretty fun,\" Mr. McDonald said, imagining customers asking a bookstore clerk, \"Can I have one `Nigger\' please? Where are your `Niggers\'?\" He added, \"I am not afraid of the word `nigger.\' \" The story is here\"


He said he had come up with the idea for the book, which grew out of a series of lectures, after idly typing the word \"nigger\" into a database of court cases.

What\'s selling in sport books

The Guardian has a Nifty List of the top 10 most popular sport books in the UK this week.

1 The European Football Yearbook 2001/02 ed Mike Hammond
2 Boys of \'86 - The Untold Story of West Ham United\'s Greatest-Ever Season by Tony McDonald & Danny Francis

I wonder if a soccer book has ever been a best seller over here?

See Also the entire list of top 10\'s in the UK.

United Through Reading Program Lets Sailors Read to Their Children from Far Away

Washington Post author, Carol Morello, writing from aboard the USS Roosevelt, shares a story about sailors reading bedtime stories to their children at home. The ship\'s library contains a collection of children\'s books that parents can read aloud on videotape and send home to their families. The activity is part of the United Through Reading Program, launched some years ago, in order to keep parents stationed offshore connected with their children. More

Cleaned-Up Version of Joyce\'s \'Ulysses\' Banned

stuart yeates writes \"
Yahoo is carrying a story about a modernised, sanitised version of Ulysses being banned for copyright resaons.
\"


A High Court judge in London, ordered that undistributed copies of a ``Reader\'s Edition\'\' of the book published by Picador under the Macmillan imprint be handed over to the trustees of Joyce\'s estate.

He said it breached copyright because it contained words not published in Joyce\'s lifetime

Story Book Christmas Project Gives the Gift of Reading, Clifford Style

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting the home of every first-grader in Baytown, Texas this Christmas. In an effort to get kids reading, librarians and school teachers, with the help of community members, have purchased thousands of Clifford books to be given away to the kids as gifts. The program is in its second year. More

Author Pushes Own Books for Community Read...Sort Of

For The Palm Beach Post, Frank Cerabino writes...

\"In March we\'re all supposed to be reading the same book. It\'s a fad: Seattle did it. Chicago did it. Now, Palm Beach County is going to do it. What book? We don\'t know yet. Of course, March is when the new Shady Palms story will run -- the serialized third installment of my novels set in a fictitious Boynton Beach condominium. But it would be graceless for me to pitch my own stuff.\" More

Men read on Mars, women read on Venus

Inspired by that writer who dissed Oprah, today\'s Chicago Tribune has an article which looks at the supposed differences in men\'s and women\'s choice of books. The manager of reader services at a suburban PL is quoted.

Of course, the article was printed in the "WomanNews" section, so there probably weren\'t many men who saw it.

Syndicate content