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Bob Cox passed along This One from The National Post on Today\'s most stylish home accessory being the hard-to-get book. They point out it seems ironic that, as the big chain bookstores offer their consumers an overwhelming selection, it\'s getting harder and harder to put together a decent library.
I can\'t wait till I\'m so rich my biggest worry in life is trying to have a library cooler than my neighbors.

\"Vogue then feted Cassavetes -- who is far more glamorous than your typical bookworm -- and other practitioners of this newly coined profession, as \"literary curators.\" This job, the magazine explained, is to locate editions one would never find in local stores.\"

Graphic novel wins Guardian book award

This guardian Story is on
an award winner which began life as newspaper cartoon strip.

It became the first graphic novel to win a big British literary award.
The £10,000 prize, in which reading groups at Borders stores have a say, whittling down a longlist of nine, is the first to go to a graphic novel since Art Spiegelman won a Pulitzer prize for his concentration camp story Maus in 1992.

Chronicles of Narnia to become a live-action movie

jen was kind enough to send along a story
From Entertainment Weekly on the film \'\'The Chronicles of Narnia,\'\' from C.S. Lewis\'
seven-part series of novels about four British children who find
a portal in the back of a wardrobe to a fairy-tale world facing an epic
good-vs.-evil struggle. This is being
backed by billionaire and committed Christian Philip Anschutz, owner
of several of the U.S.\' most prominent theater chains. The first film,
\'\'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,\'\' should be out in 2004.

Rowling Doing Today What Ingalls Wilder & Cleary Did for Readers Long Ago

Jamie Schmidt, for The Carroll County (MD) Times, writes...

\"With Rowling works gracing billboards and commercials, Stacey Freedman, at the Carroll County Public Library, said an increased number of children have been asking for the fantasy books.\" More

Once upon a trauma ...

According to a pair of features in today\'s Chicago Tribune, to cope with fears and concerns, kids are flocking to scary stories (like the Series of Unfortunate Events books), as well as to books about Afghanistan and parables about war.

Bad Sex in Fiction Award winner announced

\"Her hand is moving away from my knee and heading north. Heading unnervingly and with a steely will towards the pole.\"

Christopher Hart has won the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Full Story. See Also, or, See Also.

Bad Sex In Fiction Award

SomeOne passed along This ananova.com story on The winner of the Literary Review\'s Bad Sex In Fiction Award will be announced tonight.

The award is presented to the author who has written the year\'s worst fictional description of the sexual act.
This year\'s nominees include Jonathan Franzen, Simon Armitage and Adele Parks.

Missourians Unite to Read a Painted House

They\'re doing it again, this time in Missouri. Residents in the city of Cape Girardeau will all be reading John Grisham\'s book, \"A Painted House.\" The program is called United We Read. Discussions are to begin on February 1, 2002.More

Dead Books

Daniel Traister has written an interesting Look At Books, specifically, preservation and collection. He says his effort is to think about a set of interrelated questions:
what libraries collect;
what libraries don\'t collect;
why libraries make the decisions about what to collect they make;
and why libraries are (and, obviously, whether they should be) so devoted to impossible ideals of universal preservation (the goal of universal acquisition having been effectively, although not intellectually, abandoned long ago).

\"I think we need realistically to come to grips with limits. I think we need to come realistically to grips with mortality. I think we may even need to admit that, counterintuitive as it may seem to \"us,\" there are not only some books that will die, but also some that should. And then start choosing.\"

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

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