Edgar’s Second Word – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sometimes I wander through the children's section of the library and wait for a cover to catch my eye. Like this one: Look at that stack of books in big sister's arms. See her expectant, even eager, face.  Look at that darling toddler with a stuffy in his arms. Perhaps he's looking a little recalcitrant? … Continue reading Edgar’s Second Word – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Kidquake – Dream Big!

Litquake San Francisco, an annual literary festival comprising 850+ authors and hundreds of events in the span of 10 days, can be exhausting and daunting, but it can also be exhilarating and inspirational.  I'm a co-producer of Kidquake, an event that draws 1,000 elementary school kids, their teachers, and chaperones to four assemblies and 10 … Continue reading Kidquake – Dream Big!

Reading Gender Into It – Children’s Books and Beyond

There's an ongoing discussion in the kid lit world about why boys don't want to read "girl books," meaning books that star female protagonists or feature fairies or princesses on the cover or in the title. Is this "preference" intrinsic, or are they steered away from such interests, starting at a very young age? Shannon … Continue reading Reading Gender Into It – Children’s Books and Beyond

Umberto Eco – On Memory, Books, and Computers

Umberto Eco died on February 19, 2016. He was a brilliant man who wrote fascinating books.  He also had an encyclopedic memory. Here's a brief interview filmed by David Ferrario. In the interview, Eco discusses memory, computers, and a terrifying future.  For those of you with serious book envy that may trigger a Pavlovian response, … Continue reading Umberto Eco – On Memory, Books, and Computers

One More Reason to Buy Books

In the spirit of improved public health,   a librarian friend sent me a link from "Library Link of the Day" that contains an extremely high "ewwww" factor.  Body Fluid Alert!!! My own take on this subject? I think library users have more robust immune systems than the average person. However, I will support any argument … Continue reading One More Reason to Buy Books

Book Hoarding – Delve into the Psyche

I knew someone like Penelope Lively could explain why I hoard books (see post "Revealing My Boo--ks" to give you an idea of just how bad it is) in an NPR interview (via Literary Man's link): http://literaryman.com/2014/03/18/why-do-you-keep-all-your-books/ I feel so much better now that I have a "rationalized justification." It makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

Midst NaNoWriMo – Book Ogling

Time out from NaNoWriMo to post a, ah, quickie. 😮 We've ogled each others' bookshelves in the past, but these are bookshelves par excellence: Bookshelf Porn Go ahead and drool.

What Does Literature Do to You?

I spent some delicious time with a few hundred Ansel Adams photographs today. But, surprisingly, the most memorable moment came not in the form of an image but as one of Adams's favorite quotes. It hit me head on: "People say that what we're seeking is the meaning of life. I don't think that's what … Continue reading What Does Literature Do to You?

Science Ink – A Book “Review” in Tattoos

No matter what they say, how long and loudly they insist that they're just like you and me, don't believe them. Scientists are truly different. Case in point: the images they choose to adorn their bodies. In some instances, "festoon" may be the more appropriate word. I'm talking about the book, Science Ink: Tattoos of … Continue reading Science Ink – A Book “Review” in Tattoos

Revealing My Boo–ks (some of them)

First, let me say, I sometimes get carried away by flying monkees. Now here are some of my shelves: OK, take a breath. You're in this for the long haul... I've shown you a bit of my world. Will you show me yours? Call of the Siren and I would love to go a-gawking. Cheers! … Continue reading Revealing My Boo–ks (some of them)