Archive for July, 2008

Reading the Bookers

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Booker Project

2008 Man Booker Long List:

The titles are:

Aravind Adiga              The White Tiger                                 
Gaynor Arnold             Girl in a Blue Dress                           
Sebastian Barry           The Secret Scripture                         
John Berger                 From A to X                                        
Michelle de Kretser      The Lost Dog                                     
Amitav Ghosh              Sea of Poppies                                  
Linda Grant                 The Clothes on Their Backs             
Mohammed Hanif         A Case of Exploding Mangoes         
Philip Hensher             The Northern Clemency                     
Joseph O’Neill              Netherland                                        
Salman Rushdie          The Enchantress of Florence            
Tom Rob Smith            Child 44                           
Steve Toltz                   A Fraction of the Whole

A couple years ago I nearly went blind trying to cram the reading of the entire Booker Long List into my reading schedule. Reader, I won’t be doing that again.

Rather, this year I’m going to go at it in a much more relaxed way. I own a couple of the long-listed books, the Rushdie and the Smith (in a signed review copy – joy!). I can get four or five of them from my own library, and I’m interlibrary loaning another three or so. As for the rest of them, if I blow through the eight or so I can lay hands on I may try using WorldCat to get my hot little hands on the others. MAYBE.

More likely, I’ll read as many as I can, then try to make a prediction based on that. Even if I don’t pick the winner I’ll have some good reading ahead of me. Lowering the pressure is so much better than going cross-eyed trying to pack in twelve books in a month and a half, which is when the short list will be announced (September 9).

And yes, I could wait for the shortlist, but that’s not nearly as much of a challenge. Talk to me next year, though. I may be lowering the bar again, depending on how this year goes.

Anyone else reading anything from the long list? I’d love to hear from you and get your take on the book(s). I’ll report back here as I finish them. Wish me luck.


From Chicago Tribune blog “Vox Pop”:

Quiet in the library? Shhh!


” Should libraries stock video games — or ban them? Tell us why.

E-mail by 2 p.m. Thursday at with “video” in the subject line. Include your name, hometown and contact information. Responses will be published at chicagotribune/voxpop and in Friday’s Tribune.

Read tomorrow’s editorial below:

When we learned libraries were installing video games to draw teens and young adults through their doors, our first thought was that it’s like luring people to church with free beer. Who says that’s a good idea? Sure, they’ll come, but then how do you get rid of them? “

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Guess he'll go eat worms

Posted: July 24, 2008 in Uncategorized


Librarian Hruska has to eat worm

By Julie Blum

COLUMBUS — ” Each turn of the page led the children participating in the Columbus Public Library Summer Reading Program closer to their goal.

It also led one step closer to Children’s Librarian Brad Hruska having to do what he promised if that goal was reached — eat a worm.

But the participants had to read at least 125,000 pages for that to happen. It was revealed Tuesday morning at Frankfort Square that the children not only met that goal, but exceeded by 10,000 pages. ”

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From The Huntsville Times Online – Huntsville, AL:

Ban a great book, stifle a young mind

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Huntsville Times

” Once again, we have a parent objecting to a book on a school reading list for summer. This one got an amen from a member of the Huntsville Board of Education. Will the philistines never go away?

No, probably not. Whether it’s “Huckleberry Finn” or “The Catcher in the Rye” or, as in this case, Ernest J. Gaines’ “A Lesson Before Dying,” there will always be someone who doesn’t see past the graphic language and situations; some who can’t embrace the larger artistry and the complexities of character and reality that great writers achieve. ”

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The 25 Most Modern Libraries in the World

By Christina Laun

” Libraries aren’t just musty places to store books with librarians shushing anyone who makes a peep. They’ve become much more than that and the modern library is often home to sleek architecture and the latest technology. These 25 libraries, in no particular order, demonstrate how libraries have become part of the cutting edge of information management, design and Web technology, and all of them can help you get some ideas on how to bring your library into the future.”

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From Best Colleges Online.

At 100, librarian’s life is an open book
By Rachael Scarborough King , Register Staff


GUILFORD — Surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, Edith Nettleton celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday at the place where she has spent much of her adult life — the Guilford Free Library.

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From The New Zealand Herald:

Delving into the darkness within

5:00AM Tuesday July 22, 2008

In the new series The Librarians, Australian comedian Robyn Butler has written a lead role for herself that is among the most unflattering of recent times. She plays Frances O’Brien, head librarian of Middleton Interactive Centre and a middle-class “passive-aggressive control freak” extraordinaire.

Not only is Frances (pictured) intolerant of her Muslim, Asian and gay patrons but, as revealed in the first episode this Friday, she is also capable of causing extreme bodily harm to employees through her casual cruelty. Her life unravels when she is forced to employ her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood (Roz Hammond) – now a drug dealer – as the children’s librarian.

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Inspiring lustful fantasies.

Posted: July 22, 2008 in Uncategorized
I'm in lurve.

I'm in lurve.


Check out this site to see some of the most gorgeous libraries in the world. Granted, it’ll make your library seem puny and inadequate afterwards. It’s a lot like looking at a Victoria’s Secret catalog. It’s difficult not to be scarred. But hey, have fun!