News from the world of books & libraries

Posted: October 13, 2008 in Hot Book News

From BBCnews:

‘Staggering’ Library Book Thefts (Wales)

” Chris Franks found more than 100,000 books had been stolen or not returned, with losses for Wales’ biggest council, Cardiff, running at £1,000 a week.

He said he is “staggered” and wants action, including a books amnesty.

Cardiff Council said it hopes a new system will combat thefts but there was “no evidence” amnesties worked. ”

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From BBCnews:

Rushdie wins Joyce Award

” Accepting the James Joyce Award at University College Dublin, Sir Salman said he said he had learnt “a daring of language” from Joyce. ”

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From The Independent:

Libraries Should be About Books

” Perhaps the peculiarly hybrid name of his department – Culture, Media and Sport – has clouded his judgement. But the Secretary of State, Andy Burnham, will today add his voice to calls by chief librarians for a revolution to modernise public libraries and “bring them into the 21st century”. In Mr Burnham’s words, this means banishing the image of libraries as “solemn and sombre places patrolled by fearsome and formidable staff” and making them “come alive for generations to come”. ”

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Nobel Literature Head: US too Insular to Compete

” STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: the top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. ”

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From The Independent:

Top novelist feels pressured to “dumb down”

” Margaret Drabble, one of Britain’s leading novelists and biographers, believes her publishers are pushing her to “dumb down” her work to appeal to a larger readership. ”

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