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Libraries find new relevance and needed funds by partnering with office and affordable housing developments

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:20
In an op ed for the New York Times, Matt A.V. Chaban, policy director for the Center for an Urban Future, discusses how libraries in New York City, and potentially, in cities across the country, could find much needed funds to modernize and stay relevant for the long term through partnerships with housing and office developments:

"In 2014, the city selected the Fifth Avenue Committee to undertake the novel task of redeveloping the Sunset Park branch. There, an eight-story building will rise, with the first two floors dedicated to a library 75 percent larger than the one there now. The floors above will have 49 apartments, all of which will be rented to low- and middle-income families in perpetuity.

Imagine if the city did the same at the branch in Corona, Queens, where cramped quarters force study groups to huddle on the floor; or Red Hook, Brooklyn, where families from the nearby housing projects are eager for more job training; or Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where rising sea levels and storms like Sandy threaten its very operations."

Hillary Clinton's post-election reading list

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:25
James Hohmann, national political correspondent for The Washington Post and author of The Daily 202, lead's Monday's issue with a look at the many books Hillary Clinton turned to after her election loss:

"What Happened was quickly strip-mined for political nuggets after its publication last Tuesday. As I went through it over the weekend, though, what struck me most was how the wounded Democrat coped after her crushing defeat last November.

In short, Clinton has read voraciously and eclectically — for escape, for solace and for answers.

The collection of works that she cites across 494 pages showcases a top-flight intellect and would make for a compelling graduate school seminar..."

The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies get top honors at Emmy Awards

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 05:00
Two TV series based on books scooped the top honors at last night's Emmy Awards:

The Handmaid's Tale won five awards including best drama series, best actress for Elisabeth Moss and best supporting actress for Ann Dowd.

Big Little Lies took five prizes in the limited series categories, including wins for Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern.

Court rules that theatrical parody of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" does not violate copyright.

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:39
After a nine month dispute, Manhattan's Federal District Court has ruled that Matthew Lombardo's theatrical parody, Who's Holiday! — a dark and decidedly adult sequel of sorts to Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas — does not violate the copyright of the original story.

English teachers adapt reading lists in the age of Trump

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:35
Politico reports on how America's high school English teachers are adapting curriculum to the current political climate.

After watching the tumult of the 2016 presidential election play out inside their classrooms last year, and after a summer of hate-filled violence, many are retooling the reading lists and assignments they typically give their students. They worry that the classic high school canon doesn't sufficiently cover today's most pressing themes—questions about alienation and empathy and power—and that the usual writing prompts aren't enough to get students thinking deeper than an average cable news segment.

Clowns already feeling impact of Stephen King's "It"

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:32
Stephen King's record-breaking horror film "It" may already be a hit with audiences, but one group is not celebrating the success of the latest adaptation of Stephen King's novel: clowns.

For a community already struggling to combat perceptions of clowns as scary rather than fun, the emergence of Pennywise, the movie's child-killing clown villain, played by Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard is truly the stuff of nightmares. Even before the film's release the World Clown Association was warning that the film could cause its members to lose work, even going as far as publishing a press kit to prepare clowns for the damaging effects It might have on their reputations.

Roald Dahl?s widow says Charlie Bucket was supposed to be black until editor intervened

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:00
The widow and the biographer of the beloved British children's writer Roald Dahl told the BBC in an interview this week that Charlie Bucket, the young boy whose life is changed by a golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was originally supposed to be black.

Mrs. Dahl made the remark during a conversation with Donald Sturrock, her husband's biographer, on BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. "It was his agent who thought it was a bad idea when the book was first published to have a black hero," Mr. Sturrock said. "She said people would ask why."

Terry Pratchett exhibit opens at Salisbury Museum

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:00
The many sides of one of the UK's most beloved fantasy authors are reflected in an exhibition called Terry Pratchett: HisWorld, which opened this weekend at Salisbury Museum, not far from Terry Pratchett's Wiltshire (UK) "manorette" where he died in March 2015.

The memorabilia is as eclectic as the author's writing, from his first typewriter – a manual Imperial 58 bought secondhand for £14 – to his trademark leather jacket and Louisiana fedora.

House Votes to Save Library Funding, and National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:00
The $1.2 trillion FY2018 budget bill (H.R. 3354), which passed by a 211-198 margin, includes full funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including all programs administered under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as well as the Department of Education's Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

The vote comes after the House Appropriations Committee in July approved a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill which proposed roughly $231 million for the IMLS, including $183.6 million for LSTA, programs, and $27 million for IAL—essentially level with 2017 funding. In addition, the bill passed yesterday also increased funding for the National Library of Medicine by $6 million.

In addition to voting to preserve federal library funding, the House bill also would save the National Endowments for the Arts, and Humanities, which are funded as part of the FY2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill.

The House vote caps an intense lobbying effort, and comes after President Trump in May doubled down on his call to eliminate the IMLS and virtually all federal funding for libraries, as well as a host of other vital programs and agencies.....

Irish-American author J.P. Donleavy dies aged 91

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:09
Irish-American author and playwright, James Patrick Donleavy, has died. Best known for his 1955 novel The Ginger Man (originally banned for obscenities), he published a great many other books and plays during his 91 years, many of which are noted in The Guardian's extensive obituary

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:46
Fans of Sarah Boynton's whimsical children's books and greeting cards will enjoy The Washington Post's extensive article titled, "Hippos, birdies, T. rexes, pigs: How Sandra Boynton built an empire and won your child's heart."

Jerry Pournelle, titan of science fiction, dies aged 84

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:02
Author Jerry Pournelle, a titan of science fiction, has died at the age 84. According to an announcement by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Pournelle died on Friday. The cause of death was not disclosed. Pournelle had attended Dragoncon a week earlier, and afterward wrote on his blog of battling a cold and flu.

Louise Hay, self-help author and found of Hay House dies aged 90.

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:26
Louise Hay, who from a 1984 best seller built a self-help publishing empire that has attracted millions of devotees with its messages about the power of thought and attitude, died on Wednesday at her home in San Diego. She was 90. Her death was announced on the website of her company, Hay House.

John Ashbery, one of the most influential American poets of his generation, has died aged 90

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 09:55
John Ashbery, who has died aged 90, was widely considered the most innovative and influential American poet of his generation.

One of his most radical innovations was the fluidity with which he allowed pronouns to operate, a rhetorical habit best illustrated by his friend Kenneth Koch's parody of a typical Ashbery line: "It wants to go to bed with us." When asked to comment on this aspect of his work, Ashbery compared his pronouns to "variables in an equation": "'You' can be myself or it can be another person, someone whom I'm addressing, and so can 'he' and 'she' and for that matter 'we'."

Terry Pratchett's unpublished works crushed by steamroller

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 23:07
A hard drive containing unfinished works by author Terry Pratchett has been crushed by a steamroller, as per instructions left by the novelist before his death in March 2015.

It is thought up to 10 incomplete novels were flattened at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in the south of England.

Before vanquishing the hard drive, Rob Wilkins, the writer's long-serving assistant, tweeted that he was "about to fulfil my obligation to Terry."

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