Thursday, April 02, 2009

Nick Laird wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize,

Nick Laird has said that Seamus Heaney's debut Death of a Naturalist changed everything for him, so it must be particularly satisfying for the poet and novelist to pick up the prize which helped launch Heaney's own career over 40 years ago.

Laird's second poetry collection, On Purpose, was selected as the winner of the £1,000 Geoffrey Faber memorial prize, an annual award given to verse and prose in alternate years in honour of the founder of Faber & Faber.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Uncut Leaves

seen on the BookArts discussion list...

I just read a good bookbinding quote in Charles Reade's "Christie Johnstone", published in 1853. Describing how a gentleman passes time on a journey:
"[Your manservant] puts in your hand a new tale like this; you mourn the superstition of booksellers, which still inflicts uncut leaves upon humanity, though tailors do not send home coats with the sleeves stitched up..."

Bob Roberts

Monday, March 02, 2009


Feet in 2 Worlds reports on Rep. Luis Gutierrez' (D.-Ill.) five-week, 14-city tour “to document the harm caused to citizens across our nation in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Illinois LIS Collection to Close

The largest LIS collection in the U.S., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has announced the end of its physical manifestation on May 15, 2009.

Friday, January 16, 2009

longlisted titles for the 'Best Translated Book'-award.

The Book of Chameleons.
By José Eduardo Agualusa
Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.

Longlisted titles for the 'Best Translated Book'-award.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WSF 2009: registration opened

WSF 2009: registration opened
From October 7th to November 7th, organisations can register their activities for the WSF 2009, that will happen in Belem.

USSF Social Forum Report.
SOURCE: Progressive Librarian no30 79-102 Wint 2007/2008.

Although the joint delegation of Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) and Radical Reference (RR) members at the first United States Social Forum was small, we certainly put librarians "on the map" at this important social movement gathering. The welcome message in the USSF's Spanish/English program book read in part,

... Corporate globalization and repressive neo-liberal policies have left deep marks on our communities: increasing poverty; multiple oppressions rooted in class, race, nationality, gender, sexuality, ability, and age; environmental destruction; and increasing militarism. The USSF is an opportunity to explore the interconnections between these critical issues. It is an opportunity to come together to share lessons and questions, to learn from each other's struggles. Finally, it is an opportunity to develop the bold collaborative visions, leadership, and strategies that we need to realize the call from our communities: Another world is possible! Another US is necessary!... Para que Otro Mundo es possible otro Estados Unidos es necesario. (United States Social Forum, p.3)

Monday, September 08, 2008

ALA Council Posting Mistaken on Alleged Banned Book List of Governor Palin

E-mails from ALA Council Discussion List regarding the list of books Sarah Palin supposedly asked to be banned are reposted below. The list as posted by Sue Kamm has been dis-credited.

Our friends at have also detemined the list not to be true:
Pamela C. Sieving, MA, MS, AHIP

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From: Charlotte Glover []
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2008 11:27 PM
Cc: ALA Council list
Subject: [alacoun] Re: FW: Fwd: is the list accurate?
For one thing, "Fallen Angels" was published in 1998..I just checked the date again....two years after Palin took office. That was one clue we had earlier this week that the list was false.

On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Charlotte Glover wrote:
Hello All-
I am absolutely certain that this list is false.  I know that Mary Ellen has not made any statements to the press as she returns to work tomorrow after a vacation. Also, there is no public record in the Wasilla press or in Wasilla City Council minutes of exact titles as far as anyone has found. People in Alaska and the Seattle Times have been checking the archives. Excellent article about a journalist going through the original sources in one of the weekend Seattle Times. My husband found it on-line for me and it's called something like "Palin had turbulent first year in Wasilla". I am afraid that Mary Ellen and Sarah Palin may be the only people who know for certain what books were discussed. As soon as I know anything for sure, I will share it with you.
Charlotte Glover
ALA Chapter Councilor for Alaska

On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 6:39 PM, Sue Kamm wrote:
Forwarded at the request of Ruth Gordon, Councilor-at-Large Emerita.  Most of these have been listed in OIF's Banned Books Week kits. 
I agree with Dr. Gordon - why ban My Friend Flicka? 
----- Original In the world of the right wing, you can sort of understand why some of these books are on the list, but "My Friend Flicka?"  I read that as a child, and remember it as a horse story.  What am I missing?  

>> Subject: Palin the  book-banner

>> Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2008 19:27:57  -0400


>> Here is a list of books that Sarah Palin  tried to have banned from

>> the Wasilla Public Library, according to  the official minutes of

>> the Library Board. When she was  unsuccessful at having these books

>> banned, she tried to have the Librarian   fired.


>> As many of you will notice, it is a hit  parade for book burners.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony  Burgess

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine  L'Engle

Annie on My Mind by Nancy  Garden

As I Lay Dying by William  Faulkner

Blubber by Judy Blume

Brave New World by Aldous  Huxley

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine  Paterson

Canterbury Tales by Geof frey  Chaucer

Carrie by Stephen King

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Christine by Stephen King

Confessions by Jean-Jacques  Rousseau

Cujo by Stephen King

Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel  Cohen

Daddy's Roommate by Michael  Willhoite

Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert  Peck

Death of a Salesman by Arthur  Miller

Decameron by Boccaccio

East of Eden by John  Steinbeck

Fallen Angels by Walter  Myers

Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure)  by John Cleland

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel  Keyes

Forever by Judy Blume

Grendel by John Champlin  Gardner

Halloween ABC by Eve  Merriam

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by  J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.  Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by  J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.  Rowling

Have to Go by Robert  Munsch

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea  Newman

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas  Rockwell

Huckleberry Finn by Mark  Twain

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya  Angelou

Impressions edited by Jack  Booth

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice  Sendak

It's Okay if You Don't Love Me by Norma  Klein

James and the Giant Peach by Roald  Dahl

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H.  Lawrence

Leaves of Grass by Walt  Whitman

Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm  Grimm

Lord of the Flies by William  Golding

Love is One of the Choices by Norma  Klein

Lysistrata by Aristophanes

More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin  Schwartz

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln  Collier and Christopher  Collier

My House by Nikki Giovanni

My Friend Flicka by Mary  O'Hara

Night Chills by Dean Koontz

Of Mice and Men by John  Steinbeck

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by  Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken  Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel  Garcia Marquez

Ordinary People by Judith  Guest

Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's  Health Collective

Prince of Tides by Pat  Conroy

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by  Alvin Schwartz

Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin  Schwartz

Separate Peace by John  Knowles

Silas Marner by George  Eliot

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut,  Jr.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice  B urroughs

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark  Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark  Twain

The Bastard by John Jakes

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.  Salinger

The Chocolate War by Robert  Cormier

The Color Purple by Alice  Walker

The Devil's Alternative by Frederick  Forsyth

The Figure in the Shadows by John  Bellairs

The Grapes of Wrath by John  Steinbeck

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine  Paterson

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret  Atwoo d

The Headless Cupid by Zilpha  Snyder

The Learning Tree by Gordon  Parks

The Living Bible by William C.  Bower

The Merchant of Venice by William  Shakespeare

The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and  Charles Wibbelsman

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence  Sanders

The Shining by Stephen King

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha  Snyder

Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy  Blume

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper  Lee

Twelfth Night by William  Shakespeare

Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by  the Merriam-Webster

Editorial Staff

Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The  Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth


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