Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I...– J.R.R. Tolkien (via libraryland)
Meet Abigail Benoit, Store Intern!
Abigail was reared in the western suburbs of Chicago. After the usual amount of time, she went off to school in Madison, Wisconsin, where she became acquainted with farmers markets, frozen lake walks, the Cyrillic alphabet, and the need to write. After the usual amount of other time, Abigail moved from Madison back to Chicago because she wanted to learn all the streets by name. By now, she’s not...
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and...– The Velveteen Rabbit (via accio-blue-box)
Fifty Shades of Grey is not Black and White
Whether you like it or not, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is the book everyone is talking about. For those of you who don’t know, the book has a questionable and polarizing beginning as erotic Twilight fan-fiction on the internet. After a swift changing of character names and setting, the web-based author Snowqueens Icedragon self-published the racy tale as a trilogy under a new...
What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our...– Voltaire (via labeltz)
Collusion, Monopoly, and the Book Business
The book world is being rocked by an antitrust lawsuit right now, and all readers, book-buyers, and booksellers will be affected by the outcome. Like all lawsuits, it’s complicated… but here’s how it boils down. The justice department contends that five of the six major publishing houses made a deal with Apple in 2009 to raise the price of e-books. Amazon.com had been selling most new release...
If you do not send them to me, to round out my little edition of Stevenson, I...– I feel as though I was reincarnated from this man.
Italo Calvino’s 1979 book, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, is a...– via Lists of Note There’s a lot of truth in this list!
Meet Stephanie Miller, Store Intern!
Biography in Four Books: Stephanie Miller The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in The Brandywine, Maggie Lidz I’m a born and bred Delawarean, and I am fiercely loyal to my little state. My parents have lived in the same house since I was born, a 100-year old row-house built for the working class employees of the DuPonts. Growing up around the beautiful DuPont mansions gave me a love of...
WBN book giver: Peace Like a River →
This story really is beautiful, and it encapsulates everything this day is meant to be… and what literacy can mean for people. wbnamerica: A beautiful story from one of the #wbnamerica book givers…
Of course, I ought to have known that it’s silly to try to buy a book when you...– Joy in the Morning, P.G. Wodehouse (via chwheeler) Even more true today than when Wodehouse wrote it- but not at Open Books!
Robert Louis Stevenson was an awesome 15 year old! →
Madeline's Literary Mixtape! →
“I am not greatly troubled by fans nowadays. Less than one a day on the average....– Evelyn Waugh’s advice for dealing with fans (sent to Nancy Mitford). Hysterical, but those poor women who got tattled on! via flavorwire
In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to...– -Aldous Huxley in a letter to George Orwell Despite his conviction, Huxley did praise 1984! ^KE
Book geek dilemma #2: Staring at your bookshelves,...
This happens to me far, far, far, too often. Solution: new bookshelves! ^LB
Pulitzer Board Declines to Name a Fiction Winner
No Pulitzer Fiction winner this year?? Are there any books you think deserved it?