Most of the time when people tell me something changed their life, it’s hard to tell if anything has actually changed. But Mr. Clawson and that store changed my life.
Reader Services Librarian Leah White and Virtual Services Librarian Cathleen Doyle interview Libby Fischer Hellman, author of 2012’s “A Bitter Veil” and the popular Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis mystery series. Libby will join the Suspicious Minds crime fiction book discussion on April 18th at 7pm to discuss her book, “Set the Night on Fire”.
I helped make this. Very proud. Wouldn’t have been possible without my awesome coworker, Cathleen, and our gracious (and seriously awesome) interviewee, Libby Fischer Hellman.
One of the clever things about social media is that it facilitates backlash when something ugly or sneaky is underway, and I can’t think of anything nastier right now in the book world than the prospect of this behemoth acquiring even more intimate knowledge of my buying habits than it already has. Enough is enough.
Patron saint of Wednesdays and mascot for my link love <3
It is a devious writer indeed who writes in such a way that the critic who finds himself unresponsive to the writer’s vision feels like a philistine. So let it be said that Mitchell is, clearly, a genius.
The empirical literature is equally excited about the power of a big pile of books. The more books a child has access to, the more he or she reads.
Chris Cobb, an artist based in San Francisco, has created an amazing installation in bookshop called Adobe Books- he catalogued every single one of the 20,000 books by color. The project is titled There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World. They were arranged by hand over a 10 hour period, and he enlisted the help of 16 volunteers. Such beautiful results, they transformed the bookshop overnight.
I don’t care about the logistics: I love this.
I know I should love this because it is beautiful (and it IS beautiful) but all I can think about is how hard it would be to find anything.
It isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.