Jan 30, 2013
A few updates and reminders; a discussion of a planned library that will have no physical books; Ann recommends Where'd You Go Bernadette?by Maria Semple and I loved Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
Project Short Story - Ann has kept to her schedule of reading a new short story every day and she is loving it. I wish I had jumped on the bandwagon at the beginning of the year, but Ann informed me that May is National Short Story Month, so I think I have a challenge for May! You still have a couple of days to read The Paper Menagerie, the Readalong Story for January. Ann will announce the February story within the next week or so.
Two Books I Can't Wait For You to Read, Volume 2 - Don't forget to submit your recommendation for two books you love, to be printed in a new volume in April. Your recommendations don't have to be long (in fact, you are limited to 475 characters for each blurb), and can be completely conversational; they don't need to read like a New York Times review. You have until March 3 to submit and you can do so here.
Elizabeth from our Goodreads Group shared a link to an article about a county in Texas that will be opening the first physical book-less public library this fall. All books will be available electronically. Ann and I discuss whether this should still be called a library (I say no, she says yes), how the functions of libraries are changing, what's to happen to the books that aren't available for e-lending, and how will librarians display books? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
At the very end of last year, Ann read Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple, an epistolary novel that she found funny, sad, and poignant all at the same time. It also was just named to The Alex Awards list of ten adult books that would appeal to teens, along with Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Girlchild, Tell the Wolves I'm Home, and My Friend Dahmer, among others.
Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman, was recently released in hardcover. It's a novel about a shocking crime in a small Minnesota plains town, and the effect it has on the townspeople, especially the new pastor's young pregnant wife, and the father of the perpetrator. I found it fascinating and uniquely told.