books

When International Books Cut Entire Plot Lines and V.E. Schwab

It is no secret that international versions of books differ slightly from their original incarnations. Often publishers alter covers either because of licensing issues or to ensure the images better suit the aesthetic sensibilities of a given market. In other cases, the translation process requires subtle language adjustments. But occasionally foreign rights holders take it… Continue reading When International Books Cut Entire Plot Lines and V.E. Schwab

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: Karen Maitland’s ‘Company of Liars’

“Home is the place you return to when you have finally lost your soul. Home is the place where life is born, not the place of your birth, but the place where you seek rebirth. When you no longer have to remember which tale of your own past is true and which is an invention,… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Karen Maitland’s ‘Company of Liars’

books · libraries

What Does the Librarian of Congress Read Anyway?

I’m tempted to say that librarians read everything, but of course that isn’t true. Like everyone else, librarians have their own book preferences, and there simply isn’t time to read everything. Discovering the differences in how people read makes The New York Times’s recent interview with Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress, especially interesting. In… Continue reading What Does the Librarian of Congress Read Anyway?

books · libraries

This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need

I was lucky. Growing up, two local libraries that were just a short drive away. But not all kids have access to that many books. In recent years, the town of Wellington in Carbon County, Utah has had a tight budget. Coal revenues have been falling, so the county commission has had to scramble to… Continue reading This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need

books · libraries · resources

Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio

In my first memory of seeing a Shakespeare play live, the fairies from a A Midsummer Night’s Dream enter the stage to the dulcet tones of No Doubt’s “Hella Good” and begin to dance. I don’t know what I had been expecting when I sat down in the theater, but it certainly wasn’t that. Seeing very modern… Continue reading Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio

writing

The Trouble with Too Many Titles

It seems like all I’ve been able to write lately are titles. Strictly speaking, that isn’t true – I’ve written other things – but titles are the only pieces of writing that have come easily these last few days. I never thought that I would have this particular problem. I’ve certainly struggled with choosing titles… Continue reading The Trouble with Too Many Titles

libraries

Libraries May Not Be Defunded After All, But They Are Still in Danger

“Earlier this year President Trump threatened to defund public libraries. First the library community responded with horror. Then people rallied by protesting, contacting legislators, and highlighting the ways that libraries serve places across the United States. It looks like all of that hard work has paid off. Despite the threat, libraries may receive funding after all. While determining the U.S.… Continue reading Libraries May Not Be Defunded After All, But They Are Still in Danger

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Adaptations, Retellings, and Book Paraphernalia for Jane Austen’s 200th Anniversary

You may have noticed that Jane Austen’s name has cropped up frequently this past week, and that is for a very good reason; July 18, 2017 is the 200th anniversary of her death. To commemorate the rather morbid occasion, the internet has come out in full force with articles all about Austen. My cyber home… Continue reading Adaptations, Retellings, and Book Paraphernalia for Jane Austen’s 200th Anniversary

books

Stoking a Hunger: The Scent of a Book

For many of us, the scent of a book represents windows into innumerable worlds. Chemists have tried to translate this experience and have described books as smelling grassy and acidic with hints of vanilla and mustiness. However, that combination of scents does not simply arise through happenstance. Traditionally printed books produce those smells as a result of… Continue reading Stoking a Hunger: The Scent of a Book