Bookwitch bites #41

Our libraries have been in the news again this week, and the speech made by Philip Pullman has viralled all over the internet. Mary Hoffman was there, and her report from the meeting in Oxford is on her blog. I know that what Philip said is mostly common sense, but the man has a nice way of phrasing common sense.

Sally Prue does not only have a new book out next week, but has started The Word Den, a blog about words. She claims to be not very techie, but expert that I am, I think it looks just fine.

Donna Moore has had a good week, and also a somewhat bad week. The good news is that she has been nominated for THE LEFTY: Best humorous mystery novel for Old Dogs. My fingers are crossed.

The iconic Richard and Judy

In a press release this week I learned that ‘iconic presenting duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan’ have been made into cartoon characters for the launch of their Children’s Book Club, with them working alongside Booktrust. The club is made up of three categories with six titles in each; Reading Together, Reading by Yourself and Fluent Reader, and aims to help parents choose great books which children will love.

With the power that R&J (or more precisely, whoever chooses for them) have, it would have been nice to have seen fewer ‘best sellers’ on the list, even though I agree that those picked are great books. The opportunity for more obscure – but equally suitable – books is a shame to lose.

Finally, for those of you who read Swedish I suggest you head over here to see if you can win a copy of Meg Rosoff’s What I Was when it’s called Den Jag Var.

3 responses to “Bookwitch bites #41

  1. It’s terrible about this attack on public libraries, a necessity of life from cradle to grave.
    That happened in my city in the states, but there were two big campaigns to stop budget cuts, and they stopped libraries from being closed, although some programs were cut back, and I think, staff…all ridiculous.
    I have liked Philip Pullman since my nephew read and liked his books. When I found out the right wing in this country didn’t want his books in schools or libraries, I liked him even more.
    Now that I read that marvelous speech he gave, “An Ode to Libraries, and to Readers Everywhere,” I adore him. Everything he said is true. This speech should be circulated all over to every shire and country threatening to close libraries. It’s all true.
    I started to go to my local library when I was three. I always check out library branches whenever I am in my city. I feel such an upbeat feeling entering a library; it’s like a bakery, full of richness.

  2. Philip IS good at speeches. And it’s interesting how both I and the Guardian linked to him on the same day. Great minds…

  3. The New York Times editorial page just wrote a piece hailing Pullman’s ode to libraries. They captured the essence of it, and talked about the cuts in libraries, staff, hours and financial support here in the states.
    People should storm the Bastille over the library cutbacks!

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