“Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.”–Sappho
- Blackboard Launching Online Bookstore: Blackboard, an online learning management system, now has plans to create a bookstore specifically for its platform.
- Two Poems By Sappho Discovered: “Parts of two previously unknown poems by the Greek lyric poet Sappho have been discovered on an ancient papyrus…” Read more about this discovery over at NPR.org.
- Loving Libraries: Gina Barreca writes about why she loves libraries for her blog on the Huffington Post website.
- The Book-Lover’s Guide to Covertly Reading During a Super Bowl Party: Football not your thing? Check out Quirk Books’ suggestions on how to get away with your bookwormishness.
- Literary Valentines: Valentine ’s Day is only two weeks away, and Buzzfeed has put together these author-inspired, animated valentines.
“Valentine’s Day is the poet’s holiday.”–Ted Kooser
“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” –Albert Einstein
- Amazon’s New Christian Imprint: Amazon is launching Waterfall Press, a new a Christian imprint specializing in faith-based fiction and non-fiction titles to be published by Brilliance Publishing.
- 28 Beautiful Quotes about Libraries: Because everyone should love their library.
- The Franz Kafka Video Game: No seriously–it exists, and Flavorwire has looked into it.
- Stonepile Anthology Launch: Volume three of this collection of poetry and prose from Southern Appalachian writers will be available next week.
- Billy Collins’s Papers Sold to The University Of Texas: The former U.S. poet laureate has sold his papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which, according to The New York Times, include “dozens of notebooks containing observations, notes, doodles, clippings and extensive drafts of poems, published and unpublished.
“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.”–Billy Collins
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci
- Movies based on Poems: it seems like every other new movie that’s coming out is based on a book. But what about other forms of literature? In answer, Flavorwire has composed a list of ten great movies based on poems.
- Libraries Seek Graphic Novels: Once considered a low form of literature, graphic novels are getting more and more popular and have now became the hottest section at many libraries. This Publisher’s Weekly article explores this phenomenon.
- Shire Homes: Ever wanted to travel to the land of Middle-Earth and stay in a hobbit-hole? Well now you can. People all over the world have been creating their own little holes in the ground inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s peaceful locale. Io9 has put together this list of some examples.
- Microsoft Looks into Nook: Microsoft has offered $1 billion to acquire Nook Media LLC. Check out this article from techcrunch.com for more details.
- Isaac Newton’s Language: aside from being known for calculus and apple-related concussions, Sir Isaac Newton also wanted to shore-up language and create a universal tongue. See some examples of his words in this MentalFloss article.
“I am in fact a Hobbit in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humor (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
Bag End hobbit hole from The Lord of the Rings movies
“The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” –Carl Sagan
- 10 Books that should be Re-read: In high school, literature and reading was not nearly as important as junior prom. Publishers Weekly (PW) suggests a revisit to those books that were supposed to have an influence during the adolescent years, and re-read them to find out what knowledge was missed out on the first time.
- 23 Must Read Science Books: Science is no longer viewed as “boring.” Some nonfiction science books “are so exciting they read like genre fiction.” In this article, i09 lists the top science books that use rhetoric and figurative language to tell a page-turning story.
- The Importance of Libraries: Some people believe that “libraries have had their last day,” and that buying books from chain bookstores is the future of books. However Flavorwire has compiled a list of authors who beg to differ. See what writers such as Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Victor Hugo, and others have to say about the importance of libraries.
- Lawsuit over Sherlock Holmes: “It’s elementary, my dear Watson,” or maybe not. While Sherlock Holmes is considered to be public domain, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate insists on being paid licensing fees to use these classic characters. However PW writes that one author, who is also a lawyer, is taking the estate to court maintaining that Holmes and Watson are no longer protected under copyright laws.
- A Twist on Book Clubs: While books are usually accompanied with a bottle of wine, one Minneapolis entrepreneur has turned this concept into a place called Books and Bars. Here people come to discuss books, authors, and engage in intelligent conversation over a round of drinks. PW remarks on the 10-year-old business’s continued success which includes visits from authors and selling the current month’s book club book.
“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. ” –Kathleen Thompson Norris, from Hands Full of Living
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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”–Dr. Seuss
- Literary Misquotes: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, and that goes double for quotes. Bookriot has put together a list of commonly misquoted people/sayings.
- Dr. Seuss’s Hats: The Cat wasn’t the only one with a hat. Theodor Seuss Geisel was a collector of hats. Random House and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have teamed up to bring about an exhibit of Seuss’s beloved hats. Read more about it in this article from the New York Times.
- Nation’s Most Literate Cities: Using data from a “number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, Internet resources, and educational levels,” Central Connecticut State University president John Miller has put together this list of the most literate cities in the U.S.
- Best Fictional Libraries: Some of the most fascinating libraries don’t actually exist. Flavorwire has put together this list of some of the best fictional libraries. Are your favorites listed?
- Amazon and Used eBooks: Big news this week is that Amazon is attempting to patent the technology necessary to resale ebooks and digital music files. Read more at Publishers Weekly.
“No two persons ever read the same book.”–Edmund Wilson