Book Adventures Weekly: Issue 11

Not a good weeked for libraries, history, or books: A Moscow library housing 14 million books including historic texts went up in flames on Saturday. A Williamsburg, NYC warehouse in use as a record storage facility also burned on Saturday, amounting to a 7-alarm fire. Gothamist hints at foul play.

There’s this thing called CanadaReads. It’s a battle of the books, which this year focus on changing perspectives, broadening horizons, and challenging stereotypes. Finalists will be defended by a panel of celebrities in March. Lots of hubbub over Kristin Kreuk, Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (for those who don’t understand, it’s a CW production about a modern-day, yep, you guessed it, Beauty and the Beast), being one of the panelists. The five finalists are Intolerable, Ru, The Inconvenient Indian, And the Birds Rained Down, and When Everything Feels Like the Movies.

Anne Enright, author of The Gathering, has been appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction.

Just in time for the Super Bowl (OK, by the time this post is published, the Super Bowl will be over, but that’s just a technicality), the CBC has put out a list of “five football books to check out.” I’ve read books about hockey, but not football, so I can’t tell you how they are. But if you’re interested in football and love reading, well, you might want to check them out. Does anyone else find it interesting that this list comes from Canada?

Are you a reviewer? A blogger? A commenter? Nerds of a feather, flock together has a thought-provoking “blogtable” piece on the positive value of negative reviews. Well worth a read.

From the Department of Random, FUN Division

News A Ghostbusters reboot with an all-female cast. YES.


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