Let’s cheer, first of all, that public libraries overall (across the country) received 1.59 billion visitors in 2009 and lent books 2.4 billion times! But, also, we should heed Vinjamuri’s advice to Libraries that they react more sensitively to changes in the publishing industry: “…Without libraries to encourage new readers, foster book groups and promote communities of reading, publishers will find fewer readers for their biggest titles, and readers will have more difficulty discovering works not on the bestseller list….”
The National Book Critics’ Circle announced the finalists for its 2012 Award -including, for Fiction:
Laurent Binet. HHhH.
Ben Fountain. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime
Adam Johnson. The Orphan Master’s Son.
Lydia Millet, Magnificence.
Zadie Smith. NW.
Read more of the finalists via the NY Times’ Art Beat site.
Loved n’ lauded YA Author John Green “rocked Carnegie Hall” a couple nights ago, (according to USAY Today) with his “Evening of Awesome” event; hosted, ostensibly to honor the one-year anniversary of his acclaimed melancholic-masterpiece The Fault In Our Stars . Have you read it yet? Apparently there’s a collector’s edition that just came out.