- Feastoffun.com had an audio interview with Alison Arngrim (schemestress Nellie on 70s tv-show Little House on the Prairie), who wrote a book about her time on the show called Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. Thanks Steven for the tip!
- The Qur’an wasn’t burned, in the end, but the Guardian has a long essay about the history and symbolism of book-burning (pre-non-burning decision). On a related note, the Pentagon is planning to buy up and destroy the first print-run (10,000 copies) of Operation Dark Heart by Anthony A. Shaffer because it contains “classified information”. I have a few on order, so when it comes in I’ll know if it’s from the second printing with the offending pages blacked out, or whether I got some of the originals!
- Got your bottle(s) of Tru Blood? Then use it to play the official True Blood drinking game! ***Spoiler alert: the rules were specially made for the finale of season 3!***
- Awards! The inaugural Penguin Prizes for African Writing were handed out to You’re Not a Country, Africa! by Pius Adesanmi (nonfiction) and Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku (fiction). Neither are available yet through our Penguin contacts, but we’re hopeful!
- Stephen Fry’s new memoir The Fry Chronicles can also be read with the myFry app. See his site for a demo.
- Barack Obama’s third book will be out in November. This time it’s a letter to his daughters called Of Thee I Sing, a 40-page children’s book; proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for children of soldiers who are killed or injured. Thanks Rick for the tip!
- And, really, this picture belongs in a Lit Links post, but I can’t resist! The TU Delft’s Library Information Desk, made entirely out of books (thank you recycleart.org!):
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