The best bookstore in the world – that would be us! No, the news that we were voted exactly that by the Irish Independent this week will never get old.
- Lists! Lots of summer reading lists coming your way: here’s the Wall Street Journal with a flashy bunch of them. Here are the picks by a NY Times contributor, a bookstore manager, and an editor. The LA Times will not be outdone, and has 60 books for you to read.
- The science fiction of today is the US defense policy of tomorrow. Reminds me of all those Star Trek gadgets (from the early series) that are now reality. Pretty cool!
- Awards! The Red House Children’s Book Awards (voted for by young readers themselves) were handed out: overall winner is Sophie McKenzie for Blood Ties, and fellow category winners are The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman and Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos by Kes Gray.
- Self-professed Agatha Christie arch-fan John Curran has discovered two new short stories by her. They will be published in his debut called Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making.
- While I’m talking of lost literature: an unpublished children’s poem by Ted Hughes has been found.
- The governor of California wants to abolish school textbooks in favor of ebooks. *Insert appropriate Arnie quote here.* Interestingly, stock immediately fell for Pearson, educational publishers.
- My colleagues and I get very frustrated by the turf wars going on between US and UK publishers about who gets to publish what book in which corner of the world (very 1490s, that), but try being visually impaired and then wanting to read or listen to a book…
- Interview! Here’s an interview with/article about Malcolm Gladwell.