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On Books: Read Dangerously, In the Margins, Write for Your Life : NPR

By Sharmila Mukherjee, May 13, 2022

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What does this perilous time of disease and destruction ask of us as readers and writers?

Three new books spotlight the power of the written word to foster creative responses to confinement and oppression — and to inspire deep change within us.

Azar Nafisi’s Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times, Elena Ferrante’s In The Margins: On The Pleasures of Reading and Writing and Anna Quindlen’s Write for Your Life are all about the transformative possibilities that underlie political, social and personal crisis.

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Source: On Books: Read Dangerously, In the Margins, Write for Your Life : NPR

These are the Most and Least Popular States for Book Settings | Book Riot

By Danika Ellis, May 13, 2022

From article…

The setting of a book can play a massive role in its tone and memorability. The best authors can bring a place to life and make the story feel much more real because of it. That means that the choice of where to set a book is crucial.

Many authors simply set their books where they live, drawing on their day-to-day lives for inspiration. Others find locales that match the plot or feel of the story: noir set in California vs New York, for instance, account for two distinct subgenres.

So what are the states that draw in authors, and which ones are sorely lacking literary representation? You can place your guesses now (sheer population size is a good place to start), but Crossword Solver has done the work of tallying up all the U.S. location tags on Goodreads, so let’s dive into their results.

Source: These are the Most and Least Popular States for Book Settings

What do you do with books you don’t want any more? | James Colley | The Guardian

By James Colley, Sun 8 May 2022 13.30 EDT

The Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. James Colley dreamed of a home library with ‘a ladder that glides along the impossibly high shelves filled with more books than you could read in 10 lifetimes’. Photograph: Paul McErlane/The Guardian

I used to dream of owning a home with a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast. A ladder that glides along the impossibly high shelves filled with more books than you could read in 10 lifetimes. That was before I understood that the idea that you would have one house that you were able to live in for many years (and god forbid, add shelving) would itself be a fairytale.

Packing up these books, disassembling their low-grade flatpack bookcases, hauling them across the city and interstate, and trying to reestablish this budding library time and time again has made me thoroughly fall out of love with my old dream.

I do not wish to rid myself of every book, but I no longer wish to keep every book. At some point, I crossed the line from reader to hoarder and I need to go back. These are the books that do not pass the Marie Kondo test.

These books spark no joy. If anything, the many bookmarks still stuck less than halfway through them conjure embarrassment. I know I’m never going back to finish them. They know I’m never going back to finish them. It is time to end this charade.

Source: What do you do with books you don’t want any more? | James Colley | The Guardian

Weirdest things Denver librarians find hidden between book pages | The Denver Post

A librarian is sharing the staff’s finds — from lunch meat to marijuana leaves — in blog posts with pictures

By Elizabeth Hernandez | ehernandez@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, PUBLISHED: April 25, 2022 at 9:05 a.m. | UPDATED: April 26, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post. Library assistant Tiffany Ruhl peels off stickers that designate books as new at the Denver Public Library’s Ross-University Hills Branch on July 1, 2020.

When Walt Disney said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island,” he likely wasn’t envisioning bologna slices stuffed between pages.

But Denver librarians count the meat product among the trove of items found inside returned library books and collected by staff.

Madison Hosack, a librarian at Denver Public Library’s Central Library, is tasked with evaluating collections, meaning Hosack and her colleagues go through the stacks to check books’ conditions.

During that process, she and her coworkers began collecting the items — odd, funny, sweet or perishable — that they come across while flipping through the pages.


“It’s such a range of stuff that you’ll find,” Hosack said. “Bookmarks from all over the world, to-do lists, little doodles or drawings.”

An illustrated story entitled “The Lousy Ketchup Bottle.” Marijuana leaves. An origami bird. A Pokémon card. A Cinemark ticket stub to “Little Women.” A bookmark from Stardust Book Emporium in Savannah, Georgia. The aforementioned lunch meat.

Source: Weirdest things Denver librarians find hidden between book pages