“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”—Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)
Did you think you were the only one who reads the last paragraph of every chapter before you read a book? Below, a list of the craziest reading habits we’ve come across. Can you top them? What’s yours? 1) Reading the last paragraph of the entire book first. (Because you enjoy wondering
But under her breath she mumbled, “Spadaj,” a word Frankie knew she used only when she was angry. A few moments after they had passed him, Frankie turned and looked back, but the teenager was gone, disappeared into the cross-weaved threads of people. Duch, he thought, a word his mother had taught him on Halloween. Ghost.
This is a short story written by someone I went to high school with. And it’s really good.
R.L. Stine, the master of macabre on the YA shelves of libraries both public and private, will appear at BookCon on May 31st at the Javits Center in New York City. Referenced as “perhaps the best-selling children’s author of the 20th century” by Stephen King.
If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to sea and you happen to be a librarian, this might be your big chance. SUNY Maritime College has just posted a job description for a ship’s librarian: The Stephen B. Luce Library…
We asked industry folks for some words of wisdom they’d pass along to their just-starting-out-in-publishing selves.
Erica Barmash, Bloomsbury/Walker
The most important advice I can give to anyone starting out in publishing is to pay attention. Pay attention in every meeting you’re allowed to attend. Pay attention to every e-mail you receive. And don’t forget to pay attention during the most mindless, mundane tasks you do as an intern and assistant. When I interviewed for my first full-time job in publishing as a publicity assistant at Abrams, I was given 15 minutes to select a book from the most recent catalogue and write a press release for it. Later, after I was hired, my boss told me that I was the only applicant who had written something even remotely resembling a press release. And the reason I knew something about how to write a press release, even though I had never written one before, is that I thoroughly read the hundreds of press releases I had photocopied as an intern earlier that year. There are many, many lessons to be learned in the grunt work!
There are plenty of reasons why people go to the library. A lot are there to be able to gather information on whatever they’re working on at the moment, be it for school, for work, or for personal research. There are a few who make use of the library only when specific data and information can’t be had by any other means. No matter what your motive for visiting the library is, you’ll surely want to set your eyes on the following ten largest libraries in the world: 1. Washington, D.C.’s Library of Congress If you’ve already watched the movie National Treasure 2, then you’ve already taken a glimpse of this magnificent library. Within the confines of this center, you’ll find all you need to answer your questions about culture, science, philosophy, history, and any other subject matter. During the War of 1812, a huge portion of the original collection was sold. Fortunately, another 6,457 books were sold to the library by Thomas Jefferson from […]