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April 15 is Support Teen Literature Day, and best-selling YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith highlights what you can do to help on her blog, Cynsations. On the 15th, booklovers and YA authors will leave books in public places for young people to discover, thanks to publishers who have donated $175,000 worth of books. Ten thousand books will go to to teens on Native reservations and tribal lands. Leitich Smith writes, "The donations are especially significant to many Native teens. 'In their lives, they really don’t have new books,' said Mary Nickless, the librarian at Ojo Encino Day School, one of 44 institutions that will benefit from Operation TBD." She also links to a wish list of 750 books that supporters can buy from Powells.
Leitich Smith, who is a tribal member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has written several Native American-themed books, such as Rain is Not My Indian Name. Read BookPage reviews of her work here.
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli - Review
Posted by At Home with Books
Tatjana Soli's debut novel The Lotus Eaters has been everywhere lately—in BookPage, reviewer Sheri Bodoh called the Vietnam War story "stunningly powerful." Last week, Washington Post reviewer Masha Hamilton commented on the book's contemporary significance. In the NYT Book Review, Danielle Trussoni (author of Angelology) proclaimed that the novel is "splendid." And I loved blogger Alyce's review in "At Home with Books." She wrote, "How do you write a review of a book that has touched you in such a way that each time you think of it you see beauty and pain at the same time, side by side?" Have any Book Case readers had a chance to read this powerful novel?
How Green is My iPad?
Posted by The New York Times Op-Ed page
Okay, okay, The NYT is not a book blog. But at least I found out about this feature in a great roundup of links posted by blogger Jeremy at PhiloBiblos. Judging from the popularity of Lynn's iPad review, I thought readers would be interested in this article. The NYT provides a chart which compares the environmental impact of an iPad vs. a good old-fashioned book. The result? "The impact of one e-reader payback equals roughly 40 to 50 books. When it comes to global warming, though, it’s 100 books; with human health consequences, it’s somewhere in between." For another perspective, read this report from the Huffington Post, How Green Is Apple's Latest Gadget?, which claims that the "iPad fares pretty well, especially in comparison to other electronics."