For your end-of-the-week (woohoo!) reading pleasure, here are a few click-worthy links:

Legendary children's editor Margaret K. McElderry died at 98 years old on Monday, and there have been many wonderful celebrations of her life posted online. I'd recommend you read the obit in the New York Times and also this post on their ArtsBeat blog, which links to an old interview McElderry gave to The Horn Book. I think we can all agree with this quote from McElderry on the importance of children's publishing: “If you don’t catch them young, you won’t have any adult readers.”

The Guardian's books blog is a personal go-to for posts on books and reading, and this essay from Gabriel Brownstein is a must-read for those of you who followed the great Franzenfreude drama of fall 2010. In the post, Brownstein compares Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector with Jonathan Franzen's Freedom—the two have similar themes and both writers are excellent. Brownstein tells us why only one of the novels got the Capital Letter treatment ("Great" vs. "great").

It is always a sad day when a bookstore closes, whether Outloud!, an independent GLBT bookstore in Nashville that will shut its doors on Feb. 20, or Borders, the mega-chain that filed for bankruptcy this week and will close at least 200 stores. Rebecca Joines Schinsky at The Book Lady's Blog has written a great post on five ways to support bookstores. The list includes ideas such as attending events (and actually buying books!) and sharing your love of a specific store like you might share your love of a fabulous restaurant.

How do you support bookstores?

Finally, I am happy to report that it is currently 68° in Nashville, and I can't wait to spend some time outdoors with a book. Top of my stack? Deborah Harkness' fantastic (I know because I dug in last night!) A Discovery of Witches—read a Q&A with the author here. Remarkably, this debut novel is already climbing the NYT bestseller list.

What are you reading this weekend?

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