We want to know which book you're most looking forward to reading this summer—whether it's while lying on the beach, relaxing by a lake, hanging out on your back porch or nestled in your favorite reading chair. Vote now!
• We're guessing you probably don't need any encouragement, or anything, but Qwiklit has put together a really fun list of 50 Reasons You Should Be a Bookworm.
• Tuesday, April 2, was International Children's Books Day, which the folks at Flavorwire commemorated with a list of 10 Celebrities' Favorite Children's Books.
• Raise your hand if you can relate to this simple but clever illustration of the writing process posted over on Picador's blog.
• Our reviewer describes Jill McCorkle's Life After Life as a "beautifully written, perceptive and poignant novel that will linger in readers’ minds for a long while." McCorkle's publisher, Algonquin, is giving away 30 signed copies of the book. Enter here to win.
• The New York Review of Books reports on the April 18 launch of the awe-inspiring Digital Public Library of America, which aims to be "a distributed system of electronic content that will make the holdings of public and research libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies available, effortlessly and free of charge, to readers located at every connecting point of the Web." That's one library we can't wait to visit.
• We're saddened by the news of Roger Ebert's death, which has us reminiscing about being on the receiving end of his illustrious "thumbs up."
• Could there be a more heavenly combination than books and cocktails? Reading through Flavorwire's list of 15 book-filled bars resulted in the immediate lengthening of our travel destination wish list.
• Speaking of heaven, we just heard about Out of Print, a new documentary about books screening later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Our fingers are crossed that it gets picked up for distribution so that it lands in one of our theaters soon.
• In the meantime, we'll settle for Book Riot's delightful "six-pack" of author interviews from The Colbert Report.
• Finally, we were excited to learn that on April 11 People.com will be hosting an online chat with Khaled Hosseini to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of The Kite Runner. Get all of the details here.
Librarians have always been cool in our book, but that opinion seems to be going mainstream. This afternoon, Flavorwire posted a fabulous list of "10 of the Coolest Librarians Alive." Right on! We just think the list needs to be a lot longer.
There's also been a lot of buzz around the May release of The World's Strongest Librarian, a memoir based on Salt Lake City librarian Josh Hanagarne's popular blog about books and weightlifting. Stay tuned because we'll be reviewing the book in our May issue.
What say you, readers? Who do you think needs to be added to the list, and what makes him or her cool in your book?
As another Wednesday at the office starts to wind down, we wanted to share this link to Flavorwire's gallery of delicious photos of famous writers hanging out at their homes.
How I would love to take a peek at what's on Mark Twain's desk (below)! Or eavesdrop on the conversation taking place on Virginia Woolf's porch. Or take in all of the amazing (and now priceless) art on the walls of Gertrude Stein's Paris apartment.
Which picture do you wish you could Photoshop yourself into?