We’re always trying to think of innovative ways to spread the word about BookPage, but I think the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces, New Mexico, might take the cake. Starting in mid-January, the library will distribute copies of BookPage on 12 of Las Cruces’ transit buses.
I read about this neat idea in the Las Cruces Sun-News Branigan book notes column, then followed up with Outreach Librarian Mark Pendleton. Below, Mark explains the project.
What programs do you enjoy at your local library? Tell us in the comments.
Why are you offering BookPage on transit buses?
BookPage is a great way to promote the Library, especially with the customized back page where we put a schedule of library events for the month. We distribute BookPage at several other locations around town [besides the Library]—three grocery stores, two used book stores, the City Hall help/information desk, a food co-op, a Middle Eastern deli, market and restaurant, to name a few—and we’re always on the lookout for a new venue to try.
In fact, last September, we started placing BookPage in the 400 welcome packets that the local newcomers’ welcome service gives out each month. We think that the bus riders might enjoy something to read and it seems like a great opportunity to increase the Library’s visibility in the community.
Where will the buses run?
The buses run in Las Cruces and on the New Mexico State University campus.
How many people will be served by this program?
There are about 1,800—2,000 daily trips (one person riding one way) on the buses where the racks will be, so that gives you an idea of how many people will be seeing the BookPage racks.
How did you arrange this project?
We made an arrangement with the transit system. This was helped by the Director of the City’s Public Services Department (of which both the Library and the Transit system are part) being the former Library Director. The head of the Transit system was also in favor of the idea, so that helped, too.
What other projects does the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library have lined up for 2010?
Since July 2008, we have offered a books-by-mail program that allows library patrons to receive their materials through the mail. It is extremely popular (about 1,150 transactions per month) and why not, since we pay the postage both ways. We also have a homebound program that is staffed by volunteers who visit with persons who can’t get out of their homes and get an idea of what they like to read, and then every two weeks, they deliver books and/or audio books to them. This has been going for more than twenty years.
Also, starting sometime in the next month or so, I am going to start another new promotional program. I will talk with the owners and/or managers of several hotels/motels in town and get their okay to place mini-posters about library services and business card-size maps of Branigan Library’s location in their lobbies.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, we wanted to bring your attention to some new releases from Hachette Audio.
Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set: The Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr. This collection brings together 24 original recordings from Dr. King, from “I Have a Dream” to the “A Knock at Midnight” sermon. There are 12 sermons and 12 speeches included in the box set, each introduced by Civil Rights champions such as Desmond Tutu and Rosa Parks.
Martin Luther King Jr., on Leadership: Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times. This audiobook explains how Dr. King led the Civil Rights movement with open communication, powerful language and courage.
The Concise King includes excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches and sermons, with introductions from Rosa Parks, Senator Edward Kennedy and others. This collection would be a great intro to King’s teachings.
If you’re looking for books about Dr. King, we’ve got plenty of coverage on BookPage.com. Check out a few of the following titles: Blessed Are the Peacemakers by Martin Luther King, Jr. and S. Jonathan Bass; The Dream by Drew D. Hansen; and King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Adelman.
What audiobooks/books about Dr. King would you recommend?
What an exciting day for children’s literature.
This morning the American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards winners at the Midwinter Meeting in Boston.
On January 5, BookPage reviewer and 2008 Newbery Committee member Dean Schneider shared his awards predictions with us, and he was almost startlingly on target. As he predicted, Rebecca Stead won the Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me and Jerry Pinkney won the Caldecott Medal for The Lion & The Mouse.
In a July 2009 review for BookPage, Schneider wrote of When You Reach Me: "What could be better: a great setting, believable characters and a mystery deftly woven by a fine writer. This is a book to be reckoned with come Newbery season."
Schneider was equally exuberant about The Lion & The Mouse upon its publication in September, writing: "Jerry Pinkney’s latest picture book is an absolutely gorgeous example of book making and pictorial storytelling, a wordless book readers will 'read' over and over again, each time noticing new treasures in the pictures."
Newbery Honors went to Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose; The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin; and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.
Caldecott Honors were awarded to All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon; and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal won the Coretta Scott King (Author) book Award. Bad News for Outlaws was written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
My People won the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award. My People was illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr. and written by Langston Hughes.
Click here for a complete list of winners and tell us why you agreed or disagreed with this year’s honored books.
Writer and columnist Anna Quindlen seems to move between fact and fiction with ease, juxtaposing nonfiction like A Short Guide to a Happy Life with moving novels like Black and Blue. On April 27, Random House will publish Quindlen's sixth novel, Every Last One.
Little is known about the new book yet, but we're expecting galleys any day.
Are you a Quindlen fan? Why or why not?
Katherine Paterson, the recently-appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and two-time winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Medal, has some news. And we have a long time to get excited about it. Candlewick Press has announced the publication of her middle grade novel, The Flint Heart. The novel will be released in March. . . 2012.
I suppose that Candlewick announced the novel’s release so early in order to piggyback on Paterson’s National Ambassador press. What do you think? Is it effective to build buzz two years early?
In any case, I’m excited for the release, which will be a retelling of Eden Phillpotts’ 1910 “fantastical cautionary tale” of the same title (which is available for free online).
Paterson will co-write with her husband, John Paterson. John Rocco, who worked as the pre-production art director for the movie Shrek, will illustrate.
Related in BookPage: Read a review of Katherine Paterson’s The Same Stuff as Stars.
Early reviews, and the opinions of your BookPage editors, indicate that the legendary battle of the "sophomore slump" has been won by two anticipated second novels on shelves this month: Joshua Ferris' The Unnamed and Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves. (Click on the author's name to read a BookPage interview.)
But there are a few other anticipated second novels on the horizon in 2010. Will they be as favored by the publishing gods? Go ahead, judge them by our summary of the publisher's description:
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Horns by Joe Hill (February)
The author of Heart-Shaped Box (and son of Stephen King) returns with a chilling tale of a young man bent on revenge after his girlfriend is murdered.
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (April)
His second novel needs no introduction (and besides, we've already been there on this blog!). Will it achieve the stratospheric success of Life of Pi?
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry (May)
The author of The Lace Reader returns with a new novel about a woman who lost her mother to suicide. Now a psychotherapist, she must with the suicide of her most troubled patient.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (June)
Known for her short stories, Bender has published only one previous novel. This magical second work is about a young girl who discovers she can taste people's emotions in the food they cook, and must deal with what she learns about others. Loving the title and the concept on this one—if Bender's novels are as good as her stories, count me in!
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch (July)
His new work (following the acclaimed Finn) is a “mythic” story about three brothers in upstate New York who live together in isolation—until one dies and the other two are suspected of his murder.
Geeze, this is already a big year for Steve Martin, and it’s only January! He was typically hilarious and perfect as Meryl Streep’s romantic interest in It’s Complicated, and in March he’ll co-host the Academy Awards with Alec Baldwin.
And now he can check off “book deal” from his 2010 to-do list. He has signed a deal with Grand Central to write Woman One, a novel which “examines the glamour and the subterfuge of the fine art world” in New York. The book will be released in November 2010.
Martin will also write a children’s book titled Late for School, based on a song from his album “New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.” (Watch him performing it live after the jump.) No word yet on a publication date. The book will pub in September. (Via New York Times.)
Related content: In 2001, BookPage reviewer Joanna Brichetto wrote that Martin’s novella Shopgirl will “shock” readers expecting to find “zany riffs and hilariously skewed observations” from the comedian. Instead, Shopgirl is a “sweet, courageous exploration of a young woman’s search for selfhood and love.”
What’s your favorite Steve Martin role? Inspector Clouseau? Author? Banjo player?
A throwaway mention of a new Kate Atkinson novel in 2010 had me Googling up a storm this morning. Sure enough, Amazon.co.uk has a listing for Started Early, Took My Dog—a fourth Jackson Brodie novel—pubbing with Doubleday on August 19.** It's not clear whether this is the U.S. or the U.K. edition, though, since the site also lists a June paperback version coming from U.K. publisher Transworld. Atkinson's previous books were published in the U.S. by Little, Brown. Regardless, it looks like Atkinson fans like me might have something to look forward to this summer.
Few details have been released, but the novel's title comes from an Emily Dickinson poem—perhaps it holds a hint as to the contents?
Related in BookPage: Our interview with Kate Atkinson for One Good Turn. Reviews of Case Histories and When Will there Be Good News?
**since this post was published, we learned that the pub date has changed. Click here for details, and a description of the book.
Country music superstar Sara Evans was in Nashville Monday night to promote her first novel, The Sweet By and By. Evans teamed up with veteran author Rachel Hauck to write the first in a four book fictional series about a young Southern woman, Jade Fitzgerald, and her evolving quest to balance the traumatic events of her past with the bright prospects on her horizon.
BookPage editors Abby and Trisha were lucky enough to sit down and talk with the lovely and candid Ms. Evans. Press the play button below to hear our chat about the stories behind the book, how Sara balances her work and family life and why she is afraid of elevators.
Our chat with Sara Evans:
The Sweet By and By is on sale now. Will you pick up a copy?
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
July 2002, Little, Brown
These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections—sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent—that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life