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Another odd book title wins cheeky contest

At a time when attention spans are shorter than ever, a long-running quirky contest fits right in. Yes, I’m talking about The Bookseller’s Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title. “We don’t judge books on the contents within or even by their covers, but by their purest, quickest and shallowest way possible: from the title,” says […]

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Shocking stats on International Literacy Day

My sons were big readers growing up, and their teachers often commented that they could tell. Something about the vocabulary and the spelling, even though the boys didn’t actively try to learn new words. When parents read to and with their children, it just happens. (The boys also became adept at finding the mouse in […]

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Bravo to a prize that discourages bad writing

Author Helen Fielding didn’t get the prize because her Mad About the Boy wasn’t deemed “cringeworthy” enough. The Fifty Shades books didn’t qualify either, because the prize doesn’t go to porn or erotic literature. The prize in question is the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction award, sometimes called “Britain’s most dreaded literary prize.” It’s […]

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Friday fun: Book version

Especially given my last post, it’s time for another roundup of funny, interesting or just plain silly items found online, this time related to books: The Seattle Public Library stages the world’s longest book domino chain to promote its summer reading program. Check out all the people staged casually reading amid the fun! Jane or […]

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Leave it to the Brits to celebrate bad writing about sex

In absolutely shocking news, E.L. James and her Fifty Shades books did not even make the shortlist for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award. Nor did J.K. Rowling for her adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. According to the Guardian‘s Maev Kennedy, the Fifty Shades trilogy didn’t qualify because the prize doesn’t go to porn […]

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A new year, a new list to read

Reading is one of my great pleasures, but 2011 was definitely not a stellar year for me and books. School is to blame, of course; between the required texts and assignments, I had very little time to read for the sheer enjoyment of reading. Still, I managed to sneak in 11 books for fun among […]

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Still room for odd book titles

The wonderfully quirky Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has a new winner: Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way, by Michael R. Young. The prize is given by British trade magazine The Bookseller, a leading trade magazine for the book industry with a website  providing news and comment about the […]

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Odd title wins

In case you missed it, the winner of the prestigious Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been chosen. Drumroll, please. It is Daina Taimina’s Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes. No doubt you are as surprised as I that Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots and Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter did […]

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Thank a teacher

“If you can read this, thank a teacher.” This is how a post linked to by my friend and colleague Joan Vinall-Cox began. While blogger Ralf Schwartz suggested that the best way to thank your teacher is to teach others “by further developing what your teacher has taught you,” I think an equally excellent option […]

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Writing from the heart

Now, this is expressive writing! Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See (edited by Bill Shapiro), which I commented on recently, has many examples of writing that touches the heart. Here are some that appealed to me: “I love that you sent me an actual letter. I can feel your […]

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