A ‘Lit’tle of This, a Little of That

The Catcher in the RyeLegendary author J.D. Salinger died Wednesday at the age of 91. Salinger was widely known for his book The Catcher in the Rye which still remains on many high school required reading lists. Click here for Salinger’s “Best Sayings” from Catcher in the Rye. For more information on the author and his life, try this link to NPR.

The following article came to me from several people before I even got the chance to read The New York Times last Sunday. “Reading might well have been among the last remaining private activities, but it is now a relentlessly social pursuit,” bemoans Motoko Rich in The Book Club With Just One Member. As Rich moves beyond book to reader to examine the ways in which we choose to read, she shares their effects on the commercial pursuits of our contemporary book industry.

In case you are living under a rock, apple introduced the new iPad and it appears to be much more than an e-reader. A stretch for the literary purist, this latest gizmo brings much more than a book to the table. For more, read Publishers Embrace iPad As Rival to Kindle on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The largest book in the world will go on show for the first time as part of the British Library exhibition on maps. HuffPost reports that the largest book will be among 100 maps considered “some of the greatest in the world”.

Yes, I’m worried.

NPR’s What We’re Reading for Jan. 27 – Feb. 2 includes The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. Mr. Ferris held a reading at The University of Michigan last Monday night as part of their Creative Writing program.

Poor Colm. Once again overlooked for his book Brooklyn, poet Christoper Reid walked away with the Costa Book of the Year  Award for 2009. The prestigious literary prize is given to writers based in the UK and Ireland. Reid’s book, A Scattering, is a tribute to his late wife.

*As always, support your local bookstores and universities. It matters!

-Post by Megan Shaffer

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