Diverse Lit, Ya’ll!
Never heard of the Caine Prize for African Writing? It’s awarded to a work (a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Mondo amazing collection development tool.
Thanks for the education, Jonathan. I’ll post the shortlist later today.
"If I want to know something, I’ll Google it. If I want to buy something, I’ll Amazon it."
I had a hunch it was just a matter of time before Common Core, the state-adopted educational standards in this country, would become politicized. At the Educational Book & Media Conference in January (read my summary here), there was no talk of Republicans versus Republicans (versus Democrats), but you can expect more articles like this.
Publishers market their K-12 content to align with Common Core, FYI, and many school and public librarians collect the same way. I am curious to see what effect the GOP’s split will have on both practices.
Happy almost publication day (April 22) to Lisa Robinson, the onetime editor of Hit Parader and Rock Scene magazines and, more recently, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.
For gossip on The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Clash, Lou Reed, and more, look no further than the provocatively titled There Goes Gravity from Cloud publishing partner Penguin. NPR interview here. This one’s leaping atop my TBR pile, to be judged alongside other music and New York City-centric memoirs like James Wolcott’s Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in the Seventies.
I should clarify that the subhead is mine, but fitting when you consider these results from LJ's annual report, a must-read for Team Collection Development, addictive data to feed your head.
- Ebook budgets are up 20%, and libraries serving populations of 100,000–249,999 boast ebook budget bump-ups averaging an eye-popping 46.5%.
- Since 2009, print book budgets have inevitably fallen in favor of ebook dollars, with ebooks escalating from 1% to 7% of the materials budget overall and averaging closer to 10% at the biggest libraries.
- Nancy Messenger, Sno-Isle Libraries, WA, responds to the question about her library’s circulation boost with an enthusiastic “ebooks, ebooks, ebooks!”
- Fiction makes up 80% of ebook circulation, as it did in 2012.
- Among fiction’s various genres, mystery remains king, though its grip slipped somewhat in 2013, when 95% of respondents reported it as one of their top five fiction circulators; in 2012, its share was 99%.
- Fitness and weight-loss books as their own subjects apart from health show that their circulation has soared nearly 30% in the last eight years.
"There are times even now, when I awake at four o’clock in the morning with the terrible fear that I have overslept; when I imagine that my father is waiting for me in the room below the darkened stairs or that the shorebound men are tossing pebbles against my window while blowing their hands and stomping their feet impatiently on the frozen steadfast earth."
Ridiculous vintage book cover for A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I have never seen a cover so mirror the message in the blurb. Well done.
This loon’s tale is in my top ten favorite novels of all time. I want this edition because lunatic art speaks to me.