January 2009 Blog Posts (7)

John Updike 1932 - 2009

Acclaimed American author John Updike passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the age of 76. John Updike won many awards for his works including Pulitzer Prizes for his novels Rabbit is Rich (1991) and Rabbit at Rest (1982). In 2008 he was awarded the Literary Review Lifetime Achievement Award for Bad Sex in Fiction for his fourth consecutive nominationThe Widows of… Continue

Added by Jane B on January 30, 2009 at 14:46 — No Comments

Top 5 books in USA Today

Who says teens don't read?
The top 5 books this week in USA Today are all young adult novels.
Boy, Stephenie Meyer must be making mint!

Added by Amy B on January 28, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

The Literary Review in Britain started the Bad Sex Awards in 1993 to "draw attention to, and hopefully discourage, poorly written, redundant or crude passages of a sexual nature in fiction". Here you can read the shortlisted passages from the 2008 Award.

Added by Jane B on January 23, 2009 at 14:09 — No Comments

Writers go tweet

- cartoon by gapingvoid.com

You probably already know that John Cleese and Stephen Fry are on Twitter. But there are real live authors too. Like Warren Ellis and Neil Gaiman.…


Added by Bern on January 21, 2009 at 15:38 — 2 Comments

Top 100 Books of All Time

Take a look at the Angus and Robertson Top 100 Books of All Time and check out how many you've read!
More than 26,000 votes from the public were received for the poll - the fifth such poll - which features a diverse list of books, including 22 Australian titles.

Added by Jane B on January 14, 2009 at 15:55 — 1 Comment

opac on iphone

District of Columbia Public Library has created an iphone application that allows borrowers to access the library catalogue from their iphone. It allows them to search, see the item cover and place holds. One borrower who downloaded the application from itunes said, 'I think this works better than the web catalog interface! Well done.' Read on

...and if you think that's good check… Continue

Added by Tim on January 14, 2009 at 14:00 — No Comments

What should I read next?

NextReads has the answer... but try also this magic 8 ball application for impatient types...

I typed in Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence... and got back with a list that included a personal favourite, Midnight in Sicily: On Art, Food, History, Travel, and La Cosa Nostra, a book by Australian author Peter Robb (Carravaggio) that… Continue

Added by Bern on January 2, 2009 at 22:00 — No Comments

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