Bern's Blog (39)

Staff picks - July 2011

Bevan, Christopher J.

A Kinchela boy : a novel.


Blain, Georgia.

Too close to home.



Added by Bern on June 28, 2011 at 13:17 — No Comments

Killing fairies & The Lighter Side of...Strumpets: reasons to read romance fiction

My friend @VaVeros reads romance.

Romance?! ... why?! ...

So she told me.


Added by Bern on April 28, 2011 at 13:23 — No Comments

Staff picks - May 2011

Recommended Library Reading List - May 2011

Fforde, Jasper.

One of our Thursdays is missing.


Rothfuss, Patrick.



Added by Bern on April 28, 2011 at 12:36 — No Comments

Staff picks - April 2011

Jones, Gail.

Five bells.


Franklin, Tom.

Crooked letter, crooked letter.



Added by Bern on March 29, 2011 at 11:03 — No Comments

Happy Birthday Wikipedia

The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit is 10 years old. I refer to it almost every day. Three cheers for Wikipedia.

This is what culture looks like, a process of argument, of dissenting and accreting opinion, of gradual codification. And for the first time in history, we're building a system that, perhaps only for a brief time but certainly for the moment, is capable of recording and making use of every single one of…


Added by Bern on January 31, 2011 at 14:44 — No Comments

Recommended Reading for October 2010


Added by Bern on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

Recommended Reading for September 2010


Added by Bern on September 7, 2010 at 16:47 — No Comments

People Sleeping in Libraries

What are libraries good for? Zzzzz...

Added by Bern on August 18, 2010 at 21:31 — No Comments

"There's real love in that novel"

I feel that the novel is anchored by Manolis [the Greek patriarch], and by the teenage Connie and Richie [her gay best friend]. These are two generations that offer an optimism. Manolis is my father's generation. He espouses values and beliefs that are outrageous. But he does have a system of honour and I wish we could create a language for it. Also Richie and Connie – I'm sure it…

Added by Bern on August 13, 2010 at 16:32 — No Comments

Give people 140 characters and they'll take a mile

Like any other kind of literature, Twitter lit — or Twitterature, to borrow the title of a recent book that condensed literary classics into tweet form — has its strengths, rules and tropes. Twitter is pure voice, an exercise in implying character through detail and tone. Halpern's…

Added by Bern on June 29, 2010 at 22:07 — 2 Comments

World Cup of Books

This weekend the 19th FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa. Three years ago, 204 nations entered the competition. 32 have reached the finals.

If you were to recommend one book (fiction) that best represented each country - which would you choose? Can we come up with a list of 32 books?

Here are the nations involved:


Added by Bern on June 9, 2010 at 17:45 — 4 Comments

André Kertész: On Reading

André Kertész (1894-1985) was one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium's history. This small volume On Reading, first published in 1971, became one of his signature works. Taken between 1920 and 1970, these photographs capture…


Added by Bern on May 13, 2010 at 15:41 — No Comments

Yoko reads: Book recommendations by Yoko Ono

What's on Yoko Ono's book shelf?

Added by Bern on April 26, 2010 at 16:03 — No Comments

David Garcia - investigations on space and books

Archive I is a weight balance library,the readers chair is elevated in proportion to the amount of books in the…


Added by Bern on April 25, 2010 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

A lot of men, villages, dogs and the Norwegian for 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'

Corner shop

This is about what happens when rich, well-traveled, and well-educated children from a tiny Viking country covered in forest grow up and try to write fiction.

Into the Woods - a look at contemporary…

Added by Bern on April 23, 2010 at 9:04 — No Comments

What happens when you make words cheap and accessible to everyone

The Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting piece on How the Paperback Novel Changed Popular Literature.

Allen Lane stated that he “believed in the existence…of a vast reading public for intelligent books at a low price, and staked everything on it.”…

Added by Bern on April 12, 2010 at 18:07 — No Comments

Liam Wyatt at Mosman Library

This week we’re kicking off a monthly series of talks on digital culture with an exploration of…


Added by Bern on March 15, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

There's still a use for encyclopedias

Come along to Mosman Library on Thursday 18 March, 6pm-8pm, for Everything you wanted to know about Wikipedia but were too afraid to ask.

Added by Bern on March 2, 2010 at 21:17 — 1 Comment

A Tortilla is Like Life


Added by Bern on February 6, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments


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