Happy Banned Books Week

Today marks the beginning of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. Yes, I know it’s the end of a week. I don’t schedule these things. So in observance of this event and as a nod to our pesky, worldwide-riot-inducing first amendment rights, I’ll be posting passages from banned books, past and present. Let’s start . . . 

What is lost with ebooks

I don’t have an e-reader yet. I’m not one of those old school holdouts, clinging to my cassette tape collection and trashing every new technology just because it’s new. I’d buy an iPad if I had the spare cash and I see the advantages of the format. The book collection takes up a lot less . . . 

Cracked Walnut Reading

Enjoy fine coffee and even better artists tonight at Common Roots Cafe (2558 Lyndale, Minneapolis) with the Cracked Walnut Reading Series! Cracked Walnut has been getting all kinds of great press lately and rightfully so; it’s a genuinely unique reading series where writers take to the streets–or funeral homes, or markets, or coffee shops–and bring . . . 

Talking Volumes

Tickets are on sale to the general public today for the 2012 Talking Volumes author series. I highly recommend checking out the September 18th event with Junot Díaz. A visiting writer to Hamline University several years ago, Díaz was by far the most entertaining writer I’ve ever heard lecture. And I suppose his Pulitzer is nothing to . . . 

Everyone wants to be a librarian

Despite the widely acknowledged e-book takeover of the book business, apparently there is a bibliophile phenomenon sweeping the country: private libraries. It’s the latest trend in housing and, for a mere $3k-100K, you too can show off your own professionally-designed, literary digs. Check out the Wall Street Journal’s report on the home library craze. Now, for . . .