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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Literary Tourism: New Bedford, MA

Sperm Whale FinNew Bedford, MA, you say? Where’s that? Well if you’ve read half as much about the New England whaling industry as I have, you’d know. While Ishmael may leave Manhattan Island in “Loomings,” Moby-Dick‘s narrator is heading for Massachusetts—and while he hopes to go to Nantucket, he ends up stuck in New Bedford for a weekend, and ultimately ends up sailing from there. But there’s no reason to be as depressed as Ishmael is to have missed the packet to Nantucket, because New Bedford is an awesome literary place in its own right.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum
Not only does the New Bedford Whaling Museum feature enough art and artifacts to teach the uninitiated what a try-works is or how whaling changed both before and after Melville’s time, but it also has some especially interesting tidbits of New England history you might not be familiar with. If you’re wondering why the New Bedford area has so many Portuguese-style food options, you may find your answer in an exhibit on how the Azorean, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian communities developed very early in this location due to whaling.
You can also visit the last remaining wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NYPL Celebrates Ntozake Shange Play With a Schomburg Center Exhibit

The New York Public Library is hosting the “i found god in myself” exhibit in honor of Ntozake Shange’s play, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. This exhibit was organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the piece’s premiere performance.
Ntozake ShangeIt opened on September 19, 2014 and will run until January 03, 2015. Patrons will be able to find it at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Shange herself (pictured, via) will give a talk at the Schomburg Center on October 15, 2014.
Here’s more about the exhibition: “Turning to the choreopoem not simply as an engaging work of text or drama but as a well of social, political and deeply personal issues affecting the lives of women of color, the exhibition will feature 20 specially commissioned pieces in honor of each individual poem, additional non-commissioned artworks on display at satellite locations that address the work’s themes and archival material donated by Shange. The exhibition’s title is drawn from one of the last lines recited in the finale poem a laying on of hands.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book by Novel Prize in Economics Winner Jean Tirole

Balancing the banks : global lessons from the financial crisis by 

Mathias Dewatripont, Jean-Charles Rochet, and Jean Tirole ; translated by Keith Tribe

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This compact (only 130 pages) but powerful book by three internationally recognized European economists is well worth reading (Dewatripont and Tirole also authored the fundamental The Prudential Regulation of Banks, 1994). The authors offer a thoughtful review of the current global financial crisis and a number of considered recommendations for ameliorating the next and inevitable one. Tirole's chapter 2, "Lessons from the Crisis," which encompasses almost half the book, is especially informative. The last chapter considers ways to deal with distressed banks. Readers will benefit most if they are familiar with modern financial institutions and instruments. --Choice

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Patrick Modiano Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

French author Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, it was revealed Thursday. In its announcement of the prize, the Swedish Academy heralded 69-year old Modiano for “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."   Modiano made his debut in 1968, with La place de l’├ętoile(Gallimard). His major works translated to English include three books from David R. Godine Publishers—Missing Person, Honeymoon, and Catherine Certitude—and Out of the Dark from University of Nebraska Press. A collection of three Modiano novellas, Suspended Sentences, which was slated to be published by Yale University Press in February 2015, but will now be released this November, according to a spokesperson there.
Godine is already experiencing a bump in sales, publicist Megan Sullivan told PW. The press has some stock for all three titles, but will work with Ingram's Lightning Source to replenish as early as next week. This is the second Nobel prize-winner on the Godine list. The Boston-based press also publishes the 2008 winner, J.M.G. Le Cl├ęzio.
Modiano, the 11th literature laureate born in France, according to the Academy, beat out favorites Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Haruki Murakami, and Svetlana Aleksijevitj for the prestigious prize. The award, honoring a body of work, comes with a $1.1 million purse.
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro won the prize in 2013, when she was praised by the Academy as a "master of the contemporary short story."
Note from Library: This one took us by surprise and we have put books by Modiano on order.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘American Sniper’

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘American Sniper’

Warner Brothers has unveiled the official trailer for American Sniper. The video embedded above offers glimpses of lead actor Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
The screenplay is based on Kyle’s memoir. According to Deadline, the story “follows Kyle’s journey from rodeo cowboy to SEAL Chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history.”

Friday, October 3, 2014

Three Million First Printing for Riordan's Finale

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced a three million copy first print run for The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, the fifth and final installment in the author's Heroes of Olympus series.

The Blood of Olympus will be released in print and digital from Disney Publishing’s Disney-Hyperion imprint, and as an audiobook through Listening Library, on October 7. More than 40 million books are currently in print in the U.S. across Riordan’s three series from Disney-Hyperion: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Chart: How long it takes to read the books you’ve been putting off

"I love reading, but there's just no time!"
Chances are good you've heard this excuse or maybe even used it. It's not a bad excuse, either: reading doestake time, and sometimes, it takes lots of it. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, literature worth reading doesn't offer quaint tl;dr summaries. It may be time to implement a strategy to help you get to those books you've been putting off for the past 17 years.
It might be good to start by planning out your reading by the length of time it will take you to finish a book. A nifty infographic from Personal Creations can help here. The website calculated the hours it takes for an average reader — which they define as reading 300 words per minute — to finish 64 of the world's most popular books
Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well will take you just under two hours, which is about the length of a romcom you might watch on Netflix. The Great Gatsby and A Wrinkle in Time will both take you less than three hours. Some books, like Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, will require a slightly longer commitment (six hours), and some, like Gone With the Wind, will require almost an entire day to read.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Great Library Way

Library Way Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

I bet you didn't know that the New York Public Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Library Way this month. You may have no idea where it's even located.
Library Way extends from Park to Fifth avenues along 41st Street. And it's distinguished by 44 bronze sidewalk plaques featuring quotes from the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Julia Alvarez, Mark Twain and Tom Stoppard.
There are actually 98 plaques, according to library spokeswoman Amy Geduldig—an equal number on both sides of 41st Street that are identical to each other. I have to take her word for it, because when we strolled the street Monday afternoon with library officials Ann Thornton and Christopher Platt, we stuck to the north side. (For the full article and samples click here).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Younger Americans and Public Libraries

How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities

Summary of Findings
Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.

This report pulls together several years of research into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities with a special focus on Millennials, a key stakeholder group affecting the future of communities, libraries, book publishers and media makers of all kinds, as well as the tone of the broader culture.