A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
The audiobook version of George Saunders's new novel Lincoln in the Bardo will feature 166 different readers.
Oh, Christ: "Digital literacy is hot." I have been bored by the subject of digital literacy ever since attending library school, lo those many eons ago. Mainly because no one seems able to define it and it seems impossible to teach. Also: talk about beating your head against a wall. Ever tried to explain to hundreds of college freshman why they might want to check some other sources in addition to Wikipedia? I have, and it's an uphill journey. (Related: "On clickbait culture.")
The new buzz for 2017: Personalization?
Display idea: "What your neighbor is reading." I'm all for new display ideas and when I worked in the library I loved to pull books to check out for myself from the returns bin (after making sure no one else was waiting for them, of course), but something about that heading creeps me out.
You're reading Becky at RA for All, right? This week she had a great post about the RA resource "Notes from the Field," about helping readers find what they want.
It's official: They're making a Goosebumps 2.
Fifty Shades: The musical?
"Lost City of Z" (based on the David Grann nonfiction book): Trailer.
"Trainspotting 2": a review (it won't open here until the end of March).
Celebrating the "best movie about books ever made."
ALA Midwinter galley guide now available.
The Buzz Books list for 2017 is now available from Publishers Lunch.
National Book Critics Circle Awards: Finalists. I'm not too excited or disappointed about these lists. I've not read many of the titles up for consideration! I must remedy that. I'm pulling a bit for the Matthew Desmond, but for some reason I just don't think the Shirley Jackson bio by Ruth Jackson deserves the award.
Edgar Awards: Nominees.
2017 Walter Dean Myers Award: Winner.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Nonfiction kids' series "for reluctant readers."
New York Times: Novelist Douglas Preston in the jungle; Jonathan Chait on whether Obama's accomplishments will hold up; what do members and supporters of ISIS really want?; a book on "college sex culture," God help us; a life of the poet Rumi; a new take on Darwin and the American kerfuffle about evolution; a linguist has written a book on "Black English".
IndieBound: bestselling books the week of Jan. 19.
9 books to inspire you in 2017.
7 highly anticipated book adaptations to come in 2017.
MY READING NOTES
I'm still plowing through the second volume of the massive Frank Sinatra biography by James Kaplan. I want to give it up but am driven to finish.
I've had Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, A Marriage (by Molly Wizenberg, author of the Orangette food blog and the memoir A Homemade Life) from the library for about two months now, and I'm going to have to quit. I made it nearly 100 pages in and then realized I no longer had the energy to read about good-looking newlyweds in their twenties following their foodie dream of opening a pizza restaurant in Seattle. I mean sure, they include pictures and recipes and an epitaph from Wendell Berry, but I'm just not in the mood.
The CRjrs and I are midway through Little House on the Big Prairie, and are leaving in the word "Indian," although we've covered that now the preferred term is "Native Americans." Oh well. As Mr. CR often threatens, I'll be the one taking the phone calls from school.
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN POST