Miscellaneous

Tricks and Treats

Tricks and Treats

by Jas Faulkner If you’re reading this not long after it was written (October 31st, 2013)  you have probably seen the many reports about an anonymous woman in North Dakota who declared that she was indeed passing out candy, but not to children she deemed “moderately obese”.  They would get[Read More…]

Marketing Books to Boys

Marketing Books to Boys

One of the members of a children’s literature listserv send a query to the group.  She explained that she was writing historical fiction and that the setting of her book was the South during the Great Depression.  One of her characters was a teenage boy who was poor, athletic and[Read More…]

by October 16, 2013 Miscellaneous, News & Opinions
Stunning Image of the Detroit Public Library

Stunning Image of the Detroit Public Library

–  the Mark Twain branch of the Detroit Public Libraries Feel free to comment on this below. stunning image by Brandon Davis  via: The Norman Crane

by October 15, 2013 Miscellaneous
The Joy of Cookbooks

The Joy of Cookbooks

I’m into porn. Cookbook porn. It’s a terrible habit. I have the basics: Betty, Julia, Fanny. I have the stuff that’s a little off: Nigella, Bobby, even a Canadian named Laura. Then there are the extremes: Silver Palate, Babycakes, Death By Chocolate. It’s a guilty pleasure. I savor each cookbook[Read More…]

by September 24, 2013 Books & Mags, Miscellaneous
What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

by Jas Faulkner It might seem like a needless bit of sophistry to contemplate the evolution of the definition of  “book.”  We all know what makes up a book, right?  Say the word, “book” and the immediate association for most is still an aggregate of leaves bearing printed information, bound[Read More…]

Book Censorship Explored Through A Bette Davis Film

Book Censorship Explored Through A Bette Davis Film

Clicking on Turner Classic Movies the other day, an unfamiliar film starring Bette Davis crossed the screen. It had been on for at least 20 minutes, and I hate entering a film after it’s begun, but it caught my attention because Davis was a small town librarian who apparently was[Read More…]

by September 17, 2013 Miscellaneous
Fear of Math Or, How I Became an Amazon Reseller

Fear of Math Or, How I Became an Amazon Reseller

On a warm June day eight years ago I received a phone call from the director of a summer school program.  I had worked as a librarian in the program for three years and assumed my application had been accepted for the upcoming summer session scheduled to begin in two[Read More…]

by September 17, 2013 Miscellaneous, Selling on Amazon
Subculture Spoken Here! (Hint: They read! You can sell them books!)

Subculture Spoken Here! (Hint: They read! You can sell them books!)

by Jas Faulkner Fifteen years ago I was browsing in the graphic novels section at Media Play, a now-defunct retailer in Madison, Tennessee.  I had just picked up a trade paperback of Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, when a young girl who had stepped up to look through the same shelves[Read More…]