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Book Bits: Steve Jobs, Ann Romney, ‘Ms. Rapscott’s Girls,’ Louise Erdrich

BookBitsThere are days–and this is one of them–when I see headlines I’d rather not see while searching for book news to include here. One of them is 26 arrests after mob beats, burns Afghan woman. For World Poetry Day, UNESCO stated that it hoped poetry could serve as the springboard for a new dialogue between men and women (Item 7). I hope we’re not too late. When I read stories about the abuse and murder of women, literature seems to pale in comparison and make me doubt whether writers will ever bring change. Historically, they have. But in the present, there are days when I wonder.

Today’s Links

  1. becomingNews: Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One, by Brian X Chen and Alexandra Alter – “Steve Jobs prized secrecy from his executives and employees during his tenure at Apple. Now his top lieutenants are speaking out — to help shape the legacy of Steve Jobs.” Apple likes Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. The New York Times
  2. News: Ann Romney to write book on multiple sclerosis battle, by Catalina Camia – “Ann Romney is writing a book about her experiences living with multiple sclerosis, with proceeds going to benefit the center for neurological diseases she helped launch.” USA Today
  3. News: Naomi Klein longlisted for 2015 PEN Literary Award, by Becky Robertson – “Naomi Klein has been longlisted for the biennial PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-fiction for her 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize–winning title, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Knopf Canada).”  Quill & Quire
  4. rapscottReview: Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, by Elise Primavera, reviewed by Deborah Hopkinson  – “Move over, Mary Poppins, and make way for Ms. Rapscott, Headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. Elise Primavera, creator of the popular Auntie Claus books, offers a whimsical tale of a most unusual teacher and her school for girls whose parents are much too busy to be, well, parents. In fact, there’s no need for moms or dads to even bother bringing the girls to school, as the admissions materials include a self-addressed box for safely mailing daughters to campus.”  Book Page
  5. Feature: Independent Bookstore Update, Spring 2015: Doing All Right, by Judith Rosen – “Although the economics of operating an independent bookstore have improved since the end of the Great Recession, running a new store still poses challenges. For the past few years, PW has checked in annually with half a dozen bookstores from across the country that have been open for two years or less to see how they’re faring.”  Publishers Weekly
  6. Viewpoint: How English Ruined Indian Literature, by Aatish Taseer – “A boatman I met in Varanasi last year, while covering the general election that made Narendra Modi prime minister of India, said, ‘When Modi comes to power, we will send this government of the English packing.’ The government of the English! The boatman naturally did not mean the British Raj; that had ended nearly 70 years before. What he meant was its extension through the English-speaking classes in India.”  The New York Times
  7. Feature: On World Day, UNESCO chief hails role of poetry as ‘fundamental expression of peace’– “In today’s uncertain and turbulent world, the power of poetry can help bring women and men together to craft new forms of dialogue, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared today, as she marked the annual observance of World Poetry Day. ” UN News Centre
  8. groovyReview: A Groovy Kind of Love, by Karen Wojcik Berner, reviewed by BigAl – “Since this is the final book planned for this series (yes, I’m disappointed about that), it makes sense to first consider the series as a whole. I’ve loved the concept from the start. I’d describe the books as “loosely coupled,” in that they share characters (the members of a classics book club), but unlike a typical series where each book stands alone and shares characters (think in terms of a mystery or detective series), the Bibliophiles avoids feeling samey. (I know, not a real word, so sue me.) ”  Big Al’s Books and Pals
  9. LouiseENews: Louise Erdrich Receives Library of Congress Prize – “Acclaimed novelist Louise Erdrich has been named the recipient of the 2015 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, given annually to an American fiction writer whose ‘body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but for its originality of thought and imagination.’ A panel of distinguished literary critics and authors recommended Erdrich to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who then selected Erdrich as this year’s winner.”  Poets & Writers

Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Emily’s Stories” and “Conjure Woman’s Cat.”

 

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