Archive: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Bullseye! Corporate Funding for Books

Corporate funding for the arts is ubiquitous. Go to the opera or symphony in any U.S. city, and -- no matter how crummy the performance -- you'll find lots of proud corporate donors acknowledged in the program or announcements. Ditto for museum shows, edgy theatrical troupes, modern dance, ballet and...

By Alan Cooperman | October 3, 2008; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Books That Are Stuck on My Shelves

Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books -- it's the letting go that's the difficult part. During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I've certainly had my fair share of them...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 2, 2008; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (10)

Heating Up the Stacks

Recently, my 17-year-old daughter and her friends went out to dinner and then over to Barnes & Noble. They bought a Harlequin romance novel by Jill Shalvis called Flashback and spent the rest of the night in our basement reading it aloud, laughing their heads off and eating ice cream....

By Ron Charles | October 1, 2008; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (2)

Kids Do Read, After All

Every year at the National Book Festival, I am struck with the same realization: Some kids are just mad about books. I mean, quavering voice mad, tears in eyes mad, please, oh, please, oh, please sign my book, you are my FAVORITE author mad. You expect this sort of adoration...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | September 29, 2008; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

On the Coattails of Sir Salman

There was something miraculous about the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. this past Saturday. Out on the Mall, that long grassy stretch between the U.S. Capitol and the monuments, we had expected torrential and unrelieved rain. The Weather Channel had told us so. The airports, we were also warned,...

By Marie Arana | September 29, 2008; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (2)


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