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What Will We Do If Public Libraries No Longer Exist?

Kamila Shamsie 2011 Anisfield-Wolf winner Kamila Shamsie reflects on the availability of literature through the world's public libraries—and what that means for future generations:  "A couple of years ago, after a reading in Karachi, I told off a young man who was asking me to sign a pirated copy of one of my books. Piracy is destroying publishing in Pakistan, I told him. He said he understood but added that because pirated books are cheaper he could buy more of them. It’s not as if Karachi is filled with public libraries, he said."  Shamsie goes on to discuss the rising crisis in London, where 10 percent of all libraries have closed since April 2011. Read the full article here. A commenter on the article added:  "Libraries are important not just for the poor. They work for all of us and... Read More →

Henry Louis Gates Jr On The Importance Of A Good Book

Anisfield-Wolf jury chair Henry Louis Gates has a resume a mile long. And in between his work at Harvard, his successful PBS specials, among his other numerous obligations, he found time to finish "Life On These Shores: Looking At African-American History 1513-2008," an expansive look at the experience of blacks in America from the time of arrival of the free black conquistador Juan Garrido with Ponce de León in 1513 to the election of President Obama in 2008. Gates covers subjects as diverse as NBA great Bill Russell to Malcolm X to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  The reason he's able to write such books on such expansive topics is quite simply, his love for knowledge. In this interview with the Boston Globe, he talks about his love of reading and what books he believes... Read More →

Thinking Of Starting A Book Club With Friends? Here Are Some Tips

For those who enjoy reading books, and enjoy sharing their favorite books with their friends even more, starting a book club amongst friends might be a great option. We've read many tips on starting a book club, but this post from Monica at TheYummyLife details how she's managed to keep her book club going for 25 years. From The Yummy Life blog: There are lots of book clubs out there now, and there's more than one way to run a successful one. I've only had experience with mine, so I'll share how ours is organized and why I believe we've had such endurance. If you are in a book club and have some ideas to share, I'd love to hear from you. 1. Number of members. We've had as many as 18 and as few as 7 active members. You need enough regular members to allow for an absentee or two each... Read More →
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