The Week In Books: Reading Rainbow Returning, Kobo E-Reader, Obama Talks Hometown Bookstore, Is The Book Prize Bad For Writing?
Sorry for being so late with my post today. I'm in full roustabout mode at work and it kind of slipped my weary mind. Late than never. Late than never.
The Return Of Reading Rainbow "In The Works"
Per a GalleyCat post from earlier this week, Levar Burton tweeted this week that a new version of his classic kids book show, Reading Rainbow, is under development.
This is really positive news. As much as the earnest show has suffered at the hands of hipster kitsch and sarcasm, the kids program was was wonderful for promoting reading and a wide variety of children's literature authors.
There isn't enough book oriented programing on television, even considering PBS.
I know. I know. Everyone who has posted about this story has said that already, but I can't help but want to do so too.
Kobo is producing an e-reader that will retail at half the price of the Amazon Kindle. That's about all that's being said about it, but this Hot Hardware article is worth the read.
Obama Nostalgic About His Old Bookstore
Nice article about the President shopping at one of his old haunts, Prairie Lights Bookstore. Per Washington Post.
Every time I get excited about an article like this I remember that books, and especially bookselling, is almost relegated to the level of being a "cause" these days. The Booker Prize Is Ruining Fiction?
A somewhat passive question being asked by Gil Hornby in the UK Telegraph. While not exactly an original question, as writers have been protesting awards for years (See 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature), it is yet a bold one these days.
And with that I'll leave you with some inspirational music for your weekend reading.
There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space."