Monday, September 26, 2011

New website

Byliner is still in beta, but looks interesting...

I'll let them describe themselves:
Byliner is a publishing company and social network built around great stories.
Byliner publishes original narratives by some of the most accomplished writers working today, at lengths that allow them to be read in a single sitting. Called Byliner Originals, these stories typically range between 10,000 and 35,000 words and are available in digital form, with select titles also available as audio or print-on-demand books. They tackle compelling stories from the worlds of culture, technology, politics, business, sports, science, crime, adventure, and more.
On, readers can discover, share, and discuss stories with a community of fellow readers, receive personalized recommendations, and follow their favorite writers — ensuring that they never miss a great read. also acts as a platform for writers, enabling them to connect directly with their audience.
We’ll find you something good to read.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The quote is from the play/movie The History Boys, and the design above is from Design Crush.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Louisa at the Library

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library is presenting a series of events this fall centered around Louisa May Alcott. These events take place mainly at the Central Library downtown, but a couple of them are a little closer to home at the Roswell branch: a Civil War lecture October 1st, and a Noonday Nosh Reading Group discussion of her biography, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman behind Little Women, on October 18th.

Here is the info Margaret Roach sent around to all the Friends:
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is pleased to announce a series of reading, viewing, and discussion programs focused on Louisa May Alcott’s life and the historical and cultural context that inspired her remarkable body of work.
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women is a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen. Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The library received an NEH grant of $2,500 for the program series.
The Library System is presenting a number of programs during September, October and November which will re-introduce audiences to Louisa May Alcott’s story. Programs include a community-wide library event focused on Louisa May Alcott’s life, work, and times; a reading and scholar-led discussion of Alcott’s lesser-known works; a discussion of Alcott as a literary phenomenon and social reformer; and a film screening and discussion of the documentary and biography.
Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few know Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who secretly wrote sensational thrillers, lived at the center of the Transcendentalist and Abolitionist movements, and served as a Civil War army nurse. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s public programs present a story full of fresh insights about Alcott and a new understanding of American culture during her lifetime.
We would like to invite you to attend these exciting programs focused on Louisa May Alcott. The first program, “Transcendental Wild Oats”: Louisa May Alcott and Reform, will be held at the Central Library Wednesday Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Robert  Sattelmeyer will be the guest speaker. 

To see descriptions of all the programs in the Louisa May Alcott series, please visit the webpage here or contact program contact John Wright at 404-730-1745 or We hope you can join us as we explore Louisa May Alcott at our libraries.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two-link Tuesday

Here a couple of interesting reads for the day:

From Salon: Writers Who Don't Read  (an idea that probably doesn't even make much sense to the traditionalists amongst us)

From The Millions: Making Room for Readers (thanks to the above article for taking me to this one - the story about the author's daughter's quest for a library card shouldn't be missed)

Monday, September 5, 2011

The end of summer...

...means the beginning of fall, and looking forward to all the new fall books on the way.  Here are some links to what you have to look forward to:

Must-Read Books of the Fall from the Daily Beast

24 New Releases from The Atlantic

New Books We're Anticipating from New York Magazine

O Magazine's Fall Reading List

Gawker's Guide

If you love food and cooking, Huffington Post has a list just for you here

And one link to look back with: What did you really read this summer? from Salon.