Another quiet week here at Casa Kittling. Since it's cooler, I spent part of an afternoon out in the back doing a bit of gardening. I made plans to tackle those chores the night before, and I was in a quandary. I didn't know if I should slather on sunscreen or mosquito repellent. (For some reason I didn't think the two would work well together.) My problem was solved when I woke up in the morning: it was overcast, so I wore long sleeves and a hat... and slathered on anti-bug juice. I came back inside, sweaty but neither bitten nor burned. Score one for me!
This week I've been made (literally) quite ill by some news coming from Glendale, Arizona, another city here in the metropolitan area. Glendale went $25 million in debt by runaway spending on building a huge sports complex they thought would rake in the bucks. Think again, oh Wise Ones. You managed to lose money hosting the Super Bowl. Good move.
Unfortunately that money has to be made up in budget cuts if a recent sales tax increase is overturned. If the sales tax increase is overturned, 25% of the budget cuts will come from its excellent library system. Two libraries will be closed completely, and 55 library staff members will be unemployed. Unless people get out and vote, they will lose their libraries (among other services) because a well-moneyed opposition is determined to overturn the .07% sales tax increase.
If any of you reading this live in Glendale, you undoubtedly love books and will vote to keep the sales tax. But don't let your support stop there. Be vocal about saving your libraries! You'd be surprised at how many people you can influence just by standing up for what you believe in.
On that sour note, let's move to something a bit happier-- the links!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- On the This-Will-Never-Happen-to-Me front, a North Carolina woman spent $10 on a painting at her local Goodwill store. She recently sold it for $27,000. (I guess I should take a look at what's in the store instead of just donating to it, eh?)
- The folks at Barnes and Noble have been busy little beavers this week: they're set to (1) launch a Nook video service in the fall, (2) they've unveiled their redesigned Nook Tablet devices, and (3) they've announced that Nook products will be sold through partnerships with several UK companies, including PC World, Currys, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. (I tend to do my grocery shopping at Sainsbury's when Denis and I are in the UK.)
- Take a look at J.K. Rowling's career by the numbers.
- The 161-year-old Beatrix Potter recipe book goes on sale.
- Arizona-based Poisoned Pen Press announced its first imprint, dedicated to titles for teenagers, called The Poisoned Pencil.
- A book publisher is going to court to recoup large advances from prominent writers.
- A Sikh woman turns a cyber bullying incident into inspiration. Good for her!
- The world's largest Ferris wheel is coming to Staten Island.
- It's time for the 2012 edition of Pop Culture Nerd's My Life According to Books. This is so much fun that I hope you'll all participate. Mine will be coming soon!
- Sometimes we're the Rodney Dangerfields of the book world. One of the Booker Prize judges claims that book bloggers are harming literary criticism, but we do have a defender. My take? I think this world is big enough for us all, and there's no need for mud-slinging.
I ♥ Lists
- 10 of the creepiest ghosts in literature
- 10 evil women in literature
- Publishers Weekly says that October 2 is the best book day of 2012 with 32 books coming out that we should be excited about.
- 10 best narrators in literature
- 10 famous authors who dropped out of school
- The perfect tableware for bookaholics
- A reader's loft in Stockholm
- Perfect sheets for bedtime reading
That's it for this week. Stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!