WWK Blogger Paula Gail Benson has two short stories running in Kings River Life Magazine this weekend, "Pelican Spring" and "The Mama Factor." Both are Mother's Day short stories. You can read them by going to: http://kingsriverlife.com/category/kings-river-reviewers/terrific-tales/
Linda Rodriguez is a finalist in two categories for the International Latino Book Awards (given out at BEA the end of May)--one for Every Last Secret and one for editing Woven Voices: 3 Generations of Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (with Gloria Vando, Anika Paris, and Anita Velez-Mitchell). Congratulations, Linda!
The second SinC Guppy anthology, Fish Nets, has been released by Wildside Press. WWK authors, Gloria Alden, Warren Bull, Kara Cerise and E. B. Davis have short stories in this volume, which can be bought at Wildside Press, the usual retailers and will be available at the Malice Domestic Conference. Look for "the story behind the stories" on May 1 here!
Upcoming Salad Bowl Saturdays include authors Sasscer Hill on 5/18 and Carolyn Mulford on 5/25. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, send a message to Jim Jackson at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I LOVE libraries! I love being surrounded by so many books, knowing that I could step into a different world, by simply choosing a different one. I liked libraries when I was a kid, and read a lot, but like turned into love when I decided to pare down my selection of books at home.
I had read a book called Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, and there was a section that talked about people looking for love. It mentioned how hard it can be for people to find a mate when they surround themselves with books; especially when those books are placed in the "Relationships" Bagua . Since books dominated most of the free spaces around my apartment, I figured that was part of my problem; the other part being that I just hadn't met the right guy up to that point.
When I started to cull my collection, I realized that I had kept books that I had no intention of ever reading again. Not that I didn’t enjoy the books—those I simply got rid of right away—but in most cases, I felt no need to go back and reread the story. After cleaning my shelves of books whose pages I didn’t plan to open again, I began going to the library. The benefits were two-fold: 1) I was able to save money by not buying a book I'd only read once; and 2) I was able to search the library's shelves for older titles by some of my newly-found favorite authors. I was living in Chicago at the time, so I even had the network of all Chicago area libraries at my disposal. They were willing to do the legwork for me and let me know when a book I wanted came from a distant location.
But not only was I able to check out books there; music, movies, and even learning a foreign language were all ripe for my choosing. In this day and age, where entertainment moguls like to scream about the evils of media piracy, I want to point out to them that libraries have been “pirating” books for centuries. And, if the book swaps I’ve been to are any indication, publishers don’t seem to be in too much danger from people not buying hard copies.
Another reason I love libraries is that you can physically touch the books. There’s something satisfying about feeling an actual book in my hand, as opposed to reading the words on a computer screen. Because I spend eight hours a day staring at a computer screen at work—not to mention the hours at home—I don’t want to put any more strain on my eyes than I already do. Plus, as Ruthie says in the above cartoon, there’s a wonderful smell to books that you just can’t get from a piece of plastic and bunch of electrical parts.
Yes siree, Bob! Whether it’s for research purposes, or a chance to experiment with a new author, a library suits my needs to a “T.”
How about you? What do you enjoy most about a library?
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