Friday, April 23, 2010

More Things I'd Like to See This Weekend on C-SPAN's Book TV

For a while I did a feature here called "Things I'd Like to See This Weekend on C-SPAN's Book TV," which offered a take on recent publishing news.  Then I stopped doing it because I got lazy.

Yesterday I wasn't lazy for a while so I did another one, only this one's on The Huffington Post.  It looks at:
The London Book Fair (sparsely populated)

A notorious Australian cookbook (offensive recipes)

Danielle Steel (apparently her larcenous assistant thought it was spelled "steal"), and

A "Jersey Shore" book tie-in (those people have never even read a book so why are they writing one?)
Hope you'll take a look.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Song of the Volcano

The giant ash cloud caused by the eruption of the Icelandic volcano led to all kinds of chaos throughout Europe, but for the publishing industry it specifically impacted the London Book Fair, which took place earlier this week.  Because of travel restrictions and canceled flights, attendance at the fair was down dramatically this year.  Most Americans planning to attend never got off the ground and spent the week at the office as usual.

This event is a disaster by any measure and has had serious ramifications for a lot of people, but there have also been some lighter takes on the situation--like the diagram by Information is Beautiful comparing the daily CO2 output of the volcano vs. the European airline industry.  Or this image posted by Miss Daisy Frost showing the London Book Fair as a volcano.

My own contribution, over on Classics Rock!, was a consideration of volcano-related songs.  But in keeping with the mission of Classics Rock!--songs based on books--these are songs inspired by literary volcanoes.  There are compositions based on Under the Volcano, The Last Days of Pompeii, Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings, Journey to the Center of the Earth...

I hope you'll check it out (and alert me to any I missed).  Also:  A thank you to Shelf Awareness for the shout-out.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Diet & Fitness Books of the Bible

At this holiest time of the year, ask yourself:  Do I exercise religiously?  Or do I indulge in sinful desserts? 

Either way, you should be aware of the many weight-loss and exercise books that are appropriate to the season.  Books like Psweatin' to the Psalms, Pontius Pilates, and Take and Eat This, Not That.  Books designed to help you maintain the corporal while you're focusing on the spiritual.

You'll find a complete list of Diet & Fitness Books of the Bible on McSweeney's.

Remember to keep the faith!  And keep trim while you're doing it.