We are heartened by all who, in the face of losing so much after Sandy, have taken the time to return their books—in whatever condition, and just as equally moved by their eagerness to find something new to check out!
I really think people should stop referring to self-publishing as ‘vanity’ publishing. In this day and age, people self-publish for many reasons - wanting full control over their work, wanting to cut out the middle-man, etc. - not just because they can’t get published by a ‘real’ publisher. I…
I couldn’t agree more. I happened to read this post just after I checked my email, where I read about this event taking place at UPenn’s Kelly Writers House next week: “BOOKMAKING FOR WRITERS AND DABBLERS: A Bookbinding Workshop.” In the zine world I inhabit we already know that DIY publishing efforts are legit, of course, but seeing things like this gives me confidence that other folks out there know it too.
But then again, honestly, you know what? There’s a part of Ariel Gore’s wonderful book How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead where she encourages people to try making a zine or self-publishing in some other way, and she says: “If anybody sneers and calls it ‘vanity’ publishing, tell them to fuck off. These people are killjoys at best, jealous wannabes at worst.”
Librarians: do you include self-published items in your collection? Why or why not?
NILDA, as a pioneering novel, captures the unique cultural experiences of New York’s Puerto Ricans in the 1940’s and therefore secures a solid place in the history of our literature as such. It still resonates decades later because its cultural depictions of family, love, individual pride, and resilience in the face of hardship still matter. (via LATINOPIA BOOK REVIEW NICHOLASA MOHR “NILDA” | latinopia.com)
My library currently has 2, and soon to be 3, book groups for adults. We have been having a little trouble getting the numbers up, and I’ve realized that we might have a branding issue on our hands. See, they are currently called “non fiction book group,” “graphic book group,” and “nothing” (which is a group for moms that hasn’t started yet.)
So I need some help coming up with creative names for these groups! they all meet on-site (for now, though we might be moving the graphic group) and they are aWESOME and not getting enough attention. I think a catchy name for each would help, but… I have no more ideas.
So, librarian tumblr brain trust, what clever names have y’all got up your sleeves that are perfect for a small suburban library nonfiction, graphic, or mommy book group?
Nonfiction group: “True Story” or “True Stories” (yes, I’m a huge fan of the David Byrne movie)
Graphic group: “Worth a Thousand Words” (as in, a picture’s worth)
Mommy group: “Readin’ and Breedin’” (alright, that’s a terrible name. Do y’all have any suggestions?)
You guys, I might barf. My book is here! It’s “out” now, and available for purchase from the publisher, Microcosm, or from Amazon, and maybe other places too. I’ve also got a couple boxes of copies all for myself, so I’m going to bring some to the reading tomorrow and I think I’ll put some up on my etsy shop as well. They look so pretty, I’m really excited.
Be sure to pick up a copy of White Elephants, the new book from Philly zinester Katie Haegele. (Librarians: purchase it via Microcosm for discount pricing on large orders.)
Andrew Carnegie built an impressive 2,509 libraries around the turn of the 20th century. Now Rick Brooks and Todd Bol are on a mission to top his total with their two-foot by two-foot Little Free Libraries.
The diminutive, birdhouse-like libraries, which Brooks and Bol began installing in Hudson and Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009, are typically made of wood and Plexiglas and are designed to hold about 20 books for community members to borrow and enjoy. Offerings include anything from Russian novels and gardening guides to French cookbooks and Dr. Seuss.