birthday boy • 1912 – Studs Terkel, American writer
1874 – A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroyed much of four villages and killed 139 people.
something new • James L. Swanson’s Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, an 1865 police procedural.
recycled remainders • Random House plans raise the proportion of recycled paper it uses to print books from 3 percent to at least 30 percent.
MV Doulos • the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship now floating bookfair docks in Phuket Thailand.
audio • NPR interviews New Yorker writer Roger Angell about his new memoir, Let Me Finish
much ado • the New Yorker’s Peter Boyer’s take on marketing The Da Vinci Code to Christians : Hollywood Heresy.
worth reading • from Commentary Magazine Bette Howland gives us a great piece on Harry Houdini.
• James Lasdun, a British author who relocated to New York, picked up the first National Short Story Prize for An Anxious Man.
• Alberta author Birk Sproxton has won the $25,000 MacEwan Author’s Award for his memoir and short fiction collection Phantom Lake: North of 54.
• David Bodanis’s Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World was awarded the Aventis prize for science books.
African ‘Booker’ • The five shortlisted writers for this year’s Caine prize for African Writing cover all four corners of the continent, from Morocco to South Africa, Kenya to Nigeria. Unusually for a mixed prize, the list also features just one man.
something new • the Philadelphia Inquirer reviews of Paul Werner’s Museum, Inc.: Inside the Global Art World.