goes around, comes around • Publishing and exhibitions giant Reed Elsevier has lost two major shareholders because of its arms fairs which promote weapons and devices used for torture, according to the Telegraph newspaper.

another one bites the dust • From the Herald – The demise of David Flatman Ltd (known as Bargain Books or Bookworld) represents the failure of the last home-grown Scottish book retailer.

talking head •
New Zealand Herald interviews travel writer Bill Bryson, who muses on writing a travel book about New Zealand. Hey bill could write about traveling to east bumbfuck and I’d buy it.

and on it goes • The Miami Heralds Spanish on line version reported that the book Discovering Cultures, Cuba, another textbook on Cuba has “kidnapped” by the Committee of Concerned Parents, without the approval of the education authorities of Miami Dade public schools system. The removal of the book on Cuba joins similar actions staged against two other books, Let s Go to Cuba and Cuban Kids, which anti Cuban organizations have been trying to take out of Miami-Dade s public schools since last year. I can’t find it in the English version of the Miami Herald but that doesn’t mean it’s not in the Spanish version.

obit of note • from the NYT – Joseph Low, an illustrator who did absurdist covers for The New Yorker and won Caldecott honors for the children’s book Mice Twice, died on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 95.

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