Button Day*

today’s excuse • My stress has been manifesting as physical aliments, nausea, vomiting, back ache, migraines. Dealing with my mother gives me stress. Ergo my mother makes me ill. As well as the stream of agency reps, that have been arriving to assess my mother’s mental health. I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it.

events •
30th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (ABAA) November 17-19, Boston MA
The Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show, at the Radisson Hotel November 18, Boston MA

calendar •
1835 – Charles Darwin’s voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society
1849 – Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death as a socialist agitator; the sentence will be commuted to four years’ hard labor in Siberia.

birthdays •
1889 – George S. Kaufman, American playwright (d. 1961)
1922 – José Saramago, Portuguese writer is born, Nobel laureate
1930 – Chinua Achebe is born in Ogidi, Nigeria

audio • from NPR – A group of writers has collected more than 800 fading landscape terms in a new book — Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. Their hope is to keep words such as “kiss tank” and “lover’s leap” from going extinct.

mitzvah • In recognition of all our disabled military veterans, Baen Books will provide its books to fans who are blind, paralyzed, or dyslexic, or are amputees, in electronic form free of charge, effective immediately. Many Baen authors are veterans themselves, using a military setting as the setting of their tales. Right now convalescing vets might welcome an exciting, fast-action tale to pass the time.

burn baby burn • Libraries find graphic novels under assault

cookies • The Echo Maker by Richard Powers won the National Book Award for fiction and The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan won for nonfiction.

blog of note • Jeremy Dibbell of Philobiblos has been very productive lately, posting lots of yummy things, that I wish I had gotten to first.

* DAMN . . . I missed Clean out Your Fridge day.

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