cool tool • The Bookman is a bookshelf in the shape of a man and is a highly decorative piece of furniture as well as a sculpture and costs about $1700.
1851 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.
birthday girl • 1939 – Margaret Drabble, English novelist
birthday boy • 1949 – Ken Follett, Welsh author
new playbook •Scholastic will donate one book to school libraries for each new or slightly used children’s book donated at Dodger Stadium in conjunction with Monda’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets.
out of the ashes • Experts from Brigham Young University are using high-tech methods to expose the blackened script of Europe’s oldest surviving “book.” The Derveni papyrus, a fourth-century B.C. religious discourse, was charred in an ancient funeral pyre, making portions of the text unreadable.
worth reading • the Las Vegas Review Journal has an editorial about the Librarians speaking out against the Patriot Act.
“To say this all has a chilling effect on the freedom of Americans to write and read what we please is like saying the Titanic is overdue. What is the recommended procedure now, if Americans want to buy or read a book which our own government might consider “suspicious” or “terrorist-related”? Whether the would-be reader is a college kid preparing a report, a journalist on assignment, or a novelist researching his or her next story line, dare we head to the library and borrow books on demolitions, hijackings, power plants and nuclear fission? Is it OK if you name is Thomson or Jones but not if it’s Faisal or Bashir?”