Gunpowder Day (Guy Fawkes Day)

events •
1605 –
Guy Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I of England, and most of the Protestant aristocracy. Way to bite off more than you can chew guys.
1893 – Willa Cather, 20, begins for which she is paid $1 per column
1924 – Simon & Schuster publishes their first book which is also the first US crossword puzzle book
1930 – When Sinclair Lewis gets a phone call from a Swedish newspaper reporter telling him he is the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Lewis thinks it is a prank.

birthday •
1885 – Will Durant, historian North Adams, Massachusetts. (d.1981)
1895 – Charles MacArthur, American journalist, dramatist, screenwriter (d.1956)

something to read • an appreciation of I. F. Stone by Ron Radosh

lost and found • from NPR – Sergei Prokofiev’s diaries held by Soviet authorities for decades, will soon be published in English.

audio • this week’s Studio 360 talks about the history and status of the nuclear threat, including an interview with Richard Rhodes the author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb as well as a look at political comedy, that includes an interview with Jules Feiffer.

video • streaming video makes available the 39 minute film originally produced by the Royal College of Art, London in 1968, of the restoration of books damaged by the devastating flood in Florence, Italy in 1966.


Video site YouTube attracts book trailers

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) — A chapter from a new novel by U.S. crime author Michael Connelly has been adapted as a short film for the YouTube Web site as a promotional piece. The first chapter of the detective novel Echo Park was made into a 10-minute clip that entices viewers to “find out what happens next” by picking up the book. Although made out of paper and with no animation, Echo Park has the advantages of only one working part and no batteries required. Connelly told the Los Angeles Times Saturday it appeared the plan worked as sales spiked after the video became available. The Times said a few other books have tried the same approach with encouraging results, and advertising analysts see the strategy as a means of building up pre-release buzz for books in the same way video trailers promote new movies.

video • Youtube – 9 minute trailer for Connelly’s Echo Park

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