. J.K. Rowling the co-arbiter of what’s important in life, gave us this list: which is probably the only time you will ever see Beatrix Potter cheek to jowl with Joseph Heller.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Tale of Two Bad Mice – Beatrix Potter
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
In 1969, two librarians and a publisher happened to notice that no African-American had ever been awarded a Newbery and Caldecott Award, so in an exercise of the separate by equal doctrine they invented The Coretta Scott King Award. Past winners have included Mildred Taylor, Virginia Hamilton and Julius Lester.
On the flip side – Fiddy Cent is keepin’ it real by writin’ us some chillin’s books.
Big surprise: Continuing its effort to build the world’s largest library, Google has expanded its Book Search program to the European theater. Scanning hundreds of thousands of non-English language books into its gaping maw.