National Aviation Day.

birthdays • 1902 – Ogden Nash, American poet (d. 1971)
The Dog

The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I’ve also found, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest.

Ogden Nash

event • Western author Elmer Kelton of San Angelo is among Texas writers who will be participating in the sixth annual West Texas Book and Music Festival Sept. 19-23 in Abilene.

mitzvah •
rare books dealer William Reese donating $100K to restore Yale’s map collection.

something new • from NPR a piece on the Magician and the Cardsharp. Author Karl Johnson documents Vernon’s quest to find the one man who was able to perform the holy grail of card tricks — the so-called “center deal,” dealing a specific card from anywhere in the deck, undetected.

audio • From NPR’s Fresh Air – Biographer Michael Juergs talks about the admission of Nobel prize-winner novelist Gunter Grass that he served in the Waffen SS during World War II.

naughty • former chairman of the board of J. Paul Getty Trust, David Gardner has returned nearly $100,000 of the money he was paid to write a coffee-table book on the history of the arts institution after he left the board in 2004 but never produced.

incredibly naughty • Thieves steal books from a library display of stolen and damaged books.

slow news • from the Guardian – a document uncovered by Spanish historians claims Christopher Columbus, was a greedy and vindictive tyrant who saved some of his most violent punishments for his own followers.

event calendar – August 19

OH • 19th Annual Cincinnati Book Fair
UK • Scot Edinburgh International Book Festival
UK • Discworld Convention 2006
FN • Finncon 2006

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