National Mud Pack Day

1868 – First edition of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is published.

birthdays •
1924 – Truman Capote, American author
1953 – S.M. Stirling, Canadian-born author

event • 23rd Montreal Antiquarian Book Fair

worth reading • Steven Rinella files this blog post from the Montana Festival of the Book

audio • Barry Lopez does a reading from his new book Home Ground at the Montana Festival.

novel idea • Borders starts an online book club, book clubs without the ‘club’ what’s next, book clubs without the books?

idiot alert • A mother’s recent attempt to solicit donations and money for an elementary teacher’s classroom library is against school district policy in Pascagoula Mississippi.

obit of note • Norman Lewis, 93, wrote 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary and Word Power Made Easy.

new tune • Placido Domingo is writing The Joy of Opera to be published in 2009

something new • a new edition of Ptolemy’s Geography which clearly includes maps which depicted a world that was round.

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