libros libres • Project Gutenberg and World eBook Library plan to make “a third of a million” e-books available free for a month at the first World eBook Fair. Downloads will be available at the fair’s Web site from July 4, the 35th anniversary of Project Gutenberg’s founding, through Aug. 4.
1897 – Mark Twain, responding to rumors that he was dead, is quoted by the New York Journal as saying, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
birthday girl • 1913 – Barbara Pym, English novelist (d. 1980)
dig this • The remains of Nathaniel Hawthorn’s wife Sophia Peabody and their daughter Una will be brought across the Atlantic and reinterred in the Hawthorne family plot at Sleepy Hollow cemetery in Concord, where the author himself was buried in 1864.
scribble scribble scribble • November is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Gee! and then you can slide over to BlogBinders and have your very own novel! in from booksallover.com
super shopping • a Sotheby’s customer set a world record for handwritten 18thc correspondence, paying $750,000 (£400,000) for 26 letters sent by the French philosopher Voltaire to the Russian Empress Catherine the Great.
worth a read • Americana Exchange has a , unfortunately it’s not the type of relationships I was looking to read about. 8(
naughty naughty • Ireland’s Law Library is at the mercy of light-fingered lawyers.
banktoaster • do-it-yourself mosquito trap made from a 2 litre bottle and the most basic of supplies, this is DEFINITELY a keeper!