National Watermelon Day

birthday boys •
1904 –
Clifford D. Simak, American author (d. 1988)
1924 – Leon Uris, American novelist (d. 2003)

birthday girl • 1920 P.D. James, English novelist

talking head • Mother Jones magazine interviews Wole Soyinka

going digital • University of California is in talks to join Google’s controversial project to digitize great libraries and offer books online.

distopia alert • A young Tibetan writer was secretly sentenced to ten years in jail over a book he never published.

something new • the Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville has released a new title, “Louisa Solano and the Grolier Bookstore.” Solano ran the famed Grolier Poetry book Store in Harvard Square for more than 30 years. This book has anecdotes from various poets who patronized the store, plus an exclusive interview with Solano where she recounts her contacts with such writers and poets as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell and many others.

cookies • ILAB has announced the 2 winners of the 14th ILAB prize for Bibliography:
John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the 19th Century by Arthur and Janet Freeman and A Bibliography of 17th century Numismatic Books by Christian Dekesel

audio • NPR’s On Point talks to Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia.

food for thought • from NPR Scott Peacock, executive chef at Watershed Restaurant and author of The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from two Southern Chefs, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the late Edna Lewis’ southern cooking classic, Taste of Country Cooking.

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