Plush Animal Lover's Day

Sorry folks. I had a touch of food poisoning which laid me out for 2 days, and that kicked off a super migraine which kept me horizontal with a jackhammer in my head for another day.

birthdays •
1818 Ivan Turgenev, Russian writer born
1903 – Evelyn Waugh, English writer born
1938 – Anne Perry, English-born novelist born

events •
LA –
Louisiana Book Festival – Baton Rouge
LA – New Orleans Bookfair – New Orleans
NJ – Princeton Antiquarian Book Fair – Lawrenceville
TX – 2006 Texas Book Festival – Austin

great blue hope • U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, promoting his latest book at the Texas Book Festival, got a rock star’s reception Saturday at a venue that’s usually much less welcoming of Democrats: the Texas Capitol. Personally, I like him for one reason – he’s articulate, that puts him way ahead of most politicians, celebrities, journos and bloggers.

naughty naughty • South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer was assaulted at home in Johannesburg by three men who locked her in a store room and robbed her of cash and jewellery – she was unharmed.

audio •
from NPR John McChesney discusses how Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ still resonates after 50 years.

from NPR Susan Stamberg Gathering Poems from Carl Sandburg’s ‘Great Period’

obit of note • Theodore Taylor at 85, author of the Cay.

talking head • from the Miami Herald a piece about young adult fantasist Tamora Pierce.

cookies • Welsh novelist Rachel Trezise is first winner of £60,000 Dylan Thomas award the UK’s highest-paying and restricted to work by writers under 30

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