Sunday Salon: Why the Booker Short List Ruins my Reading and Other Bookish Items

I’m one of those people who get excited over the Man Booker Prize.  Almost every year, once the long list is announced, I head over the my local library to get as many of the nominated books as I can.  Typically, there are a few not yet available in America, and there are a couple my library doesn’t have yet. So I check out two … Continue reading Sunday Salon: Why the Booker Short List Ruins my Reading and Other Bookish Items

Jane Austen Read A-Long: Pride and Prejudice

How is everyone doing so far? I should be completing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice late this evening or tomorrow night.  My reading time has been limited this week by the start of school.  As the old prostitute said, it’s not the work, it’s the commute.  Mine was made worse when the district I work for decided to start school later. Something about improved learning for high … Continue reading Jane Austen Read A-Long: Pride and Prejudice

Making Books with Jane Austen

I spent this past week, the last of my summer vacation, at the Center for the Book in San Francisco  taking a four-course intensive book binding class.  We learned how to make the four bindings shown in the picture here; Coptic, flat-back case, limp paper and rounded back case. I’ve been making my own books for many years now, following the directions in various how-to … Continue reading Making Books with Jane Austen

Jane Austen Read All A-long Book Two (Pride and Prejudice) and Man Booker Longlist Reading

I’m taking a break from my recent stint of Man-Booker Prize Long List books to read Jane Austen’s second published novel Pride and Prejudice for the Jane Austen Read All A-long. You can still sign up for the remaining five books here.  I will get to the famous openng sentence later today. I’ll be reading Pride and Prejudice on the ferry boat this week as I go back … Continue reading Jane Austen Read All A-long Book Two (Pride and Prejudice) and Man Booker Longlist Reading

“This Is Not Art” My First Linoleum Cut Print

 I recently tried linoleum cut print making for the first time, with positive but mixed results, I think. I done a few other types of simple print making but this is the first time I’ve made a linoleum cut.  Basically, you take a piece of thick linoleum, a kind made specifically for print-making, draw you design on it, then use a carving tool to cut … Continue reading “This Is Not Art” My First Linoleum Cut Print

New York Bookstore Rambling Continues

Just two more books to add to my total since the last post.  Two more books from two different bookstores, which implies that I’m keeping to my one-book-per-store requirement. We visited McNally Jackson Books down on the Lower East Side after a trip to The Tenement Museum which is a must see if you ever visit New York.   And a lunch at Katz’s Deli. … Continue reading New York Bookstore Rambling Continues

New York City Book Buying Total Reaches Seven!

So I am  at seven books for seven days, as planned. Today, we made the obligatory visit to The Strand Bookstore, which you really must see if you visit New York and you love books.  The advertize 18 miles of books, which is probably true. Four stories of books, mostly new titles at a slightly reduced price with some used titles at a slight additional … Continue reading New York City Book Buying Total Reaches Seven!

4 Books in 4 Days: Literary NYC Update

I’m sort of keeping to my book buying pledge at this point. With modifications. The original goals was to buy one book at each bookstore I visit. While this may have forced a few purchases I wouldn’t have made, I think it would have resulted in fewer purchases overall. First day in New York, first bookstore I visit, two books bought. But no books purchased, … Continue reading 4 Books in 4 Days: Literary NYC Update

Sunday Ramble: Columbus, Jane Austen and New Favorite Books

C.J. and I went out for breakfast in Benicia this morning, which we usually do on Sundays whether I’m on summer break or not.  Afterwards, we wondered round Charlie’s Attic where we found this cool pop-up book about Columbus.  It’s from 1960, so I won’t bother reading the text. I bought it for the pop-up anyway.  I know all about Columbus. The cover features a … Continue reading Sunday Ramble: Columbus, Jane Austen and New Favorite Books

Sunday Ramble: What to Read, What to Read, What to Read….

We still looking for the next ‘School Wide Read’, though the children have gone home for the summer.  We have two titles under consideration at the moment: The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba and The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm. In addition, I have this small stack of contenders I didn’t get around to pictured here and about nine more titles waiting for me … Continue reading Sunday Ramble: What to Read, What to Read, What to Read….