Monday, October 07, 2013

[News and Notes] October 7, 2013

Here are a few interesting news stories from September and October:

Good news in favor of intellectual freedom. The ban on Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man was removed after a vote by the Randolph County School Board in North Carolina. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

The 2013 National Book Awards longlist is out and Galleycat has gathered Free Samples of the National Book Award In Fiction Longlist. Booklist Online offers the Nonfiction Longlist.

The 2013 National Book Award winners will be announced at the annual awards gala on November 20th, as well as on MSNBC's television show, "Morning Joe." (Source)

British crime novelist Robert Barnard passed away on September 29th at the age of 76. A Little Local Murder was his American debut novel, published in 1983.  His last novel, A Charitable Body: A Novel of Suspense, was published in 2012. (Source: The New York Times) (Barnard's works via library catalog)

According to Open Culture, a Toronto art gallery is hosting an exhibit entitled "David Bowie Is." This exhibit of lyrics, costumes, and instruments also has David Bowie's List of Top 100 Books. Bowie's extensive reading history includes a vast number of American and British authors. Ever read of Nik Cohn's book, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom? 

Just for laughs, we've found Scandalous Photos of Shameful Library Confessions from Librarian Shaming at Flavorwire.


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