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  • What not to miss at the festival

    What would induce someone to give up a day off to volunteer for Texas Book Festival? Probably not the official volunteer T-shirt. TBF uniforms feature a different classy color each year, along with, alas, the customary tubelike fit. Those of us who fall between the intended-for-guys sizes can select...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-01-2009
  • The accidental book blurb

    I can't be the only librarian who fears acting like a stereotype and so downplays my zeal for literature to avoid excessive conversational references to you-know-what. I suspect others do, too. No one wants to be a cliche, and we do have other interests. Besides all that, we were raised right. Good...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-26-2009
  • Drinking Coffee with the Stars

    Having moved back to Texas and to Round Rock in 2005, I don't qualify as a newcomer. Still, I only recently managed to discover the Round Rock New Neighbors book group. Yesterday's wonderful discussion featuring guest author Amanda Eyre Ward prompted me to get the word out: you, too, new resident...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2009
  • Check, please

    Don't you admire those who can cleverly answer the "which three famous people, living or dead, you'd choose to have dinner with" question? Perhaps you have a boffo response yourself, but I've been stumped by the scope of potential invitees (i.e., everyone who's ever lived, out...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-06-2009
  • V is for...

    Vampire lit is fashionable (and marketable) these days--not just Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, but all sorts of standalone titles, paranormal romance series, mysteries, and even humorous romance fiction. A quick survey of the library catalog--I entered "vampires" in the Quick Search...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-30-2009
  • Readin' westerns now

    Western novels don't rank high on my to-read list. They're too reliable. I can seek out the glamour of fiction debuts, bestsellers, etc,. knowing that Westerns (at least the ones that aren't checked out by more appreciative readers) will always be there for me. I've largely taken for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-22-2009
  • Since You Asked...

    What other six books would I recommend to President Obama? Imagining the Leader of the Free World strolling from the Oval Office to the family residence at the end of the day, probably encumbered with treatises on the economy and briefs on world events, here's what I suggest. These titles provide...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-16-2009
  • Reading is a capital idea

    President Obama's widely reported "vacation reading list" has provoked me to wonder why there is no position for Presidential Librarian. This office, not to be confused with management of a Presidential library, would advise the Chief Executive in selecting titles for personal reading,...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-09-2009
  • Balzac and the Little Book Group

    If you're a book clubber, you've probably noticed this, too: the most satisfying discussions result when some of the group didn't care for the chosen title and, in airing their grievances, point out facets the rest of us missed or perhaps even incite a spirited debate. Everyone who attended...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-03-2009
  • Book of virtue?

    I don't own any of the "So Many Books, So Little Time" paraphernalia marketed to librarians and other book lovers. I'm not sure whether it's because those items are so common as to be no longer fun or because they sound a little boastful. A love of reading belongs in the same category...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-27-2009
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