Marginalia – Catching up edition

Too little sitting time to adequately keep up on things. Here’s a few items that caught my attention in recent efforts to get up to date:

  • The third annual South Dakota Festival of Books is scheduled for Deadwood Sept. 23-25, returning to the Black Hills after being in Sioux Falls last year. Here’s a of presenters but some of this year’s notables include Ted Kooser, the U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and Neal Conan, host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.”
  • The American Libarary Association has started an Adopt a Library program to aid libraries damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Right now, it appears to be a program whereby a library “adopts” another library but maybe the ALA or someone else will come up with a way for the average reader to help out. (Via Blog of a Bookslut).
  • Doug Wiken at Dakota Today has an interesting post about comparisons between today’s “enemy combatants” and a legal case stemming from the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. This certainly appears worthy of further exploration when time allows.
  • To the NYT: Bite me.
  • For those who may care (I, personally, am extremely ambivalent), the Litblog Co-op has announced its second Read This! selection. The “winner” was The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern. The purpose of the process is to draw attention to perhaps otherwise overlooked contemporary fiction.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Sir Richard Steele

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