#Bookstores in New York City #NYC #bookshops

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”  Neil Gaiman “You’re the only person I’ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can. A smarty-pants, the kind you […]

February 2015: My Reading

There’s been a good variety of books completed this month including graphic novels, historical fiction, essays, memoirs, biographies, contemporary fiction, revolutionary pamphlets and plenty of history. Christopher Hitchens and Thomas Paine Last month I consumed oodles of Orwell and re-read Hitchens’ evaluation of the author’s importance to contemporary literature and journalism. This has led to re-discovering […]

Charging Windmills: My Reading in 2014

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin “I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print, the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big green fig-tree.” Sylvia Plath “I don’t remember ever […]

Reading for pleasure?

Twice a year at this blog I reflect on books read. While drafting that soon to be published post, I started thinking about how children become avid readers and how significant adults in their lives assist construction of this identity. I suspect that peers play a large part in this process but the ground must […]

Reading (so far) in 2014

“An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. The texture of the world is painful, inadequate; unalterable, or so it seems to me. Really, I believe that an entire life spent reading would have suited me best.”     Michel Houellebecq “I sink down […]

Book Week @ Taronga Video Conferences

I receive many requests to promote or publicise events or products at my blog each week. I never do. However, I am making an exception for Aleesah Darlison who is the 2012 National Year of Reading Ambassador for Greater Taree City Libraries. Why? Quite simply, Taree library was the place that provided me with thousands […]

Teacher-librarians: Context (Part I)

I am presenting to teacher-librarian colleagues about ‘digital communication tools’ this week.  I’d rather say we are ‘collaborating’ than I am ‘presenting’ and have used survey monkey to collect data from the delegates prior to the conference about their needs and yammer to seek advice about the perceptions of what ‘skills’ and ‘knowledge’ are needed […]

Photography: My Reading

The shutterbug is feeding voraciously on my blood. I am happily bitten and wanted to share the best of what I have read on my Kindle or iPad, from local libraries, inter-library loans or friends’ shelves. Amazon has made a fine profit from me as it is so easy to cheaply and quickly purchase for my kindle […]

My Spines

@LiteraryMinded asked about ‘our spines’ today and I have obliged below. However, it is my Kindle that has the most titles, especially chapter samples to read.

The End of Publishing As We Know It?

 [vodpod id=Video.3250505&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “The Future of Publishing – created by…“, posted with vodpod    Hat tip to John Connell who posted this at his blog this week.

Where the Wild Thing Are…

My kids love this book almost as much as I do and I await Spike Jonze’s adaptation eagerly: [vodpod id=Groupvideo.3198605&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26]   more about “Where The Wild Things Are Trailer (HD)“, posted with vodpod   [vodpod id=Groupvideo.3193877&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26]       more about “Where the Wild Thing Are…“, posted with vodpod