"The last 12 months have seen a period of extraordinary enthusiasm and growth for Latino literature" in New York City, the Daily News reported. Among the institutions holding events: in East Harlem, the bookstore Cemí Underground, the bar Camaradas El Barrio and El Museo del Barrio, the last of which has a book club run by Aurora Anaya-Cerda, who recently started the online La Casa Azul Bookstore.
In addition, McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo has a weekly book club that discusses Spanish-language work and Borders at Columbus Circle hosts Las Comadres book club, which began in early 2007 and now has 18 chapters nationwide.
This morning Miami Book Fair International co-founder Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books, told Morning Edition that "he helped start the fair [in 1982] to combat the idea that Miami wasn't a literary town" and to develop "some community pride."
Comics and graphic novels are now an important part of the Miami Book Fair International and are expected to be a big draw, the Miami Herald reported.
''The thing that was important to me was that I didn't want it to be just a few people on the weekend,'' Lissette Mendez, program director for Florida Center for the Literary Arts and "a passionate comics fan," told the paper. ''I wanted a whole program that showed the breadth and depth of comics. I wanted it to be multidimensional and educational. So we have superhero stuff, indie people, literary people, people who write on the history of comics, the stuff at the street fair.''
The fair features a daylong series of workshops for teachers, parents and librarians. John Shableski of Diamond Book Distributors praised librarians' role in promoting comics, saying, "'For some 20 years, there has been a core group of librarians who understood the important role the graphic novel format holds. It draws new readers who are normally turned off of reading in general or discover a new love of reading through the graphic novel. In many cases across the country, the graphic novel collection of a young-adult section of the library can and will generate over 50 percent of the circulation for that collection.''
Many commuters reading yesterday's New York Times
were greeted by headlines loaded with unbelievable and unexpected news,
including the end of the Iraq War, the passage of a national health
insurance package and a "maximum wage law" and nationalization of the
Unbelievable, indeed. The Associated Press reported, "On behalf of a collective of liberal activists, 1,000 volunteers across
the country handed out 1.2 million copies" of the spoof edition, dated July 4, 2009, that even parodied the Times's motto with 'All the News We Hope to Print.'"
The ambitious hoax, which was perpetrated by the legendary Yes Men, "was accompanied by a Web site that mimics the look of The Times's
real Web site. A page of the spoof site contained links to dozens of
progressive organizations, which were also listed in the print
edition," according to the, well, New York Times.
Congratulations to Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Beach, Calif., which has celebrated its second anniverary. Danielle Bauter reports, "We love being in Laguna Beach. We cater to tourists and locals alike, but have especially enjoyed creating a supportive environment with many repeat and loyal customers. We look forward to being in the community for many years to come."