"I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book."

~ Beth Revis (via observando)

(via i-have-beards)

27 July 2014 ·

"I’m always looking for complicated characters in fiction, about whom I can feel a dozen feelings at once, in the space of a single paragraph, even. More of that, please!"

~ Edan Lepucki on the apocalypse, Stephen Colbert and her debut novel | Time Out New York (via rachelfershleiser)

(via rachelfershleiser)

27 July 2014 ·

dcpubliclibrary:

figsandtea:

niiicethings:

“Noun is a playful artist’s book about words and their definitions. It is like an exquisite corpse with words.

Starting with 27 real English words, each word and its definition has been divided into two parts. By turning the pages, you get to mix and match the word halves to create humorous and nonsensical new words and meanings.

With over 700 different combinations, this book is the perfect item for bibiophiles, lexicographers, writers, and any lover of words.

Here are a few examples of words and definitions you can put together:

whisper + umbrella = whisbrella: A low sibilan utterance for sheltering one from rain and sun.
banana + onomatopoeia = bananpoeia: A large herbaceous perennial tropical plant that bears fruit imitating the sound of the thing or action signified.
muffin + tyrant = muffrant: A quick bread made of batter unrestrained by law or constitution.
nomenclature + ancestry = nomencestry: A system or set of names for things derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors.”

I’M SORRY BUT 

muffin + tyrant = muffrant: A quick bread made of batter unrestrained by law or constitution.

THIS IS THE PINNACLE OF HUMAN INNOVATION ALL OTHER PLAYERS GO HOME.

Think of all the fun to be had!

26 July 2014 ·

theparisreview:

“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”
Read Zadie Smith’s new story “Big Week,” available, for free, through the summer.
Photo via.

theparisreview:

“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”

Read Zadie Smith’s new story “Big Week,” available, for free, through the summer.

Photo via.

(via politicsprose)

26 July 2014 ·

ryanlintelman:

Rosslyn walkin’ (at Rosslyn Area)

Our lovely, weird, walkable community!

ryanlintelman:

Rosslyn walkin’ (at Rosslyn Area)

Our lovely, weird, walkable community!

25 July 2014 ·

In the Spirit of Agatha Christie, pt. 3

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled”

If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:


Beautiful Mystery
by Louise Penny

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, where two dozen monks live in peace, prayer, and song. The sound of their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants, is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.” But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the monastery must admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec.

 
Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains
by Catriona McPherson

Dandy Gilver, a witty, wealthy, aristocrat, puts her status to good use by solving crimes. When Dandy gets a letter from a woman who thinks her husband is going to kill her, she must go undercover as a maid to get the complete story.

 

A Fatal Winter
by G. M. Malliet

Max Tudor – Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob – investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder.

25 July 2014 ·

"She pointed out that funding of libraries is a choice. She was troubled that the city has decided to spend $12 million to keep David Letterman in New York, while at the same time seeking to sell or bargain away their assets, including libraries."

~ Plan to divide Red Hook Library derided at CB6 meeting, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue
http://www.star-revue.com/plan-divide-red-hook-library-derided-cb6-meeting-george-fiala/

25 July 2014 ·

benjybrooke:

Literary temp. tattoo designs for this kickstarter campain for Litographs

litographs

(via thelifeguardlibrarian)

25 July 2014 ·

"My favorite place to read is in a dark bar mid-day. Although I can read almost anywhere, we’re each allowed our preferences and mine is so. Coffee shops feel pretentious, the gym is freaking weird. Libraries are fine but there’s so much candy and I can’t handle it all calling my name."

~ A Shot and a Book: How to Read in Bars

24 July 2014 ·

In the Spirit of Agatha Christie, pt. 2

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled”

If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:


 

An Unmarked Grave
by Charles Todd

While contending with wounded soldiers and influenza patients, WWI battlefield nurse Bess Crawford stumbles upon the body of an officer and family friend who has been murdered, and uses her father’s connections in the military to search for an elusive killer.

 

Lowcountry Boil
by Carl T. Smith

Covington SC’s premier attorney, local bank president, and superintendent of schools – along with a few local lowlifes – have been smuggling drugs into the country for several years and are planning the ultimate run before retiring forever from the drug scene. Sam Larkin has moved to Covington to escape his past, but gets caught up in a DEA investigation when he sparks the interest of the agent investigating the drug ring.

 

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

 

24 July 2014 ·

Mysteries in the Spirit of Agatha Christie, pt. 1

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled”

If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:

The Wrong Girl
by Hank Phillippi Ryan

What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family? Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal – reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track… but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out.

 

Naughty in Nice
by Rhys Bowen

It’s 1933, and Lady Georgiana Rannoch (now 34th in line to the British throne) is destitute and helping out in a soup kitchen. So she jumps at the chance to escape to the French Riviera when the queen offers to finance her trip there to recover a stolen snuff box. En route, Rannoch meets legendary designer Coco Chanel, who asks her to model a new line of clothing.

 

Learning to Swim
by Sara J. Henry

Troy Chance witnesses a boy fall from a ferry into Lake Champlain. Diving in to rescue him, she discovers his arms bound with an adult sweatshirt. He’s incredibly frightened, speaks only French, and won’t tell her what happened, so Troy determines that she will keep him safe rather than turn him over to the police. When he finally begins to confide in her, he tells a bizarre tale of being kidnapped, hearing his mother murdered by gunshot, and then being held for months.

 

23 July 2014 ·

darienlibrary:

Team t-shirts for the corporate 5K. @fairfieldlibrary you are GOING DOWN. #gauntletthrown

darienlibrary:

Team t-shirts for the corporate 5K. @fairfieldlibrary you are GOING DOWN. #gauntletthrown

23 July 2014 ·

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We're the Arlington VA Public Library.