Bookishness: Week of February 27, 2012

We all fall down Toronto Public Library has announced its 2012 One Book title: Girls Fall Down. As of this writing there were 187 holds and 1015 copies in TPL’s system.

Burbling blurbs Undoubtedly being called upon time and time again to provide thoughtful, nuanced and overwhelmingly positive appraisal of other writers’ books in the form of blurbs must get tiresome. A few examples where the well has run dry.

Pop-up books How a Columbia architecture grad is taking libraries to the streets (and others are removing them).

Deductive reasoning Taking a cue from Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR’s pop culture podcast—beloved by librarians everywhere, including this one), something that’s making me happy this week: Sherlock. The first episode made me giddy it was so good. Spring has been starting to poke its head up, granted, but there is still some prime television season ahead of us before it’s really here, so take note.

Censored then and now As part of Freedom to Read Week, Censored Then and Now: The Politics of News Media from WWII to the Digital Age, featuring Mark Bourrie in conversation with Susan Swan, is this Tuesday, February 28, 6–8:30 pm, at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West. Free. (RSVP to


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Ange Friesen

Ange Friesen is among other things a librarian. She blogs about film and fashion at Cahiers du cinemode and about everything else at the new is the true.

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