Dedicated to all the bookworms and bibliophiles.
Never give up on the written word!
Civic-minded youngsters from Troop 2657 have joined the fight to save Park Slope’s beloved Pacific branch library from being sold off and possibly demolished by starting their very own petition to preserve the borough’s first Carnegie branch.
Library officials plan to sell the historic branch, built in 1903, and use the proceeds to create a more modern facility inside a skyscraper slated to rise nearby, rather than shell out $11 million to repair to the old structure — but not if the Girl Scout troop that meets there every week has anything to do with it.
Good luck to you, girls!
(Source: Brooklyn Paper)
Happy birthday, Sir Terry. You are an inspiration to me.
Literary Birthday - 28 April
Happy Birthday, Terry Pratchett, born 28 April 1948
12 Quotes On Writing
- Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- You can’t build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. Stupid deaths, usually. I’m not writing ‘The A-Team’ - if there’s a fight going on, people will get hurt. Not letting this happen would be a betrayal.
- Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
- Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.
- I have to write because if I don’t get something down then after a while I feel it’s going to bang the side of my head off.
- You can’t die with an unfinished book.
- I’ve always felt that what I have going for me is not my imagination, because everyone has an imagination. What I have is a relentlessly controlled imagination. What looks like wild invention is actually quite carefully calculated.
- No one’s policing their own minds more than an author. You spend a lot of time in your own head analysing what you think about things, and a philosophy comes.
- In the first book of my Discworld series, published more than 26 years ago, I introduced Death as a character; there was nothing particularly new about this - death has featured in art and literature since medieval times, and for centuries we have had a fascination with the Grim Reaper.
- Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
- I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
- They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
And one more on life: I believe it should be possible for someone stricken with a serious and ultimately fatal illness to choose to die peacefully with medical help, rather than suffer.
Pratchett is an English author of fantasy novels who was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010. He is best known for the Discworld series. Pratchett has sold more than 70 million books in 37 languages. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. Pratchett announced that he was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.
Terry Pratchett, one of the only writers whose books I always buy in hardback. Paperbacks don’t last.
One of the nicest people I know.
Books for Life is a beautiful non-profit to support libraries in developing countries.
This is a pretty long piece about Oprah and her book club and other book clubs and at one point the author smoothly snuck in “throwing shade” and I was never really bored and now maybe I’m OK with Oprah’s Book Club?
That was quite a ride for a Thursday morning.
Still, I’ll never forgive her for picking three Faulkners for one summer. I can barely take in a Faulkner a semester.
Children’s Book Recommendations
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”