Read a Banned Book

This week is American Library Association’s Banned Book Week, south of the border (the Canadian Library Association promotes Freedom to Read Week in February each year). I thought I would check in on the most frequently banned and challenged books and see how many I’ve read. Here’s the top 10 1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Continue Reading →

Kilmansegg rhymes with leg

One of my tasks at work is handling the damaged books (we get a lot), directing them to the librarians whose task it is to decide whether we replace, repair or discard a given item. This week, I found a gem: Miss Kilmansegg and her precious leg: a golden legend. Published circa 1870 the story tells the tale of a young woman whose greed is so great that when she loses her leg in an Continue Reading →

Revisions all around

Finally managed to revise my Haiku Miscellany book — turns out there was a typo in the subtitle inside the book! GAH! — I didn’t catch it with multiple readings and nor did anyone who saw my proof copy. It wasn’t until the person who catalogued my book pointed it out… at which point I nearly put my head through my desk. Sigh. All is fixed now and the second edition is ready for shipping. Continue Reading →