Deep Bookstagram?

Did you all know this exists? Because I didn’t. I just post flowers.

This is a level of Bookstagram that only the bravest — and the most bored — typically enter. I call it “Deep Bookstagram.” In many ways it’s the exact opposite of traditional Bookstagram, which usually comes with a cheery, gratingly cozy demeanor. Deep Bookstagram loves to make fun of the sunny nostalgia of traditional Bookstagram. Deep Bookstagram isn’t afraid to be weird.

Sure, these accounts often have fewer followers than the traditional ones, but that doesn’t make them any less beloved or necessary. Deep Bookstagram doesn’t give a f*ck about popularity.

Today in Plagiarism

“History is not proprietorial,” Richardson said. But “the disturbing similarities found in Moyes’ book are too many and too specific and quite puzzling,” she added in an email. “None of the similarities found in Moyes’ novel can be chalked up to the realities of history, nor can be found in any historical records, archives or photographs of the packhorse librarian project initiative that I meticulously studied. These fictional devices/ plot points were ones I invented.”

A spokesperson for Moyes’ publisher Pamela Dorman Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, told BuzzFeed News in an email, “The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a wholly original work. It is a deeply researched piece of historical fiction based on the true story of the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. We have absolute confidence in the integrity of Jojo Moyes and her work. Neither the author nor anyone at Pamela Dorman Books has ever read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” Moyes was not available for comment; the representative cited her “packed schedule.”

Books in homeless shelters

Looks like good people doing good work. I realize this might be scary and unfamiliar, but I think it’s important that we witness it now and then.

“The project was inspired by a young homeless man who I met in West London,” the 26-year-old told The Big Issue. “I used to walk by him every single day and every time he would be reading a book on the side of the road. I started talking to him – as a big book enthusiast myself – about the books he was reading and he put across the idea that he was very surprised that more people who were homeless don’t read books. For him it was a distraction from the anxieties that he was facing. That made a lot of sense to me because even when I’m having a particularly bad day, reading books was just an escape from those negative thoughts.”

The Brit trying to save giant American bookseller B&N

This dude is trying to turn Barnes and Noble around.

The 55-year-old, tall, slim and soft-spoken, has almost 30 years of bookselling in the UK behind him, first at Daunt Books, the small chain of upmarket shops he founded in Marylebone in 1990 and then at Waterstones, which he took over as chief executive in 2011 as it risked sinking into administration. Waterstones turned profitable in 2016.

Mr Daunt credits the recovery to his decision to make the chain act more like an independent bookshop, with local managers empowered to stock the titles they think will suit their particular markets. He’s plotting a similar strategy now.

“It is relatively simple. Fill bookshops with the books their customers want,” he says.

Whelp, I guess I’ll see you in the Rhianna/Self-Help/Cookbook section.

Trump gets Ladybirded

I didn’t realize this series existed. Would read.

The Ladybirds for Grown-Ups book series has been a crazy-successful phenomenon since its launch in 2015. So many of us (myself included) grew up reading Ladybird books—beautifully illustrated, slim children’s volumes telling charming stories, often fairy tales (my favourites) or informative little nonfiction reads.

I love my librarian

And yours too. And theirs. Browr…. If you’re an American and you’re looking for something to distract you from the fact that you handed the wheel of your suped-up monster truck over to a half-witted, shit-flinging chimp while driving down one of your gold-paved streets at 150, then you might take some time today to nominate your favourite (sorry, favorite) librarian for an award.

Library users have until Monday, Oct. 21 to nominate superstar librarians for the American Library Association’s (ALA) prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Members of the public can submit nominations online for library professionals who have transformed communities and improved lives. The award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries in the U.S. Each year since the award was established in 2008, the ALA has selected up to 10 librarians from a pool of hundreds of nominations. This year’s award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 2020, during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.