Good Reading : February 2017
Mocking bird Librarians break the mold There are plenty of librarians around the world who in no way resemble the cliché of the prim, grim, bespectacled silence enforcer. Check out more of these stereotype smashers at lookslikelibraryscience.com. GOOD READING FEBRUARY 2017 10 BOOK TRIVIA kids’ books Naughty Fidel the word fiddler Why are a ‘fat chance’ and a ‘slim chance’ the same thing? Fidel Castro was best known as a Marxist– Leninist revolutionary and president of the island nation of Cuba. But it turns out that he was also a dab hand as a copy editor. Castro, an avid reader, met the Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez in 1977. The two had several conversations about literature, and the president offered to read the novelist’s manuscripts, on account of his good eye for detail. Castro provided line-by-line corrections for the great Colombian novelist. It is not known, however, if the author gave Castro advice on how to run a country. Who could forget growing up with Little Golden Books, those dear little reading primers from our early years that offered an innocent, Blytonian view of childhood? But this uncorrupted worldview must have rankled with author Arthur C Gackley, who mischievously decided to subvert the genre by producing Bad Little Children’s Books, a collection of naughty mock book covers that undermine the originals with titles such as Go to Sleep (Forever), Flowers Are Very Pretty (But We’d Make More Money Growing Pot), The Botched Facelift, The Final Performance of Depresso the Clown and Uncle Creepy. bird Weird language Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville in Alabama plans to create a tourist attraction for fans of the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. A museum dedicated to Lee, in an old bank building where her father had his law offices, is one of the slated attractions on the Harper Lee Trail, along with replicas of three homes from the novel. Currently about 30 000 people visit the town each year, but the plan is to increase that number to quarter of a million.
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