Good Reading : May 2017
Librarians were recently asked by publisher Tin House about the weirdest things that they had found left behind in books. Items included money, divorce papers and paychecks, but the quantity of food left behind in books was astonishing – from a whole cooked prawn to pickle slices, french fries and raw bacon. One of the librarians said that they had found an entire taco in a book, ’perfectly preserved and pressed like a flower. It was so slim you wouldn’t know it was there until you opened the book’. behind in books was astonishing – You’ve probably never thought of Winnie-the-Pooh – that loveable, roly-poly bear who has delighted generations of children – as a cunning, anti-communist ideologue. But apparently he is, according to the Chinese government, who have banned the self- described ‘bear of little brain’, along with James and the Giant Peach and Peppa Pig. Taobao. com, a Chinese shopping site similar to Amazon, recently announced that it would ban foreign children’s books not licensed by the Chinese government. It’s all part of a growing movement to restrict foreign influence on Chinese society. The South China Morning Post spoke to Chu Chen – a mother who has bought foreign books – who described Chinese books as very moralistic. Chen said that ‘foreign picture books are better at telling simple yet meaningful stories’. We’ve seen The Naked Chef and The Naked Scientists, but neither celebrity chef Jamie Oliver nor scientist Chris Smith ever really got their gear off in front of their audiences. But Naked Boys Reading, which formed in the UK in 2012, is what it says on the packet – a collective of men who dispense with their daks and read literature to an audience. ‘There’s something sexy about it and something nerdy,’ said a co-founder of the collective. ‘And when you put seeming opposites together, something interesting happens.’ GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING MAY 2017 10 BOOK TRIVIA LEFT BEHIND IN BOOKS Winnie the banned bear A hilarious collection of names for baby bogans in need of a moniker. LEFT BEHIND Boganise your baby Nude narrators your baby narrators And above ... more on tacos ... Arriba! This Mexican bestseller is now available in English.