Good Reading : October 2008
10 goodreading ı OCTOBER 2008 book trivia Starting a novel is like opening a door on a misty landscape; you can still see very little but you can smell the earth and feel the wind blowing. Iris Murdoch, Under the Net, 1954 That warm and fuzzy feeling. Australian children’s writer Mem Fox advises parents to read at least three stories to their children every day. Certainly a worthy aim, but what if something prevented your young child from enjoying picture books with Mum and Dad? Resources for children with disabilities are sadly lacking for many families, and Vision Australia puts together ‘Feelix’ kits for children with sight difficulties. The kits are given free of charge to families by request. Each kit contains the original storybook, annotated with braille, an audio CD of the story, some tactual aids and a handbook with tactile graphics so children can tell the story themselves. Find out more about Vision Australia and the Feelix project at www.visionaustralia.org. Ten million fairies! Little people just love fairies. Shirley Barber knows this well.The UK- born, Australia-based writer and illustrator has sold 10 million copies of her Fairies books, published by Five Mile Press.The illustrations are in intricate detail and are usually in pastel shades and have pretty, appealing costumes, treats and scenery. According to the publisher, Barber’s books now appear in over 20 languages all over the world. Congratulations from gr! Word watchers The US dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster Inc announced this year it had added over 100 words to its Collegiate Dictionary. Many new words are adaptations or foreign words hich have been absorbed nto American English, ome new concepts ike ‘pescetarian’, one who eats fish but no ther meat), and new echnology, like ‘infinity pool’ or ‘webinar’.You can be a lexicographer from your loungeroom by emailing Macquarie with words or definitions you think should be included. Go to www.macquariedictionary.com.au and click on ‘Add-a-word’ to be involved. Book the building What a beautiful way to advertise your library: with giant books. Pictured is the temporary facade of the Central Library of Cardiff, Wales.To see more pictures of this and similar libraries check out http://deputy-dog.com/2007/11/30/ can-you-spot-the-library/ Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself Since 1978 there has been an annual award for odd book titles. This year,The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year celebrates its thirtieth birthday. In recognition of this achievement, titles such as Knitting with Dog Hair , The Anger of Aubergines , The History of Concrete and The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories are celebrated, with images of their covers, in a book by the award’s founder, Horace Bent, with an introduction by Joel Rickett. How to Avoid Huge Ships and other implausibly titled books is to be published in the UK by Aurum later this year.