A whimsical selection of links which have some
relationship to books, reading, or readers. I hope you are amazed,
amused, entertained, and enlightened, if not by all, then at least
by one or two!
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"This site takes an inside look at how books for children are made. Using real-life examples [ Zoom Upstream and School], you will explore the story behind the story. You'll discover inside information: starting with where the idea came from, all the way to what happens after the book is printed." Created by Library and Archives Canada.
Based on the Book
'Based on the Book' is a compilation of over 1,000 book titles, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. Utilizing the Internet Movie Database as the authority on release dates, all movies in this collection have been released since 1980. Created by the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri.
Describing itself as a hybrid of a portal and a "concise encyclopedia," EncycloZine features encyclopedia-like entries to over 100 topics and quality links to related sites. Most of the topics cover academic subjects, but a number are devoted to games, puzzles, and computers. The entries for topics in science, computers, and mathematics are particularly good..(Some of the humanities entries are less inspiring, such as the straight-from-the-old-handbook listing of literary terms in the "literature" entry.) -Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000.
You are asking yourself "Why is this site listed here?" For three reasons: 1) What goes better with a good book and an easy chair on a cold rainy/snowy day than a mug of steaming soup? 2) The home page of this site has a great take off of Lewis Carroll's Mock Turtle Song from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--another site on this list (see Wired for Books below). 3) You were warned--this is a whimsically selected list!
Booknotes on C-SPAN
T he permanent online archive for C-SPAN's award-winning author interview program, Booknotes, which ran for nearly sixteen years, from 1989 to 2004.
A supplement to the printed edition of the Writer's Digest, this site contains the most current information on publishing both fiction and non-fiction. Also found is a Hot List, which lists 100 magazines that pay the most for articles; a searchable list of market guidelines; selected texts from Writer's Digest, Fiction Writer, and Story magazines; a list of writing contests sponsored by the publisher; and a schedule of writing conferences. -From The Librarians' Index to the Internet
Chamber's Book of Days
Subtitled A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in connection with the Calendar, Chamber's Book of Days is essentially a collection of "On this Day" trivia, short pieces, and other interesting tidbits, including history, literature, biography, and "oddities of human life and character." Digitized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, this electronic reprint may be browsed in page order or via a calendar navigator. The site offers a fun look into pop-history/ tabloid news of the late nineteenth century. For instance, I discovered that on the day of my birth in 1626 "a cod-fish was brought to Cambridge market, which upon being opened, was found to contain a book in its maw or stomach." An auspicious date to be born indeed. Copyright 1994-2004 Internet Scout Project
"Calendar of eclectic events, public secrets..." and even noteworthy dates for fictional characters. Select a date and get a list of events for that day in world history, spanning all subjects, in chronological order. Each date page has links to related resources and many linked (and sometimes broken) graphics. Updated daily. Searchable by name or event, using the Google search engine. -From The Librarians' Index to the Internet
All about words, including games, names and grammar. Both US and UK views. From Oxford University Press.
LISTEN (audio players required):
Wired for Books
Now includes MP3 recordings. A veritable garden of wonderful audio recordings, ranging from children's literature (Beatrix Potter and Alice in Wonderland) to numerous readings and lectures by poets (Robert Pinsky), novelists (Jim Harrison) and many, many more--even the Iliad in Greek and the Aeneid in Latin!
The Book that Changed Your Life
Listen to this episode of the public radio show, This American Life. Click on "On The Radio, then "1999" and scroll down to August 20.
Mercury Theater on the Air
First broadcast in July 1938, the Mercury Theatre on the Air featured the New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. The show is most famous for its "War of the Worlds" broadcast. Listen to most of the programs online using the plug-in RealAudio, or download them. A complete show list is also available. -From The Librarians' Index to the Internet
Grimm Brothers @ nationalgeographic.com
National Geographic presents this site that will read you a bedtime story, although these unexpurgated Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales from a 1914 translation are not exactly soothing. The twelve tales here are full of wicked stepmothers, hungry wolves, bewitched wild beasts, and all manner of spells and curses. All of the stories include at least one illustration, and audio is provided for several. I was pleased to find the story I remember from my childhood edition of Grimm Brothers's, "Little Briar Rose," the original Sleeping Beauty story. The site also includes biographical information on the Grimms, kids's activities, links to other fairy tale resources on the Web, and the complete text of an article by Thomas O'Neill from the December 1999 National Geographic on the Grimm Brothers and the history of fairy tales. Ignore the screaming banner ads, and enjoy a good read. -Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000.
Vincent Voice Library/Michigan Writers Series - Spring
Recordings and images from readings and discussion with prominent Michigan authors.