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My friend Dan at Book Sense sends me great links every now and then. We haev a similar sense of humor. Last month's topper was one for making your own Starbuck's frappacino. Today's is a wonderful site of top 5 lists. (I have a draft of a half-finished top 10 lists, so this site is wonderful, and painful.)
I'm a big Dorothy Parker and Round Table fan, and a colleague of mine here holds walking tours in NY. It’s the Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour. All the info is at his site. His next one is tomorrow (4/22). It starts at Noon, meets at the Algonquin Hotel on 44th St.. If anyone comes and says they heard about it on my blog, he'll take $5 off. Otherwise its $15. It is about 90 minutes to 2 hours, and they have lunch at the Round Table when we get back to the hotel; cost of lunch separate.
Mary Kay Andrews' new novel, Savannah Breeze, is her bestselling book yet. And she's a hoot, as are her books. She's got a drink contest at her site! (pls. note that I am not partial just 'cause my daughter is named Savannah.)
A nice email from friends with a band that does straight up rock and also great music for kids: "Just a reminder that Earth Day is this Saturday, and we hope you do something especially earth-conscious that day. And tune in to PBS Kids this Friday, April 21st and you'll see some special programming in between Clifford, Dragon Tales and Big, Big World that will feature ideas on how we can all be better caretakers of our planet. The special Earth Day block will also feature yours truly, Milkshake, performing songs written just for PBS Kids. Listen and look for "Washing Machine," "This is Our Earth," and "Plant a Garden." Check your local listings for air times, and let us know what you think! Happy Earth Day!" - Lisa, Mikel & the Milkshake Band
A display idea courtesy of Joe Drayback of Chester County Books outside Philly: "I just unpacked a lovely book from Regan Books this morning: CHINA CHIC by Vivienne Tam. Chinese style comes alive in this unique and colorful celebration of cultural synthesis, featuring vivid images from the cutting edge of the East-West exchange. With Hu Jintao, the President of China, currently visiting the United States, we thought that it would be the perfect time to dedicate an endcap display to all things Chinese. We will be featuring this book from HarperCollins along with other volumes focusing on Chinese travel, business, cooking, biographies, history, general fiction, mysteries, interior design, art, and so on. We may even create a mobile with some paper lanterns."
There will be no talking to Hector if Barcelona wins in the Champions League today. But all this is prelude to June and the World Cup. I can't wait to read our own Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup, due out in May, with pieces by Hornby, Eggers and others.
Finally got to see A Very Long Engagement on DVD. The best love story I've seen since Like Water for Chocolate. Horrific WW1 war footage, but just an uplifting, beautiful movie. And a bit of a mystery to boot. (Based on the Sebastien Japrisot novel from Picador.)