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Someone from SUNY Stony Brook disputes the history of the fairy tale. From Shelf Awareness: Once upon a time everyone believed that fairy tales were handed down through an oral tradition, but the Ruth B. Bottigheimer, a professor at Stony Brook University, disputes this idea.
"It has been said so often that the folk invented and disseminated fairy tales that this assumption has become an unquestioned proposition," Bottigheimer wrote in her new book, Fairy Tales: A New History. "It may therefore surprise readers that folk invention and transmission of fairy tales has no basis in verifiable fact. Literary analysis undermines it, literary history rejects it, social history repudiates it, and publishing history (whether of manuscripts or of books) contradicts it."
From the Shelf, so to speak: The first Narwhal Awards, created this week by George Braziller "to recognize booksellers, agents, publishers, and other industry folk who are doing something unique during these allegedly difficult times," goes to Readers' Books, Sonoma, Calif., for making "an unusual addition to its shelves--organic eggs." The store has been selling eggs from the owners' family farm and will add vegetables and preserves this fall (Shelf Awareness, February 11, 2009).
Do not miss Tom Rush, THE dean of the Boston folk scene of yore, on tour....AND he's still got it and then some. His voice has that same timbre, and he can play the hell out of a guitar. AND...his Remember song got 3 million hits on youtube!
Pass Christian Books, Pass Christian, Miss., re-opened April 1 near its former location, which was leveled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bookselling This Week reported that during the intervening years, co-owners Rich Daley and Scott Naugle "operated online and out of their homes, then moved to a temporary storefront on the outskirts of town." A grand reopening is planned for the late spring. Thanks to Bookselling This Week and Shelf Awareness for the heads up on this great news.