The book of modern love

Henri Beyle, better known as Stendhal, thought of his novels as lottery tickets. Success, for him, meant finding readers in a more or less distant future. It is fair to say that Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), published to mixed acclaim in 1830, ultimately proved a winning ticket. In recent … Read more

Four Questions for Frederick Luis Aldama Regarding His Bilingual Children’s Book, “Con Papá / With Papá”

AUGUST 29, 2022 FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA (aka Professor LatinX) is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is the founder and director of the Latinx Pop Lab. Aldama is also one of the hardest-working people in literature today. He is an award-winning author of … Read more

Creating Teen Book Bundles to Increase Circulation, an Experiment

By day, I work at the Fort Worth Public Library system in the Collection Development department (important note: this is my private and personal blog, they just let me talk about the cool stuff we do there sometimes). FWPL is a 17 branch system and like all large systems, we have branches of varying sizes. … Read more

Let’s Talk About Anti-Semitism and THE BOOK OF ELSIE, a guest post by Joanne Levy

I have a book releasing today called The Book of Elsie. While book release days are normally a big celebration, I wish I hadn’t written Elsie. No, that’s not exactly true. I wish I hadn’t felt I had to write it. I’m sorry to be a downer already – one paragraph into this post. But … Read more

Series are the “Comfort Food” of the Book World, a guest post by Erin Soderberg Downing

I’ve always been an avid series reader. I grew up alongside the members of the Baby-sitter’s Club, devoured Ramona and Fudge (always envious of, and thrilled by, their naughtiness), tested limits with Jessica and Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High imagination, learned how to embrace and cherish my strange Inside Sachar’s Wayside School, comforted myself on … Read more

Book binding basics • a primer from Book Design Made Simple

Like everything else, the ancient art of book binding is automated these days, and the array of available binding machines is amazing. This article aims to quickly explain the basics of book binding methods so you’ll be able to choose a book printer wisely. Book binderies can be separate entities but are usually integrated with … Read more