From Shelf Awareness: March 12 was the 55th anniversary of the appearance of The Cat in the Hat, which instantly made Dr. Seuss into the beloved children's book author that many of us have had the joy of discovering as children--and then again as adults, for the children in our lives. Happily it's one of those sterling children's books that can be read aloud again and again by an adult to a child--the tale of fun, mischief, near-catastrophe and magic continues to delight even after 20 or 50 or 100 or more readings. That itself is cause for celebration.
So for children--and adults--everywhere: happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! --John Mutter
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Something fun for us girls:
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Sign of the times: After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses
“It's a rite of passage in this new era," said Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The website is continuously updated, it's much more expansive and it has multimedia.”
Wow, having a set of encyclopedias used to be a part of every household's library. Now it's having a computer to access Google. I must admit it is a lot easier to type in a question than heft a big, heavy tome but my sister still has the set from our childhood and I'm glad, antiquated though it is.
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What's Joss Whedon been up to? An interview conducted at the SXSW conference last weekend. I'd never heard of this con before, but I'll check it out for next year.
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Last weekend was a Fairplay Writers Retreat. My camera batteries ran out before I could capture everyone but here are a few pics. Every writer should have a place like the Hand Hotel. Mike Stone, the manager, is a gourmet cook. His staff is warm and welcoming. There are no TVs or telephones in the rooms. There is WiFi, a necessity it seems nowadays. And to be surrounded with other writers, all engrossed in creating their art, creates an energy that is palpable.
View of the valley approaching Fairplay Susan Smith & I at breakfast - Cutthroat Cafe
Our welcoming committee!! The Hand Hotel Downtown Fairplay