Dolly Parton, Our Lady of Free Books, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • Did you know Dolly Parton has a discreet career delivering 50 million free books to children, as part of Imagination Library? Of course she does.
  • Pencil nibbler? These peppermint pencils are designed to stimulate concentration. (You’re actually just intended to sniff them.)
  • At the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, participants were to be required not merely to spell but also to define the words in question. This resulted in indignation.
  • Speaking of! Twitter either showcases, or causes, abhorrent spelling and grammar.
  • Presented without comment: “A publishing company is spicing up a cross-Canada literary event by adding knitting to the equation.”