A Book Vending Machine, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • A California library introduces a children’s book vending machine!
  • The perfect number of children for literary success: a slideshow
  • As dirt goes, this seems pretty tame, but: it seems Avril Danica Haines, nominated as CIA number two, used to read Anne Rice (or should we say, A. N. Roquelaure?) aloud at her bookstore’s erotica night.
  • “Grammar cops are rarely good writers. Imagination always disobeys.” Sherman Alexie starts a Tweet storm.
  • We have mentioned Japan’s book towers, or tawaa tsumi, before. But I think we can agree that we all need to see more. (Even if the trend has been exaggerated.)