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Empathy, Courage and Guilty Librarians

This week in the news….

This years Nobel Prize for Literature went to none other than the renowned short story writer, Alice Munro.  She is the first Canadian recipient ever for the prestigious literary award. You can read more about it here.

Literary fiction makes you more empathetic and perceptive, studies find, according to Publishing Perspectives.  Those who read it are more likely to determine the facial expressions of those around them.  If they are reading in public, they should be able to determine if the stranger beside them approves of their high brow novel, or is considering them pretentious.

20th Century Fox gets serious with Boom Comics.  The pair have arranged an innovative first look deal which would allow Fox the first opportunity in vetting any Boom comics for film development.  You can read more about it here on Publisher’s Weekly.

The PEN Pinter Prize has been awarded to international journalist, Iryna Khalip as this year’s “writer of courage”, the guardian reports. Khalip is a Belarusian writer, reporter and activist.  She has faced harassment, beatings, and detainment for her criticism of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko.  You can read more about her work documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In lighter news, Librarians aren’t perfect.  http://librarian-shaming.tumblr.com/  Check out the Tumblr Librarian Shaming  for reasons to gasp and “tut-tut”.

Please leave any questions, comments or empathy-inducing literature worth sharing in the comment section below, or tweet them to us @sumbolacosi.

Big Donations for Bookstores and Libraries, and Why They Matter


Columbus Metropolitan Library

This is one great month for a few select bookstores and libraries.  Donations can play a large part in keeping these book havens alive, and thanks to a few fervent book lovers, some big donations are coming there way.

Carol Sue Snowden was a librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library for thirty years.  She was “happy to indulge in little more than her books” which allowed her to save over $1m to donate to her local library and school reading programs.  You can read the full story here on the HuffPost.

Robert Patterson, best-selling author of the Alex Cross series, is also parting ways with $1m , donating it to several indie bookstores across the united states.  The most important condition to Patterson is that the selected bookstores all have a children’s section.  Among other uses, the money will go towards raises and bonuses to retailers that haven’t seen them in years.  The Guardian has the full story for you here.

One of the more surprising donations this September comes not from a member of the book industry, but from CNOOC, a Chinese oil company.  CNOOC has chosen to donate $1.5 million to the Calgary Public Library.  CNOOC will be the main sponsor of a new library branch opening in the East Village in 2018.  Read the full story here on the Calgary Herald.

At Sumbola, we believe that digital books and publishing are amazing resources.  We love them. The Sumbola platform  can enhance the reading experience with comprehension tools and transmedia, and foster an online community.  Sumbola is designed to be a community of shared interest.  That being said, we have a big place in our hearts for the bookstores and libraries that house them.  They matter.

  • Buying from independents ensures no one large entity controls what we read.
  • Bookstores and libraries mean live readings, children’s story hours, and community involvement.
  • Bookstores and libraries mean support for local authors.
  • Bookstores and libraries mean that when the power goes out, or the internet goes down… you still have a book in your hands.

For those of us who choose to donate our- ahem-  millions of dollars elsewhere, you can support your local bookstores and libraries by donating your time, using their programs, or buying a book from them once in a while.

Do you have a favourite local bookstore or library you frequent?  Let us know in the comments, or tweet us @sumbolacosi.

Vintage Library Art

image via babble.com

Reading never goes out of style, but sometimes we need a little encouragement. Joelle Enokson, a Junior High librarian in Edmonton found a charming collection of library inspiration art produced by the FA Publishing Company, and posted them online. You can see her entire collection here.

Who wouldn’t want to curl up with a good book after looking through these posters?