Digital Library of Georgia: The Georgia Open History Library launches today!. “The Georgia Open History Library is an open-access selection of single-authored scholarly titles and two multivolume series and primary documents going back to the founding of Georgia as a colony up to statehood and beyond. It is important to note that new forewords written by contemporary historians were commissioned by UGA Press for each volume in this collection, adding important current scholarly context to these materials.”
Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo’s vintage bookstores look for pandemic lifeline online. “Hunting for that perfect find amid a trove of old, leather-bound antique books is one of the earthly pleasures the novel coronavirus crisis robbed from bookworms and collectors. But while becoming immersed in the ambience of the historic bookstores in Tokyo’s famous Jimbocho Book Town in person is still impossible for many, store owners have teamed up to make that experience possible online. The effort is aimed at promoting Tokyo’s Kanda-Jimbocho district, an area well known for its many specialty secondhand bookstores, in the hopes that book lovers will still enjoy touring through used bookshops, even if only done virtually, during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
WJTV: Mississippi Book Festival goes virtual for 2021. “The Mississippi Book Festival will go virtual after COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the August 2021 event. The virtual experience will go public on the festival’s website on October 12, 2021, with more than 110 official panelists appearing on 31 panels recorded in the last month.”
Austin Chronicle: Texas Book Festival Lineup and Schedule Goes Online and IRL. “Between the pandemic reducing in-person events, and the ongoing Texas legislative session taking over the Capitol grounds, this year’s Texas Book Festival (Oct. 23-31) has had to make some changes. However, today’s reveal of the full schedule shows the celebration of literature isn’t letting readers down. This year’s stripped-down lineup begins online, with eight days of virtual programming starting on Oct. 23, including conversations with Maria Hinojosa (host of NPR’s Latino USA) about her autobiography, Once I Was You, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright about his new history of the Covid-19 response, The Plague Year.”
University of Virginia: The Big Reveal In Fossil Research. “While an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Caitlin Wylie worked in the lab of well-known paleontologist Paul Sereno – a prolific discoverer of dinosaur skeletons – preparing fossils for research by carefully scraping rock off bones and gluing broken bones together…. Although Wylie loved the job, it wasn’t the dinosaurs, but the preparators who captured her imagination. Years later, she recently published a book, ‘Preparing Dinosaurs: The Work Behind the Scenes,’ which, among other things, explains how those magnificent museum displays of dinosaur skeletons are assembled.”
University of Denver: Cookbooks are selling like hotcakes. “For generations, cookbooks have been a staple in every kitchen, yet with the influx of online recipes, many had been relegated to the back shelf. That changed in 2020 as more people began cooking and baking at home. Today, cookbooks are growing in popularity, and sales are sizzling.”
The Economist: Debrett’s goes digital. “The entire database [of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage], dating back to 1769, is now searchable: 2,000 hereditary titles, more than 700 life peers and around 150,000 assorted relatives—or, as Debrett’s calls them, ‘collateral’ (aristocrats, like accidents, cause fallout). Even including collateral, it covers little more than 0.2% of the British population.” I thought because of what it was it would be expensive, but even an independent researcher could afford it.
Library of Congress: Welcome to the 2021 National Book Festival!. “Join us for the 2021 National Book Festival, Sept. 17-26. Audiences are invited to create their own festival experience this year, with more than 100 authors in programs in a range of formats. Subscribe to the Festival blog for future updates, and visit the Festival website.”