Digital Library of Georgia: The Georgia Open History Library launches today!

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.”

Hollywood Reporter: Claire Foy to Play Sheryl Sandberg in TV Series About Facebook

Hollywood Reporter: Claire Foy to Play Sheryl Sandberg in TV Series About Facebook. “The Crown Emmy winner Claire Foy will take on another real-life character for her next TV project: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Foy is set to play Sandberg in a drama from Anonymous Content and Wiip titled Doomsday Machine. The project, which doesn’t have an outlet attached yet, is based on New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination (published by Harper in July), as well as their reporting for the Times and that of The New Yorker‘s Andrew Marantz.”

New York Times: ‘Disability Drives Innovation’

New York Times: ‘Disability Drives Innovation’. “Do you love audiobooks? ‘You have blind people to thank for that,’ said Catherine Kudlick, director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. The godfather of the book being read aloud through your smartphone headphones was Talking Books, the records developed in the 1930s in the United States for people with impaired vision as an alternative to Braille.”

Tubefilter: Netflix Launching Virtual Book Club On Its YouTube And Facebook Channels

Tubefilter: Netflix Launching Virtual Book Club On Its YouTube And Facebook Channels. “Netflix Book Club content will be hosted by Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba, and videos will live on Netflix’s Still Watching YouTube channel and the Netflix U.S. Facebook channel, beginning Nov. 16. A flagship Starbucks-sponsored series, titled But Have You Read The Book?, will see cast, creators, and authors chatting over a cup of coffee.”

Variety: Solange’s Saint Heron Unveils Free Library of Rare Books and Art by Black Creators

Variety: Solange’s Saint Heron Unveils Free Library of Rare Books and Art by Black Creators. “Solange’s Saint Heron studio and platform has announced the launch of its free library of ‘esteemed and valuable’ books by Black creators for research, study and exploration. Each reader will be invited to borrow a book of their choice for 45 days, completely free of charge. It is available via Saint Heron’s website, saintheron.com starting Monday, Oct. 18 — further details on taking out the books is below.”

Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo’s vintage bookstores look for pandemic lifeline online

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.”

University of Kansas: Grant Will Give Public Better Access To History Of Black Literature

University of Kansas: Grant Will Give Public Better Access To History Of Black Literature. “It’s the latest extension of [Professor Maryemma] Graham’s [History of Black Writing] project, which she brought with her from the University of Mississippi to Northeastern University and then to KU in 1999. The first stage was to identify and save physical copies of books by Black writers from destruction. The next was to digitize them. And now the organizers are creating tools that will allow both academic researchers and the general public to look at the entire corpus of Black fiction, which HBW has been collecting for nearly 40 years, by using keywords, themes, data visualizations and in other ways that [Drew] Davidson termed ‘metadata.’.”

WJTV: Mississippi Book Festival goes virtual for 2021

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

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.”

Wolfram Blog: Exploring Social Networks, Communication Systems, Clustering and More with the Wolfram Language in These New Books

Wolfram Blog: Exploring Social Networks, Communication Systems, Clustering and More with the Wolfram Language in These New Books. “The Wolfram Language is utilized across a variety of fields for many different purposes. We’re proud of our products’ broad applications in multiple disciplines and are excited to share seven of the latest books by Wolfram Language users. These draw upon topics ranging from social networks and communications to computational origami to the biosciences. We also had the privilege of speaking to two authors about their projects and experiences with Mathematica and the Wolfram Language.”

University of Virginia: The Big Reveal In Fossil Research

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.”

The Economist: Debrett’s goes digital

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.