December 23, 2013 |
Holiday time for many of us still is book-giving time. So the call goes out - and people are really pounding me, assistant books editor, for recommendations. What's good? What do you recommend? Old, new, no matter? Why should I do all the work, though? Luckily, the Inquirer staff is full of readers, folks of discrimination and taste, of course. Here are their recommendations. Most prices are for hardbacks (but we know plenty of folks giving e-books). There's something below for almost any bibliophile, for Christmas or any other time.
January 8, 2013 |
RICHARD BEN CRAMER, an iconic journalist and author who won a Pulitzer Prize at the Inquirer for his vivid overseas reporting, died Monday evening in Baltimore after a battle with lung cancer. He was 62. Cramer, who'd been living on Maryland's Eastern Shore and had been working on a book about New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in recent years, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, according to his close friend James McBride. Cramer's death was confirmed by family members to other news organizations late Monday.
June 19, 2012 |
Last summer's concert catastrophe occurred when Sugarland's stage collapsed in August, killing six, when a storm thrashed Indiana. On Saturday disaster struck in Toronto, where the stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert, killing Scott Johnson, the band's drum technician, who was trapped under the rubble. Three other people were injured. Officials from the Ontario Ministry of Labor searched through the wreckage for clues to the cause of the collapse. They were also investigating whether safety regulations and standards were followed and if staff were properly trained.
September 26, 2008 |
If Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna were a symphony, you'd think, three sublime movements, a fourth that's turgid, and what's with the wacky coda? Adapted by James McBride from his best-seller, Miracle is, by turns, a dazzling, dim, lucid, confounding, absorbing, tedious, silly, profound, bloody and - 160 minutes and almost as many subplots later - bracing account of four African American infantrymen separated from their Buffalo Soldiers unit in Tuscany during World War II. The film opens in 1983 as one of the soldiers, Hector (Laz Alonso)
May 15, 2008 |
For Andy Kahan and Sara Goddard, director and associate director of author events at the Free Library's Central Branch, the second annual Philadelphia Book Festival this weekend will be an upbeat work in progress. "One of the things that we've learned is that it has a more populist orientation than we necessarily expected," said Kahan, referring to last year's debut that drew 25,000-plus visitors to the library's Parkway building and scores of booths and sponsor areas around it. "With the events that we do all year," he said, chatting about the festival, along with Goddard, in a library conference room this week, "we noticed that many of those folks did not show up for the book festival.
October 31, 2006 |
One Philadelphia business owner makes his views known with a sign reading, "This Is America. When Ordering Please Speak English. " Two towns in the region have laws intended to drive out illegal immigrants. On the statewide political trail, two Senate candidates swap heated words about immigration issues. The question of who belongs here and who doesn't, who is American and who isn't, is dominating much local and national debate. Which makes the latest selection for "One Book, One Philadelphia" all the more appropriate.
October 20, 2005 |
Clean those bifocals and plump up the easy chair. Soon, the city will get its annual reading assignment when Mayor Street announces the "One Book, One Philadelphia" literature selection for 2006. Only this year, it will be three books - none of them announced yet, but all of them about Ben Franklin. "He's a larger-than-life person, with so many facets, so many gifts," said Marie Field, who chairs the selection committee for the Free Library. "One book wouldn't do. " Deciding to focus on Franklin in the year of his 300th birthday was a no-brainer for the 30-member committee, a group of avid readers drawn from educators, corporations, government, the library and nonprofit groups.
February 13, 2004 |
Lorene Cary was a young writer struggling to write her first book when she found a lifeline at a local literary conference. As part of Philadelphia's annual Celebration of Black Writing, she had signed up for a workshop with an essayist she admired. "I walked out of there so encouraged," Cary said, "with such a sense that out of my confusion could come some prose that might be worthy of reading. " Cary, author of the memoir Black Ice and the novel The Price of a Child, is getting the chance to return the favor.
January 12, 2004 |
James McBride's The Color of Water, a black man's tribute to his Polish-Jewish mother, is the book Philadelphia wants people to talk about this year. Mayor Street is to announce today the selection of the 1996 best-seller, McBride's meditation on his "brown skin, curly hair and divided soul," as the centerpiece of the city's second One Book, One Philadelphia reading program. The 46-year-old writer and jazz saxophonist, who lives in Solebury, Bucks County, will talk and perform at several of more than 100 One Book, One Philadelphia events organized by the Philadelphia Free Library and held around the region through March 15. "It's a beautiful book, and very moving," said Elliot L. Shelkrot, the library director, who has ordered 5,000 paperback copies to be distributed to area schools and library branches.