Sunday, January 11, 2015

Links & Reviews

- Bibliography Week is coming up in New York! There's a schedule of events here, and Bob McCamant has announced the speakers for the APHA meeting.

- The DPLA has published its strategic plan for the next three years.

- FB&C revisits Laura Massey, now of Alembic Books, for their Bright Young Booksellers series.

- There's a pretty excellent new acquisition at UVA's special collections library: an unrecorded copy of the 1701 edition of Michael Wigglesworth's Day of Doom, bound with the 1689 edition of Meat out of the eater. David Whitesell writes about the bibliographical significance of this copy, and about the conservation treatments required to make it ready for use by researchers.

- The Authors Guild has dropped its suit against HathiTrust.

- Literary forger Lee Israel died on 24 December at the age of 75. The NYTimes ran an obituary.

- Richard Adams spoke with Alison Flood of the Guardian about his writing career.

- The MHS has announced a book prize to honor Rev. Peter Gomes.

- UNC Press has received a $988,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support a platform for the production of digital monographs by university presses.

- Anne Kingston writes for Maclean's about the continued drama at Libraries and Archives Canada. She highlights a new report by the Royal Society of Canada, "The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory."

- Jeffrey J. Williams writes for the Chronicle about "The New Modesty in Literary Criticism."

- Don't miss Robert Darnton's NYRB post from this week, "Laughter and Terror."

- There's a piece in the Sunday Times about the recovery of some of the Doves Press type (unfortunately the article is behind a paywall). The search team has also posted a short video shot during the search.

Reviews

- Marilyn Johnson's Lives in Ruins; review by John Glassie in the NYTimes.

- Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton; review by Daniel Walker Howe in the WaPo.

- John Oller's American Queen; review by Amanda Vaill in the NYTimes.

- Anita Anand's Sophia; review by Carolyn Kellogg in the LATimes.

- Robert Tombs' The English and Their History; review by Linda Colley in the TLS.

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