Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Since this isn't in the popular reading collection, I don't know how appropriate it is to post about it here. I'll let you decide! :)
Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins, is a young adult book about teens in a facility because of their suicide attempts. There is one word that describes this book: WOW! It's a very powerful book and you really get a feel for the characters and how they came to be suicidal. You end up rooting for each and everyone of them! Don't let the size of the book scare you...it's actually a pretty fast read, since it's written in verse form, which takes up lots of space. It's not exactly rhyming verse so it's easy to read just like a regular novel.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
He graduated from UND in 1961 and received a doctorate of letters here in 1994. In 1996, the Chester Fritz Library celebrated its millionth volume--and what did we select to be that millionth volume? "Christmas in Omaha," by Jon Hassler. Mr. Hassler came to the library and we had a formal presentation as he donated a signed copy.
I've met a lot of writers in my life, but I have never been as excited as I was that day, seeing a writer I admired so much.
And now he's gone.
You'll have to excuse me if I'm a little sad today....
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
A couple things come to mind as I read your post:
About the fake memoir-I read another good article that might be of interest to our students. Bob Thompson, Washington Post Staff Writer, says:
To: The publishing industry.
From: Your friends in the news biz.
Re: Fake memoirs.
Two words: Fact check!
It was interesting to find out publishing houses do not fact check, saying they have to trust their authors and they don’t have the money to fact check. That’s the perfect kind of low-paid job that gets your foot in the door of a magazine or newspaper! Can you believe, Janet, that in my
Anyway, Tim Madigan has had quite a successful career in the newspaper industry. That’s how he met Mr. Rogers. They instantly had a connection and kept up correspondence throughout the years. Tim would take opportunities to visit Mr. Rogers in
It's a beautiful day in the library-
Monday, March 10, 2008
This allows me to focus on a memoir that is NOT fictionalized. Tim Madigan is a UND graduate, and he's written a wonderful remembrance of his friendship with Mr. Rogers. Yes, that Mr. Rogers--"It's-a-wonderful-day-in-the-neighborhood" Mr. Rogers. Publishers Weekly gave Tim Madigan's book, I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers a rare starred review.
It deserves that star.
When we began this blog, we determined right away that Tim would be our first Author of the Month. We were still learning how to make things work techie-wise, and we didn't get him featured as much as we'd have liked. But he's in the forefront of our minds now as we consider the art of the memoir, and how well he's done it.
To Tim Madigan, we have to say this: Thank you. And you know something else? We're really proud of you.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Janet, do your ever tell stories about yourself? Do you ever exaggerate a bit or combine some aspects to make the story easier to tell? I bet you did--I know I have. I think most people are smart enough to know that about people. What about authors of autobiographies? How much slack should we give them? Oprah didn’t give much to James Frey, author of the book A Million Little Pieces in 2006. Apparently his “true-life” story about drug and alcohol addiction recovery had some events that were not entirely accurate. Publisher Random House stood behind the author in a lawsuit and new copies of the book have a disclaimer. Our copy of the book has the letter from the publisher right in the front of the book and the genre “Biographical Fiction” is used to describe this book in our catalog.
There are recent controversies about the “memoirs” of a holocaust survivor and a totally fabricated story about a