Celebrating Some Recent Anniversaries and Notable Occasions in the World of Books

podcastIn this podcast, Infopeople’s book maven Michael Cart celebrates recent anniversaries and other notable occasions in the world of books and publishing. Among the occasions mentioned: the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare, the 75th anniversary of the publication of Make Way for Ducklings, and the 100th birthday of author Beverly Cleary.

Michael Cart on New Year’s Resolutions

podcastIn this podcast recorded early in 2015, Infopeople’s resident book reviewer Michael Cart talks about his new year’s resolution: to read less and enjoy it more. That may sound crazy, but when he explains how much he had to read in 2014, it makes a lot of sense!

Titles discussed in this podcast:

  • David Almond’s The True Tale Of The Monster Billy Dean Telt By Hisself
  • Gregory Maguire’s Egg And Spoon
  • Jessie Ann Foley’s Carnival At Bray
  • Kate Hattemer’s The Vigilante Poets Of Selwyn Academy
  • Adele Griffin’s The Unfinished Life Of Addison Stone
  • Donna Hosie’s The Devil’s Intern
  • Mary E. Person’s The Kiss Of Deception

Michael Cart looks at the impact of ebooks on the reading experience

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart uses this New York Times Book Review article as a jumping off point to look at how ebooks change the reading experience. Sure, you can adjust the font size,you can carry loads of title around with you, and it’s easy to read at night with a handy backlight – all great things. But what about the distractions?

He also looks at the merits (or demerits) of the negative book review.

Michael Cart talks about a new book on defeating the culture of bullying

podcastIn his latest podcast, Infopeople’s resident book reviewer Michael Cart talks about a new book by Emily Bazelon called Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. What are the best ways to defeat bullying? Not surprisingly, developing a sense of empathy and compassion for others. The trick is helping kids learn those skills.

On a lighter note, Michael also discusses a Washington Post article by Elizabeth Mayhew, and asks the question: in a world of e-books and e-readers, what happens to all the bookshelves?