Monday, May 22, 2006

Links and a Look Ahead

I am going to hear Michael Pollan read and talk about his new book The Omnivore's Dilemma tonight. I'll report back on both the author and what he says tomorrow. In the mean time, here are a few places to direct your attention:

  • The George Plimpton Haiku Competition sponsored by The Plimpton Project and to be judged by Billy Collins, David Lehman, and Denise Duhamel. You could win $200! The haiku should in some way be inspired by George Plimpton and must follow the 5/7/5 syllable rule. Submission deadline is September 15, 2006. Multiple submissions are accepted but each is judged on its own. Email your submissions to toby at plimptonproject dot org. Good luck!
  • Looking for a neglected book or something good to read that no one else, or hardly anyone else, is reading? Then Neglected Books is the place for you. Check it out. You can even suggest a neglected book from your own list.
  • Beth Quittman of the Book of the Day blog is gathering nominations from bloggers to create an alternate list to the one recently released by the New York Times (I know I should link to it but so many others have, I can't bring myself to do it too). Nominations can be made until the end of May.
  • For your book shopping needs there is Fetch Books. Type in a title and it will search out the best price for you for new or used books.
And something else to look forward to this week--a book giveaway! That will probably be on Wednesday. I have to think of what you'll need to do to enter. I'm not even going to tell you what book it is until then. I will tell you though that it won't be published until June. How's that for a teaser?