Archive for April, 2012

5 Awesome Things About Books

Posted April 27, 2012 By Jandy
 

Check out this essay by Neil Pasricha.

5 Awesome Things About Books

Thanks, LazyGal.

LA Times Festival of Books 2012

Posted April 24, 2012 By Jandy
 

It was that time again this weekend. My daughter and I had a fun visit to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books once again. We walked all over the University of Southern California’s campus so we could check out the booths and different stages.

The best interview I saw? Anne Perry did a wonderful one on one interview. She still writes her books in long hand! There’s no computer for her. She’s working on a sort of sequel to her World War I series that takes place in the 1930’s.

The best new find? We attended a cool panel featuring Raymond Feist and Greg Bear. I enjoyed hearing their histories of writing. The third panel member was Boyd Morrison. I hadn’t heard of him before but his books sound interesting. So we bought three books between us and had him sign them.

The most fun panel? John Scalzi, Maureen Johnson, and Pam Ribon discussed “The Nerds Shall Inherit the Earth”. We spent that hour laughing.

Other highlights? There is the lady practicing on her mandolin for a bluegrass hour. We chatted with the authors of the Trader Joe’s cookbooks. We brushed off many different religious and philosophy proselytes. We watched Marc Brown draw Arthur the Aardvark and other characters on the Children’s Stage. And we walked, and walked, and walked. My pedometer showed over 8300 steps on Saturday and 7800 steps on Sunday. This from a woman who averages about 3500 to 4000 steps a day.

The least favorite part? We’re not returning to that hotel again. It was about a mile and a half from campus in a more run down area of Los Angeles. First we were put in a smoking room. After we changed rooms, it was somewhat better, but…Next year, we’ll try to get back into the hotel we had last year.

I wonder what authors will be at the LATFOB next year?

Further Education

Posted April 18, 2012 By Jandy
 

Have you heard of Coursera yet? This is from their website:

We offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone. We currently host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania. We are changing the face of education globally, and we invite you to join us.

One of my coworkers pointed it out to me, including a 4 week class on the current state of healthcare. That class tempted me. Then I looked over the curriculum. I found the class I have wanted for a while.

Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

 Ten weeks, starting in July, I get to immerse myself into a wonderful genre. The timing is great for me as well – between book club meetings. August is our month to choose books for the following year, so that gives me some extra reading time. (OK, we’re reading And Ladies of the Club in September – but I can get it in there, I’m sure.)

I wish I knew the reading list for the class. I’ve already read the two mentioned, and look forward to discussing The Left Hand of Darkness. I wonder what else we’ll be reading. Expect to hear more once I start the course.

Hugo Awards Nominations 2012

Posted April 7, 2012 By Jandy
 
It’s that time again. The Hugo Awards nominations for 2012 have been announced today. It’s a normal reading year for me – I haven’t read any of them. If you look down the list at other media, I’ve seen the Harry Potter movie and watched Doctor Who. Otherwise, they’re only titles and names to me.

Hugo Nominations