WKYT has the amazing story of the survival of an autographed copy of a book taken on a Comair plane that crashed and killed everyone aboard in 2006.
The book was The Messenger by Daniel Silva and had been purchased just before the flight by Les Morris, who died with his wife, Kay. The two were parents of Wyn Morris, who founded the Morris Book Shop, Lexington, Ky., two years after the crash, in part because the deaths acted as a kind of wakeup call for him (Shelf Awareness, February 14, 2008).
Morris told WKYT that his father had met and spoken with Silva but never got to read the book. "When we were kind of faced with the task of going into the house and kind of collecting things up, I found the jacket to The Messenger, the book that I knew he has with him," Morris said.
The station continued: "Months after the crash, Morris received a catalog of crash victims' personal effects that were aboard the ill-fated flight. While flipping through it, he made a stunning discovery. Inside was a photo of Les Morris' personalized signed copy of The Messenger completely intact. Through the mangled wreckage and intense fire that followed the crash, the book emerged virtually unscathed."
"It just felt really good to bring it home in a sense, this thing that I knew was special to my Dad, that he had had with him, and just to have it back felt like have a piece of him," Morris said, adding that his parents' deaths spurred him to act on at least one long-held unfulfilled ambition: "Everyday could be your last day, accidents happen and it is kind of a wake up call to stop screwing around and stop talking about what you want to do someday. Whether it is travel, or get a motorcycle, or fly in a hot air balloon, or God forbid open a bookstore."
Addressing a Telegraph story saying that the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary will never appear in print (see below), a spokesperson for Oxford University Press told the Oxford Times:
"No decision has yet been made on the format of the third edition. It's likely to be more than a decade before the full edition is published and a decision on format will be taken at that point. Lexicographers are currently preparing the third edition of the OED, which is 28 per cent complete. No final completion date is yet confirmed."
had quoted none other than Nigel Portwood, CEO of
Oxford University Press, as saying, "The print dictionary market is just disappearing, it is
falling away by tens of per cent a year." When asked if he thought
the third edition would be printed, he replied, "I don't think so."
Simon Winchester, author of The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, told the Telegraph
that "Until six months ago I was clinging to the idea that printed
books would likely last for ever. Since the arrival of the iPad I am now
wholly convinced otherwise. The printed book is about to vanish at
extraordinary speed. I have two complete OEDs, but never consult them--I use the online OED
five or six times daily. The same with many of my reference books--and
soon with most. Books are about to vanish; reading is about to expand as
a pastime; these are inescapable realities."
More on the story in 2020.
Relativity Media, which has bought the film rights to Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, which goes on sale September 24, will begin promoting the novel now, even before a screenplay has been written, Wall Street Journal reported.
Relativity produced Dear John, based on Sparks's novel of the same name, and hopes to bring out the film of Safe Haven late next year.
Sparks's film deal called for such a marketing campaign--maybe a first--which will include building social communities for the book that will feature "a variety of interactive experiences and contests," including possibly a walk-on role in the film and the chance to meet Sparks during production. The idea is that the book fan base will remain engaged and morph into movie fans, too.
Seth Marko, a bookseller at Warwick's
bookstore, La Jolla, Calif., was interviewed by NPR affiliate KPBS Radio
about his recent odyssey reading a chapter a day of James Patterson's 9th Judgment
about his attempt to "understand the appeal of the world's highest paid author."
With all the news recently about the reading habits of President Obama and his daughters, ABC News decided to give equal time to Michelle Obama by reporting that the First Lady is currently reading an advance copy of The Grace of Silence by NPR's Michele Norris.
And in a stroke of brilliance, when the Obamas arrived, Pam Clarke at
Edgartown Books sent a basket of hand-picked titles for the family to
enjoy on their vacation, as the Boston Herald
examined the "next wave of e-readers," noting that "brand new Kindle
devices from Amazon just hit the market, and more new e-readers (both
real and rumored) are expected very soon. So what's next for the world
Five new books that "serve up stories
and recipes that trace the multiethnic and cultural origins of what our
country eats" were featured in the Seattle Times
Check out a very cool bookcase here, one that makes a user look at the square states in the middle of the country with new appreciation.
Book trailer of the day: The Deeds of My Fathers: How My Grandfather and Father Built New York and Created the Tabloid World of Today by David Pope (A Philip Turner Book/Rowman & Littlefield), which will be published in October.
In a "private" trip to Harvard and the surrounding neighborhood, new Boston Celtic Shaquille O'Neal stopped in the Harvard Book Store, where he waited patiently in line and bought two books, according to the Boston Globe.