Friday, July 10, 2009

New England Lit Links
(or: you've stolen our beaches, the least you can do is buy our books) has mapped out Boston's Literary Neighborhoods, providing you with MapQuest entries for 29 real life locations used in popular (and unpopular) fiction. Making good great, the article includes excerpts! again. This time they've got The 100 Essential New England Books. While making Moby Dick #1 was a surprise to no one, they've got The Autobiography of Malcolm X at #8 and The Friends of Eddie Coyle at #10, so that's cool.

The Cape Cod Times has a brief blip about books, recommending fishing-related reads in an addendum to their Local Fishing Conditions column. Most of 'em are obvious (The Perfect Storm, Jaws), but a couple actually made me think, 'Damn, I'd better put that on our Summer Reads table.' (Cod by Mark Kurlansky, for example.)

New England Sports News reports, "Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is sponsoring the first annual book drive for his Hits for Kids foundation, which will benefit the Boston Public School System. The drive will take place at Fenway Park on July 11 and 12 with over 100,000 books expected to be donated. The books will be given to libraries throughout Boston." Click here for the extra sentence or two I left out.