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PPN Weekly Digest / December 12, 2014

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In the News

“The Friends of Weed Library need your help. In September 2014, the Boles Fire swept through the tightly-knit Weed community and their branch library was completely destroyed. They lost all of the items inside the library and not even a footprint remained…”
-from The Friends of Weed Library on Indiegogo



“Berkeley’s Heyday Books is known for its eclectic catalog of well-crafted works that emphasize the history, culture and ecology of California. We talk with founder Malcolm Margolin…”
-from Michael Krasny for KQED

Listen… “Malcolm Margolin interviewed on KQED”

Creative Thinking

“‘Tsundoku,’ the Japanese Word for the New Books That Pile Up on Our Shelves, Should Enter the English Language”
-from Open Culture

Read more… “impossible to fully translate”


“Our brains were not designed for reading, but have adapted and created new circuits to understand letters and texts. The brain reads by constructing a mental representation of the text based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page.”
-from Rachel Grate for Arts Mic

Read more… “Reading in print helps with comprehension.”


“The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles-new, classic, or somewhere in between-from a year of reading.”
-from The Atlantic


Read more… “The Best Book I Read This Year”


“Children’s literature is not a diverse space. Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, only 67 were written by African-American writers, and only 93 centered on black characters. That’s actually the lowest tally recorded since 1994…”

-from Noah Berlatsky, for PS Mag

Read more… “Could diverse protagonists reduce racial anxiety?”


“Listen to your gut (which I call your ‘inner pilot light’ – that wise part of you that really knows what’s best for you, your body, your relationships, and your business). Don’t let fear rule the show.”

-from Chuck Sambuchino for The Write Life

Read more… “How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books”

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