Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mystery Bytes: News, reviews, and info for the Mystery Community

Mystery Bytes: An occasional round-up of News, Reviews and Info for the Mystery Community

Ever think about checking out your books from the local shanty on the frozen ice? Library Journal reports that there is a branch known as the Library Shanty on a frozen lake near Minneapolis. It was put up last weekend as part of the Art Shanty Project, an annual community of temporary shelters put up be artists for four winter weekends on Medicine Lake. The one-room Library Shanty, called the Medicine Lake Branch, is the brainchild of artist Lauren Herzak-Bauman and was brought to fruition by a team. The collection of books, cataloged via LibraryThing, can be checked out for use in the shanty itself or taken out if the patron is from another shanty. There are 300 books in the library and people keep bringing more. The library is open every weekend for 4 weekends. Read More HERE.

Too cold or too singular an activity? Publishers Weekly reported that The Bookworm in Omaha, NE, is hosting a fundraiser for Haiti relief that, hopefully, will also bring over-30-year-old bookloving singles together. A portion of the $10 entrance fee at The Bookworm’s “Speed Dating by the Book” will be donated to The Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund.

Participants are asked to bring their favorite book with them to “start the conversation going” during four-minute segments between pairs, before the men line up on one side, women on the other, for the question-and-answer part of the evening. The moderator will ask each participant such questions as “What is the favorite book your mother read to you?” or “What was your favorite read in high school?” Read the rest of the article HERE.
Joan Smith on The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell in the Times Online. Read the Review HERE.
The Daily News reported that Katherine Heigl will play Stephanie Plum in One for the Money. Read the article HERE. What do you think?
Ever want to go inside the home of James Patterson? Probably not, but if you did, James Patterson's Beach Home is Up for Sale for $14.9 million. He calls it his "little cottage." For more on this or to make a bid read more. HERE.

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