Issue of April 8, 2012

Spring is springing. And so is our reading. Come along for an amusing look at the possible development of papyrus and paper; share in a special time with a new take on Jane Austen; and learn about the role of bookstores in a bookmark collector’s passion.

There is one temporarily sad note in this issue: Nicki Leone does not have a new piece for “A Reading Life.” The reason is that on Sunday morning, as she was writing the column, she stopped for an apple snack. As she was slicing the apple in the kitchen, one of her cats chased a lizard across the counter, startling her sufficiently to distract her attention from a very sharp knife. Said knife proceeded to cut two of her fingers so severely she had to make a run to the emergency room. Fortunately, all will be okay but she is reduced to typing, in between applications of ice packs, with one finger and a mind full of pain. I made an executive decision to let her current column run so she can heal. It’s such a good one you can go ahead and read it again.

In other news . . .

How did papyrus and paper really develop? Biblio-humorist Elizabeth Creith wonders if perhaps they could have taken an evolutionary journey in Papyrus Trail.

Collecting bookmarks engages young and old, and one of the great pleasures of meeting other collectors is learning how they became engaged with bookmarks and what makes their collection. Laine Farley interviews one such collector who shares how her passion for bookstores spawned her interest in bookmarks in Collecting with Care.

Breaking with her tradition of two books and one theme at a time, Katherine Hauswirth focuses her attention on a newly released annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Emma. What is it like reading a classic that also contains numerous notes that provide previously unknown background? See, in The More Things Change . . .

Those lazy, hazy days have invaded spring too, and Lauren Roberts is Taking a Cue from Cats. Her cats, that is. She’s off to read, and encourages you to also do so.

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