Odds and Bookends: January 22

A Very New York Novel Wins Newbery Medal
The New York Times highlights Rebecca Stead, whose book “When You Reach Me,” won the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature on Monday. In addition – don’t miss Shelf Awareness’ interview with Rebecca Stead.

Kaiser Media Report Finds Kids’ Book Reading Steady
A report on media usage from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the percentage of kids who self-identify as readers has remained steady with the amount of time spent reading books has increased slightly.

Phil Jackson throws the books at his team
As is his tradition, the Lakers coach gives his players something to read before a long trip. Check out the titles he’s selected for Lakers players.

Jack Kerouac’s ‘Big Sur’ is jumping-off point for Ben Gibbard, Jay Farrar
Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie and Jay Farrar, of Son Volt, present songs from their Jack Kerouac/Big Sur project in Seattle this weekend.

In praise of trilogies
From the Guardian, “a triple-decker story is one of the glories of the art of fiction, but it’s not easy to pull off.”

1,000 Words: Penistone Hill
A picture is worth a thousand words. Check out this photograph of sandstone books on top of Penistone Hill in Yorkshire, England that “stretch along the path that leads to Top Withens, which, it has been suggested, inspired the setting of the Earnshaw house in Wuthering Heights.”

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