Pizza, printers, public libraries, plus a thirsty cat – Orange County Register


Libraries usually have extra sources out there to share than you think about. In addition to books and considerate, educated librarians and employees, many additionally supply entry to a spread of issues together with stitching machines, podcasting services, laser and 3D printers, VR headsets, ukeleles, instruments, climbing backpacks, nationwide park day passes, paintings and telescopes.

That’s not even moving into all of the free digital supplies they provide on apps like Libby, Kanopy and hoopla:  audiobooks, e-books, streaming music and flicks, newspapers and extra.

What does your native department have to supply? Cease by, ask and get your self a card in case you don’t have one. (And in case you’re feeling it, let the library crew know you admire them, particularly lately when librarians – librarians! – might use a reminder that most individuals love and admire the work they do.)

The opposite day I realized that not solely might I try a guide from an area department, however I might purchase a slice of pepperoni pizza, too. Final Friday, Oct. 20, the Altadena Library District put a guide merchandising machine out in entrance of the native Prime Pizza.

“The addition of those merchandising machines is the following step in our plan to broaden our footprint and attain areas of the group the place we didn’t have a presence earlier than,” Nikki Winslow, director for the Altadena Library District, informed me through e-mail. “They are going to assist us present continuity of service as we transfer towards closing and renovating our buildings over the following few years. They are going to assist unencumber our employees to plan occasions and companion with native organizations.

“However the most effective half, our patrons can entry library supplies – like books, motion pictures, hotspots and extra – at their very own comfort, 24 hours a day, 7 days every week.”

Checking out the Altadena Library District's new book machine outside the Prime Pizza parlor. (Photo by Erik Pedersen/SCNG)
Trying out the Altadena Library District’s new guide machine outdoors the Prime Pizza parlor. (Photograph by Erik Pedersen/SCNG)

These merchandising machines aren’t a brand new factor; libraries in Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Fullerton and different locations have had them. I suppose I might have checked a kind of out, however as we’ve already ascertained, this one is pizza-adjacent.

So I gave it a take a look at run. It’s easy to make use of (although the afternoon solar made it slightly arduous to learn the display screen) and solely requires a library card. It’s acquired a diverse however not limitless provide of books; I took an opportunity on “The Studying Journey” (having not rigorously learn its subhead: “100 Books to Examine Out Earlier than You’re 12” however it was nonetheless a advantageous selection). The guide got here out simply, and I didn’t should shake the machine the way in which you do when you may’t get your bag of chips to drop down.

Perhaps it appears slightly gimmicky, however it was additionally enjoyable and can get extra use throughout the deliberate renovations Winslow talked about. Plus, you may think about these fashionable wonders can be welcome by parks or colleges or playgrounds (not all of us need to play tetherball!).

Or, positive, simply hold placing them close to pizza parlors. I acquired a slice and an order for residence and left considering: Perhaps, within the spirit of reciprocity, library branches might begin serving pizza? We are able to dream.

Have you ever used certainly one of these machines? What did you consider them? And actual speak: Are there higher meals to eat whereas studying?

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The 15th Annual Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum in Carson on Oct. 21, 2023. (Photo by Erik Pedersen / SCNG)
The fifteenth Annual Printers Truthful on the Worldwide Printing Museum in Carson on Oct. 21, 2023. (Photograph by Erik Pedersen / SCNG)

Urgent enterprise

On Saturday, my favourite letterpress printer and I headed all the way down to the Worldwide Printing Museum in Carson for its fifteenth Annual Printers Truthful and, in case you’ve by no means been, it’s a enjoyable occasion with hands-on demonstrations, artists’ cubicles and meals and drinks. There are extra playing cards and posters than books, however you possibly can additionally get some on-the-spot poetry typed up for you from The Typin’ Pint or purchase your self some printing tools in case you had a hankering for a pica stick, an empty sort case or a number of thousand kilos of printing press (relying on what’s available).

Assembly and speaking to the vary of creators can be fairly nice, and we checked out books and broadsides from Jessica Spring at Springtide Press, H.A. Peters of Society of Hermits and Carolee Campbell of Ninja Press (a few of whom I’d met earlier than via my spouse, full disclosure). I’m additionally at all times drawn to the colourful work of Melissa & James Buchanan, who are the parents behind The Little Pals of Print Making, who I interviewed in 2017 at Comedian-Con, and the legendary posters of Hatch Present Print.

I additionally met and acquired an illustration on how one can make prints with a tiny desktop press from Alex Yun of Altadena’s AXIllustration. We appeared into the Museum’s E book Arts Institute, which presents lessons in letterpress printing, bookbinding and paper arts. Inside, the store cat jumped up onto a sink and meowed at me to activate the tap so she might get a drink, so, all in all, it was a profitable day.

Take a look at printmuseum.org for extra details about upcoming occasions.


Covers of "Starter Villain," "The Vegan," "The Shamshine Blind," and "Olga Dies Dreaming." (Covers courtesy of Tor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon & Schuster, Flatiron)
Covers of “Starter Villain,” “The Vegan,” “The Shamshine Blind,” and “Olga Dies Dreaming.” (Covers courtesy of Tor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon & Schuster, Flatiron)

Reader Mail

I’ve seen {that a} frequent interview query you ask is, “Do you’ve any favourite guide covers?” Have you ever requested readers? Listed below are mine from this yr and one from final: “Starter Villain” by John Scalzi; “The Vegan” by Andrew Lipstein; “The Shamshine Blind” by Paz Pardo; and “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez Eileen Ferris

Hello Erik. Glad to be on The E book Pages. To answer to your question about what I’ve been studying, it’s “Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon, and “The Secret Pilgrim” by John Le Carré, the three concurrently. Effectively, you requested.Jimmy Sukeshwala

I’m at the moment studying “The Woods” by Harlan Coben, and I’ll then be transferring on to “The Hiding Place” by C.J. Tudor. … I’ve been in search of out mysteries, crime thrillers and different books with nice plot factors to get misplaced in. Once I was small, I took slightly longer, I feel, to discover ways to learn. As soon as I acquired it down properly, I used to be off and operating. I learn varied genres of books continually. By 11, I used to be studying classics like “A Story of Two Cities” and different Dickens books. It was a stunning approach to drop down into one other world. I nonetheless learn at 49 years outdated for the exact same motive. – Beth

And eventually, Peter Coogan wrote in to let me know that the story I did on Gerry Fialka and the Finnegans Wake studying group reaching the ultimate web page after 28 years has traveled the world, ending up in shops from Paris and Prague to Pretoria and Poznan, Poland.

Coogan, a longtime member of the group who first alerted me to it, additionally let me know that the group shall be assembly once more from 6-8 p.m. on November 7. Go to Fialka’s webpage for more information.

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Thanks, as at all times, for studying.


‘Home of Doorways’ creator Tan Twan Eng learn ‘Woman Chatterley’s Lover’ as a toddler

Tan Twan Eng is an internationally acknowledged author of historic fiction. His newest guide, “The Home of Doorways,” has simply been printed by Bloomsbury. (Photograph by Lloyd Smith/Author Photos / Courtesy of Bloomsbury)

Born and raised in Malaysia, Tan Twan Eng is an internationally acknowledged author of historic fiction. His newest guide, “The Home of Doorways,” is simply out from Bloomsbury. Contributor Diya Chacko talked to the creator, and right here he responds to the E book Pages Q&A.

Q. What was the primary guide that made an impression on you?

That will most likely be “Woman Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence. I used to be seven or eight when I discovered it in a guide sale. It was very low cost, as a result of I might purchase it with my pocket cash. I used to be so proud. I confirmed it to my mother and father – they usually had been horrified. However they did find yourself letting me learn it, and ask them questions if I didn’t perceive one thing.

Q. Is there an individual who made an impression in your studying life?

I might say my mother and father, due to their hands-off angle to what I used to be studying. They purchased books for me, and there have been at all times books mendacity round the home. I might learn something I needed. If I noticed one thing attention-grabbing, I might learn it. I used to be fortunate that I had mother and father who let me learn something I needed. That’s one of many essential the explanation why I hate banned books and censorship. I discover it repugnant.

My father was a banker, and by no means learn any fiction. He would learn textbooks on economics and banking, and he discovered that very pleasing. I believed that was terrible. My mom was a pc programmer within the early days, , after they had punch playing cards? She solely began studying after I began making her learn. I might get books that I believed she is perhaps fascinated by, like household sagas, and I might inform her, “Come on, simply learn, learn.”

Q. What are you studying now?

I’m studying “Number9Dream” by David Mitchell, who wrote “Cloud Atlas.” That is certainly one of his early books. I discovered it just lately in a bookshop, and I noticed I hadn’t learn it, so I picked it up. He’s a superb author. He’s simply so gifted – I’m sick with jealousy, ?

Q. Is there a guide you’d suggest to others?

There’s this guide referred to as “Moon Tiger” by Penelope Energetic which I inform all people to learn. She’s superb; she must be extra broadly recognized. Wonderful writing. I generally reread bits of this guide after I simply need one thing to cleanse my thoughts, to see what good writing is like.

There’s another that I learn final yr, that I feel individuals ought to learn: Alison MacLeod’s “Tenderness” It’s a guide about D.H. Lawrence and the way he got here to put in writing “Woman Chatterley’s Lover,” and what occurred afterwards with the obscenity trial. She’s a supremely gifted author; it’s essential to learn it. It’s actually a powerful achievement.


Bestsellers, books, authors and extra

CROCKETT, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Naturalist, artist and author Obi Kaufmann shows works on illustrations for his next field guide at his studio, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Crockett, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
CROCKETT, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Naturalist, artist and creator Obi Kaufmann exhibits works on illustrations for his subsequent discipline information at his studio, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Crockett, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Space Information Group)

Desert Journey

Obi Kaufmann explored California’s coasts and forests. Now he’s on a brand new quest. READ MORE

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Safiya Sinclair is the creator of “Find out how to Say Babylon.” (Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan / Courtesy of 37 Ink)

Memoir of childhood

“Find out how to Say Babylon” creator Safiya Sinclair describes how she discovered her voice. READ MORE

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These frightening tales are perfect to get you ready for Halloween. (Courtesy of the publishers Little Brown, Berkley, Hogarth, Del Rey, Tor Nightfire, Gallery/Saga, Random House)
These scary tales are good to get you prepared for Halloween. (Courtesy of the publishers Little Brown, Berkley, Hogarth, Del Rey, Tor Nightfire, Gallery/Saga, Random Home)

2023’s scariest books

Take a look at these 20 terrifying books and horror novels to learn this Halloween. READ MORE

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Visitors during a city council meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Councilmember Gracey Van Der Mark is proposing making it harder for children to access sexually explicit books at the Huntington Beach Public Libraries. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Guests throughout a metropolis council assembly on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Councilmember Gracey Van Der Mark is proposing making it tougher for kids to entry sexually specific books on the Huntington Seashore Public Libraries.(Photograph by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Newest on library

Huntington Seashore opts to empower group overview board to vet youngsters’s books. READ MORE

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"The Exchange: After The Firm" by John Grisham is among the top-selling fiction releases at Southern California's independent bookstores. (Courtesy of Doubleday Books)
“The Trade: After The Agency” by John Grisham is among the many top-selling fiction releases at Southern California’s unbiased bookstores. (Courtesy of Doubleday Books)

The week’s bestsellers

The highest-selling books at your native unbiased bookstores. READ MORE

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Bookish (SCNG)
Bookish (SCNG)

Subsequent on ‘Bookish’

The following installment is Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. as authors Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, Tess Gerritsen and David Ulin be part of host Sandra Tsing Loh and Samantha Dunn to speak about books. Join free now.

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