February 29th — One Day

This is a rarely occurring day — every four years. So it made me wonder how many books are supposed to occur in one day. Here is a list of twelve novels that occur in just one day and at least one play.

Novels of One Day:

  1. Ulysses (1922) by James Joyce:

On June 16th of every year, Leopold Bloom day is celebrated worldwide an homage to Homer’s Odyssey.

  1. Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf:

Centered on Clarissa Dalloway the book starts with her pondering the decision to marry:her husband, another man, or the woman she loves.

  1. Under the Volcano (1947) by Malcolm Lowry:

This is part Lowry’s autobiography and part novel, it takes place on Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead (Nov 1) in 1938. Former British consul Geoffery Firmin explores the small town of Quauhnahuac after quitting his position. A raging alcoholic, he hopes to begin a novel, but it is hard.

  1. Seize the Day (1956) by Saul Bellow:

Tommy Wilhelm faces a grim midlife, unemployed and isolated from his family — he spirals in one exceptionally crowded, painful day.

  1. Billiards at Half-Past Nine (1959) by Heinrich Boll:                                                                War and Nazis haunt September 6, 1958, with flashbacks and  memories included bits of the author’s witnessing the Nazi invasion of his hometown of Cologne perspectives and the conflict that occurs if they blow up St. Anthony Abbey.
  1. A Single Man (1964) by Christopher Isherwood:

George is a gay, middle-aged professor from England, relocated and teaching in California, who has to deal with the unexpected automobile death of his lover, Jim.

  1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick:

This is a day of bounty hunter Rick Deckard, deactivates some androids known as Replicants and this became the film Blade Runner.

  1. Hogfather (1996) by Terry Pratchett:

Hogfather is a part of the Discworld series and is whimsical take on the Santa/Father Christmas tale, told on December 32nd. Fun with wordplay and paroldy.

  1. The Hours (1998) by Michael Cunningham:

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this novel phases between a day in the life of Virginia Wolfe and two other women from three different points in time., one of whom being the famous writer herself. The novel explores many of the same themes.

  1. Cosmopolis (2003) by Don DeLillo:

Cosmopolis unfolds in a day and mostly in Eric Packer’s limousine driving through Manhattan while he goes for a haircut for a man with obscene wealth and interior emptiness.

  1. After Dark (2004) by Haruki Murakami:

Mari Asai just wants to sit alone at Denny’s with her book and a cup of coffee in Tokyo, but life offers other things: a bloodied prostitute, proprietors of a seedy hotel, Chinese mafia, and her sister’s old friend Takahashi.

  1. Saturday (2005) by Ian McEwen

Set in Fitzrovia, London, on Saturday, 15 February 2003, Henry Perowne, a 48-year-old neurosurgeon encounters a demonstration is taking place against the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq and as he goes about the day he meets a troubled man.

Novels in One Day is where I found eleven of these descriptions by Aniya Wells, and posted on January 9, 2011.

Plays  It easier to write a play about a single day. One of the most awarded is Eugene O’Neill’s Long Days Journey Into Night, which was written in 1942, but not produced until 1956. The day is a day in August 1912.

“Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at…something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”  ― David Nicholls, One Day



Where Do You Keep Your Books?

Most of us carry our books with us at times, so we have them in our hands or in our cars or briefcases or purses.

This entry looks at some of the ways we store, use, and have fun with books. I had a good time looking at images and hope you have some fun with them too.  I am trying to figure out how to make a poll with these images and so wish me luck and it will change the entry.

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You can see more about books and vehicles (and this Argentine book mobile which gives away the books that are on it) at  Book Mobiles

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And then there are other uses for books.



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And there are books in electronics.  Image result for odd uses for books             Computers, tablets, nooks,Kindles and telephones.

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We also have to recall that a book is technology, too.

As well as how we store them.

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Blooks are explored by a great news article from CBS News and about things that look like books. The curator Mindell Dubansky (Mindy)  was a preservation librarian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and now has a show at Grolier’s for people who love books— Book Looking = Blooks! — but are not books. From a selection of 600 blooks she has spy tools, cooking, sewing boxes and camera books. She also has information on her blog About Blooks.





First Folio is Here

The University of Arizona is hosting a book. Shakespeare’s First Folio is on display at the Arizona State Museum just south of the Main Gate.

Shakespeare’s First Folio is exhibit from February 15 to March 15 at the Arizona State Museum. A companion exhibit on Shakespeare’s Contemporaries and Elizabethan Culture is on display at at the UofA Special Collections through July 2016. Both exhibits are free and open to the public.

First Folio – The Book By The Numbers

From the UofA website: First Folio Info

  • A First Folio weighs about 4lbs. 13oz.
  • The height of a single page is typically between 12 3/8 – 13 3/8 inches and the width is typically 8 – 8 3/4 inches.
  • The First Folio has more than 900 pages, making the book’s width 1 3/4 – 2 inches depending on the paper.
  • Approximately 750 books were printed. We know of 233 remaining and 82 of them are at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • The First Folio preserved eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays that had never been printed before: All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, 1 Henry VI, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, King John, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Winter’s Tale.

    More Facts About the First Folio

    1. It was put together by two of Shakespeare’s friends and acting colleagues—John Heminge and Henry Condell.  The First Folio was printed in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death.
    2. It was published in London by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, and was printed in the print shop belonging to father and son, William and Isaac Jaggard.
    3. Before 1623, 19 of Shakespeare’s plays were published in quartos—small books made from folding large sheets of paper in quarters. These volumes were printed on inexpensive paper and sold unbound; they were not intended to last. Quarto editions of Shakespeare’s plays are rare just like the folios.
    4. A folio is a term for a large book made by folding the sheets of paper only once. Folio is also a word used to describe the approximate size of a book—a big book. The folio format was usually reserved for royal, religious, or reference documents.
    5. Shakespeare’s First Folio was the first folio ever published in England devoted exclusively to plays. Plays were not considered literature at that point in time.
    6. The First Folio contains more than 900 double-columned pages, an engraved portrait, and several prefatory letters and poems.
    7. Martin Droeshout created the iconic portrait of Shakespeare on the title page of the folio when he was 22 years old. While there is no evidence that Droeshout met Shakespeare, his engraving was approved by Shakespeare’s colleagues John Heminge and Henry Condell. As a result, this image is one of two depictions considered to be a true likeness of Shakespeare. The other is the bust on his grave monuments at Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.
    8. The First Folio contains 36 plays and, for the first time, groups them into comedies, histories, and tragedies.
    9. In the First Folio, the plays are printed one right after another; The Tempest is the first.
    10. Troilus and Cressida appears in the First Folio, but is not listed in the Table of Contents.
    11. Eighteen of the plays had not appeared in print before the First Folio was printed. So we would not have Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like it, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, and several other plays were it not for this book.
    12. Two Noble Kinsmen and Pericles are not in the First Folio. We don’t know exactly why. Perhaps it’s because Shakespeare collaborated on these two plays and, in 1623, he was not yet considered the author.
    13. The notation on the title page that these plays are “Published according to the True Original Copies” seems to indicate that producers of this Folio want the readers to know that these plays are “the real thing” and not unauthorized versions.
    14. In 2016, we know where 233 First Folios are in the world; 82 are in the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. The second largest collection—12 copies—is at Meisei University in Tokyo.
    15. Because of the way in which the First Folios were printed and have been handled over the ages, no two First Folios are alike.  Five different men worked as the typesetters.
    16. A finished First Folio in a calfskin binding cost about £1 in 1623, which today roughly equals between $150-$200. In 2001, a First Folio sold at Christies for just over $6.1 million. The most recent sale was in 2006, when a First Folio sold at Sotheby’s for $5.2 million.
    17. There are no manuscript copies of the plays written in Shakespeare’s handwriting, the First Folio is the closest thing we have to the plays as Shakespeare wrote them.


    18. However, a Tucson Author, Jennifer Lee Carrell has written a wonderful pair of novels about a Shakespearean handwritten copy interred in a coffin — the US version is Interred With Their Bones and the UK version is The Shakespeare Secret. And Haunt Me Still layers in more mystery         andHaunt Me Still

    Learn more about the book that gave us Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Its All in a Name

Ever think about what is the most common name for writers? “John Smith” for English writers?

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Verdant Labs, has created a baby-name app Nametrix,  and has run surveys on the most common names for different professions, from lawyers to librarians. Mark Edmond, founder of Verdant Labs, had the list results:

“For example, the most disproportionately common writer names seem fitting.”

#1 – #10: Kate, Harriet, Simon, Graham, Colin, Edith, Emma, Frances, Julian, Abraham

#11 – #20: Louise, Eleanor, Charlotte, Annie, Ian, Helen, Lucy, Alice, Edgar, Dorothy

Here are the disproportionately common names for other literary gigs on the list:

Poet – Edgar, Hannah, Celia, Anne, Dorothy, Edmund

Librarian – Abigail, Margot, Nanette, Julia, Eleanor, Johanna

Journalist – Hanna, Gideon, Jonah, Alastair, Angus, Louisa

The chart of profession and names is available at Verdant labs: Professions and Common Names

(From a 1-15-15 article by Margaret Aldritch, in Bookriot, Common names for writers, librarians and poets )

And there is a list of famous authors which has 370 famous authors by genre, language and nationality, Famous Authors List, and I found five listings for Dave or David; five for George or Georges; five for James; a whopping 18 for John or Jonathan (but no John Smith); five for Mary; six for Michael or Michel; five Richard or Rick; five for Robert; seven for Stephen, Stephenie, or Steve; six for Thomas or Tom; and eight for Willa or William.

Ghostwriting — Making Words Happen

The Society of Southwestern Authors is having a presentation by Dan Baldwin — a writer with a lot of ghost writing experience on Sunday, 21 Feb at the Tucson City Center Innsuites.  For more information go to SSA website.

Wikipedia defines a ghostwriter as “A ghostwriter is a writer who authors books, manuscripts, screenplays, scripts, articles, blog posts, stories, reports, whitepapers, or other texts that are officially credited to another person.”  The term, coined by Christy Walsh, an American who set up the Christy Walsh Syndicate in 1921 to create and exploit the literary work of America’s sporting heroes. Walsh commissioned his ghosts  and imposed a strict code of conduct on them Rule One: “Don’t insult the intelligence of the public by claiming these men write their own stuff.”

There are a lot of “writers” who have used ghostwriters …  Tom Clancy‘s novels exceeded his ability to write new books and his publisher hired ghostwriters to write novels in the Clancy style.

Famous authors ghostwrite for celebrities on occasion. An example us when H. P. Lovecraft ghostwrote “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” (also known as “Under the Pyramids”) for Harry Houdini in Weird Tales in the 1920s.

For more fun, you might consider Philip Roth‘s 1979 novel The Ghost Writer or  Andrew Croft’s, a British invisible writer, who has visibly written Confessions of a Ghostwriter.

Joe Bunting has written a good article on ghostwriting at How I Ghostwrite.

Valentine Books

Obviously Valentine books should include some information about the martyred saint.  All that is reliably known of the saint commemorated on February 14 is his name and that he was martyred and buried at a cemetery on the Via Flaminia  on that day. It is uncertain whether St. Valentine is to be identified as one saint or the conflation of two saints of the same name and with different martyrologies. There are a couple of books that you may want to explore:

  • Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
  • The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden (only 34 pages)
  • Or find your own

That tradition and legends that characterize Saint Valentine were invented in the fourteenth century in England, notably by Chaucer and his circle, when the feast day of February 14 first became associated with romantic love.  It is also where the tradition of exchanging cards may have come from, so all of the Valentines and Christmas Cards come from that era before a regular post office.

Ah, the question Charlie Brown asks and I would suggest that most of us have asked. One of the traditions of Valentine’s Day is the exchange of valentine cards,

Romance Writers write about romance. Let me see if I can find Valentine in some titles:

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I did not expect that the books that would first come up would be children’s books, but there are over a hundred available readily at Amazon.

Cosmo magazine recommends 17 novels for Valentines — whether you have a hot date or not at  Cosmo2016Reads . And Pop Sugar also recommends 21 novels to buy your single sweetheart. You can find this at Pop Sugar 21 Books.  Finally, GoodReads offers 115 novels to share on Valentines — GoodReads 115 Novels.

The best romance novels is a bit outside my normal reading routine, but I will note that as a genre, Romance is selling about half of the books purchased in the United States. It sounds like a good opportunity to explore.

But if you are looking for a list, the website Booklist created a list of 101 Best Romance novels in the past ten years (2005-2015) at 101 Best Romance Novels.

I am expecting my wife and I will be discussing Valentines and romance and the things that go with romance tomorrow. I hope your Valentines is a good one.


Here, There Be Poets

With that title I think I should be talking as a pirate with a lot of “Arrrrggs” and “Belay thats” thrown in, but in this case I would like to just point out that Tucson is a very Poetic town.


We have a Poetry Square in Tucson and some wonderful opportunities.

The UofA Poetry Center

The University of Arizona Poetry Center was founded in 1960 by Ruth Stephan as a place “to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry.” The Poetry Center’s mission is to promote poetic literacy and sustain, enrich and advance a diverse literary culture. For decades after her initial gift, Ruth Stephan made additional donations of land, stocks, cash and books to the Center.

The new University of Arizona Poetry Center is at 1508 East Helen Street and is one of the three largest poetry centers in the country. It has a solid schedule of programs, ranging from workshops and classes and discussion groups to poetry programs for children, open to everyone. It has an archive of over seventy thousand items, including forty thousand volumes of poetry and twenty-five thousand issues of journals and periodicals.

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In 1960, Robert Frost arrived in Tucson by train to read at the dedication of the new Poetry Center on November 17. Ruth Stephan presided at the dedication with Arizona Congressman Stewart Udall and University President Richard Harvill. During this historic visit, Congressman Udall asked Frost to consider reading a poem at John F. Kennedy’s upcoming inauguration.

There is a children’s room, the rare book room and one special feature is the Audio-Video Collection =  ‘voca’ and features recordings from the Center’s long running Reading Series and other readings. All of the recordings are made available with the permission of the poets

The Tucson Poetry Festival

The festival is in the planning stage right now and the website is under construction. There have been 32 festivals and XXXIII is being designed.

The website is Tucson Poetry Festival. The Executive Director is Teré Fowler-Chapman.

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A Poet’s Moment

with Host Ron Cipriani teams with a local poet each week to present a brief reading and also sharing information on upcoming poetry events. Contact poet@kxci.org

A Poet’s Moment airs: at FM 91.3 on the following schedule:

Sundays 4:55 AM & 2:55 PM        Mondays 9:55 AM     Tuesdays 2:55 PM

Friday 4:55 AM   Saturday 7:55 AM

Tucson Poetry Society

Meets the first Saturday of the month often at the UofA Poetry Center, but since it closes down for a few weeks over the summer, the meeting location is a bit of a moving target.

More information is available on their Facebook page at Tucson Poetry Society on Facebook.