Libraries

August 30, 2009
(was 09.28.2008)

America was once a nation of readers, but now experts warn that reading is in decline as our cultural life moves online. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, an hour in praise and defense of the book. Ursula Le Guin takes book publishers to task and a beloved children's book editor recalls happy days with Danny the Dinosaur and Little Bear.

  1. Maryanne Wolfe on The Reading Brain

    Maryanne Wolfe directs the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University and is the author of "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain."

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  2. Ursula Le Guin on the Decline of Reading

    Celebrated science fiction and fantasy author Ursula Le Guin tells Steve Paulson that she believes books will always endure.

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  3. Geraldine Brooks on "Sarajevo Haggadah"

    Geraldine Brooks has written a novel which creates a fictional history for a real book – the remarkable, rare, illuminated Jewish manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah.

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  4. Albert Manguel on His Library

    Writer and critic Alberto Manguel has assembled a personal library of some thirty thousand volumes which he houses in an old converted stone barn in a village in France.

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  5. Susan Hirschman on Children's Books

    Susan Hirschmann is a legendary children's book editor and founder of Greenwillow Books.

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