Adopt a Book from the British Library

If I have a usual routine, it is that I spend between one and two hours an evening, somewhere between 8.30 and 10.30 pm, blogging (by which I mean reading and answering personal emails, reading items in my RSS reader and writing blog posts). This evening, however, I am distracted by a huge bruise on my foot. I was leaving my office this morning to walk across the room outside when my foot twisted under me. I’ve been in pain all day and am now finding it too distracting to write anything coherent or to process much that I’m reading.

I’ll therefore bow out for the evening with this link: Adopt a Book from the British Library "a novel gift idea. The beneficiary of your gift can enjoy benefits such as a personalised bookplate added to your chosen book and the chance to view it on a behind the scenes tour. Adopt a Book supports our conservation team, helping us preserve the world’s knowledge for future generations. There are hundreds of books available for adoption; you can browse these or search for something specific".

I’m off to conserve my foot, but conserving the world’s knowledge sounds a much more worthy occupation.

ITW debut scholarship awards

From the International Thriller Writers’ e-newsletter:

On behalf of the ITW Scholarship Committee (thank you Elaine Flinn, Gregg Olsen & JT Ellison!), we are pleased to announce the two winners of the ITW debut author scholarship for 2007 ThrillerFest in New York:

Rhodi Hawk (A TWISTER LADDER, Tor/Forge Summer 2008)
Derek Nikitas (PYRES, St. Martin’s Minotaur October 2007)

Thank you to everyone who applied. We were pleased with the response and will be announcing the 2008 Scholarship Program this fall.

Allison Brennan
ITW Scholarship Committee Chair

My warmest congratulations to both authors.