How to Moon a Cat
More genres really need to get in on this eye-catching-title thing.
With NaNoWriMo in mind, here’s a book trailer for a book about writing your own book in 26 days! Don’t worry, Nanowrimo gives you an extra 4 days, apparently!
There’s some seriously awesome, exciting, historic things going on right now. If I hadn’t already chosen a paper topic long ago, I’d be tempted to do one on these.
You see, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, and other occupations around the country have set up libraries. How do you run a library on the street? Especially in places that rain and soon snow will be falling?
“A few days ago, Betsy, a trained librarian who lives in Brooklyn, came to the protest for the first time and found a short stack of books lying on the ground where everyone was camped out. She decided to go to one of the organizational meetings for the protests and ask if anyone else thought it would be a good idea to start a proper library. People did.”
Because Boston is close to me, I’m watching them with interest as well.
Here’s an article that just came out a few days ago:
“The librarians have eschewed the Dewey Decimal System, concerned by historical accounts that portray Melvil Dewey, its inventor, as a racist and misogynist.”
And here’s the Occupy Boston library wikipage.
This is what a library looks like.
This book did catch my eye when it first came out, but I haven’t read it. The trailer’s pretty awesome though.
Thanks again to the Outer Alliance Google group for giving me suggestions.
Over on my The Blogger’s Bride post, K requested I look at The X’s Apprentice, and also note the gender of the Apprentice and the X. So, yes, I do take requests!
These are only fiction titles found in our library catalog.
One thing I instantly notice is there are no YA titles. Which is odd, considering most apprentices would be YA age, wouldn’t they? Maybe they’re Journeymen by then. (Oddly, only 2 titles with Journeyman, one OSC’s Alvin Journeyman and the other The Glasswrights’ Journeyman by Mindy L. Klasky. That apostrophe is in the correct place. And that one does happen to be YA.)
Lots of magic-related or academic sort of professions there. There aren’t a lot of hands-on type craftsman, which would be more typical of apprenticeships. Where’s the carpenter, the gunsmith, the blacksmith, the other-smiths?
The masters are typically male, as kind of expected. The only ones that are women are a quilter, a baker, a healer, a midwife, and the puppeteer who has to go about as a man.
In at least some of the cases where the apprentice is a girl and the master is not, she’s definitely bucking trends to be that. She might be ‘the only girl’ or ‘the first girl’ or it might simply be uncommon. I can’t give exact numbers without actually reading some of the books.
Or where it’s an M/F relationship and the girl is a little older, it probably involves a romantic relationship developing at some point. That seems to be the case in at least two of the titles listed above.
Absolutely none of them had a female master teaching a male apprentice!