Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

March 04, 2011


*Oh, Bieber. Maybe you're not all bad. The boy with the $40,000 hair hosted a webcast watched by more than 500,000 people, setting a record for the biggest attendance yet for America's Biggest Bedtime Story.  

*In other celeb news, Katie Couric has compiled a series of essays written by famous friends into a book to be published this spring: The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives. Contributors include such diverse luminaries as Madeleine Albright, Chelsea Handler, Salman Rushdie and Jay Leno.

*The Bible just got a little less bootylicious. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a new edition of the New American Bible that replaces all instances of the word "booty" with "spoils."

*To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee was one of 10 artists and authors to receive the National Medal of Arts this week. The reclusive writer stayed true to form, however, and did not attend the White House ceremony.

*As a result of its filing for Chaper 11, Borders is shutting down stores post-haste. Naturally, employees in the shuttering stores are a bit upset, and quite a few of them have been taken to the World Wide Web to air their grievances - and horror stories. 

*I don't need them, but I'd love to have them. A pair of Winston Churchill's reading glasses are going up for auction March 17. The starting price is only £200-£300, but auctioneers expect the final price to be quite a bit heftier, of course.


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