Bookavore

voracious reader with a certain verbal attitude

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TODAY I am a writer, but I also see myself as something of a landscape artist. I paint pictures of scenes for inner-city youth that are familiar, and I people the scenes with brothers and aunts and friends they all have met.

Walter Dean Myers, “Where are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” Worth rereading. (via nationalbook)

Incredible man. RIP, Walter Dean Myers.

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jennirl:

Paul Kozlowski: a bookseller’s remembrance
i was working the register last week at our Jersey City store when PK came in, doing his morning errands. we talked about his new gigs. he complimented me on a recent pick in the staff newsletter, and he listened while i gushed about Red or Dead. he special ordered a few books. before he left he gave me a hug and kissed my hand because that was how PK rolled — he was a gentleman, through and through. after he left, i told a coworker who had just met him, “you should get to know him if you can; he’s a force.”
i can’t remember the first time i met PK, but i can remember pretty much every party we were ever at, because you knew when PK was at a party (as you can tell from the above picture of him — on the left — with an author). he was as much a force on the dance floor as he was surrounded by books, telling you what you absolutely had to read next.
i don’t really know how to end this. there are many who knew him better than i, and i can only begin to imagine the loss they are facing. when i heard the news of his passing today, all i could think was: but i’ve got books for him.

via shelfawareness: Re Paul Kozlowski: per @JATardiff: viewing Sun., 6/29, 2-6pm, Faille Memorial Home,Hoboken. Donations to WBGO.org. Condolences.


Came out to Vegas for Annual early to see some family. Nothing will make you feel more separate from the book world, such as it is, than wandering through a thicket of beeping slot machines every time you go to get coffee. Just feels like you’re floating outside the real world.
But this horrible news brought me abruptly down from the neon clouds. PK was one of the greats, both in his love for books and just in being a stand-up human being. It’s just impossible to believe he’s gone. Heartbreaking. And a loss for everyone, even if you didn’t know him, because he cared about books (and people) in a way that we could really use more of. Godspeed, PK.

jennirl:

Paul Kozlowski: a bookseller’s remembrance

i was working the register last week at our Jersey City store when PK came in, doing his morning errands. we talked about his new gigs. he complimented me on a recent pick in the staff newsletter, and he listened while i gushed about Red or Dead. he special ordered a few books. before he left he gave me a hug and kissed my hand because that was how PK rolled — he was a gentleman, through and through. after he left, i told a coworker who had just met him, “you should get to know him if you can; he’s a force.”

i can’t remember the first time i met PK, but i can remember pretty much every party we were ever at, because you knew when PK was at a party (as you can tell from the above picture of him — on the left — with an author). he was as much a force on the dance floor as he was surrounded by books, telling you what you absolutely had to read next.

i don’t really know how to end this. there are many who knew him better than i, and i can only begin to imagine the loss they are facing. when i heard the news of his passing today, all i could think was: but i’ve got books for him.

via shelfawareness: Re Paul Kozlowski: per @JATardiff: viewing Sun., 6/29, 2-6pm, Faille Memorial Home,Hoboken. Donations to WBGO.org. Condolences.

Came out to Vegas for Annual early to see some family. Nothing will make you feel more separate from the book world, such as it is, than wandering through a thicket of beeping slot machines every time you go to get coffee. Just feels like you’re floating outside the real world.

But this horrible news brought me abruptly down from the neon clouds. PK was one of the greats, both in his love for books and just in being a stand-up human being. It’s just impossible to believe he’s gone. Heartbreaking. And a loss for everyone, even if you didn’t know him, because he cared about books (and people) in a way that we could really use more of. Godspeed, PK.

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My dad, whose excitement about the world and all its workings made me the nerd I am today.

My dad, whose excitement about the world and all its workings made me the nerd I am today.

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@jennirl made tutus for me and @erintheshea for the GLBT Pride 5K and a lady just told her daughter we are running ballerinas

@jennirl made tutus for me and @erintheshea for the GLBT Pride 5K and a lady just told her daughter we are running ballerinas