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November 4, 2013

Happy Pub Day

We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this November.

The 10 Essential Hugs of Life

The 10 Essential Hugs of Life by Roy Spence

The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business 

The Artist Guide to Success in the Music Business by Loren Weisman

The Risk Advantage 

The Risk Advantage by Tom Panaggio

The Slight Edge 

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Well done! All your hard work and dedication has paid off, and we’re honored to be partners in your latest and greatest work.

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Dictionary Day

October 16, 2013

Noah Webster

Happy birthday to Noah Webster! Widely considered to be the father of the modern dictionary, Webster would be the ripe old age of 225 today. Although some may assume dictionaries are a tool of torture or just another icon on their smartphone screen, these books have a history richer than you would guess. It is much more exciting than reading one cover-to-cover, certainly.

 

Noah Webster was an American freedom fighter during the Revolutionary War, although very few of his efforts involved any type of combat. Ever the patriot, Webster recognized that the separation of America from Britain was going to be permanent and that America needed to solidify a national identity to unite its people. He believed language was a powerful way to shape individual thought and behavior in favor of a common, social ideal.

 

Webster took the many dialects and languages used across the colonies and standardized them into one, common language. He published his first 5,000-word dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806. In it, he simplified English from its British origins, changing spelling from colour to color and plough to plow, and even trying to change tongue to tung. New words like skunk and chowder were added in, as well. These seemingly innocuous changes helped define a social and political identity that was uniquely American.

 

Webster died in 1843, a few years after the release of the second edition of his 75,000-entry dictionary. Were he alive today, I’m not sure how he would feel about the Oxford English Dictionary adding in words like twerk, hump day, and srsly.

 

Since he was a bit of a revolutionary, I’m going to assume he’d be all right with it. 

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Happy Pub Day!

October 3, 2013

Happy Pub Day

We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this October.

And Then Came Peace

And Then Came Peace by Greg Masse

Bankable Leadership 

Bankable Leadership by Dr. Tasha Eurich

Happy Utopia Day 

Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy by J.T. Lundy

 If Only I Could Sleep

If Only I Could Sleep by Stephanie Henry

Life Between the Tigers 

Life Between the Tigers (2nd Edition) by Peter Gerardo and Kris Neely

 One Great Year

One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio

Path of the Novice  

Path of the Novice Mystic by Paul Dunion

Trial of Dr. Kate 

The Trial of Dr. Kate by Dr. Michael Glasscock III

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt 

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet

Well Fed 2 

Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan

Well done! All your hard work and dedication has paid off, and we’re honored to be partners in your latest and greatest work.

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The Power of Virtual Reading Groups

October 1, 2013

Online reading groups

Founded by sisters Martha Burns and Alice Dillion, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), and the authors of Reading Group Journal: Notes in the Margin, National Reading Group Month was launched in 2007 in celebration of the WNBA’s 90th anniversary. During the month of October, special events are held in libraries and bookstores in all of the WNBA’s chapter cities.

 

For readers who cannot attend reading group meetings in person, online reading groups are a great alternative. Online reading group participation is a great way for readers to discover new titles and for authors to reach a broad audience. As a bonus for participating authors, the books can be linked so prospective readers can purchase them as soon as their interest is piqued.  Reading group sites are also a great tool for authors to promote their books through advertising and giveaways. 

 

Below is a list of online reading groups.

Good Reads: The world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.

LibraryThing: An online service to help people easily catalog their books and connect with other like-minded readers.

Book Movement: An online tool to help book clubs find titles that facilitate great discussion.

Reading Group Guides: A source of information for leaders interested in facilitating book groups.

Shelfari: A global community of book lovers built to connect readers through meaningful conversations about the published world. 

 

Have you joined a reading group yet? Which one is your favorite? 

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Banned Books Week

September 23, 2013

banned books 

As many of you avid readers out there know, this week is Banned Books Week (September 22–28)! Don’t know what that means? No sweat! Greenleaf is here to tell you all about it!

Each year the American Library Association, which promotes freedom of speech and opinion in all forms of media (including books, of course!), compiles a list of the ten most challenged books “to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.” Banned Books Week, as it has come to be known, is the celebration of the freedom to read.

Although books are usually challenged with good intentions, like protecting children, the ALA believes that censorship in any form is a constitutional violation. Thus, they work diligently to protect our reading rights with the help of other First Amendment advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and many others.

It is important to make a distinction here between “challenged” and “banned” books. The ALA defines a challenge as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon objections of a person or group.” This action goes far beyond simply expressing an opposing viewpoint of the material in question. It involves a concerted effort to keep others from reading material that is believed to be offensive, sexually explicit, or “unsuited to any age group.”

Banning a book, however, involves a complete removal of those materials. This is the last phase of process. Thankfully, challenges rarely ever evolve into complete bans. This is primarily due to the hard work of teachers, librarians, parents, and students.

So, what’s your favorite banned book?

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