February 29, 2012
Every Baby Boomer parent has spent hours reading the adventures of the Berenstain Bears , so I was saddedned to hear that co-creator Jan Berenstain had died at age 88. She and her husband Stan, who died in 2005, created the bear family that provided lessons in coping with kid-sized issues such as bad habits, a new baby and moving away. The team authored more than 200 books, and built the bears into a multi-media conglomerate, before handing over the reins to son Mike. Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times' obit : "Born Janice Grant in Philadelphia on July 26, 1923, she met Stan in a first-year drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941.
February 25, 2012
A movie, workshops and visits by several national Random House authors will all be part of the annual Random House Book Fair, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.. The book fair draws visitors of all ages to hear author presentations and obtain signings, buy discounted books, and participate in a silent auction and children's activities. A kick-off to the fair will be held Friday, March 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., when seniors are invited to take part in discounted book sales, workshops and exhibitors.
September 14, 2008
If "summer reading" implies light and breezy, it follows that fall reading, especially in a presidential election, would be heavy at times and windy. Here are a few of this season's election books: * A new paperback edition of Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics (Random House, $15) by Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden outlines the "guiding principles" he learned early in life, including the importance of keeping promises, according to Random House. * Of six titles that list John McCain as an author, the book that offers the most background on the Republican nominee is Faith Of My Fathers (Harper, $8)
February 3, 2008
The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World By Tim Harford Random House / 254 pages / $25.95 On speed dates, 20 young men and 20 young women gather together, usually at a bar. Each of them gets a name badge, a pen and a checklist. When the host rings a bell, the strangers pair up on a first date, which lasts no longer than three minutes. After half an hour, all the guys and girls have met each other. The next day, they log on to their Internet accounts to learn who has chosen them for a second date.
December 1, 2007
RICHARD LEIGH, 64 Best-selling author Richard Leigh, a writer of speculative history who unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism over themes in Dan Brown's blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code, died Nov. 21 in London of complications from a heart condition, his agent said. The U.S.-born Mr. Leigh, who had lived in Britain for three decades, was co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a work of nonfiction that claimed Jesus Christ fathered a child with Mary Magdalene and that the bloodline continues.
November 20, 2007
Ella Mae Bauerlien, a retired publishing house worker and community volunteer, died of cancer Sunday at Carroll Hospice in Westminster. The Westminster resident was 82. Born Ella Mae Esworthy in the Carroll County community of Gist, she attended Carroll County public schools. She worked at Butte Knits, later Westminster Knit Co., a clothing manufacturer, and at the Black & Decker plant in Hampstead. She retired from the book-return department at Random House in Westminster. She was a member of the Westminster Church of the Brethren, where she was a deacon, choir member and soup kitchen volunteer.