November 20, 2005
Sitting on the floor in Westminster's library among a group of children from the Head Start program, Leah Kozoidek listened to the rhymes in the book Little One, Little One, What Do You See? She eagerly answered questions about the animals in the story and counted along with her classmates. At the end of the reading, Leah, 4, and nearly 40 other children in Carroll County Head Start received their own copy of the book - personalized with their name on the title page and throughout the story.
July 3, 2004
You've seen the movie, now read the book - for free! The movie is Spider-Man 2, which opened Wednesday and pulled in a record-breaking $40.5 million, meaning plenty of you were there. And if that's not enough Spidey to satisfy you, simply truck on over to your friendly neighborhood comic-book store today and take advantage of the third annual Free Comic Book Day. If the store is one of thousands participating in the nationwide promotion, you can walk away with a comic book - Spider-Man is one of about 30 titles being offered - without plunking down a cent.
March 2, 2004
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jose Canseco was one of the players who knocked the cover off baseball's dirty little steroid secret. Now, he wants to get back into the game he claims has blackballed him since his disturbing revelations helped persuade Major League Baseball to take a stand against performance-enhancing drugs. Canseco showed up yesterday at an open tryout camp at the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training facility, but he raised more questions than he answered with his eight-hour showcase in front of several Dodgers executives.
January 19, 2004
Olivia Goldsmith, 54, a best-selling novelist who used humor to lighten her cautionary tales about marital infidelity, corporate corruption and the cosmetic surgery boom, died Thursday in New York City of complications from elective plastic surgery. She was best known for her first novel, The First Wives Club (1992), about three friends whose husbands leave them for younger women. The book was made into a movie released in 1996, starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. Ms. Goldsmith captured national attention when the book was sold as a feature film.
September 15, 2002
NBC's Today show, ABC's Good Morning America and Live With Regis and Kelly all started their own high-profile TV book clubs recently after Oprah killed off hers. But meanwhile hundreds of thousands of people quietly continued doing what they had been doing, Oprah or no Oprah: getting together to talk about books. Reading a good book is fun. But nothing beats reading a good book and then getting into a lively discussion about it. Rachel Jacobsohn, author of The Reading Book Handbook (Hyperion, 1998)
April 18, 2002
Two-time Newbery Award winner E.L. Konigsburg, 72, entered the working world not as a writer, but as a chemist. "I came from a small town where ... when you did go away to college, you went away to be something - an engineer or a teacher or a chemist," the author says in an interview at the Web site of her publisher, Scholastic. "I never knew anyone who went away to be an artist until I was in college." It would be many years after college before Konigsburg, who also illustrates her books, began her writing career.