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The "Summer of Genji":  The ambitious and curious readers at The Quarterly Conversation and Open Letters Monthly have joined forces and selected one big summer read for 2010.  It's a grand one in every sense of the word: The Tale of Genji [Genji Monogatari] by Lady Murasaki Shikibu of the eleventh-century Heian court.  Episodes from the story have been the subject of countless Japanese screen and scroll paintings over the past millennium.  The QC and Open Letters Monthly editors are calling it "The Summer of Genji" and are inviting readers to join the conversation in this summer long book club event.  According to the reading schedule they're recommending 90 pages per week. That seems do-able, and still allows readers ample time to devour Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.

Stead reaches another milestone:  Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me has just been named the winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the Fiction category.  Stead's outstanding middle-grade fiction novel also topped this year's list of Newbery winners. Check out all of the Horn winners:

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Moving and shaking:  Pandora's Seed tops today's Movers and Shakers on the heels of author-geneticist Spencer Wells's chat with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.

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