What’s What: The Sunday Salon, November 23

The Sunday Salon on The 3 Rs Blog, 11/23/14

What I’m reading and writing

I am working my way through my podcast backlog during my daily commute after finishing my audiobook read of The Magicians trilogy. I probably won’t post my thoughts on that one (those three?) until after December 1 even if I finish writing them up before that–this is still Nonfiction November, after all. After posting “revisited reviews” for that event all this past week, I have a new review scheduled for Tuesday–and after that, it may be slow around here for a few days. American Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and I suspect many of us will be doing things other than reading blogs this week!

Maybe we’ll be reading books instead? I’m planning to get into my January review reading for Shelf Awareness this week. I’ve also started one of the books I mentioned in my “expert reading about TV” post a couple of weeks ago, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds That Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Krishin Armstrong.

What I want to tell you about

My feedback on the 2014 BEA Bloggers Conference led to an invitation to join the Advisory Board for BEA Bloggers 2015 (Wednesday, May 27, 2015). I accepted, and that’s why I’ve been tweeting this:

In my role, I will make every possible effort to advocate for content development relevant to the interests of the book-blogging community–so please speak up and let me know what those interests are! And please take the opportunity to have direct input in the programming plan by proposing a session! Submissions must be received by January 12, 2015.

Newsy links:

  • Don’t you think books make the best gifts? Tell everyone to #GiveABook this holiday season, and make Penguin Random House donate up to 25,000 books to Save the Children. You can follow the official campaign and learn more on Facebook and Twitter.

Postertext (affiliate)
  • Book-related gifts are almost as good as books themselves, and the art prints from Postertext, which are created using text from classics and contemporary books, are a nice way to decorate someone’s reading nook. (Disclosure: I am a Postertext affiliate and receive a commission on sales referrals through this blog.)

  • And after the holidays are over, maybe you can make #timetoread and support literacy initiatives by participating in National Readathon Day on Saturday, January 24, 2015. (The readathon “day” is just four hours, folks–we can manage that pretty easily, can’t we?)
Potentially useful writerly links:

What I want to show you

The “Gratuitous Photo of the Week” is now, and for the foreseeable future, “The Weekly Winchester.” 
Gold is the Command color in Star Trek. Captain Winchester is on the bridge. (Star Trek:TOS Captain’s Chair Pet Bed available at ThinkGeek.com.)
If there’s any way to nerdify a dog, we’re going to find it.
What are your plans for the day?

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