Bookish Trinkets found while cleaning out old emails

From Publisher’s Lunch: Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore to close in January. It’s a recession.
(Amid other news I skimmed past, such as salary freezes at publishing companies, and so on.)

And from Book Deal news (the news is nearly a year old, book is closer to seeing the light of day):

United By Words sounds interesting: Josh Kendell, author. “Noah Webster, Obsession, and the Creation of America’s First Dictionary, the life story of Noah Webster, the tormented Yankee polymath whose passion for words compelled him to compile the famous dictionary that would unify Americans through a shared language.”

Kendell wrote an op-ed in the LA Times about Webster, too.

As the War for Independence was winding down, the linguistic future of the United States was up for grabs. After all, the English of King George III had suddenly become the tongue of the oppressor. And roughly one-quarter of the new nation’s 3 million citizens were not native English speakers. Some Americans sought to replace English with German, then spoken by nearly 10% of the population, and others advocated more radical options, including right-to-left reading in Hebrew.

In 1783, Webster, then a recent Yale graduate eking out a living as a schoolteacher, put an immediate end to the charged debate. His rhetorical tool was a tiny textbook, just 6 1/4 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide, which made the case for an American brand of English. [Read More]