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Readers flock to the Flying Dragon bookshop to say goodbye

It came as a surprise to Toronto’s booklovers when, mere days after winning the 2011 Libris Award for Specialty Bookstore of the Year, children’s bookshop The Flying Dragon announced via their blog that they would be closing for good at the end of June. According to co-owner Nina McCreath, sales have not been where they needed to be this year.

“We have in recent months explored opportunities to embrace the technological advances that have presented themselves with such rapidity in our industry,” the store announced on their blog last week. “But at the end of the day we realized that for us, it was all about the books and the tactile, sensory experience they provide.”


Google's doodles honour Mr. Men / Little Miss author Roger Hargreaves

Click image to see next doodleThe creative team at Google seems to honour someone or something different every day with their variations on the standard colourful logo. We couldn’t help but smile when we noticed that today’s altered logo includes 16 illustrations of the beloved Mr. Men/Little Miss characters by the late children’s author Roger Hargreaves, who would have been 76 today.

According to PC Magazine, “Hargreaves’ career as a children’s book author started in 1971 when his young son asked him, ‘What does a tickle look like?’ To explain, Hargreaves created Mr. Tickle, a small orange man with a big smile, tiny blue hat, and very long arms. That spawned five other characters—Mr. Greedy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Happy, Mr. Bump, and Mr. Sneeze—the books for which were first published on August 10, 1971.”

Click the images after the jump for a full gallery of Google’s doodles, including everyone from Little Miss Sunshine to Mr. Bump. Who are your favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters? Frankly, we’re a little miffed they left out Little Miss Stubborn, and there’s nothing you can do to change our mind.


Which early books turned you into the reader you are today?

Anne Robinson

According to The Guardian (UK), the BBC will launch a new book-themed talk show next month, hosted by none other than a cheered up, toned down Anne Robinson. You might remember Robinson as the harsh former host of the quiz show The Weakest Link — but in her new show, My Life in Books, which will run daily on BBC2 beginning at the end of February, “gone will be the black trouser suits and severe stares. In their place, Robinson will be smiling and dressed in approachable pastels.”

Each episode will see Robinson interview a different celebrity, ranging from crime writer P.D. James to novelist Jeanette Winterson to Deborah Cavendish, duchess of Devonshire, and each will discuss their five favourite books. From The Guardian:

“In the US, [Oprah] Winfrey’s popular book show established its presenter and producer as a key cultural influence, as well as one of the most powerful people in the television industry. The BBC has developed Robinson’s book show, which may see her emerge as Britain’s answer to Winfrey, as the flagship intended to lead a whole year of programmes celebrating the printed word.”