I may have to go back and pick up a copy of this for myself to keep my other Alices company. This, however, was my purchase last night:
It's a great joy to visit the website of Lemony Snicket and be greeted with this: "Dear Colleague, Welcome to this website. Please leave." You can read an excerpt on the site or you can go straight out and support a local bookseller by buying a copy.
While on the subject of author websites here are a few more you might want to check out. Betsy Bird, children's librarian and blogger extraordinaire now has taken to wearing another hat: picture book writer. Her first book Giant Dance Party pubs this week and you can find her online here. Oliver Jeffers, a perennial favourite around here has a great website where he talks about his picture books and other projects. And today on twitter he gave a sneak peek of his latest book.
From bookshops to one of my other great loves: libraries. One of the things that makes the place where I live feel like a community is our community, volunteer-run library. To my mind, it's practically everything a library should be. The Hudson War Memorial Library is self-supporting and actually generates enough money through book sales and weekly thrift sales to support local charities. Pretty impressive.