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GalleyCat Mingles with Library Lions

lion1.gif“Press? I could tell by your clothes…” sniffed one greeter at the New York Public Library’s black-tie Library Lions gala last night, analyzing this GalleyCat editor’s corduroy jacket, wrinkled slacks, and uncharacteristically snazzy leather shoes. The guests sipped cocktails in a lavishly decorated salon inside the library, the room decked out with candles, ten-foot-tall floral arrangements, and a paparazzi crew. For one glitzy night, NYC high society dined alongside media moguls like Si Newhouse and novelists like Colson Whitehead.

Once inside, this GalleyCat editor quizzed guests about the one thing that really matters in this world: books. Actor, author and host John Lithgow recalled his favorite library book: “At my library in Yellow Springs, Ohio, I checked out the entire short works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,” he recalled. “It was great storytelling.”

Author Fran Lebowitz reminisced about checking out a John O’Hara book with her mother’s library card. The librarian forced the young reader to call her mother to confirm that she could check out the racy title: “She didn’t care!” exclaimed Lebowitz. “That ruined my mother’s reputation at that library.”

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God Losing to Skeptics in Battle for Book Sales

Since Richard Dawkins‘ THE GOD DELUSION and Christopher Hitchens‘ GOD IS NOT GREAT have been big sellers the past year (not to mention Sam Harris’s books) it’s no wonder the Guardian’s David Smith has picked up on Amazon‘s report that sales of books that explore religion or spirituality have grown by more than 50 per cent in the past three years. Amy Worth, books manager at Amazon, said: “THE GOD DELUSION has been one of the bestselling books of the past year. People are interested in the debate it has sparked. There are 524 readers’ comments on our site. The comments are both pro and against and it’s clear that religious people are buying it.”

Lest you think atheists and agnostics are winning completely, sales of THE GOD DELUSION also prompted a 120 per cent increase in sales of the Bible.