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Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Proverbs

David Crystal, who has authored a number of books on language, has just published a new book of proverbs he has gathered from around the world, reports the daily blog published for independent book store owners.
Here’s a few on books and reading.

● If you want to be acquainted with the past and the present, you must read five cartloads of books (China)
● There is no worse robber than a bad book (Italy)
● It is not healthy to swallow books without chewing (Germany)
● Those who can read and write have four eyes (Albania)
● Poets and pigs are appreciated only after their death (Italy)

Know any other book-related proverbs from other cultures? Please share.

Don’t Miss …
Fall for the BookGeorge Mason University, Fairfax County Public Library and others are sponsoring Fall for the Book, September 21-26. Visit the Web site to see the entire list of authors participating in this year’s festival.

As part of the festival, City of Fairfax Regional Library will host former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. He will be discussing his memoir “Opportunity Time.” To register for this event, call the library at 703-293-6227. City of Fairfax Regional Library is located at 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030-2514.

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