“For everyone who hasn’t read everything.”
That’s the tagline for Bookmarks Magazine, one of my favorite publications. First published in 2002, this treat for book lovers arrives bimonthly and goes to the top of my pile of magazines for immediate attention. Jon Phillips, the publisher & editor, introduces each issue with devotion to books and reading and a nod to how reading relates to whatever is happening in our world. In the Jan/Feb 2015 issue, he highlights the Ferguson, MO library’s focus on serving the community as a sanctuary amid the violence and chaos.
Bookmarks has regular features: articles about classic and contemporary authors, best-of-genre lists, excerpts and summaries of published reviews of current books, and book club profiles. Each issue includes reader recommendations and a recently added feature is “What are you reading now and why?”
You can find out which new book you want to read, which classic book you need to read or re-visit, what you never knew about certain authors, how other book groups organize and which books they have liked or not liked. A regular feature also highlights the bestsellers (and a few historical, “lit” facts) from a past year. The current issue highlights 1985, when Iacocca: an Autobiography was # 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic was banned at a Wisconsin elementary school.
Here is Kurt Vonnegut’s reaction to his profile in Bookmarks (2003): “the first publication to summarize my career as a writer.” “I am beguiled by your physical beauty,” he continued, “and I am moved by how head-over-heels in love with books you are. And nowhere else have I found such thoughtful and literate reportage on the state of the American soul, as that soul makes itself known in the books we write…”
You can see Bookmarks magazine at the Westport Library, Barnes & Noble or go to www.bookmarksmagazine.com