Round-up: This week in books

Lots of news in our little corner of the bookverse this week.

Richard Hetzler’s The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook won the Gourmand “Best in the World” award in the Best Local Cuisine category. It’s the one cookbook to rule them all!

Native Citizen News Network posted this wonderful video featuring Walter Echo-Hawk and his new book, In the Courts of the Conqueror.

This week also marked the national celebration of Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day was created by the National Education Association as an annual reading motivation program that calls for every community to celebrate reading and children’s literacy on March 2,  Dr. Suess’s birthday. You can read President Obama’s official proclamation of the holiday here.

On March 2, Congress and President Obama eliminated funding to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The program provides free books to over 4 million children who don’t have adequate access to public libraries. As a foreign services/military brat, I spent most of my childhood with my beak buried in a book supplied to the local base by the RIF program. I was very disappointed to see the loss of a program that gave me and millions of other children access to quality books.

That’s all the news that’s fit to blog for this week. Have a great weekend, and happy reading, everyone.