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Interview with a Vampire Discussion, Travel Writing and “Secret” Trivia

Take a break from your other summer activities to join in this weekend’s activities at Bookstacks.

Saturday – May 30

Noon – Book Trivia: Secrets

The Secret Garden, The Secret Life of Bees and Can You Keep a Secret all have something in common.  Can you guess what that is? Many a book has held secrets for the reader to discover during the journey the story takes them on.  Simeon hopes to test your knowledge and Googling skills this Saturday at Noon with questions based on the secret theme. Win the most points and take home the 500L prize – dress to suit the theme and 500L prize for best Secret Costume could be yours as well.

2:00 p.m. – Paranormal Book Group: Interview with a Vampire (lead by Lukos Tairov)

This classic paranormal novel by Anne Rice set the stage for the surge in paranormal fiction we are experiencing today. So, pull up a chair, pour something to drink and prepare to discuss blood, fangs, and the undead.

Sunday, May 31

11:00 a.m. – Book Discussion: Great Travel Writing

For centuries, travelers have been writing and sharing their tales. Whether you are a fan of Christopher Columbus’s captain’s logs, Ernest Hemingway’s vignettes of fishing trips and Spanish bull fights, or Bill Bryson’s travels along the Appalachian Trail, we want to hear what you consider some of the best travel writing around. Join us at the Bookstacks pub for this discussion.

3:00 p.m. – Poetry Libre Open Mic

Finish that last rhyming couplet. Brush off that favorite verse. Join Leonard Zimring and Serene Bechir for this week’s Poetry Libre Open Mic

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Posted by on May 28, 2009 in book discussion, events


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Bookstacks Wants to Know – Book Formats in Second Life


Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bookstacks News


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Are you leading a book discussion?

I’d like to start compiling a list of book discussions taking place in Second Life. It often takes several days/weeks to complete a book in time for a discussion, so I think having a list would be helpful. If you have an discussion taking place, please contact me in world or by email at kghia.gherardi at

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Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bookstacks News



Off the Shelf: Debbie De Louise (Dulcie Mills)

Episode 6 of Off the Shelf is now available. In this episode, Kghia Gherardi interviews author and Rez Libris publishers, Debbie De Louise (Dulcie Mills in Second Life). Simeon Beresford and Kghia Gherardi also provide an overview of the main events for readers taking place through Bookstacks.

Note: Schedule guest JJ Drinkwater was unable to be interviewed due to illness, but JJ will make an appearance on Off the Shelf in the future.

You can listen to Off the Shelf via any of the following methods:

  • Direct link to the show on, where you can listen to it as a stream or download the audio file directly
  • Subscribe on iTunes
  • Subscribe using our RSS feed

Show Notes

During this episode, Simeon announced the winner of a signed copy of Mark Eller’s novel, Traitor. Soup Jonson will receive his book soon.

Debbie De Louise recently published her first novel, “Cloudy Rainbow,” available at  Additional information about the novel can be found at Debbie’s website.

In Second Life, Debbie produces Rez Libris, a magazine about libraries and librarianship in Second Life. She is assisted by her staff including the following people:

  • Dulcie Mills, Publisher
  • Eirene Janus, Webmaster
  • Vienna James, PR Director
  • Bookie Balogh, News Editor
  • Leeorie Alter, Assistant News Editor
  • Stf Honi, Features Editor
  • BlueAngel Lungu, Assistant Features Editor
  • Sifriya Devin, Arts Editor
  • Bunny Burnstein, Assistant Arts Editor
  • Pia Klaar, Multimedia Editor (machinima)
  • Verde Otaared, Multimedia Editor (photos)
  • Clark Abismo, Publisher Emeritus

Debbie also discusses the memorial garden for pets she created in Second Life.



This week’s musical interlude featured Slippolska by Erik Ask-Upmark on the Magnatune album Himlens Polska.

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Posted by on May 25, 2009 in off the shelf


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Off the Shelf Taping: Dulcie Mills and JJ Drinkwater

Today at 1:00 pm (PDT) on Off the Shelf, Simeon and Kghia will interview author and Rez Libris publisher Debbie De Louise (Dulcie Mills in Second Life) and Caledon librarian and Alexandrian Free Library founder JJ Drinkwater. De Louise will talk about the impact Second Life has had on her creativity. Drinkwater will discuss the role of a library in a virtual community.

Members of the Second Life community are welcome to attend the tapings of the Off the Shelf podcasts. The show is streamed live in-world and after the taping, audience members have an opportunity to ask questions of the guests.

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Posted by on May 24, 2009 in off the shelf


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This weekend at Bookstacks


  • Noon – Book Trivia: Dark
    I would love to tell you what the questions in Saturday’s quiz are, but Simeon wouldn’t be happy with that.  So unfortunately, I have to leave you in the dark.  But I’m sure you have read a dark title or two – Stephen King immediately comes to mind…but even if you haven’t, fastest googler gets the points, or just guess.  The one with the most points at the end takes home the 500L prize.  Dress to suit the theme and you could win 500L for best costume as well.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Author Reading: Glenn ManewellCANCELED
    Glenn appeared on the ill-fated fifth episode of Off the Shelf. If you didn’t get a chance to hear this talented Science-Fiction/Fantasy author, today is your chance.


  • 11:00 a.m. – Book Lovers’ Sunday Social
    Join other book lovers to discuss what we are reading, watching and living. Usually a fun, light-spirited discussion. This week we are meeting at the Cafe on the square in Bohemia (slurl). Everyone is welcome.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Off the Shelf Taping: Dulcie Mills & JJ Drinkwater
    This week’s guests are both librarians in Second Life, and they will talk about what that means in a virtual world. They will also talk about some of their personal projects. We will also be announcing the winner of the Traitor give-away. A live audience is always welcome at an Off the Shelf taping, or you can down load the podcast later.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Poetry Libre Open Mic
    A weekly event, hosts Serene Bechir and Leonardo Zimring invite poets and fans to share their work.

Next weekend we have our Paranormal Book Discussion taking place. I hope you have brushed up on Anne Rice’s An Interview with a Vampire because discussion leader, Lukos Tairov has been.

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Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Bookstacks News


Cozy Mystery for June

Lludmila is on the ball, and she has already chosen the June Cozy Mystery for the reading group. Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency is on the schedule for June 15. This is your chance to (re)read it and chat about it.

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Posted by on May 21, 2009 in book discussion, book groups


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