Fat Bear Week, Cataloging Books, Hilary Mantel, Castles & More: Endnotes 30 September

Fat Bear Week, Cataloging Books, Hilary Mantel, Castles & More: Endnotes 30 September

Friday, 30 September, 2022

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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We’re coming up on one of the best weeks of the year: Fat Bear Week! Some of the largest brown bears on the planet live in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and do their fishing for salmon in the Brooks River. Now that the leaves are turning in North America, it’s time for the bears to start packing on the winter weight they need to get through their winter hibernation. That means they’re eating salmon for breakfast and elevensies, salmon for lunch and dinner, and salmon for a bedtime snack. You can watch them splashing in the river with this live cam. Starting next week, the competition for the grand champion of Fat Bear Week is on! From October 5 through 11, you can vote for your favorites on this website. Last year’s winner Otis has taken the title five times! Will he triumph again this year? Cast your vote and find out. Until voting opens, you can enjoy this adorable Hall of Champions and treat yourself to this fantastic Outside article about Otis. ‘Consider the classic advice for how to photograph well: Sit up straight, lift your chin, don’t get too close to the camera. Otis does the opposite, to great effect. He leans forward on his haunches, pushing the rolls up around his neck and letting the rest of his fat lump around him. On his best days, he looks more Hershey’s Kiss than bear. Other bears tend to stand while catching fish, dispersing their weight for the cameras. Otis slouches chubbily.’

 
 
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New Episode of The Library of Lost Time

In each mini-podcast episode, we discuss two book releases at the top of our TBR, then share a fun book- or travel-related distraction. Get all the episodes and books galore here.

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In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland and The English Understand Wool by Helen DeWitt. Then Mel tells the twisty story of Rebecca The Musical on Broadway. [transcript]

 

May any drama you encounter this week be only on the page.

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