Today, I'm nominating Dr. Carla Hayden to be our 14th Librarian of Congress. Michelle and I have known Carla since her...

Posted by President Obama on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Whatnot: February 25, 2016

If you’re looking for shareable content, here are some bookish items your followers might enjoy:

President Obama introduced his nominee for the 14th Librarian of Congress yesterday. If approved by Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden will be the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post. President Obama encouraged his Facebook followers to get know Dr. Hayden through the above video.


It turns out that if you happen to be a food activist, folks are reluctant to feed you. At least that’s what has happened to Michael Pollan. This episode of Sporkful asks: Is Michael Pollan Misunderstood?


And finally… the notoriously reclusive Harper Lee gave an interview to WQXR back in 1964, and yesterday WNYC released the audio from the interview: Harper Lee, In Her Own Words.

In it she talks about her reaction to To Kill a Mockingbird’s success as well as what she was working on next. She shared her belief that most writers don’t like to write. “They really don’t enjoy sitting down and trying to turn a thought into a reasonable sentence,” she said. “But I do. I like to write.” She went on to add that during times of intense writing, she found that she would not leave the house for days. “It’s strange,” she said.

Hear the 11-minute interview here: Harper Lee, In Her Own Words.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay