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Memorial Fund for Jackie Barbosa’s Son – As many of you already know, Romance author Jackie Barbosa’s 17-year old son, Julian, was killed in a head-on collision while driving to school on Thursday, March 20th. In response to this tragedy a memorial fund has been established, and there are plans to create a scholarship fund in his name. The link above leads to a Paypal account set up by Beverly Kendall, who is a close friend of the family and is coordinating donations on their behalf. All of us at Dear Author extend our thoughts and prayers to Jackie and her family during this extremely sad and difficult time. –ABC News

BuzzFeed’s New Critic Will Be the First Staffer to Actually Criticize Things – Although I’m not convinced, given the comments below, that Buzzfeed has a handle on what critical discourse is (and isn’t), and why it can’t legitimately be so narrowly defined, it’s good to see that the site is at least inching away from their ridiculous “no haters” policy. I have to say that I’m curious about this shift, though, especially given the recent announcement that the site has also recently acquired (now) former Hairpin contributor and academic Anne Helen Peterson as a full-time features writer. I so totally get wanting a paid gig, and certainly the visibility at Buzzfeed had to have enormous appeal, but I’m curious to see how someone who’s been trained to view critique as the lifeblood of public discourse is going to do there.

But don’t expect this to lead to sweeping changes for the BuzzFeed approach. In today’s interview, Lacob attempts to downplay Willmore’s difference from her co-workers. “‘No haters’ doesn’t mean ‘no negative criticism,'” Lacob said. “What it means, however, is that we’re not going to approach criticism from a place of knee-jerk snarkiness.” Willmore, too, draws a line between “empty snark” and what she will be doing as a film critic. –The Wire

Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support – Home to 82,000 manuscripts, totaling more than 40 million pages, the Vatican Library is hoping to digitize its entire collection, starting with 3,000 documents over the next four years. Japanese company NTT Data is providing the more than $20 million to fund the project, which works out to about, what, fifty cents a page? Not too bad, considering the value of those documents.

“The manuscripts that will be digitised extend from pre-Columbian America to China and Japan in the Far East, passing through all the languages and cultures that have marked the culture of Europe,” said Vatican’s librarian Monsignor Jean-Louis Brugues. –BBC News

A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books – Given the focus on rare documents in the previous story, this piece on an unusual and unusually beautiful book from Rogge Library in Strängnäs seems appropriate. The artifact, a 16th century collection of German devotional tracts, is an amazing piece of art and spirituality, as each different opening reveals a new book. –Visual News

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  1. Sheryl Nantus
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:55:11

    SO looking forward to the Vatican records! I went to an exhibit of their documents when it was on tour and they’ve got items like a lunch receipt from Michelangelo!


    So much historical goodness… to have it available online would be wonderful!!!

  2. hapax
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 11:05:08

    I had a professor once who said that a permit to dig in the Vatican archives was a career-maker for any historian; they have so many mss that nobody has even identified, let alone catalogued, that it’s impossible to poke around in there without discovering something incredible.

  3. Meljean
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:22:51

    Thank you for the memorial fund link. Such heartbreaking news. :-(

  4. Isobel Carr
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 13:45:24

    I know a lot of us are going to be promoting Jackie’s books this week (I’ll be doing a ten book giveaway on my blog). And Kensington has agreed to put Behind the Red Door on sale for the rest of March (I don’t see the price drop yet though).

  5. Janine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 14:19:15

    I also really appreciate the memorial link. And for those who are interested in taking a look at Jackie’s books, here are links to DA reviews of a couple of her books:

    The Gospel of Love: According to Luke

    Hot Under the Collar

    And here is Jackie’s My First Sale post as well.

  6. Sirius
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 14:29:35

    Thank you for the memorial link :(.

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  8. Bev
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 17:18:19

    Thank you so much for posting the link to Julian’s Memorial Fund.

  9. Melinda Santa Cruz
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 20:47:29

    I’m sure I met Jackie at an RWA meeting a few years ago. My heart breaks for her and her family. Julian looked like a very intelligent, handsome boy when I saw his photograph on the news. I have no doubt he will be sorely missed.

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