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A huge bookstore chain is opening new locations pretending to be indie shops

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The next time you step into a hushed, quaint bookstore, check the fine print. For the last four years, the UK bookstore chain Waterstones has opened small shops without its name in their storefront signs. Instead, the signage generically indicates the town in which the store is located: Southwold Books, in Southwold, for example. Monday Read More

A celebrated YA novel about Black Lives Matter was pulled from school libraries in Texas

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One of the biggest breakout books of the year in the US is about an unarmed black teenager killed by the police. A school district in Texas thinks the language in the book could be too mature for its students. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is a young-adult novel about Starr Carter, an Read More

A brief history of Āddā—the Bengali fine art of discussion

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Āddā emerged not long after bhodrōlōk, as a salon-like gathering at which thoughts and persuasions of the day could be discussed in a good-natured, if sometimes vociferous, manner. Over several decades this male preserve travelled further down the pyramid of wealth and privilege to the upper middle class and greater bulge of the middle class. Read More

Anthony Scaramucci has 60,000 words to say about his 10 days as Donald Trump’s spokesman

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Anthony Scaramucci is not a man of few words. The verbal exuberance of the former White House director of communications is precisely what the country was talking about days before he got fired (paywall) in July. Scaramucci now appears to be searching for a new home for his particular brand of Mooch—unfiltered. A book proposal Read More

Joe Biden’s new memoir shows a person coping with work under extreme emotional stress

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“Uncle Joe” Biden is no joke. In a poignant new memoir, the much-memed former US vice president is a man bursting with grief as he tries to help run the country. Promise Me, Dad is out this week (Nov. 14) from Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan. In it, Biden recounts the trying months in Read More

Radhika Jones is exactly the crisis leader that Vanity Fair needs

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Vanity Fair’s successor to the legendary editor-of-editors, Graydon Carter, is 44-year-old Radhika Jones, the magazine announced yesterday. Jones, currently the editorial director of the books department at the New York Times and previously a deputy managing editor at Time magazine, is overqualified for many positions—even, arguably, this plum job, as the sixth editor in chief Read More

The most popular poetry book in the US is based on internet Vines

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The most popular poetry book in the US is based on internet Vines
Over the past two years, a platitudinous book of poems unexpectedly became one of the bestselling books in the US. Now it has its very own parody, which has itself, improbably, become a top seller on Amazon. In 2015, Rupi Kaur released a book of breathless Hallmark cards written in verse, based on her popular Read More

A professor says his book was censored in Australia by the Chinese government

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A new book critical of the Chinese government’s influence in Australia won’t make it to shelves for the time being–because, says the author, of the Chinese government’s influence in Australia. Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University, was set to publish his book, Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Read More

A new database catalogues 1,300 children’s books about people of color

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A new database catalogues 1,300 children’s books about people of color
If you pick up a kid’s book in the United States that’s about a person of color, chances are the character is black. And if the character is black, there’s a decent chance he or she is oppressed. These are the findings of a team of researchers from Maine’s Bates College. On Sept. 26 the Read More