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King's Books turns 15 with an artsy, literary party
King's Books, the used bookstore on St. Helens Avenue that is also the venue for many of Tacoma's arts groups, celebrates 15 years on April 4 with an artsy, literary birthday bash featuring local writers, artists and hands-on activities. The Day ...

10 Books To Read This Spring
Whether you need a book club recommendation or something to enjoy in your backyard this spring, these books are some of the best of Spring 2015. There are new novels from old favorites, unique voices, and continuing sagas of families you may already ...

10 Best Young Adult Books Coming Out in April 2015
This book has so much buzz it should be a bumblebee. Okay, but really, lame jokes aside Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has been hitting every “Anticipated” list since January, and with good reason. The story is about 16-year-old Simon Spier, a gay ...

A Book in the Darkness
One of the compensations of being an insomniac in a snowbound house full of books is that I can always find something to read and distract myself from whatever mood I'm in. When it gets real bad, I roam the dark house with a flashlight like Hamlet's ...

The 7 Strategies That Helped Me Write 3 Books in 3 Years
The “miserable” parts of the experience have been documented over and over again. Or just ask any author on a book deadline — or let the thousand-yard stare speak for itself. Not all of us can have an entire corporation behind them like James ...

'Station Eleven' wins another prize: Tournament of Books champion
As we previously reported, the Tournament of Books was created by the online magazine The Morning News. The contest is intended to determine which is the best fiction book released the previous year. According to the Tournament of Books website, there ...

Review: Dennis Lehane's 'World Gone By' Completes a Loose Trio of Novels
Each is written very differently: first, a research-filled epic; then a lean, classic Edgar-winning specimen of 1930s crime noir; and now a suspenseful but reflective accumulation of all the wisdom these books have offered. “World Gone By” is, of ...

Yale Offers Scholarship For Summer Publishing Classes
Yale is offering scholarships for its intensive continuing education programs in book and magazine publishing courses. The university will award four “Innovative Leader Scholarships” to mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals: one in ...

Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups
In fact, there are enough of you out there to have made sell-out successes out of not one, but two grown-up coloring books by illustrator Johanna Basford. Her first book, 2013's Secret Garden, sold nearly one and a half million copies worldwide. Her ...

Lucky Dog Books relocating to another Oak Cliff site — on Jefferson Boulevard
Lucky Dog has found another home in Oak Cliff. The used book store will move to Jefferson Boulevard, with a reopening “somewhere around the middle” of April, said owner John Tilton. His store on Davis Street struggled to attract customers and keep up ...

Hawkeyes share books with Grant Wood students
Blythe said his choice to read "Harry Potter," by J.K. Rowling, was an easy one because the books are among his favorites. "They're just something I grew up reading and I still like to this day," he said. Blythe said his participation in a previous ...

Self-publishing: The good, the bad and the even worse
Only a few years ago, self-publishing printed books through Publish on Demand (POD) publishers was becoming very popular. It represented a big step forward in what was then still known as “vanity press” – authors who could not or would not secure ...

Books-A-Million in Huntsville to host Tasia Malakasis book tour on April 3
“Southern food just like Southern companies – Books-a-Million, Belle Chevre, Southern Living – bring a fresh, warm and hospitable 'flavor' to everything we do, no matter where in the country or world we find ourselves,” said Malakasis. “ 'Southern Made ...

X-POSITION: Yost Gives His X-Men an "Amazing" End Comic Books
With other X-Books concentrating on the high-stakes interpersonal drama that has driven the X-Men saga for the past few years, "Amazing X-Men" was tasked with playing up the mutants' adventurous side in its very first issue. With big action named ...

The Harder They Come by TC Boyle
As the book's jacket confirms, the amped-up sum of this trio leads to the book's grim finale—a hard fall indeed, brimming with automatic weapon fire, sex and a vivid interpretation of Mountain Man John Colter's story. Like the best of his work, Boyle ...

Lydia Davis: By the Book
What books are currently on your night stand? Karl Ove Knausgaard's “My Struggle: Book 2” is on top of the pile at the moment. You'd think, from where the bookmark is, that I'm near the end, but the book is so fat that that's an illusion — I still ...

Great books that inspire a love of reading in kids — recommended by kids
The only way to hook children on reading for pleasure is to allow them to read for pleasure. That means permitting them to choose the books that interest them and then letting them to read at their own pace, without being asked to analyze every single ...

10 Management Books Every CIO Should Read
Throughout the year, we'll be assembling lists of books that you can count on being worth your time. Sometimes they'll be new. Sometimes they'll be classics you don't want to miss. Whenever they were written, you can count on the fact that our hand ...

ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book Day, April 23
From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape T own, from Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago and the Pacific Northwest of the United States ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, organized by the world's expert antiquarian ...

Cell Phones, Books and Other Hot Buys
Sometimes there are things that you know, but you don't really know till you see them in a chart. So while it isn't at all surprising that consumer spending on landline telephone service has dropped a lot during the past decade and a half, and that ...

A Huge Book Publisher Is Pissed at Amazon, Again
It's a story that's bound to spark some major déjà vu: A book publisher goes to battle against the big bad corporate beast, Amazon (AMZN). But just when it seemed that the e-tail firm had pacified major book publishers such as Hachette, Macmillan and ...

5 of the best survival books ever written
The book inspired Christopher Columbus, among other world travelers and writers, and helped foster the idea of global trade and commerce. But step back from the actuality of Marco Polo's trips along the Silk Road and just plain learn how to make your ...

5 Must-Read Books for Rookie Investors
No one jumps into battle without undergoing basic training. Likewise, you should do your homework and read up to prepare yourself for financial success. Nick Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx, says that the books he finds most helpful for ...

Hawaii Project Taps Search to Suggest Right Books for the Beach
Finding the perfect book to take to the beach could be getting more scientific and serious, at least if Mark Watkins, founder of the Hawaii Project, is on to something. Watkins, a co-founder and former CEO of Goby, an MIT spinout that developed a ...

Coloring books for adults are a hit
It's a common enough scene in families all over the world: children taking crayons and colored pencils to the black-and-white illustrations of a coloring book, poring over the drawings determined to color inside the lines. However, judging by the ...

Woodmont Elementary wins Montville's Battle of the Books
Woodmont Elementary School won the Montville Township Public Schools' elementary Battle of the Books. The district's Battle of the Books dates back more than 15 years, and has become a highly anticipated tradition. This year's competition took place ...

Letters: April Fools' Day, Adult Coloring Books
NPR's Melissa Block and Audie Cornish share letters from listeners about Wednesday's April Fools' story on backwards turntables and a story on adult coloring books. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Now, time for your letters. Yesterday was April Fools' Day so as ...

'The Teacher in the Books'
While most supporting players are pretty much open books by the 10th season, Patricia Belcher's no-nonsense federal prosecutor keeps a sense of mystery about her—and the more we learn, the more I want to know. It's time for Caroline's hour in the ...

Founder of Odegard Books dies at 69
When Dan Odegard was a patient at the Mayo Clinic, a nurse asked, "Are you THE Dan Odegard?" The former owner of Odegard Books in St. Paul and Edina died Tuesday after being diagnosed five years ago with multiple myeloma (plasma cancer) that ...

Edible Books: A Step Up From HUDS
This annual event is essentially just what it sounds like, a contest where people create handmade books entirely out of edible materials and show them off. While attendance of the event may have been less than ideal, (come on Harvard, show your support ...

10 Must-read Books for Spring
I no longer feel the need to finish every book I start, so if it doesn't grab me right away, I'm on to the next one without feeling the least bit guilty. I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking ...

Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books
Reedsy just launched author profiles on its website where writers can collect and showcase their work on a single page. This way, Reedsy provides a simple way to share your profile on the web, much like an About.me link. As a reminder, Reedsy unbundles ...

How Katherine Kurtz Changed Fantasy Books Forever
She doesn't get the same level of props as Michael Moorcock. But Katherine Kurtz, author of the Deryni novels, had a huge impact on fantasy, argues a new essay over at Strange Horizons. Starting in 1970, her books were the first of a new kind of ...

Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore
'I came back and said I would like to do a coloring book for grown-ups, and it got a bit quiet for a moment,' Basford said. 'Coloring books for adults weren't as much of a thing then.' To convince them that it was a viable market, she drew five sample ...

Books-A-Million reports financial results
Books-A-Million, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAMM) announced financial results for the 13-week and 52-week periods ended Jan. 31, 2015. Revenues for the 13-week period ended Jan. 31 increased 1.8 percent to $160.8 million, compared with revenues of $158 million ...

Harper Lee wasn't manipulated into publishing book, investigation finds
U.S. President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 5, 2007. An investigation by Alabama officials found Lee is competent ...

Open Less Than Two Years, Granada Books is Closing in Santa Barbara
"It is so important for kids to read a book, a physical, tangible book. I think people are forgetting that with e-books. And it is such a shame." She loves book stores and previously worked at one in Montecito that closed too. Granada Books has had ...

Two Vegas books roll the dice despite massive risk on Final Four
LAS VEGAS — Two Las Vegas sports books face major risk on the college basketball Final Four. One is cheering for Kentucky to lose its first game of the season; the other is looking at a $1 million loss if Michigan State wins it all. Perhaps these ...

Books decorative, don't you think?
I've always been a book person. I love the way books feel when I hold them, how they look stacked neatly on a coffee table and the orderly beauty of rows and rows of books on a shelf. Over the years, my books have grown into a library. They remind me ...

Weekend picks for book lovers
What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's picks for book lovers include The Harder They Come, the new novel by T.C. Boyle. The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle; Ecco, 384 pp.; fiction. T.C. Boyle: what an interesting writer! He's 66 now, and over ...

Ten must-read books that explain modern China
Sometimes a masterpiece will reach the bestseller list; former New Yorker correspondent Peter Hessler's three books about his experiences over 11 years living in China are cases in point. But oftentimes, readers ready to embrace China's complexities ...

'Call Me Tree': A Children's Book With No Gender Specific Pronouns
Through Call Me Tree , Gonzalez is pioneering both queer and Chicana representation within children's books in order to provide characters and stories that children can relate to. The Huffington Post chatted with Gonzalez this week about the book and ...

Rare Bibles and religious books on view Easter weekend in Provo
History buffs, book buffs and lovers of all things religious had a rare treat this weekend. Reid Moon, an antiquarian book dealer, shared his collection of more than 100 rare Bibles, religious materials, and LDS books at Zion's Mercantile in the ...

Author tailors children's books about moving
Davis, assistant principal at Hope Mills Middle School, has authored a series of children's books tailored specifically to military installations. In "Home is Where the Army Sends You: Fort Bragg," Davis touches on life in the Fayetteville area, from ...

Books: Miss. top 10 reads
“Majesty of Natchez,” Steven Brooks, Pelican Publishing, $17.95. Compiled by University Press of Mississippi for The Clarion-Ledger. Reported by Book Mart (Starkville), Lemuria (Jackson), Square Books (Oxford), Turnrow Books (Greenwood), Turning Pages ...

A great roster of basketball books
His books on college basketball are all well-researched, insightful and fascinating whether he's covering the behind-the-scenes action of the Final Four in “The Last Dance” or the little known, and still very much amateur Patriot League (in the sense ...

France sees sales boom for books on Islam
Books on Islam are flying off bookshelves at bookstores in France, three months after a slew of terror attacks and a marked rise in anti-Semitism in the country. French news service AFP reported Sunday that sales of books on Islam in the first quarter ...

Skiing in Maine: Books, movies bring us back to the slopes
Ski season has just about reached its end in Maine, with snow melting in much of the state and temperatures reaching the 60s this weekend. Now is the perfect time to check out books and movies about skiing that have recently been released. With little ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale April 7). What it's about: Thirty years after she wrote Knock Wood, the actress, 68, returns with a ...

Books galore ready to hit the sales racks at library in Richmond
Friends of the Lois Wagner Memorial Library have been hosting a spring book sale for more years than they can easily recall, but they are happy to report that this year they have more books ready to sell than ever before. “We've really got a better and ...


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