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Artists in Pakistan use comic books, wall murals to combat Islamic extremism
It's a scene from a three-part comic book, titled "The Guardian," that a private group has started to distribute in Pakistani schools to help combat extremism. The author, 31-year-old Gauher Aftab, says it was inspired by his own experience of nearly ...

Samhain Publishing Announces Second Three-book Digital Boxed Set for ...
Samhain Publishing Announces Second Three-book Digital Boxed Set for ...

“The erotics of books are alive and well”: Jonathan Galassi on his new novel ...
“The erotics of books are alive and well”: Jonathan Galassi on his new novel ...

20 brilliant books to read this summer
"Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee: Lee's second book is sure to be the literary event of 2015. Speculation has abounded about whether Lee is on board with the book's publication, as well as whether it will live up to the legacy created by "To Kill A ...

Texas residents demand LGBT children's books be banned from public library
Two LGBT-themed children's books have come under fire at a Granbury, Texas, public library. Dozens of community members have demanded that "My Princess Boy" and "This Day in June" be either banned from the Hood County Library or moved out of the ...

Middle East beach week books!
It's July – and that means it's time for my annual summer beach week Middle East reading list! If you're like me, the summer is a time to catch up on all the great books that accumulate over the course of a busy academic year. For beach week, I look ...

These Books Boosted Troop Morale During World War II
The book When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning celebrates the importance of the Armed Services Editions. Published between 1943 and 1947, these inexpensive paperback editions were given to ...

Appeals court says Apple is liable for e-book price-fixing
When it appealed last year, Apple argued that at the time of its entry into the e-book business, Amazon was its only real competitor, and Amazon was selling e-books for $9.99, which Apple said was well below a competitive range. Instead, Apple said ...

Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually
I hate to criticise Leith, because he chooses to publish his serious, lively and illuminating non-fiction with Profile Books, of which I am the managing director. I am also his editor, and like any good editor, when one of my authors is wrong, I must ...

Anthony Doerr: By the Book
What books are currently on your night stand? “Dept. of Speculation,” by Jenny Offill; “My Name Is Red,” by Orhan Pamuk; and “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by Yuval Noah Harari. I just got to the part in “Sapiens” where Harari contends that ...

8 Books You Need to Read This July -- Vulture
The Italian journalist's last book, the Neapolitan mafia chronicle Gomorrah, merited worldwide praise, a movie deal, death threats, and 24-hour police protection. So maybe Saviano didn't have much more to lose by turning here to the global trade in ...

Non-Fiction Publishing In The UK Is In Fine Health, Actually
I hate to criticise Leith, because he chooses to publish his serious, lively and illuminating non-fiction with Profile Books, of which I am the managing director. I am also his editor, and like any good editor, when one of my authors is wrong, I must ...

New books, dead authors
Joe Queenan provides the opportunity for more than one laugh in his Wall Street Journal Review column “New books, dead authors” (accessible here via Google) of this past weekend. Queenan observes that Tom Clancy and other megaselling authors ...

The 'Netflix for books' is in trouble because its users are reading too many ...
The 'Netflix for books' is in trouble because its users are reading too many ...

Danielle Steel: 'My books are more than a beach read'
Since the publication of her first novel, “Going Home” in 1972, Danielle Steel has become a staple of the beach bag, as indispensable and reliable as a bottle of Coppertone. Her tales of love, loss and family life have captivated millions of book ...

Rare books
THE theft of rare books and manuscripts from libraries is not new. Medieval abbots used to attach precious volumes with chains to stop touring scholars from leaving the monastery with them. And today, valuable books appear increasingly at risk ...

manroland web systems Joins Digital Book Printing Forum in London
The “2015 London Digital Book Printing Forum” took place at The Royal Society in London on June 25, 2015. Around 150 people joined the event. The target audience was anyone who has a stake in the development of digital book production – from large ...

Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' May Have Been Found Earlier Than Thought
On the eve of the most anticipated publishing event in years — the release of Harper Lee's novel “Go Set a Watchman” — there is yet another strange twist to the tale of how the book made its way to publication, a development that further clouds the ...

Ted Cruz signs books in Arlington, talks of breaking 'Washington cartel'
After that, he settled in at his shaded book-signing table as campaign and store officials stepped in to keep reporters back and to repeat warnings that they were forbidden to interview customers, including those in line with copies of his new book, A ...

Editors' Obsessions: Best Books for 4th of July Weekend
"I have a habit of choosing long, dense novels (and consequently getting lost in them), which is why this summer I'm up for some lighter reading: I'll be taking Judd Apatow's new book—a collection of interviews with the comedians he admires, from ...

Holly Madison, Ex-Playboy Bunny, Tells All and Strikes Publishing Gold
Strong preorder demand led the publishers to go back to press multiple times before the book's June 23 release, according to publisher Lynn Grady. HarperCollins is owned by NewsCorp., which owns Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of The Wall Street ...

Are there brutal economics in book publishing? Let me tell you...
Are there brutal economics in book publishing? Let me tell you...

Hood County residents call for removal of LGBT-themed children's books
Some folks in North Texas are petitioning a local library to ban two LGBT-themed kids' books or remove them from the children's section, WFAA reports. More than 50 complaint forms have been filed with the Hood County Library targeting two books: "My ...

Seven Investing Books for Your Summer Reading List
"Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor" by Seth A. Klarman. This out-of-print book from 1991 is a value investing classic. While the actual book retails for more than $1,000 and is a frequently stolen ...

Five History Books That Are Perfect for Reading on the 4th of July
There is no math, and there are sometimes even pictures, so it's supposed to be a cakewalk. But it's not. My one guess about the problem is you finish one or two killer books and you begin to realize how dumb you are. History is daunting. There is ...

Illegal Aliens Disrupt Ann Coulter Book Signing, Author Fires Back
The furor did not seem to faze Coulter, who cheerfully signed books and posed for photographs with her fans. After getting escorted out of the store by security, the protesters reconvened outside the entrance, shouting “Shame on you!” to those who ...

23 books we've loved so far this year
But despite our best intentions to lug tomes to Cape Cod, book sales don't peak in the summer. That comes later, during the cooler holidays. This month, though, the usual trends may be distorted by two peculiar blockbusters— Harper Lee's “Go Set a ...

“Books for Boys” Encourages Children to Turn the Page
So, when I sat down to order the first round of books, I thought that chapter books would be important, but also the teacher in me, I knew I needed to make sure those chapter books were on a scale that a 12th grader who may not necessarily be on a 12th ...

Comics AM | Tokyopop announces publishing relaunch
Tokoyopop was the largest manga publisher in the United States at the height of the manga boom, but it closed down its publishing program in 2011. In the past few years it has been making a slow-motion comeback, selling some of its properties as e ...

Murder-mystery novel plays out in Syracuse bar: CNY books and authors
That's how he winds up tending bar in an Irish pub in Syracuse, where three women are found murdered in the book's first pages. With a clearly guilty bartender, the mystery behind the murders is not so much who as why. Private investigator Bill "Free ...

Russell Smith: How to publish a book in Canada
Last weekend, Globe and Mail books editor Mark Medley published a long and thoughtful look at the new giant publishing company that has just formed in Canada: Penguin Random House, the conglomerate formed by at least five former independent ...

Update: Fairview Park coupon books not fraudulent, but schools didn't know ...
Update: Fairview Park coupon books not fraudulent, but schools didn't know ...

Three good reads: Books for those summer days
Is there anything sweeter on a hot summer day than settling in with a good book? That's why, over the next several months, we'll be asking local librarians to suggest books that kids, from preschoolers to teenagers, will love. This week, we have Rene ...

3 New Books to Read This Month - Elle
Somebody had fun composing the memoir-slash-cognitive practicum Let's Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties (Riverhead), and her name is Patricia Marx, a former SNL writer now at the New Yorker. Smarten up with Marx's quizzes, ...

Poll in San Diego has large majority picking comic books over Chargers
The eye-opening part is that people there may prefer that to the Chargers, by a pretty large margin. In a poll on the newspapers website, a one-or-the-other choice between a comic book convention and NFL football has the guys in tights with a 17-point ...

Winthrop's Apple Valley Books closes its doors
WINTHROP — Apple Valley Books, a colorful, friendly, knowledgeable centerpiece of Winthrop's Main Street for almost 21 years, has closed, leaving the area without an independent bookstore that deals in new books. “There was nothing like it that lasted ...

Let's color. Coloring books for adults still trending
(If you haven't tripped over this trend, you haven't spent enough time in your local bookstore.) Tucked into a bowl of rice vermicelli at a Vietnamese restaurant, I slid a postcard coloring book out of my purse, turned off my cell and lost myself in ...

Three books, each totally different and distinctly great
There's something charming about the simplicity of Dave Hofer's Perpetual Conversion, an effort that resembles a loving metal magazine instead of flowery memoir. Though it's hard to truly call the book a memoir, as it's mostly excerpts from interviews ...

Sacramento Rabbi Calls On Amazon To Stop Selling Books Denying Holocaust
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A week after Amazon stopped selling Confederate flags in the wake of a deadly shooting, Jewish organizations are calling on Amazon to ban books denying the Holocaust. Sacramento Rabbi Mendy Cohen is leveling serious ...

Speaking volumes: Best-selling business books
800-CEO-READ compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books. Some of the top sellers in May: 1. Aspirational Investor: Taming the Markets to Achieve Your Life's Goals, by Ashvin B. Chhabra, HarperBusiness. 2. Your Strategy Needs a Strategy: How ...

Children's books portray America's Founding Fathers as superheroes
ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-Kyle and Brandi McElhaney are the co-authors of a brand new children's book series, Founders Force, which portrays America`s Founding Fathers as superheroes. Kids love superheroes and these books hope to get those young patriots ...

Agnes Martin: In Two New Books, A Life Revealed
Faced with the challenge of documenting such an elusive subject, the veteran American arts writer Nancy Princenthal, in her superbly researched new book, Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art (Thames & Hudson), offers the first comprehensive biography of ...

Danny Heitman's “At Random”: Summer books you can put down
The highest compliment we're supposed to give to a book is to say we that we can't put it down. But this week, in sharing my annual summer reading list, I'd like to say a few words about books that charm us because they can be put down. The kind of ...

Canelli: The wonderful little golden books
Hundreds of picture books are published every year, and libraries have the challenge of fitting them on the shelves of their children's rooms. In libraries like ours in Norwood, we often have to defer to a one-in, one-out policy which means “weeding ...

Frye: Outdoors books to get through rainy days
Until then, some books have come out that make the days trapped inside a little easier to accept. • “The History of Fly-Fishing in 50 Flies” by Ian Whitelaw, 224 pages, hardcover, Abrams, $22.50. This book traces the history of fly fishing over 2,000 ...

Miss. books list, signings, author profile
life1. "The Book of Aron," Jim Shepard, Knopf. 2. "The Million Dollar Road," Amy Conner, Kensington. 3. "The Bone Tree," Greg Iles, William Morrow. 4. "The World's Largest Man," Harrison Scott Key, Harper Collins. 5. "Grey," E. L. James, Vintage. 6 ...

WALKER: 10 old books, 10 great reads
Dink NeSmith sent me the book. Within a day or two I started on “The Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music” by Paul Hemphill only to remember that I had read this book before, probably 40 years ago. But The Nashville Sound is so good, ...

Solid Rock has array of religious books, items
The store began as a single business site, but has expanded over the years to cover three Central Avenue storefronts. Customers will find more than 6,000 square feet devoted to inspirational products, including a broad selection of books and Bibles ...

Choose Yourself: The top five books to read this summer
I tried to read on a beach once. I got the very first Kindle. It didn't have many books available but what it did, I downloaded and tried to read. But it was uncomfortable and hot, and my wife and kids kept going into the ocean, so I went back to the ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Code of Conduct by Brad Thor (Atria, fiction, on sale July 7). What it's about: Four seconds of a leaked video kicks off this espionage thriller starring Thor's recurring ...


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