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Elkhart Community Schools' bullying prevention coordinator co-authors books ...
Elkhart Community Schools' bullying prevention coordinator co-authors books ...

Colm Toibin: By the Book
The author, most recently, of “Nora Webster” and “Brooklyn,” soon to be adapted to film, wishes he were Leopold Bloom: “I envy all the fun he had when he went to Nighttown and got involved in gender-bendering.” What books are currently on your night ...

The Evolution of US Digital Innovation in Publishing
The United States has been at the forefront of digital publishing since the field's inception. And now, as digital is fully integrated into our daily publishing lives and the industry continues to expand the format of books and data analytics, the US ...

Sourcebooks creates personalized children's books
Approaching Daniel Handler with a proposal to personalize his intensely ironic Lemony Snicket books might sound a little like sticking your head into the mouth of his Incredibly Deadly Viper. But — fortunately for all involved — Handler was intrigued ...

The most popular fiction books of the year so far
It's starting to get chillier, and there's arguably nothing more cozy than curling up with a good book. The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back ...

St. Helena boy donates books to fire victims
He packed the books into a little wagon from his younger days, marked it “Christopher's Little Free Rolling Library,” and on Sept. 20 took it to the evacuee center at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga and to the Lake County OES Disaster Recovery ...

The Entrepreneur's Ultimate List of 8 Must-Read Books
Selecting and absorbing the right books is the first thing we have to do. As it turns out, that's not easy to do. Given the vast number of self-published books, there aren't any specific numbers on how many books are published each year, let alone ...

Crowdsourcing Publisher Inkshares Signs With UTA
Intended to “democratize publishing”, Inkshares is a hybrid outfit that uses crowdsourcing techniques to determine which books they'll publish, rather than relying solely on the instincts of a given literary representative to evaluate the potential ...

13 Important Stories to Celebrate Banned Books Week
Greatness often breeds controversy, and this has certainly been the case for acclaimed books throughout history. Harry Potter has been banned for its glorification of witchcraft, Go Ask Alice for its depiction of harrowing teen drug use, and Brave New ...

Recommendations from Rakestraw Books
Recommendations of recent books from the staffs of a rotating list of Bay Area independent bookstores. This week's list is from Rakestraw Books, 3 Railroad Ave., Danville. (925) 837-7337. www.rakestrawbooks.com. FICTION. Everybody Rise, by Stephanie ...

The Secret of Nigerian Book Sales
“It takes anything from three to five years to sell off a print run of about two thousand to three thousand books,” Bankole Olayebi, the C.E.O. of the publisher Bookcraft, which counts the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka among its authors, told me. To give ...

13 Books From Middle School To Reread That Will Bring You Back
The only thing I (let myself) remember from middle school are all the awesome books I read. Since I spent so many hours choosing things to read at the library, or holed up somewhere in my house with my newest purchase from Borders (it still existed ...

The truth about banned books is stranger than you think
You may already have heard that this is Banned Books Week, a venerable event established 33 years ago by the American Library Association (ALA). Like me, you may have walked into your local bookstore and seen a display of "banned books," a display ...

Books for Bothwell raising money and promoting love of reading
MARQUETTE — Bothwell Middle School in Marquette is raising money for new books to support reading throughout the school year. Books for Bothwell is a program that looks for donations from parents and community members. They accept books from a ...

Blackstone delves into print and e-book publishing
ASHLAND — Blackstone Audio has orchestrated marketing and distribution of audio books to near perfection since its inception 28 years ago, even developing a digital rental niche. Now the audio book publisher, with 10,000 titles in its archive, is ...

The Martian Proves Movies Are Now Better Than Their Books
Despite all the people telling me at coffee shops/airports/etc. that it was their favorite book, I struggled to get through the prose. (I know, I know…) The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his fully science-enabled quest to stay alive while ...

10 New Books by Established Latino Authors
Over the summer I highlighted 9 books by emerging Latino voices, but it's as important to acknowledge that Latino literature's more familiar names are also gracing the covers on display on bookstore shelves in 2015. Many of these prominent writers ...

My 10 Favorite Books: Julie Klausner
For his new bookshop installation, One Grand, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they'd take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next installment in the series comes from Julie Klausner, the comedian, writer ...

Top Banned Books In NJ: Reader Poll
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” - Parents in the West Essex school district in 2015 called Junot Diaz's “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” - a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award – “vulgar and ...

The 15 Most Influential Business Books of 2015
The Financial Times and McKinsey & Co. have collaborated for their eleventh annual Business Book Awards. This year's top business books come from journalists, economists, and academics and explore the opportunities and dangers presented by rapidly ...

Publishing Startup Pronoun Looks for Path Around Amazon
To startup companies looking to enter the book publishing field, Amazon.com is a huge immovable object in the middle of the road. Most publishing startups don't really try to compete with Amazon; instead they try to succeed by complementing it ...

I Banned a Book to Make People Notice the Problem
Personally, I know very well what happens when a book is banned locally – because I banned one. I am a librarian and academic library director and an ardent supporter of free speech and democracy, but in 2012 I banned a book at Mansfield University of ...

More bucks for the books at Stayton Library
Since 1924, the Stayton Public Library has served the community, providing an environment for residents to mingle, relax, explore and learn. Numerous programs are offered year-round for children, teens and adults, such as storytelling hours, game ...

Disney Has Invented 3D Coloring Books
With its Color Alive line, Crayola was the first company to merge coloring books and apps so kids could bring their on-page creations to life. But Disney Research is taking that idea one step further by letting kids see a coloring book character move ...

Judy Blume tells it like it is when it comes to books and censorship.
One of the interview's most interesting portions touched on the topic of "banned books," something Blume knows all too well, having been the target of censorship efforts ("Forever," "Blubber," "Deenie," "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," and ...

Drop That Kindle! 10 Reasons Print Books Are Better Than E-Books
Last week, the book industry released figures showing that e-book sales were down so far this year -- the first time they have declined -- while print remained relatively steady. When the news broke, we published a piece on 10 reasons e-books are ...

Biblioasis is no mirage
Biblioasis, a small, independent book publisher based in Windsor, Ont., uses a windmill as its logo. It was, says founder Dan Wells, a joke, of sorts, recalling a tilting Don Quixote, except in this case instead of the fight being against imaginary ...

Librarian Creates 'Books for Kids in Gay Families' Website
Patricia Sarles, MA, MLS has put together an extraordinary resource; a virtual library catalog of books for children related to various LGBTQ issues. When I discovered that my book, Rumplepimple, had been included in the Books for Kids in Gay Families ...

John Sandford among several Minnesota authors launching books
Whoever gets there first could take control of technology hundreds of years in the future for humans. Although the book's authors explain the engineers' problems with refitting the ships, which probably will fascinate the technology-minded, the focus ...

Celebrating sheep and books too!
It all started because my darn sheep kept getting out. Graham Ranch sheep do not like dry, crunchy grass in May and June. They were sure the grass “just over there” was succulent and green. Sheep are notorious for slipping through four strands of ...

Book: Louisville staffer hired prostitutes to woo basketball recruits
A new book—"Breaking Cardinal Rules"—published by IBJ Book Publishing says former University of Louisville basketball player and graduate assistant Andre McGee hired strippers and prostitutes to perform for other players and recruits. The university ...

Pomona Reads! to celebrate reading and books Saturday at the Pomona Civic ...
Pomona Reads! to celebrate reading and books Saturday at the Pomona Civic ...

How a children's book publisher hopes to reach more of India's 200 million ...
How a children's book publisher hopes to reach more of India's 200 million ...

Faculty members author, co-author 15 books, including award-winner
Some 14 faculty members at University of Wisconsin-Stout recently have had books published or anticipate releases in the next year, including one who also won an award for his publication. Five of the books concern social science research, three are ...

Banned Books Week celebrates the books that are 'filthy, but great' — and more
Anne from Browns Valley Minnesota had this nomination: "The dirtiest book I've ever read was 'Choke' by Chuck Palahniuk. I would never want to see it banned because it's great writing — filthy but great!" And for Andrew from Utah, the definition of ...

Banned Books Week, Busted
Banned Books Week, the American Library Association's annual self-advertisement, has now ended for this year. Bookstores will disassemble their earnest displays of “banned books,” public libraries will return to the semblance of normality in public ...

Pronoun, A Self-Publishing Platform For Authors, Is Ready To Serve Humanity
Pronoun, a self-publishing system that aims to help authors get their books edited and printed, is beginning the long road to making it easier for self-published authors to get noticed. First stop? Getting authors onto the platform. The company ...

Miss. books, events: Oct. 4
1. “The Last Season,” Stuart Stevens, Knopf. 2. “My Southern Journey,” Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House. 3. “Fates and Furies,” Lauren Groff, Riverhead. 4. “America's Great Storm,” Haley Barbour, University Press of Mississippi. 5. “Crown of Southern Cooking,” ...

Texas mom calls out textbook publisher for interpreting slavery as immigration
Book publishing giant McGraw-Hill is saying it will rewrite a textbook after a Pearland mother voiced concerns on YouTube about the portrayal of slaves as immigrant "workers" in her son's school book. In the video, Texas mom Roni Dean-Burren calls out ...

Denton's Recycled Books
Some say the old opera house on the square in Denton is lilac-colored. Others say purple. For the past quarter-century it's been a community icon, and it's meant a lot of green for home-town used book business Recycled Books. The store has been in the ...

Valley books roundup: 'Rad' author visits Fresno State, Chaz Bono to speak at FCC
The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards are given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting ...

Saturday marks last day of national Banned Books Week
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Saturday was the last day of national Banned Books Week. Library`s across the country celebrate to draw attentions to books that have been censored or condemned. Diana Platt from the Kansas City Public Library stopped by Saturday ...

Books: 'Slouching Toward Tyranny' reading at Laurelwood
His new book, "Slouching Toward Tyranny," indicts not just the death penalty but also the systemic racism behind it. Ingle began ministering to inmates on death row in 1973. A former director of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons and founder ...

Susan Parker: Exploration stories of banned books brings to light some ...
Susan Parker: Exploration stories of banned books brings to light some ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, fiction, on sale Oct. 6). What it's about: The first book in the beloved series ...

Centennial books illuminate Einstein's greatest triumph
You don't need an anniversary as an excuse to write a book about Albert Einstein. But the centennial of his general theory of relativity has nonetheless provided an occasion for several new entries in the Einstein library. And even though general ...

OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder's 6 favorite books
Here he is on page six: "I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip." This Pulitzer Prize-winning book is my favorite novel. I wish I could ...

Two new books look at the heart of music in Wisconsin
Millie Kaminski, known as “Concertina Millie” plays with father-son duo Gunter and Tony Langeweg at Martin's Tap in Milwaukee. The photo is from the book written by Rick March featuring Dick Blau's photos, “Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to ...

Chimen Abramsky Kept Soviet Committee Reports, Marx and Lenin's Old Books, and ...
Chimen Abramsky Kept Soviet Committee Reports, Marx and Lenin's Old Books, and ...

In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic
Deep beneath the University of Minnesota, housed in a room 83 feet underground, one of the world's great collections of children's literature lifts the veil on thousands of classics. When you visit, just be sure to wear layers. "It's cold down here ...


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