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Weekend picks for book lovers
What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's picks for book lovers include Born to Run, the memoir by rocker Bruce Springsteen, and two new mysteries. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen; Simon & Schuster, 528 pp.; non-fiction. Anyone who has ...

Ask a bookseller: Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, N.C.
Every week, The Thread checks in with booksellers around the country about their favorite books of the moment. This week, we spoke with Samantha Flynn of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, N.C.. Samantha Flynn already has her pick for who should win the ...

How Banning Books Marginalizes Children
Who's hurt when Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings's picture book I Am Jazz, about a transgender girl, is banned? The history of children's book publishing in America offers insight into the ways in which traditional attitudes about “appropriate ...

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Unveils Boston's Rarely-Seen Renaissance Books
From September 22 through January 16, 2017, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is showcasing some of the city's most stunning, oldest printed books originally created by master artists for scholars, princes, and popes with their exhibition entitled ...

7 Books to Read This October
If you want to fall in love with a book almost at first sight (i.e., paragraph four)—"I had opted to leave [Haverford] before the school officially asked me to…On two separate occasions, I had had sex with Jonathan Beene for money. It had been an ...

New York Public Library has a mini roller coaster for books
First of all, if your mind is conjuring up images of a bespectacled Thomas the Tank Engine carrying a line of book-laden cars, stop. Although it's technically a train made up of linked carriages, the setup looks nothing like your typical railroad ...

Books in Brief: Running Girl by Simon Mason, Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
Running Girl by Simon Mason; David Fickling Books, $18.99. Ages 14 and up. ... This nifty murder mystery featuring 16-year-old Garvie Smith, known to his friends as Sherlock for his ability to solve any puzzle, comes from a British author whose ...

Elena Ferrante: An Answer?
Public real estate records show that in 2000, after Ferrante's first book was turned into a successful movie in Italy, Raja acquired in her own name a seven-room apartment near Villa Torlonia, an expensive area of Rome; the following year she bought a ...

The 14 New Books You Should Be Reading This Fall
It's a passage that presages the book's beauty and terror; written with a restrained, lovely magical realism, “Mischling” tells the story of the twins' time in Josef Mengele's lab in Auschwitz and of their painful journey after the camp's liberation ...

Jane Alexander's 6 favorite books
McPhee has written many remarkable books, but this portrait of the brilliant, irascible late Sierra Club president David Brower is my favorite. McPhee accompanies Brower on three journeys, observing how his passion for wilderness conservation triggers ...

These election-year kids' books get our vote
Election season can be a baffling time for adults, much less children. Eliot Schrefer takes a look at some well-timed picture books that will help kids make sense of American politics. (Grown-ups, you're on your own.) Grover Cleveland, Again! A ...

A Mom's Plea for Library Books Brought in 15000 -- and Transformed Her Small Town
Books change lives. Everyone reading this knows that. But what about 15,000 books donated from around the world to a struggling rural school, where the library has been closed for a decade? That many books can change a community. At the cusp of the ...

Charming Paintings of Books and Their Hilarious Forgotten Titles
For those moments when you can't remember that book about that thing, artist Marina Luz has designed something just for you. Her ongoing series of bookish illustrations called IF I DON'T FIND THIS BOOK I WILL DIE, or, How We Describe Books When We ...

Free Books For Life: London Bookshop Offers Chance To Win 'The Library Of A Lifetime'
A bookstore in London, England is offering one lucky winner a chance to receive free books for the rest of his or her life. The “Library of a Lifetime” competition is being held to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Heywood Hill bookshop, according to ...

'Miss Peregrine' Books $36.5M; 'Finding Dory',…
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: The international box office got a boost this weekend, jumping 110% from last frame across the Top 10 titles, and dipping just 6% versus the similar session last year. There were two major overseas openings for Hollywood, with a raft ...

Pike County man spends retirement sifting through old books
Many rare book sellers start out as collectors, he noted, then enter the trade as a second career. Caine follows that pattern. The self-described "mediocre student" did not have much interest in books until he "caught fire" at the age of 30, when he ...

UK students learn about banned books
The First Amendment has been under siege for centuries and UK's English department is celebrating an annual, week-long protest to allow Americans their full rights. Senior Lecturer Michael Carter spoke to a crowd during Banned Books Week in the William ...

The “Goosebumps” Conundrum: What Makes a Children's Book Good?
Now that summer vacation is over and students are submitting lists of books they have read since June, the question is particularly relevant. Does having read the novelization of the latest superhero movie “count” as having read a book? How about a ...

There's a Word for Buying Books and Not Reading Them
In the library he comes across a drunken, bespectacled fat cat who starts going off about the books lining the walls. “They're real,” he slurs, pointing to them. “What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop too — didn't cut the pages. But what ...

In Books: Deadly Straits by RE McDermott
This is not the case however with R.E. McDermott's Deadly Straits. The book is a maritime thriller whose plot is disturbingly plausible. And unlike almost every other thriller I have come across which features ships, Deadly Straits consistently gets it ...

Big Data's Power to Innovate Content and Enhance Reader Engagement
Consumption habits across industries, spanning different products and services, are evolving dramatically in the digital era. And the book publishing sector is not immune to these winds of change. Like film, music and other forms of content, books, too ...

Late Officer Honored By Books
Jason Moszer, the Fargo police officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year, is being memorialized in the Fargo Public Library system through the donation of children's books. The donation includes police-related books such as “Dogs on ...

Best Books of the Halloween Season #1 – The Penguin Book of the Undead
Here at Dread Central we strive to keep you informed about the best horror has to offer – be it movies, TV shows, video games, collectibles, artwork, and/or books. When it comes to the latter category, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep track of ...

The “Unmasking” of Elena Ferrante
The news that the true identity of the writer Elena Ferrante has, allegedly, been uncovered was published on the blog of The New York Review of Books at 1 A.M. on Sunday—the Internet's witching hour, when salacious tidbits are unloaded online to greet ...

Beautiful Banned Books
This is cool: in celebration of last week's Banned Books Week, Chapel Hill Public Library held a competition for local artists to create new work based on books that have been banned or challenged. Trading cards were printed from the winning selections ...

Atlas Obscura Is the Book Every Travel Nerd Needs
By their nature, the vast majority of travel books are dry affairs packed with boring (but useful) information. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, the new book from the minds behind the web site of the same name eschews ...

Travel books that defy your expectations
If the biggest revelations in a new book about Rome is that the city is really old, there's a ton of marble statues, museums and churches, and that Vespa riders are pesky, the author probably won't sell many copies. (As opposed to a book that points ...

Mass Effect and Dragon Age series are getting adult coloring books
The coloring books, spotted by IGN, will be published by Dark Horse and look remarkably detailed based on their tentative cover designs. The Mass Effect coloring book features an Asari holding a pistol with a small blue glow surrounding her and several ...

Books|Reader's Guide to This Fall's Big Book Awards
Next week's announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be followed by the awarding of the Man Booker Prize later in October and the National Book Awards in November. Here's a guide to the finalists for the honors — and the chatter about who ...

Another dry year on California's books as 'drought continues'
October is the time for optimism about water in California. The forecasts start calling for rain as the coming winter offers hope of relief for the state's thirsty rivers and reservoirs. Just this weekend, parts of Northern California saw up to three ...

Review: 'Rogue Heroes,' the Birth of Britain's Elite Special Forces
Ben Macintyre's suspenseful new book, “Rogue Heroes,” about the founding of Britain's S.A.S. during World War II, reads like a mashup of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Great Escape,” with a sprinkling of “Ocean's 11” thrown in for good measure. Like ...

8 Books Every Aspiring Writer Needs To Read
So, you want to be a writer? Like any other art, writing is a lifestyle — a craft that takes years and years of practice to find your stride. Everyone has their own methods of improvement, but many people find inspiration and motivation in books about ...

Gloria Naylor, National Book Award Winner, Dies at 66
Gloria Naylor, whose debut novel, “The Women of Brewster Place,” won a National Book Award and was adapted into an acclaimed mini-series that starred and was produced by Oprah Winfrey, died on Wednesday near her home in Christiansted, V.I. She ...

Amazon Faces Publishing Dispute in Japan Over Book Subscriptions
3 in Japan, was the first e-book subscription offering outside of Amazon's main English-speaking markets. Amazon charges 980 yen ($9.60) a month for customers for access about 120,000 titles; because the Seattle-based company incurs fees whenever a ...

'We Are a Big Family': Dealers Unite Against Thefts of Rare Books
Francesca Biffi, a vice president of PRPH Books, showing two rare texts at the store, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Ms Biffi said she was troubled by the theft of two books worth a total of more than $20,000 last spring. “You don't know what is ...

Comic books come to the rescue for reluctant readers
AVON, Ind. (WISH) — A traditional book is black and white, for many kids that just doesn't keep the pages turning. But a comic book pairs print with pictures to pull in pupils. “These are more Japanese-style books that you read backwards. It's the ...

Baseball, Conservatism's Future, and a Conversation About Books
At the beginning of the baseball season, we announced in the Kristol Clear newsletter a contest in which you had a chance to pick the teams that would make the World Series, and the winner. We've got the entries, are dutifully keeping track as promised ...

Astoria resident runs only independent book publishing company in Queens out of his home
What started as an online magazine in 2009 has become Queens' only independent book publishing company, according to Astoria resident Shaun Randol. Randol is the editor-in-chief, publicist, marketer and publisher of The Mantle, a book publishing ...

10 books everyone between 18 and 30 should read
It's no secret that people of all ages love reading Young Adult (YA) books even though they're meant for ages 12 to 18, but New Adult (NA) fiction is the best genre you've never heard of. Targeted at ages 18 to 30, New Adult bridges the age gap between ...

British book dealer slain for his first edition of 'The Wind in the Willows,' prosecutors say
Prosecutors in Oxford, England, say a man stabbed and beat a book dealer to death so he could steal a rare first edition of “The Wind in the Willows,” the Guardian reports. The first edition of the children's classic, whose text is available for free ...

Donna Beasley Is Determined To Bring Multi-Cultural Stories To Children's Books—Here's How She's Doing It
Take note of the name Donna Beasley because the Chicago-based founder and president of KaZoom Digital Publishing and KaZoom Kids iStory Books has launched her subscription-based venture and like many inventions, that have revolutionized the world ...

Oil books a loss ahead of crude-inventory reports
Oil futures on Tuesday finished in negative territory, after struggling for direction throughout much the session, as traders continued to assess OPEC's preliminary output deal, ahead of weekly data that are expected to show an increase in U.S. crude ...

In a Range of Tastes, Books to Inspire Redecorating
This fall's crop of home design books offers the usual inspiration and escapism. In “Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History,” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25), Witold Rybczynski chronicles a genre of furniture we never stop ...

'Barbershop Books' Help Black Boys Identify as Readers
NFL player Jarvis Jenkins joined forces with Barbershop Books to unveil a new reading space with Alaine L. Locke Magnet School students at the International Hair Studio in Harlem last week. Attentive faces and bright smiles listened on as the 6'4 New ...

Book publisher ventures into filmmaking
Ms. Ma. Teresa Cancio of Goodwill Bookstore, one of the oldest bookstores in the country (it turns 78 this year), has steered her family's publishing business towards many successes. Aside from Goodwill Bookstore, their other companies include EDCA ...

NY Public Library's new train system gets you books in matter of minutes
The New York Public Library on Wednesday will debut a train-style delivery system that zips its volumes along hundreds of feet in a matter of minutes. The new “book train” conveyor belt spans 950 feet through 11 levels of the Schwarzman Building at the ...

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' release date, news, rumors: American comic book publisher leaks March 21 release date for ...
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' release date, news, rumors: American comic book publisher leaks March 21 release date for ...

6 books that influence guru Robert Cialdini wants you to read
Cialdini, an eminent social psychologist, lays out the tools and tactics to master the art of influence in his best-selling book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion,” published more than 30 years ago, which is considered a classic of business ...

Amazon Prime Reading gives members even more e-books
On Wednesday, the company came out with Prime Reading, which provides a rotating library of over a thousand books, with current titles including "The Hobbit," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Millionaire Next Door." The free service ...

Best Coloring Books for Windows 10
Coloring book apps for Windows 10 offer a great opportunity to relax, exercise your creative spirits and can be a fun time waster. The Windows Store has a modest selection of coloring book apps ranging from those designed for our younger audience and ...


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