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Winter Books 2017: Russian Enigmas
At this very moment, I trust, a novelist somewhere is trying to weave Russia's election-year meddling into the stuff of fiction. (I wish Keith Thomson would take it on.) Meanwhile, one of the most interesting literary stories of the last decade has ...

A Decade in Book Design
While “Chip Kidd Book Two: Work: 2007-2017” is profusely — at times chaotically — visual, Kidd provides insight into how intimately he works with authors, not just packaging and promoting the writers' words but helping them to envision their own ...

Giving Books Away
With regard to giving books away, there are many charities, as well as libraries, that accept gifts of books. (August 8, 2017) My mother worked over 20 years for Goodwill Industries by sorting literally millions of books for their stores and annual ...

New books by dead authors
In December, a book lover's thoughts turn naturally to the great writers we've lost during the year — from John Ashbery to Lillian Ross, Kate Millett and more. If there's any solace to be had, it might be in new books that periodically appear from ...

Carolyn Reidy Named Publishers Weekly 2017 Person of the Year
Under Reidy's guidance, Simon & Schuster has aggressively pursued bringing its works to consumers using new digital formats and through new distribution capabilities, and promoted the use of newly available tools and methods for direct-to-consumer ...

These 4 new books perfectly pair with the holidays, or just a quiet winter night
“Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine,” by Gordon M. Shepherd, $25: After I suffered a stroke last autumn, I was drawn to this book because it provides fascinating insights into how the brain teams with other parts of the body to make ...

UW-Stevens Point student publishing house to launch newest book
STEVENS POINT - A student-run publishing company at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will launch its newest book, a collection of short stories, with several activities this coming week. Cornerstone Press will release “The Appointed Hour” by ...

These are Amazon's picks for best books this December
We make room in our busy schedules for the latest seasons of our favorite TV shows, but we don't put enough time aside for books. If you're looking for something to keep you occupied before bed or on your commute to work this December, we suggest ...

Looking for good Christmas presents? Try these books
The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, published this fall (Oxford University Press, September), is such a book. It is likely the editors, contributors and publisher had little confidence ...

McCullough: This Is One Of The Better Economics Books You'll Ever Read
"[The book] contextualizes where we were in economics back in the 1970s and outlines a better path forward,” says Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough. Simon's keen insights influenced myriad disciplines including economics, political science, sociology ...

Bells Are Ringing! 5 New Holiday Books for Children
A wordless picture book about seeing “The Nutcracker” is an inspired idea, and with utterly enchanting diorama art, McKay makes it feel like an event. (You might want to put on fancy holiday clothes just to read it.) A girl and her mother, drawn in ...

Our favorite books of 2017: From lost treasure to family sagas
Like Jacob Marley in Ebenezer Scrooge's home, ghosts showed up in many of this year's best books. There are the graveyard spirits in George Saunders' “Lincoln in the Bardo” and deceased relatives along for the ride in Jesmyn Ward's “Sing, Unburied ...

10 books to read after watching Godless
If you've polished off the Netflix's western limited series, you're probably looking for a new fix of gunslinging and horse thieving. Luckily, Scott Frank, the writer-director of Godless, shared the list of books that influenced him in reaching the ...

McHenry County Author Spotlight: Crystal Lake exercise scientist's 'Food & Fitness After 50'
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? What was the hardest part? The most enjoyable part of writing 'Food and Fitness After 50' was to make scientific topics understandable and useful to a wide range of readers. Neither Chris nor I think of ...

Penguin Publishing's Book Gifting Hotline: The Triumph Of Human Personalization In The Algorithm Age
Madeline McIntosh, president of Penguin Publishing Group U.S., created the innovative idea, sparked by the turkey hotline that has over the years helped so many freaked-out cooks with their Thanksgiving dilemmas. She felt that something similar could ...

Garden City teacher, Petersen, pens children's book
The book then sat until April, when her husband, Drew, reminded her of it and suggested getting it published. “I just never thought I could do it before that because I checked into self-publishing places, and the prices were just outrageous,” Petersen ...

Sex, Plagiarism and Spyware. This Is Not Your Average Copyright Complaint.
Emma Cline's 2016 novel “The Girls” was, by any measure, a triumphant debut. The novel, which takes place in California in the 1960s and centers on a teenage girl who falls into a Charles Manson-like cult, sold to Random House for seven figures in a ...

Books: Events for week of Dec. 3
Advocate columnist Smiley Anders will sign copies of his books, "Best of Smiley" and "Smiley! A Laughing Matter." Author Event: 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd. Doug Villien will be signing copies of his book, "Forgotten Baton Rouge," a ...

Bedside Blessings: Uzbek Hotels Ordered To Provide Holy Books
But Uzbek authorities say there will soon be a few new additions to many hotel rooms, with copies of the Koran, the Bible, and "the books of other official religions" on hand for guests. Officials have also ordered that at least 10 percent of rooms ...

Books: Best Books of 2017, Andy Weir, American Airstream contradictions and more
Perfect for the Instagram set, “Living the Airstream Life” by Karen Flett is a beautiful photo book of the classic American trailer on the road. “Nomadland” by journalist Jessica Bruder is a researched report on “workcampers” — people who live out of ...

Program Helps Southeast Alaska Kids Take Flight With Books
University of Alaska Southeast Public Services Librarian Jonas Lamb, left, and Hannah Weed, of the Association for the Education of Young Children, stock a new bookshelf with children's books at the Juneau International Airport in Juneau, Alaska, on ...

Program helps southeast Alaska kids take flight with books
University of Alaska Southeast Public Services Librarian Jonas Lamb, left, and Hannah Weed, of the Association for the Education of Young Children, stock a new bookshelf with children's books at the Juneau International Airport in Juneau, Alaska, on ...

Here are 8 new Christmas picture books that could join your list of family favorites
Holman has continued to buy Christmas books every year since — one for each daughter. Some of her favorites include “The Night Tree” by Eve Bunting (“Ted Rand's illustrations are delicious,” she says) and “Who Is Coming to Our House” by Joseph Slate ...

'Where's Waldo?' among list of banned books in Texas prisons
DALLAS (AP) — The children's book "Where's Waldo? Santa Spectacular" is among the 10,000 books banned from Texas prisons, but Adolf Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf" makes the cut. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided to The Dallas ...

Lee Littlewood: Refreshing, Hip, Happy Holiday Books
Tarō Gomi has created more than 350 books for readers of all ages, and his signature rounded, friendly illustrations are irresistible. His Santa Claus in Presents Through the Window is tan and Asian and determined to figure out who gets what gifts by ...

Georgia gets its revenge on Auburn and likely books a trip to the playoff
When the title-starved Bulldogs unceremoniously dumped Richt two years ago, many criticized them for firing a coach who won an average of nearly 10 games per season and always seemed to do things the right way during his 15-year tenure. But Georgia's ...

“Where's Waldo?” among list of banned books in Texas prisons
DALLAS — The children's book “Where's Waldo? Santa Spectacular” is among the 10,000 books banned from Texas prisons, but Adolf Hitler's autobiography “Mein Kampf” makes the cut. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided to The Dallas Morning ...

Hit the books: New releases with local ties
When you can't find the perfect gift for the reader in your life, instinct might tell you just pick up a gift card so they can purchase their picks from the bestseller list. Those gift cards are a great gift, of course. But books with local connections ...

Berger unveils book detailing journey of woman with 110 personalities
“Her book takes you on a masterful psychological journey into the mind of a woman who created 110 personalities, each emerging into reality to save her life — psychologically and physically,” Heuss said. “Fascinating and intriguing, the issues of ...

Plan to remove books at IUP libraries prompts debate, petition
Indiana University of Pennsylvania's plan for removal or deaccession of up to 178,082 books out of 486,000 on its library shelves has prompted discussion, from IUP classrooms to the Harrisburg headquarters of IUP's faculty union, and even a change.org ...

Temple woman spreads the word about the positive power of circus
When Quarry Book Publishing approached Circus Smirkus about a do-it-yourself circus book for children, the circus recommended Davis, who had already done all the work as part of her graduate studies. Davis said she is sure this book, geared toward ...

5 new books you won't want to miss this week, including Nora Roberts
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Year One by Nora Roberts (St. Martin's Press, fiction, on sale Dec. 5). What it's about: Roberts goes dystopian in this first book in a planned trilogy, in which magic (both ...

Gift shopping? Think books with ties to Michigan
Secret Santa. Stocking stuffers. Gifts for the kids and those you love. Gifts for those who are hard to buy for. It's not always easy to find the right holiday gift, but books are always a solid choice, especially when the writer or book has a Detroit ...

Books: Remembering an over-the-top CIA spymaster
When Americans think about the CIA today — if they think about it at all — they probably picture a secluded compound in Langley, Va., where Matt Damon matches wits with Joan Allen. But those who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s conjure a very different ...

It's Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls
Those big-five publishers became the change they wanted to see in the publishing world—by buying it. Owning over 2,500 journals (including the powerhouse Cell) and 35,000 books and references (including Gray's Anatomy) is big, right? Well, that's ...

10 gorgeous holiday gift books ready for wrapping
The holidays are here, and publishers are parading out their finery — in the form of beautiful, captivating gift books. USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg recommends 10 of the season's most dazzling print offerings. Each deserves a big bow on top. 1. Night ...

Robin McKie's best science books of 2017
By and large, Kean succeeds in this hugely enjoyable, slightly rambling account of our atmosphere and the remarkable men and women who transformed our knowledge about the air we breathe. I am not quite convinced by the arithmetic used to justify his ...

Review Or Two Books: 'Dawn Of The New Everything' And 'Hacking Of The American Mind'
Pediatrician and former public health official Robert Lustig describes human addiction to electronic devices, advertising, drugs, sugar and processed foods. These two books take deep dives into the social costs of Silicon Valley and the marketing of ...

These 7 sweet picture books for kids say 'Merry Christmas!'
Christmas cookies, reindeer, warm puppies, friendly dinosaurs, and, of course, Santa! These fanciful holiday picture books have everything kids love — most especially presents. Because the kid on your list might like to find one (or maybe more) of ...

How two artists imagined the worlds of Philip K. Dick in Folio Society's beautiful new book
When science fiction jumped from pulp magazines to full books during the mass-market paperback revolution of the 1950s, publisher Ace Books used an innovative new format known as Tête-bêche. It packaged two novels back to back, so readers could finish ...

Local authors gather at Snowbound Books for Local Author Extravaganza
(WLUC) - A number of local authors gathered at Snowbound Books in downtown Marquette Saturday to please their fans. It was part of Snowbound Books' annual Local Author Extravaganza, an event the bookstore has held during the holiday season for the last ...

Giant books are coming to the streets of Lexington. Who's behind this plot twist?
Lexington has had public art projects featuring horses, bourbon barrels, wildcats and doors. Next, we'll get book-shaped benches painted to represent works by Kentucky authors. Book Benches will go on display throughout town next summer. “We're always ...

Bookmobile delivers books to rural communities in Kentucky
Kaylee Lay, who is 5, was so happy to see the bookmobile pull up in front of her house in McCreary County recently that she ran outside with no shoes, then reached up for her mother to carry her over the rough ground. "She got so excited," said her ...

Brooks Hedstrom Releases Book and Celebrates Publishing
Wittenberg University held a celebratory event on Thursday, Nov. 30, to recognize Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom and the publication of her book, “The Monastic Landscape of Late Antique Egypt: An Archaeological Reconstruction.” Several history students and ...

Inside Slant: A return for the record books
All season long, rookie running back Tarik Cohen has displayed how unique and transformative of a talent he is. Nearly every week, he seems to top himself with new game-changing and draw-dropping plays. There was his weaving 46-yard run in the season ...

Dream Books as Holiday Gifts
An alternately profound and baffling book by one of the leading sleep and dream researchers in the field (Pagel) and his computer science colleague (Kirshstein). This is how they describe the book's goal: “Machine Dreaming and Consciousness provides ...

Marion teen collects books for Hurricane Harvey victims
Selena Killham is collecting books for victims of Hurricane Harvey. She's collected more than 3,000 so far but she's having trouble with the second part of her project: sending the books. Selena says every person that signs up to help deliver the books ...

Faith helped Ahwatukee author get through publishing nightmare
But her passion turned to frustration shortly after she had contracted with Tate Publishing, a longtime Christian book publishing house in Oklahoma that charged authors to defray printing and marketing costs. In August, Richard Tate, the firm's founder ...

Egypt's War on Books
At the General Egyptian Book Organization, the state's publishing house, this ideological tenor holds steady. “The book I'm publishing has to guarantee that there are no ideas that lead to militancy,” Soheir Almasadfa, chairwoman of cultural and ...

Texas Prisoners Aren't Allowed to Read 'Where's Waldo?' but Can Read Books by Ex-KKK Leader
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice bars books for several reasons, such as detailed descriptions of illegal sex acts or information on criminal plans, according to the Dallas Morning News report. Books with covers that can be used to hide ...


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