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Thursday, November 02, 2017

A new chapter begins: Manchester named Unesco City of Literature … – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, November 02, 2017

When the announcement was made that Manchester had been awarded Unesco City of Literature status my social media feeds filled up with photographs of victorious colleagues and acquaintances who had worked fantastically hard across different institutions to make it happen. They looked happy and tired in equal measure. Manchester is home to two thriving creative writing MA programmes – at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University (where I…

Heroic Book Review – National Review

Thursday, November 02, 2017

I’d like to add my voice to the chorus praising Scalia Speaks, the recent compendium of speeches given by the late, great justice. In doing so, let me offer a couple of points that I’ve not seen made elsewhere. First, because this is book is not only entertaining and thoughtful but also accessible to nonlawyers — the speeches are divided into six categories, only one of which is “On…

Gannett domestic publishing head John Zidich to retire in April 2018 – USA TODAY

Thursday, November 02, 2017

John Zidich(Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic) McLEAN, Va. — After more than 40 years with Gannett, John Zidich is ready to hand off the responsibilities of the media company’s domestic publishing portfolio. Zidich said Thursday he plans to retire April 3, 2018, as president of domestic publishing and publisher of USA TODAY. Zidich’s role at Gannett has involved oversight of the company’s 109 local media properties and USA TODAY.  Before moving into…

Book review: Slow down by painting watercolors as you travel and explore – Seattle Times

Thursday, November 02, 2017

I love this book. I love everything about it. Full disclosure: I started painting small watercolors as I traveled in my 20s, starting with wildflowers in New Zealand and tropical blooms in Hawaii. Simple stuff, done in an hour on a beach or in a garden, long before I ever heard the term “plein air.” I enjoyed how it made me slow down. Seattleite Molly Hashimoto took her passion for…

Book Review – ‘The Mechanic’, by Marc Priestley – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Marc Priestley has published an account of his years as a mechanic with McLaren, from pranks and revenge with Kimi Raikkonen to an employee’s perspective on the 2007 season, from Spygate to intra-team tensions. As a devoted bookworm, my early F1 passion was fuelled not only by the action on track, but also by the human narratives surrounding the sport. Early in my fandom I trawled through Amazon…

BOOK REVIEW: How to play the reputation game – Fin24

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Reputation Game: The Art of Changing How People See You, by David Waller and Rupert Younger YOUR reputation and that of your company is more valuable than money. We are all playing with both of these reputations, so knowing how the game works, its rules and winning strategies are essential. The reason I have always noted the qualifications of the authors of the books I review is because there are…

Seattle (finally) named UNESCO City of Literature – seattlepi.com

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

After a two-year campaign, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has finally named Seattle a City of Literature in the Creative Cities Network. Seattle has been doing its part: We’re home to a major bookseller, and a robust independent bookstore community. We’ve often been named as the most literate city in polls. And, perhaps most importantly, this is the culmination of a years-long process on the part…

After years of campaigning, Seattle finally wins UNESCO’s laurel for literature – GeekWire

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Seattle Public Library. Photo via Flickr user PsychaSec. It only makes sense that Seattle is now officially one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature, considering that it’s home to the world’s biggest bookseller (Amazon) as well as America’s most well-read citizens (at least according to Amazon). One might even ask what took UNESCO so long: A nonprofit group called Seattle City of Literature has been campaigning for years to win recognition from the…

New science fiction and fantasy books to help you escape this holiday season – Ars Technica

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

reader comments 13 It is the dreaded season of airport delays, family “fun,” and long weekends spent in delightful locations with no cellular reception. That means it’s book reading time! Whether you want to fire up your brain or just need to escape, we’ve got a handful of new releases from 2017 in science fiction and fantasy that should keep you distracted for as long as you need. Sourdough, by…

After years of campaigning, Seattle finally wins UNESCO’s laurel for literature – GeekWire

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Seattle Public Library. Photo via Flickr user PsychaSec. It only makes sense that Seattle is now officially one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature, considering that it’s home to the world’s biggest bookseller (Amazon) as well as America’s most well-read citizens (at least according to Amazon). One might even ask what took UNESCO so long: A nonprofit group called Seattle City of Literature has been campaigning for years to win recognition from the…

UNESCO declares Seattle a City of Literature – Seattle Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Tuesday that Seattle has been designated a City of Literature as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, joining a group of 28 international cities that also includes Edinburgh, Dublin, Krakow, Baghdad, Montevideo and others. The designation is awarded to world cities that have demonstrated a fervent interest in literature, publishing and other forms of written expression. Seattle is only the…

Will Self: “Novels need to recognise the messy reality of the contemporary world” – New Statesman

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This is the first in a series of interviews with the writers shortlisted for the 2017 Goldsmiths Prize, run in association with the New Statesman. Will Self is an increasingly complicated writer – he is thought of as difficult, and bemused by that response. His trilogy of novels, Umbrella, Shark and most recently, Phone, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, are like the lancing of the boil that was the 20th and…

Martin Luther’s children: the top 10 Protestants in fiction – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It was, in part, Martin Luther’s love of words that made him so attractive to me as a subject for biography. That, and the looming 500th anniversary of his issuing, on 31 October 1517, of the 95 Theses that kickstarted the Protestant Reformation. The quincentenary has been marked around Europe with celebrations jointly organised by the Lutheran World Federation and (remarkably) the Vatican. The two are now evidently the best…

Martin Luther’s children: the top 10 Protestants in fiction – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It was, in part, Martin Luther’s love of words that made him so attractive to me as a subject for biography. That, and the looming 500th anniversary of his issuing, on 31 October 1517, of the 95 Theses that kickstarted the Protestant Reformation. The quincentenary has been marked around Europe with celebrations jointly organised by the Lutheran World Federation and (remarkably) the Vatican. The two are now evidently the best…

Book Review: The Ordeal of Appalachia – ProPublica

Monday, October 30, 2017

This story was co-published with Washington Monthly. We are, one hears, spending too much time on Appalachia. There are too many dispatches from woebegone towns, coastal reporters parachuting in to ascertain that, yes, the hard-bitten locals are still with their man Donald Trump. There are too many odes to the beleaguered coal miner, even though that entire industry now employs fewer people than Arby’s. Enough already, says the exasperated urban…

Reading by the Numbers: When Big Data Meets Literature – New York Times

Monday, October 30, 2017

It’s a question that draws heated answers. Digital humanities has been accused of fetishizing science, of acting as a Trojan horse for the corporate forces threatening the university, and worse. A recent broadside in The Chronicle of Higher Education called “The Digital-Humanities Bust” took a bludgeon to the field’s revolutionary rhetoric, with Mr. Moretti among those accused of issuing a stream of vague “promissory notes” for results that never arrive….

Anne Enright on Finding a Fiction for the Times – The New Yorker

Monday, October 30, 2017

In “The Hotel,” your story in this week’s issue, a woman’s trip gets rerouted with a layover somewhere in Europe in the middle of the night, an experience that becomes increasingly disorienting for her. Is it based on something that happened to you? About fifteen years ago, I ended up on a layover in a German-speaking country. I got two hours of sleep. Breakfast was laid out at four-thirty, but…

Publishing Guidelines – The Daily Iowan

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Daily Iowan strives for accuracy and fairness in the reporting of news. We aim to publish corrections or clarifications promptly after they are brought to our attention. If we have made an error that you think may warrant a correction or clarification, email Editor Grace Pateras at gracepateras@gmail.com. Take-down or “un-publish” requests It is our editorial policy not to “un-publish” or take down published articles from our website….

Hollywood and book publishers are turning to this online platform for their next ’50 Shades of Grey’ – CNBC

Monday, October 30, 2017

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