Literature

Home Country: Valuing the enduring companionship of great books – St. George Daily Spectrum

Friday, October 27, 2017

Al Cooper(Photo: SUBMITTED)   On the desk beside my keyboard at the moment is a compact-size but robustly-bound book with a heavy, green colored cloth binding, the internal works of which show through where a long-ago family dog – displeased with being left home-alone — sought personal revenge by chewing the corner off an object she knew was close to my heart. What that quickly-forgiven Black Labrador Retriever puppy could…

The best books about the JFK assassination, from Norman Mailer to Don DeLillo – The Guardian

Friday, October 27, 2017

If Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole figure involved in the assassination of President John F Kennedy (and hundreds of books have argued that he wasn’t), then he presumably fired his rifle from the Texas School Book Depository, because of the line of sight it provided on the route of the presidential motorcade through Dallas. The choice of a warehouse containing educational texts has proved prophetic. When Oswald fired, he…

Amazon Books sales are, for now, a rounding error – CNET

Friday, October 27, 2017

At an Amazon Books store in Manhattan. CNET Amazon has enjoyed lots of fanfare and curiosity from the openings of its new Amazon Books physical bookstores. But what those locations haven’t seemed to bring in quite yet is sales. As part of its third quarter earnings results, Amazon for the first time reported its physical store sales, mostly to account for its purchase in August of Whole Foods. In one…

Cambridge student accuses Telegraph of inciting hatred in books … – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Cambridge student has accused the media of a “very targeted form of harassment” after she was “flooded” with racist and sexist abuse for criticising the lack of black and ethnic minority authors on the university’s English course. Lola Olufemi, the women’s officer at Cambridge University student union, said press coverage of an open letter to the English department, signed by dozens of students, was designed to incite hatred. “This…

‘Bloodhound’ car kicks off bid to speed into record books – Reuters

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NEWQUAY, England (Reuters) – The Bloodhound Supersonic Car, effectively a fighter jet on wheels, on Thursday kicked off a bid to roar into the record books by eventually reaching 1,000 mph (1,610 kmh). Before a crowd of spectators, the blue and orange, spacecraft-like vehicle with a high tail and long, rocket-shaped nose made two test runs down a 1.7-mile (2.7 km) track, attaining 200 mph (320 kmh) in about nine…

Cambridge student accuses Telegraph of inciting hatred in books row – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Cambridge University student has accused the media of “a very targeted form of harassment” after she was “flooded” with racist and sexist abuse for criticising the lack of black and ethnic minority authors on the university’s English course. Lola Olufemi, the women’s officer at Cambridge University Student Union, said media coverage of an open letter to the English department, signed by dozens of students, was designed to incite hatred….

So Where Are the New JD Salinger Books We Were Promised? – New York Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

But it is almost 2018 and no books have been released. So where are they? “Yeah, what came of those?” Matthew Salinger, the author’s son, said in a brief phone interview this month. When the author’s widow, Colleen O’Neill, answered the phone at her home in New Hampshire this month, she said, “I’m sorry, I can’t take this phone call,” and hung up. Mr. Salinger, who controls the J. D….

Guest Writers on “Stranger Things,” Season 2 – The New Yorker (satire)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Larry David (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) EXT. WOODS Mike and Dustin stare into a portal in a hollowed-out oak tree.MIKE: On second thought, I don’t know if I’m gonna go in.DUSTIN: What do you mean? We have to find the monster.MIKE: Yes, but, when I imagined the portal to the Upside Down, it was a lot less . . . gunky.DUSTIN: Gunky?MIKE: Yeah, gunky. Look at it. It’s all ….

Outlander Star and Writers Clash Over Controversial Book Change – Vanity Fair

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This post contains a frank discussion of Outlander Season 3, Episode 6: “A. Malcolm.” If you’ve not yet watched the latest episode of Starz’s time-traveling Scottish romance, now is the time to leave. There’s trouble in lovers’ paradise: Outlander star Sam Heughan and the writers of the series have taken their disagreement over a change to a popular, beloved book scene public. It seems Heughan went off script—and it’s not…

Top 10 books about pastoral life – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cows have a bad public image these days – in books and elsewhere – mostly due to their methane emissions. But so much that is written about farming today lacks any real understanding of animal sentience on the one hand – or of why we can’t just plough up all grassland for crops, on the other. My own contribution to this perennial debate came about by accident. I was persuaded…

Russian revolutionaries’ children ‘read classic fiction, not Marx’ – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Communist party elite and their families eschewed Soviet texts on their bedside tables for the works of western writers such as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and even Oscar Wilde, according to an in-depth study by the historian Yuri Slezkine. Researching Moscow’s House of Government, a huge apartment block where hundreds of top communist officials lived with their families in the 1930s before Stalin’s Great Purges, Slezkine conducted dozens of…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Young Sheldon books Mike and Molly star – EW.com (blog)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Young Sheldon is keeping it in the CBS family. Mike and Molly star Billy Gardell has booked a guest-starring role on The Big Bang Theory prequel, EW has learned exclusively. Gardell will play Herschel Sparks, the chicken-raising neighbor of the Coopers and father of Sheldon’s tormentor, Billy Sparks. The comedy, which was picked up for a full season two days after its special Monday preview debut, follows a 9-year-old Sheldon…

New Books On Architects And Decorators To The Truly Rich – Forbes

Monday, October 23, 2017

If you’re in a decorating mood and looking for design inspiration or simply looking for additions to your home library, consider this group of interior design books that range from the modern and minimal to the ornate and dramatic. Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision Guido Taroni A room designed by Renzo Mongiardino. Interest in the work of the great architect and designer Renzo Mongiardino has been gaining momentum for the…

Tencent unit China Literature launches up to $1.1 billion HK IPO – Reuters

Monday, October 23, 2017

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China Literature Ltd, China’s largest online publishing and e-book company, launched an initial public offering for up to $1.1 billion on Monday, seeking funds for acquisitions and to expand its digital publishing business. Tencent Holdings Ltd controls China Literature with a 62 percent stake. Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP owns 12.2 percent while Trustbridge Partners, a private equity firm founded by Shujun Li, the former…

Alice McDermott’s 6 favorite books of poetry – The Week Magazine

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats (Scribner, $22). I love the value of big books of poetry, and for good reason: My parents literally weighed the paperbacks I was required to purchase for school. (Signet Classics’ edition of Middlemarch at $5.95 was a good deal. Forty-five cents for The Turn of the Screw? Not so much.) Yeats’ collected works might as well be called Poems for All Occasions. Love, marriage,…

5 new books you won’t want to miss this week, including John Grisham – USA TODAY

Sunday, October 22, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa. USA TODAY ‘The Rooster Bar’ by John Grisham(Photo: Doubleday) ­ USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. The Rooster…

Childhood love of books led analyst to dream job at Library of Congress – Sunbury Daily Item

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It isn’t often that a childhood pastime leads to a fulfilling, lifelong career. But that’s just what happened to Steven W. Winegardner. Winegardner, 54, a senior legislative analyst at the Library of Congress, was recently recognized for 30 years of service with the Congressional Research Service. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs,…