Literature

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago review – beguiling – The Guardian

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The epigraphs of Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago, which tours 11 of the 6,000 water-girt rocks composing Britain, are taken from DH Lawrence’s The Man Who Loved Islands. Lawrence’s story tells of one Cathcart, who runs away to small and smaller islands, fails to integrate, spends all his money, seduces his housekeeper’s daughter, goes mad and dies. Cathcart was modelled on the author’s friend Compton Mackenzie, who did indeed…

The books they wrote – The Hindu – The Hindu

Sunday, October 22, 2017

It happens but rarely that the favourite takes a literary prize, as George Saunders did this month by taking the Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo, though controversy still rages about bringing American writers into contention. As we consequently walk around with the novel in hand, reading or rereading, a new book offers a timely reminder about the lost history of the prize. In The Book of Forgotten Writers,…

Books: must reads and events – The Times

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Our choice of the best recent booksThe Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (Allen Lane £16.99): how Joseph Lister’s antiseptic theories revolutionised hospitals Ali by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster £25): biography reveals the truth about the late boxer’s sexual appetites and treatment of his wives The Nachman Storiesby Leonard Michaels (Daunt £9.99): subtle and superbly crafted short stories; a real discovery Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale…

The future of South Carolina’s libraries: Fewer books, more telescopes – Charleston Post Courier

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Books are flying off the shelves of South Carolina’s libraries — and they aren’t coming back. The number of physical books held by the state’s 42 public library systems peaked at 9.6 million in 2010 and has dropped by more than 600,000 since then, according to databases managed by the South Carolina State Library. Old-fashioned paper books are being replaced, in part, by e-books. Most library systems…

Plano woman sent books with weed hidden inside to inmate, police say – Dallas News (blog)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Plano woman was arrested this month after she was accused of sending a prison inmate books with synthetic weed hidden inside. The Times Record News in Wichita Falls reports that Lydia Margaret Mann was arrested a week ago and charged with sending a prohibited substance to a correctional facility. In this case, the correctional facility was the James V. Allred Unit in Iowa Park, just outside Wichita Falls. The substance…

The books they wrote – The Hindu

Sunday, October 22, 2017

It happens but rarely that the favourite takes a literary prize, as George Saunders did this month by taking the Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo, though controversy still rages about bringing American writers into contention. As we consequently walk around with the novel in hand, reading or rereading, a new book offers a timely reminder about the lost history of the prize. In The Book of Forgotten Writers,…

Books: Surviving the California wildfires, George Saunders wins the Man Booker and more – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where do you find a posse of bestselling novelists in L.A.? At Jennifer Egan’s Thursday reading at ALOUD at the Central Library for her latest, “Manhattan Beach.” The audience included Jade Chang (“The Wangs vs. The World”), Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny (“The Nest”) and Eden Lepucki (“California”) — all there to enjoy the conversation with Egan about her book. The discussion was moderated by Marisa Silver (yes, another bestselling author). What…

What a world of AI robot writers will look like – TNW

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just as video killed the radio star, so too will AI demolish writers, journalists, and editors. Legions of wordsmiths — from Fiverr freelancers to The New York Times reporters — may soon find themselves out of work. However, they will be defeated not by competitors overseas, but by algorithms. To understand the future of writing and how AI writers might look like, we first need to look at the types of…

A cultural oasis at Dog Eared Books, celebrating 25 years in business – Mission Local

Saturday, October 21, 2017

On a rapidly changing block of a rapidly changing street, where retailers have been struggling to stay open, Dog-Eared Books will celebrate its 25th anniversary this Saturday. It’s been at 20th and Valencia streets for 20 of those years. We chatted with founder Kate Rosenberger about running a bookstore these days – she also operates Alley Cat Books on 24th Street and a second Dog Eared Books location in…

3 Books That Explore Catalonia’s Fight for Independence – New York Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

On Thursday, following Catalonia’s Oct. 1 referendum on independence, Spain promised to take emergency measures to suppress secessionist sentiment in the restive northeastern region, which has long sought independence from Spain. Here are two books that explore the historical and present context of the conflict, and a third by an pre-eminent Catalan voice. Photo HOMAGE TO CATALONIABy George Orwell182 pp. Benediction Classics. (1938) For a firsthand account of the Spanish…

Ann Hood visits Byrd’s Books to talk about ‘Morningstar: Growing Up With Books’ – CT Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caption Close Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature in a warm, personal way in her new book, “Morningstar: Growing Up With Books.” She will be at Byrd’s Books in Bethel, on Sunday, Oct. 29, to talk about it. Hood, who also explored this subject via a different path, in “The Book That Matters Most,” grew up in a Rhode Island mill town, in a home where the love…

Doki Doki Literature Club’s Horror Was Born From A Love-Hate … – Kotaku

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. “People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game,” he said, “only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very…

Doki Doki Literature Club’s Horror Was Born From A Love-Hate … – Kotaku

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. “People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game,” he said, “only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very…

Diesel bookstore collecting children’s books for wildfire victims – SFGate

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caption Close When a family loses everything it owns in a fire, there is little that can bring it solace. For children, however, books offer some comfort. They have the power to transport kids to another world, providing a happy escape or a lens through which to view their own experiences. With this sentiment in mind, Diesel, the independent bookstore in Larkspur, has been collecting books to send to children…

WATCH VIDEO: Library books from closed school en route to Native American children – New Castle News

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The closing of the Pulaski Elementary School in June has turned into an unexpected blessing for a Native American school out West. Next weekend, Wilmington Area Schools administrator Ken Jewell will drive a truckload of 3,500 duplicate, unneeded books from the former Pulaski school library to the Wolf Creek Elementary School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The delivery will mean that the 300…

Slideshow: Best-selling books – Arizona Daily Star

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Best-selling books for the week ended Oct. 15. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 2. “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 3. “Sleeping Beauties” by King/King (Scribner) 4. “A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett (Viking) 5. “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben (Dutton) 6. “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster) 7. “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan (Scribner) 8. “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by…

Doki Doki Literature Club’s Horror Was Born From A Love-Hate Relationship With Anime – Kotaku

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. “People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game,” he said, “only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very…

Diesel bookstore collecting children’s books for wildfire victims – SFGate

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caption Close When a family loses everything it owns in a fire, there is little that can bring it solace. For children, however, books offer some comfort. They have the power to transport kids to another world, providing a happy escape or a lens through which to view their own experiences. With this sentiment in mind, Diesel, the independent bookstore in Larkspur, has been collecting books to send to children…

PW Picks: Books of the Week, October 23, 2017 – Publishers Weekly

Friday, October 20, 2017

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Bill Gates: These 3 books ‘opened a new world for me’ – CNBC

Thursday, October 19, 2017

<!– –> VISIT CNBC.COM Home Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials PRIMETIME Careers Careers 3 Hours AgoCNBC.com Foege has served as a mentor to Bill and Melinda Gates since 1999 and has helped inform their global health philanthropy ever since. Beyond answering questions and giving academic advice, Foege gave Gates a list of 81 books and reports on global health issues. “All these books opened a new world for me,” writes…