Literature

Male writers still dominate book reviews and critic jobs, Vida study finds – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 2016 Vida count has been released and it demonstrates yet again that the media can’t seem to locate enough female writers. Every year Vida – the New York-based organisation for Women in Literary Arts – counts the writers featured in dozens of literary journals and periodicals across the world, and finds that the authors represented, and the critics who are evaluating those authors, are consistently about two thirds men….

Why a New Zealand Library’s Books Kept Vanishing, Then Reappearing – Atlas Obscura

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Auckland Central Library has a vast collection of books, as well as computers with free internet access. ParentingPatch/CC BY-SA 3.0 Auckland Central Library, in New Zealand’s largest city, has a long history of providing for the city’s homeless population. After a local charity told administrators that the library served as a kind of “lounge” for people with no fixed address, they welcomed them into the space, asked what the library…

How the fall of Causeway Bay Books helped resurrect a long-lost Chinese erotic literature classic – Quartz

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hong Kong When associates at Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong went missing about two years ago—and its scandalous books about mainland Chinese politicians were destroyed not long after—Woo Chih-wai thought he’d lost everything. In addition to being the store’s last manager, the 75-year-old was a prolific author, having penned over 120 titles on Chinese politics. The shop’s downfall meant that large stocks—and the main seller—of his books were suddenly…

Why a New Zealand Library’s Books Kept Vanishing, Then Reappearing – Atlas Obscura

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Auckland Central Library has a vast collection of books, as well as computers with free internet access. ParentingPatch/CC BY-SA 3.0 Auckland Central Library, in New Zealand’s largest city, has a long history of providing for the city’s homeless population. After a local charity told administrators that the library served as a kind of “lounge” for people with no fixed address, they welcomed them into the space, asked what the library…

Philip Pullman launches La Belle Sauvage and says sequel is finished – The Guardian

Thursday, October 19, 2017

After waiting 17 years for his follow-up to the His Dark Materials trilogy, fans of Philip Pullman won’t have to wait as long next time, he revealed on Wednesday. He was speaking ahead of Thursday’s midnight launch of La Belle Sauvage, the first volume in a new trilogy, The Book of Dust, where he told press the second volume was already complete. Speaking in the Oxford’s 17th-century Bodleian library, which…

Sara Blaedel’s Louise Rick Crime Novels In Works As TV Series At Bron Studios – Deadline

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bron Studios’ TV group has acquired rights to Danish author Sara Blaedel’s bestselling crime fiction book series centered on police detective Louise Rick. The plan is to adapt the novels as a TV series, with the first published Rick book The Forgotten Girls to serve as the backdrop for Season 1. The plot of that 2015 book from Grand Central Publishing kicks off when fresh corpse of an unidentified woman…

Why a New Zealand Library’s Books Kept Vanishing, Then Reappearing – Atlas Obscura

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Auckland Central Library has a vast collection of books, as well as computers with free internet access. ParentingPatch/CC BY-SA 3.0 Auckland Central Library, in New Zealand’s largest city, has a long history of providing for the city’s homeless population. After a local charity told administrators that the library served as a kind of “lounge” for people with no fixed address, they welcomed them into the space, asked what the library…

Natural history books that look inside the minds of animals – New Scientist

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

If I could only see what you’re thinking Vincent J. Musi/National Geographic/Getty By Adrian Barnett It’s one of humanity’s oldest questions – the hunter, the herder and the harried modern pet owner have all at some point gazed at an animal and (with rather diverse intentions) mused “I wonder what he’s thinking?” and “Do they see the world like we do?” Many books this year have either touched…

New Zealand library solves mystery of missing books – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A New Zealand library has finally solved the mystery of why some books were going missing from its shelves. Auckland Libraries staff were bewildered after finding some books were being hidden in random places. They initially thought kids playing pranks were to blame, but later discovered it was the city’s rough sleepers who were actually stashing the books so they could return the next day to continue reading. “A lot of…

Can Coloring Books Demystify Bike-Lane Design? – CityLab

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Last year, county planning staff launched an online bicycle stress map, which won an award from the American Planning Association.  The map rates streets according to a measure called Level of Traffic Stress, which quantifies the amount of stress that cyclists feel based on traffic speed, traffic volume, number of lanes, ease of intersection crossings, and other variables. On a low-stress street, most people would be willing to ride their…

New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A library in New Zealand has solved a longstanding mystery as to why books were going missing and reappearing in strange and hidden places. Auckland library staff grew increasingly puzzled when books kept turning up in unusual places, tucked under tables and chairs and hidden in hard-to-find spots around the library. “It was really odd and we couldn’t quite figure it out, we were finding books delicately tucked under shelves…

New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A library in New Zealand has solved a longstanding mystery as to why books were going missing and reappearing in strange and hidden places. Auckland library staff grew increasingly puzzled when books kept turning up in unusual places, tucked under tables and chairs and hidden in hard-to-find spots around the library. “It was really odd and we couldn’t quite figure it out, we were finding books delicately tucked under shelves…

CBS Names Writers Mentoring Program Participants For 2017-18 … – Deadline

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CBS said today that it has selected eight people to take part in its 2017-18 Writers Mentoring Program. In its 14th year, the program serves to provide mentorships, access and opportunity for aspiring scribes. This year’s mentees are (from left in photo above): Ashley Charbonnet, Krystal Banzon, Jovan Robinson, Naomi Iwamoto, Shuo Zhang, Munis Rashid, Gil Hizon and April Shih. Read their mini-bios below. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with an executive…

British writers can’t win the big US prizes, so why can Americans win … – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tonight the five judges of the Man Booker prize will announce this year’s winner. It was also the votes of five judges that chose the winners at the City Dionysia in Athens, where Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes fought for attention and glory (and where the results were met with regular outrage). For wordworkers nothing much has changed over the last 3,000 years. You’re unlikely to be rich. There are…

CBS Names Writers Mentoring Program Participants For 2017-18 – Deadline

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CBS said today that it has selected eight people to take part in its 2017-18 Writers Mentoring Program. In its 14th year, the program serves to provide mentorships, access and opportunity for aspiring scribes. This year’s mentees are (from left in photo above): Ashley Charbonnet, Krystal Banzon, Jovan Robinson, Naomi Iwamoto, Shuo Zhang, Munis Rashid, Gil Hizon and April Shih. Read their mini-bios below. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with an executive…

NFL – Ten underdogs covering fuel huge NFL Sunday for books – ESPN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 16, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Las Vegas sportsbooks didn’t win every decision from Sunday’s 12-game NFL slate. Some bookmakers had to settle for coming out ahead in only 11 of them. The Westgate SuperBook and Caesars Palace sportsbooks each went 11-1 on Sunday and enjoyed their best week of the season as 10 underdogs covered the spread, with eight pulling outright upsets. “We didn’t…

Microsoft Made New Surface Books, Including a Giant One—They Seem Nice! – Gizmodo

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo Microsoft is finally dragging its ambitious Surface Book line into the present day, refining the striking design and making this a laptop you can covet for reasons besides that funky hinge. The surprise launch of the original Surface Book back in 2015 might have left critics thunderstruck, but it hasn’t transformed the computer market like its slimmer sister, the Surface Pro. Instead, the 2-in-1 stands boldly…

CBI books former ED official – The Hindu

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Central Bureau of Investigation has booked a former assistant director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), along with his wife, for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. In August, the agency had arrested the accused Shashi Shekhar and another person for allegedly receiving a bribe of ₹10 lakh through a Kolkata-based businessman. At the time, he was posted with the ED’s Patna office. The fresh case,…

British writers can’t win the big US prizes, so why can Americans win … – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tonight the five judges of the Man Booker prize will announce this year’s winner. It was also the votes of five judges that chose the winners at the City Dionysia in Athens, where Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes fought for attention and glory (and where the results were met with regular outrage). For wordworkers nothing much has changed over the last 3,000 years. You’re unlikely to be rich. There are…

Underdogs fuel huge NFL Sunday for books – ESPN

Monday, October 16, 2017

10:52 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Las Vegas sportsbooks didn’t win every decision from Sunday’s 12-game NFL slate. Some bookmakers had to settle for coming out ahead in only 11 of them. The Westgate SuperBook and Caesars Palace sportsbooks each went 11-1 on Sunday and enjoyed their best week of the season as 10 underdogs covered the spread, with eight pulling outright upsets. “We didn’t…