An llustrated Edition Of “Fantastic Beasts” Is Coming Soon, And The Cover Is Pure Magic

And it only gets better. Because for every sale of this book, Scholastic will donate 10% of the suggested retail price to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world, free from poverty, and Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling that works to end the institutionalization of children. Getting a new edition of one of our favorite HP books while supporting two incredible charities? It definitely feels like we’ve thrown back some Feli

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Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? | WAMU

There’s no question about it: Amazon has walloped brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country. But in the Washington region, mom-and-pop booksellers say they’re not going anywhere.At least five small, independent bookstores have opened locally in the last two years, with more on the way. Solid State Books is a new shop heading to H Street NE. Big indie players Politics and Prose, Kramerbooks and Busboys and Poets have either expanded or are planning expansions, and innovative ventures such as mobile shop Duende District are remaking what it means to be a bookstore.

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Local Charity Easing Child Hospital Fears Through Books

We should do this at all Children’s Hospitals – or all pediatric wards of any hospital.  Anything to make this scary experience more friendly would be great.

Chico’s Charity For Kids is trying to make a child’s hospital experience a more positive one.The local charity is looking to put 5,000 children’s book in four Ontario hospitals including Sarnia’s Bluewater Health.

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Twenty years on from the first book, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers

Though Hogwarts is clearly a fantastic and fictional setting, the characters experience real life trials and traumas – bereavement, loneliness, persecution, jealousy, unrequited love, guilt, and bullying, to name but a few.

There are also the “stock” characters common to everyone’s school days – the class bully and his goons, the “insufferable know-it-all”, the school jokers, and the sadistic teacher.

Part of the appeal and achievement of the series, though, is the way these characters develop in complexity as Rowling’s readers grow and mature. So that assumptions made about characters upon first reading are challenged and tested by the events and revelations of the later books.

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Banned books used to recreate the Parthenon in Kassel | Daily Mail Online

It’s a replica of Greek temple the Parthenon, but instead of marble this installation is made from 100,000 banned books.

The creation, called ‘The Parthenon of Books’, is the centre piece of this year’s Documenta 14 exhibition in German city Kassel.

Created by conceptual artist Marta Minujín, its aim is to stir debate around censorship.It has also been installed at the same site where Nazis burned books by Jewish or Marxist writers in 1933. The 170 titles that form the building include the Bible, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

This is absolutely amazing!!!  I’d love to be able to see this in person.

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Emma Watson hides 100 copies of Handmaid’s Tale across Paris | Metro News

The actress and bookworm, 27, runs her own bookclub, Our Shared Self, and yesterday announced that she would be hiding copies of The Handmaid’s Tale at various iconic locations in the French capital.

The book hunt – which saw fans of both the actress and literature alike flood the streets of the city in search of copies – was set in order to find the classic novel, adorned with Watson’s green book club ribbon.

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