Kids in New York City have a shot at winning 100,000 free books to build their very own home library — but not if their counterparts in Boston have anything to do with it.
Both cities, along with San Francisco and Los Angeles, are contenders for the donation, which is part of the annual Soar with Reading campaign, a joint effort between JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books. As of Wednesday afternoon, Boston was in the lead with 57 percent of online votes, while New York was second with 25 percent.
Full Story: NYC Could Win 100K Free Kids Books From Soar With Reading
A bruising year dominated by political and economic uncertainty, terrorism and tragedy has, publishers say, kickstarted a new trend they have have branded “up lit”. In contrast with the “grip lit” thrillers that were the market leaders until recently, more and more bookbuyers are seeking out novels and nonfiction that is optimistic rather than feelgood. And an appetite for everyday heroism, human connection and love – rather than romance – is expected to be keeping booksellers and publishers uplifted, too.
Full Story: Up lit: the new book trend with kindness at its core | Books | The Guardian
Hollywood will be getting a visit from one of the most high-profile names in politics this week as a battle begins to brew for the film rights to one of the biggest literary properties of the year.
Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson will be meeting producers to talk about an adaptation of their novel The President Is Missing, due out in June 2018.
Full Story : Bill Clinton, James Patterson Courting Spielberg, Clooney to Adapt ‘President’ Book | Hollywood Reporter
Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than coming home after a tough day at work or going on vacation and picking up a great book and turning on some background music. Millions of people read with music playing, and now one app is working to bring those two worlds together into one digital experience, all-encompassing experience.
Full Story: This Startup Is Composing Music To Pair With The Book You’re Reading
This is seriously awesome!!
In the mid-16th century, a bookbinder picked up a piece of parchment — one that was already centuries old — and used it to bind a book of poetry. This parchment’s text remained unreadable for nearly 500 years, but now, thanks to state-of-the-art imaging techniques, people can read its words once more, according to a new study.
An analysis of the sixth-century text revealed that it was part of the Roman law code. Whoever made the poetry book likely considered the text to be outdated, as at that point, society was using the church’s code, rather than Roman laws, the researchers said.
Full Story: Imaging Reveals Medieval Manuscript Hidden in Book Binding | livescience.com
“What are books to you?” read a slide projected at the launch for X Artists’ Books as three of its founders — Alexandra Grant, Jessica Fleischmann and, yes, that Keanu Reeves — took the stage at NeueHouse Hollywood last week to discuss their new independent press, which publishes unconventional, interdisciplinary and collaborative artists’ books.
Full Story: Keanu Reeves is a publisher of the new L.A. press X Artists’ Books – LA Times
Books have been a lifelong obsession for Larry Gianakos.
“When I was a teenager, I never thought of automobiles,” the Warren native said. “I thought of first editions.”
Gianakos, 64, became an author himself, creating the seven-volume reference work “Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1947-2008.” And that fascination with books inspired him to try to amass a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning works — a collection that helped inspire the documentary “The Pulitzer at 100,” which premieres Friday in New York.
Full Article: Warren book collector inspires Pulitzer documentary | News, Sports, Jobs – Tribune Chronicle
Earlier this year, Simon Key rummaged around the tills at his bookshop in North London and came up worryingly short. “Basically, we had six days to raise £10,000,” he says. “That is quite a lot when you are taking about £300 a day through the till.”
Instead of panicking, he sent a tweet. “I’m off to bed,” it read. “From 9am tomorrow you really need to start buying some books off us. We’re seriously skint. Six days to pay bills.
”When he woke the next morning, Key had hundreds of emails from people looking to buy his books, and the Big Green Bookshop was trending in London. “It was phenomenal,” he says. “It felt like everywhere in the world was buying books from us.”
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Wow. Now it’s “Pippi Longstocking”. To make matters even worse, they replaced the “burned books” with “scrubbed” copies that omit what they determined to be “offensive” or “racist”. The author died several years ago so of course this was done without her consent.
Why can’t we leave them alone & teach our children how far we have come from the days people thought this way? Erasing our “bad thoughts” from history does not make the impact those thoughts had magically “go away”.
Is destroying our history, even what we now deem to be “bad” any better than some of the so-called “terrorist” organizations who burn down or demolish historical buildings or monuments just because they disagree with the motivation behind their construction? Have we really come to this – this protectionist from ourselves, our history? Have we know fortitude, courage and willingness to teach from our history instead of pretending it never happened. What on earth has happened to us?
In 2017, however, it’s not conservatives who are criticizing Lindgren. The other day came the news that the library in Botkyrka municipality, on the outskirts of Stockholm, had burned older editions of one of the Pippi books, Pippi in the South Seas (1948), because local officials have decided that they “contain racism.”
After this action came to light, the municipality issued a press release acknowledging that the books had indeed been destroyed because they con
Full story: Swedes Burn Astrid Lindgren Books for “Racism”
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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