Keanu Reeves is a publisher of the new L.A. press X Artists’ Books – LA Times

“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.

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Warren book collector inspires Pulitzer documentary | News, Sports, Jobs – Tribune Chronicle

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.

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How printed books entered a new chapter of fortune

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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Swedes Burn Astrid Lindgren Books for “Racism”

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

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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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