The Mesmerist by Wendy Moore review – the doctor who put London in a trance
Thursday, April 27, 2017
John Elliotson was a medical pioneer whose demonstrations of hypnotism drew large crowds. Did he go too far? Elizabeth Okey was a 17-year-old Victorian housemaid with a keen interest in men’s trousers. At least she was when she was under hypnosis – in her waking state Okey behaved like any respec... .. read more..

'Screen fatigue' sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed b... .. read more..

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood review – a dazzling comic memoir
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The American poet goes for laughs in recounting her midwest Catholic upbringing, complete with anti-abortion rallies and virginity pledges “ My father despises cats. He believes them to be Democrats. He considers them to be little mean hillary clintons covered all over with feminist legfur.” Patr... .. read more..

How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book. But the latest figures show a dramatic reversal of fortunes, with sales of ebooks plunging. So what’s behind this resurgence? Here are some things that you can’t do with a Kindle. You can’t turn down a corner... .. read more..

Inspired By: Rooms with Books
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I love to see a room filled with books. I love rooms with books that are not just for show, but because the owners of the room actually love books. I think books give a room character and a story to tell. .. read more..

Author James Patterson donates 30,000 books to PBC middle schoolers
Thursday, April 27, 2017
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Bestselling author James Patterson surprised students at Congress Middle School when he told them, “I make more money than Lebron James.” Patterson was there as part of his donation of nearly 30,000 books to middle school students ... .. read more..

After 17 years Birchbark Books continues to center Native stories, space amid...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Snuggled in the Kenwood neighborhood near Lake of the Isles, Birchbark Books and Native Arts serves as a vital hub for Native literature and art. Owner and renowned author Louise Erdrich opened the independent bookstore to “nourish and build a community ... .. read more..

The TWO BEST BOOKS FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES (and a few more) ON SALE NOW
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Whether you are buying a little gift for a graduating friend or young adult relative or are in charge of getting a bunch of gifts for grads from your church or organization, we want to remind you of these two books, the two very best recommendations we can ... .. read more..

Books n Bros: African-American boy starts book club for kids like him
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
(CNN) - Sidney Keys III has always loved to read. But at his school library, the 11-year-old noticed a void of books about kids like himself. So he started Books n Bros, a book club for 8- to 12-year-olds who get together in the St. Louis area and read ... .. read more..

See What I Have Done review – Lizzie Borden case reimagined in grisly detail
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Australian author Sarah Schmidt’s debut novel is a vivid, claustrophobic retelling of the infamous 19th-century axe murders Lizzie Borden may have been acquitted for the 1892 murder of her father and stepmother but popular consciousness still brands her as guilty. Borden has been immortalised not... .. read more..

Books houses to provide students with books during summer
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Matt Nelson knows from firsthand experience the value of a love for reading. So when the junior director at the Children In Action Sports Club heard about the ongoing project to place lending libraries around town for students to have access to books over ... .. read more..

Dennis Schroder joins Pistol Pete in Hawks' record books
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Wizards beat the Hawks Wednesday night to take a 3-2 series lead. WASHINGTON — With his 29-point, 11-assist performance in a four-point loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder became the first ... .. read more..

Granta names 21 of the best young American novelists
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The British literary magazine Granta unveiled its Best of Young American Novelists list on Wednesday, honoring 21 U.S. writers younger than 40. Fiction by the selected authors will appear in the magazine's 139th issue . Many of the writers, despite their comparative youth, have already reached ac... .. read more..

Little Golden Books & Plush Toys – Kohl’s Cares
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
As you know, I am a HUGE supporter of the Kohl’s Cares program, so whenever they reach out with new items, I totally jump. I mean, who wouldn’t want to help promote plushes, toys, and books that all cost $5.00 each and that 100% of the net profits ... .. read more..

Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase program encourages the creation...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
As for Mr. Peet … Following a 27 year-run at the Studios as Walt’s top story man, Bill then went on to write & illustrate 36 books for children. In 1990, he was a Caldecott Honoree for “Bill Peet: An Autobiography” (Houghton Mifflin. January 1989 ... .. read more..

13 Books the Kardashians Have Definitely Read
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
No matter how many Met galas or art openings they attend, the Kardashians and Jenners will likely never escape the assumption that they’re shallow, vain, and makeup-obsessed. The latter of those terms is the only one that definitely applies, but even the ... .. read more..

The age of anxiety: what does Granta’s best young authors list say about Amer...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The US is in crisis - what about its literature? Michelle Dean reports on the list of American writers to watch this decade, which is as diverse as the country itself The 2017 list in full It is a strange time to be making declarations about the nature of American writing. The country’s not exact... .. read more..

Gina Pollinger obituary
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Leading literary agent who guided Nobel- and Booker-winning novelists, and paired Roald Dahl with Quentin Blake In 1961, in a lift in Rockefeller Center in New York, a British editor working for Simon & Schuster met a young literary agent. The editor was Gina Conquy; the literary agent was Mu... .. read more..

Granta’s list of the best young American novelists
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Once a decade, Granta picks the most-promising authors under 40 in the US and UK. Here are the 21 young American writers to watch in 2017 Jesse Ball , 38, was born in New York and has published six novels, a number of poetry and prose collections, a book of drawings and a pedagogical monograph, N... .. read more..

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will publish a book about sexual harass...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who left the network after allegedly being sexually harassed by its founding CEO, is writing a book about sexual harassment and female empowerment. Carlson’s exit, which included public allegations and a lawsuit, is one of the catalysts that has resulted... .. read more..

New William Gibson novel set in a world where Hillary Clinton won
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Agency, by the famously prescient SF author, imagines an alternative US where voters have elected their first female president Science fiction writer William Gibson is to use the dream of a Hillary Clinton win in last year’s US presidential election as the launch point for his next novel. Gibson,... .. read more..

Void Star by Zachary Mason review – a technothriller with literary ambitions
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Virtual hallucinations and tricksy Matrix-style visions dominate a 21st-century immortality quest It’s late in the 21st century. New York City has drowned, and the reversal of Pacific currents means that Tokyo is freezing. In Saudi Arabia “the mullahs rule piously over blank infernos of sand”. Th... .. read more..

Top 10 terrible houses in fiction
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Places you’d be desperate to avoid in real life provide a magnetic lure in books by authors from Dickens to Du Maurier and even Richard Adams My novel, The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times , tells the tale of a girl who travels through a dark forest and arrives at a big house. The fo... .. read more..

Move Fast and Break Things by Jonathan Taplin review – the damage done by Sil...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Taplin’s starting point is the music of Levon Helm and the Band, but the fight against the spoiled brats of Google, Amazon and Facebook is much bigger In 2012, Jonathan Taplin took part in a public debate with Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit , about what the digital economy was doing to the... .. read more..

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