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Several colleges and universities have adopted a common read program, in which first year students read the same book during the summer, then discuss it when they get to campus.
NPR'S Neal Conan talks with Brooke Gladstone, co-host of On The Media, about her book, The Influencing Machine, a graphic novel that tries to decipher the rapidly changing media business and the ways people interact with it.
On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses: A Novel, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran.”
So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton. -- Read More
Good News! E.L. James, author of the best-selling trilogy Fifty Shades, said on Monday that she hasn’t ruled out writing a fourth book, but is focused on composing another erotic tale and also plans to write a paranormal romance.
After 20 consecutive weeks at No. 1 — a record for the list, which began in 1993 —Grey has been bumped by No Easy Day, which will be making its debut on the list on Thursday. Day is co-written by Mark Owen, a pseudonym for a retired Navy SEAL in the raid on bin Laden's Pakistani hideout in May 2011.
Mostly I post 50 Shades Of Grey stories to hear about how this is the worst book ever.
Celebrating innovation and inspiration in one of the most basic of all home designs: the bookshelf.
Bookcases are so much more than just a place to store one’s books. They've become experiments in engineering and explorations into modern art, covetable in their own right. Financial analysts at Bloomberg have even used the IKEA Billy bookcase as an index of economic growth.
In these pages you will find plenty of inspiration and diversity, from “Juxtaposed,” a shelf capitalizing on limited space to display seven books containing the world’s most influential religions, to Sakura Adachi’s “Trick,” a bookcase that constantly mutates into a table and two chairs. Shelves can even be re-imagined: the way laundry is dried in China informed Dutch designers Studio Ditte as they created their Kwan bookcase.
So while we appreciate the efficient book storage of e-readers, let us marvel at physical bookshelves that are shaped like trees, or hold books upside down, or can even walk. This beautifully crafted book will bring joy to book lovers everywhere.
300+ color illustrations
How Book Clubs Went Indie: The Success of Emily Books, The Nervous Breakdown & More
Small, intimate but far-reaching online-based book clubs have been popping up everywhere, and their success shows the benefits—and drawbacks—of a changing publishing landscape. Maura Kelly reports.
You have bookshelves. People want to see them. That's what happens here.
Please check out this amazing tumblr and ADD YOUR SHELVES (at work, at home, at school...whatever). They've gotten so many respondents that they're a bit behind in posting, but have patience says creator and fellow Brooklynite Peter Knox (@peterknox and @ShareYrShelf at twitter).
Here's an article from The Guardian UK about the project.
Do it...share your shelf!
***News Flash*** now on Facebook too!
Two titles that were embargoed prior to release are curently dueling for headlines. The attention has propelled each title into top spots on Amazon’s sale rankings, even topping the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Story at EarlyWord