Books

Book: Knowledge and Censorship

This volume collects four sharp philosophical essays by Ilan Stavans on the acquisition of knowledge in multi-ethnic environments, the role that dictionaries play in the preservation of memory, the function of libraries in the electronic age, and the uses of censorship. In the second part of the volume, Verónica Albin engages Stavans in a series of four conversations in which he expounds on the arguments he developed in the essays.

'Fifty Shades' Is The One That Got Away. At Least From Me

Piece on NPR

Sometimes "the one that got away" is a book that actually was easy to overlook. And sometimes it's something you ignore until you just can't anymore. NPR's Lynn Neary finally comes to terms with the publishing sensation that is Fifty Shades of Grey.

In the NPR piece they mention that every employee at the publisher got a $5000 bonus because of this book.

Reading the Fine Print

The decline of books for the visually impaired is no small loss. Piece by Oliver Sacks.

No Big Hits, but Bookshops Say They’re Thriving

Even without best sellers on the scale of last year’s Steve Jobs biography, owners of independent bookstores say sales are good, and that Kobo e-readers have been a boon.

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An Apology for the Oxford English Dictionary’s Ill-Timed Word of the Day

Oxford University Press, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, has apologized for what it called “a coincidence of the worst kind” after the dictionary’s Web site named “bloodbath” as its word of the day on Tuesday, after last week’s deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn.

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Oprah's Book Club Turns Over A New Page

Oprah Winfrey says her Book Club grew out of a desire to talk to authors after finishing their books. While the original version of the club ended when Winfrey's television show went off the air in 2011, it has now been rebooted online and on the new Oprah Winfrey Network as Book Club 2.0.

Full piece on NPR

I Did the Math: Towards a More Diverse NYT Notable Book List

I did the math.

Of the New York Times‘s 100 Notable Books of 2012, there are 39 women, 16 authors of color, and only seven women of color. Of their 10 Best Books, there are three women and one writer of color, who is also the list’s only woman of color. The numbers are striking.

Full piece at Library Journal

For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing

Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels.

But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said.

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The First Book Ever Printed In North America And A Church's Decision To Sell It

The decision to sell a piece of North American history has sparked intense debate at Old South Church in Boston. The church's historian says the book is simply not theirs to sell.

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'Bartholomew Biddle': A Writer's 15-Year Adventure

Gary Ross has penned and directed some big Hollywood hits like Big, Pleasantville and The Hunger Games. But for the past 15 years, his obsession has been something much more personal: a Dr. Seuss-ian children's book called Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind.

It started when Ross got a call in 1996 from fellow screenwriter David Koepp. Koepp was up against a tight budget and approaching deadline with his debut directorial effort, The Trigger Effect. Its heroine had to read an as-yet-unwritten bedtime story to her child.

Koepp wanted Ross to write that story. "The only thing is, I don't have any money," he told Ross. "So it has to be for free, and I've got to shoot the day after tomorrow."

Full piece (7 minute author interview on NPR)

If you listen to the author interview you find out he created part of the fictional book for the movie The Trigger Effect. I assume they did not use a real children's book to avoid paying royalties.

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