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Amazon to buy book review site Goodreads

Amazon.com Inc., the world's biggest online retailer that got its start in bookselling, has agreed to buy book recommendations site Goodreads.<p>Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Amazon said Thursday that it "shares a passion for reinventing reading," with Goodreads.<p>"Goodreads has helped …

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What's Your Favorite Literary Genre? This Reddit Post Asked A Simple Question — And So Many Amazing Responses Came In

As any consummate reader knows, the more you read, the less, you realize, you <i>have</i> read. So much has been created. So much is waiting, ready to be …

Can We Be Oprah Book Club-Smart With a Fraction of the Books?

Oprah is the type of anomaly that is an eternal source of inspiration: black, female, plus-size, from humble origins, and a beloved household name …

Things are heating up with e-book deals via BookBub (freebies included!)

<i>Readers can access the following deals at their favorite e-book retailers or through BookBub, where they can find even more deals.</i><p>With the first day of spring fast approaching, things are (finally!) heating up. Thaw off the winter with these six e-book deals from heavy-hitters like Amanda Quick, …

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France’s Literature in Translation: The Shortlist From the French-American Foundation

Even as the National Book Foundation begins taking submissions for its first translation award this year, the French-American Foundation has …

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10 best books of March: the Monitor's picks

From a young Picasso to a Chinese couple seeking new lives in the US to the travails of the Yazidi women of Iraq – the Monitor's '10 best books of …

17 of the Best Books to Read as Children (and Adults)

Twilight and The Lorax aren't the only books meant for younger readers that adults can enjoy too. Our staff selected 15 incredible kids' stories that …

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners For 2017 Are All Women & You'll Want To Read All Their Books

Friday morning saw good news on the diversity-in-publishing front as book nerds learned that all six of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award …

10 Things I Learned From Reading Terrible Books Written by Dictators

The 20th century’s most infamous dictators were also authors, often prolific ones, complementing the atrocities they visited on humanity with crimes …

Popular Fiction Versus Literary Fiction

What is the difference?The difference between popular fiction and literary fiction is subtle but unmistakable.The criteria is graded — think of it as …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

Everything We Know About HBO’s My Brilliant Friend Adaptation

Ever since HBO announced that it would be airing the Italian television adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s megahit novel, <i>My Brilliant Friend</i>, we’ve been clamoring for any and every morsel of information about the show. The series is currently filming in Naples, of course, where Ferrante’s Neapolitan …

Talking with the Dead: Leo Africanus, Esoteric Yeats, and Early Modern Imperialism

On 9 May 1912, William Butler Yeats was attending a séance in London when a mysterious voice emerged from the end of a tin trumpet placed in the …

4 Books For Readers Who Love Being Confused

I finish books. It’s what I do. I’ve pushed myself to read from cover to cover almost every book I’ve ever begun (exceptions: <i>Lolita</i> and <i>The</i> …

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The Hidden Error L’Engle Left in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter helps explain how a strange error had gone uncorrected over innumerable printings since 1962.<p>Re-reading <i>A Wrinkle in</i> …

Elements of Indigenous style: Author shares 5 common mistakes editors make

Gregory Younging, originally from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Man. was working as the managing editor of Theytus Books — an Indigenous-owned publishing …

St. Patrick's Day: 12 Irish authors you should be reading

1 of 13<p>Start reading these 12 Irish novelists<p>Happy St. Patrick's Day! Several Irish writers stand among the greatest to have ever lived: James Joyce, …

2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award Nominees

Comic book and graphic novel fans, I come with the latest news from a new award! The nominees for the first annual Excellence in Graphic Literature …

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11 New Books That Deserve to Be Read in March

The Center for Fiction

I was twelve years old in 1975 when I first heard the beautiful and haunting Michael Murphy song “Wild Fire,” which is about a ghost woman who rides …

Weekend picks for book lovers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Unmasked'

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include the new memoir by Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a suffrage history for Women's History Month.<p><b>Unmasked</b> by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Harper, 487 pp.; non-fiction<p>As he approaches his 70th birthday on March 22, Andrew …

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Late Essays 2006-2017 review: Reading like a writer

To John Maxwell Coetzee, the four Nemeses novels of Philip Roth are “lesser additions” to his canon but he ferrets out an exchange between the …

Do You Realize You’re Quoting Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare devised new words and countless plot tropes that still appear in everyday life. Famous quotes from his plays are easily …

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Finally published in the U.S.: a splendid biography of the mysterious Agatha Christie

The beloved British mystery writer finally gets her due in Laura Thompson’s “Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life.”

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Newbery winner Barnhill writes fairy tales for grown-ups

When Minneapolis writer Kelly Barnhill won the Newbery Medal, her life changed in ways she could never have predicted.<p>The main one: She no longer …

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Rupi Kaur’s bad poems shouldn’t worry us – the myopic view of the literary establishment should

The ‘cult of personality’ developed by social media poets is nothing new. We should focus instead on the lack of translation in the world of …

Will Self: ‘The novel is absolutely doomed’

Will Self is the author of 10 novels, five collections of short stories and several works of nonfiction, including <i>The Quantity Theory of Insanity</i>, <i>Dorian</i> and <i>Walking to Hollywood</i>. <i>Phone</i> is the final instalment of the trilogy that began with <i>Umbrella</i>and<i>Shark</i> and is out now in paperback (Viking,</b> …

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21 Classic Books That You Can Read For Free Online

The classics. They're the bane of many a high schooler's existence. And yet, we all have one or two (or 20) classic books that we've been meaning to …

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30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer

For these small towns, summer is the best (and prettiest) time to visit.<p>You should add these to your travel plans ASAP.

Ten books to read in May

From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.

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