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Harry Potter (sung to the tune of Alouette) in honor of #HarryPotter20

<i>Harry Potter (sung to the tune of Alouette) in honor of #HarryPotter20</i><p>Harry Potta<br>I read Harry Potta<br>‘Cause you gotta<br>When you are a kid<br>And even if …

Amazon bringing translation tech to AWS

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to bring translation abilities to its Amazon Web Services cloud platform, according to CNBC.<p>The company already uses the …

Amazon Web Services

The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson review – gritty, poetic and soaring

A beautiful exploration of 10 species of seabirds – and the threats they face<p>Adam Nicolson says this “paean to the beauty of life on the wing” began when he read a Seamus Heaney lecture exploring French philosopher Simone Weil’s aphorism: “Obedience to the force of gravity. The greatest sin.” It …

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The New Village by John Spinks – review

There’s more than meets the eye in these quietly ominous photographs of a Warwickshire mining village<p>The indeterminate stretches of land where suburban housing estates end and the English countryside begins can often carry a strange sense of foreboding. In the paintings of the contemporary British …

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After budget cuts, Missouri Libraries seeks book donations

The University of Missouri Libraries, responding to the loss of millions of dollars in its budget, is asking book lovers for some help.<p>Two weeks ago, …

Wishlist

Fiction Book Review: Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold. Subterranean, $25 (264p) ISBN 978-1-59606-844-5

Penric’s Mission<p>Lois McMaster Bujold. Subterranean, $25 (264p) ISBN 978-1-59606-844-5<p>Bujold pushes series protagonist Penric in new directions in his …

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Alain Mabanckou's 6 favorite books

<b>The Shameful State by Sony Labou Tansi</b> (Indiana Univ., $20).<p>Tansi's <i>The Shameful State</i>, originally published in French in 1981, was a novel that had a …

Literature

ALA 2017: This Debut Novel Is Sarah Jessica Parker’s First ALA Book Club Central Pick...

In a packed auditorium at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Sarah Jessica Parker unveiled her first pick as honorary chair of the ALA’s new …

Sarah Jessica Parker

The World At Your Fingertips — #alaac17 - ALSC Blog

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of hearing about books from outside the United States from an amazing panel. The panel, sponsored by the …

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Betty White Reads HARRY THE DIRTY DOG: Critical Linking, June 25, 2017

Critical Linking is sponsored by Libby from OverDrive .<p><b>Who can resist a little Betty White read aloud? An oldie but …

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Fiction Book Review: Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. Del Rey, $28 (496p) ISBN 978-1-101-96536-8

Age of Swords<p>Michael J. Sullivan. Del Rey, $28 (496p) ISBN 978-1-101-96536-8<p>In Sullivan’s second Legends of the First Empire fantasy epic (after <i>Age</i> …

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Alchemy of Audiobooks

Author Gavriel Savit, narrator Allan Corduner, and producer Orli Moscowitz spoke at the Chapter One Stage about the 2017 Odyssey Award Winner <i>Anna and</i> …

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Divine Chocolate CEO Sophi Tranchell on the wonder of Wallander

Detectives in crime fiction are my alter ego, says the head of the fair trade company<p>Strangely, one of the first things I see on my way to work is …

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Books: New and noteworthy

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.<p><b>1. Murder Games</b> by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale June 26)<p><b>What it’s about:</b> Dr. Dylan Reinhart is an Ivy League professor and author specializing in criminal behavior who’s called on by …

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Fiction Book Review: A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden. St. Martin’s/Dunne, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-312-37294-1

A Gathering of Ravens<p>Scott Oden. St. Martin’s/Dunne, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-312-37294-1<p>More By and About This Author<p>In this lovingly crafted tale …

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From City to Jungle, a New Novel Summons the Politics and History of Two Islands

<b>MODERN GODS</b><br>Nick Laird<br>308 pp. Viking. $27.<p>Nick Laird’s third novel, “Modern Gods,” assumes the guise at various points of novels we’ve all read before: A man discovers he can’t escape the violent deeds of his past; a woman fed up with her life is spiritually revived by a visit to a third-world guru; …

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Why Do Koreans Love Herman Hesse’s Demian Above All Other Western Novels?

By Colin Marshall Not long before moving from Los Angeles to Seoul, I went book-shopping with my Korean language exchange partner at The Last …

Literature

The Best Books Of The Year, So Far

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Summer Reading! 8 Great Books About People Who Morph Into Animals

Ahh, summer.<p>There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun and falling in love with a new book. Here are some of my favorite books in one of my …

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 73 – Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (1807)

A troubled brother and sister team produced one of the 19th century’s bestselling volumes and added to the deification of ‘the bard’<p>In the autumn of 1796, at the age of 21, Charles Lamb, a city clerk with a lifelong stutter, came home from his desk at the East India Company to find that his sister, …

Literature

This week’s must-read books

As a journalist in Iraq in 2003, Tara Copp saw her ideas about war crumble in the harsh reality of modern combat. Struggling to make sense of it all …

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A fateful literary meeting: Raymond Carver and Haruki Murakami

The two writers met in person only once, but it provided a lifetime of inspiration; most recently shown in Murakami’s new collection “Men Without …

Literature

First Confession: A Sort of Memoir by Chris Patten – review

The former Tory ‘wet’, Hong Kong governor and BBC chairman has worn a variety of hats while retaining a guiding belief in one-nation Conservatism<p>Although of modest origins, Chris Patten has led a golden life. Born to a lower-middle-class family in Ealing, he passed every exam he ever sat with …

Referendums

It's time to bring Branwell, the dark Brontë, into the light

Though his life was dense with literary and other failures, he was a decisive influence on their work and his own story is worth hearing<p>We are currently in the middle of Brontë bicentenary mania. This year, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we are diverting attention away from the famous …

Literature

'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, tennis great John McEnroe triumphed three times at Wimbledon and four times at the U.S. Open. But all his achievements on the court did not prepare him for life off of it. After his professional career ended, he dabbled as a talk show host and as an art collector …

John McEnroe

Reading James Baldwin in the Black Lives Matter era

Baldwin reigns as BLM's literary conscience, touchstone and pinup, its go-to ideal of the writer in arms<p>James Baldwin, buried on December 8, 1987, often looks like today’s most vital and most cherished new African American author. This impression doesn’t rest on the faith in bodily resurrection …

Black Lives Matter

Uncommon ground: Beverly Jenkins, diverse romance and American history the way it really happened

Beverly Jenkins asks why readers can relate to werewolves and vampires but not people who are of a different race<p>If Beverly Jenkins is at all fatootsed by my questions about the lack of diversity in Romancelandia, she doesn’t show it. Instead, the bestselling pioneer of the genre graciously …

Liberal POV

Translating Genesis: double translation

This is the second in a series of posts about “Genesis 1–11: A New Old Translation for Readers, Scholars, and Translators” (available from the publisher and from Amazon). In my last post, I mentioned a double translation in Genesis 11:9:<p>Hence her name is called <i>Babylon</i>, for there the LORD scrambled …

Language

How to activate Facebook's hidden Harry Potter spells

Monday marks 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published. And if that makes you wonder where the time went, you probably spent a significant portion of it idly browsing Facebook.<p>To mark two decades since Harry first tried on the Sorting Hat in the great hall of …

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