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This University's Planner Features A Lovely Photo -- Of The Wrong School

Ah, the allure of back-to-school season: the promise of new friends, the return of sweater-weather, crisp new notebooks and a planner, to help you organize it all.<p>But, you know, we're betting a planner with the <i>rival</i> school on the cover isn't exactly on the top of most students' wish …

7 Reasons It's OK to Love Your eReader

I'm a book lover from way back. Instead of riding bikes or building forts all summer like the other kids on my block, I'd hide under a tree with a stack of books I got from the library downtown, my favorite place in West Texas. I'm from a long line of book lovers. When my grandfather passed away, …

How to read to babies without feeling ridiculous

New guidelines from the American Academy of Paediatrics state that parents should be reading to their children from infancy. For the first time, the organisation is going to promote "early literacy – beginning from an infant's very first days – as an 'essential' component of primary care …

"More days than not, an envelope addressed in my father’s neat engineer’s script is waiting when I get home. ... I joke with friends, calling it Summer Camp Syndrome, half-embarrassed by the constancy of the post, by its hint that I am merely on an extended trip somewhere, except that the trip is my life. But the truth is: there in the mail lobby, after a long day, I have come to crave seeing [his] hand." http://www.themillions.com/2014/06/lives-in-letters.html

Phillip Roth and Me: A Micro-Memoir

<i>This was originally told as a Twitter story. I've just removed the hashtags. It's 100 percent true.</i><p>1993<p>Just married. 25 years old. Move into pre-war on Upper West Side of NYC.<p>Get in elevator one night, with my wife, Amy, and standing there, looking every bit like himself, is...Phillip Roth.<p>Yep. …

Foyles relocates on London's Charing Cross Road: how to move 500,000 books – timelapse video

Timelapse video shows the relocation of Foyles' flagship bookshop in central London to the former St Martins School of Arts building less than 100 metres down Charing Cross Road. Foyles had been at its previous location since the 1930s, but after sales slipped 2.5% to £22.9m in the year to June …

7 Things That Will Never Happen To You In High School Despite What YA Books Say

I really, really wanted to go to high school. And who could blame me? After spending much of junior high inhaling John Hughes movies and devouring copy after copy of <i>Sweet Valley High</i>, I was pretty sure I would spend prom night wrapped in the arms of some super hot dude under twinkly Christmas …

Geek Girl was a cathartic book to write, says Holly Smale

World Book Day author Holly Smale says that bullying was never going to stand in the way of her becoming a writer<p>This is how Harriet Manners, the heroine of Holly Smale's award-winning series of YA novels, spends one of her afternoons in the new novel Geek Girl: Picture Perfect.<p><i>a) eating cake</i><p><i>b)</i> …

The necklace that cost Marie Antoinette her head

Jonathan Beckman unravels the bizarre hoax that ultimately took Marie Antoinette to the guillotine<p>In the late summer of 1785, Europe was gripped by a scandal unfurling at the French court. A diamond necklace of immense value, containing 647 stones and weighing 2,800 carats, had gone missing. Its …

Making Your Summer Reading List? Don't Forget to Pack Some 'Work'

Not everyone has the luxury of taking time away from work this summer, but if you do, a few compelling reads should be essential items for your suitcase or beach bag. Need ideas? The U.S. Department of Labor launched its <b>Books that Shaped Work in America</b> initiative in 2013, and the ever-growing list …

Quiz: Can you identify these classic sci-fi books by their covers?

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>NASA has put out a free, fascinating e-book exploring the possibility of human/extraterrestrial communication. The 300-page book, which has chapters written by more than a dozen different scholars, looks to archaeology …

I Planted My Self-Published Book on Barnes & Noble's Shelves... And People Bought It

When I self-published my book, <i>The New American Road Trip Mixtape</i>, in December, I knew there was pretty much zero chance bookstores would sell it. I was a relative nobody (beyond a blog that gets a million-plus page views per year), I had a not-so-unique storyline (young writer goes on road trip to …

How Long Does a Novel Take to Write?

I binged this past weekend. Not on reality TV or chocolate or martinis, but on writing. I booked a cheap off-season condo in Maine and wrote 17,822 words.<p>Were all of those good words? Not necessarily. Despite the fact that I'm following the synopsis I pitched to my wonderful editor at NAL/Penguin, …

Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul join Colin Firth in that drone movie

Some people may have been worried about Aaron Paul’s big-screen acting career after <i>Need For Speed—</i>as if he’d be trapped in a metaphorical pit of bad …

Chipotle to Publish Authors on Cups

Watch: Would We Be This Comfortable with Nudity & Objectification if Women’s Roles Were Played by Men

Watch: Would We Be This Comfortable with Nudity & Objectification if Women's Roles Were Played by Men<p>BuzzFeed has released a video which reenacts …

The Weirdest, Most WTF Photos From College Textbooks (NSFW)

Some photos in textbooks make no sense at all.<p>As college students around the country study for exams procrastinate, some turned to a Reddit thread this week to share some of the weirdest, and most WTF photos they've seen in their textbooks.<p><b>Warning that a couple of the photos may be considered …

When did Toronto get so cool?

Canada’s biggest city is often overlooked in favour of Montreal or Vancouver. But these days, it exudes the kind of cool that can only come from not really caring.<p>“Clock-clock-clock-clock-KUHwhoomp!” That was the sound of the Biblio-Mat, a one-of-a-kind refrigerator-sized book vending machine, as …

Quiet Dell review – Jayne Anne Phillips's 'truth in fiction'

The American novelist's recreation of a real-life murder of a family is her best work yet<p>Jayne Anne Phillips was first told about Harry Powers when she was a child. A murderous confidence trickster who preyed on wealthy, middle-aged women, his crimes transfixed America in the 1930s and haunted …

A Shared Wilderness: Benjamin and Jennifer Percy

There are two questions I always get – the phrasing changes, but not the meaning – when people hear what my job is.<p>What are you excited about?<p>Should …

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith - review

Being stuck in an elevator, it's never the best situation. But when Lucy and Owen find themselves trapped in the dark and heat of New York between four metal walls, being trapped isn't so bad - not when one fleeting moment can finally set you free.<p>After a night looking at the stars that could at …

“The Other Woman” Flunks the Bechdel Test, and Many Others Besides

"The Other Woman" Flunks the Bechdel Test, and Many Others Besides<p>As more than one reviewer notes, “The Other Woman,” in which wife Leslie Mann and …

How Elizabeth Warren's Own Book Makes The Case She Should Run For President

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren is adamant that she is not seeking to move up to the White House.<p>"I am not running for president," the Massachusetts Democrat told The Huffington Post, as she has told many others. "You can ask that question any way you want, but you're going to get the same …

Japanese cafe seats solo diners with stuffed animals to ward off loneliness

Oh, Japan. Will you never stop coming up with ingenious, adorable, and/or strange practices that confound Westerners? At the Moomin Café chain, which …

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Tiny Objects Perfectly Paired with Matching Pantone Swatch

One morning when designer Inka Mathew was looking at the flowers in her front yard, she began to wonder what Pantone swatch would correspond with her vibrant blue buds. She eventually found a perfect match and photographed the flower with PMS 2726. The post became a big hit on Instagram and thus a …

The good parts and bad parts of smartphones in the bookstore.

The advent of new technology has been a boon for the bookstore as well as a liability. Smartphones make it easy to communicate with staffers when …

Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.'s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which …

Shared Table Where People Can Work and Cats Can Wander