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The world according to Marshall McLuhan

The Globe and Mail’s <b>Mark Medley</b> speaks with biographer Douglas Coupland on why the culture and communications guru’s theories continue to resonate in 2017 – perhaps more than ever<p>In his 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan, the visual artist and writer Douglas Coupland describes reading the work of …

Books

Man Booker prize 2017 longlist – in pictures

Find out more about the 13 novels in contention this year for the most prestigious prize in the British books world

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Man Booker prize 2017 longlist led by Arundhati Roy's return to fiction

Twenty years after her first novel took the same award, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness leads a field of 13, ranging from established stars to newcomers<p>Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things, the Indian author has been longlisted for …

Books

Writers to Watch Fall 2017: Anticipated Debuts

While the world lurches toward an uncertain future, the authors of this season’s top fiction debuts have their eyes on the past. These novels and …

Books

Bookshelves are making a comeback – and so is the #shelfie craze

'Customers are falling back in love with the romanticism of collecting books.'<p><b>It's official, bookshelves are making a comeback. But for the</b> …

Home Decorating

Becoming Jane: How Austen Transformed Into A Chick Lit Icon

200 years after her untimely death, this is what we think of when we think of Jane Austen.<p>Jane Hayes hearts Mr. Darcy. No, really ― she has a life-size cutout of Colin Firth, in character as the Jane Austen hero, standing in her apartment. She’d rather watch him fall in love with Jennifer Ehle’s …

Literature

Forget George Eliot: now it's male authors disguising their sex to sell more books

The writer behind the much-hyped debut novel Final Girls is in fact called Todd Ritter – but he’s far from the first man to write under an ambiguous name<p>Riley Sager is a debut author whose book, Final Girls, has received the ultimate endorsement. “If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this,” Stephen …

George Eliot

Two New Harry Potter Books Set to Be Published in October - Bloomberg

London (AP) -- Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th …

Harry Potter

90 Books Recommended by The Strand Bookstore

The staff of The Strand Bookstore in New York picks their all time favourite Books<p>1. <b>1984</b> by George Orwell<p>2. <b>A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire …

Literature

Fall 2017 Announcements: All Our Coverage

Here it is, our big fall books preview.<p>What you’ll find is a mix of books: major ones, huge ones, small but mighty ones, some destined to be sleeper …

Reading With Stars In Your Eyes: How Goodreads Changed How I Read

There’s nothing like the feeling of starting a new book. It’s so full of possibility! Scanning the first few lines, you can almost immediately …

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Emma Watson interviews Margaret Atwood about The Handmaid's Tale

<b>A version of this story appears in the July 21, 2017 issue of Entertainment Weekly.</b> <b>Pick it up on stands Friday, or buy it here now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.</b><p>Many celebrities have book clubs, but none share the clout of Emma Watson’s “Our Shared …

Literature

The Rise in Print Continues

The lack of a breakout print hit did not prevent unit sales in the first half of 2017 from being 3% higher than in the first six months of last year, …

Publishing

New Maurice Sendak Picture Book Discovered

Lynn Caponera, president of the Maurice Sendak Foundation, was going through the late artist’s files last year “to see what could be discarded,” she …

Illustration

Ladies Who Book Club Have Always Been The Glue Of Resistance

Women’s book clubs, in particular, have a subversive history.<p>There’s a reason antidemocratic leaders often persecute authors and ban literature: Books hold the power to undermine poisonous norms, harmful social constructs and oppressive governments.<p>Even more powerful than books alone are book clubs …

Women's News

How The Strand Has Made Indie Bookselling Look Easy -- For 90 Years

"This is the cultural and publishing and writing center of the world, here in New York. So we have to have good bookstores."<p>Sometimes it seems New York City’s Strand Bookstore is the only indie bookshop in the region invulnerable to the vagaries of the bookselling market. The store, which …

Barnes & Noble

Books Are Magic: Author Emma Straub’s New Bookstore

When <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Emma Straub learned that her neighborhood bookstore and former employer, BookCourt, would be closing, she was devastated and wanted to do something about it. Independent bookstores are a crucial part of life for Emma, and she felt that without a local …

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Books & Mortar: A Day in the Life of Judy Blume, Bookseller

I’d like to present to you a semi-regular column: Books & Mortar! Which will look at the fabulous world of tucked-away independent bookstores, a …

Key West

Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read ‘Harry Potter’

I started reading the “Harry Potter” series, which turns 20 today, in a dormitory in Hod HaSharon, Israel, alongside about two dozen other teenage muggles who had flown (by plane) from the United States. I’d completely succumbed to Potter hysteria at a friend’s urging even before I’d read the …

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Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

Michael Bond, the British creator of Paddington Bear, a marmalade sandwich-loving refugee from Peru who entertained generations of children with his exploits in London, died on Tuesday aged 91 after a short illness.<p>Wearing a tag round his neck that read “Please look after this bear”, Paddington was …

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How an independent bookstore took on anti-feminist trolls and won

When Avid Reader shared Clementine Ford’s Facebook post, the Brisbane bookseller’s social media page was attacked by trolls, prompting an extraordinary counterattack by the writer’s fans and Australia’s literary community<p>On Monday morning, independent Brisbane bookstore Avid Reader shared a …

Feminism

How Margaret Atwood became the voice of 2017

Margaret Atwood’s time has come.<p>Her 1985 dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> has been adapted into a hit TV show on Hulu, and her 1996 novel <i>Alias Grace</i> will come to Netflix this fall. And her books aren’t just getting the prestige TV treatment: They’re being treated as prophetic texts. Writing in …

Literature

Chidren’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

A beautiful, heart-breaking exploration of family bereavement, how to get a knighthood and sinister goings-on during detention<p>For the very youngest picture-book fans this month, Nosy Crow’s collaboration with the British Museum yields two enticing board-books, <b>123</b> and <b>ABC</b>. The alphabet book features …

How Parents Can Foster Reading at Home Without Using a Reading Log

How Parents Can Help Foster a Love of Reading at Home Without Using a Reading Log This year, students will NOT be asked to fill out a reading log in …

Why Iran has 16 different translations of one Khaled Hosseini novel

Lack of copyright has filled a nation of very keen readers with multiple versions of foreign books – doing artistic as well as financial damage to writers<p>If JD Salinger could see what was on the shelves in Iranian bookshops, he would turn in his grave. The Inverted Forest, a 1947 novella that he …

Literature

Review: Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness explores the harrowing and complicated aspects of love

Twenty years since her Booker Prize-winning debut, <i>The God of Small Things</i>, Arundhati Roy has published her second novel, <i>The Ministry of Utmost Happiness</i>. At first glance, the five-word title seems like a plain yet conspicuous variation of its predecessor. “God,” government; “Small,” “Utmost”; …

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For Father's Day, 9 famous writer dads and their awesome authorial offspring

While some dads were busy tossing the ball around with their kids, these literary fathers instilled a love of literature into their children — a love so deep, in fact, that they followed in their father’s footsteps to become writers themselves. For Father’s Day, a sampler of literary …

Literature

Margaret Atwood On Cats, Comic Books & The Upcoming Graphic Novel Of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Cats and rats and owls, oh my!<p>Angel Catbird is a three-part comic books series combining mystery, sci-fi, action, environmentalism, and good old-fashioned fun. With visual and narrative nods to the Golden and Silver Eras of comic books, Angel Catbird tells the story of Strig Feleedus, a genetic …