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The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

18 More Classic Literature Characters Who Will Bamboozle You With Their Gay Gayness

I can’t say I’ve ever time traveled to Prince Edward Island circa 1908 to ask Lucy Maud Montgomery if Anne Shirley is bisexual. Neither have I used a …

What’s the first rule of book club? Wine, of course, but there are others

The Ennis Book Club Festival is 10 years old. Freya McClements talks to its founders and other book clubs about what goes on between the covers<p>Cathy …

45 New Books to Read This Fall

<i>Hopefully, you’ve had a few minutes to play around with our</i> <i>Fall Entertainment Generator</i><i>. But if you’re looking for straight and simple lists of</i> …

Remembering Killed-Off Characters

In an epic confessional letter at Lit Hub, author Stuart Nadler mourns all the characters he’s abandoned, maimed, and murdered for the sake of the …

6 Questions for Colson Whitehead, Author of The Underground Railroad

<i>The author of</i> The Underground Railroad, <i>Oprah's new book-club pick and Obama's summer read, talks about making fiction from history's great</b> …

Food in books: piccalilli from Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

‘Is there, by chance, any of Mrs Glover’s excellent piccalilli?’ ... He smeared the piccalilli on to buttered bread and topped it with a thick slice of fatty ham. .. ‘It’s Mrs Glover,’ she said, as if reading his mind. ‘So it is. She of the excellent pickles.’<p><b>Life After Life, Kate Atkinson</b><p>---<p>In …

Food Preservation

Handmade Rugs Pay Homage to Everyone's Favorite Thing: Food

Hungry for some breakfast-themed decor for your home? The wares from Etsy shop SurfaceWerks will probably fulfill your craving. Wisconsin-based …

Teen opinion: in praise of writing poetry

Children’s books site member Some-infinities-katie had only ever written prose before entering a poetry competition – now she’s hooked. Poetry is personal, fun, diverse, and it’s also great therapy! Plus, read the winning poem here<p>Recently, I read fellow site member Safah’s article about reasons …

Creative Writing

What your kids should be reading this summer

Summer vacation is only a few days away, and you may be wondering how you're going to fill those long, hot days for your kids. One idea? Get them …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson—a New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher—was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the …

Travel the World in 13 Books

Whether you’re jet-setting around the world, or staying planted at home, books can take you anywhere. This summer, we’re leaving the planes behind …

Books

How Do You Know If Your Writing Is Any Good?

<i>The Blunt Instrument</i> <i>is a monthly advice column for writers. If you need tough advice for a writing problem, send your question to</i></i> …

Literary Menagerie: Summer Books About Animals

Meg Rosoff’s first novel for adults is ‘Jonathan Unleashed’<p>Animal stories—both true and fantastical—have always been a boon for publishers. But last year’s best-selling “H Is for Hawk” added a new twist to the genre, combining memoir, nature writing and avian fixation. This summer’s animal tales …

Swede Success: 14 of Acne Studios’s Biggest Street Style Hits

Acne Studios could scarcely be more suited to street style. Maybe it’s because the Swedish favorite consistently turns out pieces that are pragmatic and versatile, yet distinctive enough to be spotted from a block away. **Jonny Johansson’**s cultishly adored styles range from the classic (the …

Street Style

New Book Roundup: A Vampire Apocalypse, an Ancient Serial Killer, and a Smoking Alt-History Novel

The penultimate Tuesday of May brings with it a new Shannara novel, an inventive Victorian alt-history, a fun and funny urban fantasy, and more…<p>The …

Books

Michael Phelps and his reflection digging for gold in London. Next up, Brazil. @m_phelps00 @olympics @olympics_2016_rio

This Tweeter Posts Color Palettes From Famous Movie Scenes

The recent success of Oscar-winning movie "The Artist" proved that black and white films can still compete with those shot in color, but these days …

DIY - Modern Concrete Fire Pit - Quiet Corner

So, let’s build our own DIY concrete fire pit, yes? This version is cast of affordable, weather-resistant concrete that creates a sleek, modern look. …

Andrew Michael Hurley on how his debut novel The Loney took the publishing world by storm

<i>Andrew Michael Hurley tells Tim Martin how his debut novel became the publishing hit of the year</i><p>In the shrewdly competitive world of publishing and publicity, the story behind a novel is often as important as the story between its covers. Like superheroes, modern writers stalk through the media …

Books

#Gagosian Gallery is participating at @FriezeArtFair New York 2016 with "#DamienHirst." The fair starts tomorrow, May 5th and runs through May 8, 2016. Come see us at Booth B61. #FriezeNY #GagosianatFriezeNY __________ Image: Damien Hirst, "Covenant," 2007, butterflies and household gloss on canvas, 84 × 84 inches (213.4 × 213.4 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, 2016. Photo by Prudence Cuming Associates

Reading Allowed: Ten Compelling Middle School Read-Alouds by Maggie Bokelman

In today’s teach-to-the-test climate, some administrators discourage or even prohibit classroom read-alouds, especially for secondary students. I …

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10 Slimy Facts About Hellbenders

North America’s biggest salamander is a reclusive crayfish-eater with a compressed body and some rather unflattering nicknames.<p><b>1. MOST OF THEIR LIVES</b> …

The Last Samurai In Rare Photos From 1800s

The Meiji Restoration of 1868 took power from the warlords that had been the de facto rulers of Japan and consolidated it under the Emperor Meiji. …

Su-Jeong Nam Explores the Natural World, Line by Line

South Korean artist Su-Jeong Nam’s work, in a sense, mirrors the biological processes of her subjects. She begins with the base of color, applied …

Market Crush : Spinelli Kilcollin

Sometimes you see a bag, a pair of shoes, or a certain piece of jewelry in shops and think “I neeeeed that in my life!”. But reality sets in, and you …

Company Town Is the Most Twisted Posthuman Novel You've Ever Read

Madeline Ashby took all the conventions of “artificial life form” novels and shredded them with her novel <i>vN</i> and its sequel, <i>ID</i>. Now she’s doing the …

Artificial Intelligence

Coloring Book Celebrates Mathematical Beauty of Nature with Hand-Drawn Golden Ratio Illustrations

Rafael Araujo's hand-drawn Golden Ratio illustrations are a beautiful fusion of art with science. For the past 40 years, the Venezuelan architect and illustrator has been perfecting his amazing drawings that are all connected by this common theme. Armed with nothing but a pencil, compass, ruler, …

These animations will help you understand the math concepts you never got in high school

Math can be hard. In school, many survive math class by memorizing the needed formulas without ever really understanding why they work in the first place. Simple animations can help you see the math at work.<p><i>Produced by Alex Kuzoian</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook