Literary Lifestyle

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An Interactive Literary Genre Map

Penguin’s Book Country has created a pretty neat interactive genre map that you can explore here. The map is aimed at authors using Penguin’s Book …

Stephen King Says E-Books Will Never Fully Replace Regular Books

Bestselling author Stephen King was once a big proponent of e-books. In fact, he was one of the first mainstream authors to offer a story digitally …

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<b>From 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'</b><p>Writer Amy Sedaris answers questions taken from <i>Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide</i>.<p>Amy Sedaris Takes a Literary Drinking Quiz<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>Famous writers and drinks are inseparable, despite the price some paid for the vice. Ernest Hemingway loved the Mojito, …

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Dream Homes Built for Books and the Nerds Who Love Them

Barbie has a dream house, and it seems only fair that book nerds should have one too. When we saw a beautiful, four-story home on Gizmodo that was …

Why we love books by cool writers

In September, David Gilmour, a writer and visiting professor at the University of Toronto, said in an interview that he tends to teach books by “serious heterosexual guys”; the interview went off like a starter pistol, and much of the Canadian literary internet responded, in both opposition and …

17 extraordinary bookstores

Literary heaven<p>There's nothing like your first great bookstore discovery — that place where you go to sit in a soft chair and read, to marvel at the …

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

I’m not normally one to weep over obsolete business models. I can’t bring myself to fret too much about the Internet strangling the life out of print …

How 'Indie' Bookstores Survived (and Thrived)

In 2012, <i>Publishers Weekly</i> chose E. L. James as its Person of the Year. James's <i>Fifty Shades</i> soft-porn trilogy was a sensation that boosted global print and e-book revenues, with at least 100 million copies sold (and counting). According to <i>Forbes</i>, James topped its annual list of bestselling authors …

Doris Lessing's last gift: 3,000 books donated to public library in Zimbabwe

Books from collection owned by celebrated author, who died last year, to go to country where she lived for quarter of century<p>"Classrooms without textbooks, or an atlas, or even a map pinned to a wall. A school where the teachers beg to be sent books to tell them how to teach, they being only 18 or …

Literary treasures from Oxford's Bodleian Libraries

Where can you find locks of Percy Bysshe Shelley's and Mary Shelley's hair alongside the fragments of Sappho's poetry? At the Bodleain Libraries in Oxford, England. And also in the book "Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Bodleian Libraries."<p>The book includes writings and …

Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. …

Previously Unpublished Illustrations From Harry Potter Book Cover/Chapter Artist Mary GrandPré

This is a series of (allegedly) previously unpublished illustrations by Mary GrandPré, the artist responsible for all the American Harry Potter book …

20 Mind-Bending Aldous Huxley Book Covers

Today marks the 120th birthday of English novelist and prolific essayist Aldous Huxley. The <i>Brave New World</i> author’s scathing critique of the mass …

Judging a Book By Its Cover

<i>(First published in Crafts magazine, July/August 2014)</i><p><b>InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books</b><p>St Bride Foundation, London EC4Y 8EQ<p>15 May - 22 August 2014<p>Reviewed by Patrick Myles<p><i>Ann Tout - MidwinterMidwinter, Ann Tout, bound in goatskin with pen, watercolour, gilt, silk and marbled</i> …

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Penguin Essentials Releases 10 Gorgeous New Cover Designs for Classic Novels

Who doesn’t love a good book cover redesign? No one — particularly when the redesigned books are ones you’ve been meaning to read all along (or …

Cover Art

By Sadie Stein August 29, 2014<p>Looking at this pretty slideshow of circa-1900 book covers, one is struck by a couple of things. First, the beauty and elegance of the design. And, second, the fact that the titles are all unfamiliar. Of course, beautiful, striking covers are produced every day: …

The Rumpus Interview with Maya Angelou

“Whitney, who’s your person?” I clenched my hands together under the desk. It was my turn to report which author I hoped to interview for professor …

“I misguidedly viewed superhero comics as a sort of preview of my upcoming adult life.” —Chris Ware http://bit.ly/1uy3GXo

The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Brown is as pretty as white

W. E. B. Du Bois accomplished more than most during a lifetime rich with admirable achievements. In 1895, he became the first African American to …

Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

You're probably well-acquainted with the idea of the food van. The more sartorially minded may have even visited a fashion truck. Now, it's translated into literature aimed at tourists.<p>In June 2013, three entrepreneurial literature lovers from Portugal's capital created a nomadic bookstore that …

Floating Library To Open On New York's Hudson River

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>A floating pop-up library is opening on New York's Hudson River this fall. The creation of the artist Beatrice Glow, The Floating Library will appear "aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on …