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George R.R. Martin Opens Beastly Books in Santa Fe

Dec 17 2019: On November 30, author George R.R. Martin opened Beastly Books, an independent bookstore in Santa Fe, N.Mex., next door to the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which he had acquired in 2013.

One book that it doesn't sell at the moment is The Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in A...

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Library loans in England down 43% in 10 years

Dec 17 2019: Latest figures from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) show library loans are down 43% in the last decade in England, with libraries still in “a terrible state” as repeated schemes to turn around the service fail, campaigner Tim Coates has ...

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Teens in Argentina are leading the charge to eliminate gender in language

Dec 06 2019: Teenagers in Argentina are rewriting the rules of the Spanish language to eliminate gender. In classrooms and daily conversations, young people are changing the way they speak and write — replacing the masculine “o” or the feminine “a” with the gender-neutral “e” in ...

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Why I started a book club in the Harris County jail

Dec 05 2019: A fascinating article by a lawyer who runs a book club in a high security women's jail. Very much worth reading in full; here is the closing paragraph:

"The book clubs Drew and I started demonstrate that people in every pod in the jail have the capacity for education...

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Mississippi is leading the way on education

Dec 05 2019: Standardized tests given every two years to measure fourth- and eighth-grade achievement show Mississippi made more progress than any other state.

There’s no way to know for sure what causes increases in test scores, but Mississippi has been doing something notable--...

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Milan Kundera's Czech citizenship restored after 40 years

Dec 05 2019: After more than 40 years in exile, Milan Kundera, the Czech-born author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has been given back the citizenship of his homeland.
Petr Drulák, the Czech Republic’s ambassador to France, told public television he visited the 90-year-...

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Robert K. Massie, narrator of russian History, dies aged 90

Dec 04 2019: Robert K. Massie, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who wrote gripping, tautly narrated and immensely popular books on giants of Russian history, died on Monday at his home in Irvington, N.Y. He was 90.

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Obituary: Andrew Clements

Dec 03 2019: Prolific children’s author Andrew Clements, best known for his popular middle grade novel Frindle, about a fifth-grader’s plan to invent a new word, died on November 28 in West Baldwin, Me., following an illness. He was 70.

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