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An antiracist reading list

Jun 01 2020: Writing in the New York Times, Ibram X. Kendi recommends books to help America transcend its racist heritage:

... To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this ...

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Twin Cities bookstores: destroyed, damaged, spared in protests

Jun 01 2020: In the sometimes violent protests that followed the murder last week of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minn., some bookstores in the Twin Cities were destroyed and damaged, while others have remained unscathed but are boarded up and not sure when and how to ...

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Publishers charge the Internet Archive with copyright infringement

Jun 01 2020: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House filed a lawsuit on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York charging the Internet Archive with copyright infringement. The suit asks the court to issue ...

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BookExpo & Book Con 2020: Celebrating Books and Authors Online

May 26 2020: With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of the 2020 editions of BookExpo and BookCon, event organizer ReedPop has joined the growing ranks of companies taking the virtual route to connect their different constituencies in the online world. For ReedPop, that ...

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J.K. Rowling introduces The Ickabog

May 26 2020: J.K. Rowling is serializing a new children's story called The Ickabog, and encouraging children to send in illustrations that may be used in the published editions later this year.

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The English towers and landmarks that inspired Tolkien's hobbit sagas

May 23 2020: Readers of The Lord of the Rings must surely imagine lifting their eyes in terror before Saruman’s dark tower, known as Orthanc. Over the years, many admirers of the Middle-earth sagas have guessed at the inspiration for this and other striking features of the landscape...

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An A to Z of old words to calm and inspire hope

May 23 2020: Like language, our emotions are universal and whatever fears and anxieties we are now experiencing, someone else in centuries gone by has felt the same way. Here is an A-Z of archaic and forgotten words that at some point in the past exactly described an elusive sense ...

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RWA retires RITA Awards, debuts the 'Vivian'

May 22 2020: The Romance Writers of America will permanently retire its annual RITA Awards, which it has presented annually since 1982, and introduce a new award, the Vivian, named after RWA founder Vivian Stephens.

The move to retire the RITAs follows a controversy related to ...

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