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Why UK and US book jackets are often so different?

Oct 01 2017: The Guardian looks at the question that puzzles many readers: Why are books published with different covers in different countries, even those that share the same language such as the UK and USA?

According to jacket designer, Stuart Bache: "The gulf between British ...

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Librarian rejects Melania Trump's book donation

Sep 29 2017: A school librarian has declared that she would not like a selection of Dr Seuss classics here, there or anywhere, after refusing books donated by Melania Trump.

Trump had sent a collection of ten Seuss books, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, to ...

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Kit Reed (1932-2017)

Sep 27 2017: Kit Reed, "a prolific author with an astonishing range who published work consistently for almost 60 years, writing outstanding novels and stories in various genres for children, teens and adults," died September 24 aged 85.

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National Book Foundation announces 5 under 35 honorees

Sep 25 2017: The National Book Foundation has announced its 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, ...

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The split infinitive

Sep 25 2017: Splitting an infinitive and starting a sentence with “so” or “like” are all habits that any self-respecting grammar pedant would abhor.

But a new study has found that conventions which prohibit such practises are so widely flouted, they have effectively become part ...

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"The Hobbit's" first review

Sep 24 2017: On the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, Lithub looks back on C. S Lewis' review of his old friend J. R. R. Tolkien's first novel:

"...For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be ...

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"The Snowy Day" stamps

Sep 24 2017: On Oct. 4, the United States Postal Service will issue four stamps, part of the “Forever” series, featuring Peter, the little boy from Ezra Jack Keats’s “The Snowy Day.” The book was published in 1962. The next year, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” ...

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Black Charlie was originally to be embedded in a Wonka Easter Egg

Sep 24 2017: Follow last week's revelation from Roald Dahl's widow that he initially intended the hero of his 1964 classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be black, Catherine Keyser, an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, provides additional ...

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    Young Nigerian American writer Uzodinma Iweala is fast becoming known as a powerful chronicler of ...
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    "God was dead; to begin with." This first sentence of Winter perfectly sets up the dreamy journey ...
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    by Atia Abawi

    When you're a refugee, everyone has lost, at least for the time being... And the journey ...

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    by Mario Giordano
    Munich matron and self-described worldly sophisticate, Isolde Oberreiter, has decided to retire to a...

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