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Toni Morrison’s New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

Toni Morrison’s New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

America’s only living Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, offers her 11th novel, God Help The Child.

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Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE ALMOST, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade show […]

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‘Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs’ chronicles the rise of rap music

‘Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs’ chronicles the rise of rap music

THE EARLY DAYS OF HIP-HOP come alive in all their beautiful, vivid detail at the newly opened “Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper.” The exhibition presents captivating images from the early years of a now-global culture rooted in the streets of New York, through the work of three city-based photographers. […]

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I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

IN 2014, I DECIDED THAT FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the “classics” — Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes, […]

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Why Is An Anonymous Brooklyn Street Artist Producing Anti-Hillary Clinton Posters?

Why Is An Anonymous Brooklyn Street Artist Producing Anti-Hillary Clinton Posters?

AS HILLARY CLINTON PREPARED to formally launch her presidential campaign on Sunday afternoon, a Brooklyn street artist was busy pasting anti-Clinton signs throughout the borough, which happens to be where the hopeful candidate plans to set up campaign headquarters. Reminiscent of the instantly recognizable Barack Obama “Hope” posters that Shephard Fairey created for the president’s […]

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Passing Through

Passing Through

THE TENANT IN THE GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT at 315 Second Avenue lived alone. She was long divorced, had no children, and did not see much of anyone. For almost twenty years, starting shortly after the Second World War, she’d worked as a nurse in the hospitals nearby. The last of her employers was the psych […]

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How To Finish Your Damn Book

How To Finish Your Damn Book

AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR I WROTE a post for that treasure trove of writing and publishing information, Writing, ie, about why you should finish your damn book. You can read that post here. It proved really popular. So popular that it seems to me like a lot of you are in the same […]

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Playster Streaming Service to Offer Simon & Schuster Ebooks

Playster Streaming Service to Offer Simon & Schuster Ebooks

PLAYSTER, A DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA STREAMING PLATFORM, has announced a content deal with one of the world’s largest book publishers, Simon & Schuster. The agreement provides unlimited access to a vast number of bestselling backlist ebook titles from the publisher’s U.S. and international catalog. In a statement, Erika Khanna, spokesperson for Playster said: “Simon & Schuster […]

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Kobo Unveils New E-Reader to Take on Kindle Voyage

Kobo Unveils New E-Reader to Take on Kindle Voyage

KOBO LAUNCHES ITS LATEST E-READER, the Kobo Glo HD, which it bills as a device featuring “the highest resolution screen available on the market, at the lowest price.” At $129.99, the device is $70 cheaper than the $199 Kindle Voyage, which Amazon rolled out in September last year. The Glo HD features a six-inch, 300 ppi […]

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Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab For Women Over 40

Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab For Women Over 40

Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers, deadline June 1.

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