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Self-Publishing & Merchandising: A Book’s Interior Design

WHEN WE SPEAK OF BOOKS, we mostly speak of them as one of two things: an object, made up of surfaces and contours and textures, or as a vehicle for ideas. We rarely pause to consider the interior design of a book, unless of course it is a book that draws attention with smart graphic […]

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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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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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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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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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British history alive and kicking at Morley Literature Festival

British history alive and kicking at Morley Literature Festival

Literature lovers lined their stomachs with a three-course lunch in Tingley before stomaching a dollop of political and historical insight from Morley Literature Festival’s guest author.

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Why deny young readers the pleasures of literature?

Why deny young readers the pleasures of literature?

Hard to believe that in 2013 some people are still trying to keep students from reading certain books. Not by writing unflattering reviews or saying nasty things at the water cooler, but by calling for bans of books they find objectionable, even if they haven’t read them.

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Literature festival to welcome writers of the world

Literature festival to welcome writers of the world

The 5th edition of the Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival (ITEF) will be held this year between Oct. 30 and Nov. 10 on the theme of “City and Game.” Sixty-one writers from 15 countries will join the event.

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Tony Mochama scoops Africa literature prize 2013

Tony Mochama scoops Africa literature prize 2013

Tony Mochama , a.k.a Smitta , who is a columnist for the Standard Media Group has been announced as the winner of this year’s Burt Award for Literature.

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A case for high-brow literature

A case for high-brow literature

Scientists have proclaimed that reading high-brow literature produces greater empathy than reading chick-lit.

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