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Monday Miscellany

The Feud Between Amazon, Hachette Publishing, and Readers Heats Up It’s difficult to keep up with all the nuances of this issue. Here are a couple of recent articles: Dispute Between Amazon and Hachette Takes an Orwellian Turn Maybe Amazon … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

THE STARS OF THESE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS SWEAR, STRUGGLE, AND GENERALLY ACT LIKE REAL TEENS In the new novel Aspen by Rebekah Crane, the teenage title character is an awkward, artsy kid who gets into a car accident that kills … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Hunt on to find Cervantes — Spain’s great writer Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died broke in Madrid, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no … Continue reading

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Writing ‘Rudolph’: The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript From NPR comes a delightful tale of how Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, came to be, first in a story, then in a song, and finally in a movie. Sherlock Holmes stories enter public domain … Continue reading

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New literary journal seeks writers, more

What’s old is new again in the pages of “Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects.” If you like to write and pursue other creative endeavors, you’ll want to learn more about this new literary publication from Western Connecticut State … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Amazon’s Kindle Matchbook Program Much of last week’s book-related news involved Amazon’s announcement of a plan to bundle ebooks and print versions of the same title. Here’s a lot of commentary: Amazon’s announcement The New York Times Publishers Weekly The … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Little Libertarians on the prairie Christine Woodside argues that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter, journalist Rose Wilder Lane, edited her mother’s reminiscences into books that project a Libertarian point of view: A close examination of the Wilder family papers suggests that … Continue reading

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A Pearl Buck Novel, New After 4 Decades Big recent literary news is the discovery of a final novel by Pearl S. Buck, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The manuscript was discovered in a … Continue reading

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“Ghost Stories”: The ubiquitous anti-feminism of young adult romances In a Guardian article last November, Tanya Gold condemned the Twilight franchise and the paranormal progeny it has spawned, calling them sado-masochistic “disempowerment fantasies” masquerading as fairy tales, normalising abuse in … Continue reading

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Feeling Bookish? The big book event of the last week was the arrival of Bookish. “We know books,” the site declares. Its announced purpose is to allow readers to search, discover, read, and share information about books. Created by publishing … Continue reading

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