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From NPR: The 33rd annual Ernest Hemingway look-a-like competition at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla., kicks off Thursday. The stoically bearded among us will go head to head in the fiercely competitive three-day tournament to win the coveted title of “Papa.” Last year, Florida defense attorney Frank Louderback was so eager to compete [….]

Real-Life Hogwarts Reading List

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From i09: The Hogwarts Sorting Hat has been said to place kids based on qualities they value rather than those they exhibit — still, each of the school’s Houses does tend to collect a certain kind of student. Gryffindors are often brave and daring; Ravenclaws brainy and witty; Slytherins ambitious and cunning; and Hufflepuffs patient [….]

This Week in Books

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From NPR: The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. A group of prominent Canadian authors are stripping down for a (mostly) nude calendar. Proceeds from the Bare It For Books project will go to PEN Canada, an organization that promotes freedom of expression. The (actually kind of hunky) Life of [….]

NPR to Provide a Daily Dose for Book Lovers

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On more than one occasion I’ve been stuck in highway gridlock and wished, among other things, for a book station on the FM dial—you know, 24/7 reviews, news, gossip, maybe even some audio excerpts. That day is still far off—radio is more profit-driven than ever it seems—but happily, NPR is giving book lovers a bit [….]

Next J.K. Rowling Book Will Likely Be For Kids

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From The Huffington Post:  Most critics were underwhelmed by The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first foray into literary realism for adults. In a web chat hosted by Scholastic (the American publisher of the Harry Potter series), she announced that her next book will likely be for young readers. According to GalleyCat, she told over a [….]

New Tolkien Book?

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From The Huffington Post: J.R.R. Tolkien, the highly revered author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit,” has a new book coming out next spring. This may seem peculiar given that the writer died in 1973, but British publisher HarperCollins has confirmed that the unseen “The Fall of Arthur” will be released [….]

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

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Author/Illustrator Hope Larson published a great piece in The Huffington Post about her desire to adapt the Madeleine L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time into a graphic novel. Larson says adaptations were something she couldn’t imagine herself taking on. With one exception: A librarian from Texas had passed through town and interviewed me over coffee. How, [….]

The Book That Can't Wait

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Every procrastinate about reading a book? Do you need to read for a class or a book club but seem unable to find the time? Problem solved, folks. From Galley Cat: To motivate readers to read works from new authors and give them a chance at a second book, Argentinian publisher Eterna Cadencia released its [….]

Video: Writing is an Art Form

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Rather than taking the traditional route and simply printing catalogs for their fall list, Hachette Australia has put together a stunning and inspirational video. “With new books come new feelings,” the beginning of the video reads, and a black-clad staff enters a warehouse to unload and shelve boxes of new books, including “The End of [….]