The Most Common Phrases in ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ and ‘Twilight’

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From Flavorwire: Ben Blatt of Slate decided to see what adjectives, adverbs, and sentences pop up most in the popular young adult series Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Twilight is, to no one’s surprise, superficially glittery and “wrapped in emotion.” J.K. Rowling has a heavy “reliance on suspense.” Blatt […]

Martin on His ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspiration

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Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin describes the realities of human nature that underpin the success of the book series that spawned a hit television series. Transcript You can also watch the full version of this interview. CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: The land of Westeros is the mythical setting for the […]

Amazon Giving Early Access to Kindle Books

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From GalleyCat: Amazon has introduced a new program that gives readers early access to Kindle books a month in advance of their release date. The platform is called Kindle First. Every month, Amazon Publishing editors will choose a few titles from a variety of genres and release them a month in advance of […]

Minnesotans Cancel Rainbow Rowell’s Book Visit After Parents’ Complaints

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File this one under “DISGUSTING” From By Erin Grace / World-Herald columnist at omaha.com: Rainbow Rowell should be in the Minneapolis area today, talking about her best-selling, award-winning, highly acclaimed novel for teens, “Eleanor & Park.” She should be standing in a public library in Anoka County reading from her 324-page novel, her […]

Beth Revis Discusses Representation in Fiction

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NY Times Bestselling author of the Across the Universe series, Beth Revis, published a post on her blog yesterday, discussing representation in fiction and how experience and time has taught her the importance of celebrating diversity. Revis said she knows that the shift in her experience comes from being “more […]

Book News (Link)

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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 […]

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

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The folks over at Time Ideas published an interesting piece on how literature impacts us all. From the piece: Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no […]

How Sandy Impacted Booksellers

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From Shelf Awareness: Booksellers impacted by Sandy took to social media as the hurricane made its approached towards the East Coast. According to Shelf Awareness, people shared news updates, as well as storm-themed reading choices under the hashtag #sandyreads. In Brooklyn, many bookstores were open and tweeting, including WORD (“Not […]