‘Hunger Games’-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

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File this one under “Wait…really?” NPR is reporting on a a Hunger Games-themed camp for kids in Florida. A Hunger -themed summer camp that culminates in a tournament at which children fight to the “death” (not literally, of course) has opened in Florida. The camp hosted by the Country Day in Largo is inspired by [….]

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 was so eager to compete [….]

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 [….]

Nick, Nora (And Asta) Return In ‘Thin Man’ Novellas

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From NPR: Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Nick and Nora Charles — and Asta, their wire-haired terrier — were rich, witty and in love, when America was in the middle of the Depression. They also drank [….]

America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading

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Good news, book lovers, it appears that the “Facebook generation” doesn’t suck at reading! From NPR: In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s [….]

100 Best Teen Novels?

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Bookriot posted a great piece on the mild controversy surrounding NPR’s  “100 Best Teen Novels.” NPR narrowed their 235 candidates and opened the votes to more than 75,000 readers. “The results of the poll were fairly predictable (assuming for the moment you’ve heard of John Green), but the most interesting part of the process was [….]