July 23, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The Cygnus Ensemble is presenting three original musical pieces to accompany Samuel Beckett plays.
“Omitting letters can confuse. How is the poor reader expected to differentiate between b******* and b*******?”
Jonathan Swift and the question of truth.
“E-books appear to be doing for religious books what they did for erotica.”
Happy (belated) birthday to scholar, teacher, and Norton Anthology founder M. H. Abrams.
Create your own genie to win a bookstore gift certificate.
July 20, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo have made a maze out of books.
Beautiful books, ugly covers.
Sure, e-books are huge, but are they heirlooms?
Regardless, Penguin has acquired self-publishing platform Author Solutions.
And the British government is looking into the whole public-library-e-book-lending situation.
In other news, a haunted bookstore?
July 19, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Yup: e-books outsold hard copies in 2011.
Out of the mouths of babes: a six-year-old judges classics by their covers.
Speaking of classics: a British publisher adds sex scenes to them. Erotic rewrites include Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
Written a great opener? Call the first graf hotline.
The C. S. Lewis Foundation plans to open a college based on his Christian teachings.
Dealbreaker books .
July 12, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Yes, the Vatican is publishing e-books.
So is Judy Blume.
Amazon pulls a book allegedly containing a hundred previously undiscovered Caravaggios after scholars question its legitimacy.
Meanwhile, the Codex Calixtinus, a twelfth-century manuscript that disappeared last year, has been recovered.
Happy birthday, E. B. White. Here are some piglets.
April 30, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, at 150.
The Wall Street Journal examines the curious appeal of serial novels.
The New York Times examines the future of publishing.
The Millions examines the popularity of tiger lit.
With e-books, fiction reigns supreme.
James Franco as Hart Crane.
iPhone chargers disguised as books.
April 13, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Slate weighs in on the e-book case: “The DoJ’s action effectively robs publishers of the ability to price their own products and robs other retailers of any hope of competing effectively with Amazon. Hence the DoJ has all but guaranteed a future in which readers end up with fewer well-edited books—both physical and electronic—and in which writers feel less free to speak against concentrated power.”
Here is an igloo made of books.
Baboons reading … remedially.
We have a title: J. K. Rowling’s adult debut will be titled The Casual Vacancy.
Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul Museum of Innocence (which started as a novel) opens later this month.
The challenge of culling books.
Jack London did not sugarcoat it for a young writer.
David Sedaris: “Throughout my 20s and early 30s—my two-books-per-week years—I did most of my reading at the International House of Pancakes.”