December 20, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Best of the year-end best-of lists.
The New York Public Library plans revealed.
An antidote to doomsday prophesies.
How to wrap books.
An anonymous donor steps in to save an Ottawa bookstore.
November 16, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
An unfinished Truman Capote manuscript is discovered at the New York Public Library.
Cocktail recipes by Hemingway.
Pope Benedict encourages his flock to learn Latin.
Poems in the voice of cats.
Nora Roberts revitalizes her Maryland town.
November 14, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Oxford American Dictionaries have chosen the word of the year: GIF. The rationale? “The GIF, a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations, turned twenty-five this year, but like so many other relics of the 80s, it has never been trendier.”
The NYPL celebrates the pick thusly.
Biographers falling for their subjects: an occupational hazard?
“Any biography of a living, breathing and active figure who’s still at the height of his powers is going to have to strike a delicate balance between access and objectivity ... It can be very tricky, and it requires real finesse.”
Speaking of: the ten grumpiest authors in literary history.
November 8, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The bestseller lists from two beloved bookstores show what San Franciscans and New Yorkers, respectively, are reading. (Spoiler: everyone loves Junot Díaz.)
But which book about Lincoln? Experts help you narrow it down.
Print is dead, and nine other conversations the folks at Book Riot would just as soon, in a perfect world, never have again.
Tats inspired by children’s books. Yes, The Giving Tree and Le Petit Prince are represented, but so are Ramona and Harriet Welsh! And you have to love the simplicity of this Narnia ink.
The New York Public Library donated the food that would have been served at their annual fundraising gala to people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
November 1, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
September 20, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
“Would anyone go and ‘consult’ him? One feels not.” In a rediscovered Agatha Christie document, the author admits to a love-hate relationship with her creation, the debonair Belgian detective Poirot, and critiques other mystery writers.
The Marquis de Sade wanted even more days of Sodom? Unfinished novels of great writers.
“Wanting for some unknown reason to fill a space in his study with a selection of false books—complete with witty names he thought up himself—[Dickens] wrote to a bookbinder with a list of ‘imitation book-backs’ to be created specially for his bookshelf.” Now, the New York Public Library has re-created several of these fake books.
And speaking of the NYPL! Thanks to a donation, the library has reconsidered its controversial plan to relocate many of its books.