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Reading increases empathy, study says | Toronto Star

Reading increases empathy, study says | Toronto Star | Avid readers | Scoop.it

Forget the cliche of the introverted bookworm: A recent report suggests people who read more may have better social skills than those who don’t.

 

A recently released report commissioned by the National Reading Campaign (NRC) titled Towards Sustaining and Encouraging Reading in a Canadian Society found that reading increases empathy, academic development and even civic engagement.


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Why is New York's literary crowd suddenly in thrall to Hungarian fiction?

Why is New York's literary crowd suddenly in thrall to Hungarian fiction? | Avid readers | Scoop.it
Hari Kunzru: The highly educated aspiring writers of New York are looking beyond the English-speaking world for their reading fixes. It must be a sign of the times
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The mother of one of my best friends was an early translator of Hungarian fiction into English. The difficulty till very recently was getting the books smuggled out of Hungary and into Canada so they *could* be translated. But I don't think Hungary was on the literary map of the English-speaking world until Sandor Marai's EMBERS made a splash about a decade ago. I'm thinking we've got a lot of catching up to do - and for those of us not-so-interested in a steady diet of non-stop North American fiction, this is a good thing.

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In lieu of a blurb Jonathan Lethem writes a letter

In lieu of a blurb  Jonathan Lethem writes a letter | Avid readers | Scoop.it
It calls Matthew Specktor's 'American Dream Machine' wildly audacious. Are letters the new blurb?
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I think this is a lovely idea, really. Blurbs are incredibly influential, and they shouldn't be gamed. One tends not to forgive writers who blurb misleadingly (I'm looking at you, Michael Ondaatje, for blurbing Stieg Larsson's trilogy - I had to skip 20+ page sections just to get through those three books).

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How Much Should E-Books Cost?

How Much Should E-Books Cost? | Avid readers | Scoop.it
TW Column by David Biddle
It’s way too easy for us indie authors to devalue what we’re selling."
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Sweet spot for ebook pricing is still where I said it was ~$4-$6.

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending | Avid readers | Scoop.it
“ Does character develop over time? In novels, of course it does: otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a story. But in life? I sometimes wonder. Our attitudes and opinions change, we develop new habits...
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How Authors Write | MIT Technology Review

How Authors Write | MIT Technology Review | Avid readers | Scoop.it

The technologies of composition, not new media, inspire ­innovations in literary styles and forms. Wonderful essay by MIT Technology Review Editor-in-Chief Jason Pontin, whose bookshelves I would love to plunder.

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A Non-Book Smuggler Survey: The Results | The Book Smugglers

A Non-Book Smuggler Survey: The Results | The Book Smugglers | Avid readers | Scoop.it

Some great data here, confirming what some of us have been saying for a couple of years now re what constitutes the 'sweet spot' for ebook pricing. Here's hoping Big Six publishers in US are listening.

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Publishing Perspectives : Goodreads’ CEO on Winning the Battle of Book Discovery

Publishing Perspectives : Goodreads’ CEO on Winning the Battle of Book Discovery | Avid readers | Scoop.it
After analyzing 5,750,000 books on Goodreads, Otis Chandler shares his insights on the evolving nature of book discovery. The short version: once isn't enough.
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Blog Post: At This Year's Oscars, Books Steal the Show

Blog Post: At This Year's Oscars, Books Steal the Show | Avid readers | Scoop.it
While some of us may be peeved that Bridesmaids wasn't nominated for Best Picture, what we can celebrate is that the literary world is well-represented at t...
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Russell Banks - The Morning News

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Our man in Boston sits down for the sixth time with Russell Banks to discuss his latest novel, the movie business, Mitt Romney, the emigration of investigative journalists, and why it’s wise to wait until your 70’s before writing about obsessive...
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Charlotte Gill wins B.C. prize for non-fiction

Charlotte Gill wins B.C. prize for non-fiction | Avid readers | Scoop.it
Charlotte Gill’s memoir about tree-planting in the Pacific Northwest is the winner of the 2012 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction.
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ruthseeley's comment, February 15, 2012 2:27 PM
Part of what made this fascinating for me as a Canadian reader (and as someone who's lived in BC, where logging has been controversial for most of my lifetime) is the fact that I think we've all known someone who chose to work as a tree planter. And yet I've never succeeded in getting anyone to tell me what the work was really like. Finally, someone has.
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Every Book Its Reader: Human Library Recognized for Civic ...

Every Book Its Reader: Human Library Recognized for Civic ... | Avid readers | Scoop.it
The essence of a Human Library includes three components: a human Book, a human Reader, and a Library space for the Books and the Readers to gather and speak face-to-face. Continue reading →
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A. J. Jacobs on His Blurbing Problem

A. J. Jacobs on His Blurbing Problem | Avid readers | Scoop.it
Let me now praise other people’s books.
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Very funny article. As a writer, you do want to repay the generosity you've received from other, already published authors - pay it forward, as they say. You also, as an author, need to connect with readers as a reader yourself (and if you're a writer who doesn't read, no one wants to hear anything you have to say, thank you very much). But obviously it can get out of hand, as it did for this author (of whom I'd never heard).

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'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution - Canada - CBC News

'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution - Canada - CBC News | Avid readers | Scoop.it
Some digital pioneers think that the online sharing of books via social media -- social reading -- may become the dominant way of both consuming and producing stories.
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Looking forward to hearing this documentary and waiting to be convinced. Given the number of avid readers I know and how few of them can even bring themselves to join book clubs, I'm not so sure reading IS a social activity. But I'll keep an open mind till after I've listened to the documentary.

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Talking about the Top 10 lists: Steph VanderMeulen | Canada Reads with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Steph VanderMeulen | Canada Reads with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio | Avid readers | Scoop.it
CBC Books asked a few publishing insiders -- booksellers, authors and editors -- to reflect and respond to the Canada Reads: Turf Wars Top 10 lists. Today, we present you the thoughts of blogger, bookseller and freelance editor Steph VanderMeulen.
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ruthseeley's comment, November 6, 2012 12:50 PM
Yes to Glass Boys, The Garneau Block and Monkey Beach. Not opposed in principle to Barbara Gowdy's Helpless, no clue about the Quebec entry.
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Book World: Barbara Kingsolver’s novel approach in ‘Flight Behavior’

Book World: Barbara Kingsolver’s novel approach in ‘Flight Behavior’ | Avid readers | Scoop.it
Barbara Kingsolver may have the first great novel on climate change.
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Discover More About Penguins, Planets and People in New Multi-Platform Non-Fiction Series from Scholastic | Scholastic Media Room

Heard about this Scholastic venture on CBC radio this morning. Not sure why it took more than a month to filter through to the media, but this is where I very much hope textbooks are heading. Oh, to have had the Riverside Shakespeare on an iPad when I was in university - the damned thing weighed close to 10 pounds, and transporting it to class wasn't always an option.

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“Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America” by Christopher Bram

“Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America” by Christopher Bram | Avid readers | Scoop.it
In “Eminent Outlaws,” Christopher Bram explores the writers who pushed American literature out of the closet.
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From the Q&Q archives: “the new-style author event” | Quillblog | Quill & Quire

From the Q&Q archives: “the new-style author event” | Quillblog | Quill & Quire | Avid readers | Scoop.it
This week we head back to the July 2002 issue of Q&Q, and an article by Erin Gault on how young authors such as Dave Eggers and Sheila Heti were forgoing...
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Book adaptations win at the Academy Awards | Quillblog | Quill & Quire

Book adaptations win at the Academy Awards | Quillblog | Quill & Quire | Avid readers | Scoop.it
While they may not receive as much attention as the dog from The Artist, six out of nine films nominated for this year's Best Picture at the Academy Awards were...
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National book count tallies Canadians’ love of reading

National book count tallies Canadians’ love of reading | Avid readers | Scoop.it
Canadians love to read, and now we have the numbers to prove it.
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The self-epublishing bubble

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Ewan Morrison tracks the self-epublishing euphoria of the last five months and argues that we're heading for a painful comedown...
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