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.
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
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.
It calls Matthew Specktor's 'American Dream Machine' wildly audacious. Are letters the new blurb?
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).
“ 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...
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.
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.
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...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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