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Elmore Leonard, who refined the crime thriller, dies at 87

Elmore Leonard, who refined the crime thriller,  dies at 87 | Biblio | Scoop.it

Mr. Leonard’s louche characters, deadpan dialogue and immaculate prose style in novels like Get Shorty secured his status as a modern master of American genre writing.

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H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror stories free online

H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror stories free online | Biblio | Scoop.it

We cannot properly speak of horror fiction without mentioning the name H.P. Lovecraft, any more than we could do so without speaking of Edgar Allan Poe.

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The New York Times' 10 best books of 2014

The New York Times' 10 best books of 2014 | Biblio | Scoop.it

The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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'Libraries are the mainstays of democracy'

'Libraries are the mainstays of democracy' | Biblio | Scoop.it

David Baldacci, author of The Escape, was a library rat growing up. 'Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas'.

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'Lost' letter shows Camus and Sartre were dearest friends before their bitter falling-out

'Lost' letter shows Camus and Sartre were dearest friends before their bitter falling-out | Biblio | Scoop.it

They were France’s chain-smoking philosophers whose relationship turned publicly sour. Indeed, when one of them wrote 'l’enfer, c’est les autres' (hell is other people), it was easy to imagine he was referring to his lauded rival.

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The Strand's stand: how it keeps going in the age of Amazon

The Strand's stand: how it keeps going in the age of Amazon | Biblio | Scoop.it

There is only one true long-term threat to the legendary bookstore, and it comes from within.

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Girls and boys don't need separate books

Girls and boys don't need separate books | Biblio | Scoop.it

The removal of pointless 'keep out signs' based on gender prejudice is a victory.

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At 39, Walt Whitman was broke, unemployed, and living with his mom

At 39, Walt Whitman was broke, unemployed, and living with his mom | Biblio | Scoop.it

In Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians, author Justin Martin tells the story of how a subterranean New York City saloon helped alter the course of Whitman's life.

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Ursula Le Guin: 'Wizardry is artistry'

Ursula Le Guin: 'Wizardry is artistry' | Biblio | Scoop.it

As Ursula Le Guin receives the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards, she talks to Hari Kunzru about alternative fictional worlds.

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The 50 best films made from novels

The 50 best films made from novels | Biblio | Scoop.it

A month ago, The Guardian asked its readers to vote for the best ever film made from a novel. The results are in, with the readers' chart of the top 50 film adaptations. Critics Peter Bradshaw and Xan Brooks cast their eyes over your favourites.

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Hachette and Amazon reach e-book deal after 6-month dispute

Hachette and Amazon reach e-book deal after 6-month dispute | Biblio | Scoop.it

Hachette and Amazon have reached a deal over e-books and print sales, the two companies announced Thursday. They have been locked in an unusually public dispute over pricing since May.

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The secrets behind your favourite children's books

The secrets behind your favourite children's books | Biblio | Scoop.it

The illustrators behind classic children’s books have shared secrets about the novels they worked on as part of a charity auction.

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Vladimir Nabokov's passionate love letters to Véra and his affectionate bestiary of nicknames for her

Vladimir Nabokov's passionate love letters to Véra and his affectionate bestiary of nicknames for her | Biblio | Scoop.it

You are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought…'

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A weapon for readers

A weapon for readers | Biblio | Scoop.it

There is something predatory, cruel even, about a pen suspended over a work of literature. Like a hawk over a field, it is on the lookout for something vulnerable.

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What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit?

What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit? | Biblio | Scoop.it

From the Tale of Peter Rabbit to the Albergs’ classic Burglar Bill, Julia Eccleshare seeks out the best children’s books exploring crime – and the great moral debates you can have after reading them.

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What kind of funny is he? Under Kafka's spell

What kind of funny is he? Under Kafka's spell | Biblio | Scoop.it

Rivka Galchen: I have come to the conclusion that anyone who thinks about Kafka for long enough inevitably develops a few singular, unassimilable and slightly silly convictions. 

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Medieval books containing fascinating doodles & cartoons

Medieval books containing fascinating doodles & cartoons | Biblio | Scoop.it

A universal trait in classrooms and University lectures the world over, is that, when students are bored, they'll tend to amuse themselves in other ways. That was no different from 800 years ago in the 15th century when similarly bored students opted to doodle and scribble characters and artworks inside their text books.

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Product placement in novels

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Author William Boyd has featured in the news recently because of his latest novella, The Vanishing Game. Not in a we’re-all-so-excited-we-can’t-stop-talking-about-it-before-we’ve-even-read-it way, but because he’s admitted the book contains product placement, where he gives his character a Land Rover Defender to drive.

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10 period pieces to cheat English Lit 205: British literature on TV

10 period pieces to cheat English Lit 205: British literature on TV | Biblio | Scoop.it

With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with recent shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series or genre, classic or modern.

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