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Famous authors riding their bicycles

Famous authors riding their bicycles | Biblio | Scoop.it

Famous authors don’t just write, they also have other hobbies, like riding their bicycles. This collection of photographs shows us a different side of some of our favorite authors, such as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and others.

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15 things you might not know about Catch-22

15 things you might not know about Catch-22 | Biblio | Scoop.it

Joseph Heller’s 1961 war comedy Catch-22 is one of the most beloved novels of the 20th century, not to mention one of the funniest. Here are a few interesting bits of information about both how Heller’s story came to be and the legacy that it left behind.

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Is Salman Rushdie a Voltaire for our age?

Is Salman Rushdie a Voltaire for our age? | Biblio | Scoop.it

His fierce defence of PEN America’s prize for Charlie Hebdo’s defiant provocations recalls the Enlightenment hero, but sets Rushdie against other public figures.

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Art Spiegelman warns of 'dangerous' outcome as Russian shops ban Maus

Art Spiegelman warns of 'dangerous' outcome as Russian shops ban Maus | Biblio | Scoop.it

With top Moscow bookstores removing the Holocaust tale under a Nazi propaganda law, author sounds alarm: ‘We don’t want cultures to erase memory’.

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Required reading: 30 of the best horror books

Required reading: 30 of the best horror books | Biblio | Scoop.it

The Paste books crew pooled together our own horror favorites for the first installment of Required Reading, a Paste-curated reading list of our favorite book genres. We’ve all got different favorites, so we’d love to hear yours in the comments section below. Oh—and sleep tight in the next few months.

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Writers withdraw from PEN gala, cite honor for Charlie Hebdo

Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization's honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is | Biblio | Scoop.it

Sunili Govinnage: White authors reign in book reviews, bestseller lists, literary awards and Amazon.com recommendations.

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Pop-up events showcase rare literary treasures around the globe

Pop-up events showcase rare literary treasures around the globe | Biblio | Scoop.it

This Thursday, antiquarian book fairs will spring up in locations the world over – from a woolshed in the Australian bush to the top of a Chicago skyscraper. Here is all you need to know, plus some of the rarest specimens you might bump into.

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Reading in the dark: a brief history of books for the blind

Reading in the dark: a brief history of books for the blind | Biblio | Scoop.it

The challenge of creating readable books for the blind extends much further back in time than the invention of Braille, and continues into the 21st century.

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A publishing manifesto from Mexico's Match Box Editions

A publishing manifesto from Mexico's Match Box Editions | Biblio | Scoop.it

Andrea Fuentes of illustrated books publisher La Caja de Cerillos — Match Box Editions — outlines how she is trying to revolutionize reading in Mexico.

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The 2015 Pulitzer for fiction goes to Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See

The 2015 Pulitzer for fiction goes to Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See | Biblio | Scoop.it

Following last year’s win for Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer jury named Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See this year’s winner in the fiction category, a second year in a row that the year’s break-out literary bestseller took home the prize.

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Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando

Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando | Biblio | Scoop.it

Age hasn't dimmed the fire in Toni Morrison, 84. The unwavering voice of black America talks about her latest novel and what it will take for racism to be a thing of the past.

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Tennessee Williams on his women, his writer's block, and whether it all mattered

Tennessee Williams on his women, his writer's block, and whether it all mattered | Biblio | Scoop.it

Tennessee Williams tasked James Grissom with seeking out each of the women (and few men) who had inspired his work—among them Maureen Stapleton, Lillian Gish, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Marlon Brando—so that he could ask them a question: had Tennessee Williams, or his work, ever mattered?

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Memorable animals from literature

Memorable animals from literature | Biblio | Scoop.it

When looking back on what characters have stayed with us the most over the years, there's no denying that some of the most prominent ones aren't even human.

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Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle set for TV adaptation

Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle set for TV adaptation | Biblio | Scoop.it

IM Global Television has announced it is developing an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle. The story involves the children of a Nobel laureate physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb and a substance called ice-nine, an alternative structure of water that is solid at room temperature.

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In bed with Tchaikovsky

In bed with Tchaikovsky | Biblio | Scoop.it

Once more, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s sexuality has come up for debate, and once more, the discussion has nothing to do with the composer’s time or place but everything to do with ours.

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Jane Austen's real Mr Darcy unmasked by historian

Jane Austen's real Mr Darcy unmasked by historian | Biblio | Scoop.it

A new book will reveal the true identity of the man who inspired Austen's Pride and Prejudice heartthrob.

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May's Reading group: the novels of Terry Pratchett

May's Reading group: the novels of Terry Pratchett | Biblio | Scoop.it

To celebrate the life of this much-loved writer, we will be looking at the first book in the Discworld series, plus one other – the choice is yours.

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Why are so many novelists so stupid?

Why are so many novelists so stupid? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Alex Massie: If you feel a need to search for moral cowardice then, in my experience, literary festivals are likely to be as happy a hunting ground as any.

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Top 10 best Shakespearean insults

Top 10 best Shakespearean insults | Biblio | Scoop.it

From tripe-visaged rascal to ass-head… William Shakespeare may have been born 450 years ago but he sure knew how to put someone down in style. David and Ben Crystal, authors of the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, help you work out which insults to use and when.

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Books were my crazy, wise companions in a conservative world

Books were my crazy, wise companions in a conservative world | Biblio | Scoop.it

Growing up in Ankara, Elif Shafak used the works of Borges and Marquez and Dickens to understand the world she lived in. And to discover a new one.

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Nobuo Okano repairs tattered books to make them look brand new

Nobuo Okano repairs tattered books to make them look brand new | Biblio | Scoop.it

For the past 33 years Japanese craftsman Okano Nobuo has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new. When a customer brought in an old Japanese-English dictionary that looked like it had been through a few wars, Okano approached it like an art conservationist repairing a painting. Using very basic tools like a wooden press, chisel, water and glue, Okano reconstituted the book to make it look like it was just purchased.

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How dystopia hammers home the reality of climate change

How dystopia hammers home the reality of climate change | Biblio | Scoop.it

It’s so easy not to really listen when the media (and science teachers) go on about climate change – but the cause of most dystopian societies in books, from The Hunger Games to Divergent, is invariably huge environmental disaster. Time to read, sit up, learn and then take action before its too late.

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How well do you know rewritten classics? A quiz

How well do you know rewritten classics? A quiz | Biblio | Scoop.it

From Shakespeare to Jane Austen and beyond, new fiction is often spun off from old stories. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about literature past and present.

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