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Where a book is read can be as powerfully charged as where it's set

Where a book is read can be as powerfully charged as where it's set | Biblio | Scoop.it

Imogen Russell Williams: For me, it's childhood holidays in the sun I remember when I revisit the chilly climes of Tolkien. What are your unlikely associations?

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A Song of Ice and Fire could be 8, not 7, books

A Song of Ice and Fire could be 8, not 7, books | Biblio | Scoop.it

George R.R. Martin's longtime editor Anne Groell recently answered some fan questions about her editing process, Martin's writing timeline, and the future of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The big takeaway? Groell thinks there might be more than seven books.

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When Groucho Marx quoted 'The Waste Land' to T.S. Eliot

When Groucho Marx quoted 'The Waste Land' to T.S. Eliot | Biblio | Scoop.it

Strange but true: Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot were pen-pals. Their correspondence began in 1961, when T.S. Eliot sent Groucho Marx a fan letter. It continued for several years, with them finally meeting for dinner in 1964.

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James Joyce's dirty love letters read aloud by Martin Starr, Paget Brewster & other TV comedy actors

James Joyce's dirty love letters read aloud by Martin Starr, Paget Brewster & other TV comedy actors | Biblio | Scoop.it

For Valentine’s Day, the sketch comedy video site Funny or Die capitalized on the availability of these highly detailed, fantasy-saturated Joycean mash notes by having them read dramatically.

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James Joyce's dirty love letters to Nora. (Warning: some naughty language and graphic detail!)

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I love this..

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Amazon absorbing price fight punches

Amazon absorbing price fight punches | Biblio | Scoop.it

By blocking inventory from the Hachette Book Group, Amazon has become the less-than-everything store.

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10 authors who are brilliant at Twitter

10 authors who are brilliant at Twitter | Biblio | Scoop.it

They can write books, but can they tweet? Here are 10 authors you should follow.

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Fine bookbindings: judging by the cover

Fine bookbindings: judging by the cover | Biblio | Scoop.it

Elegant bookbindings might not seem to have much of a place in the modern world. E-books barely have graphics, much less finely crafted covers. Yet the love of handmade books as beautiful objects persists and, as a new travelling exhibit shows, retains many adherents.

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Can a Comic Con approach work for the book industry?

Can a Comic Con approach work for the book industry? | Biblio | Scoop.it

BookCon is an attempt to draw fans, but will they actually buy books? 

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32 tweets of wisdom from Maya Angelou

32 tweets of wisdom from Maya Angelou | Biblio | Scoop.it

American author and poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. Angelou's writing is iconic, and she gave us tidbits of her wisdom in 140-character bites over the past few years.

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Literally: portraits of booksellers

Literally: portraits of booksellers | Biblio | Scoop.it

Photographer Steve Kenward's Literally is a series of portraits of booksellers in their native habitats (their bookstores).

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 27, 7:24 PM

Booksellers in their natural habitat.

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What writers earn: a cultural myth

What writers earn: a cultural myth | Biblio | Scoop.it

Sara Sheridan: I write historical fiction. I've been a full-time professional writer for almost 20 years. I realized early on that being an author is a hugely misunderstood job. Because there are no pay grades and very little structure, people make interesting assumptions about the profession.

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Amazon's tactics confirm its critics' worst suspicions

Amazon's tactics confirm its critics' worst suspicions | Biblio | Scoop.it

The literary community has always greeted Amazon’s moves with suspicion. The fear is mostly about the future. What will happen to books when Amazon controls the entire industry? How will authors and publishing houses reckon with Amazon’s unchecked power?

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Want to write a book? Go to Iceland

Want to write a book? Go to Iceland | Biblio | Scoop.it

The land of active volcanoes, volatile weather, and dramatic landscapes has been a hub of creativity and culture for centuries. And its the perfect place to discover literary inspiration.

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'How to write good'

'How to write good' | Biblio | Scoop.it

Stuck on the fridge at BBC Hull.

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What causes the smell of new & old books?

What causes the smell of new & old books? | Biblio | Scoop.it

As with all aromas, the origins can be traced back to a number of chemical constituents, so we can examine the processes and compounds that can contribute to both.

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The first recording of Allen Ginsberg reading 'Howl'

The first recording of Allen Ginsberg reading 'Howl' | Biblio | Scoop.it

You can hear the first recorded reading of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl', from February, 1956 at Portland’s Reed College. The recording sat dormant in Reed’s archives for over fifty years until scholar John Suiter rediscovered it in 2008.

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BookCon's debut was chaotic, but promising

BookCon's debut was chaotic, but promising | Biblio | Scoop.it

There were lots of kids, movie stars, and long lines at the book industry's Comic Con.

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Patricia Lockwood's crowd-pleasing poetry

Patricia Lockwood's crowd-pleasing poetry | Biblio | Scoop.it

Lockwood is famous, but the source of her fame is almost entirely owing to her tweets and not to her poetry.

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The bookshop revolution: can coops hold out against Amazon?

The bookshop revolution: can coops hold out against Amazon? | Biblio | Scoop.it

With more than 500 independent bookshops closing since 2005, coops are injecting a bit of creativity to help keep the physical bookshop thriving.

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I hate you... No, wait, I love you! 5 literary 180s

I hate you... No, wait, I love you! 5 literary 180s | Biblio | Scoop.it

Have you ever finished a book and thought, 'Well, that was disappointing', only to have it take up prime real estate in your brain? Then, it hits you: it was actually one of the best books you’ve ever read.

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Watch the most touching tribute performances of Maya Angelou's 'Still I rise'

Watch the most touching tribute performances of Maya Angelou's 'Still I rise' | Biblio | Scoop.it

For all of Maya Angelou’s cultural travels, most people first encounter her through her poetry. One small measure of that influence can be found on YouTube, where dozens of scrappy tribute performances of her many classics have accumulated over the years.

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Maya Angelou: a hymn to human endurance

Maya Angelou: a hymn to human endurance | Biblio | Scoop.it

Remembering a life of relentless creativity.

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How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now

How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now | Biblio | Scoop.it

Even if you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play, you’ll have used one of his words or phrases. Hephzibah Anderson explains his genius – and enduring influence.

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Killed the mockingbird? American classics cut from British reading list

Killed the mockingbird? American classics cut from British reading list | Biblio | Scoop.it

U.K. Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 26, 7:04 PM

Very stupid and shortsighted policy.   We should be exposing students to a full range of literary experience and that means including authors from other parts of the world. 

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Meet the man who remade Middle Earth

Meet the man who remade Middle Earth | Biblio | Scoop.it

Ethan Gilsdorf interviews John Howe, Tolkien Illustrator and Conceptual Designer of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogies.

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