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Excellent Edwardian novels you can read right now

Excellent Edwardian novels you can read right now | Biblio | Scoop.it

We’re celebrating the birthday of Scottish author and Edwardian gent J. M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, with an Edwardian reading list. Best of all, you can read these books online right now.

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Writing while Muslim: the freedom to be offended

Writing while Muslim: the freedom to be offended | Biblio | Scoop.it

Rafia Zakaria: If I don’t like the cartoons drawn by Hebdo, then I immediately risk being deemed incapable of objectivity, excluded again, a less than rational being not yet civilized by the values of the Enlightenment. The dominance of this moral majority and its practices of exclusion are celebrated by awards to courage, oiled by privilege, with detractors subjected to accusations of criminality for their dissent.

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How do we get kids reading?

How do we get kids reading? | Biblio | Scoop.it

A bestselling author looks for support to eliminate illiteracy. Share your best thoughts on Twitter, with the #getkidsreading hashtag.

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What we have learned from e-books in 2014

What we have learned from e-books in 2014 | Biblio | Scoop.it

The Publishers Association’s Statistics Yearbook 2014 confirms what we have known for some time, that consumer e-book sales have softened for most trade publishers, with sales growing just 5.3% in 2014, and in the UK alone by 6.8%.

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These eco-friendly books can be planted and grown back into trees

These eco-friendly books can be planted and grown back into trees | Biblio | Scoop.it

To educate children on where books come from, publisher Pequeno Editor and agency FCB Beunos Aires have created eco-friendly books that when planted, will grow back into trees.

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Why I read the most controversial books in print today

Why I read the most controversial books in print today | Biblio | Scoop.it

Mike Harvkey's novel In the Course of Human Events, just out in paperback, takes a scathing, provocative look at American extremism with the story of a regular man lured into the orbit of an extreme right-wing group and its charismatic leader. While researching his novel, Harvkey discovered the darker side of literature.

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Mother's Day: Literature's best and worst mothers

Mother's Day: Literature's best and worst mothers | Biblio | Scoop.it

For Mother’s Day, we asked BBC Culture readers for the literary matriarchs to love and hate. Here are three of each, as chosen by you.

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What are the best children's books on the Second World War?

What are the best children's books on the Second World War? | Biblio | Scoop.it

To mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, children’s authors including Shirley Hughes, Michael Morpurgo, SF Said, Piers Torday and Katherine Rundell, together with children’s books site members, share their favourite books set in or about the Second World War.

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10 books to make you fall in love with Scotland

10 books to make you fall in love with Scotland | Biblio | Scoop.it

The philosophical, the political and the historical - read all about 10 of Scotland’s top, iconic literary works.

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Into the wild: a look at the feral children running through recent fiction

Into the wild: a look at the feral children running through recent fiction | Biblio | Scoop.it

The ostensibly solid barrier between wild animals and civilized humans is being torn apart by a pack of recent American novels and short stories.

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The animated Dostoevsky: two finely crafted short films bring the Russian novelist's work to life

The animated Dostoevsky: two finely crafted short films bring the Russian novelist's work to life | Biblio | Scoop.it

You can experience Dostoevsky in the original. You can experience Dostoevsky in translation. Or how about an experience of Dostoevsky in animation?

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Galadriel, Witch-Queen of Lórien

Galadriel, Witch-Queen of Lórien | Biblio | Scoop.it
Robert T. Tally Jr.: As we learn from her fascinating backstory, Galadriel came to Middle-earth as an unrepentant imperialist.
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Before you start: introductions, forewords, and prefaces

Before you start: introductions, forewords, and prefaces | Biblio | Scoop.it

The distinctions between prefaces, introductions, and forewords are tenuous.

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A lovely illustrated children's book celebrating trailblazing jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams

A lovely illustrated children's book celebrating trailblazing jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams | Biblio | Scoop.it

How an extraordinary woman transformed bullying into beautiful music and came to lift the spirits of millions.

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Your local library is on the front lines against government surveillance

Your local library is on the front lines against government surveillance | Biblio | Scoop.it

The fight for digital privacy has a new front line.

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Snapshot Poetics: Allen Ginsberg's photographic memoir of the Beat era

Snapshot Poetics: Allen Ginsberg's photographic memoir of the Beat era | Biblio | Scoop.it

Allen Ginsberg’s Snapshot Poetics documents many stages in the development of the Beat ethos, from its roots at Columbia University through the cross-country migration to San Francisco.

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11 novels that expectant parents should read instead of parenting books

11 novels that expectant parents should read instead of parenting books | Biblio | Scoop.it

Allison Gibson: If Marilynne Robinson says that 'fiction may be, whatever else, an exercise in the capacity for imaginative love, or sympathy, or identification', then maybe reading about fictional families is a more effective (and certainly more entertaining) way to identify and work through an expectant parent’s anxieties.

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Spring reads for parks and picnics

Spring reads for parks and picnics | Biblio | Scoop.it

A new translation from Anne Carson, a ski chalet murder mystery, a Jonathan Franzen acolyte, and more May books.

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Does post-apocalyptic literature have a (non-dystopian) future?

Does post-apocalyptic literature have a (non-dystopian) future? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.

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May 1945: The English Patient and the many wounds, and warnings of war

May 1945: The English Patient  and the many wounds, and warnings of war | Biblio | Scoop.it

Joseph Cooper: I came to the novel via the film. As a devotee, I read and re-read the novel, which does pose challenges, with shifting scenes and identifications. I was keen on sorting out the story's time frames, explorations, and accusations. I hoped (still hope) to learn how to weave lives and times, as a story-teller. The English Patient continues to be instructive.

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VE Day quiz: Second World War in children's fiction

VE Day quiz: Second World War in children's fiction | Biblio | Scoop.it

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, commonly known as the day that the allies (Britain, France and Russia) defeated Germany in the second world war, we've put together a quiz about books which are set during that time. Have a go if you think you're smart enough...

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What books could be used to rebuild civilization?

What books could be used to rebuild civilization? | Biblio | Scoop.it

One particularly distressing hallmark of late modernity can be characterized as a cultural loss of the future.

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What best-seller lists can tell about authors' potential

What best-seller lists can tell about authors' potential | Biblio | Scoop.it

A comparison of Nook and Kindle ebook best-seller lists in a given genre can indicate which authors show consistently promising performance.

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10 utterly brilliant novels that have one fatal flaw

10 utterly brilliant novels that have one fatal flaw | Biblio | Scoop.it

There’s no such thing as a perfect book — but some books feel as though they could be just about perfect, if they didn’t have one nagging problem. And sometimes, the most wonderful books have the most glaring shortfalls. Here are 10 amazing novels that are each marred by a fatal flaw.

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Akira Kurosawa & Gabriel García Márquez talk about filmmaking (and nuclear bombs) in six hour interview

Akira Kurosawa & Gabriel García Márquez talk about filmmaking (and nuclear bombs) in six hour interview | Biblio | Scoop.it

You know you’re doing something right in your life if the Nobel Prize-winning author of 100 Years of Solitude talks to you like a giddy fan boy.

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