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13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real

13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
It's no secret Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and George Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans. But you may not realize that Ayn Rand, Pablo Neruda and George Orwell are also noms de plume.
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On 7 Stories within Stories

On 7 Stories within Stories | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

RT @BookishHQ: From Jodi Picoult to Neil Gaiman, seven frame stories you should read http://t.co/8pHukEpN2A


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Akhil Sharma wins Folio prize for fiction

Akhil Sharma wins Folio prize for fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Indian-American writer’s winning book, Family Life, which took him 13 years to complete, is praised by head judge as ‘a masterful novel of distilled complexity’
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Is this the final chapter for London's independent bookshops?

Is this the final chapter for London's independent bookshops? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Driven from the city by rising rents and online competition, a little over 100 independent bookstores remain. How much of the capital’s character is being lost with the closure of these cultural institutions?
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The Royal Society of Literature Announces V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2015

The Royal Society of Literature Announces V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2015 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

 The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the seventeenth V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize. This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s warmth of feeling and mastery of narrative."

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Closing date: 22 June

Open to entries from UK, Ireland, and Commonwealth countries

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Marilynne Robinson wins National Book Critics Circle fiction prize

Marilynne Robinson wins National Book Critics Circle fiction prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila” won the fiction prize from the National Book Critics Circle on Thursday night in New York. Her exquisite story about a poor woman who marries a small-town minister in Iowa is the final volume of a celebrated trilogy that began with “Gilead,” which won the NBCC fiction prize in 2005 ?”

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Mohana Gill joins Best of the Best, World Gourmand Awards

Mohana Gill joins Best of the Best, World Gourmand Awards | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Cookbook author and healthy eating advocate Mohana Gill will be honoured at this year's World Gourmand Awards, Best of the Best celebration, Frankfurt Book Fair 2015.
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Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16

Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Roald Dahl is still king of children's literature according to a survey for World Book Day
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Five Books That Are Also Labyrinths

Five Books That Are Also Labyrinths | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Five books that challenge our understanding of narrative structure, and invite us to participate in the making of the story.
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The Folio Prize announces 2015 shortlist

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Monday 9 February 2015: Judges of The Folio Prize 2015 have today announced the eight titles on the much anticipated shortlist.

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Shortlist:

10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta)
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber)
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta)
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta)
Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber)
How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (Viking)
Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber)

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Keen to check these out

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Harper Lee: The Sadness of a Sequel

Harper Lee: The Sadness of a Sequel | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The announcement that the author will publish a new novel is thrilling to fans—but also contradicts what the author has long said she wants.
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Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
To Kill a Mockingbird" will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, "Go Set a Watchman" is essentially a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," although it was finished earlier. The 304-page book will be Lee's second, and the first new work in more than 50 years.
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Helen Macdonald wins 2014 Costa book award for ‘haunting’ H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald wins 2014 Costa book award for ‘haunting’ H is for Hawk | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

‘Scalpel-like prose’ of book exploring grief, love and nature hailed by Costa book award panel members in £30,000 win


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The Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists’ List Announced | The Man Booker Prizes

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists’ List Announced | The Man Booker Prizes | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration for the sixth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.

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Only heard of Amitav Ghosh. Still there could be some very interesting discoveries to be made here.

The ten authors on the list are:

César Aira (Argentina)Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)Mia Couto (Mozambique)Amitav Ghosh (India)Fanny Howe (United States of America)Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya)László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)

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Book smart; the unexpected health benefits of being an avid reader

Book smart; the unexpected health benefits of being an avid reader | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Unlike cheese boards or sunbathing, reading is one of life's few pleasures that comes with actual health benefits.

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Many great benefits to reading:)

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How Genre Fiction Became More Important Than Literary Fiction

How Genre Fiction Became More Important Than Literary Fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

The book war is over. The aliens, dragons, and detectives won.


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Sara Rosett's curator insight, March 17, 10:40 AM

Have to agree here that genre fiction is the new black. :) 

 

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Why great novels don't get noticed now

Why great novels don't get noticed now | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
'Dear Thief’ was one of the best novels published last year. So why haven’t you heard of it? Gaby Wood meets its author, Samantha Harvey
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Fred Stenson's curator insight, March 14, 1:40 PM

From this article:  "Not so long ago, everyone thought the main threat to publishing was the ebook. But that hasn’t turned out be true: ebooks have been predominantly aimed at commercial fiction, and have, for the most part, worked well. The much greater difficulty, now that bookshops are in decline and newspapers have increasingly little space, is how to tell readers books exist at all."

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Australia's Leading Literary Prize for Women Writers: The Stella 2015 Shortlist

Australia's Leading Literary Prize for Women Writers: The Stella 2015 Shortlist | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Emily Bitto and Ellen Van Neerven named on six-strong list for Australia’s leading literary award for women writers


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Baileys Prize reveals book longlist

Baileys Prize reveals book longlist | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

The longlist for the 20th annual Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction includes five debut novels and an author nominated for her 20th book.

Ali Smith, Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk, Samantha Harvey and Xiaolu Guo are among the eight authors who have been shortlisted for the prize previously.

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This year's longlist in full:

Rachel Cusk - Outline

Lissa Evans - Crooked Heart

Patricia Ferguson - Aren't We Sisters?

Xiaolu Guo - I Am China

Samantha Harvey - Dear Thief

Emma Healey - Elizabeth is Missing

Emily St John Mandel - Station Eleven

Grace McCleen - The Offering

Sandra Newman - The Country of Ice Cream Star

 Heather O'Neill - The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Laline Paull - The Bees

Marie Phillips - The Table of Less Valued Knights

Rachel Seiffert - The Walk Home

Kamila Shamsie - A God in Every Stone

Ali Smith - How to be Both

Sara Taylor - The Shore

Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread

Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests

Jemma Wayne - After Before

PP Wong - The Life of a Banana

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Canadians on the list:  Emily St. John Mandel and Heather O'Neill.

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17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting

17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying "very few [long] novels earn their length." Certainly it seems like a novel has to be a minimum of 500 pages to win a major li...
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Ten books to read in March

Ten books to read in March | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The first novel in 10 years from Kazuo Ishiguru, a reimagining of Wuthering Heights and other reads Jane Ciabattari says should sit on your bookshelf.
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Reading Addict: The Scientific Effects Of A Damn Good Book On Your Brain

Reading Addict: The Scientific Effects Of A Damn Good Book On Your Brain | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
This is your brain; this is your brain on books.
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The History of “Loving” to Read

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For a long time, people didn’t love literature. They read with their heads, not their hearts.


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AC Grayling versus Michael Hofmann: Booker Prize chairman goes to war with critic over scathing review

AC Grayling versus Michael Hofmann: Booker Prize chairman goes to war with critic over scathing review | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
It was lauded by almost every reviewer, and won the coveted Booker Prize for fiction.
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Being a Better Online Reader

Being a Better Online Reader | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.

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AugusII's curator insight, February 1, 9:27 PM

BETTER READING LESS BEING DECEIVED PROBABILITY

Linda Mercer's curator insight, February 2, 12:12 PM

I think it's harder to read ebooks than printed books. But what about children wired at the start to read electronically?

Erica Bilder's curator insight, February 6, 4:05 AM

How the medium matters in deep digital reading and how we can improve on it.