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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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Arts Council announces longlist for Irish laureate award

Arts Council announces longlist for  Irish laureate award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Eligible writers include Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle, Donal Ryan and Eimear McBride
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What is Literature for? - YouTube

What is Literature for? - YouTube | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Why should we spend our time reading novels and poems when, out there, big things are going on? 

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7 Horror Books Scarier than Any Movie

7 Horror Books Scarier than Any Movie | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Scary movies are undeniably terrifying... but horror books are the understated devils of the horror industry. Read these books just in time for Halloween!
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I would add:

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Also worth a mention:
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Little stranger by Sarah Waters

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, October 6, 11:09 PM

It's that time if year. do you want to be scared?

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Stephen King: 'I Think Books Are Going To Be Here For A Long, Long Time'

Stephen King: 'I Think Books Are Going To Be Here For A Long, Long Time' | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
At one time, Stephen King was on the cutting edge of ebook technology as one of the first big-name writers to release his works digitally. But for all the "bells and whistles" ebooks have, King says, nothing will be able to replace a physic...
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Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books

Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because...
Sharon Bakar's insight:

"...the YA and “new adult” boom may mean fewer teens aspire to grown-up reading..."

 

There's nothing wrong with adults reading YA novels.  But there is something wrong if those are the only novels adults read.

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National Book Award fiction long list arrives early

National Book Award fiction long list arrives early | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The National Book Foundation's plan to release the news of its fiction long list Thursday morning was foiled by news outlets that posted the list Wednesday afternoon. With the embargo broken, we bring you the list now; it includes a National Book Award winner, two National Book Award finalists, and a debut novelist who happens to be a popular musician.
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The fiction long list:

Rabih Alameddine, "An Unnecessary Woman"

Molly Antopol, "The UnAmericans" 

John Darnielle, "Wolf in White Van" 

Anthony Doerr, "All the Light We Cannot See" 

Phil Klay, "Redeployment" 

Emily St. John Mandel, "Station Eleven"
Elizabeth McCracken, "Thunderstruck & Other Stories" 

Richard Powers, "Orfeo" 

Marilynne Robinson, "Lila" 

Jane Smiley, "Some Luck" 

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10 Experimental Novels That Are Worth the Effort

10 Experimental Novels That Are Worth the Effort | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Today marks the US publication of Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, a highly experimental, Joycean novel that, despite the fact that modern readers often eschew difficulty, has been h...


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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?


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INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Ever wondered how long it takes to read The Great Gatsby (2.62 hours) compared to Atlas Shrugged (31.22 hours)? If so, you'll like this infographic by Personal Creations. It's similar to an infogra...
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Man Booker prize 2014: get to know the shortlist – in pictures

Man Booker prize 2014: get to know the shortlist – in pictures | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Meet the six authors in contention ahead of the final verdict on 14 October
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Eleanor Catton nominated for 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize

Eleanor Catton nominated for 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is the world's biggest literary award for young writers
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Shortlist:

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May

Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

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London's book benches – readers' photos

London's book benches – readers' photos | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Visitors to London this summer have had an extra attraction to seek out – book-shaped benches scattered across the capital. Not only are they are a beautiful tribute to some of the best London-themed literature, but they are raising money for a great cause. Here is a selection of the photos you shared with us.
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Aren't these magical?

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23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now

23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In a fair world, these critically acclaimed authors would be rocking the bestseller list. If you haven't discovered them yet, our Books Editor has set you up for some incredibly memorable reads.
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I'm confessing ignorance for all but Stuart Dybeck.  Time to explore.

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The future of the book

The future of the book | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Essay on the future of the book - choose the format that suits you best.


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 16, 10:59 PM

Thanks to Dr. Richard Lynch.

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Author Peter Carey turns to the ‘crime’ of Whitlam dismissal in new book, Amnesia

Author Peter Carey turns to the ‘crime’ of Whitlam dismissal in new book, Amnesia | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
HE’S written about conmen, hoaxers, liars, thieves, bush­rangers and killers, but Peter Carey’s new novel prosecutes the Australian “crime’’ he considers one of the worst: the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor government.
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Great to hear of a new Carey novel but hope I like it better than the dull Parrot & Oliver.

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The Books We Talk About (and Those We Don't) by Tim Parks

The Books We Talk About (and Those We Don't) by Tim Parks | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
What is the social function of the novel? Conversation. A shared subject of discussion. Something complex for minds to meet around.
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The books that become part of the conversation.

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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books
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Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly

Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Digital publishers have gotten better at creating e-books that preserve a poet’s meticulous formatting, but some writers are still leery of surrendering their work to the digital realm.
Sharon Bakar's insight:

This is good news for poetry lovers - including me!

 

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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.
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Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children

Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Facebook's data scientists crunched the numbers on a meme you've probably seen going around.


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The American novels that should have won the Booker prize

Britain’s top literary award includes American titles for the first time this year. We asked top writers and critics which novels should have won had US authors been eligible throughout the prize’s history
Sharon Bakar's insight:

The comments are very interesting. This is the first year American novels have been entered for the Booker Prize. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News should definitely have won a (hypothetical) Booker, as should Cormac McCarthy (but for which novel? Everyone seems to rate Blood Meridian highest -  haven't read it yet.  But love The road, no Country for Old Men and All The Pretty Horses). There are just so many great American novels and this piece provides us with a very nice reading list.

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist is revealed

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist is revealed | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith are today, Tuesday 9 September, announced as the shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. - See more at: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-prize-fiction-2014-shortlist-revealed#sthash.aBHPvlMp.dpuf
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BBC - Radio 4 to make first ever dramatisation of Good Omens

BBC - Radio 4 to make first ever dramatisation of Good Omens | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
It’s the end of the world - just not quite how we might be expecting it - but then this is Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s version of Armageddon.
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The politics of fiction

The politics of fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
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