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Mo Yan says censorship is necessary

Mo Yan says censorship is necessary | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

(Disappointing. And I'm wondering if the Nobel committee might now be regretting their choice.)

 

The Nobel literature winner has been oft-criticized for his relationship with China's Communist Party VIDEO...

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25 Books to Read Before You Die: World Edition by Powell's Staff

25 Books to Read Before You Die: World Edition by Powell's Staff | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
For our third annual list, we sought to highlight literature that exposes readers to cultures and ways of life that may be different from their own.
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Exactly As Advertised: Books That Wonderfully Meet Expectations

Exactly As Advertised: Books That Wonderfully Meet Expectations | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Books that are just as good as people say they are.
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What’s Wrong with Only Reading Half a Book? — Electric Literature

What’s Wrong with Only Reading Half a Book? — Electric Literature | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Last month, the e-reading company Kobo revealed which books its users read to completion.
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Man Booker prize judges reveal 2016 longlist

Man Booker prize judges reveal 2016 longlist | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Two-time winner JM Coetzee’s latest book is on list along with little-reviewed crime thriller by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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2016 Man Booker Dozen The 2016 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is: Author (nationality) - Title (imprint) Paul Beatty (US) - The Sellout (Oneworld) J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) - The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker) A.L. Kennedy (UK) - Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape) Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton) Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project (Contraband) Ian McGuire (UK) - The North Water (Scribner UK) David Means (US) - Hystopia (Faber & Faber) Wyl Menmuir (UK) -The Many (Salt) Ottessa Moshfegh (US) - Eileen (Jonathan Cape) Virginia Reeves (US) - Work Like Any Other (Scribner UK) Elizabeth Strout (US) - My Name Is Lucy Barton (Viking) David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape) Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)
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Overlooked Appalachian Lit: Six Contemporary Southern Books Everyone Should Read — Electric Literature

Overlooked Appalachian Lit: Six Contemporary Southern Books Everyone Should Read — Electric Literature | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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Here are six books by contemporary writers with roots in Kentucky, east Tennessee, West Virginia, and upstate South…
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Stop pushing the same 'classic' books on children and trust modern writing

Stop pushing the same 'classic' books on children and trust modern writing | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The BBC’s #LoveToRead poll has produced a thoroughly predictable list, which risks making a wider world of reading a closed book to youngsters
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Summer reading 2016 

Summer reading 2016  | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Alec Russell Editor of FT Weekend I will shamelessly abuse my position and plump for two outstanding novels. Robert Harris’s Dictator (Arrow), the third and finest of his Cicero trilogy, is a pitiless and masterful dissection of the way ideals,
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Summer reading 2016 from the Financial Times
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Dystopian Ukraine novel, written on Facebook during protests, gets English translation

Dystopian Ukraine novel, written on Facebook during protests, gets English translation | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Kaharlyk by Oleh Shynkarenko, a novel that began as Facebook posts to evade censors, tells story of man whose brain is controlled by Russian army
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US author Richard Ford wins Spanish literature prize

US author Richard Ford wins Spanish literature prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

U.S. writer Richard Ford, author of the widely acclaimed novel "Independence Day," has won Spain's prestigious Asturias prize for literature in recognition of his contribution to American letters.  

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Akhil Sharma wins €100,000 Dublin International literary award

Akhil Sharma wins €100,000 Dublin International literary award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Family Life, his autobiographical novel, is praised by judges as ‘the highest form of achievement in literature’ but the winner has some humbler aspirations
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Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2016

Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2016 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist for 2016 has been announced. Congratulations to the shortlisted authors and publishers – and an extra special hurrah to our own St Kilda bookseller A.S. Patrić!

To celebrate the shortlist we’re offering a…
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Alain de Botton on why romantic novels can make us unlucky in love

Alain de Botton on why romantic novels can make us unlucky in love | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Alain de Botton explores how our attitudes to love are shaped by romantic yet unrealistic novels in this exclusive essay
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How Giving Away 1,000 Books Made Me Love Reading Again

How Giving Away 1,000 Books Made Me Love Reading Again | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Newly energized in my reading, the only limit is my time, not my desire to collect more books only to squirrel them away in a box.
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Book up for a longer life: readers die later, study finds

Book up for a longer life: readers die later, study finds | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Survey of more than 3,500 people finds that reading books – markedly more than periodicals – appears to deliver a noticeable ‘survival advantage’
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Not the Booker prize (very) longlist 2016: votes, please!

Not the Booker prize (very) longlist 2016: votes, please! | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
If you felt this year’s Man Booker selection was not broad enough, get a load of ours. And help decide which books make the shortlist
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Vote for the books that didn't make it to the Booker longest. (This alternative completion always shows up reads every bit as good as those that did make it.)
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Man Booker prize 2016: who will make the longlist?

Man Booker prize 2016: who will make the longlist? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
There are a lot of contenders, with new work from Ian McEwan, Don DeLillo and Jonathan Safran Foer all in the running. Who do you think will get on – and who should?
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Some smashing smashing books that might well make the Booker longest. Really looking forward to trying to read as many as possible before the winner is announced.)
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The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years

The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
When Parade asked me to compile a list of the best 75 books to celebrate the magazine’s 75th anniversary, my first answer was, “Not a chance!” I could picture the mountains of furious letters complaining about all the great works of literature I’d left off. But when I asked the staff at Parnassus Books, the [...]
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The Center for Fiction Announces the 2016 First Novel Prize Long List  

The Center for Fiction Announces the 2016 First Novel Prize Long List   | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Center for Fiction has announced the long list for the 2016 First Novel Prize. The winner of the prize will receive $10,000. Previous…
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12 Great Authors Pick Their Essential American Book

12 Great Authors Pick Their Essential American Book | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Here are 12 great American books recommended by some of today's bestselling authors.
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Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller

Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Shared reading in groups reduces isolation and can transform the lives even of residents with dementia
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Reading books and talking about them good for the elderly ... and the rest of us.
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Top 10 books to make you a better person

Top 10 books to make you a better person | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better
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Ten books to read in May

Ten books to read in May | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.
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Translated fiction sells better in the UK than English fiction, research finds

Translated fiction sells better in the UK than English fiction, research finds | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Survey commissioned by the Man Booker International prize finds authors including Elena Ferrante and Haruki Murakami are driving a boom in UK sales of translated literary fiction
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Who would have thought it?
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