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1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills

1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In 1849 a guide for young ladies warned against reading novels, which makes you "weak-headed, nervous and good for nothing" - and has even proved fatal.

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Did you know reading novels could be so dangerous?

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, January 31, 2014 7:46 AM

Is it much wonder that people don't realize what they are capable of with this type of brainwashing?

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:39 PM

One can't believe everything on reads. 

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Sylvia Plath reads 15 poems from her final collection ‘Ariel’ in 1962

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Sylvia Plath reads 15 poems from her final collection 'Ariel'. The poems have been arranged in chronological order of composition, from recordings made in 1962.
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Perumal Murugan And the Politics of Literary Oppression

Perumal Murugan And the Politics of Literary Oppression | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Perumal Murugan could never have imagined that he would have to end his literary career with an announcement to the effect that the writer in him had died.
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Perumal Murugan And the Politics of Literary Oppression. A writer in India forced to publicly "commit suicide" as a writer under pressure from religious extremists.

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2015 Longlist | The Frank O'Connor

The Cork City – Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award is an annual award of €25,000 and is currently the world’s richest prize for a short story collection. The award is in memory of the late Frank O’Connor, one of the world’s most renowned short story writers. The award, organised by the Munster Literature Centre and funded by Cork City Council and the School of English University College Cork,  is presented in O’Connor’s hometown of Cork, Ireland, at the end of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival. The prize is awarded to the author of the book judged to be the best collection of stories published in English for the first time anywhere in the world in the twelve months between a first publication date of between July 1st of the prior year and June 30th of the current year. In 2015 we will be presenting the award for the eleventh time.

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Fred Stenson's curator insight, April 29, 11:28 AM

17 Canadian collections on the long list for the Frank O'Connor--including Diane Schoemperlen who is listed as USA. Oh dear.

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The Books All Your Cool Friends Are Reading

The Books All Your Cool Friends Are Reading | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Don't be left out of those brunch convos.
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Nice list of current favourites.

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Günter Grass, Nobel-winning German novelist, dies aged 87

Günter Grass, Nobel-winning German novelist, dies aged 87 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Author of The Tin Drum and figure of enduring controversy
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Goodbye Gunther Grass. The Tin Drum is one of my favourite ever books.

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Explore Shakespeare's London With This Interactive 16th Century Map

Explore Shakespeare's London With This Interactive 16th Century Map | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The project brings 16th century London into the present.  
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Sara Rosett's curator insight, April 10, 5:24 PM

Love anything with maps, so I'm in....

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 22, 2:22 AM

Explore old London... create a treasure hunt... hide clues... have fun! Learn English!!

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Literary critic James Wood: ‘I’m taking a religious view of an earthly form’

Literary critic James Wood: ‘I’m taking a religious view of an earthly form’ | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
James Wood’s new book tells how novels gave him freedom to think when he was growing up. Has he become an evangelist for literature?
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Fred Stenson's curator insight, April 5, 11:47 AM

There's a Canadian connection, if you dig really hard.

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How to find time to read

How to find time to read | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
“Every moment of serious reading has to be fought for, planned for.”
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I have my reading hour in the mornings, listen to audio books when I walk, have another book on the dining table for odd moments. Still not enough time to read esp as I am a really slow reader.

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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 best of multi-award-winning crime writer Ruth Rendell: 10 to read, watch and listen to

The best of multi-award-winning crime writer Ruth Rendell: 10 to read, watch and listen to | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

RT @iansuth: The best of Ruth Rendell: 10 to read, watch and listen to #thrillers http://t.co/g3kuH2Aakt


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Ruth Rendell, crime writer - obituary

Ruth Rendell, crime writer - obituary | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Crime writer who refashioned the whodunnit and whose Inspector Wexford mysteries became a television favourite
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Ah no.  Love this lady.  Especially her short crime stories.

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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 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
I read two books explicitly written for expectant parents when I was pregnant. The first was a worn paperback lent to me by my doula, which, through unflinching detail, prepared me for the natural ...
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But don't whatever you do, give them Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child or Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is. | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
White authors reign in book reviews, bestseller lists, literary awards and Amazon.com recommendations.
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2015 Shortlist | International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2015 Shortlist | International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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Smashing list.  Loved Harvest and am grateful for the poke to read the rest.

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Feeding the Hunger – female writers are storming the male citadels of sci-fi

Feeding the Hunger – female writers are storming the male citadels of sci-fi | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
• Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho Coming in autumn, this tale of the only black sorcerer in a regency world reads like a post-colonial take on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
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Malaysian author Zen Cho gets a mention.

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Why Are So Many People Snobby About Fantasy Fiction?

Why Are So Many People Snobby About Fantasy Fiction? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro discusses the literary bias against fantasy In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.
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100 Best Books of the Decade So Far

100 Best Books of the Decade So Far | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Every great book resonates in its pursuit of some kind of truth. Here are the 100 books from the past half-decade that do that best.
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A nice reminder about some of the best recent books.

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 9, 12:04 PM

A good list. They had me at "Just Kids" by Patti Smith

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ULYS-James Joyce's 'Ulysses' in 5 minutes of animation

James Joyce's 'Ulysses' in 5 minutes of animation

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Readers Door's curator insight, April 1, 10:46 AM

This is an amazing animation of Ulysses.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 4, 11:52 AM

This is fun! A quick read:-) Great drawings.

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8 Books You Need to Read This April

8 Books You Need to Read This April | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations, and you should read as many of them as possible.
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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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Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, April 3, 8:40 PM

How exciting it must be to be picked as a finalist. Congratulations to all..

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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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BJ Neary's curator insight, March 22, 4:52 PM

Many great benefits to reading:)