Meet the bookstore that has given away more than 400,000 free books.
*whistles.* Now how about that.
Each year on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the National Education Association holds its annual nationwide reading celebration, Read Across America. The initiative sparked a boost in sales for some of Seuss’s classic titles. Last week, Dr. Seuss books owned 17 of the 25 spots on PW’s Picture Books bestseller list, and four of the top 10 titles on the Overall bestseller list, including the #1 spot, claimed by Green Eggs and Ham. Sales for Green Eggs and Ham more than doubled from the previous week
Man, I hope the NEA got a little kickback for that.
Six debut novelists will compete against writers at the “top of their form” on the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Pretty good list, it seems to me. (This used to be the Orange Prize)
Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.
You know what’s a good way to make a small fortune by doing stuff like this? Start with a large fortune.
Books, books, books!
I had found the secret of a garret room
Piled high with cases in my father’s name;
Piled high, packed large,—where, creeping in and out
Among the giant fossils of my past,
Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs
Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
At this or that box, pulling through the gap,
In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy,
The first book first. And how I felt it beat
Under my pillow, in the morning’s dark,
An hour before the sun would let me read!
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Aurora Leigh”
You know that mix of fear and excitement when you’re about to reread a favorite for the first time. This is about that.
“Soon, he was sure, there would be a study that showed that the mentally ill were actually more attractive than other people. Dating proved it!”
—Lorrie Moore, Bark
Lorrie Moore! True Detective! How could we not reblog?
Dress your bookshelves and your body with the fun finds in Book Fetish.
What literary character is a combination of The Terminator and Samantha from HER? Check your work.
The reading life is supposed to be fun and enriching–what could be better than books?!–so it’s high time we made some new rules. Here are five that apply whether you’re trying to raise lifelong book lovers, enjoy your own reading life, or both.
I might be biased, but this list of “rules-that-aren’t-rules” is pretty great.
Congratulations to the finalists! We’ll announce the winner on April 2, 2014 and the 34th annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Saturday, May 10th.
The PEN/Faulkner Awards are consistently the most idiosyncratic of the major American literary awards. I love ‘em for it.
Last week, student leaders at the University of California, Santa Barbara, passed a resolution urging officials to institute mandatory trigger warnings on class syllabi. Professors who present “content that may trigger the onset of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” would be required to issue advance alerts and allow students to skip those classes.
Now this is a tricky one, indeed.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today announced a new addition to its renowned Best American Series®. THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY will launch in October 2015 with John Joseph Adams as series editor and Joe Hill as the inaugural guest editor.
This is cool, though I’m quite surprised it didn’t exist in the line-up already.