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It is clear that diversity is not a priority for ReedPop and BEA. Either they are not thinking about it at all, or they are actively choosing against diversity because they believe they can make more money with an all-white line-up. These are not our values at Book Riot, and so we will not be supporting, promoting, participating in, covering, or encouraging our community to attend BookCon. We can’t control ReedPop and BEA’s choices, but we can control this. No diversity = no support.
I felt possessed by Geek Love even as I was reading it. Not in that “I pick up this book every time I have five free minutes and I’m not going to sleep until I get to that very last page where the publishing company gives you a brief history of the novel’s typeface” kind of way (although that is absolutely how I read this book and all books I like). As in even when I wasn’t reading this book I was thinking about it, and when I was reading this book I could feel it seep into my skin. I actually at one point remember thinking while reading, “This book no longer exists on the surface of my skin. It’s sunk in. I can’t brush it off, scrape it clean, rub it away, you can’t do those things to something that’s managed to worm its way inside of you.”

Ohhhh it’s a beautiful day for Book Fetish!

Critical Linking: April 23, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

Heckuva list for some summer reading ideas.

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And having already gifted Amber Heard a stunner, Johnny Depp is now showering his fiancée with the most romantic of gifts. As she turned 28 on Tuesday the actor presented his love with a gigantic bouquet of roses, a delicious-looking cake and a trip to a popular New York City bookstore on Tuesday – no doubt to pick out some poetry.

I always wondered what it would take for me to link to a gossip rag. I found out.

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Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer’s compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.

Gabo is dead. Long live Gabo!

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Now, two New York City booksellers say they have found one of those books. And it’s not just any guide: This is William Shakespeare’s dictionary, owned and annotated by the man himself.

This is wild stuff.

Critical Linking: April 22, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

In an annual rite of National Library Week, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom this week released its Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, this year led by children’s book series Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey.

Man, there are a lot of dumb reasons to challenge a book on this list. For example, that people challenge a book because of “homosexuality” is one of those things my grandchildren aren’t going to believe.

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If paperbacks were going to succeed in America, they would need a new model. De Graff, for his part, was well acquainted with the economics of books. He knew that printing costs were high because volumes were low—an average hardcover print run of 10,000 might cost 40 cents per copy. With only 500 bookstores in the U.S., most located in major cities, low demand was baked into the equation.

Awesome overview of the invention of the paperback. (side note: only 500 bookstores in the US in 1939.)

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This is an interesting moment for used books. People are paying more and more for special ones. In just the last year, the average price for rare books at auction jumped 7%, according to the Americana Exchange.

That’s a significant jump.

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Hundreds of Meridian, Idaho, high school students signed a protest petition when their local school board banned Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian’ from their 10th-grade curriculum. But a private fund-raising drive, organized by two Washington women, has now raised enough money to buy a copy of the novel for every one of the 350 students who protested the curriculum ban.

These are the two best book people in the country this week. And it’s going to take an effort to take the 2014 crown from them.

Do you remember how you first encountered Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work?

Sexual harassment is an issue with any profession, and librarianship is no different. All of us – women, men, transgender, everyone – deserve to feel safe and secure in our places of work. These playful little comments alluding to our sexuality or what we do behind closed doors or what we wear when we’re not in the library? They can turn out to be not so playful. At the very least, they are awkward and uncomfortable. At their worst, they are dangerous. It’s harmless until it isn’t, and the line is just too easy to cross.
Critical Linking: April 21, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

25 Essential Graphic Novels

I could do without the “essential” hyperbole, but this is a good list of graphic novels.

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The planned biopic of Ian Fleming, the man of course who created James Bond 007, has had one or two bumps over the past few years. At one stage, Duncan Jones was set to direct, until his commitment to the Warcraft movie ruled out his involvement. However, the project – based on the 2009 biography of Fleming written by Andrew Lycett – is still going. And now Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with the lead role.

Might never get the Cumberbatch as 007, but this would be pretty dang close.

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Are we doing our son a disservice by allowing him to become a deep and engaged reader? Are we raising a child for the 19th century rather than the 21st, training him on the harpsichord for an Auto-Tune world? 

A classic case of a link-bait headline that doesn’t actually make any kind of sense.

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The bookshop’s fight-back in the digital age gathers pace. Waterstones is to open its first new store in six years “designed for the 21st century,” which follows news that the growth in ebook sales is set to slow.

Seems like maybe the UK has hit a bottom, and a bounce, in its trajectory of bookstores.