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Women's National Book Association awards Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library #books #news

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23
As a part of the celebration of its centennial this year, the Women's National Book Association has awarded the WNBA Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library. The award, which carries a $5,000 grant, honors "an organization that supports the power of reading, past, present, and into the future,"

The Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes reading for all ages, but especially children, by building free book exchanges.

Founded in 2009 in Hudson, Wis., by Todd Bol to honor his mother, a schoolteacher, the Little Free Library promotes the building of free book exchanges. There are now more than 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide, in all 50 states and 70 countries.

after eight years there are more than 50,000 libraries in more than 70 countries, where millions of books are exchanged every year.

British Library will publish two new Harry Potter books in October

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 05:00
The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published by Bloomsbury in the UK (and presumably Scholastic in the USA) in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series.

The library exhibition titled, "A History of Magic," featuring the two books will be open from October 2017 to February 2018.

The books, both by the British Library, include unseen sketches and manuscript pages from author J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and artifacts from the archives at the library.

J.K. Rowling, in a statement on the Pottermore website, called A History of Magic an "adult edition" and Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic "a family edition for younger readers."

A ray of optimism from Washington for library budgets

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:11
The budget battle is kicking up again in Washington, but this time with a note of optimism for libraries and library supporters. Last week, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to recommend level funding for libraries in FY2018, which would mean roughly $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

The vote comes after President Trump in May doubled down on his call to eliminate IMLS and virtually all federal funding for libraries, as well as a host of other vital agencies.

Novelist Junot Díaz to publish a picture book

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:00
By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

But even by Mr. Díaz's glacial standards, his latest book, Islandborn (March 2018, Dial Books), will be long overdue — about 20 years past deadline. And it's a mere 48 pages long.

According to the New York Times, Islandborn "engages with many of the same themes that Mr. Díaz has wrestled with in his fiction: immigration and identity, the weight of collective memory, and feelings of displacement and belonging." ...

The Drifter wins International Thriller Writer's First Novel Award

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 05:00
This year's International Thriller Writers' annual awards have been presented to:
Hardcover: Before the Fall, Noah Hawley
First Novel: The Drifter, Nicholas Petrie
Paperback Original: The Body Reader, Anne Frasier
eBook Original: Romeo's Way, James Scott Bell

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident who won Nobel Peace Prize while in jail dies aged 61

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:09
Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away, died under guard in a hospital on Thursday. He was 61.

Beatles Mark 'Yellow Submarine' 50th Anniversary With Comic Book

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 04:13
For the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, the Apple Corporation is authorizing a comic book adaptation of the classic film with Titan Comics. The book is slated for release in 2018.

Bertelsmann ups PRH stake to 75%

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 05:00
In a move that had been expected, Bertelsmann has increased its stake in Penguin Random House. After the deal is completed in September, Bertelsmann will have a 75% share of PRH with Pearson controlling the remaining 25%.

Spencer Johnson, author of <i>Who Moved My Cheese</i> and <i>The One-Minute Manager</i>, dies aged 78

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 05:00
Spencer Johnson, a onetime physician and children's book author, whose best-selling books on business management, including "The One-Minute Manager" and "Who Moved My Cheese?," sold millions of copies and inspired a cultlike following, died July 3 at a hospital in Encinitas, Calif. He was 78.

Lost Maurice Sendak picture book to be published next year

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 13:53
An unpublished picture book by Maurice Sendak has been found hidden deep in his archives, five years after his death. The typewritten manuscript and illustrations, co-authored by Sendak's longtime collaborator Arthur Yorinks, were discovered in Connecticut by Lynn Caponera, president of the Maurice Sendak Foundation. Caponera was Sendak's housekeeper, assistant and friend for many years.

Titled Presto and Zesto in Limboland, the illustrations were created in 1990 to accompany a London Symphony Orchestra performance of Leoš Janácek's Ríkadla, a 1927 composition that set Czech nursery rhymes to music.

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