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Countryside Cop Runs Bookmobile For Village Kids In Sri Lanka

A couple of times each week, Mahinda Dasanayaka, a 32-year-old child protection officer in the tea-growing mountains northeast of Colombo, packs up his motorbike with children’s books and brings them to villages too small and remote ever to get a public library. And the kids line up to meet him. – AP
Tags: Art, Words, Sri Lanka, Colombo, 11.27.20, Mahinda Dasanayaka

Publishers Back Replacing BookExpo

Among the criticisms of the old BookExpo was that it was too expensive and had lost its way in trying to be all things to all people. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, BookExpo, 12.02.20

Secret To A Great Book? Mood

Horror is a mood, one of the most under-appreciated, under-discussed literary devices available to writers. And because horror is a mood, it’s subjective and transcends the limits of specific tropes or themes within a book—horror can be part and parcel of fantasy novels, mysteries or thrillers, literary fiction, and historical fiction. – Book Riot
Tags: Art, Words, 11.30.20

Merriam-Webster And Have The Same Word Of The Year For 2020, And It’s No Surprise

Both sites base their choice on search statistics, and the clear leader was, of course, pandemic. (Coronavirus was close behind.) – Mic
Tags: Art, Words, 11.30.20

BookExpo And BookCon Are No More

“The pandemic arrived at a time in the life cycle of BookExpo and BookCon where we were already examining the restructure of our events to best meet our community’s needs.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, BookCon, 12.01.20

Objections To Giant Publishing Mega-Merger

In a statement on Wednesday, the Authors Guild laid out its opposition to the proposed deal. The sale “would mean that the combined publishing house would account for approximately 50% of all trade books published, creating a huge imbalance in the U.S. publishing industry,” the Guild said. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Guild, Authors Guild, 11.30.20, Giant Publishing Mega Merger

Magazine Slammed For Performance Of Audio Narration

“The first line identifies the writer as a “southern Black woman who stands in the long shadow of the Civil Rights Movement.” The essay itself appeared in Fireside on Nov. 24 and an audio version was published alongside it. Despite the topic and its author, the person who narrated the audio recording was a young, White male voice actor who spoke in an accent that listeners interpreted as something that would appear in a minstrel show.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Civil rights movement, White, 11.28.20

America’s First Science-Fiction Novel Is Now 200 Years Old — But Who Wrote It?

Symzonia; Voyage of Discovery, published in 1820, follows a ship-captain/seal hunter to the South Pole (still undiscovered at the time), where there’s a portal to the interior of Earth (which is hollow), where lives a different race of beings. It’s a satire of colonialism and American self-regard, though a few newspaper writers at the time thought the book was non-fiction. But Symzonia was published anonymously — and here Paul Collins, with the help of JGAAP software, works out who the likely a...
Tags: Art, America, Earth, Words, Paul Collins, 11.28.20, Voyage of Discovery, Symzonia

Why Do Rich Companies Sponsor Lit Prizes In Which They Get Criticized?

Why do the rich and powerful pay for this to happen? Do they not know that they are sponsoring people who are critical of the very structures and processes that enable their own wealth and power? Why help artists, writers, filmmakers gain new audiences? Why give them prizes? –Scroll In
Tags: Art, Words, 11.20.20

A Century Of The Widening Gyre

One hundred years after the last massive, worldwide pandemic, Yeats’ poem feels close at hand. “I would scarcely call ‘The Second Coming’ a holiday poem. But it makes you feel that that a page of history is about to flip: one epoch is about to give birth to another.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, Yeats, 11.28.20

After Nearly 13,000 Authors Protest, Amazon Adjusts Royalty-Snagging Audible Policy

Readers could return an audiobook if they’d bought it less than 365 days earlier, and the royalties from the audiobook would come out of the author’s next paycheck. What the heck? Some authors say it’s more like a library – but without any library royalty payments. Audible has changed the time limit to seven days. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 11.26.20, Authors Protest Amazon

What’s Up With Romance Novel Architecture?

The men in romance novels – whether straight or gay – seem obsessed with open plans. Open plans, big TVs, big sofas. Blame Canada. (Seriously: Blame Canada for HGTV, which led directly to … this.) – Slate
Tags: Art, Canada, Words, Hgtv, 11.27.20

The Worst Kind Of Book Thief

Easily the worst is the kind that steals from a shared heritage in libraries for private sale or just adoration. “It denies everyone the opportunity of having access to that book. Even a rare book bought (or stolen) from a bookshop will end up having just one owner, whereas in a public library that same book is available for anyone who wishes to read it.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 11.27.20

Not Even A Pedophilia Scandal Can Crack France’s Legendarily Clubby Literary World

On the prize committees, those who should feel disgraced give a shrug. Why should they care? “François Busnel, the host of La Grande Librairie, France’s most important television literary program, compared prize juries to the southern Italian mafia. ‘It’s a camorra, particularly the Renaudot,’ he said in a recent interview.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Words, 11.28.20, Legendarily Clubby Literary World, François Busnel, La Grande Librairie France

November linkfest

It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics

Penguin Random House To Buy Simon & Schuster In Publishing Mega-Deal

Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the United States, is owned by the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Adding Simon & Schuster, the third largest publisher, would create a book behemoth, a combination that could trigger antitrust concerns. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Penguin Random House, Simon, 11.25.20, Bertelsmann Adding Simon Schuster

Simon & Schuster – A “Bargain” At $1.7 Billion?

The sale of S&S will be the largest acquisition in North American trade publishing since HarperCollins bought Harlequin in 2014. It will also be one of the few recent transactions in which the revenue of the target company is public and the purchase price may also become public. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Harpercollins, Simon, 11.24.20

Cambridge Discovers That Two Of Charles Darwin’s Notebooks Have Been Missing For Up To 20 Years

“The notebooks were last seen in November 2000 after ‘an internal request’ to remove them from a special manuscripts storeroom to be photographed. They were taken to a temporary studio, … [and] it was only during ‘a routine check’ two months later that it was discovered they were missing.” Librarians at the time evidently assumed the notebooks had been misshelved; they’ve now concluded that the items were stolen. – BBC
Tags: Art, Cambridge, Charles Darwin, Words, 11.24.20

Men’s Books, Women’s Books… Where Do Readers See Themselves?

“Men and women both write every possible kind of book—and yet, when you toss a book out into the marketplace, it will generally find more readers of one sort than the other. Publishers know this and market accordingly. And, if I’m honest, I did get some early indications of where on the spectrum my own book would fall. Over the years, I noticed who brightened up when I described what I was working on and whose eyes tended to glaze over.” – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, Words, 11.14.20, Men 's Books Women 's Books

Why Do So Many Books With Trump In Them Not Name Trump?

Why are novelists not naming this man? The reasons will naturally vary author to author, but it is not fear or superstition, as far as I can tell. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, 11.23.20

My Grandpa Was Part Of The Nazi Language Police

Martin Puchner, Harvard comp lit professor and editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature, writes about Rotwelsch — an amalgam of colloquial German, Yiddish, and Romani spoken for centuries by itinerant people in Central Europe and incomprehensible to outsiders — and about how he discovered that his grandfather, a historian named Karl Puchner, had worked with the Nazi regime to suppress Rotwelsch and keep the German language pure. – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Nazi, Words, Central Europe, Romani, 11.20.20, Nazi Language Police, Martin Puchner Harvard, Norton Anthology of World Literature, Karl Puchner, Rotwelsch

As Book Reviews Disappear From Mainstream Outlets, A Tennessee Nonprofit Fills The Gap

“Humanities Tennessee [has] created something called Chapter 16: a part-digital, part-print publication that covers literature and literary life in the state by doing what almost any other outlet would — running reviews, profiles, interviews, and essays — but also by doing what almost no other outlet could afford to do: giving away its content for free, not only to readers but to any publication of any kind that wants to reproduce it.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Tennessee, Words, 11.22.20

The Differences Between US And European Literary Culture

Critic Lauren Oyler: “To a certain extent in Europe, you’re more likely to be around people who have been encouraged to read a lot more serious literature and philosophy, and they aren’t just wealthy or upper-class people. Meanwhile, in the United States you can go through an entire private school–to–Ivy League education and still be stupid. There are many very smart Americans, but they aren’t being served by our publishing industry or media or our ‘literary culture.'” – The End of the World Re...
Tags: Art, Europe, US, United States, Ivy League, Words, Lauren Oyler, 11.17.20

Well, 2020 Has Bested Even The Oxford English Dictionary

Language changed so quickly in response to the pandemic that the OED decided not to pick only one word or term this year. “What struck the team as most distinctive in 2020 was the sheer scale and scope of change. … This event was experienced globally and by its nature changed the way we express every other thing that happened this year.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 11.22.20

After Poets House Suddenly Closes And Lays Off Staff, Accusations Of Retaliation Arise

What’s going on at the nonprofit foundation “co-founded by Stanley Kunitz, the nation’s 10th Poet Laureate, and Elizabeth Kray, a devoted supporter of poets in New York City”? The ex-staffers, all of whom were laid off in a Zoom call, have some ideas. “The move followed months of staff-led organizing to hold management and the board accountable for ‘frequent complaints of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and exploitative labor practices,’ says a statement authored by ex-staff in res...
Tags: Art, New York City, Words, Stanley Kunitz, Poets House, 11.20.20, Elizabeth Kray

Why Did President Obama’s First Memoir Take So Long To Write?

The 44th president’s memoir was indeed much longer than he originally planned, and this is only volume one. “He writes in a very classic way. … He sits down with a pen and pad.” And that’s another way he differs from many former presidents: Obama writes his own books. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Obama, Words, 11.21.20

As If British Bookstores Aren’t Having Enough Trouble, Books Can’t Get Into Port

Yes, it’s partly due to Brexit, and partly due to the pandemic, but the port at Felixstowe backed up so far that some companies won’t even try to import. “People are contacting us saying they’ve paid for books on pre-order as gifts, and we ultimately can’t guarantee delivery.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, Brexit, Felixstowe, 11.20.20

Some Of The Many Books That Helped Us Cope In 2020

Mysteries, children’s books, nonfiction, romance, books about race and racism, and so much more – along with an awful lot of screentime and chill, it’s how we coped with this, OK, yes, unprecendented year. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 11.19.20

BuzzFeed Is Taking Over HuffPost

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Verizon Media had been reportedly trying to offload HuffPost for more than a year and has been in negotiations with BuzzFeed for several months about a sale.” The two sites will continue to operate separately, each with its own newsroom. – Variety
Tags: Art, Words, HuffPost, Verizon Media, 11.19.20

Booker Prize 2020 Goes To Douglas Stuart’s ‘Shuggie Bain’

The Scottish-American writer’s debut novel follows the title character, an impoverished boy in 1980s Glasgow, “as he attempts to care for his alcoholic mother, Agnes, whose descent into alcoholism coincides with her youngest son’s growing awareness of his sexuality. The novel is dedicated to Stuart’s mother, who died of alcoholism when he was 16.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Glasgow, Words, Stuart, Agnes, Douglas Stuart, 11.16.20, Shuggie Bain

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