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June 06, 2015

Donate to provide books to Ukrainian refugee children

Thousands of Ukrainian refugee children are about to spend their first Christmas away from home. With its holiday campaign #SuperPowerofBooks, Warsaw-based Fundacja Powszechnego Czytania (Universal Reading Foundation) is making an end-of-year push to ensure that refugee children find access to...

Donate to help Ukrainian fathers at war record bedtime stories for their refugee children

Recognizing the power of stories to engender a love of reading and strengthen family bonds, Ukraine-born, Amsterdam-based tech entrepreneur Andriy Shmyhelskyy created Better Time Stories, an app that allows Ukrainian fathers to record stories for their kids. Aimed at parents of children ages five...

Merriam-Webster's word of the year is 'gaslighting'

Merriam-Webster's word of the year – and this you can believe – is "gaslighting." The online dictionary chose "gaslighting," which it defines as "the act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one's own advantage," as its top word of 2022...

How Ukraine's artists are taking on Putin's Russia

In a piece in The Guardian, Charlotte Higgins interviews Ukrainian artists weaponizing their work to mount a powerful act of resistance: ...If art seemed a feeble and useless weapon in the first confused days of the invasion, for many I speak to in Ukraine, that sensation did not last long. If...

Greg Bear, 1951-2022

Greg Bear, a Seattle science-fiction author who played a leading role in defining how global audiences saw future final frontiers, died Saturday of complications following heart surgery. Born in San Diego, Greg Bear had his first short story published in 1967 and began writing full time in 1975. He...

2022 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards returned in person for the first time since 2019 on November 16 at their usual location of Cipriani Wall Street in New York City's financial district. Presiding over the evening's award ceremony was author, producer, and television host Padma Lakshmi, who donned a...

Book sales continued to struggle in August

U.S. book sales fell 9% in August compared to a year ago at the 1,367 publishers who report data to AAP's StatShot program. All segments had declines in the month. The largest drops came in the university press category, where sales fell 22.3%, and at religious publishers, which saw a 17.8%...

HarperCollins union workers bring strike to the National Book Awards

As the 73rd National Book Awards kicked off at the swanky Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, unionized HarperCollins employees took their strike to the sidewalks surrounding the venue. As guests lined up to grace the NBA's red carpet, they were greeted by HC union members who offered...

BBC and A24 adapting Booker Prize Winner 'Shuggie Bain'

The BBC and A24 are teaming for an adaptation of Douglas Stuart's 2020 Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain, an international bestseller, sold in 39 countries. Gaynor Holmes, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, says: "Shuggie Bain is an extraordinary novel, with all the makings of...

B&N buys paper source

Barnes & Noble has bought Paper Source, the stationery and gift store retailer with 123 locations across 25 states. Starting immediately, customers will be able to redeem B&N and Paper Source gift cards at either store; this applies to future gift cards as well as currently held gift cards.

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