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The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2013

The American Library Association has released its 10 most challenged books of 2013.  The ALA defines a challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. In 2013, these 10 books were challenged the most: 1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey The bestselling series has been cited for […]

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The Grapes of Wrath Turns 75

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published for the first time on April 14th, 1939, making the Depression era masterpiece 75 years old today. The first edition (left) was published by Viking, its dust jacket illustrated by Elmer Hader. The illustration depicts families moving west during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. […]

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The epic French saga that inspired Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin is a household name, but do the millions of people who have their noses stuck in any one of the A Song of Ice and Fire books know the name Maurice Druon?  He happens to be the author of a series of novels set in medieval France – the same series that inspired […]

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Three debut novels on Women’s Prize Shortlist

Three debut novelists – Hannah Kent, Audrey Magee and Eimear McBride – have found themselves side-by-side with industry veterans Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist.  Whittled down from an impressive list of 20, the shortlist includes six novels: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Burial Rites by […]

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Stephen King’s 40 Years of Fear

It all started with a novel about a girl with a frightening power.  On April 5, 1974, Stephen King’s debut novel Carrie hit shelves for the very first time, and the master of horror is still going strong. At the risk of stating the obvious, few authors past or present have achieved the level of success experienced by […]

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7 Beautiful Editions of The Secret Garden

We’re celebrating the first day of Spring (hooray!) with The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. A secret garden and a mysterious key lead the girl to a world she never could […]

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Boasts Impressive Longlist for ‘Year of Reading Women’

Writer Joanna Walsh dubbed 2014 ‘the year of reading women’ when she launched the #readwomen2014 project late last year. The project encourages readers to read books written by female authors, or at the very least, learn about them, and the trend is spreading. American literary journal The Critical Flame will dedicate one year of its review […]

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110 Birthday Honk-Honkers and big Birthday Horns for Dr. Seuss

Theodor Geisel was an American illustrator, poet and author, who rhymed his way into the hearts of adoring children all over the world. But you probably know him by his middle name – Seuss – as in Dr. Seuss. March 2nd is Seuss’ 110th birthday – his Day of all Days, his Best of the Best. Known for his refusal […]

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The Daphne Shortlist Revives the Best Books of 1963

Old books are what we do best, so when we heard about the creation of the Daphne Award we were on board. Created by Bookslut editor Jessa Crispin, the Daphne Award will recognize the then-unacknowledged books of years past, beginning with 1963. The first-ever Daphne Award shortlist was announced just last week and includes classic titles […]

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What is one novel all of Canada should read?

Now in its 14th year, Canada Reads is CBC’s annual battle of the books.  This year’s months-long process began in October when Canadians were invited to recommend up to five novels written by a Canadian author.  The most popular titles made up the Top 40 list, and from there Canadians voted to whittle it down […]

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