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Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces Final Six

They started with a longlist of 20 novels written by today’s brightest female authors, and now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judges have whittled down the list to only six. To our surprise, the critically acclaimed apocalyptic novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel did not make the cut, while the widely adored […]

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Facebook Club Announces Its 4th Book, And It’s Timely

Early last month we reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had begun a year-long goal of reading two books a month, sharing the titles publicly and opening avenues for discussion on the book club’s Facebook page. The books selected will be chosen with an eye for relevant themes of technology, culture, history and belief systems. […]

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg launches his book club with The End of Power by Moisés Naím

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest status update is that he’s reading books and in a relationship with literature. The Facebook boss appears to have launched his own book club as his New Year resolution. The man, who redefined the word ‘like’, wrote: My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with […]

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Book Club of California to celebrate 100th anniversary in 2012

In the summer, I visited the Book Club of California in downtown San Francisco. One hundred years old in 2012, the Book Club is a haven for bibliophiles and has also published many beautiful books over the decades. Our latest feature sheds light on the Club’s mission and its history, includes a video tour and […]

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The mighty bookselling power of Oprah

My Publishers Lunch newsletter tells me how Nielsen Bookscan has tracked the sales of Oprah’s Book Club selections over the past 10 years: Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth – 3.37 million copies sold James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces – 2.7 million copies sold Elie Wiesel’s Night – 2.01 million copies sold Cormac McCarthy’s The […]

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Goodnight Dune

I like this mashup of Dune by Frank Herbert and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I feel so fashionable when I use words like “mashup.”

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Lisa Simpson Book Club

I recommend visiting the Lisa Simpson Book Club and catching up on all those literary references and gags from The Simpsons. “Well, I think we should invest in a set of The Great Books Of Western Civilization. Look at this ad from The New Republic For Kids: Each month, a new classic will be delivered […]

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Alice and Algrebra in Wonderland

The NY Times debates the inspiration for the characters in Alice in Wonderland. My seven-year-old daughter is currently reading this book after seeing a trailer for the movie on the TV. Last night I had to explain what a Dodo was. The NY Times says the book all comes down to algebra but I think […]

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Lost Booker Prize

This year’s twist on the Booker Prize is the “Lost Man Booker Prize” – apparently someone misplaced a Booker down the back of a sofa way back in 1971.

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Ten-times-ten Books Challenge (not the 100 Books Challenge)

Who do you think comes best out of this little legal tussle? LibraryThing.com or a company called American Reading? LibraryThing’s response made me laugh.

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