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Smaug and Friends: Dragons in Literature

It’s been over a decade since Peter Jackson released his blockbuster film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then in 2012, the first installment of Jackson’s three-film treatment of The Hobbit, called An Unexpected Journey, hit the theaters, followed last year by part two, The Desolation of Smaug. And now, at long last, […]

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Beth’s Best Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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The Beginning of the Affair: I Fell in Love with Books

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, at least a little bit, every single day. Throughout my childhood, I always read long after I was supposed to have turned out the light at night. In fact I still do, mindful not to laugh at the funny bits and wake my husband, gently snoring […]

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Literary Starbucks – Your Favorite Author’s Coffee Order

Some clever duck has created a quite funny concept on Tumblr. Literary Starbucks posts witty snippets of what a Starbucks order might look like, if placed by our favorite authors, and some fictional characters as well. They are quick and dirty, and often spot on: “George R.R. Martin goes up to the counter and orders […]

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Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2014 Booker Winner

The votes are in! Congratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Not only is Flanagan now £50,000 (approximately $80,000 USD) richer, but he is now virtually guaranteed to be in the eye of the […]

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Bill Murray’s Favorite Book (and Others)

One thing about readers – we love to share our passion for books. Whether it’s an amazing find of a first edition, a fantastic new author discovery, or a reissued edition of a childhood favorite, it’s just not as good if you can’t share it. And learning which books we have in common with other […]

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Patrick Modiano Wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. Modiano, 69, is no stranger to accolades. His previous awards include the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2010 from the Institut de France. Individual novels have also been recognized with prizes, including […]

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Nine Literary Elizabeths

Here are nine characters named Elizabeth, found in popular literary fiction. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an obvious place to start. Occasionally Lizzy or Eliza (never Liz or Beth), Bennet is an intelligent, witty and independent woman, known to be a critical thinker with a strong moral compass. In screen […]

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2014 National Book Awards Longlist

Well it’s a big week for longlists in the literary world. First the Giller Prize Longlist came out, and now the National Book Awards are taking their turn, too. In fact, the National Book Awards longlist was released earlier than the awards committee would have liked, after news outlets leaked it early. So here we […]

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Giller Prize Longlist for 2014

The longlist has been announced for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary honour. The Giller Prize was established in 1994 and has been recognizing and rewarding outstanding literary talent ever since to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The prize sees cash being awarded […]

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