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Fantastic Vintage Book Find of the Day: Poison Case No. 10 by Louis Cornell

Today’s gorgeous book find of the day is from 1931: Poison Case No. 10 by Louis Cornell. I couldn’t find out much information on Louis Cornell, and he seems to have had a very brief writing career. He also seems to have had some dark proclivities – here’s another one, Murder Case No 33. No […]

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The Best Novellas

Novellas are too short to be a novel but too long to be a short story. Located in literature’s middle ground, novellas can be just the right length and there’s plenty to choose from. Ernest Hemingway cemented his literary legacy with a famous novella and Julian Barnes won the 2011 Booker Prize with one. Browse […]

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Great Gumshoes: A Guide to Fictional Detectives

Gumshoes, flatfoots, private eyes, bloodhounds, hawkshaws, sleuths… whatever you call them, detectives make great reading, and everyone loves detective stories. From forensic medical examiners to little old lady spies, from amateur teen sleuths to the grittiest of private dicks, the list of beloved recurring characters in fiction dedicated to the art of solving crimes is […]

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What are you reading this weekend?

What are you reading this weekend? On my bedside table is Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill. It’s a memoir about working in the tree planting industry in British Columbia. I started reading the book a few days ago and was delighted to find the author describing life, planting seedlings, at the northern tip of Vancouver […]

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Best literary magazines & journals: New Yorker, Granta, Paris Review, Fiddlehead…

If you don’t read literary magazines and journals, you’re missing out on a world of fine writing. In our latest Avid Reader, my colleague Beth has assembled a list of literary magazines and journals dedicated to the art of creative writing, and the preservation and exploration of the written word. Poetry, prose, essays and more are […]

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Quick Phone Booth Change – Into a Tiny Library

Move over, Superman – you’re not the only one who can perform a quick change in a telephone booth. According to the New York Times, an architectural designer from the Upper West Side is the real hero of this story. John H. Locke has devised a system by which he can quickly enter an empty […]

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21 Faces of Brave New World – Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley

Best remembered for his novel Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley wrote ten other novels and nearly that many collections of short stories. Today would be his 118th birthday. The circumstances of his death are interesting – not only did he request (and receive) a hefty intravenous dose of LSD on his deathbed, but also […]

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10 Beloved Dogs in Literature

Everyone loves a dog, right? Okay, most people. I suppose exceptions can be made for those with allergies or intense fears – though I was chomped in the face by a collie as a child, and I rallied to still love Lassie. Dogs are fun and loyal, and unconditional in their devotion to their human […]

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Redemption Through Reading: Book Reports To Shorten Prison Sentences

Four federal prisons in Brazil are trying an interesting pilot program on their inmates. Known as the “Redemption Through Reading” program, eligible prisoners (as decided by a specially-appointed judging panel) will be allowed to shorten their sentence by four days for every book they read, to a maximum 12 books per year – meaning a […]

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Best Books to Read Aloud to Children

Reading aloud was a bedtime rite of passage in my household. Long after I learned to read on my own, my mum would still read to me in bed often, for the simple pleasure and enjoyment of each other’s company. And for me, even though I was capable of racing through books well beyond my […]

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