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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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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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The Daphne Award: Righting the Wrongs of Book Awards Past

The good folks over at Bookslut have announced plans for a new book award. Dubbed the Daphne Award, it will celebrate the best books of 50 years ago and ‘right the wrongs’ of book awards past. As an afficionado of old books, I love this idea. And always up for a challenge, I couldn’t resist […]

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From Written Word to Silver Screen: 17 books hitting theaters in 2014

Books have a long history of becoming great films. It goes without saying that the two make a good pair, in fact, five of this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees are book-to-film titles. American Hustle is based on The Sting Man: Inside Abscam by Robert W. Greene. Captain Phillips was inspired by A Captain’s Duty: Somali […]

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Underdog James McBride takes National Book Award

Winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced Wednesday evening, with James McBride taking the fiction prize for The Good Lord Bird. Many are calling the win a surprise, considering the underdog was up against favorites Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri. But the winning novel is said to be wildly entertaining, darkly funny, and well […]

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Short Story Collection Nabs the Giller Prize

Lynn Coady was named winner of Canada’s 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing.  Now in its 20th year, the Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  Previous winners include literary hard-hitters Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Joseph Boyden, and Michael Ondaatje. Writers Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem made […]

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RIP Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

The Irish writer and poet Seamus Heaney has died after a short illness. He was 74 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and studied at Queen’s University in Belfast, before training as a teacher. He settled in Dublin but also worked in […]

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Top Ten Literary Masterpieces Discovered Posthumously

Exciting news in the book world about the potential release of five new JD Salinger novels, over 40 years since his last published word and a few years after his death. Fans and publishers alike are buzzing about the possibility of what those manuscripts might contain. But while not all authors are as reclusive or […]

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Killer Crabs, The Moon Monster and More

Caution, gentle readers – this will terrify and horrify. Beware the evil, scaled visage of The Monster Fish, the multiple heads of The Hydra Monster and many more. Shock! Terror! Revulsion! You’ll want to close your eyes and scream as you encounter scales, claws, antennae and worse with this selection of Retro Monster Books! Sent […]

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