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An Avid Reader’s 2017 Reading List (so far)

At the start of 2016, I set out to kick my Netflix habit and pick up a book. A novel concept for someone in my line of work (pun intended). 2016 was a success (read about it here) and I vowed to continue my good habits in 2017. By sharing the books I read with […]

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My Year of Reading Women

In 2014 writer Joanna Walsh launched a project called The Year of Reading Women. The movement was largely about raising awareness in the book industry and encouraged publishers, distributors, and promoters to pull women writers into the spotlight so readers like you and I could better discover them. Looking back on my 2016 reading list, […]

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Emma Watson launched a feminist book club and everybody’s joining

We first fell in love with Emma Watson as the clever and independent Hermione Granger. Last night, as United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma launched a feminist book club and we’ve fallen in love all over again. She announced the club, Our Shared Shelf, on Goodreads: Dear Readers, As part of my work with UN Women, I have […]

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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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