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Thursday July 22, 2021 at 11:35am
Young TikTok users are sharing their passion for books with millions – bringing titles they love to life online and reshaping the publishing world, all in under a minuteAlison FloodFri 25 Jun 2021 12.00 BSTLast modified on Fri 25 Jun 2021 12.32 BST In August 2020, Kate Wilson, a 16-year-old from Shrewsbury, posted on the social media video platform TikTok a series of quotes from books she had read, “that say I love you, without actually saying I love you”. Set to a melancholy s....
Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 1:41pm
he author was repeatedly told that no one wanted to read fun books with disabled heroes. Now she has won the £5,000 Waterstones children’s book prize for her debut, A Kind of SparkWhen Scottish author Elle McNicoll was first trying to enter the publishing world, she was repeatedly told that people didn’t want to read about an autistic heroine. “In job interviews, I was saying that I wanted to see more books with disabled characters in them that were not traumatic, boring ....
Friday July 9, 2021 at 1:38pm
Fire and Fury infuriated a president and fueled a publishing boom. Its latest sequel is required reading for anyone who fears for American democracyLloyd GreenTue 13 Jul 2021 00.00 BST The 45th president is out of office and Michael Wolff has brought his Trump trilogy to a close. First there was Fire and Fury, then there was Siege, now there is Landslide. The third is the best of the three, and that is saying plenty.Three years ago, Trump derided Fire and Fury as fake news and threatened Wolff w....
Friday July 2, 2021 at 11:47am
1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations. Crusoe’s world-famous novel is a complex literary confection, and it’s irresistible.3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1....
Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 11:33am
Charles Dickens Museum opens new display, which will encourage visitors to follow in the author’s footsteps around the nearby sites that inspired the novelAlison FloodWhen Charles Dickens was writing Oliver Twist in 1837, he required a suitably horrible magistrate to preside over Oliver’s trial for pick-pocketing. Dickens knew exactly who to base the character on: a notorious Mr Laing, who worked in Hatton Garden, down the road from the author’s London home on Doughty Street.Di....
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 11:50am
The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.View whole poem Reporter's Notebook Picks for Poetry MonthEvery day for the month of April, we’ll share a poem that speaks to us. To share your own favorite, email hello@theatlantic.com, and tell us a little bit about why you love ....
Friday June 11, 2021 at 1:37pm
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. This year's award winners were announced in an online video release on June 9th. The video is available to watch on our YouTube channel.  View Whole Story
Friday June 4, 2021 at 4:30pm
Diop is the first French writer to win the prize for translated fiction – split with his translator Anna Moschovakis – for novel about a Senegalese soldier fighting for France in the first world warDavid Diop has become the first French novelist to win the International Booker prize for translated fiction with At Night All Blood Is Black, his first novel translated into English.Diop, the author of two novels, and his translator Anna Moschovakis, split the £50,000 annual prize, ....
Wednesday June 2, 2021 at 4:32pm
Harry Potter publisher issues third profit upgrade of 2021 after sales increase to £185mLockdown reading has helped the Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury to its third profit upgrade of the year after a 22% surge in annual pre-tax profits.The company said people had “rediscovered the joy of reading” during the coronavirus pandemic, pushing its sales 14% higher to £185m in the 12 months to the end of February.Bloomsbury performed significantly better than the wider UK publi....
Thursday May 27, 2021 at 12:12pm
Beloved children’s author who inspired millions of children died at summer home in Massachusetts, say familyEric Carle, the children’s author and illustrator whose classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other works gave millions of children some of their earliest literary memories, has died at age 91.Carle’s family said he died of kidney failure on Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts, with family members at his side.On Thursday, all sectors of the creativ....