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The New York Times Book Review By the Numbers

By Nick Ostdick. Oct 10, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Book News

For a historic, revered publication concerned with the social and artistic footprint of arts and letters from across the globe, the mathematics behind The New York Times Book Review are fascinating.

Take the number 119, for example, which is how old the review turns this year. Publishing its first issue on Oct. 10, 1896, the literary supplement to The New York Times is the last free-standing, regularly published entity of literary criticism associated with a daily news publication. 


Are You Ready for the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair?

By Andrea Koczela. Oct 1, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Book Collecting, Book News

If you are near Seattle next weekend (October 10th-11th), we would like to invite you to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair! Sign up here for your complimentary tickets, and then join us to experience some remarkable books.


Trigger Mortis: A New (and Authentic!) James Bond Novel

By Andrea Koczela. Jul 20, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: James Bond, Book News

James Bond fans have reason to rejoice: the Fleming estate has authorized a new James Bond novel, slated for publication September 8, 2015. Set just two weeks after the conclusion of Goldfinger, the book brings back legendary character Pussy Galore. Moreover, the novel includes unpublished writing by Ian Fleming himself. 


Book-to-Film Adaptations of Adichie’s Novels

By Audrey Golden. Jul 19, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Literature, Movie Tie-Ins, Book News

Garnering more critical acclaim than many contemporary writers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has already had one of her novels adapted to film with an all-star cast, and another is in the works. Are book-to-film adaptations all that we hope for when we love a novel? For instance, when we encounter a compelling text, is the power of the book enlivened or diminished on the silver screen? In recent years, a number of works of postcolonial fiction have been adapted for the cinema, such as Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane. In general, they haven’t done too well with critics or audiences. Can we expect something different from Adichie’s works when they hit theatres?


Libraries & Special Collections: Saving Timbuktu's Manuscripts

By Katie Behrens. Jul 17, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Libraries & Special Collections, Book News

Ancient manuscripts are delicate things. They can be burned, eaten by insects, or destroyed by water. Once lost, their content is lost forever. Their irreplaceability is what makes them valuable. The manuscripts of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali were recently saved from total destruction by a quick-thinking librarian and a vast network of volunteers ready to sacrifice everything to save their history.


Should You Read Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman?

By Andrea Koczela. Jul 16, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Pulitzer Prize, American Literature, Book News

Over the last several months, speculation ran high about Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman. Then, following the release of the book on July 14th, negative reviews flooded the news. Not only have critics claimed the novel is “a mess,” many have been shocked by Atticus' transformation from hero to racist. Beyond the literary merits of the book, strange circumstances surround its publication. So the question arises: should one read the so-called sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird?


Are You Ready for the London Antiquarian Book Fair?

By Andrea Koczela. May 20, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Book Collecting, Book News

If you are near London next week (May 28th-30th), we would like to invite you to the London International Antiquarian Book Fair! See our catalog, sign up for your complimentary tickets, and then join us in Olympia to experience some remarkable books.


The Politics of Exhuming Pablo Neruda

By Audrey Golden. May 15, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Poetry, Nobel Prize Winners, Book News

In 1973, Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile, installing himself as leader in one of the longest-running dictatorships in modern history. Given Pablo Neruda’s powerful voice as a leftist poet, he was targeted by the Pinochet regime. Indeed, Pinochet sent soldiers to destroy Neruda’s library at La Chascona, his home in Santiago. Neruda died just twelve days after the coup. While many Chileans and others worldwide knew that Neruda had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the timing of his death led to questions about whether he actually had been a victim of the Pinochet regime. As a result, nearly forty years later, plans were made to exhume Neruda and to reexamine his cause of death—not once, but twice.


Win $50 Credit with Books Tell You Why

By Matt Reimann. Apr 15, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Book News

At Books Tell You Why, we deeply appreciate all of our readers and customers. As a token of our gratitude, we're giving away $50 store credit to one lucky visitor. 


Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, Dies at Age 87

By Andrea Koczela. Apr 13, 2015. 10:45 AM.

Topics: Nobel Prize Winners, Book News

The great German novelist, Günter Grass, has died at age 87. He won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "frolicsome black fables [that] portray the forgotten face of history" and the Nobel Academy named him the "predecessor" of "García Márquez, Rushdie, Gordimer, Lobo Antunes and Kenzaburo Oe." Although his landmark 1959 novel, The Tin Drum, was initially rejected by his countrymen, it became an international success and launched his career. Grass became known as the conscience of Germany--a status that later became questioned when he disclosed his involvement during World War II.


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