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Great American Listening: Our Country’s Top Picks

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PBS has just concluded a national survey and an eight-part series that explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ. The final results just released put TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD definitively on top, with four finalists: the Outlander series, the Harry Potter series, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and the Lord of the Rings series. What strikes me with these favorites is that many of them offer spectacular listening. There is just one recording of MOCKINGBIRD available—a respectful straight-up narration by Sissy Spacek as Scout telling the story. However, for the #2 title, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, we’ve reviewed five unabridged versions, and at least eight are available on Audible. Josephine Bailey’s P & P got an Earphones Award from us,…

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Entertainment Weekly’s Book Critic Roundup

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Entertainment Weekly is known for bringing you exclusive behind the scenes access to your favorite heavyweights across the entertainment industry. The weekly mag is your one-stop shop for all the latest news about TV shows, movies, music, theater, and of course books! We were honored to welcome back David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter for Entertainment Weekly to give us the scoop on what to read this Fall! Follow David on Twitter! Read David’s review of Friday Black Here! Read David’s review of The Great Believers Here! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson There There by Tommy Orange Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns Lincoln…

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Special Edition of “A Wrinkle in Time” on Author’s 100th

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Any lover of young adult literature no doubt is familiar with the unforgettable Meg Murry, who must confront her fears and self-doubt to rescue her scientist father experimenting with mysterious tesseracts capable of bending the fabric of space and time. Meg gets help from her little brother Charles Wallace, her friend Calvin O’Keefe, and some supernatural visitors called Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. Few works loom as large in the history of the YA genre as Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, the 1962 Newbery Award winner and a revolutionary book blending realism and fantasy as well as science and religion. It was regarded as the first great crossover classic, appealing to children, teens and adults and settling…

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How To Judge A Book By Its Cover: 18 Famous Books

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Have you ever stopped to think about how your favorite books’ covers were conceptualized? The Grapes of Wrath cover artist, Elmer Hader, made a living illustrating children’s books with his wife, and that’s how John Steinbeck discovered his work. The stories behind some of the most iconic book covers are truly fascinating, and this infographic from Invaluable highlights some of the most recognized throughout history. Check out how each designer brought their visions to life!   Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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Scholastic Releases Harry Potter Collectible Covers

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BookTrib’s latest partnership is with The Mary Sue, a site with “intense passion for… fan trends, social issues, geek fashion and art, innovative gadgets, and beyond.”  This week, The Mary Sue shares with our readers the new covers celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Harry Potter is celebrating 20 years this September, and as part of a year-long celebration, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books have released a new set of beautiful collectible covers. Illustrated by Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, each cover of all seven books stand alone, but also connect to form a larger image. You can check out the full effect in the video above!   It’s hard to believe that Harry Potter is 20 years old! Then…

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Love Is In The Air: Last Minute Literary Valentine’s Day Gifts To Spark Romance!

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It’s Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t gotten that special gift for your significant other, it’s not too late! Forget the conventional chocolates and teddy bears, the book lover in your life will appreciate something more creative, inspired by the authors and literature they love. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of last minute gifts that will look like you’ve had love on your mind 24/7, 365: Quidditch Couple Mugs For all those Harry Potter loving couples, this pair of mugs is the ultimate romantic gift. Literary Chocolate Bars Sweet and delicious, give the gift of chocolate this year – with a literary twist of course! One Question a Day Journal One Question a Day for You &…

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Black Friday Deals: Affordable eBooks and Gift Ideas

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It’s Black Friday, which means everybody is on the hunt for shopping deals. Here’s a list of great eBook deals, all under $10, that will make perfect gifts. Not Exactly Love, Betty Hafner Who doesn’t love a good memoir? With that being said, you and your loved ones will surely enjoy Not Exactly Love, a memoir that takes place in the late 60s and follows a woman named Betty who met a hippie from Woodstock at the school where she teaches. Sadly, their love life is not what it seems and, when married, quickly becomes physically abusive. Betty faced many of the same decisions that others in abusive relationships experience everyday, from wondering who she should tell to risking confrontation with the…

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Be Still My Heart: 10 Love Stories Totally Worth the Wait!

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Be still my heart! Between the new episodes of Outlander and Arrow, this has been a pretty great week for romance. And not just any standard romance either, but love stories that we have been pining over, desperately waiting for our favorite couples to reunite.   On Outlander, we finally got our Print Shop Scene, with Claire and Jamie reuniting after spending 20 years – and technically a couple of centuries – apart. As a longtime Outlander fan (of both the show and the books!), it was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Awkward, sweet, and crazy romantic. Don’t even get me started on the basically 45 minute sex scene that followed. When it comes to Arrow, Oliver and Felicity…

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‘Deadpool’ Meets ‘Harry Potter’ in Upcoming Fantasy Noir, ‘Dead Jack’

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The Tobias Literary Agency, Dreamstreet Entertainment and Lonetree Entertainment in partnership with James Aquilone have a great announcement for James Aquilone’s fans: they have optioned the film and television rights for Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device. The upcoming “horror-fantasy noir” has been pitched as Deadpool meets Harry Potter, where “a drug-addicted zombie detective and his shapeshifting sidekick battle supernatural creatures in an effort to save the world and score fairy dust.” The Dead Jack paperback, published under Curiosity Quills Press, will see release in early 2018. The novel NY Times Bestseller and 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Mayberry calls “wicked fun” is poised to be a runaway hit full of humor and adventure. Dead Jack co-producer Tony Eldridge of Lonetree Entertinment…

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15 Best Independent Bookstore Bargains

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Fueling a book addiction can be seriously expensive. While reading is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, if you still enjoy the feel of a paperback or hardcover in your hands, financing the experience can put a dent in your budget. As we get closer to the holidays it’s nice to find bargains on all the things we love, especially BOOKS! But what happens when the book you’re looking for isn’t on sale or your bookstore rewards aren’t available? Don’t despair! We have a list of online bookstores that offer good books for those of us on a budget! So indulge in that book addiction without breaking the bank (and even have a little left over to spend this holiday season). Strand Books…

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To Be a Kid Again: Your Favorite Childhood Stories Get a Reboot

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No matter our age, we can all remember those childhood books that touched and moved us. These are the stories we return to again and again, reveling in the tales that helped inform us as we grew. Personally, I remember devouring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and rereading Anne of Green Gables so many times that my paperback fell apart. Even as an adult, I would do anything to get more of those books, or any continuations of my favorite childhood stories. If I found out that there was a long-lost sequel to The Secret Garden, for example, I’m pretty sure I would squeal out loud (who cares if I’m in my 30s?). So when I realized that…

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‘Like Slouch Socks and Fluorescent Reeboks’: Sipping Truth Tea with Bestselling Author Josh Sabarra

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“We go back like slouch socks and fluorescent Reeboks” is how I preface anything that I know will make my best friend facepalm. It is my way of reminding her that we have been friends for too long for her to be surprised by anything that comes out of my mouth. But, it’s not the what that is so meaningful, but the knowing that I can call her to talk about some of the serious issues of our time, and some of the silliest. She’s the one I can call to have an hour long conversation about how I detest candy corn and firmly believe that it is the Halloween candy people give you when they don’t like you. Whatever…

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Still Winning at 50!: Longevity in Literature and Film

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What makes a book have that kind of longevity? For some, film or TV adaptations have managed to keep alive stories that might otherwise have become lost over the years. Others are award winners, or repeatedly taught in schools, being reintroduced to new readers every year. But all of these stories share at least one quality: they’re moving and inspiring, capturing some kind of magic that never seems to fade. It’s rare for a book to be printed more than once, and even rarer for a story to last multiple generations. But, there are definitely certain books that we all turn to again and again, speaking to readers regardless of the era. In honor of these books with longevity, we’re…

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10 Authors Share the Magic J.K. Rowling Brought to Their Lives

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article. J.K. Rowling is one of the most influential writers of our time. The Harry Potter series continues to inspire readers and writers around the globe. In honor of J.K. Rowling’s birthday, Bookish asked ten authors to share how Rowling has inspired, influenced, and enchanted them. Want to share your own magical memories? Add them in the comments or on social using #owlsforJK. “Before I ever thought of becoming a writer, J.K. Rowling made me a reader. Her books were the first to make me forget where I was, who I was. The pages disappeared and I was somewhere else, someone else, and that love of escapism has never left me.”  —V.E. Schwab, author of A…

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The Roaring ’20s and Wizards in America Set up the Awesomeness of Fantastic Beasts

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is finally out in theaters this Friday, November 18, and we’re so excited that we can barely eat or sleep. It has been way too long since we last had a Harry Potter film gracing our screens. And this prequel looks just as awesome as the originals: from magical creatures to bumbling British wizards, it feels like the good old days of Harry vs. Voldemort. The screenplay was written by Rowling herself, which means Fantastic Beasts is going to be amazing. Based (very, very loosely) on her textbook-style tome of the same name, the film tells the story of Newt Scamander, a wizard who traveled the world finding and documenting all of its magical beasts.…

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