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This article was published 8/12/2018 (970 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Writers looking for a bit of inspiration will have a new opportunity available next year, when the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) begins a new artist-in-residence program at the Experimental Lakes Area east of Kenora, Ont.
The IISD is offering artists — including writers — the opportunity to spend at least one week at the renowned research area, where scientists study the effects of pollution and climate change on 59 lakes surrounded by boreal forest.
Food, accommodation and travel to and from the site are included in the deal. For details, see the IISD’s blog at wfp.to/bfy.
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American bookstore chain Barnes and Noble signalled another sign of life in the book business last month, announcing plans to open 10 to 15 new stores across the U.S. next year.
Publishers Weekly reports the chain has also recently opened four new "concept" stores featuring different floor plans and product mixes.
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An independent bookstore in Southport, England, attracted worldwide attention recently by selling a single book.
Staff at Broadhurst’s of Southport — near Liverpool — announced they had sold a children’s book about William the Conqueror that had sat on the shelves since 1991. Typically, the Guardian reports, books that don’t sell are returned to the publisher after nine months or a year, but the store’s staff had faith in the little book that could.
The announcement of the sale on Twitter was retweeted 150,000 times, with many other bookstores adding their own stories of long-delayed sales.
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Publication of a graphic novel by a winner of the Newbery Award for children’s literature has been cancelled following an open letter and social media campaign.
Jack Gantos’s graphic novel A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library had been slated for publication next year by Abrams Publishing. The book, intended to focus on the power of literature, depicted a young would-be suicide bomber who has second thoughts about his mission while in a library.
Opposition to the book, including an open letter from the Asian Author Alliance, led the publisher to apologize and withdraw the book, according to Publishers Weekly.
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After the Booker, the National Book Award and, in Canada, the Giller, the Writers’ Trust and the Governor General’s awards, we have finally reached the pinnacle of book awards season.
This year’s Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year went to an English-titled, German-language sort-of cookbook entitled The Joy of Waterboiling. The winning book, about ways to prepare meals using only a kettle, beat some other unusual sounding works, including Are Gay Men More Accurate in Detecting Deceits?; Jesus on Gardening; Equine Dry Needling; and The Secret History of Dung.
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A meta-analysis of 14 previous studies on the effects of reading suggests reading fiction leads to a small but statistically significant improvement in "social-cognitive performance," such as empathy.
The study, by University of Rochester psychology Prof. David Dodell-Feder, examined earlier research in which a variety of techniques were employed, some of which indicated an improvement in empathy and some of which didn’t.
As reported in New York magazine, Dodell-Feder says that taken as a whole, the evidence for a positive effect is "robust."
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The freedom-of-the-press organization PEN International is speaking out after a Chinese author was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for writing a gay erotic novel.
The author, using the pseudonym Tianyi, published a novel about "a forbidden love affair between a teacher and a student" — and the novel went on to sell more than 7,000 copies.
Selling more than 5,000 copies of a book deemed pornographic is an aggravating factor under China’s strict anti-pornography law, leading to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, according to the Guardian.