In France, A Debate About Kissing A Traditional Custom Goodbye

Mayor Aude Picard-Wolff told 73 municipal counselors she would no longer greet them with the customary two-cheek kiss, known as la bise, which she said wastes time and is unhygienic and sexist.

With Greater Economic Strength, India Believes Its 'Time Has Come'

"I don't think India wants to be a formal U.S. ally," says Alyssa Ayres, author of Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World. "It sees alliance relationships as too constraining."

What History And Fiction Teach Us About Women And Power

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers two books: In one, we learn what ancient Greece can tell us about Twitter trolls and, in the other, we're shown a world in which women have power over men.

Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

Mary Shelley cautioned us of the dangers of extending science into realms where we have little control of the outcomes; may we all read her tale ? and take in its lessons, says Marcelo Gleiser.

California threatens to shut down small booksellers

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a First Amendment lawsuit, Passage v. Becerra, on behalf of Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli.

National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2016 Awards

New York, NY (January 17, 2017) - Today the NBCC announced its 30 finalists in six categories ? autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry ? for the outstanding books of 2016.

Amazon's First East Coast Bookstore Opens In Mass.

Amazon now has a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Massachusetts. The online retailer opened a 5,800 square foot store Tuesday at Legacy Place in Dedham ? the company's first bookstore on the East Coast. The Massachusetts store joins Amazon's three other locations on the West Coast.

Windham-Campbell Prizes: The Phone Call of a Lifetime

The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University made the call of a lifetime to eight unsuspecting writers this week, and informed them that they will be recognized with a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. This year?s recipients of one of the world's richest literature prizes for the first time include poets, alongside writers of fiction, non-fiction, and drama. The awards will be conferred in September at an international literary festival at Yale, celebrating the honored writers and introducing them to new audiences.

Lost Novella by Walt Whitman Discovered by Grad Student

By E.C. Flamming | February 22, 2017 | 11:35am Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Books News Walt Whitman. The grad student, Zachary Turpin, was scouring an online database of 19th century newspapers looking for unique names found in other Whitman works. It was then that Turpin unearthed the 36,000-word, six-part novella published anonymously in a New York newspaper in 1852. The rambling full title, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters, and the subtitle, A Story of New York at the Present Time, are distinct to Whitman and the literary time period.

Record Number of Libraries Surpass One Million eBook and Audiobook Checkouts with OverDrive in 2016

CLEVELAND - January 18, 2017 - Librarians worldwide will be celebrating their record-breaking digital book checkouts at the American Library Association's (ALA) MidWinter Conference in Atlanta. OverDrive announced today that 30 standalone public library systems and 19 library consortia in the U.S. and two other countries have set a new record for lending more than one million digital books in 2016. These 49 systems each achieved significant year over year circulation growth, and together surpassed the 32 systems that accomplished the feat in 2015.

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